meaningful use

By Jonah Comstock March 27, 2014
Left to Right: Halamka, Dreyer, Landman, Stack, and Weygandt. As regulatory efforts like ICD-10 and Meaningful Use continue to march on, the vision of policy and the reality of physician experience don't always line up. That was the key take away from The Art of Medicine, a panel discussion hosted by Nuance in Boston, Massachusetts this week. "We had a Big Bang moment, we had a horrible...
By Jonah Comstock February 24, 2014
Web-based patient portals, in one form or another, have started to become commonplace in American doctor's offices and hospitals. Partly this is due to requirements in Meaningful Use Stage II that patients have access to their own data. But the typical patient portal gives patients a small spattering of information like charts or lab results, without interpreting that data or making it actionable...
By Brian Dolan 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,...
By Brian Dolan December 11, 2013
Dr. Jordan Shlain on-stage at the mHealth Summit (source: mHealth Summit team) Mountain View, California-based startup HealthLoop raised $10 million in its first round of funding. The investment round was led by Canvas Venture Fund, an early-stage venture fund managed by Morgenthaler. Subtraction Capital also participated. "In healthcare today, broadly defined, medicine is a doctor and a...
By Brian Dolan December 9, 2013
San Francisco-based Practice Fusion, which offers providers free electronic medical records software and patient management tools, has added another $15 million to its coffers, bringing its latest round of funding up to $85 million. Qualcomm Life Fund led the round with participation from new backer Longitude Capital and returning Practice Fusion investors Artis Ventures, Industry Ventures and...
By Brian Dolan December 5, 2013
Last year the global medical device connectivity market was worth $3.5 billion, according to a recent report from Transparency Market Research. The firm expects the market to hit $33.5 billion by 2019 with an impressive compound annual growth rate of nearly 38 percent between 2013 and 2019. Citing the increasing adoption of electronic medical records, Transparency says North America was the...
By Jonah Comstock December 4, 2013
WellDoc's technology has previously been integrated with a hospital's EHR during a pilot. Eight healthcare and technology industry groups have sent a letter to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC), in the Department of Health and Human Services, asking that Meaningful Use Stage 3 guidelines include a requirement that electronic health records make use of patient generated data from remote...
By Neil Versel September 17, 2013
Humetrix's iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge in January. With new, tougher HIPAA privacy regulations set to take effect in less than a week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which enforces the rules, is trying to educate consumers and healthcare entities alike about a longstanding but much-ignored policy. "There is a clear right [in the HIPAA privacy rule] not...
By Jonah Comstock September 4, 2013
For the next generation of doctors, 66 percent turn to the Internet or a mobile device first for clinical answers, according to a recently released survey by physician reference app maker Epocrates. In their eighth "Future Physicians of America" survey, the company, which is now an athenahealth subsidiary, talked to 1,026 current medical students about a number of topics, including digital habits...
By Neil Versel August 27, 2013
iPads might not be ideal for all medical practice settings, but Dr. Lennox Hoyte, CMIO and director of urogynecolgy of the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, believes they are a lot better than desktop computers in exam rooms or at the patient's bedside. "We're moving toward 95 percent of physician activity going away from the desktop," Hoyte said. According...