Category Archives: mobile apps in healthcare

Why ACO’s Won’t Fail — A Contrarian View?

Will ACOs succeed? Well, if you put a lot of weight behind what the industry’s “commentariat” are saying, you would be hard pressed to place a positive bet. I recently ran across a post by Les Funtleyder, the managing director of Poliwogg, where he took a contrarian view and gave reasons why ACOs will not fail. Here are some excerpts: When ACOs are touted as a saving grace for the system, you can almost hear the collective groan of the industry veterans. Ever the contrarian, however, we took the side of the debate that said ACOs will NOT fail. The [...]

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Premier & Phytel Partner to Provide More Comprehensive Ambulatory Care Solutions

Premier has partnered with Phytel to more fully automate population health services. The partnership enables a more comprehensive population health suite allowing providers to manage patient care more efficiently, with better understanding of outcomes and total cost. The solution uses predictive analytics to profile an entire population, not just those who have been treated. The intelligence garnered can more effectively support emerging care delivery and risk management models as providers participating in accountable care organizations (ACOs) are reimbursed based on quality and cost overall. Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO participant Thomas Auer, MD, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group, [...]

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A New Way to Perform Physicals –The Smartphone Physical– Debuts at TEDMED 2013

A forward thinking team of medical student-engineers has designed a checkup of the future, called the Smartphone Physical. At this year’s TEDMED, a company called Nurture (a  Steelcase brand dedicated to providing user-centered solutions in healthcare), and a leading medical technology and innovation blog called Medgadget, have joined forces with these students to showcase the Smartphone Physical, a comprehensive physical examination conducted by minimal equipment that connects to an iPhone. Together, they are embracing TEDMED’s theme of “unexpected connections” to provide one-of-a-kind physicals to attendees. Delegates will be offered a series of quick diagnostic tests using devices connected to an iPhone to [...]

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Allscripts Buys dbMotion and Jardogs –An ACO Service Strategy Revealed

Yesterday, Paul Black, Allscripts’ new CEO announced two deals:  Allscripts acquired privately held health solutions providers, dbMotion, Ltd. and Jardogs LLC. The dbMotion solution has some significant IP associated with it, supporting what is known as “semantic interoperability.” At the application level, it aggregates and harmonizes clinical content into a single clinical view, clarifying disparate codes and vocabularies used inside EHRs. In doing so, it forms a foundation for accountable care and population health management. The Jardogs FollowMyHealth solution enables “patient engagement,” allowing patients to actively monitor and optimize health status by participating in their own care, which is critical [...]

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Texting Your Doctor? There’s An App For That

Last year Dr. Michael Nusbaum introduced a mobile application in an effort to make scheduling a medical appointment as easy as sending a Facebook message to a friend, and as safe as sharing your medical information in person at the doctor’s office. The New Jersey-based surgeon said he designed MedXCom ”to bring doctor-patient communication to the twenty-first century” by sharing medical records, prescriptions and treatments on smartphones. The app is one of hundreds that promote health and health care, but it’s one of the first designed to meet the patient privacy standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. With [...]

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RT-MediBus Announces Integration With MacPractice PMS

MacPractice, a provider of clinical and business connectivity solutions, today announced the integration of RT-MediBus Ambulatory EHR (Electronic Health Records) system with MacPractice PMS. The joint solution will give MacPractice PMS users access to the flexible, cloud-based RT-MediBus EHR system on a low-cost subscription basis –from within MacPractice. In just eight years, MacPractice has gone from co-founder Patrick Clyne‘s basement to planning for a $15 million, seven-story building in downtown Lincoln.  Founded in May 2004, the company now earns $15 million in annual revenue from its practice management software for health care providers — physicians, dentists, chiropractors and eye doctors — [...]

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Dell Buys Back his Namesake for $24.4 Billion

It feels like the rumor mill concerning the possible sale of Dell has been churning for the better part of a year.  Well, it’s over; and there’s plenty of butter –about $24.4 billion worth. Yesterday, Dell announced that it was being purchased and will be taken private by its founder and CEO, Michael Dell, with a little help from his friends (Silver Lake Capital, Microsoft, and a few others). Michael Dell will remain the company’s CEO. It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Dell the last few years. Although the company continues to do an excellent job producing hardware, its competition [...]

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Novation Releases Paper Exploring How to Quantify the Benefits of Mobile Technologies

Mobile technology is changing the landscape of health care delivery, especially in the developing world where its impact on people who live in remote areas –who now have the ability to consult with the physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers who live in the major cities, can be easily measured in terms of improved outcomes.  It’s life and death stuff. Said Dr. Alain Labrique, a professor of International Health at Johns Hopkins, “what mobile technologies are doing is changing the way that we see global health in terms of our ability to impact populations, to collect data in real time, [...]

