Kaiser Permanente

By Brian Dolan 08:31 am February 2, 2010
HITSP Chair Dr. John Halamka: "The iPad comes closer to my requirements than other devices on the market. However, the ideal clinical device would include a camera for clinical photography and video teleconferencing. Entering data via the touch screen with gloved hands may be challenging on a capacitance touch screen. Holding the iPad with one hand means hunt and peck typing with the remaining...
By Brian Dolan 11:54 pm January 27, 2010
As expected, Apple unveiled its new tablet device, the iPad, and it dominated the news cycle this week. Apple positioned the device as a new platform positioned at the intersection of the "liberal arts and technology" -- a clear indication that the healthcare industry was not its top of mind use case. Despite recent news that Apple has been pursuing a mobile EHR pilot with Epic Systems, the iPad...
By Brian Dolan 04:11 pm January 27, 2010
The iPad definitely helps bridge some of the gaps currently present in the mobile [device continuum]. Workflow is the key to adoption and utilization in healthcare. I think the iPad will be a catalyst. - Tom Herzog, VP IT and Medical Device Technologies, Cerner I think [the iPad is big news for healthcare providers and patients]. Despite its lack of a camera, the iPad will push healthcare away...
By Brian Dolan 07:41 am January 6, 2010
Nearly one year ago, we reported on Kaiser Permanente's successful pilot program with text message (SMS) solutions provider mobileStorm for appointment reminders. At the time KP announced that the pilot reduced costs and helped patients enough that it planned to roll the service out nationally by year-end. On December 11 Kaiser Permanente officially rolled out its SMS appointment reminder service...
By Brian Dolan 02:31 pm October 14, 2009
"The hottest company in the electronic medical records industry is a secretive Wisconsin outfit called Epic Systems," a recent Forbes article explained. "It does little marketing or advertising, shuns acquisitions, never issues press releases and tries to stay out of the headlines." An EMR company with a penchant for the secretive? No wonder Apple has teamed up with Epic Systems to increase its...
By Brian Dolan 05:49 am September 13, 2009
Augmented reality meets next generation screen technology meets personal health: "A contact lens with augmented-reality powers would take personal health monitoring several steps further, Parvis said, because the surface of the eye can be used to measure much of the data you would read from your blood tests, including cholesterol, sodium, potassium and glucose levels." (People are getting excited...
By Brian Dolan 05:17 am August 5, 2009
Text messaging (SMS) and premium SMS technology solutions provider mBlox announced a new offering today called Free to End User (FTEU) text messaging, that could create a clear go to market strategy for wireless healthcare companies looking to leverage text messages in their offerings. While virtually every phone has text messaging capabilities, not all end users have unlimited texting plans....
By Brian Dolan 09:55 am August 4, 2009
Kaiser Permanente's innovation centers: The Sacramento Bee has a feature on Kaiser Permanente's various innovation centers, which test a number of wireless health technologies. The San Leandro center, for example, is outfitted with patient rooms, mock-ups of workstations, operating rooms, and a "living room" that includes demonstrations of home health products. "By 2015, the home will become the...
By Brian Dolan 07:01 am August 3, 2009
This past weekend, iPhoneDevCamp, a not-for-profit organization that gathers regularly to develop applications for iPhone and iPod Touch, highlighted two healthcare-related iPhone app prototypes called Nurse Brain and Chief Medical Officer. Nurse Brain, which won the "Highest Potential iPhone Start-up Idea" award at the event, is a "communicator for nurses to hand-off important data about...
By Brian Dolan 09:34 am July 21, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance has added three companies to its board of directors: Qualcomm, Ascension Health and CA. The industry alliance of now more than 200 healthcare and technology companies works to ensure global interoperability between personal telehealth solutions. Continua's board of directors already includes representation from Cisco, Intel, Medtronic, Kaiser Permanente, Panasonic,...