October 29, 2015
Ochsner Health System's O Bar
By and large, the barriers to integrating patient generated data into hospital systems are no longer technical, according to a panel of technology experts at the Partners Connected Health Symposium. Instead, the barriers are about physician workflow and organizational management.
"You need to have an organizational structure and a process that supports what you’re...
February 5, 2015
At least 14 hospitals are now either actively involved in a HealthKit pilot or in talks to roll one out, according to a new report from Reuters. Google and Samsung are beginning to approach hospitals to use their platform as well.
Reuters didn't name the 14 hospitals, but several have already spoken publicly about using HealthKit: Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans, Stanford Children's...
October 15, 2014
Some industry stakeholders from providers to investors to consumer device makers think something like Apple's HealthKit could be the catalyst that finally brings the patient -- and patient-generated data -- into the healthcare ecosystem in a way that electronic medical records have persistently failed to do. While the conversation at Jannssen Labs and Johnson & Johnson Innovations' Digital...
June 3, 2014
At its World Wide Developers Conference yesterday, Apple announced two new health tools: a health data tracking platform for developers called HealthKit and a dashboard app for consumers simply called Health. Importantly, the Health app will come preloaded on all new iOS devices and will make its way onto older iOS devices if the user makes the free upgrade to iOS8.
While install base is hardly a...
June 2, 2014
At Apple's WWDC event, the company announced its rumored native health tracking platform, which we now know to be called HealthKit. Rumors have circulated that the tracking platform would be called HealthBook, though we noted previously that was probably not the official name.
"Developers have created a vast array of healthcare devices and accompanying applications, everything from monitoring...
January 7, 2014
Since the beginning of 2013, the Joint Commission has required accredited hospitals to meet certain standards for patient flow through the emergency department. To comply, St. Rita's Medical Center, a Catholic Health Partners hospital in Lima, Ohio, has focused on nursing workflow and patient comfort by emphasizing mobile communications both inside and outside the building.
September 18, 2013
The Henry Ford Center for Cancer Surgery has developed an app to help cancer patients find the answers they need when dealing with and treating cancer.
Developed in part by Dr. Steven Kalkanis, the Center for Cancer Surgery's app offers patients a portal to learn about treatment options for their particular cancer type, access a 24-hour hotline, schedule an appointment at the facility, search for...
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 18, 2012
Just one week after Nuance Communications announced that it had inked a deal with Cerner to add voice input to the electronic health records (EHR) company's mobile EHR apps, it has announced a similar deal with Epic.
Epic users can now use Nuance voice recognition technology to capture clinical information in Epic's Haiku app for iPhone and its Canto app for iPad. In the announcement Nuance cites...
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,...