interoperability

By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2015
One of the many tensions in digital health is between innovators with big new ideas about new streams of data and doctors and CIOs who have to figure out how to use that data and integrate it into their workflow. At the MassTLC Healthcare Conference in Boston today, a panel of hospital CIOs discussed some of the challenges inherent in being a part of group number two. "The thing about this is, if...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2015
What expectations about technology will the next generation of physicians have? That's the question Epocrates set out to answer with its Future Physicians of America survey of more than 1,000 medical students. The students surveyed overwhelmingly agreed that interoperability of EHRs was critically needed, and that it needs to be easy to share patient data across different stakeholders, both...
By Jonah Comstock September 9, 2015
The technology being used by accountable care organizations is fairly limited, according to a new survey of 69 ACOs recently conducted by the eHealth Initiative. While 75 percent used EHRs and 62 percent offered a patient portal, only 20 percent used some kind of telemedicine and 30 percent use electronic forms to capture patient data. "We think this shows technology isn’t really central to...
By Jonah Comstock March 12, 2015
Lack of medical device connectivity and interoperability are big contributors to preventable medical errors, according to a recent survey of nurses. According to the 526 registered nurses who participated in the survey, which was commissioned by the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and conducted by Harris Poll, nurses end up shouldering a lot of the burden of medical devices and electronic...
By Aditi Pai December 11, 2013
To drive medical interoperability, all parties will need to push policy to get things done, Galileo Analytics Cofounder Anna McCollister-Slipp said at the mHealth Summit near Washington DC. McCollister-Slipp was recently appointed to serve on the FDA/ONC HIT Policy Committee’s FDASIA Working Group. "There's some piecemeal policy things that are ongoing that are really critical," McCollister-Slipp...
By Neil Versel August 13, 2013
FDA Senior Policy Advisor Bakul Patel A decision by the Food and Drug Administration to recognize a set of voluntary, industry-developed interoperability standards should make it easier for technology developers to gain 510(k) clearance for new medical devices – including smartphone accessories – that follow such standards. In its annual update to its list of accepted consensus standards for...
By Jonah Comstock August 6, 2013
LifeNexus, a San Francisco startup looking to replace the traditional insurance card with a digital version, raised $4 million from undisclosed angel investors and one undisclosed fund, bringing the company's total funding to $11.9 million. CEO David Strand said an additional $3 million round is closing soon. The company offers a system called iChip, which Strand described to Babyforyou.net.ua as a...
By Jonah Comstock July 17, 2013
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) launched its data access framework initiative this week, an effort to increase interoperability among electronic health records (EHRs) from different vendors. Creating a data standard for all EHRs will empower patients who are switching from one provider to another, help smaller practices analyze and learn from their...
By Brian Dolan March 23, 2010
Open standards and interoperability are key to mobile health offerings scaling in developing markets, Ericsson's head of sustainability and corporate responsibility Elaine Weidman told the Financial Times in a recent interview. “Vertical solutions cannot be scaled because vertical solutions look at one business model and don’t look at consumer convenience and flexibility,” US-based C-SAM's CEO...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2009
Why does it seem like so many physicians have embraced the iPhone, but only 15 percent of them are using some form of electronic health record EHR technology? That's one of the questions that Dr. David Kibbe posed to the audience at Healthcare Unbound here in Seattle, Washington.  Kibbe suggested a number of reasons for why physicians are adopting smartphones like the iPhone while shirking EHRs,...