Electronic health records have great potential to help clinicians better manage patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and obesity. Disease management tools include identification of at-risk patients, lab and results alerts, and condition-specific registries.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an iPad app designed to help orthopedic surgeons conduct pre-operative planning of total hip replacement surgery.
Nightingale, a San Francisco-based start-up vendor of an electronic health records system for treatment of autism with embedded analytics, clinical decision support and reimbursement modules, ended its beta phase on March 23 and now offers the product under general availability.
Partners HealthCare in Boston has received a $468,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop an engagement engine that will encourage the use of personal fitness and activity tracking technologies.
A public-private partnership in Louisville, Ky., has launched AIR Louisville, a data-driven collaboration among public, private, and philanthropic organizations to use digital health technology to improve asthma.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has awarded $8.7 million to VillageCare, a New York City community-based, not-for-profit organization serving people with post-acute and chronic care, as well as rehabilitation needs, to help HIV/AIDS patients by providing a multi-layered and tailored intervention aimed at improving their medication adherence via a mobile medication planner, text reminders, social networking, peer mentoring, virtual support groups, and virtual access to health coaches.
A small-sample study has concluded that older, diverse, and low-income women found an mHealth app designed to aid in breast cancer risk assessment and advice easy to use and acceptable.
A multi-institutional team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins cardiologist and biomedical engineer Hiroshi Ashikaga, M.D., has developed a mathematical model to measure and digitally map the beat-sustaining electrical flow between heart cells.
IBM has invested in Modernizing Medicine, a vendor of cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic health records systems and other technologies that capture structured data, track outcomes and deliver clinical decision support.
Researchers at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis say they have created a system for tracking the quality of colonoscopies and determining the appropriate intervals between these procedures based on natural language processing that is as accurate but less expensive than human review.
The American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a multi-year national campaign to reach the more than 86 million Americans who have pre-diabetes90 percent of whom are unaware of itand stop the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
Yale University is streamlining the process by which it recruits volunteers for clinical trials and also the way those participants will be compensated.
University of Pennsylvania researchers have created a mathematical model they say could help policy makers plan where to place comprehensive stroke centers to maximize their effectiveness.
U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) have introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing the transparency of healthcare costs by providing greater access to Medicare claims data.
With vendors such as Apple, Fitbit, Microsoft and Nike bringing wearable technologies to market, industry analysts are predicting explosive growth for these devices over the next few years-and not just with consumers. Physicians are seeing the devices as a way to better manage patient care.
With more than 700 million iPhones sold globally, Apple has built a new open source software framework that it hopes will revolutionize medical research by turning iPhone users into powerful diagnostic tools for gathering health data.