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2014 has seen booming growth in health IT acquisitions and mergers in 2014

2014 has seen booming growth in health IT acquisitions and mergers in 2014

The first half of 2014 has seen booming growth in health IT mergers and acquisitions, with total deal volume up 18 percent since the second half of 2013, according to a report by Berkery Noyes, an independent investment bank. The Healthcare/Pharma Information and Technology Industry report found that “aggregate value gained 46 percent, from $3.73 [...]

July 30, 2014 | Reply More
Ten steps to creating a safe, secure healthcare app

Ten steps to creating a safe, secure healthcare app

The mobile healthcare app market has been booming, with a report by Juniper Research predicting that as many as 142 million mobile healthcare apps will be downloaded by 2016. Healthcare providers have expressed concern about the safety and security of so many new apps, so if you’re an app developer, designer or consumer, read on [...]

July 29, 2014 | Reply More
Infographic: the top 7 HIPAA security risk analysis myths

Infographic: the top 7 HIPAA security risk analysis myths

This infographic created by Coalfire, an IT governance, risk and compliance firm, assesses the top 7 HIPAA security risk analysis myths. The moral of the infographic: HIPAA security risk analyses are not optional and should be continuously reviewed, corrected and modified.

July 28, 2014 | Reply More
Third party use of consumer health data

Third party use of consumer health data

A recent California Healthcare Foundation report that studied the ways in which personal health information is tracked and used found that “while personal health information held by healthcare providers and insurers is protected under HIPAA, many other sources of consumer data are not covered and can be disclosed to third parties.” As the popularity of [...]

July 23, 2014 | Reply More
Aperek’s Pulse app makes cataloging and tracking implants easier

Aperek’s Pulse app makes cataloging and tracking implants easier

Implants like hip joints, pacemakers, or surgical staples, are a fundamental aspect of many surgical procedures, but the task of cataloguing and tracking them is inordinately difficult. Aperek’s new Pulse app hopes to change all that. The app allows clinicians to catalogue implants in the operating room at the moment the implant is being inserted [...]

July 22, 2014 | Reply More
Three mobile healthcare technologies that are improving patient care

Three mobile healthcare technologies that are improving patient care

Mobile healthcare technology has become a staple in many hospitals and care facilities as devices, technologies, and applications help clinicians and patients improve care, engagement, and comfort. FierceMobileHealthcare’s new eBook Technology to Enable Care Transitions highlights three mHealth technologies that are enabling facilities to improve patient care. 1. Mobile-location based services GPS and other mobile-location [...]

July 21, 2014 | Reply More
AirStrip’s Alan Portela to those seeking regulatory shortcuts: “don’t do it in health care”

AirStrip’s Alan Portela to those seeking regulatory shortcuts: “don’t do it in health care”

POLITICO’s Morning eHealth bulletin recently featured Alan Portela, CEO of AirStrip. AirStrip’s Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) solution (including AirStrip RPM CRITICAL CARE and AirStrip RPM CARDIOLOGY) received FDA clearance as a Class II, 510K device in 2010, making it one of the first mobile medical creations to do so. Today, as FDA health IT regulations [...]

July 20, 2014 | Reply More
mHealth technologies drive healthcare model that is continuous, instant and personalized

mHealth technologies drive healthcare model that is continuous, instant and personalized

mHealth technology is rising rapidly, with the global mHealth market expected to be between 30 and 60 billion dollars in revenue in 2015. As connectivity and mobility drive new mHealth technologies three concepts of healthcare are rising as the tenets upon which future healthcare will be built upon: “Continuous Healthcare,” “Instant Healthcare,” and “My Healthcare.” [...]

July 19, 2014 | Reply More
mHealth solutions increase patient engagement, study shows

mHealth solutions increase patient engagement, study shows

As medical facilities and health care organizations continue to explore the many uses of mHealth, patients and clinicians around the globe are discovering the positive impact that mHealth solutions can provide. A recent study conducted by Montefiore Medical Center’s (MMC) Universal Behavioral Associates focusing on the use of text messaging to relay tips, medication reminders, [...]

July 18, 2014 | Reply More
WLSA thoughts on FDA’s communication with Zarbees

WLSA thoughts on FDA’s communication with Zarbees

The following article about the FDA’s communication with Zarbees about its use of Facebook to “like” comments from customers claiming medical uses of the company’s products caught my eye - http://charlottesville.legalexaminer.com/uncategorized/fda-monitoring-facebook-cites-supplement-manufacturer-zarbees-for-likes/.  I consider it to be an early warning about a tsunami of bad and suspect health claims that FDA and consumers will be facing.  Fueled [...]

July 18, 2014 | Reply More