Web-based applications and interfaces are increasingly common in the health care industry. Read here about advances in the field and about related topics such as how enterprise intranets facilitate communications across disparate locations.
Research from the University of Florida found stark differences in the quality of Web-based health information provided by search engines for different health issues.
The SMART (Substitutable Medical Apps & Reusable Technology) Platforms project at Boston Childrens Hospital which is developing technology to create an app-driven health information economy has formed an advisory committee that will guide the project on strategy, technical approach and business development.
The federal government is confirming the dates and agenda for a three-day public meeting in May to get industry comment on a proposed strategy for regulating health information technology.
Many healthcare organizations migrating information systems to a cloud-hosted service struggle developing an appropriate strategy for the task, says Ed King, managing director of healthcare consulting services at disaster recovery and cloud-hosting vendor Sungard Availability Services. The Wayne, Pa.-based company split from software and processing services vendor SunGard in March and became an independent entity.
The three federal agencies that last week proposed a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology will hold a three-day public meeting in mid-May to get feedback from healthcare industry stakeholders on the draft report. While an official announcement of the dates and location has not yet been made, the meeting is tentatively slated for May 13-15.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General has terminated its own 2011 advisory opinion regarding financial incentives for referrals from health professionals to an online service that facilitates the exchange of information between healthcare providers and suppliers.
Patient safety organization ECRI Institute has brought together 10 other PSOs and six associations, as well as a group of provider organizations and software vendors, to create a national framework for proactively identifying health information technology safety issues.
The first quarter of 2014 brought in an unprecedented level of venture capital for digital health ventures, according to start-up service company Rock Health.
The public will get a chance to comment on a proposed risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology developed by the Food and Drug Administration in coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Federal Communications Commission.
Those who were hoping for a new regulatory framework for health information technology products were disappointed by an April 3 draft report released by the federal government. The report, developed by the Food and Drug Administration in coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Communications Commission, unequivocally supports a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT products that is subject to FDAs current regulatory framework.
The federal government, in its new report on creating a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology, focuses on the functionality of HIT products, not the platform whether it be cloud-based, installed or mobile.
Certification, accreditation, conformity assessment; call it what you will, but some type of program to assure health information technology products meet certain benchmarks for safety is coming. And the federal government, while being a player and helping to facilitate, clearly is throwing the ball to stakeholders to get it done.
Authors of the federal governments proposed strategy of a regulatory framework for health information technology take pains to ensure stakeholders that the framework actually wont be heavy on regulation. For instance, there is no call for new or additional areas of Food and Drug Administration oversight. What the report makes clear is that the industry is expected to aggressively regulate itself.
Mobile application developer Medl Mobile, Fountain Valley, Calif., has been retained to create a native mobile experience for the My GI Health patient-provider portal. My GI Health is a collaboration between academic research institutions at UCLA and the University of Michigan, researchers, educators, physicians, pharmaceutical companies, and food and beverage companies.
Sookasa Inc. has announced general availability of Sookasa Compliance as a Service, which encrypts files wherever they are and while in transit.