Monthly Archives: April 2012

Can an EHR Save Your Life?


    Every year it is estimated that 400,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the number one cause of death, in the USA.   There are usually no warning signs or symptoms. This is different than a heart attack, a … Continue reading

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mHeath Apps Prescribing Will Change Health Care


There are over 15,000 medical apps available, many with patient management programs and tools.   The mHealth industry is envisioning these apps to become integral parts of healthcare practice, being touted to improve efficiency, decrease medical errors, and improve patient outcomes. … Continue reading

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Is Telemedicine Good or Bad For Us?


Telemedicine, as defined by the American Telemedicine Association is: “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status.”   Multiple factors are driving the attraction of telemedicine.  The ACA paving the … Continue reading

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Is mHealth the American Bandstand of the 21st Century?


The recent death of American music and pop culture icon Dick Clark made me think about how his television show which began in 1957 is similar to mHealth. It initially introduced a type of music, rock and roll, via live … Continue reading

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Can Digital Health Technologies make People Better Health Care Consumers?


By now, many have either heard Dr. Jon Cohen’s talk firsthand or read articles referring to it. Dr. Cohen, CMO of Quest Diagnostics was a speaker at the recent TEDMed conference where he commented on how poorly educated and motivated … Continue reading

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Medical Device Recalls: Implications for Digital Health Technologies


Everyone has heard of a recall of a consumer product such as a component of an automobile, child’s toy, or an over the counter medication. A recall of those types of products often implies taking them off the market as … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Insurers are Key to mHealth Adoption


I have talked about some of the major stakeholders in mHealth adoption, what technology companies need to consider when developing and marketing to them, why mhealth will be important to the various stakeholders, and why the stakeholders are, in turn, … Continue reading

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Crowdsource-derived Data for Post-Market Surveillance of Drugs and Medical Devices


Recently,Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, with Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Herb Kohl (D-WI), introduced the bipartisan Ensuring Safe Medical Devices for Patients Act. It requires the FDA to issue a Unique Device Identifier rule by the end … Continue reading

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The Digital Nurse


A nurse is the healthcare provider who spends the most time with a patient in a health care facility. When one thinks of digital technologies, patient monitoring or other diagnostic capabilities might first come to mind. However, there are many … Continue reading

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