Kaiser Permanente

By Brian Dolan 07:14 am July 9, 2009
iPhone as hearing aid sounds dubious: TechCrunch points out that the industry may still have a long way to go before we see commercial launches for blood glucose monitors and blood pressure pumps that connected to the iPhone, some health and disability-related apps are available. That includes soundAMP, a hearing aid application that's available in the AppStore for $9.99. More Kaiser Permanente's...
By Brian Dolan 02:13 am June 25, 2009
Not unlike the mHealth industry, the city of Seattle began with a number of false starts: The first European settlers in the city named their original village "New York," but perhaps because of the anticipated confusion changed it to "Alki," which meant "by and by" or "someday" in Chinook. A few years later Alki's settlers found it rough goings so they moved a short distance across the bay in an...
By Brian Dolan 08:22 am June 23, 2009
Kaiser Permanente's Director of Internet Services, Kendra Markle told attendees at the Healthcare Unbound event here in Seattle that "wireless technology is revolutionizing health behavior change tools." These tools can now reach people anytime, including during those moments directly before we make health-related decisions, she said.  These tools can now reach people right when they sit down in...
By Brian Dolan 07:53 am May 7, 2009
"I think what's missing from a lot of these mobile [health] demos is the patient-doctor interaction," Kaiser Permanente's Ted Eytan said during an interview on the sidelines of the Health 2.0 conference earlier this month. "If my doctor recommended a mobile service and said, 'Hey, I've looked at this and I think it would be useful,' then I'd be more likely to use it." As we have noted in the past...
By Brian Dolan 12:24 pm April 23, 2009
During the past two days the mobihealthnews team has been covering the Health 2.0 conference here in Boston, MA. For those readers who were unable to make it to the show we also put together a quick photo essay that includes just some of the speakers and panels that were on-stage at the event this past week. Click here to scroll through the photos we captured at the Health 2.0 event that took...
By Brian Dolan 04:40 am April 8, 2009
Earlier this year we reported that Kaiser Permanente was planning on rolling out a national campaign for text message based appointment reminders after the company conducted a successful pilot. This week at the HIMSS event in Chicago, we caught up with Kaiser's Director of Enterprise Engineering Carlos Matos and VP of Public Relations Holly Potter to discuss the text message reminder rollout and...
By Brian Dolan 09:14 am March 30, 2009
The New York Times ran a contributed column late last week by a doctor who relates her own anecdotal evidence for the findings of a recent study that appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The "connectedness" between patient and doctor can significantly affect outcomes for the better. More on the growing number of doctors making house calls thanks to better reimbursement.  Integrated PHRs...
By Brian Dolan 06:31 am March 19, 2009
The University of Iowa announced that it has successfully piloted a low-cost, green technology for tracking hand hygiene at a hospital. The pilot used Zigbee technology, which is a low-power wireless technology, to track interaction between a small, page-like badge hospital staff carry and a hand hygiene dispenser located outside of patient rooms. Article The North Carolina Biotechnology Center...
By Brian Dolan 07:27 pm February 3, 2009
During the second morning session of the mHealth track at TEPR today, Kaiser Permanente's Manager of Solution Consulting Nardo Manaloto outlined best practices for using text messages to send appointment reminders to patients. Manaloto recently completed a successful trial of such reminders at one of Kaiser's clinics. KP teamed up with text messaging application service provider Mobilestorm to...