October 29, 2015
The next generation of digital health offerings will use machine learning to treat patients more effectively, but it's still a decade away, according to Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, who spoke at Partners HealthCare's Connected Health Symposium in Boston this week.
Khosla said no one can deny medicine has improved over the past 50 years, but it could be much better. One area ripe for...
October 8, 2015
By Bradley Merrill Thompson
If I invented an unprecedented mobile technology for treating tennis elbow, the law would require me to do substantial and expensive clinical trials before bringing it to market. In my last post, I argued that the FDA regulatory system is structurally biased against new technology, including novel software, even if it is low risk. By law, any medical device that is...
May 28, 2014
According to a new study, Wikipedia's medical articles contain numerous errors, or at least don't line up with up-to-date, peer-reviewed journals. In fact, nine out of 10 of the diseases identified as most costly for the healthcare system by the Agency for Healthcare Reform and Quality (AHRQ) had a statistically significant discrepancy between the two.
In the study, published in The Journal of...
March 27, 2014
Left to Right: Halamka, Dreyer, Landman, Stack, and Weygandt.
As regulatory efforts like ICD-10 and Meaningful Use continue to march on, the vision of policy and the reality of physician experience don't always line up. That was the key take away from The Art of Medicine, a panel discussion hosted by Nuance in Boston, Massachusetts this week.
"We had a Big Bang moment, we had a horrible...
February 12, 2014
Image from the office of Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
Longtime MobiHealthNews columnist Bradley Merrill Thompson, a member of the lawfirm Epstein, Becker & Green, and one of the founders of the mHealth Regulatory Coalition and the CDS Regulatory Coalition, sent over a few examples of the types of apps that a bill in Congress, called the PROTECT Act, would instruct the FDA to stop...
February 3, 2014
AARP seeks health startups for LivePitch event in Boston: AARP is hosting an event in Boston in May that will include an Innovation@50+ LivePitch session for digital health startups focused on the "50 and over" population. The event is looking for both very early stage startups in the "concept phase" as well as those that are a bit further along and have raised money but not more than $5 million...
June 13, 2013
GE Healthcare has announced it will invest $2 billion in software over the next five years. Working with the GE Software Center of Excellence in San Ramon, California, the GE subsidiary will use the funds to improve its hospital operations management software and reducing waste and inefficiency in the hospital software status quo.
GE Healthcare Software Chief Technology Officer Evren Eryurek...
April 25, 2013
Upon reading the story in MobiHealthNews this week about CrowdMed, the startup that relies on crowdsourcing to suggest possible diagnoses to patients with rare or mysterious conditions, I had two thoughts: clinical decision support and Dr. Gregory House.
Dr. House, the fictional diagnostic genius from the dearly departed Fox show, "House M.D.," crowdsourced medical decision-making to his team of...
January 31, 2012
Aetna is set to begin a trial program that equips New York City-area dentists with iPads to help them better educate their patients about tobacco use in an effort to curb smoking. The trial program includes a clinical decision support system (CDSS) that is built on a medical knowledge base, patient data, and decision support technology that provides dentists with personally targeted advice for...
November 23, 2011
Mobile and wireless technologies are helping give rise to a new form of clinical decision support that's being called "patient activation."
"We're making a category that really hasn't existed," according to Doug Thompson, a senior research director at the Advisory Board Co., a Washington-based research firm that is making a big push into healthcare of late.
"The term 'patient activation' can be...