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How Does FHIR Fit into Recent Interoperability Initiatives?

May 18, 2016 - Plenty of talk supports the position that application programming interfaces (APIs) will enhance health data interoperability, particularly a leading API standard known as FHIR. Health Level 7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) is a data standard that helps different health applications work on the different interfaces that exist in the industry (such as an...


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Informatics Nursing Key to Population Health Management

by Vera Gruessner

The results of an additional survey – called 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey – were released today at the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago and illustrate how informatics affects population...

Apple, Google, Samsung Begin Fight for mHealth Dominance

by Jennifer Bresnick

You may think that people who say they can’t survive without their smartphones are exaggerating, but if the three biggest names in technology are to have their way, that hyperbolic statement may just become a fact.  The mHealth...

Understanding the patient landscape is key to mHealth adoption

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations need to have a thorough grasp of the patient and regulatory landscapes in order to encourage effective and engaging mHealth adoption, according to a report by Deloitte.  When considering integrating mobile...

mHealth, health IT investment break records in Q1 of 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

Investment in mobile health and other health IT technologies has been off the charts during the first quarter of 2014, says a new report by Rock Health, continuing the meteoric rise of mobile health technologies funded by more traditional...

Mayo uses mHealth to reduce cardiac readmissions by 40%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Cardiac rehabilitation patients who use a daily mHealth monitoring app were significantly less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of discharge, says research from the Mayo Clinic.  While 60% of patients who did not...

CORHIO, medical unit partner to reduce ER visits through HIE

by Nicole Freeman

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has opened its health information exchange (HIE) to True North Health Navigation, a mobile emergency medical unit. Through this partnership, True North will have access to...

Latest HIMSS14 survey shows increased physician mobile use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New findings published at HIMSS14 show that clinicians not only want to use mobile technology for patient care but also actually using mobile devices and applications in their current practice. The 3rd Annual HIMSS Analytics Mobile Survey...

Five key trends for mHealth and telehealth in 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

Ladies and gentlemen, pull out your smartphones and switch on those tablets, because mHealth is here to stay.  Far from just a fleeting novelty to occupy kids in the waiting room, the use of connected devices to collect patient data,...

FDASIA releases report, says mHealth guidance should hurry up

by Jennifer Bresnick

The FDASIA Workgroup, a coalition of healthcare stakeholders including members of the mHealth industry, governmental agencies, and patient safety advocates, released its final recommendations to the HIT Policy Committee last week regarding...

“Digital omnivore” physicians embrace mHealth and tablets

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers across all specialties and all clinical roles are increasingly becoming “digital omnivores” and embracing smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the consult room and beyond.  A recent survey from Epocrates shows...

Navigating mHealth apps ahead of Stage 2 meaningful use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Ahead of the patient engagement requirements of Stage 2 meaningful use, physicians are seeking attractive, easy ways to get patients online and involved in their care.  Smartphone and tablet apps targeted for healthcare seem like the...

mHealth funding up 12% this year, says Rock Health report

by Jennifer Bresnick

Investments in digital health are 12% higher than this time last year, says a mid-year report by Rock Health, although the pace of acceleration is somewhat slower than it was in 2012.  Ninety digital health companies have each raised...

MRC: Where is the FDA’s final guidance on mHealth?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Industry experts are growing restless at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) failure to issue its final guidance on mHealth app regulation as promised in a hearing earlier this year.  Two years after releasing a draft of...

mHealth, Blue Button put HIE, PHR into patient pockets

by Jennifer Bresnick

When National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Farzad Mostashari had a family medical emergency last Thanksgiving, he didn’t go to the local clinic and lament the lack of interoperability that prevented their EHR from pulling records...

mHealth prize goes to bipolar management app at Datapalooza

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Heritage Open mHealth Challenge announced its $100,000 prize winner at this week’s Health Datapalooza IV conference, awarding the top spot to an app that helps patients with bipolar disorder monitor their daily moods and...

Inefficient health IT costs hospitals $8.3 billion a year

by Jennifer Bresnick

New research by the Ponemon Institute shows that outdated and inefficient health IT and communications tools are costing hospitals money and wasting time for patients and physicians alike.  Poor WiFi connectivity, a reliance on...

mHealth startups, EHR solutions secure big grants, VC funding

by Jennifer Bresnick

The next big thing usually starts out very small, with a crazy idea and a couple of hard-working visionaries willing to risk it all on a chance to change how people think, live, and work.  Mobile healthcare has experienced an...

FDA to establish final guidance about mHealth apps in 2013

by Jennifer Bresnick

Mobile health apps are flooding the market at a record rate, becoming increasingly popular with consumers who value the convenience of accessing medical information with the swipe of a finger.  But with one quarter of Americans...

Healthcare Foursquare? Geomedicine tracks disease triggers

by Jennifer Bresnick

An asthma inhaler with a GPS sensor to report where asthma is the worst.  An app that pinpoints environmental toxins within three miles of where a patient lives.  A website that lets doctors see how a moldy apartment complex can...

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