June 12, 2014
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has committed to deploy at least 2,000 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets throughout its healthcare system. The system's clinicians will use the tablets as laptop replacements. The devices will be equipped with the healthcare facility's Convergence app, which sits atop its Cerner and Epic deployments and and also knits together many of its legacy hospital...
March 14, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge.
Humetrix, the Del Mar, Calif.-based maker of mobile health information exchange app iBlueButton, is demonstrating its technology for the UK's National Health Service (NHS) this week.
Like so many healthcare entities around the world, the NHS has been struggling to make electronic health records available and accessible to...
March 4, 2013
A little more than a month ago, Naomi Fried, chief innovation officer at Boston Children's Hospital, tweeted: that most healthcare mobile apps are built for consumers and focus on health and wellness, while only 20 percent are clinical apps. She wrote: "We need more #hospital apps." Naturally, this caught our attention.
"There's a huge opportunity for mobile apps in the hospital environment,"...
November 20, 2012
The National Football League has signed a deal with EHR maker eClinicalWorks to transition the league from paper records to an all electronic system. The Boston Globe reported that the NFL will pay between $7 million and $10 million for the 10-year contract.
Records will be instantly viewable on a smartphone or tablet by medical staff on the sidelines of the games. As players often move and...
November 13, 2012
It's purely speculative, but a survey of entrepreneurs working in digital health suggests that Practice Fusion, Castlight Health and ZocDoc could be the next companies in the sector to go public.
Venture capital firm InterWest Partners queried more than 100 entrepreneurs about the future of digital health and found that 26 percent of them thought Practice Fusion, the current darling of the small-...
October 11, 2012
Kansas City-based health IT company Cerner announced this week plans to embed Nuance Communications' cloud-based medical voice recognition into all of the mobile-enabled versions of its electronic health record offerings, including PowerChart Touch, which it launched at HIMSS in February. Cerner believes the voice recognition technology will help clinicians capture more complete notes when...
August 22, 2012
San Diego-based Sotera Wireless announced this week that the FDA had given its 510(k) clearance for the full version of its WiFi-enabled ViSi Mobile patient monitoring system, a part of which received an FDA clearance this past March. The full system enables care providers to review near real-time transmissions of patients vital signs no matter if their patients are in their beds or walking...
February 9, 2012
UPMC's Dr. Andrew Watson
The long-awaited boom in home-based, wireless health monitoring devices might happen sooner rather than later. In fact, Dr. Andrew Watson, medical director of the UPMC Center for Connected Medicine in Pittsburgh, believes that it will start in the next six to 12 months.
"Right now, the devices are so close," Watson says. And the biggest driver will be cost avoidance,...
December 14, 2011
Sotera CEO Tom Watlington
Sotera Wireless announced that it had raised $12.2 million in its fourth round of funding. Singapore-based global fund EDBI led the round, which included participation from new investor Cerner Capital and existing investors Sanderling Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Intel Capital and the West Health Investment Fund. The latest round of funding brings total investment in...
July 20, 2011
PHR provider Dossia unveiled the latest version of its Dossia Health Manager software this week. It will be available to existing customers in the third quarter of 2011. According to the non-profit consortium, the Health Manager now "integrates game and social dynamics, incentives and messaging to foster sustained user engagement and behavior change, thereby offering long-term value to employers...