HIMSS13

By Neil Versel March 14, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge. Humetrix, the Del Mar, Calif.-based maker of mobile health information exchange app iBlueButton, is demonstrating its technology for the UK's National Health Service (NHS) this week. Like so many healthcare entities around the world, the NHS has been struggling to make electronic health records available and accessible to...
By Brian Dolan March 12, 2013
Since late last year it has been something of an open secret in some digital health circles that Newton, Massachusetts-based sleep monitoring and coaching company Zeo was winding down its operations and searching for a buyer. At least one investor was making veiled references to the company running out of money during various question-and-answer periods at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC last...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2013
Dr. William "Chuck" Thornbury, the CEO and Medical Director of Medical Associates of Southern Kentucky, gave one of the livelier and more passionate presentations at HIMSS13 this week. The Glasgow, Kentucky-based primary care doctor discussed how offering his patients online visits and consultations over the phone has helped him mitigate the primary care provider shortage in his area -- and how a...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2013
Nuance's MD survey on voice-enabled, virtual assistants Ahead of the big event in New Orleans, Nuance Communications surveyed 10,000 doctors in the US about how virtual assistants, think Apple's iPhone voice query tool Siri, might affect healthcare. Based on the survey, 80 percent of US physicians believe that they will "drastically change" how they interact with and use EHRs and other healthcare...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2013
Chicago-based health accelerator Avia announced that it had partnered with HIMSS to help connect health startups to hospital systems, according to a report in MedCity News. The accelerator plans to announce its first hospital partner by the summer. Avia plans to work with its hospital partners to first understand their needs and then seek out promising startups that might fill them. The obvious...
By Neil Versel March 9, 2013
Interoperability clearly was one the main themes at the just-concluded Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference in New Orleans. Probably the biggest vendor-related news to come out of HIMSS13 was the launch of CommonWell Health Alliance, a partnership between Cerner, McKesson – including McKesson health information exchange subsidiary RelayHealth –...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2013
At the HIMSS13 event this week, an executive from the automaker Ford recapped the company's now well-documented vision for how to transform the car into a next generation platform for mobile health apps, devices, and services. For the first time, however, Gary Strumolo, Ford’s global manager for health and wellness, interiors and infotainment research and innovation, drew a line between his...
By Neil Versel March 7, 2013
Graci Bluetooth weight scale used in Geisinger case study. Telehealth systems provider AMC Health is offering a money-back guarantee that its customers will see at least a 10 percent decline in hospital readmissions within 90 days of implementing AMC's interactive voice response (IVR) technology and case management services. "We feel confident enough that this will reduce readmissions enough...
By Brian Dolan March 7, 2013
At HIMSS13 this week, Kaiser Permanente had its suite of smartphone apps on display at its booth on the exhibit hall show floor. In the mix was an app called Hopp2IT, which turned out to be a white labeled version of an app developed by 100Plus. 100Plus, of course, was just acquired by its partner Practice Fusion. The app is not publicly available -- it is being used in an internal pilot by...