Neil Versel

By Neil Versel April 20, 2011
Lest anyone forget, the HITECH Act not only provides some $27 billion in financial incentives for healthcare providers to switch to electronic health records, it strengthens HIPAA privacy and security provisions and increases the penalties for violating HIPAA. This, according to one vendor, partially explains why some organizations have been slow to provide patients with mobile access to health...
By Neil Versel April 13, 2011
Mobile healthcare is on a roll, and you can partially thank the next generation. Health- and healthcare-related projects took the top four spots in the U.S. finals of the Imagine Cup, an annual student technology competition sponsored by Microsoft. Four students from Arizona State University won the contest over the weekend in Seattle with a creation that combines a custom-designed digital camera...
By Neil Versel March 30, 2011
A special report on “Innovations in Health Care” that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Monday included a feature on mobile devices. Most of what the Journal reported shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who reads MobiHealthNews: Dr. Eric Topol, chief academic officer at Scripps Health in San Diego, thinks the pocket ultrasound is ending the 200-year reign of the stethoscope. Telemedicine...
By Neil Versel March 3, 2011
In this week’s MobiHealthNews industry roundup, Brian Dolan hit the nail on the head. “Do-It-Yourself Health Care with Smartphones: That’s the misguided title of an article in the New York Times this week,” he wrote. “The article starts with the 500 million people will be using mobile health statistic — which is the best confirmation we have for mHealth being atop the Gartner hype cycle — and...
By Neil Versel March 1, 2011
Proteus Biomedical's Raisin Personal Monitor Think there’s not enough evidence to prove the efficacy of wireless, home-based patient monitoring? Robin Felder, associate director of clinical chemistry and toxicology and a pathology professor at the University of Virginia, disputes that notion. Felder likes to cite a 2007 paper in the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health. That paper showed a 74...
By Neil Versel February 16, 2011
President Obama wants to spend $10.7 billion on a high-speed, wireless public-safety network that would allow first responders and healthcare professionals to transmit data, images and video during emergency situations as part of an $18 billion plan to bring wireless broadband access to 98 percent of America over the next five years. This “Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative,” as...
By Neil Versel February 9, 2011
Results of a pilot study of a mobile app meant to improve medication compliance among chronically ill, low-income patients are mixed but encouraging, the pilot's facilitators announced at an event MobiHealthNews attended in Washington, DC this week. The study, funded by a grant from Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative and conducted at the George Washington University Medical Center, found that a...
By Neil Versel January 19, 2011
By Neil Versel It’s time for a reality check in mobile and wireless home health, specifically in the area of body sensors. And this bit of buzzkill comes from someone at the forefront of the field, namely Dr. Joseph Kvedar, director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare System in Boston. “Most of the time, I write from the perspective of a technology vision that includes...
By Neil Versel January 6, 2011
By Neil Versel With the new year comes a new beginning for me as Contributing Editor to MobiHealthNews. On alternating weeks, I’ll be offering my hopefully insightful commentary on this fascinating world we call mobile health and interviewing newsmakers. I’ll also be providing regular news coverage. Another sign of the turning of the calendar: The proliferation of recaps of the year just...