HIMSS

By Jonah Comstock April 14, 2015
Value-based care, patient engagement, and data analytics are three of the biggest trends in healthcare, according to a panel of health investors that spoke at HIMSS 2015 in Chicago this week. Anuj Desai, Vice President of Market Development at the New York eHealth Collaborative, Adam Koopersmith, a Partner at the Pritzker Group, and Ned Schwartz, a Partner at Drive Capital, shared some of their...
By Jonah Comstock April 14, 2015
Nearly a third of healthcare providers offer organization-specific apps for their patients, according to a small survey of healthcare providers conducted by HIMSS. The 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology survey included 238 respondents. In addition to the 31 percent of respondents who offer a patient app, another 30 percent are in the process of developing one. And 10 percent of respondents have created...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2015
Since Walgreens merged with UK drugstore chain Boots last year, the company has been ramping up its digital strategy and has announced a slew of strategic partnerships with companies like Qualcomm Life, WebMD, MDLive, and PatientsLikeMe. Walgreens President and Walgreens Boots Alliance EVP Alex Gourlay, who transitioned over from Boots in the merger, spoke at HIMSS this week in Chicago about each...
By Aditi Pai December 9, 2014
More than two-thirds of clinicians at US hospitals use smartphones or tablet computers at their facilities, according to a small HIMSS survey of 139 clinicians. The survey was conducted between October and November of 2014 and published in time with the group's mHealth Summit event in Maryland this week. "As smartphones and tablet computers are relatively new tools to healthcare organizations, it...
By Jonah Comstock August 14, 2014
Forty-six percent of healthcare providers answering a HIMSS survey used multiple telemedicine technologies in their practice, with the most popular technology by far being two-way video messaging. HIMSS had 400 responses to an online survey, mostly from directors and managers at hospitals, but also from doctors and nurses in hospitals and private practices. The results paint a picture of...
By Jonah Comstock June 10, 2014
Teladoc was one of the many signatories on one of the letters recently sent to incoming HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. After efforts to remove restrictions from CMS coverage of telehealth through legislative channels have stalled, telehealth stakeholders have sent a barrage of open letters to incoming US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, urging her to use her newfound...
By Aditi Pai February 26, 2014
Sixty-nine percent of providers use a mobile device to view patient information and 36 percent use mobile technologies to collect data at the bedside, according to HIMSS survey of 170 individuals who held a wide variety of positions in healthcare organizations. In order to participate in the survey, respondents were either responsible for developing the organization’s policy on mobile technology...
By Jonah Comstock February 26, 2014
A startup called Perminova is developing a necklace for clinical use that can track a number of vital signs including thoracic fluid levels, an early predictor of congestive heart failure that isn't currently monitored by most connected sensors. Patients at risk for CHF could use the device in place of or along with a weight scale. "You have weight gain four days before a heart failure event," VP...
By Jonah Comstock February 26, 2014
Patient engagement is about giving patients communication channels they want as well as the ones they need, according to Chanin Wendling, Director of eHealth at Geisinger Health System. And from her experience, patients are still more interested in useful web-based patient portals than they are in apps. "We did a study this past summer on women's health where we were trying to figure out if we...
By Jonah Comstock December 4, 2013
WellDoc's technology has previously been integrated with a hospital's EHR during a pilot. Eight healthcare and technology industry groups have sent a letter to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC), in the Department of Health and Human Services, asking that Meaningful Use Stage 3 guidelines include a requirement that electronic health records make use of patient generated data from remote...