Doctors prescribing phones apps to manage health problems The Columbus Dispatch Sunday March 31, 2013 7:32 AM Dr. Jennifer Dyer and Duet Health are planning a clinical trial for their app to gauge its efficacy. Doctors are beginning to prescribe smart-phone applications and medical devices they work with to help patients manage chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and asthma.“I
Most of us keep track of some aspect of our health. Half of all people who track do so “in their heads,” not on paper, Excel spreadsheet, or via digital platform. Furthermore, 36% update their health tracking data at least once a day; but 16% update at most twice a month, and 9% update less than once monthly.Tracking for Health from the Pew Internet & American Life Project paints a portrait of U.S. adults who, on one hand are quantifying themselves but largely aren’t taking advantage of automated and convenient ways of doing so.Overall, 69% of U.S. adults track a health indicator. The most popular aspects of health to track are weight, diet and
A smart-phone add-on enables at-home diagnosis of ear infections, one of the top reasons for pediatrician visits.
Ringing in your ear: A child gets her ear checked with CellScope’s smart-phone version of a common doctor’s instrument. CellScope
Many parents have experienced the angst of a crying baby with an ear infection. Some 30 million medical visits in the U.S. alone are due to pediatric ear infections each year.
A startup called CellScope has developed a device that could make such visits unnecessary. It connects
by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, MA (Econ.), MHSA, Member, HIMSS eConnecting with Consumers – Social Media Task ForceChronic disease accounts for $3 in every $4 of health spending in the U.S. Four lifestyles – smoking, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol, and poor diet – contribute to the non-communicable disease burden which kills 2 in 3 people. At the same time, the U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation in the world. Although the U.S. adopts the most innovative new-new medical technology (from aortic valves to CT scanners), Americans’ health outcomes are generally sub-par. In the U.S., we’re getting a lousy ROI on health spending.
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The Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has issued a set of recommendations to help financial institutions comply with federal privacy laws for protected patient health data.
Financial institutions that manage revenue for healthcare companies have been required to meet more stringent security and privacy guidelines since the 2009 passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH)
Leana Wen, of Boston, who is doing her medical residency in emergency medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, speaks with Josh Kosowsky, clinical director of emergency medicine, right, in the emergency department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston. Wen chose emergency medicine because the hours are more flexible than those of primary
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