Remote monitoring, data security, drug pricing intelligence and pediatric aftercare guidance are among recent initiatives from health information technology vendors:
* Health insurer Humana has launched a year-long pilot program to monitor the activities of daily living in senior citizen homes outfitted with remote monitoring software from Healthsense. Humanas chronic care management division enrolled 100 Medicare Advantage members in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia in the pilot, with Healthsenses eNeighbor remote monitoring system installed in their homes. The system uses a series of monitors and sensors to learn an individuals daily routines and identify breaks to routine, to track vital signs and other wellness indicators, to issue customized voice reminders for medications or other reasons, and to detect falls or wandering. Individuals also can wear an emergency call pendant.
* Credit and risk management firm Experian has integrated its identity proofing and authentication software with the MyChart patient portal of Epic Systems Corp. The integration enables providers to authenticate, validate and risk-assess patient identities before patients have access to their electronic health records. Authentication of patients and other authorized users includes answering real-time questions that only they are likely to know.
* Wolters Kluwer Health has released the Medi-Span Federal Government Pricing File, which consolidates CMS first publication of the National Average Drug Acquisition Cost, a benchmark of prices pharmacies pay to buy outpatient prescription and over-the-counter medications. The file also extrapolates pricing to similar National Drug Codes that CMS does not report.
* Cerner Corp. now offers to clients the pediatric-specific and parent-friendly discharge and aftercare instructions of KidsHealth in its Millennium electronic health record. The instructions, which physicians can edit, are available in English and Spanish.
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