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The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly Announced at last week's American Telemedicine Association meeting in Austin, Texas, Medweb and DocbookMD have unveiled Docbook Gateway, a mobile application designed to enable clinicians to communicate and share labs, images and reports via mobile devices with other clinicians. Read Original Content The Army's wide use of telemedicine is evolving from fixed-based access sites to highly mobi... (more)

Dr. Leslie Lenert of CDC Speaks on Healthcare IT

During this week's Federal News Radio Federal Executive Forum pre-recording, Dr. Leslie Lenert, Director, National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shared some of his thoughts on the future of health care information technology. His comments included the following: The NCPHI is focused on (1) improving the link between public health and our national clinical care systems and (2) automating public health practice. The biggest change in health care information technology is the establishment of two-way communications between public health and the health care system. Health situational awareness is crucial to our ability to monitor public health problems. We must target situational awareness so that it makes a difference in individual patient care. One key to addressing privacy and confidentiality c... (more)

Merge Healthcare and InSite Use New Archiving Technology

Healthcare Innovation Journal Merge Healthcare announced that InSite One has expanded its contract with Merge to provide a universal viewing solution for their InDex archiving services. “We are excited about joining forces to bring new InDex solutions into additional verticals within the healthcare market,” says Jim Champagne, President of InSite One, Inc. “We have shown our combined solution to several HIE organizations and enterprise clients, and our first implementation is already underway.” “Our continued innovation in imaging software allows us to change the healthcare information distribution paradigm by the intuitive inclusion of images and radiology reports. We are thrilled to work with InSite One, a long-time partner, to bring this innovative solution to the market,” said Antonia Wells, President of Merge’s OEM division. The new zero-footprint technology ... (more)

IBM Launches Global Initiatives

IBM has announced a broad set of global initiatives to better position clients to take advantage of cloud opportunities. This effort is aimed at further expanding IBM's cloud ecosystem, enabling organizations to develop solutions and services on IBM SmartCloud and PureSystems, built on open standards.  As more clients embrace cloud computing, they are looking to local technology providers known as Managed Service Providers (MSP) to help them quickly develop cloud based services in a more simplistic, secure and economical way. Managed service providers deliver a defined set of technology solutions or services to clients with a pay-as-you-go model. MSPs are largely leveraged by customers which want to take advantage of cloud technologies but lack the internal IT skills, resources and time. For example, smaller hospitals are still challenged with adopting electronic m... (more)

Healthcare “Meaningful Use” Regulation Changes and Cloud Computing

According to Erin McCann, Associate Editor of Healthcare IT News, “Meaningful use will bring about the most significant improvements in the health information technology arena, say health IT executives, who are working tirelessly to meet industry deadlines. However, a new survey finds it’s still a trying task, with officials citing regulation ambiguity and competing IT projects as the biggest barriers to moving forward with MU.” This was from a survey conducted by the Stoltenberg Consulting firm.  The results include insights from HIT management, physicians, clinicians, government agencies and HIT vendors who attended the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Meaningful use rulings will have great impact on how cloud computing works with healthcare Survey respondents also identified the three greatest challenges in fulfilling meaningful use re... (more)

Health Care Compliance with BPM

The health care industry, including hospitals, has the greatest need for sophisticated information systems because of the enormous amount of data it handles and because of its life-and-death responsibilities. Yet the implementation of large-scale and robust-enough IT systems in public healthcare institutions can be challenging as well as ineffective. We know that several large American medical centers have not been successful in attempting to execute major upgrades or overhaul their processes. Without careful preparation and agile execution, some may experience a serious, expensive, and distracting fate. With the pace of today's technological innovation and efficiency demands, health care organizations need enhanced customer service orientation, a multi-channeled marketing strategy, and an effective legal and regulatory compliance model. This article will describe ... (more)

NewYork-Presbyterian Adopts Electronic Medical Records

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is the first large institution to move beyond the pilot stage of offering consumer-controlled electronic medical records (EMR), the New York Times reported today. The move toward electronic medical records has gained a lot of attention and momentum in the past few months, with EMR being a cornerstone of the Obama Administration's push to contain healthcare costs. ... (more)

Chris Soghoian on Privacy in the Cloud

Chris Soghoian is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk called: “Caught in the Cloud: Privacy, Encryption, and Government Back Doors in the Web 2.0 Era,” based on paper he’s just written. In the interest of time, he’s not going to talk about the “miscreants in government” today. Pew says that “over 69% of Americans use webmail services, store data online, or other use software programs such as word processing applications whose functionality is in the cloud.” Chris’ question: Why have cloud providers failed to provide adequate security for the customers. (”Cloud computing” = users’ data is stored on a company server and the app is delivered through a browser.) NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling othe... (more)

Did Bill O'Reilly and Fox News Contribute to Dr. Tiller's Murder?

While trying to understand what happened to the murdered doctor in Kansas today I found this Bill O'Reilly report about Dr. Tiller. I wonder if this and similar media reports such as this one contributed to the murder of the doctor. ... (more)

Linda Fischetti on VHA Healthcare

This week pre-recording of Federal News Radio Federal Executive Forum featured Linda Fischetti , Health Informatics Architect at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). During a panel discussion, her comments on VHA accomplishments and plans included: Every Veteran's Administration facility uses electronic health records today. The New England Journal of Medicine recently complimented the VA on their use of electronic health records (EHR). VHA currently has over 1400 points of care and has been using EHR for over 10 years with dramatic associated improvement in clinical health care quality. Until now, electronic health records have been provider records. The current goal is to transform that perspective into a veteran centered record. A majority of health care information is currently recorded on paper. Changing from paper to EHR represents a major challenge and ex... (more)

What is So Great About Private Health Insurance?

Most significant challenges deserve objective analysis based on economic principals. Supply and demand being at the core. Things costing to much ? The explaination is usually a lack of competition or artifical restrictions among alternative options for buyers. Not enough supply ? Barriers to entry , government restrictions or diminishing prospects for profit can be at the root. Interestingly, when it comes to health care what people pay for and what they get is at the core of the problem and private insurance intermediaries are profiting from market inefficiencies. In the end the private for profit insurance industry delivers no real or sustained value and this is central to the health care crisis because they slice the pie with the main objective being their profits, not a uniform allocation of risk and costs among populations to make the cost for all lower. This r... (more)