March 20, 2012
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to launch a pilot in September to determine whether patients can "meaningfully consent" to their data being shared with other health care providers using an application on a tablet in the waiting room. The pilot will take place at a hospital and three clinics in western New York that are all a part of the HEALTHeLINK health information...
March 6, 2012
For the past three years two topics have steadily grown in importance for healthcare providers. The first is meaningful use. The second: mobility. Nearly half of the physicians in the United States use tablets, and more than 80 percent of them have smartphones. Every healthcare facility is working to achieve meaningful use.
While these two discussions have largely inhabited different orbits, that...
February 28, 2012
When it comes to IT, healthcare providers are currently focused on achieving meaningful use. No surprise there. That was one of the key findings of the 23rd Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, which was published at the association's massive health IT tradeshow in Las Vegas last week.
Last year's survey also found that fewer than 1 percent of those providers surveyed planned to make providing patient...
September 29, 2011
At the end of November last year Apple aired a new commercial for the iPad called "iPad is Amazing." Within the first few seconds the commercial showed a brief clip of AirStripOB, a vital sign monitoring app from AirStrip Technologies, and the first iOS app to secure clearance from the FDA.
"When I first joined AirStrip, I realized that everyone was talking about us. Apple had just aired a...
March 1, 2010
Solo physicians and small practices will soon have a new low-cost electronic health records (EHR) solution option available to them from a brand they may know very well: Epocrates. The popular point-of-care mobile application provider will soon launch its own "mobile and Web-based" EHR (notice they put "mobile" first.)
“This was a logical next step for Epocrates,” Rose Crane, CEO of Epocrates...
June 23, 2009
Why does it seem like so many physicians have embraced the iPhone, but only 15 percent of them are using some form of electronic health record EHR technology? That's one of the questions that Dr. David Kibbe posed to the audience at Healthcare Unbound here in Seattle, Washington.
Kibbe suggested a number of reasons for why physicians are adopting smartphones like the iPhone while shirking EHRs,...
June 17, 2009
iMedicor inked a deal with myLeaderboard to take its HIPAA-compliant medical information transfer platform mobile in an effort to respond "to the growing demand by physicians who rely heavily on their handheld devices to deliver a higher quality of care to their patients," the company said in a statement.
"iMedicor is working with myLeaderboard to deliver this new functionality within 60 to 90...
June 15, 2009
Last week at the Games for Health Conference here in Boston, conference organizer Ben Sawyer told MassHighTech that eventually mobile fitness tracking applications and video games like EA Sports Active will integrate with electronic medical records.
The event featured Boston-area companies like AWare Technologies, FitnessKeeper, and Molecular, which all develop applications to track fitness data...
June 15, 2009
The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, about the push for electronic health records in every doctor's office and whether the current agenda pushes older technologies that will stifle innovation. Blumenthal said that his team wants to ensure it does not slow any innovation from entering the doctor's office.
May 11, 2009
e-Patient Dave (right) while on a panel at Health 2.0
As is well known by now, part of the federal stimulus package included $19 billion for electronic medical records (EMR) implementation -- and part of those billions include incentives for physicians and hospital groups that implement EMRs by various deadlines. Of course, the implementation also has to meet a criteria referred to as "...