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Friday Rant: Making “Meaningful Use” of Communication Technologies Too

It’s common knowledge that doctors are leaving private practice in droves. Sixty-one percent of independent physicians are now seeking employment, and the majority of those doctors say that the government requirement for them to adopt and show meaningful use of an electronic health record (EHR) is one of the big reasons, a new Accenture report finds. That’s remarkable to me. I know a dozen doctors who are currently negotiating the sale of their private practices and all of them are doing it for the same reason –more money and security.  None of them mentioned EHRs. Said Kaveh Safavi, MD, managing [...]

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Microsoft’s Biggest Announcement in Years Falls on Deaf Ears

Do you remember the days when a major Microsoft announcement –like the latest Windows release—was met with the same kind of consumer enthusiasm as say, a new Apple product? Don’t you remember the media coverage of the geeks among us (or within us) standing in line all night long to buy the latest version of Windows? In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft just released Windows 8. Not an insignificant upgrade to the computer market’s most prolific operating system, but a major new release that is being promoted as a complete “makeover” designed to create a consistent look and feel across [...]

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Omnicell “Wins” Renewal with Partners Health

Omnicell is a well-recognized provider of sophisticated automation technologies supporting medication management. Pyxis remains the market leader in this expanding niche, but with more than 2500 hospital-customers now, Omnicell is coming on strong. Omnicell’s automated hardware/software systems for medication dispensing include solutions that span the continuum –from the point of hospital entry through the central pharmacy, nursing unit, operating room, and patient bedside –-as well as in long-term care sites. Partners HealthCare just announced its decision to continue its relationship with Omnicell. It’s not only welcomed news at Omnicell, but according to spokespeople at Partners, “it is the most recent example [...]

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The Pendulum Swings Back: Apple Loses in the UK

Apple keeps throwing its mud up against the wall, but this time it didn’t stick. As noted by Reuters, the U.K.’s Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision, which found that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s design patents with its Galaxy Tab tablet – partly because the Tab was “not as cool” as the iPad. Here’s what happened: In July, Judge Colin Birss of the High Court ordered Apple to post a note on its website and publish an ad in magazines and newspapers to say that Samsung did not copy Apple. Essentially, the judge ordered Apple to [...]

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Mobile Apps Enable MarKet Share Gains for BSX and C.R. Bard

The annual MM&M Awards (Medical Marketing & Media) recognize excellence in smartphone healthcare apps targeting healthcare professionals. The scope of the apps covered included medical reference libraries, tools for aiding diagnosis and prescription, promotional apps, patient record resources, med-ed apps and various programs that turn smartphones into diagnostic tools or devices. At this year’s awards recently held in New York, Infuse Medical, a provider of mobile apps and content for the medical device market, received both Gold and Silver Awards. It is the only agency to win both Gold and Silver in any category at the show. “We are very [...]

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Kinergy Health –Advisory Board’s “Blue Button” Challenge Winner

For those of you with experience caring for an elderly or chronically ill family member, listen up. Kinergy Health brings family members, doctors, and professional caregivers together in a private, secure online community where they can share and respond to up-to-date information, coordinate plans, and collaborate to assure that the patient is always receiving timely and appropriate care.  It simplifies the role of the family caregiver and improves the efficiency and effectiveness of everyone involved in the process. What a great idea! The Advisory Board today announced Kinergy as winner of its “Patient Engagement Blue Button Challenge.” David Chao, Chief [...]

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Tech Patent Infringement Suits Approaching Tipping Point

The following post (edited) was originally published on October 6 in TNL.net. It made a specific case for Apple acquiring Nokia, but at the same time, it did a nice job of reinforcing how current patent portfolio management practice among the world’s largest technology companies is approaching a dangerous tipping point. A large por­tion of progress in the mobile space is dic­tated by the avail­abil­ity and own­er­ship of patents. While Apple and Sam­sung are most famous for their spe­cific fights over patented tech­nolo­gies and approaches, Nokia has qui­etly built up a very strong and rel­a­tively young patent port­fo­lio. This past July, Envi­sion [...]

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FedEx Summit Spotlights “Borderless Healthcare”

The interconnected view of the healthcare industry’s future was the focus of the FedEx Healthcare Summit hosted this week in New York City. The conference featured presentations and discussions with FedEx leaders and external industry experts on the changing dynamics of the healthcare industry and the need for new solutions. “As research and manufacturing increase around the world, there’s a corollary demand for global healthcare services and solutions. FedEx offers the connectivity the healthcare industry needs to harness the power of that growth,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. “As countries develop and populations expand, [...]

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