Monthly Archives: January 2012

Data from Implantable Defibrillators and Pacemakers: The World’s Best Kept Secret


       The HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, states that patients have a right to their electronic health record including test results.  Implantable defibrillators and … Continue reading

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There is a Patient Attached to that Implantable Defibrillator!


“There are two things we are sure of, death and taxes.  Now, if only we can get them in that order.”—Joey Adams “If Einstein couldn’t beat death, what chance have I got? Practically none.”—-Mel Brooks Q: “What’s the definition of … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Patients with Implantable Defibrillators Deserve Their Data


The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was signed into law on February 17, 2009.  The objective of Measure 12/15 of Meaningful Use regulations … Continue reading

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The Patient Portal: The Orphan of Meaningful Use


I recently attempted to implement a pilot program of wireless health technologies for multiple medical primary practice groups on a statewide level.  The organization I was working with requested   the cooperation and possibly sponsorship by a large insurance carrier.  I … Continue reading

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What is the Most Important $10M Digital Health Contest?


In the past 24 months, there has been a flurry of contests in digital health.  The focus of these contests has invariably been the development of technologies to address one or more medical problems, whether they are in the diagnosis … Continue reading

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Why Physicians are Needed in Digital Health


I hear from physicians on a daily basis who have left or who are thinking about leaving clinical practice and would like to enter the digital health sector.   I will not discuss all the things one needs to consider when … Continue reading

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Decreasing Digital and Health Divides


With the opening of the Digital Health Summit as part of the Computer Electronics Show today, I am embracing the term digital health in substitution of mHealth.  This is a term which embraces more than the portability or wireless mode … Continue reading

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Evidence-Based Medicine: Cracks in the Foundation?


The practice of medicine was once described as an art.  Subsequently, large clinical trials and meta analyses became the foundation for what is known as evidence-based medicine.  This has become not only what is accepted as standard of care and … Continue reading

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Will Politics Control mHealth?


On this political day in the USA, the beginning of the Presidential primary season, I thought it fitting to discuss politics and healthcare. When one first hears or sees the words politics and healthcare together, the most common thought to … Continue reading

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