February 21, 2014
Without a doubt patient engagement is one of the more important trends in healthcare and health IT right now. Over the past few years the tools that look to enable patient engagement between providers and patients have changed markedly. It is important to note, however, that the tools themselves are just a small part of the story -- they can go a long way toward improving patient engagement,...
November 20, 2013
Google made big news recently when it announced Google Calico, a new venture that would apply "some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology," putting the minds at Google toward the problems of aging and illness.
Calico is far from Google's first venture into health or wellness, however. The company's (ultimately failed) PHR venture Google Health was one high profile...
November 6, 2013
Amazon's 2010 acquisition of Diapers.com doesn't seem like it would be a conversation topic at a Digital Health Innovation Summit. But Girish Navani, CEO of eClinicalWorks, sees Amazon's move into consumer products like diapers as a model for how EHRs can get into the patient engagement business.
"I am fascinated by Amazon," he said at the event in Boston. "They started out with a great user...
June 3, 2013
When MobiHealthNews first reported on personal health records (PHR) startup Cognovant in May 2012, the story warned about a "graveyard" of PHR failure. Cognovant, like many others before it, saw PHRs as the potential hub of interoperability for healthcare consumers that so far has eluded many provider-centric electronic health records (EHRs).
Cognovant, of Kansas City, Mo., recently joined that...
December 10, 2012
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A report from the Bipartisan Policy Center's Health Project, led by former Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), says that mobile health is a promising avenue for increasing patient engagement, which should be one of the major goals of health care reform. But barriers to mobile adoption and increased engagement include lack of awareness,...
October 11, 2012
In the latest attempt to get consumers to embrace personal health records, health insurer Aetna is making its MyActiveHealth PHR portal with the mobile iTriage app.
According to Aetna, more than 4 million people have MyActiveHealth PHRs, offered through ActiveHealth Management, an independently run Aetna subsidiary that offers disease management and other health management services, including the...
October 4, 2012
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The final results from a yearlong study of how patients and their primary care providers...
August 2, 2012
ChiroTouch, a San Diego-based vendor of integrated electronic health records and practice management software for chiropractors, has released three native iPad apps, two of which are intended for patient use.
One, CT Provider Interface, gives chiropractors remote access to patient records, including treatment plans, SOAP notes and images.
The CT Patient Intake app records patient history,...
January 30, 2012
Last week Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the US Department of Health and Human Services, penned a column on his top five health IT predictions for the year ahead. Not surprisingly, Mostashari expects consumers to use eHealth to get more involved in managing their own health.
"I believe this year we will see consumers and patients use...
October 25, 2011
As previous studies have shown, a new survey conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association, which puts on the big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) each year, has found that 36 percent of consumers are interested in using wireless health technologies to better communicate with their physicians.
The CEA told MobiHealthNews in an email that the study included responses from 1,679 US adults who...