HIPAA

By Jonah Comstock 11:39 am August 6, 2013
LifeNexus, a San Francisco startup looking to replace the traditional insurance card with a digital version, raised $4 million from undisclosed angel investors and one undisclosed fund, bringing the company's total funding to $11.9 million. CEO David Strand said an additional $3 million round is closing soon. The company offers a system called iChip, which Strand described to MobiHealthNews as a...
By Aditi Pai 07:22 am July 24, 2013
Cerner Physician Express In the US clinical mobility spending is expected to grow from $2.9 billion in 2011 to $5.4 billion in 2016, marking a compound annual growth rate of 12.7 percent, according to IDC Health Insights. IDC Health Insights makes the distinction between mobile health and clinical mobility or mobile point of care. The research firm distinguishes mHealth as consumer focused and...
By Jonah Comstock 10:52 am July 12, 2013
Caremerge, a Chicago-based company building software for assisted living facilities, has raised $2.1 million in funding from European investors. Grazyna Kulczyk, a Polish entrepreneur, led the round along with an undisclosed Swiss investor. The company provides care coordination and communication software to senior living communities with a HIPAA-compliant offering that allows residents' health...
By Aditi Pai 04:00 am July 9, 2013
This week, a study from the Ponemon Institute found that cloud based storage and mobile applications are the typical sources for safety concerns in clinical settings. The study, “The Risk of Regulated Data on Mobile Devices & in the Cloud,” which surveyed 781 IT and data security practitioners, found that 33 percent of respondents said that they need to access protected health information (...
By Neil Versel 03:00 am June 25, 2013
Mobile operator Sprint Nextel has teamed up with TigerText, a privately held, Santa Monica, Calif.-based provider of secure text messaging services, to offer two texting products for healthcare enterprises that safeguard protected health information to HIPAA standards. The basic service, called Sprint Enterprise Messenger – Secure is provided by TeleMessage, an Israeli company that builds secure...
By Jonah Comstock 08:14 am May 1, 2013
Michael Sorensen, in his old job as chief technology officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center, had a problem: pagers. Healthcare is one of the few areas where the pager still tenaciously hangs on in the age of the smartphone. A combination of factors contributes to this: many hospital CTOs find pagers more reliable than cellphones in a large hospital complex, and a switch to...
By Neil Versel 02:01 am April 23, 2013
A newly launched company is trying to streamline support for medical devices, make surgical scheduling more convenient and lower the overall cost of pricey equipment by facilitating secure video consultations on the iPad. San Francisco-based startup Nurep, part of digital health accelerator Blueprint Health's winter 2013 class, debuted its mobile physician support platform at the annual Demo...
By Jonah Comstock 11:45 am April 8, 2013
The FDA has granted Class II prescription-only 510(K) clearance for an iPhone-enabled vision test. The software, called myVisionTrack, was developed by Vital Art and Science. The FDA clearance applies to the software when run on an iPhone 4S. Vital Art and Science has developed the test for patients with serious degenerative eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy (DR) and age-related macular...
By Jonah Comstock 05:04 am February 20, 2013
The new HIPAA omnibus rule spurred a lot of discussion, but as with any legislation, how it affects real workflow isn't yet certain. A case study has been published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) detailing how HIPAA influences a public health text messaging intervention. Hilary N. Karasz, PhD, Amy Eiden, JD, and Sharon Bogan, MPH of Public Health-Seattle and King's County,...
By Jonah Comstock 12:32 pm January 28, 2013
Mayo Clinic's Patient iPad app "HIPAA is a valve, not a blockage." At least, that's what Office of Civil Rights (OCR) director Leon Rodriguez has said about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Discussions of the national health information privacy and security act often revolve around the ways it limits access to patient health information, rather than the ways in...