Tags: chief medical information officer | CMIO Magazine | handheld computers | hospitals | smartphones | Tablet PCs | tablets |
Some 39 percent of Chief Medical Information Officers have rolled out mobile computers or handhelds at their facilities, according to a recently published survey in CMIO Magazine. The publication surveyed 212 CMIOs between May 3 and June 2 of this year. Here’s the rest of that survey question’s results: What is the status of mobile computers/handhelds within your organization?
Respondents: Keep reading>>
Tags: CardioNet | Home Diagnostics | Nipro | wireless health monitoring |
Wireless health monitoring company CardioNet named Joseph Capper president and CEO this week, effective immediately. Capper was formerly president and CEO of diabetes care company Home Diagnostics, which Japan-based Nipro acquired earlier this year. CardioNet’s offering uses wireless and medical technology to diagnose and monitor cardiac arrhythmias.
CardioNet’s interim CEO Randy Thurman, who stepped in when Ari Cohen left the firm in January 2009, will remain as chairman of the company’s board.
Capper’s appointment was nearly a year-and-a-half in the making. It was a difficult year for CardioNet, too, since Highmark CMS decided to cut reimbursement for the company’s product and services by a third, which led to cuts in the company’s operations.
Given Capper’s previous experience at two diabetes-focused companies, we wonder whether CardioNet will begin to get more aggressive about moving into other verticals, which it has previously noted as part of its future plans: Keep reading>>
Tags: Bradley Merrill Thompson | EBG Advisors | FDA regulation | mHealth regulation | mHealth Regulatory Coalition |
If you have been following MobiHealthNews’ series of contributed articles penned by Bradley Merrill Thompson, a strategic counsel at EBG Advisors, you know that the regulatory environment facing the mobile health industry is unfortunately about as murky as the Gulf Coast right now.
In order to at least draw a line for those companies that believe they do not fall into an FDA regulated device category, Thompson and Dane Stout, Executive Director of the Anson Group, have formed a “temporary” mHealth Regulatory Coalition that aims to work with the FDA to determine where that line should be drawn and to subsequently make that information readily available. (The group is open to all interested parties and is not an official committee within the FDA, view Thompson’s invitation to join here.)
Thompson explained this very well in his most recent and final article in our series on mobile health regulation, here’s the relevant passage: Keep reading>>
Tags: 3G Doctor | Apple | iPhone 4 FaceTime | Ireland | mobile video consultations | United Kingdon |
Last week 3G Doctor’s business development lead David Doherty, an active leader in the mobile health community, announced that iPhone 4 users in the UK and Ireland will be able to conduct video consultations with doctors via the 3G Doctor service by using Apple’s new video calling app, FaceTime.
“We’re proud to announce that from [June 24, 2010] we’ll be making the 3G Doctor services available to UK and Irish patients who have bought the new iPhone 4 from Apple,” Doherty wrote on the 3G Doctor blog. “No need to download anything, simply visit our secure mobile website, top up your account (£35 per consultation), select or enter your problem and complete the medical questionnaire, and wait for one of our informed registered doctors to video call you to consult on your problems.”
A chiropractor in St. Louis, Missouri recently blogged about the potential the iPhone 4 would have to change patient-doctor relationships if video consultations became available: Keep reading>>
Tags: Aetna | CHF | chronic heart failure | Intel Health Guide | Medicare CHF | remote patient monitoring | vital sign monitoring | wireless health |
At the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute conference this week, Aetna and Intel released preliminary findings from their Intel Health Guide pilot for chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. The pilots aim was to demonstrate how remote patient monitoring and nurse case management could improve the health of Medicare patients with CHF.
Dr. Randall Krakauer, Aetna’s national Medicare medical director, presented initial findings from the Aetna-Intel study at the Institute 2010 conference: Preliminary results revealed a number of successful early interventions and evidence of improved adherence from both clinicians and patients. (As Telecare Aware aptly put it, the summary results were “disappointingly generic.”)
“Evidence shows that traditional nurse care management programs have improved outcomes and reduced avoidable hospital admissions among Medicare beneficiaries with CHF,” Krakauer stated in a release. “We are attempting to enhance that approach by providing technology to our Medicare members that helps them more easily monitor warning signs — such as weight and blood pressure changes — at home. Combined with frequent discussions with Aetna nurse case managers, we believe that members engaged in remote health management will be more successful managing their health.” Keep reading>>