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2019 Mid-Year Report
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3 Ways Data Analytics Can Transform Healthcare
Analytics can and will change healthcare as we know it–but several obstacles remain, according to David Lee Scher, M.D., director at DLS Healthcare Consulting LLC. Currently, data collected by healthcare entities is “warehoused in a contextual vacuum,” Scher writes in his... Read more
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Forward March: Cal INDEX’s CEO David Watson Sees Opportunities Ahead
Despite past challenges to HIE sustainability in California, Cal INDEX’s CEO David Watson sees real opportunity—and sustainability—ahead The development of statewide health information exchange (HIE) has proven to be a very long, twisty journey in California. The nation’s most populous state... Read more
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The case for expanding API use in healthcare
While the proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use and the accompanying certification rule emphasize the use of application programming interfaces (API) for sharing health information with patients, that outlined proposal doesn’t go far enough, according to Ashish Jha,... Read more
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Why health attorneys must not dismiss the revised Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act
Health lawyers should pay attention to a revised version of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act currently in the works, according to Indiana University law professor Nicolas Terry. While a 2012 version exempted HIPAA-covered entities, since it was considered duplicative... Read more
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Why a learning health system is important for patient care
A report published this past December by JASON–an independent group of scientists that advises the U.S. government on science and technology–states that the ultimate goal in healthcare is to achieve an “agile, national-scale ‘Learning Health System’ for identifying and sharing... Read more
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Lack of Resources the Biggest Hurdle for Healthcare Organizations in Defending Cyberattacks
Security professionals in the United States say they feel ill-prepared to defend against cybersecurity attacks, according to new research conducted by The Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Read more on the link.... Read more
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Legislators Aim to Send 21st Century Cures Bill to Obama by Year’s End
With a goal to send a bill to President Barack Obama’s desk by the end of the year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has released a discussion document on its healthcare innovation proposals and is looking for feedback from... Read more
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Study: Electronic messaging should be part of physicians’ job description
As participation in patient portals grows, so, too, does the number of electronic messages sent between patients and physicians, showing a need for reimbursement and clinical structures that allow physicians to make use of the tool, according to a study... Read more
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4 Reasons Telemedicine will Trend Upward in 2015
Consumers are excited about telehealth and providers have the financial incentive and technology to make it a reality, Skip Fleshman, a partner at Asset Management Ventures, writes at Forbes. Though the technology has been around for years, Fleshman says it might... Read more
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PCORI announces $150.7 million in Phase II funding for ‘network of networks’
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is seeking applicants for Phase II funding totaling up to $150.7 million in its bid to build a “network of networks” for comparative effectiveness research. It plans to award up to $82.7 million to clinical... Read more
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Hospitals want Congress to keep ICD-10 on track
Any attempts to delay, again, ICD-10 compliance would be a waste of time and money, and should be opposed, eight healthcare organizations–including the American Hospital Association and the Premier healthcare alliance–stressed to members of Congress in a recent letter. ICD-9 is... Read more
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Attention to detail key when dealing with big data
Big data has the potential to improve healthcare in many ways, but too much information could become unmanageable for the industry, according to John Mattison, chief medical information officer at Kaiser Permanente. Mattison, who spoke at the Big Data & Healthcare... Read more
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3 emerging threats to healthcare privacy and security
New risks have upped the ante for HIPAA security and privacy officers and increased fines have many on edge. Particularly in the aftermath of the Community Health Systems (CHS) breach, which put 4.5 million patient records at risk across 29... Read more
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Why technology won’t replace human interaction in healthcare
Technology may take the place of human interaction in some aspects of healthcare, but that doesn’t make in-person contact any less important, according to two industry professionals. Humans and computers are very good at different things, Sam Altman, president of Silicon... Read more
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Penn Medicine uses clinical systems data to reduce sepsis mortality rates
Penn Medicine’s decrease in sepsis mortality rates is credited to its use of data analytics, according to Healthcare IT News. The Philadelphia-based hospital used clinical systems data and an early warning system to improve care and response times, Christine VanZandbergen, associate... Read more
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Electronic med packaging that records dosing boosts patient adherence more than similar tools
The use of electronic medication packaging (EMP) devices that are integrated into the care delivery system and designed to record dosing events are more frequently linked to improved medication adherence than other such devices, according to new research published this... Read more
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Providers: Apple Watch, HealthKit intriguing for patient care, but challenges persist
As Apple looks to team with provider organizations and other health technology vendors on efforts relating to its forthcoming HealthKit platform and its new wearable device, Apple Watch, it will be interesting to see how much traction it gains among... Read more
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National Institutes of Health pubs final genomic data sharing policy
A finalized policy on genomic data sharing was published online Wednesday in the Federal Register by the National Institutes of Health. According to the NIH, the aim of the policy is to “promote data sharing as a way to speed... Read more
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Why sharing data is so hard
Is the health information exchange landscape as bleak as it appears? More than $26 billion has been invested, mostly in incentive payments to hospitals and eligible professionals who meaningfully use electronic health records. Yet just a small percentage of healthcare systems... Read more
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Brainwave technology breakthrough?
