A growing number of applications are designed for portable devices used by clinicians. Stories here cover trends in how mobile technology is used in the health care setting, the benefits and pitfalls of various device types, and what the future holds for application development.
A not-for-profit startup company is finding a niche in Mississippi, offering telemedicine services in a variety of underserved areas while crafting partnerships that link patients in rural areas with providers.
Wellness-related wearable devices are among the fastest growing segments of the Internet of Things, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The devices can empower consumers to live healthier lives and society will benefit as more sophisticated tools are developed. But the association warns: All of these benefits depend on the collection and use of data, some of which can be considered personal or sensitive. Consequently, vendors must be trustworthy stewards of the data and the CEA offers guiding principles.
While recent high-profile health data breaches, like those at Anthem, CareFirst, Excellus and Premera, have the industry focused on cyber threats, Avi Rubin is focused on threat vectors in the not-too-distant future.
Inspira Medical Center Vineland, part of three-hospital Inspira Health Network, used to have around 150 overhead pages a day; now, it has about three.
Legislation to permit physicians to treat veterans via telehealth regardless of location is getting support from the Department of Veterans Affairs and industry groups.
New contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during the week of November 16-20 include UC San Diego Health, Gifford Medical Center in Vermont and VA Loma Linda Hospital.
A Senate committee has approved legislation permitting skilled nursing facilities to use a program that provides funding for telecommunications and broadband services in rural communities.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights wants mobile health developersas well as developers of other health IT productsto become more familiar with HIPAA. And its taking steps to help them out.
To support the creation of a national research cohort of one million Americans as part of the Precision Medicine Initiative, the National Institutes of Health has released the first set of funding opportunities for the study.
First Health of the Carolinas, a four-hospital delivery system, was an early adopter of home-based telehealth patient monitoring services in 2005. It's now using telehealth in other care settings to reap even more benefits of the technology.
More than 30 pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery experts from across the globe will make presentations on the future of care for pediatric heart patients, including virtual examinations, during a four-day conference at Nicklaus Childrens Hospital next month.
Big data investments are paying off in a big way this year, with organizations that are investing in the big-four technology trends - big data, mobile technology, cloud computing, and IT security - experiencing up to 53 percent higher revenue growth.
Diabetic patients using Johnson & Johnsons LifeScan OneTouch Reveal mobile diabetes management app can now view their blood sugar readings directly in the Apple Health app on their iPhone and choose to securely share that data with their providers.
The healthcare system is too focused on technology-based checklists and protocols requiring data entry by physicians, leaving less time for patients and getting in the way of productive doctor-patient relationships.
Use of a pillcam, a swallow-able capsule with a tiny video camera that lets physicians examine the colon, is common today. But what about a pillcam that actually can do a procedure?