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ONC Announces Phase 2 Winners of Consumer, Provider App Challenges

January 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
ONC today announced the Phase 2 winners for the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.

ONC Releases Accenture’s Draft Guidance to Develop PGHD Policy Framework

January 12, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released for public comment a draft of a white paper identifying opportunities and challenges in the capture, use and sharing of...

Report: Federal Health IT Spending Will Increase to $6.4 Billion in 2021

January 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The federal government is forecasted to spend $6.4 billion on vendor-furnished health IT products and services across all agencies in fiscal year 2021, a $400 million increase from the $6 billion on technology spending in fiscal 2016, according to a report from...

DoD, Vocera Connect on $14M Contract

January 5, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
San Jose, Calif.-based clinical communications vendor Vocera has been awarded a $14 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), with deployments set to begin this month in U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) facilities around the world.

Fitbit Partners with UnitedHealthcare on Wellness Program Integration

January 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
San Francisco-based fitness wearables maker Fitbit has announced that it is integrating its Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker product into the recently expanded UnitedHealthcare Motion wellness program, powered by Qualcomm Life, Inc.

FDA Issues Final Cybersecurity Guidance for Medical Devices

December 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued its finalized guidance for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices and offered recommendations to medical device manufacturers to maintain the security of internet-connected devices, such has...

Survey: 46 Percent of Consumers Now Active Digital Health Adopters

December 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Digital health reached a tipping point in 2016 as consumers adopted digital health tools at a record rate—46 percent of consumers are now considered active digital health users, up from 19 percent in 2015, according to a survey from investor Rock Health.

Survey: Security, Data Privacy Top Concerns in Managing Staff Mobile Devices

December 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The adoption of mobile devices in healthcare organizations is growing, however there are challenges with managing mobile devices and a majority of healthcare IT leaders cited security as being their top concern, according to a recent survey from Jamf, a mobile...

Nonprofit Xcertia Formed to Promote Best Practices for Mobile Health Apps

December 12, 2016  |  David Raths
Four organizations have announced the formation of a new, multi-stakeholder collaboration called Xcertia to focus on assuring the quality and safety of mobile health apps.

In Canada, a Specialist Care Provider Harnesses Digital Health to Advance Diabetes Management

December 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
In Canada, healthcare providers are challenged with the diabetes epidemic, as 3.4 million people have diabetes, close to 10 percent of the population, and close to 6 million people have pre-diabetes, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Medtronic, Fitbit Integrating Health and Activity Data for Diabetes Management

December 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Fitness wearables company Fitbit, based in San Francisco, and Dublin, Ireland-based Medtronic, a medical device company, have teamed up to integrate health and activity tracking for patients living with diabetes and their physicians and care teams.

UC San Diego Health Offering EHR, iPad Access to Patients

December 8, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Patients at the recently-opened Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health can be in more command with their own experience by assessing their own medical information, controlling room features and more.


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