January 2, 2012
Less than one percent of US hospitals have fully functional tablet systems, according to Jonathan Mack, director of clinical research and development at the West Wireless Health Institute. Despite financial incentives from the government, US hospitals are still slow to adopt EMRs, Mack told Kaiser Health News in a recent interview. Those that do might not have access to a native tablet...
September 27, 2011
EMR developer Practice Fusion announced native iOS and Android versions of its web-based platform at the Health 2.0 conference held San Francisco this week. The app is currently in private beta and is expected to launch early next year.
With the new apps providers will be able to view patient charts, review lab results, respond to prescription refill requests, and send HIPAA-compliant messages to...
September 6, 2011
Enterprise software behemoth SAP is developing an EMR app for hospitals, according to a report over at ZDNet. The company plans to make the app commercially available at the end of October. An Android version is set to follow sometime next year.
SAP unveiled the app, which has been in development for the past three months, during a webinar that was broadcast last week. The EMR's feature set...
July 25, 2011
DrChrono announced this week that it had partnered with M*Modal to integrate medical speech-to-text functionality into its iPad EHR app.
Epocrates, which announced plans to develop its own EHR last year, said it was working with Nuance to integrate speech-to-text technology into its offering.
DrChrono, a free download from the App store, is one of the first EHR apps built specifically for the...
April 7, 2011
The former chairman and CEO of United Health Group Dr. Bill McGuire recently discussed the opportunity for wireless health (or technology enabled healthcare or whatever you want to call it), wasteful spending on EMRs, the need for interactivity among healthcare technology applications, opera, education and much much more. Dr. McGuire is the Vice Chairman of TripleTree Holding Company and is...
September 15, 2010
Motorola commercially launched a new rugged, disinfectant-ready smartphone for nurses and clinicians that looks to enable healthcare providers to perform a number of tasks, including ePrescribing, vital sign monitoring, placing lab orders, tracking specimens, accessing test results and more. The eloquently named MC75A0-HC enterprise digital assistant (EDA) also features a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus...
June 2, 2010
Dr. Steven Lane is part of a volunteer group of medical workers that is helping to create an international standard for health IT in disaster situations -- his team has piloted the iChart mobile EHR program on the iPhone. Ever since the earthquake in Haiti, his group has sent a teams of volunteers every three weeks -- the most recent trip to Haiti began earlier this month. Dr. Lane is also a...
April 22, 2010
April showers, right? This week in mobile health news brings what appears to be the departure of a company MobiHealthNews has tracked since we published our first issue: AllOne Mobile (AOM). AOM and its partner Diversinet have been in court for the past few months discussing the appropriate breakup fee to dissolve their five-year agreement, which only made it to year two. Diversinet appears ready...
April 12, 2010
AHRQ says EHR makers need to remember consumers, too: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has set forth a list of suggestions for health IT vendors that include a recommendation to focus more on the needs of consumers when creating EHR systems. More
Healthcare in 2020: Forbes guest columnist Arna Ionescu from IDEO, imagines a US healthcare system where most of the future...
March 30, 2010
Wireless lifelines in global health: Noted global health thought leader James Bon Tempo penned an editorial for the Baltimore Sun focused on wireless tools that help care workers improve healthcare in other countries. Bon Tempo points to examples in Malawi, Kenya and South Africa and closes with: "This may be one of the greatest technological opportunities in our lifetime, and as the challenges...