June 3, 2013
When MobiHealthNews first reported on personal health records (PHR) startup Cognovant in May 2012, the story warned about a "graveyard" of PHR failure. Cognovant, like many others before it, saw PHRs as the potential hub of interoperability for healthcare consumers that so far has eluded many provider-centric electronic health records (EHRs).
Cognovant, of Kansas City, Mo., recently joined that...
May 15, 2013
DocbookMD, which offers a secure physician messaging service, has partnered with Medweb, makers of a smartphone and web radiology PACS, to create Docbook Gateway, an HIE-like offering that gives physicians access to lab tests and X-rays on their smartphones without the need for an integrated EHR.
"This is the way HIEs were supposed to work," DocbookMD CEO Dr. Tim Gueramy told MobiHealthNews. "One...
February 7, 2013
EMR provider eClinicalWorks announced they are investing $25 million in patient engagement, including the creation of a new mobile app for patients. The Westborough, MA-based company already offers a patient portal to their EMR, but the new business unit and app, called Healow (short for Health and Online Wellness), will expand on that offering considerably.
"In order to transform healthcare,...
January 17, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is working to promote more patient engagement and access with their own records. One avenue of this work is with the Meaningful Use Stage 2 guidelines, but the office is also working with data holders and app developers to encourage the development...
December 10, 2012
Tom Daschle (D - S.D.)
A report from the Bipartisan Policy Center's Health Project, led by former Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), says that mobile health is a promising avenue for increasing patient engagement, which should be one of the major goals of health care reform. But barriers to mobile adoption and increased engagement include lack of awareness,...
December 7, 2012
iHealth Labs, a subsidiary of China-based Andon Health that produces wireless health monitoring devices, announced partnerships with EHR-maker Practice Fusion and with popular memory-aid app Evernote.
Practice Fusion is the first EHR-maker to partner with iHealth, Adam Lin, general manager of iHealth Labs, told MobiHealthNews. The first phase of the partnership will allow physicians who use...
November 28, 2012
Myca Health company Hello Health raised $11.5 million this week in a round led by First Generational Capital. Hello Health just raised $10 million raised in February, which brings the subsidiary's total funding in 2012 to $21.5 million. Hello Health said the money would be used for meeting increased demand for its free EHR system, notable for its patient-facing component, including a subscription...
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 6, 2012
A week after Hurricane Sandy swept across the east coast, reports are coming out about the role that digital health applications played during and after the storm. for individuals and for hospitals.
During the storm itself, one of the top app downloads was the Red Cross Hurricane App, which combines a storm tracker with emergency functions like a flashlight and alarm. The app also features a...
November 5, 2012
No surprise here: A new report from KLAS Research suggests that health care providers are concerned about security in the increasingly BYOD mobile healthcare environment.
Of the 105 CIOs, IT specialists, and physicians surveyed, 70 percent used mobile devices to access their electronic health records, including customers of nearly every major EHR (Epic, Cerner, GE, Allscripts,...