Technophobia May Keep Seniors from Using Apps to Manage Diabetes

December 19, 2014     John DeGaspari
Despite showing interest in web or mobile apps to help manage their Type 2 diabetes, only a small number of older adults actually use them, says a new study from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Approximately 2.2 million Canadians are living with Type 2...

American Telemedicine Association Launches Program to Accredit Online Healthcare Services

December 15, 2014     John DeGaspari
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has launched an accreditation program for online, direct-to-consumer healthcare consultations. The program will accredit U.S. healthcare entities providing real-time, online consultations directly to the patient that...

HIMSS Analytics Report: mHealth Devices Growing in Healthcare

December 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Approximately one quarter of U.S. hospitals reported that smartphones are in use at their organization, and on average, 169 devices are deployed per hospital, according to the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Mobile...

Twitter Posts May Shine a Fresh Light on Mental Illness Trends

December 9, 2014     John DeGaspari
Johns Hopkins computers scientists say their techniques to analyze Twitter posts promise as a tool to gather important information about some common mental illnesses.

Center for Connected Health Launches Mobile App

December 9, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Center for Connected Health, an offshoot nonprofit of the Boston-based health system Partners Healthcare, is launching its own mobile health (mHealth) application that will aim to help companies understand personal health behaviors.

Walgreens to Offer 24/7 Telehealth App for Consumers

December 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Walgreens, the Deerfield, Ill.-based national pharmacy chain, is launching a direct-to-consumer telehealth mobile health (mHealth) app that will give consumers 24/7 access to a doctor.

Washington Debrief: CMS’ Proposed ACO Rules Look to Boost Telehealth

December 8, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed rules for the next phase of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) to encourage broader participation in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Some provisions would encourage use of...

ONC's Five-Fold Federal Health IT Plan Looks Beyond EHRs

December 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a five-fold federal health IT strategic plan, which focuses on widespread health data sharing and looks beyond adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems.

Senators Introduce Bill to Cut Red Tape in Health IT Regulation

December 5, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A pair of U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a bill that aims to cut red tape at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in terms of regulatory oversight of health IT software products.

Expert: Third-Party Telemedicine Services Can Complicate Care Management

November 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Third-party telemedicine services are promising but may complicate the care management under new reimbursement models, says Ryan Spaulding, Ph.D., Director for the Center for Telehealth and Telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Can the “Doctorless” Patient Model Be Effective?

November 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Earlier this week at the NYeC 2014 Digital Health Conference, Eric Topol, M.D., gave a speech about using digital health tools in a push towards a “doctorless” patient model. After listening to the keynote, I wondered about the practicality of this approach.

Information Requirements for the Competitive Healthcare Marketplace

November 18, 2014     Tonya D. Edwards, M.D.
CIOs of eight leading healthcare organizations convened on Sept. 12 for the annual Scottsdale Institute CIO Summit. This year’s theme, Information Requirements for the Competitive Marketplace, yielded lively discussion. In the session, the group shared...
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