In a project that could be a boon for ALS patients, and potentially others with neurodegenerative conditions, Philips and Accenture have developed proof-of-concept technology that enables users to control devices using brainwaves. The idea is to combine the wearable Insight technology... Read more
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FDA plan a ‘huge’ boost for mHealth
In a move that’s being lauded by mobile health innovators, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released dozens of mHealth medical devices from the requirements of added regulation. The 12-page document issued Aug. 1 is part of the FDA’s draft... Read more
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Ending debate on EMR effectiveness?
For at least the last decade, the health IT field has seen a scholarly back-and-forth on the effectiveness of electronic medical records. As soon as one study is published that finds technology has little impact on patient outcomes, another emerges... Read more
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Deaths by medical mistakes hit records
It’s a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people... Read more
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EHR Association supports FDA plans
The EHR Association, with its nearly 40 EHR vendor members, largely supports the proposals for regulation of health IT put forth in a draft report from the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies, according to a July 7 letter... Read more
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Demand for big data gets bigger
Call it big data bloodlust: The more health information being generated by a growing contingency of apps, devices, electronic health records, mHealth sensors and wearables, the broader and stronger the desire for that data becomes. And those are just sources of... Read more
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Hospitals could do barcoding better
There is ample evidence that barcode technology for medication has had a significant impact on patient safety. But while most U.S. hospitals have adopted barcode medication administration, experts say there’s big room for improvement. According to a recent study conducted at... Read more
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Google Glass links to EHR
Look, Ma, no hands! EHR company drchrono is incorporating Google Glass in its platform. The idea is to create the first wearable health record — one that is always mobile. Drchrono offers its EHR free on the iPad, iPhone and... Read more
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Hacker calls health security ‘Wild West’
Kevin Johnson is a professional hacker — albeit a self-described ethical one. As head of the security consulting firm Secure Ideas, his job involves probing into organizations’ networks and applications to identify vulnerabilities. And what he sees in healthcare terrifies... Read more
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Apple’s new release features Mayo app
Apple on Monday touted its working with the Mayo Clinic as it rolled out an app that would piece together healthcare information from many third-party apps – including one from Mayo – to give consumers a comprehensive medical view on... Read more
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Nurses left out of mobile initiatives
Nurses may face “explosive growth” ahead in the use of mobile communications solutions – primarily because they’ve been ignored for so long. Indeed, 42 percent of hospitals still rely on pagers, overhead paging systems or landline phones for their nurses, even... Read more
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Clinical Challenge: Lilly’s Design Challenges Take on Patient User Experience
In its continuing effort to make clinical trials more patient-centric and to improve the time, cost, and efficiency of developing new treatments, Eli Lilly and Company announced the winners of its second Open Clinical Trial challenge, the Patient Engagement App... Read more
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ATA: Telemedicine meant to supplement, not ‘totally replace’ in-person care
While telemedicine can serve as a viable and convenient alternative to face-to-face primary and urgent care, particularly for rural patients, it’s not meant to totally replace such care, according to draft guidelines published this month by the American Telemedicine Association. The... Read more
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Community Health Centers Show Little Bias in EHR Adoption
In contrast to other types of care providers, which have disproportionately adopted electronic health records (EHRs) in areas serving white, middle class urban and suburban populations, federally-funded community health centers have taken advantage of the technology equitably across socio-economic divides.... Read more
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DrugDev Acquires TrialNetworks as ‘Tech Glue’
DrugDev announced this morning that it has acquired TrialNetworks. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the transaction was supported by investment from Invesco Perpetual. TrialNetworks hosts what it calls the industry’s only cloud-based clinical trial optimization platform. TrialNetworks’ CEO Eric Silberstein... Read more
