Nuance's MD survey on voice-enabled, virtual assistants
Ahead of the big event in New Orleans, Nuance Communications surveyed 10,000 doctors in the US about how virtual assistants, think Apple's iPhone voice query tool Siri, might affect healthcare. Based on the survey, 80 percent of US physicians believe that they will "drastically change" how they interact with and use EHRs and other healthcare apps within five years. Of course, that is Nuance's flagship product for healthcare -- voice input.
The survey found that about 65 percent of physicians believe a virtual assistant would provide them with more accurate, timely information to support care or alert them to missing information in records and 80 percent believe virtual assistants will help patients by engaging them in the care process and helping them develop healthier behaviors.
AT&T to power cellular-connectivity in Numera's Libris mPERS offering
AT&T announced at HIMSS that it would provide M2M cellular connectivity for a mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) it is developing with Valued Relationships Inc. and Numera Libris. Like other wireless-enabled mPERS systems, AT&T's would automatically send for help when a fall is detected.
TigerText offers up secure messaging API to mobile health developers
At HIMSS secure messaging vendor TigerText announced that it has begun offering an API that enables developers to add its secure messaging to their mobile health apps. TigerConnect is an "open API that lets any organization use the power of secure messaging to reach any colleague, customer or partner in real-time," according to the company. TigerText already has API integrations with Dropbox and SpotMD.
AirStrip One launches for cross-platform, mobile-enabled EHR, HIS interoperability
Ahead of the HIMSS13 event, AirStrip Technologies announced the launch of its AirStrip One offering, which is first being implemented at Dignity Health. AirStrip describes the offering as an "enterprise-wide, data- and vendor-agnostic mobility solution to securely deliver patient data from medical devices, electronic medical records (EMRs) and patient monitors to clinicians anywhere across the care continuum." AirStrip describes it as a key to mobile healthcare interoperability.
Meritus Medical Center taps PatientSafe Solutions for mobile health rollout
PatientSafe Solutions, which offers iPod touch-based point-of-care platform called PatientTouch, announced that Meritus Medical Center in Maryland had tapped it to implement PatientTouch throughout the 272-bed hospital.
Philips and Vidyo expand partnership for video-enabled remote patient monitoring
At HIMSS13 Philips announced that its IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 will incorporate Vidyo's VidyoRouter technology to better enable remote video monitoring of patients who are in the hospitals or at home.
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