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By Jonah Comstock May 19, 2016
At the HIMSS Pop Health Forum in Boston today, a panel of healthcare executives spoke about the relationship between population health and patient engagement, and the ways in which technology can enable both. “This is the Gutenberg moment,” Dr. Gregory Weidner, medical director for primary care innovation and proactive health at Carolinas Healthcare System, said. “The democratization of...
By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2015
Ochsner Health System's O Bar By and large, the barriers to integrating patient generated data into hospital systems are no longer technical, according to a panel of technology experts at the Partners Connected Health Symposium. Instead, the barriers are about physician workflow and organizational management. "You need to have an organizational structure and a process that supports what you’re...
By Jonah Comstock September 17, 2015
Two researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a device that can return a cancer diagnosis in an hour, without an invasive biopsy, using a smartphone. The D3, or digital diffraction diagnosis, system, is a small device that attaches to the smartphone's camera to convert it into a powerful microscope that can analyze a sample of a few cells, either taken from a blood sample, a...
By Jonah Comstock April 7, 2015
Quanttus's original research device. The current prototype is worn on the wrist. Quanttus, the stealthy Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that raised $19 million last year for a wearable vitals monitor is deep into clinical tests for its wristworn device, which is tackling the intractable problem of continuous blood pressure monitoring. "Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in...
By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2015
At least 14 hospitals are now either actively involved in a HealthKit pilot or in talks to roll one out, according to a new report from Reuters. Google and Samsung are beginning to approach hospitals to use their platform as well. Reuters didn't name the 14 hospitals, but several have already spoken publicly about using HealthKit: Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans, Stanford Children's...
By Aditi Pai December 3, 2014
Massachusetts General Hospital Director of Healthcare Transformation Lab Eric Isselbacher The key to patient engagement is educating the patient so that the doctor-patient relationship resembles a partnership, according to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Dr. Eric Isselbacher.  But, he added, there are still many other challenges to engaging patients with digital tools. Isselbacher and Blue...
By Jonah Comstock October 23, 2014
The key to cracking patient engagement isn't better kinds of technology, it's understanding patients better. That was the theme that emerged from a panel discussion at the Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium, where a doctor, a consultant, and two healthcare executives spoke about their own experiences working with patients in the healthcare system, especially patients with behavior...
By Jonah Comstock August 26, 2014
Raiing's smartphone-connected thermometer, the FDA-cleared iThermonitor Beijing-based Raiing is working with Boston's Partners HealthCare to pilot Raiing's smartphone-connected wireless thermometer, iThermonitor, at Massachusetts General Hospital. Partners researchers led by Dr. Kamal Jethwani will test the temperature monitoring device on 25 children and adolescents with leukemia. "Fever and...
By Jonah Comstock June 16, 2014
The Dexcom G4 was the continuous glucose monitor used in the study. An artificial pancreas system -- consisting of a continuous glucose monitor, and insulin pump, and an iPhone 4s -- has been shown to improve glucose regulation in a simulated outpatient setting in both adults and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes, according to a new paper in the New England Journal of Medicine. The adult...
By Jonah Comstock March 27, 2014
Left to Right: Halamka, Dreyer, Landman, Stack, and Weygandt. As regulatory efforts like ICD-10 and Meaningful Use continue to march on, the vision of policy and the reality of physician experience don't always line up. That was the key take away from The Art of Medicine, a panel discussion hosted by Nuance in Boston, Massachusetts this week. "We had a Big Bang moment, we had a horrible...