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Define your health system through data, not buildings
Investing in interoperability is well worth it so a health system can be demarcated by its data, and not its individual buildings, according to John Bosco, CIO of Great Neck, New York-based North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. The system plans... Read more
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CMS official: We were ready for ICD-10
The ICD-10 delay that went into effect earlier this month won’t be a total “killer” for implementation of the more advanced coding set, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services representative speaking to members of the American Health... Read more
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Big data mashups hold research potential, practical challenges for healthcare industry
Other industries have been far more successful than healthcare in mashing together big datasets to learn more about their customers. The prospect raises myriad possibilities, according to a Viewpoint article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. What could be... Read more
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Financial tools seeping into population health management
The definition of population health management (PHM) differs depending on whom you talk to. But the lines are blurring between PHM and financial management, according to a blog post at Chilmark Research. Quality and care management groups might have a different... Read more
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The Rise of the Social Patient: How Connected Patients are Changing Clinical Trials
When Jeri Burtchell entered a 2007 trial testing a first-ever MS pill, she feared the unknown, didn’t understand the medical jargon, and couldn’t tell if the informed consent was written in English or Klingon. She did what any well-intentioned, apprehensive... Read more
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Google Glass in the Hospital
Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has given out Google Glass to all emergency room doctors in an expanding pilot program. Patients’ rooms are labeled with QR codes that immediately bring up their charts and records when scanned, allowing doctors... Read more
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ePRO Technology Benefits Drug Development for Pulmonary Diseases
The quest to find new therapies to treat and cure pulmonary disease continues at a rapid pace. According to Centerwatch.com, 27,583 pulmonary studies are ongoing. Asthma studies represent more than 10% of these trials. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) studies... Read more
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Definiens Brings Big Data to the Tissue
This Monday, an unusual partnership was announced between Clarient Diagnostic Services, one of the largest cancer testing facilities in the US, and Definiens, a software company that specializes in applying big data analytics to biomedical information. Clarient will be using... Read more
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Health Record Sharing Program to Enter Three-State Trial
The CommonWell Health Alliance has announced that a trial of its plan for fluidly sharing patient health records between providers will commence in early 2014, with select acute and ambulatory care providers in Chicago, IL; Columbia, SC; and Elkin and... Read more
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When Should We Stop Screening for Cancer?
While clinical screening for cervical and colorectal cancers in middle-aged Americans is standard practice that is generally agreed to improve health outcomes, screening for these cancers in the elderly has been more controversial. “The potential benefits of early detection with... Read more
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Watson-like tech tackles readmissions
UNC Health Care is using IBM big data analytics to help hospital workers reduce costly and preventable readmissions, decrease mortality rates and improve patient care. Read more on the link.... Read more
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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 was awarded jointly to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Sudhof “for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”. So, you know,... Read more
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6 tactics for boosting EHR usability
EHR usability is among the greatest barriers to digitizing America’s healthcare system. Electronic health records present a push toward modernization – transformation even –  but to fulfill the promise, industry insiders say, the clunky technology has to be made easier... Read more
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Dossia rolls out analytics platform to support population health management
In a move aimed at helping organizations rein in healthcare costs and improve their members’ health, Dossia announced Thursday the launch of the Dossia Dashboard, a population health management system. According to Dossia officials, the dashboard pairs the company’s personal health... Read more
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Can computers keep pace with genomics?
