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Facebook Health? Thumbs Down
Commentary  |  10/6/2014  | 
Facebook may be eyeing the healthcare space to create new communities and apps. Given Facebook's privacy history, users will be wary.
FDA Delivers Medical Device Security Guidelines
News  |  10/3/2014  | 
As the FDA attempts to bolster the security of medical devices, some experts warn that guidance is too little, too late.
Walgreens, WebMD Partner On Wellness Coaching
News  |  10/2/2014  | 
Two healthcare companies team up to create a consumer-friendly health resource.
From EHR To Healthcare App Platform
Commentary  |  10/2/2014  | 
As part of his "Free the Data" series, Georgia Tech's Mark Braunstein interviews Josh Mandel, architect of the SMART Platform.
Eliminate The Waiting Room
News  |  10/1/2014  | 
As healthcare providers remodel the waiting room with virtual queues and better intake methods, patients get care faster and with fewer frustrations.
Health IT: Friend To Emerging Medical Technology Companies
Commentary  |  10/1/2014  | 
Medical technology companies can fill the gap between hospitals, physicians, insurers, and manufacturers to improve the customer experience during this time of regulatory turmoil.
25 Years Of Health IT: Highs & Lows
News  |  9/30/2014  | 
IT has transformed the business of healthcare over the past quarter century. Take a look at some of the major consequences -- good and bad -- of health IT's growth.
Healthcare & Data: Partners At Last
Commentary  |  9/30/2014  | 
Thirty years ago, healthcare data was the province of PhDs. No more. Happily for patients and doctors alike, the use of data to improve lives is an accepted practice that will only grow.
Health IT's Future: 9 Issues To Watch
News  |  9/29/2014  | 
Expect the pace of innovation to pick up as healthcare providers increasingly leverage IT to improve patient care, make competitive gains, and save costs.
25 Years Of Health IT: A Complicated Journey
Slideshows  |  9/29/2014  | 
Policy changes and consumer pressures have spurred huge changes in health IT. Take a look back at how we got here -- and where we're going.
Care Management, Customer Service Must Converge
Commentary  |  9/26/2014  | 
By knowing patients better, healthcare organizations can make them healthier while also making them better customers.
Quantified Self Should Be About Health, Not Ego
Commentary  |  9/25/2014  | 
Silicon Valley is obsessed with data collection, including personal data. But for health and fitness monitoring technologies, the real goal must be meaningful health results.
VA Implements Waiting Room 'Smart Chairs'
News  |  9/25/2014  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs installs Vecna's kiosk-based Vitals Chair at some facilities, aims to give patients more control and insight into their healthcare while streamlining practitioner workloads.
Mobile Healthcare Tools Empower Consumers
Commentary  |  9/25/2014  | 
Mobile apps such as online comparison tools help consumers make informed healthcare decisions.
Who Will Be The Netflix Of Healthcare?
Commentary  |  9/24/2014  | 
Healthcare disruption is real, the MediFuture event showed. How you react determines whether it's a threat or an opportunity.
Weight Watchers Pursues Image Makeover
News  |  9/22/2014  | 
After four successive quarters of loss, Weight Watchers asks CTO Dan Crowe to transform the company into a sleek, digital mobile health-app startup.
Will Social Media Revolutionize Healthcare?
Commentary  |  9/19/2014  | 
Without a doubt. In fact, several medical providers and IT vendors are plowing ahead already.
Android Wear to Beat Apple Watch?
News  |  9/18/2014  | 
Smartwatches have a bright future, thanks in part to excitement about Apple Watch -- but mostly due to upcoming low-cost Android Wear devices, says Gartner study.
Meet Misfit's $50 Fitness Tracker
News  |  9/16/2014  | 
Misfit Wearables unveils $50 Flash, setting a new low price for fitness trackers.
Health IT Early Mover Advantage Examined
News  |  9/16/2014  | 
Early technology adopters have higher growth rates than healthcare organizations that hold back on health IT, says Harvard Business Review/Verizon study.
Simplify HIPAA, Devs Tell DC
News  |  9/16/2014  | 
App developer association ACT teams with AirStrip and other mobile app companies to ask for simpler, updated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules governing app development.
How Electronic Health Records Can Improve Outcomes
Commentary  |  9/16/2014  | 
EHRs must do much more than simply replace paper charts. By enhancing them with personal health record features, we can create a new tool that deepens patient engagement.
3 Ways To Improve Employee Health, Reduce Costs
Commentary  |  9/12/2014  | 
Chances are 10% of your employees are generating 70% of your company's healthcare costs. Analytics and partnerships can improve their health and reduce your expenses.
Mental Health Tools: From Office To Pocket
Slideshows  |  9/11/2014  | 
Mobile apps and telehealth will never replace in-person treatment, but new tech tools can help millions who suffer from mental health conditions. Consider these apps and services.
