News & Updates

Last Friday we posted about Google pulling the plug on Google Health. Since then, there has been some interesting debate on what this means for other technologies in the PHR field and whether or not Google Health should be made open source. Check out Fred Trotter’s blog for some interesting detail on HealthVault, Indivo and the Direct Project. We also recommend reading Andy Oram’s piece on O’Reilly Radar. Depending on how you feel after brushing up on these issues, you can even sign a petition requesting that Google Health be made open source.

The trend towards integrating biometric devices into the data utility layer continues.
Numera, a provider of telehealth technologies, today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with HealthTrio. Their new service will allow consumers to integrate biometric information from monitoring devices into their PHRs.

And the first inkling of rewarding consumers for biometrics has been launched by IncentOne, a provider of incentive solutions for plan members. The idea is that you get rewarded for “voluntarily” tracking your behavior. With IncentOne incentives can now be targeted on improvements in 20 different biometric measures. A perspective on how this trend might negativity affect society was featured in a Health 2.0 editorial. Expect (hope?) to see a strong call for regulation in this area.

PDR Network launched RXEvent.org, a site where providers can report adverse drug events and have them relayed to manufacturers and the FDA. Physician EMR/PM vendor Athenahealth will incorporate RXEvent.

Global Net Access (GNAX), a health tech provider, has partnered with Acuo Technologies to construct a vendor-neutral cloud-based medical imaging archive for care providers.

Two health profiles have been finalized as part of the Bluetooth 4.0 release for vital sign monitoring wireless devices. Medical device companies like Dayton Industrial have already agreed to make use of the profiles for heart rate & temperature.

ZeOmega launched a care analytics tool which integrates healthcare data from many points in the care continuum. The algorithms run on Jiva’s comprehensive EHR, aggregating information across multiple data sources including EMR, claims and self reported to create a fuller view of the member. The Sentinel Rules Engine also incorporates drug to drug interaction alerts to draw care managers’ attention towards patient safety.