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.
New jobs in healthcare information technology are emerging and becoming essential, as reform ramps up and new reimbursement approaches become mainstream. Provider organizations also are facing new challenges as they digitize records and manage increasing amounts of electronic data, and must both use and protect it.
The Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles has integrated its Epic electronic health records system with Apples HealthKit to exploit health and fitness data gathered from more than 80,000 patients.
In an industry dominated by billion-dollar deals and the launch of teraflop-scale analytics platforms, a $1,000 prize won by a graduate student may not appear to offer particularly salient lessons, but don't tell that to Spencer Kohn.
When investigating breaches of protected health information, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has often found that organizations in many ways were not compliant with the HIPAA Security Rule to consistently secure protected health information. In particular, a risk analysis often was not performed or was done but never updated as the vulnerability landscape changed.
IEEE, a professional association of engineers in multiple industries including healthcare, has issued guidance to help software developers establish a baseline of security for software development and implementation of medical devices.
By monitoring patients in transit to trauma centers, an automated system that analyzes vital signs could significantly improve the ability to diagnose patients with life-threatening bleeding before they arrive at the hospital.
Telemedicine vendor REACH Health recently released results of a benchmark survey on the state of the telemedicine industry in the United States. The 233 survey respondents represented physicians and nurses, administrators, coordinators and other stakeholders, sharing their views about priorities, objectives and challenges, program models, management structures, settings of care, and their telemedicine platforms. Here is a summary of findings.
The past 12 months saw a dramatic increase in data breaches, but the year ahead is likely to present an entirely new set of concerns and a shift in how organizations are responding to cyber threats, suggests contractor and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.
Healthcare professionals have been using shared workstations and laptops for decades to boost clinician productivity, streamline workflows and lower costs. So it should come as no surprise that this highly mobile workforce is using shared tablets at the point of care as well. But to actually gain the same benefits, organizations need to provide clinicians with fast and easy access to shared tablets while minimizing the risks that they can pose.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced six winners of its inaugural Market R&D Pilot Challenge, designed to help startups connect with healthcare organizations to evaluate their technologies in real-world care environments.
Fitbit Inc., which sells a suite of wearable health and fitness tracking apps, has filed to conduct an initial public offering of stock and be traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FIT.
Moving from fee-for-service to value-based care will demand a hefty commitment of technological, financial and human resources, healthy doses of creativity and innovation, and true clinical system integration on an unprecedented scale, according to a new report from Harris Healthcare Solutions.
UnitedHealthcare has announced an expansion of telehealth coverage options for virtual physician visits, giving enrollees in self-funded employer health plans secure, online access to a physician via mobile phone, tablet or computer, 24 hours a day.
An at-home telehealth pilot program conducted by Arizona-based Banner Health and technology vendor Philips for patients with multiple chronic conditions has resulted in significant reductions in readmissions rates and healthcare costs.
Health information technology is foundational to President Obamas $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative aimed at treating the specific needs and characteristics of individual patients, according to Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for HIT.