meaningful use

By Neil Versel 03:30 am July 18, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge. Patient engagement is on the minds of a lot of people in healthcare, spurred not only by a requirement in Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations, but by imperatives to improve the quality of care and boost patient satisfaction. Some providers beginning to open their minds, but technical and cultural challenges stand in the way,...
By Neil Versel 11:16 am July 10, 2013
A large, multi-state anesthesia group will use the iPad version of Shareable Ink's Anesthesia Cloud EHR module to help clinicians document patient encounters at all 25 of its practice locations, Nashville, Tenn.-based Shareable Ink announced Tuesday. The group, Resolute Anesthesia and Pain Solutions, has been piloting the system at its flagship Boca Raton, Fla., location as physicians there work...
By Neil Versel 03:00 am June 25, 2013
Mobile operator Sprint Nextel has teamed up with TigerText, a privately held, Santa Monica, Calif.-based provider of secure text messaging services, to offer two texting products for healthcare enterprises that safeguard protected health information to HIPAA standards. The basic service, called Sprint Enterprise Messenger – Secure is provided by TeleMessage, an Israeli company that builds secure...
By Neil Versel 04:19 am June 12, 2013
A digital pen from Anoto. Serial entrepreneur and longtime mobile health developer Stephen Hau is stepping aside as CEO of his current venture, Shareable Ink, as the Nashville, Tennessee-based provider of digital pen-based healthcare data capture has brought in a veteran health IT executive to run the company. Laurie McGraw, most recently chief client officer at EHR vendor Allscripts Healthcare...
By Brian Dolan 06:52 am March 25, 2013
Cloud-based EHR and practice management vendor AthenaHealth inked a deal with Aetna's mobile health group iTriage to include Athena's network of providers into iTriage's symptom navigator, provider locator, and appointment booking app. The partnership is particularly notable because Athena recently completed the acquisition of major medical app developer Epocrates, which counted hundreds of...
By Brian Dolan 04:01 am March 21, 2013
This week the US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee is hosting a three-day series of hearings focused mostly on the FDA regulation of mobile medical apps. As of this writing two hearings have taken place, one held by the Communications and Technology subcommittee on Tuesday and another held by the Health subcommittee on Wednesday, but what could be the main event is set to...
By Neil Versel 02:59 am 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...
By Brian Dolan 04:29 am February 27, 2013
Practice Fusion, developer of a free, web-based EHR system, has acquired consumer health app startup 100Plus for an undisclosed sum. 100Plus was co-founded by data analytics pro Chris Hogg and Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard in late 2011. Hogg told MobiHealthNews that Howard was not directly involved with the day-to-day running of 100Plus and served as more of a mentor to him. 100Plus was the...
By Brian Dolan 03:55 am February 21, 2013
Later today I'll be presenting alongside Rich Roth, the Vice President of Strategic Innovation at Dignity Health, which changed its name from Catholic Healthcare West last year. Dignity provides care to patients at 40 hospitals and care centers across California, Nevada, and Arizona. It has also been one of the more pioneering healthcare systems when it comes to mobile health adoption. Rich and I...
By Neil Versel 03:00 am February 14, 2013
United Health Centers of San Joaquin (UHC), a safety-net provider in California's San Joaquin Valley, is betting on social engagement for controlling and preventing chronic diseases, even among a low-income patient population. The organization, which serves 46,000 patients a year, most of them uninsured or on Medicaid, at eight locations throughout the sprawling region, last week announced that...