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MIT sets sights on open-source mHealth during innovation event

by Jennifer Bresnick

The MIT Media Lab’s eleven-day Health and Wellness Hackathon is not your average gadget exhibition.  Bringing together eighty participants from around the world, the annual event, which was held in January, is designed to inspire new...

Web-based tools, EHRs help physicians identify genetic risks

by Jennifer Bresnick

Documenting family history should be more than a hobby for amateur genealogists, according to researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  Health information about parents, aunts and uncles, and siblings,...

iPad mini fits pockets, budgets, and mobile EHR needs

by Jennifer Bresnick

It seems almost destined for healthcare: less than 8 inches of tablet that slips perfectly into a standard lab coat pocket, the iPad mini is cutting edge, comparatively cheap, entirely portable, and can be loaded with reference apps, EHR...

50% of patients who track, share health data say it boosts results

by Jennifer Bresnick

According to a new survey from the Pew Internet research team, nearly half of patients who track one or more health factors, such as diet, exercise, blood glucose, or heart rate, say that sharing the information with caregivers or...

ONC taps redesign winners as Blue Button continues evolution

by Jennifer Bresnick

Continuing its pursuit of a widely-adopted, interoperable, and user-friendly patient portal, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has announced the winners of its competition to provide a comprehensive redesign of the Blue Button...

HIPAA omnibus rule has implications for EHR, HIE, patients

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The long wait for the HIPAA omnibus file rule is over and has real implications for adopters of EHR systems and facilitators of health information exchange (HIE). Last night, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in conjunction with the...

ONC unveils Blue Button Plus in preparation for Stage 2 MU

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has released the initial specifications for a rebranding of its Automated Blue Button Initiative, now known as Blue Button+.  With upgraded features intended to help providers meet the...

$1.4 billion invested in digital health, EHR, patient engagement in 2012

by Jennifer Bresnick

Venture capital backers invested more than $1.4 billion in digital health companies in 2012, including $340 million in start-ups focused on the EHR and health consumer engagement fields in 2012.  These figures represent a 45% increase in...

Listening in the clinic: Meaningful use and patient engagement

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Patient portals continue to be a hot topic in the context of patient engagement through EHR systems and associated applications for physicians. These portals and secure messaging are much more than components of meaningful use. They are...

Survey: Patients want more control, but only 19% have access to a PHR

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new survey from Wolters Kluwer Health reveals that while 80% of patients want greater control over their own healthcare, only 19% have access to a personal health record (PHR) that would allow them to fully engage with their provider. ...

Bipartisan Committee: Increase patient engagement using eHealth tools

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Bipartisan Policy Committee, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that aims to provide policy solutions for major national problems, has released a report on patient engagement and the adoption of electronic health tools.  Dividing...

Utah hospital system first to publish physician reviews online

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patients and consumers at the University of Utah Health Care are the first beneficiaries of online physician reviews and comments, according to a public statement by the hospital system. Physicians are scored using a five-star system...

Simple, connected mHealth is the key to patient engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

At the mHealth Summit yesterday, December 3, Aetna CEO Marc Bertolini delivered a morning keynote address outlining their joint approach to making mobile health engaging and attractive to patients.   Mobile health will be critical to...

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