There’s a lot of excited commentary out there about genomics and personalized medicine. And no doubt it’s exciting. The prospect of being able to home in on hitherto inaccessible data at the DNA level – thus enabling perfectly tailored treatment... Read more
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There’s a healthcare piece to new iPhone
Lost in all the ho-hum reviews of the new iPhone 5S this week is an addition that could boost its value as an mHealth device. The new version of the iPhone includes a M7 “motion coprocessor,” a second processor that gathers... Read more
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Without sharing, big data is nothing
With all the hype surrounding big data, pinning down its ideal usage is important for planning the development and expanding uses. What goal should the healthcare industry have in mind as it explores the possibilities for improved care and lowered... Read more
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UW researchers (kinda) achieve mind control
University of Washington researchers claim to have achieved the first human brain-to-brain interface. So, you know, mind control. According to an announcement made Tuesday, a researcher sent a signal into a colleague’s brain via the Internet and was able to move the... Read more
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Remote monitoring drives global telemedicine growth
Remote patient telemonitoring is the biggest driver of the global telemedicine market, according to a new report from Research and Markets. The analysis predicts that the global telemedicine market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 18.9 percent from... Read more
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100 cyclists to trek across Europe decked out in wearable health monitors
After BenJarvus Green-Ellis, then of the New England Patriots, wore a specialized chin strap from Battle Sports Science to measure how hard he was hit during Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012, MobiHealthNews described the presence of mobile health as... Read more
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Multi-state anesthesia group adopting Shareable Ink module for Meaningful Use
A large, multi-state anesthesia group will use the iPad version of Shareable Ink’s Anesthesia Cloud EHR module to help clinicians document patient encounters at all 25 of its practice locations, Nashville, Tenn.-based Shareable Ink announced Tuesday. Read more on mobihealthnews.... Read more
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Technology can mitigate challenges of genomic data in EHRs
Much work remains to be done before genetic content can effectively be incorporated into electronic health records, research from the University of Wisconsin concludes. In a paper published online today in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, the researchers... Read more
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Harvard Pilgrim: Voice calls weren’t enough for diabetes management, now trying texts, too
Harvard Pilgrim is not new to using digital health technology to improve patient care and wellness at home — the health insurance company worked with health engagement platform Eliza back in 2006 and with smart pillbox maker MedMinder in 2009,... Read more
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Android medical dictionary promises to save $2,300 per doc
Following the same notion that speech recognition technology vendors have had about medicine needing customized electronic dictionaries to handle the specialized vocabulary, a British company is bringing medical terminology to texting and mobile typing – and positioning its product as... Read more
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Implanted cardiac devices could be subject to tampering
Sensors made to pick up a heart’s rhythm in implanted cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers could be subject to tampering, according to research from the University of Michigan. An announcement from Michigan highlights experiments in simulated human models, in which researchers demonstrated... Read more
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AirStrip, mVisum settle patent lawsuit with no licensing deal
San Antonio, Texas-based Airstrip and Camden, NJ-based mVisum recently announced that they had settled the lawsuit AirStrip brought against mVisum in October 2012 for allegedly infringing on AirStrip’s patent for remote monitoring of patient medical data on smartphones. The settlement... Read more
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Facebook ‘likes’ could track, map obesity
Facebook interests could help predict and track obesity, according to a study by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston, in which geotagged Facebook user data was compared with data from national surveys. An announcement from the hospital states that “the conclusions... Read more
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Digital health could solve primary care shortage, Frost analyst says
If digital health technologies take hold the way many believe they will, the U.S. may no longer have to worry about a pressing shortage of primary care physicians, projected by the Association of American Medical Colleges to reach 65,800 doctors... Read more
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AMC Health guarantees lower readmissions, prepares wireless monitor for inhaler use
Telehealth systems provider AMC Health is offering a money-back guarantee that its customers will see at least a 10 percent decline in hospital readmissions within 90 days of implementing AMC’s interactive voice response (IVR) technology and case management services. “We feel... Read more
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Why it’s harder for health accelerators
Health-specific incubators and accelerators have been expanding and proliferating for the past two years, and they seem to be making an impact — Rock Health, for instance, recently announced that their average startup is valued at $5.2 million. But do... Read more
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Needed: Standardized outcome measures for patient-generated data
In order to conduct meaningful clinical trials, it’s important to have solid metrics for tracking disease trajectories and patient experiences. Developing these patient outcome measures is the goal of PatientsLikeMe’s new open-participation research platform, funded by a $1.9 million grant... Read more
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What risks do docs who prescribe devices like AliveCor take on?
