September 15, 2014
This morning ACT -- The App Association and a number of its mobile health company members sent a letter to Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to encourage Congress to push HHS to make HIPAA regulations clearer for mobile app developers.
"We see a huge chunk of our membership engaged on both fitness and the more health-specific side," ACT's Executive Director Morgan Reed told MobiHealthNews in an interview. "...
August 25, 2014
Google Glass startup Wearable Intelligence, which, among other things, outfits Google Glass devices for use in hospitals, has raised just under $8 million, according to a report in Fortune. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, whose parnter Barry Eggers also joined the board.
This is the first funding the company has announced, but Fortune reports the company previously raised seed...
August 19, 2014
A new California Court of Appeals ruling has dealt a major blow to bring your own device (BYOD) policies. Although the case focused on employees working in retail, the court's decision may have implications for any employer with a BYOD policy in place. It could potentially have repercussions for healthcare down the road.
In a class action lawsuit, a customer service representative named Colin...
August 18, 2014
Welkin Health's iOS app.
Digital health accelerator Rock Health announced this week that it has added a half dozen new startups, along with three new corporate partners that will support portfolio companies through mentorship and other forms of guidance.
Rock Health companies receive a $100,000 in investment and a variety of other perks during their stay in the program, including support from...
July 21, 2014
In a new report from the California HealthCare Foundation, the report's author, health economist and consultant Jane Sarasohn-Kahn concludes that while the increasing amount of consumer wellness and fitness data collected today has a lot of value for personalized healthcare, it also presents new risks for consumer privacy.
For one thing, as healthcare moves out of the hospital and onto the wrist...
May 23, 2014
By Brian Dolan
"The issue of consumer generated health data is on that is near and dear to my heart," Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Julie Brill told attendees at an event focused on the protection of such health data earlier this month. "...Big picture, consumer generated health information is proliferating, not just on the web but also through connected devices and the internet of...
May 14, 2014
By Adam H. Greene, JD, MPH, partner and co-chair of the Health Information Practice of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and former Senior Health Information Technology and Privacy Specialist at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, where he was responsible for applying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules to health IT.
If you are reading this, then it is likely that you, or someone...
March 28, 2014
Mountain View, California-based TrueVault has raised $2.5 million in seed funding according to TechCrunch, from a range of big name investors including FundersClub, Paul Buchheit, ScoreBig founder Joel Milne, and an LLC that includes Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Maverick, and Khosla Ventures, and Immunity Project founders Reid Rubsamen, Naveen Jain, and Ian Cinnamon.
The company, which...
March 28, 2014
Hospitals are starting to get serious about implementing enterprise-level, smartphone-based systems for nurses, according to a study by Spyglass Consulting. In a survey of 100 tech savvy nurses from around the country, half said their hospital was now evaluating such an offering. Only 4 percent had actually implemented them already.
Enterprise mobile systems are applications that include (and go...
March 18, 2014
Less than a year after COO and chief information security officer Grant Elliott left Voxiva to found his own company, Washington, DC-based Ostendio, it has launched its first product, MyVirtualComplianceManager (myVCM), in open beta. The product is a software-as-a-service offering currently aimed at helping health IT companies better achieve and prove HIPAA compliance. Elliott said it came...