News & Updates

iSonea will design and market a home and mobile asthma monitoring platform in partnership with Qualcomm. The new technology will combine iSonea’s Acoustic Respiratory Monitoring technology and wireless asthma management systems with Qualcomm’s 2net platform. The integration will securely link patient asthma symptom and trend monitoring data to a cloud-based portal for physicians and caregivers, to improve asthma management and outcomes.

Asthmapolis is partnering with Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) to equip its Sacramento-based asthma patients with its GPS-enabled inhalers. The Asthmapolis device sits on top of inhalers, and sends real-time breathing data to physicians’ smartphone also using the Qualcomm 2net platform. Asthmapolis previously announced partnerships with the CDC Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch and the California HealthCare Foundation.

UK researchers are testing a new iPad app that helps stroke patients engage in informed decision making regarding whether to receive or refuse thrombolysis. Though clot busting therapy can be life-saving it also has the risk of life-threatening intra-cranial bleed. The new app, which is in pilot testing at hospitals in England, gives patients and their families a “visual representation” of the types of treatments the patient may need, plus bar charts, flowcharts and other graphic images that show the effects of using (or not using) thrombolysis.

At HIMSS we saw lots of new products from EMR vendors and others. NextGen, unveiled a new suite of products designed to support the implementation of Accountable Care Organizations, Patient-Centered Medical Home and Health Information Exchanges. New offerings include a patient population management program, a performance management suite providing performance analytics on regulatory, clinical and financial indicators, as well as NextPen, a digital pen device that captures structured patient data directly from an English or foreign language form and transfers the information to the NextGen Ambulatory EHR.

Quest Diagnostics will offer a 30-day electronic health record (EHR) implementation guarantee for hospitals looking to quickly enable bi-directional data exchange with their ambulatory physicians through its Care360® EHR web-based solution.

eClinicalWorks, debuted a new Care Coordination Portal for Accountable Care Organizations and Patient-centered Medical Homes. The portal includes care plan documentation for care management, patient engagement via text, voice and e-mail, home-monitoring device interfaces, transition of care plan management, and integration with eClinicalWorks Community Analytics.

A new survey evaluating a school based tele-psychiatric program showed that an overwhelming majority viewed the project as beneficial. Under the program, mental health professionals at the University of Texas Medical Branch counseled over 3,000 students at nine middle schools and high schools as well as the Galveston County Juvenile Justice facility through videoconferencing.

PatientSafe Solutions introduced a new wireless clinical mobility solution that enables nurses to access patient data, manage care activies, and communicate with the entire care team via a mobile app. The new PatientTouch system relies on a custom jacket outfitted with a barcode scanner and extended-life battery that fits over an iPod touch.

Imprivata, provider of secure access and collaboration solutions for healthcare, debuted Imprivata CorText(TM), a HIPAA-compliant texting application designed by physicians, for physicians in acute care settings. CorText is designed to help physicians share images and study results with colleagues for second opinions, to facilitate physician-nurse communication, and streamline prescription clarification.

Teladoc unveiled a new telehealth solution, TeladocConnect, which allows physicians to connect with their patients 24/7 via telephone or secure online video. If a patient’s regular physician is unavailable, the consultation request is directed to Teladoc’s network of U.S.-based, board-certified physicians, which acts as an extension of the physician’s practice.

Stanford researchers have developed a new game called Septris, modeled after Tetris, to train physicians how to properly treat patients with serious systemic infections. Players must diagnose and treat the patient’s infection before their vital signs begin deteriorating.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Motorola Mobility Inc. and BoxTone are collaborating on the development a series of HIPAA-compliant, secure mobile solutions. Under the partnership, BoxTone’s automated Enterprise Mobility Management software platform will be available on Motorola devices such as the DROID RAZR MAXX smartphone and DROID XYBOARD tablet via the Verizon Wireless 4G network.

Dell plans to integrate its cloud-hosting and Unified Clinical Archiving system with Siemen’s Image Sharing & Archiving solution. The two companies will collaboratively market the joint solution in the United Kingdom beginning Q1 2012 with plans to expand to France and Germany later in the year. The Dell Cloud Clinical Archive currently manages nearly 4.8 billion diagnostic imaging objects and supports more than 800 clinical sites, making Dell one of the largest healthcare cloud computing service providers in the industry.

Electronic data security and compliance vendor, Somansa Technologies, released a new product to help health care providers maintain HIPAA-compliants in their communications and electronic transmission of personal health information. Mail-i for Healthcare IT ensures messages containing patient information and confidential data are secured by monitoring email, webmail, instant messages, FTP, Telnet, social networking, P2P, and other Port 80 traffic. Administrators receive instant alerts to violations of database and messaging security policies.

Oracle added several new features to its Enterprise Healthcare Analytics form including access via iPad and iPhone, increased integration of comparative effectiveness research and formulary modeling, and operational support for scheduling of patients and other key resources such as operating rooms.

Nuance Communications debuted two new Clinical Language Understanding solutions intended to help health care enterprises in the transition to ICD-10 and in achieving Meaningful Use. The new technologies allow provides to simultaneously document and interpret voice-dictated information for the purposes of billing and data analytics.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require all 5,500 federally certified dialysis centers in the U.S. to submit facility-wide and patient-level data electronically through its CROWNweb system. Mandated data elements include patient admission and discharge history, medical evidence report, death notification forms, patient attributes and related treatment, and clinical values for hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and vascular access.

HIMSS acquired the mHealth Summit, a three year old conference owned by the Foundation from the National Institutes for Health in Washington D.C each December.

The GSM Association is predicting that the worldwide market for mobile health revenue will top $2.3 billion by 2017. Healthcare providers are projected to account for only 10% of the total amount with two-thirds to be driven by mobile monitoring services.