Monthly Archives: October 2011

mHealth and HIPAA


Wireless health technologies are proliferating into various transmission modalities and spectrum of wellness and healthcare. Safety and privacy of data is of paramount importance to providers and patients. HIPAA laws apply to some types of mHealth products and the implications … Continue reading

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mHealth and Healthcare IT


     Wireless health technologies and healthcare IT (with electronic health records or EHRs as the most visible component) are both burgeoning sectors of healthcare business. They have similarities and differences which I would like to explore.  The market for … Continue reading

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mHealth and Emergency Medical Services


     There was no better glaring example of the effects of a poor emergency communications system in a disaster than September 11, 2000 at the World Trade Center. Emergency personnel utilized antiquated and previously questioned technology.  Wireless technology has … Continue reading

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How Outcomes-Based Reimbursement Will Change Healthcare


The government recently released its final revision to the proposed rules governing accountable care organizations (ACOs) http://www.cms.gov/aco/downloads/Appendix-ACO-Table.pdf.  These organizations will herald the beginning of outcomes based reimbursement which will replace volume-based payment systems. Three sub-agencies will be coordinating Medicare and … Continue reading

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Caregiver: The Key to mHealth


The caregiver is an individual who attends to the needs of a child or dependent adult.    There is an estimated ten million caregivers over the age of 50 caring for their parents in the USA.  Caregivers attend to people who are … Continue reading

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Business Models of mHealth Vary with Technology


     Wireless health technologies vary from apps geared towards wellness and fitness, to management of chronic diseases, patient monitoring, and telemedicine.  One of the barriers to widespread adoption of mHealth is the establishment of a business model: who will … Continue reading

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Why Our Lives Depend on the Success of mHealth


     Healthcare spending in the USA is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.4%, reaching $2.5 trillion in 2009, and expected to top $3.5 trillion in 2015 (Dept of HHS).  Our spending is almost twice that of the … Continue reading

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mHealth is Poised for Success


     Much has been said about the need for wireless health technologies and their potential for cost savings and improved patient outcomes.  Some barriers for successful implementation involve education of the public, designing attractive business models, and obtaining investor … Continue reading

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Medicolegal Implications of mHealth


When there is new technology or policies implemented in medicine, physicians today generally ask three questions: Will this make taking care of patients easier, or harder? This question has a few specifics: Will it be relevant to patient care or … Continue reading

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mHealth Technology and the Cardiac Patient


Vision is everything when one is developing a new product, starting a new company, or devising policy.  The engineer, business person, health policy advisor, academician, patient, consumer advocate, or healthcare provider interested in mHealth have their own  idea of what … Continue reading

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