WLSA’s President and CEO Rob McCray commented on Nita Farahany post in the Washington Post blog, “Reinging in FDA regulation of mobile health apps.” Farahany wrote in support of both the House SOFTWARE Act and the Senate PROTECT Act, which aim to have less FDA oversight on mobile medical apps, sparking quite a lively discussion. To [...]
Can consumers trust their health information to a private company? This is a question that Kara Swisher posed to Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe, who did not have a clear answer. As reported, the conversation was as follows: “I had a health issue a few months ago and you knew about it, and I didn’t know [...]
The following article, by Rob McCray, President & CEO, WLSA, has been used as the forward to the book, “mHealth Innovation” from HiMSS Books. Are you attending HiMSS 2014 Annual Conference? Stop by the bookstore in Lobby C and pick up your copy or purchase it online at http://ebooks.himss.org/product/mhealth-innovation. What is the state of mHealth? When will [...]
With all that is going on with the Affordable Care Act, a lot of the talk among attendees at the mHealth Summit was centered on the role of government in moving mHealth forward. The final guidance on mobile health apps was deregulatory insofar as it clarified that FDA would not utilize the full possible extent [...]
HiMSS’ focus on several specific areas related to healthcare IT at this year’s event is essential to help move technology enhancements from hype to reality. Walking the show floor offers attendees a clear picture of what technology can do, but the platforms and data it uses must be consistent throughout the ecosystem. If the U.S. [...]
There has been a lot of discussion recently in regard to the ownership of patient data in the electronic health records of providers, and the rumblings continue as I speak with folks at this year’s mHealth Summit, though the issues of ownership and privacy are readily confused.
Privacy and ownership are two closely related concepts. Both are relevant in the context of mobile health, for different reasons. I suggest that patients should expect that in a well functioning and affordable health care system, their commercial ownership (i.e. the right to profit from its use) and privacy expectations cannot be absolute. They must be tempered by the needs of a well run and affordable system. This is a fundamental policy issue that must be resolved before additional barriers to a connected health world are created.
Has it occurred to you that the health care needs a service like Uber for transportation, offering convenient scheduling, transparent and secure financial processing and quality services for consumers? Call it “Uber Health” and recognize that ZocDoc (http://www.zocdoc.com/) offers part of this service. Other early stage companies like HealthTap (https://www.healthtap.com/) are filling in other parts [...]
In response to Neil Versel’s article about Digital Health Progress found here on mobihealth news, our founder Rob McCray had this to say: Neil – this is very thoughtful commentary. Let’s call it “skeptical” rather than ”cynical” and appropriately so in my opinion. CES is all about hype and any movement needs to be hyped. Publicity does not [...]
Aventyn, Inc., an innovative provider of secure connected clinical information processing solutions, announced two new initiatives this week at the mHealth Summit in Washington, DC. Aventyn Inc. announced the availability of CareSitix™ imaging solution on Intel powered Ultrabooks and tablets. Aventyn’s award winning CLIP®Care clinical information and Vitalbeat™ chronic disease management platforms seamlessly integrate with CareSitix to provide capabilities for [...]
Docs, don’t ignore mHealth, by Matt Mattox, contains good advice for the medical community. Engaged health consumers are increasingly interested in exercising greater control over their own health and access to health care providers. The Scanadu Scout is in a category of smart products that will meet this demand. The technology is moving very rapidly. Regulatory matters [...]