If there’s one device that’s recently become a symbol for the promise — and potential pitfalls — of mobile health, it’s AliveCor Heart Monitor, formerly known as the AliveCor iPhone ECG, which received FDA clearance for prescription use in December.... Read more
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CIO survey finds mobile-enabled healthcare a top trend
There are more market research reports, survey results and industry metrics related to mobile and digital health floating around these days than in years past: Our recently published State of the Industry Q4/2012 Year in Review report included a summary... Read more
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BlackBerry gears up for comeback, will doctors follow?
Research in Motion (RIM) finally renamed itself “BlackBerry” after its signature product, even as it launched its much-awaited iPhone/Android competitor: the BlackBerry 10 operating system, touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 and keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Q10. The launch has been described as a Hail... Read more
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About that meta-analysis of mHealth efficacy studies
Technology moves too quickly for the world of academic publishing. That’s a long held belief by many but also a common topic of conversation among those working in digital health today. How to best study efficacy can be a tricky... Read more
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Unique nature of healthcare holding back innovation, even with consumer demand
Innovation almost by rule drives cost down in other industries, but not so much in healthcare. “Healthcare is unique in that every added feature increases the cost,” Dr. Diego Miralles, head of Janssen Healthcare Innovation, part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical... Read more
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Roundup: Predictions for digital health in 2013
As the new year kicks off so, too, do the predictions for mobile and digital health. Pundits ranging from physician consultants and startup CEOs to investors and research analysts were busy last month assembling a wide array of predictions and... Read more
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Asthma apps proliferate for the right reasons
Asthmapolis. Asthma Journal. AsthmaMD. GlaxoSmithKline’s MyAsthma. AsthmaSense and AirSonea, both from iSonea. T-Haler. CitiSense. WeatherMD. iBiomed. Healthanywhere. SMS-based Asthma Signals. Those are just the asthma-related mobile apps and wireless devices MobiHealthNews has written about. Check Google Play and you’ll find nearly... Read more
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AT&T develops sensor to warn asthma patients of triggers
Rather than partner with an existing sensor maker, AT&T has created its own device to measure pollutants that could set off asthma attacks and warn people with asthma that it may not be safe to spend a lot of time... Read more
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Basis commercially launches wrist-worn, healthy habits device
After at least two years of development, Basis Science has officially launched its wrist-worn fitness and health tracker, Basis, for $199, which includes a free, supporting web-based health behavior change platform. The device is available on the company’s site and... Read more
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Mergers and acquisitions may be hazardous to health IT
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be hazardous to a company’s health, industry experts often warn. In the realm of health IT, this maxim is no less true. Robert W. Holthausen, professor of accounting, finance and management at the University of Pennsylvania... Read more
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Evidence builds for SMS smoking cessation
This week, the Cochrane Library published a review of mobile messaging-based smoking cessation interventions. The report found that, based on five studies, with a total of more than 9,000 participants, smokers who used mobile messaging interventions were twice as likely... Read more