February 25, 2014
Three new Kaiser Permanente hospitals will be opening soon in California and will roll out the Journey Home Board, a tablet application that serves as an outpatient education and engagement app. The Journey Home Board is the latest technology to come out of Kaiser's Imagine Care Anywhere program, an innovation center based out of Kaiser's Garfield Innovation Center in San Leandro, California.
February 21, 2014
Without a doubt patient engagement is one of the more important trends in healthcare and health IT right now. Over the past few years the tools that look to enable patient engagement between providers and patients have changed markedly. It is important to note, however, that the tools themselves are just a small part of the story -- they can go a long way toward improving patient engagement,...
January 17, 2014
Phobious's augmented reality app.
Correction: A previous version of this story identified this as DreamIt's third class, rather than it's second.
DreamIt Health, a relative newcomer to the digital health incubator scene, has proven itself no slouch at recruiting big name provider partners. It launched its first Philadelphia-based class with the support of Independence Blue Cross and Penn...
November 12, 2013
Propeller Health's respiratory management platform
Mobile apps for clinical management have tremendous potential to help providers and patients to manage chronic ailments together and to expand access to care. However, lack of interoperability with electronic health records, a dearth of outcomes research as well as concerns about reimbursement, regulation and individual privacy are standing in...
October 17, 2013
A company with a background in emergency alerts and crisis communications is entering the commercial healthcare market by adapting a system previously designed for government operations and by introducing a safety app for home health workers.
AtHoc, of San Mateo, California, this week launched AtHoc Home Care Alerts, a system for monitoring the whereabouts and safety of home caregivers and the...
September 10, 2013
We never really know where the next game-changing innovation will come from. The smartphone started out as just that -- a smarter phone. But when Apple opened up its API to developers, that open source project started to unlock the true potential of a handheld, connected touchscreen computer. Nowadays, the ability to make a phone call might just be the least important thing your smartphone does...
July 9, 2013
When Kaiser Permanente debuted its Interchange platform API initiative last month, the company made it clear that they would not be feeding patient health information into third party apps or devices via APIs. While the health system has done notable research into incorporating things like exercise data into its EMR, it isn't interested in integrating just any data stream. Kaiser Permanente's...
June 3, 2013
Integrated health system Kaiser Permanente is launching an open API, called Interchange, that will enable developers to use publicly available information from Kaiser Permanente in their own apps. Initially, Kaiser Permanente will share data about the location, hours of operation and specialty information for the organization's 37 hospitals and more than 600 medical offices. That location data...
May 7, 2013
The Mole Detective App
Medical peripherals can combine with a smartphone to create the function of an ultrasound machine, an EKG reader, or an otoscope, to name just a few diagnostic devices. But without buying anything extra, nearly every consumer mobile device has a camera of some sort built-in. That means that when it comes to dermatology, most patients have, right in their pockets, the tools...
April 22, 2013
Underserved communities in the U.S. stand to benefit greatly from telehealth and mobile health technologies, but only if clinicians adjust their workflows to include remote care, payers start offering the right financial incentives for providers to do so and the technology infrastructure is in place to support digital outreach, attendees at a conference heard last week.
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