December 04, 2012
Mark T. Bertolini, chairman, CEO and president of Aetna, delivered the opening keynote on Monday at the mHealth Summit. A former executive for Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans and SelectCare, he now oversees a global healthcare benefits company with some 33,000 employees in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
December 03, 2012
More than two-thirds of hospitals surveyed for a new study reported that their nurses use their personal smartphones while on the job for personal and clinical communications. IT support for those devices is lacking, however, as are policies for their security.
November 09, 2012
Today the mHealth Alliance, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Baker & McKenzie, and Merck announced that they are partnering on a new project to increase the understanding of privacy and security policies that relate to the use of mobile technologies in health care, a field known as mHealth. According to a 2011 World Health Organization report, governments cite issues related to data privacy and security and the protection of individual health information as two of the top barriers to the expansion of mHealth. Protecting personal health information that is collected and transmitted over mobile devices is essential to bringing mHealth to scale.
November 07, 2012
Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the iPhone.
November 07, 2012
Whether it's due to skepticism or a lack of resources, not all doctors are sold on the prospects of mHealth. But for those looking to stick their toe into the pool, tablets are finding widespread adoption as a good entry point for clinics and doctor's offices.
November 06, 2012
Health IT may promise a new paradigm of patient care, but it's also fraught with complexity and the potential for error. A new report from ECRI Institute outlines the top 10 health technology hazards for 2013, and health IT systems are disconcertingly close to the top.
October 29, 2012
Even as nearly everyone is using smartphones and tablets for critical information, few organizations have taken steps to keep the devices safe from cyber threats, according to a new survey from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and AT&T.
October 29, 2012
Ubiquitous mobile devices such as iPhones and Androids offer both opportunities and challenges for physicians. One expert says strong integration of voice recognition and natural- or clinical language understanding technology could be a boon for care delivery.
October 23, 2012
With mobile devices and EHRs on the rise, the opportunities for patients to become more involved in their healthcare are greater than ever.
October 09, 2012
Health eVillages, a program that delivers healthcare information via mobile technology to healthcare providers around the world, celebrates its one-year anniversary.
October 08, 2012
Hospitals and medical offices are busy places. Ever wonder how easy it would be for someone to walk out with an office laptop or mobile device? Not only do patients expect confidentiality of their medical records but government regulations like HIPAA demand it. The theft of laptops, computers and mobile devices is a common cause of data breaches and physical security is a highly effective first line of defense.
September 28, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs expects to formally award a contract for mobile device manager software by Sept. 30. The technology will enable VA to ultimately support up to 100,000 devices and allow employees and clinicians to use their own devices.
August 22, 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard wants to acquire an interface for its Integrated Health Information System so providers and staff can access and update electronic health records using laptops, smart phones and other mobile devices.
August 09, 2012
At this point, the benefits of EHRs are well known - the reduction of paperwork, relief of administrative burdens and substantial cost savings. But, according to Lynda Martel, director of privacy compliance communications at DriveSavers, the presence of an EHR in a care setting also dramatically increases the risk of a data breach.
August 09, 2012
Vitals, the New York-based developer of online physician information and ratings resources, is looking to make that experience less stressful and more detailed with the launch of its first mobile app.
August 07, 2012
HIMSS, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and Healthcare IT News, the industry’s leading news source for health IT, have partnered to present The Privacy & Security Forum. The event will bring together CIOs and IT executives for a day-and-a- half of collaboration, networking and presentations by leading health IT professionals, industry thought leaders and key government officials.
August 06, 2012
Four million members are now engaging in their health through Kaiser Permanente's My Health Manager, the organization's Web-based personal health record, Kaiser officials announced Monday.
August 03, 2012
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Franciscan Alliance, Inc. has selected Merge Healthcare's iConnect® Access* to image-enable their EMR and provide real-time access to radiology and cardiology images and information across its network of 13 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois.
August 02, 2012
Since they were brought to market, the healthcare industry has dreamed of embracing tablets and leveraging the innovative technologies and features innate to these types of mobile devices.
July 26, 2012
A recent survey revealed that of 1,190 physicians polled, 75 percent still use their desktop for practice management. In fact, despite the onslaught and popularity of mobile apps and usage techniques, just 6 percent of those questioned opt for a smart phone, while 10 percent use an iPad or other tablet for these same tasks.