IT-Enhanced Care Coordination Really Works
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
The fact that it doesn't always cut costs shouldn't stop healthcare providers from pushing ahead.
Intel Points Wearables, Big Data At Cancer Research
News  |  9/10/2014  | 
At IDF, Intel execs discuss how an Intel-powered Internet of Things could lead to personalized cancer treatments.
Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch: What's Missing
News  |  9/9/2014  | 
Apple did many things right with its new iPhone and Watch hardware, but left a few key technologies out of the mix.
Who Owns EHR Data?
News  |  9/9/2014  | 
The owners of electronic health records aren't necessarily the patients. How much control should patients have?
Aging Of America: Internet To The Rescue
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
We're running out of money, not technology solutions.
HealthCare.gov Breach: The Ripple Effect
News  |  9/6/2014  | 
Hackers breached a HealthCare.gov test server, reportedly affecting no records, but the repercussions could spread across many medical organizations.
Personal Healthcare: Big Data Great, Small Data Better
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
Big data holds unlimited promise in healthcare, but first we must make small data seamless, simple, and inexpensive.
6 Ways To Lose The Tech 20
Slideshows  |  9/4/2014  | 
Succumbed to the freshman 15's sequel? It's time to drop the Red Bull and Doritos and get a move on.
Hearables: Turning Activity Tracking On Its Ear?
Commentary  |  9/2/2014  | 
Users are sick of their activity-tracking wearable devices. But the answer may be as plain as the ear on your head.
HealthCare.gov Names Counihan Its First CEO
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
Kevin Counihan, who ran Connecticut's successful state-based health insurance exchange, becomes HealthCare.gov's leader.
Tricorder XPrize: 10 Finalist Prototypes
Slideshows  |  8/27/2014  | 
The XPrize competition promises to make Star Trek's Tricorder a reality of sorts, with the winning device a compact sensor for vital signs and a variety of diseases. Check out these mockups from the 10 finalists.
National Health Database: Good Medicine Or Privacy Nightmare?
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
State health information exchanges could eventually pool patient data into a vast national database, but privacy advocates have significant concerns.
Patient Portals: Strategies For Engaging Users
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
To qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use, 5% of your patients must access their own medical records. Here's how to make sure that happens.
When Big Data & Infants' Privacy Collide
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
Technology allows researchers to discover newborns' genetic secrets, but the long-term repercussions worry some parents and privacy advocates.
EHR Must Fit Into Doctor-Patient Relationship
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
Electronic health records need a design overhaul so doctors can understand them at a glance -- and keep their focus on the patient.
9 Ways Healthcare Providers Can Improve Co-Pay Collection
Slideshows  |  8/15/2014  | 
Co-payments account for about one-fifth of a private practice's funds, but collecting them can be tricky. These strategies and tools help practices get a handle on unpaid bills.
Intel, Michael J. Fox Foundation Take On Parkinson's Disease
News  |  8/13/2014  | 
Intel partners with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to explore how wearable devices could help advance Parkinson's disease research.
Apple HealthKit Details Emerge
News  |  8/12/2014  | 
Healthcare giants are dipping toes into Apple's promised software, say reports. For instance, Cleveland Clinic is testing a service that helps patients schedule doctor visits if an app detects a health concern.
Oracle Fires Back: Oregon Obamacare Exchange
News  |  8/11/2014  | 
In a lawsuit against the state, Oracle claims it is the victim of a smear campaign designed to obscure the state's project management failures.
Federal Open Source Is Messy And That's OK
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
Open source projects like the National Library of Medicine's Pillbox show potential of open innovation -- including competition with projects started elsewhere.
Future ALS, Cardiac Treatments From Existing Products
News  |  8/5/2014  | 
Researchers tap big data analytics and Internet of Things technologies to improve healthcare for people with neurodegenerative and cardiac diseases.
10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick
Slideshows  |  7/31/2014  | 
As government and industry groups debate the best way to oversee healthcare apps, some questionable software hits the market.
When Patients Fear EHR
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
When patients believe paper medical records are safer and more private than electronic ones, their health can suffer.
Senate Committee Seeks EHR Interoperability Investigation
News  |  7/26/2014  | 
Bipartisan Senate Appropriations Committee wants an investigation into poor interoperability, possible "information blocking" in electronic health records.
Fit Fido: 10 Apps To Keep Pets Healthy
Slideshows  |  7/25/2014  | 
Pet owners can now choose from an array of apps and gadgets including doggy Fitbits, meal-tracking and training apps, and scheduling tools to care for critters.
EHR Vendors: Step Up Your Game
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Electronic medical record vendors need to take a clue from video game design. It's time to deliver intuitive, simple to learn, and easy to use EHR technology.
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