Healthcare Unbound

By Neil Versel July 18, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge. Patient engagement is on the minds of a lot of people in healthcare, spurred not only by a requirement in Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations, but by imperatives to improve the quality of care and boost patient satisfaction. Some providers beginning to open their minds, but technical and cultural challenges stand in the way,...
By Neil Versel July 12, 2013
Speakers didn't pull many punches on the first day of the 10th annual Healthcare Unbound conference in Aurora, Colorado, Thursday, nor did they always agree, either. "Go forth and disrupt. Go forth and disrupt patient care," instructed health IT consultant Vince Kuraitis, principal and founder of Boise, Idaho-based Better Health Technologies, and a member of the conference advisory board. That...
By Neil Versel January 5, 2012
Happy new year, and welcome to 2012! As the year begins, I have some burning questions about mobile and wireless healthcare that I hope to see answered in the next 12 months. Will consumers understand mobile technology in healthcare? When I checked into a San Diego hotel for the Healthcare Unbound conference last summer, the clerk asked me if I was in town for some big software show going on at...
By Neil Versel July 20, 2011
Screenshot from Independa's Angela tablet Welcome to the world of private-label and single-purpose tablet computers for healthcare. Less feature-packed and powerful than the segment-leading iPad, these lower-cost computers are being positioned by at least two companies as control panels for remote and home monitoring systems. Back at the beginning of the year, at the International CES show,...
By Neil Versel July 13, 2011
The eighth annual Healthcare Unbound conference revealed a tension in the m-health marketplace between cutting-edge technology and ease of use. According to Yan Chow, director of innovation and advanced technology for Kaiser Permanente, there are more than 9,000 health-related smartphone apps on the market right now, most segmented by phone operating system. But, noted AT&T Mobility's...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2010
At the Healthcare Unbound conference in San Diego this week, Parks Associates Director of Health & Mobile Research Harry Wang presented topline findings from the firm's recently published report: Uptake of Personal Health Tools & Services. Parks surveyed 1,948 U.S. "Internet heads of household" during the second and third weeks of June 2010. The most interesting slide from Wang's...
By Brian Dolan July 15, 2010
This week MobiHealthNews put together its first radio segment for ReachMD XM satellite radio. I'm co-hosting a series called the "Mobile Medical Minute" -- a two-minute update on mobile health news and trends for ReachMD's 300,000 listeners. Every other week Dr. Joseph Kim (check out his blog here) will take the mic to discuss mobile health news from his perspective. For the first segment, I took...
By Brian Dolan June 29, 2009
Last week at the Healthcare Unbound conference in Seattle, Washington about 200 health industry thought leaders convened to discuss electronic medical records and wireless health services.  Scroll through this slideshow of images taken from the show in Seattle for some of the memorable quotes and points made during the course of the event last Monday and Tuesday.  >> CONTINUE
By Brian Dolan June 25, 2009
Not unlike the mHealth industry, the city of Seattle began with a number of false starts: The first European settlers in the city named their original village "New York," but perhaps because of the anticipated confusion changed it to "Alki," which meant "by and by" or "someday" in Chinook. A few years later Alki's settlers found it rough goings so they moved a short distance across the bay in an...
By Brian Dolan June 25, 2009
Aetna's Head of Digital Engagement Strategy and Innovation Robert Heyl gave attendees at this week's Healthcare Unbound conference in Seattle a sneak peak at the company's mobile plans as well as an update on how well Aetna's customers have been engaged with its health information portal SmartSource. Heyl said SmartSource aims to bring resources together that enable Aetna members to go to one...