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Hospitals Using Smartphones to Connect and Engage with Patients

July 15, 2014 by Kathleen Poulos


Connect with your patients, one smartphone at a time. Today, smartphones can be found in the hands of 58% of American adults and they’re checking those phones at least once an hour. It only makes sense that this growing use of technology would carry over to healthcare.[read more]

Creating the Ultimate App for Your Clinical Trial

July 7, 2014 by Dan Stempel

Clinical trial app

While many clinical trial marketers are making good use of websites and social media, some have yet to take advantage of mobile platforms for smartphones and tablets. This untapped resource, however, can be an excellent tool for engaging patients and distributing valuable information.[read more]

Keeping Patients in the Dark

July 6, 2014 by Casey Quinlan

The medical-industrial complex has, for eons, kept its customers (commonly called “patients”) in the dark pretty consistently. For a very long time, that was facilitated by a lack of access to scientific knowledge for the common human, but that started to shift in the 19th and 20th centuries, as public education rose across most of the globe.[read more]

Remote Monitoring Is on the Rise

July 5, 2014 by Indy Kavelaars

remote monitoring

Worldwide, 3 million patients have a remote monitoring device at home that is monitored by a professional caregiver, states a new report by Berg Insight. Whether this market will grow is not a question, but HOW this market will evolve -- that is the important question.[read more]

5 Trends for FY15 Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare Delivery

July 4, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Happy 4th of July! Or perhaps I should say, Happy New Year. You see, my company operates on a fiscal calendar so July marks the beginning a our new fiscal year. This is when I start reflecting on the most significant trends that I’m seeing in health and healthcare delivery and how these trends are playing out across the world.[read more]

Why a "Switzerland Approach" Might Become a Key Part of Wearable Health Platforms

June 30, 2014 by Chris Hoffmann

wearable health

Does harmonizing data between wearables and enterprise health systems call for a “Switzerland” strategy? As the volumes of healthcare data grow and sensors become more sophisticated, the importance of broader interoperability and data integration between wearables and enterprise healthcare engines are growing too.[read more]

HIMSS Analytics 3rd Annual Mobile Survey

June 24, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Mobile health survey

The results from Third Annual HIMSS Analytics Mobile Survey are in: this infographic pulls together stats that reflect the state of mobile technologies in healthcare today. Among the information that was gathered were barriers and benefits to mobile adoption.[read more]

Enhancing the "Coolness Factor" in Our Later Years

Making aging "cool" / shutterstock

Recently, I spoke at the spring meeting of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. My talk focused on how we can build better designs into products intended to help with the aging process. This would involve making “uncool” medical technologies into “cool” accessories of aging.[read more]

8 Healthcare Provider Pain Points

June 24, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

Healthcare provider

From a provider perspective, healthcare, as we know it, is changing rapidly. At times your head might be spinning when you think about the impacts of the Affordable Care Act as well as other healthcare legislation. What do you feel are the most critical pain points you are facing?[read more]

My Wish List for Apple’s HealthKit Initiative

June 24, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

Apple's HealthKit

Apple has been making headlines again, which is not unusual for a company that sets trends and moves markets. The latest excitement revolves around their new health app, as well as a partnership with Mayo Clinic and Epic Systems. I let the dust settle, processed all of this, and came up with the following reflections.[read more]

Medical Board Disciplinary Actions May Argue Against National Telehealth License

June 23, 2014 by Roger Downey

Argument against national telehealth license.

The primary responsibility and obligation of state medical boards is to protect consumers by ensuring that all licensed physicians comply with the “community standard of care.” Could they still do that with a federal license to do telehealth across state borders?[read more]


Studies: Texting Between Providers and Patients Can Improve Health Care

June 19, 2014 by Cliff McClintick

Texting for health.

Two recent journal articles support the idea that text messages between clinicians and patients can bring major benefits for health care. An important point to keep in mind, though, is that standard text messages are not HIPAA-compliant. The growing body of evidence that texting boosts the quality of care underscores the need for secure messaging.[read more]