A new home health product, expanded personal health records functionality and an incident management contract win are among recent announcements from health information technology vendors:
* Seattle-based Numera Inc. has introduced HealthPort, a home health kiosk device for patients with or without computers or smartphones. The product enables the capturing of health status data from up to four wired devices and an unlimited number of wireless devices. The data can be transmitted to clinicians via analog and digital phone lines, or Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular and broadband technologies. Multiple patients in a home can upload data through a single kiosk. Numera will pilot HealthPort this summer and expects availability in September.
* Personal health records vendor NoMoreClipboard now enables users to download their information in Continuity of Care Document, Continuity of Care Record and PHR Extract formats. The PHR firm previously supported downloads in ACSII and PDF formats and calls the additional formats “Blue Button on steroids.” The Blue Button initiative, started by the VA and adopted by Medicare and other organizations, currently only supports ASCII and PDF formats.
* Two-hospital St. Mary’s Health System in Evansville, Ind., is implementing the StandTo incident management software from ReadyPoint Systems, formerly known as DisastersNet. The delivery system recently launched its first drill using the technology, which is not yet fully installed. More than 150 hospitals use the software, according to the vendor.
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