April 9, 2012
Washington, DC-based Medicaid managed care organization, D.C. Chartered Health Plan, is rolling out a pilot text messaging program for members with diabetes. The Medicaid plan is providing 50 of its members with the free messages, which will include tips about living with diabetes, as part of a broader program that includes in-person visits.
The texts aim to encourage patients to schedule annual...
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...
January 17, 2012
In a few weeks MobiHealthNews will host its first webinar of 2012, which will look at the trends that are set to dominate the year ahead. The online event, called 2012 Mobile Health Trends, will also include a sneak peek of what we expect to be the talk of the HIMSS 2012 event that takes place in Las Vegas next month.
Three years ago the buzz at HIMSS was that an electronic medical records (EMR)...
December 8, 2011
How ubiquitous is mobility in healthcare? In a new survey from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), just five of the 164 mostly hospital-based respondents said that no group of professionals in their organizations used mobile devices to access information necessary for their everyday activities. And just one was an organization with no plans to offer mobile access to...
October 27, 2011
When it comes to mobile health, Eric Dishman, director of health innovation and policy at Intel, for Intel's Healthcare Innovation Group, is a realist.
"On one hand, Intel is really excited about the future of m-health and mobile health. On the other hand, we're a little worried that there's a lot of hype around it right now," Dishman told MobiHealthNews in an interview at the just-concluded...
August 8, 2011
Project Masiluleke: One of the mHealth programs Frog Design has collaborated with.
At last month's World Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on mHealth, Kate Canales, creative director of Frog Design, spoke about what mHealth programs can learn from the developing world, reports SmartPlanet. Frog Design is working on a number of mHealth initiatives in developing countries. Canales' four...
June 23, 2011
In 2007, then-Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen got on stage at the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C. and expressed his frustration with the slow pace of progress in health IT. "Enough with the grants, enough with the conferences, enough with the pilot programs,” he told the audience.
I caught up with him a couple of months ago at the Microsoft Connected Health Conference in Chicago. "...
February 15, 2011
At last year's mHealth Summit in Washington DC, mHealth Alliance executive director gave ABC News Good Morning America co-anchor Juju Chang a tour of the exhibit hall showfloor and highlighted a number of startups and organizations working in global health. The video below includes a few brief interviews with Matt Berg from ChildCount+, Clint McClellan from Qualcomm (discussing Zephyr Technology...
February 11, 2011
One of the core themes at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC last year was the conversation around developed markets and developing markets -- also known as emerging markets, resource-constrainted markets and so on. Mobile health services and technologies are already in use in many emerging markets and many people working in mobile health today argue that these pilots can be (and have been)...
November 23, 2010
What is mobile health? It's been a topic of much discussion. My favorite response to this question came from mHealth analyst Jody Ranck who told me in a recent interview that: "In order to have an eye on where things might go and in order to have some ability to anticipate or analyze the unexpected, resisting a precise definition for mHealth, in my mind, is a good thing."
As Ranck also rightly...