January 31, 2013
The Society for Participatory Medicine, which has been advocating for greater patient engagement in healthcare since 2009, has hired Barbara L. Kornblau, former dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies at the University of Michigan's Flint campus, as its first executive director.
Kornblau will be tasked with spreading the word about patient engagement to healthcare professionals and...
January 17, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is working to promote more patient engagement and access with their own records. One avenue of this work is with the Meaningful Use Stage 2 guidelines, but the office is also working with data holders and app developers to encourage the development...
January 15, 2013
Innovation almost by rule drives cost down in other industries, but not so much in healthcare. "Healthcare is unique in that every added feature increases the cost," Dr. Diego Miralles, head of Janssen Healthcare Innovation, part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, said last week during a live TEDMED webcast.
One exception to that rule, however, is generic drugs,...
December 10, 2012
Rather than partner with an existing sensor maker, AT&T has created its own device to measure pollutants that could set off asthma attacks and warn people with asthma that it may not be safe to spend a lot of time outside.
The telecommunications giant, through its AT&T ForHealth initiative, previewed the sensor, called Asthma Triggers, at last week's mHealth Summit in National Harbor, Md...
December 6, 2012
(Left to Right) Penelope Hughes, Andrew Litt, Rohit Nayak, and Omar Hussein
When Meaningful Use Stage 2 roles out in 2013, one guideline hospital's EHRs will have to meet is increased protection of patient health information. That means the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will be doing audits for HIPAA-compliance.
The OCR fined Massachusetts Eye and Ear associates $1.5 million in September when...
November 15, 2012
We've all heard the election post-mortem by now. President Obama's surprisingly comfortable re-election — along with the continued split control of Congress — means that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a., Obamacare, is here to stay, although some Republican governors are deciding to let the federal government run their states' health insurance exchanges and are opting out of...
October 9, 2012
Online medical advice, EHRs and the "quantified self" are converging.
Attendees at the sixth annual Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco got a taste of this Monday during a standing-room-only session on new tools for patient-provider communication, where entrepreneur Birju Shah showed off his latest venture, SugarCrew, a social networking site for people with diabetes.
Combining elements of...
August 27, 2012
Newly finalized rules for Stage 2 of the "meaningful use" electronic health records (EHR) incentive program take into consideration some of the ways mobile technology has changed how healthcare professionals and patients access health information.
Notably, the 672-page rule, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Thursday, requires providers to conduct a risk...
July 3, 2012
Waltham, Massachusetts-based PatientKeeper raised $6.25 million in funding last month to expand its portfolio of physician-centered healthcare information systems (HIS) and build out its operations. The funds came from existing investors Flybridge Capital Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Whitney & Co. and others.
PatientKeeper was one of the first HIS software providers to embrace a...
June 15, 2012
ONC's Dr. Farzad Mostashari
Most mobile phones on the market today meet no more than 40 percent of security requirements -- such as those called for by HIPAA or proposed "meaningful use" Stage 2 standards -- in the out-of-the-box configurations, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
And even after being manually configured, only iPhone and...