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 –...
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...
March 5, 2013
Mayo Clinic's app: Patient
When Stage 2 of the federal electronic health records (EHR) incentive program known as meaningful use begins in October (for hospitals) and in January 2014 (for physicians), compliance for the first time will not be completely in the hands of providers.
Stage 2 rules require participants to give at least half of their patients the ability to view and download their own...
February 15, 2013
Timed somewhat appropriately on Valentine's Day, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the winner of its Million Hearts Risk Assessment Challenge this week. More than 35 developers competed to create a mobile app that would leverage Archimedes analytics engine IndiGO (which stands for Individual Guidelines and Outcomes) for patient use, allowing anyone to easily calculate...
December 11, 2012
At times, text messages seem to be the uncelebrated workhorse of mobile health, especially when you compare SMS to health apps in terms of the amount of attention each gets.
While the potential for smartphone apps is still great, adoption across all mobile phone users in the US for apps has remained flat at about 10 percent for the past three years. Once these apps find tighter integration with...
November 1, 2012
We've heard talk for years about patient engagement, but not a whole lot of real progress. Mobile technologies are about to change that, with a substantial boost from Stage 2 of the "meaningful use" EHR incentive program.
To meet Stage 2 requirements, starting in 2014 (or the second year after initially getting to Stage 1), providers must share patient records with affiliated hospitals and...
October 29, 2012
Last week digital health incubator Rock Health announced its fourth class of startups, which will be the first to go through the program with the increased $100,000 in funding. Rock Health also announced last week that Kaiser Permanente, the largest integrated healthcare system in the US, has joined as a partner to the program and will help advise Rock's startups alongside its other partners,...
July 6, 2012
Proteus Biomedical's Raisin system
Intelligent medicine platform developer Proteus Biomedical has changed its name to Proteus Digital Health, to "better reflect" what the company does, Chief Product Officer David O'Reilly told MobiHealthNews in an email this week. Proteus also inked a deal with Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical, which is known for its Abilify drug for schizophrenia and bipolar...
May 24, 2012
I'm getting a sense that a lot of people in health IT in general and mobile health in particular are losing sight of the big picture. This isn't about making a quick buck, exploiting the prevailing inefficient fee-for-service environment or impressing young, healthy people with flashy apps. It's about saving lives, preventing harmful errors and building a smarter, safer health system. Do the...
May 21, 2012
Screenshot from a Senseye demo video (click to watch on YouTube)
A Danish startup company that lets people control mobile devices and computers with their eyes has won the innovation challenge at the largest health IT conference in Europe.
The company, Senseye, has developed a software algorithm that uses the front-facing camera on a smartphone, tablet or PC and an add-on or built-in infrared...