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By Laura Lovett February 12, 2019
It’s no secret robots have caught the hearts and minds of children for decades — whether in sci-fi novellas or on the silver screen. Now, robots are also coming to pediatrics care.  “If you look at pediatrics and robotics systems, most children are attracted to robotics. So what does this mean? I can bring in a robotic device and I don’t have to convince you. I can bring it in and say, ‘Hey, this...
By Laura Lovett February 12, 2019
Progress in the healthcare industry often means a lot of back and forth between outside innovators and providers — and the two don’t always see eye to eye. But both are essential for progress.   “Most of the startups are in a hurry and most of healthcare is not, so how how do we navigate this?” Santosh Mohan of the HIMSS Innovation Committee said at the Innovation Symposium at HIMSS19. But one of...
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By Laura Lovett February 12, 2019
When it comes healthcare, young adults expect more technology and nontraditional settings to be integrated into their care than previous generations, according to a new study released by Accenture at HIMSS19 this morning. The study found that Gen Zers and millennials are much less likely to have a primary care doctor than older generations. In fact, only 67 percent of millennials and 55 percent...
By Dave Muoio February 12, 2019
Propeller Health’s digital respiratory health platform will be making a bigger splash among European patients thanks to a partnership announced yesterday with Finnish pharmaceuticals and diagnostics company Orion Corporation. Starting in 2019, the companies will begin co-development of a custom-built Propeller sensor for Orion’s Easyhaler line of inhaled pulmonary drugs. These new sensors will...
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By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2019
When it comes to medical transportation, the status quo just won’t do, according to Uber Health head Aaron Crowell. “Sometimes there are programs that require two days before you can even schedule a trip,” he said. “I don’t know about you, but oftentimes with my kids I don’t know exactly when they’re going to get sick and I can’t schedule it in advance. And then the other thing is once a patient...
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By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2019
Last week in advance of HIMSS19, Microsoft announced the launch of Azure API for FHIR, the first in a series of APIs to help customers work with machine learning on protected health information in the cloud. The launch follows up on Microsoft’s open-source release on GitHub last November. “We saw tremendous response to that,” Heather Cartwright, general manager for Healthcare NExT at Microsoft,...
By Laura Lovett February 12, 2019
Facebook is now expanding its blood donation feature to US users. The technology, which lets Facebook users sign up as a blood donor and then gives them a notification when blood banks near them are in need, is expected to roll out in the US in the next few months.  The program kicked off in India in 2017. Last year the social media giant introduced the program to Pakistan, Brazil, India and...
By Dave Muoio February 12, 2019
Samsung’s inroads into healthcare have taken numerous forms over the years, but often the international electronics company is happy to serve as the technological backbone of its partners’ novel health products. The company's HIMSS19 showing suggests that the coming year will be little exception, with Samsung showcasing a number of health assessment tools and provider workflow products supported...
By Dave Muoio February 11, 2019
Medical communications company Spok has announced a new suite of tools for its Spok Care Connect platform here at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Florida. Among these are Spok Go, a multidevice app for care team messaging; Spok Conduct, a cloud-based workflow engine with clinical alerting and alarm management support; and Spok Navigate, a tool for operators that helps guide patients and their caregivers...
By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2019
The top two questions nurses at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital field from bedridden patients are “When is my lunch coming?” and “When are visiting hours?” according to Viraj Patwardhan, the hospital’s VP of digital design and consumer experience. “When you don’t have anything to do, you either think of food or you think of your loved ones,” he said. At the Patient Engagement and Experience...

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