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Apple and Fitbit among the 9 companies slected for FDA’s digital health pilot

Apple, Fitbit, Samsung and Alphabet-owned Verily are among the nine participants selected for the FDA’s Software Pre-Cert Pilot Program, announced earlier this year as part of the agency’s broader Digital Health Innovation Action Plan to streamline the regulatory process for companies with a history of developing and testing quality products.  The other participants include Johnson & Johnson, Pear Therapeutics, Phosphorus, Roche, Tidepool.   (FierceHealthcare, September 2017)

Allscripts buys McKesson’s EHR

Allscripts said it will continue developing McKesson’s Paragon for small hospitals and target its own Sunrise EHR at larger systems and health networks.  The combination of the two products, Allscripts said, will double its footprint among U.S. hospitals.  (HealthcareITNews, August 2017)

Amazon Has a Secret Health Tech Team Called 1492 Working on Medical Records, Virtual Doc Visits

Something very interesting is brewing in Seattle, but this time it’s not coffee but health technology.  Amazon has put together a stealth team to look into opportunities in the health technology industry, such as those pushing and pulling data from legacy electronic medical records systems, as well as a platform for telemedicine.  (CNBC, July 2017)

Apple is Quietly Working on Turning Your iPhone into the One-stop Shop for All Your Medical Info

Imagine all your health information – perhaps coming from 2 or more different health systems – now residing in one location and as easily accessible to you as your iTunes playlist.  That, according to a recent CNBC article, is the goal of a new Apple project.  “CNBC has learned that a secretive team within Apple’s growing health unit has been in talks with developers, hospitals and other industry groups about bringing clinical data, such as detailed lab results and allergy lists, to the iPhone, according to a half-dozen people familiar with the team. And from there, users could choose to share it with third parties, like hospitals and health developers.”  (CNBC, June 2017)

Why All the Hype Around Analytics?

HIMSS Chair of Clinical and Business Intelligence John Middleton, MD believes the reason is “We have a growing treasure trove of data that many believe holds the answers to better health at more sustainable costs. Unfortunately, much of this data is either not easily accessed, shared, compared or analyzed.”  (HIMSS, May 2017)

To Spot Suicidal Veterans, VA Turns to Predictive Analytics Tool

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched the Recovery Engagement And Coordination for Health Veterans Enhanced Treatment Program, also known as REACH VET, to pinpoint veterans with suicidal thoughts and intervene immediately.  (Healthcare IT News, April 2017)

The “Most Influential Women in Health IT” Share Words of Wisdom and Issue a Call to Action

Shareefa Al Abulmonem, Marion J. Ball, Ed.D, Rachelle Blake, Christina Caraballo, Karen DeSalvo, M.D., Karen Guice, M.D., and Lisa Stump, the inaugural recipients of HIMSS’ “Most Influential Women in Health IT” award, share nuggets of wisdom from their experience in the industry. (Healthcare Informatics, March 2017)

From Virtual Nurses to Drug Discovery: 106 Artificial Intelligence Startups in Healthcare

For 2017, CB Insights identified over 100 companies that are applying machine learning algorithms and predictive analytics to reduce drug discovery times, provide virtual assistance to patients, and diagnose ailments by processing medical images, among other things.  (CB Insights, February 2017)

HIMSS Conference 2017 Government Sessions

Discover how the new administration will impact health and health I.T. at the HIMSS Conference 2017 Government Sessions, from February 19 – 23.  Keynote Speakers include Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM, and Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner.  (HIMSS, February 2017)

mHealth Roundup: Health Apps to Cut Costs, Improve Care

A top focal point for app makers has been management of chronic illness, such as diabetes, as the population of patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes swells. Health and fitness are also a prime focus for payers and providers and are popular with consumers.

But app makers are working to expand beyond those entry-level functions to tackle everything from patient care and management to back-end operations and streamlined business processes.

Here’s a roundup of some of the promising mHealth app developments FierceHealthcare reported on in 2016. (Fierce Healthcare, January 2017)


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1 Comment

  1. Gary K. Cameron MSA, BSN, RN, CCM

    I would like regular informational updates as I am completing my PhD at UAMS and believe this will be extremely useful for my future work. Thank you


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