Connecting patients and providers is the holy grail of clinical I.T. This section looks at enabling technologies, such as patient portals and personal health records that are designed for direct use by patients. In addition, patient-centric technologies, such as disease management applications, are covered.
Theres plenty of IT around to help the elderlymedical alert devices, medication reminder apps, Wi-Fi enabled scales and blood pressure cuffs, touchscreens with big buttons for Skyping with the grandkidsbut one observer thinks there could be much more and better technology with a few commonsense tweaks to the paradigm.
Canadian Minister of Health Rona Ambrose, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Immunize Canada, and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute have launched a mobile vaccine application for consumers, available free at the iTunes app store and Google Play.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Washington, D.C., is offering a $100,000 prize for the winner of the PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge, the organization's newest initiative to encourage research partnerships.
Overweight endometrial and breast cancer survivors--at higher risk for premature death--had moderate success in lowering body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference using the web and smartphone/tablet-based weight loss application, Lose It!
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez this morning kicked off a two-day public workshop in Washington examining the challenges of competition in the healthcare industry.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Newark, has begun to use COB Smart, a national registry that is currently identifying coordination of benefits for more than 100 million patients.
The Food and Drug Administration on March 14 issued a Class 1 recall notice to healthcare professionals for the Anesthesia Care software of McKesson Corp. The software collects, processes, and records data both through manual entry and from monitors which are attached to patients, such as in an operating room environment. San Francisco-based McKesson had initiated a voluntary Class II recall of the product last year.
More than 50% of commercial insurer and third-party administrator (TPA) respondents indicate their organization is currently participating or planning to participate in a multi-carrier exchange, versus 20% in a single-carrier exchange. Given their prominence, Aite shares the following recommendations.
Employer healthcare cost management software vendor Castlight Health had a very successful initial public offering of stock on March 14, which is good news for emerging healthcare information technology companies. But some tempering of enthusiasm would be wise, counsels Paul Teitelbaum, managing director of the investment banking group at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has shelled out $85,000 in awards to software development teams that spent the March 15-16 weekend coming up with new ideas for the hospitals patient portal.
A survey of self-selected respondents, most of whom track personal health data via wearable devices, smartphones or Web sites, finds they have strong interest in contributing and using the data for research. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Data Exploration project at University of California San Diego conducted the survey. UCSD recruited participants through postings on related Web sites, press releases and social media channels including blogs and Tweets. A new report offers interesting findings.
Castlight Health Inc., a vendor of software to help large employers manage health care costs, went public on March 14 with an opening price of $16 per share that quickly rose more than 150 percent to above $40.
DMC Harper University Hospital in Detroit, part of nine-hospital Detroit Medical Center, has notified 1,087 patients that protected health information was discovered during a police investigation into identity theft.
Obamacare opponents predicted early on that insurance co- ops created by the law would fail, and that much of the $2.1 billion they were loaned to get started would be lost. Instead, the 23 co-ops that now exist nationally have enrolled about 300,000 people in health plans by combining low premiums with a certain homespun appeal, according to company executives.
A new study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers finds that an alcohol detoxification protocol they developed led to a statistically significant decrease in the number of admissions per month.