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September 26, 2012
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Healthcare CIO SmartBrief Special Report:
Managing a changing health IT environment, Part II
These are times of change for health information technology. Government regulations and incentives, provider needs and the demands of an electronically engaged patient population are all having an impact on how patient information is stored and used to optimize and streamline care. Part II of this special report looks at the ways that connected medical devices and mobile health applications are changing the patient care landscape. Read Part I of this special report.
  Connected Devices 
  • Report: Wearable technology market will grow
    An August report by IMS Research predicts that the market for wearable technology will expand to $6 billion in 2016, up from $2 billion in 2011. Demand for the devices -- defined as products worn by users for long periods of time that have "advanced circuitry," wireless access and data processing capacity -- will rise among healthy and ill patients alike, the report predicted, but such benefits "will need to be clearly proven" before providers and patients are willing to pay for them, said an IMS Research analyst. InformationWeek (9/4) Email this Story
  • West Health develops remote fetal monitoring tool
    West Health Institute is developing the Sense4Baby device that offers wireless monitoring of high-risk expectant mothers. The tool's sensor is capable of capturing the heart rate of both the pregnant woman and the fetus. The sensor links to a tablet or smartphone using Bluetooth, and information is then transferred to a secure cloud. (9/19) Email this Story
  • Bionic leg will incorporate and transmit data analysis
    The Bionic Leg is a wearable robotic leg orthosis that trains patients to regain the use of a limb. In an interview with News Medical, Tibion’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Rob Cripe said the new version has a wireless capability that will not only capture raw user data, but will also convert it into functional measurements and transmit a report to the health care provider. As accountable care organizations develop, he said, “it will be critical to be able to provide data like this for clinical and business related purposes.” News-Medical.Net (9/19) Email this Story
  • Other News
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  Mobile Health 
  • HHS launches public-health app that uses Twitter
    HHS officials announced the launch of the MappyHealth application that uses Twitter. The online tool, which took the top prize in a technology challenge by the agency's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, helps public-health officials leverage data gained using the app to determine potential health emergencies in an area and other health trends. Government Health IT online (9/14) Email this Story
  • Research: Asthma app accurately monitors lung function
    Researchers from Seattle Children's Hospital, the University of Washington and UW Medicine have created the SpiroSmart asthma application to help patients easily track lung function using a smartphone. Users can blow into their smartphone to get a reading. Research findings presented at an international conference indicated that the app satisfies the standards for accuracy of the medical community. Daily News (New York)/AFP RelaxNews (9/19) Email this Story
  • 1 in 4 health groups has no clear mHealth objective
    A Medullan survey of 106 health groups finds most respondents are undertaking mobile health projects to boost patient engagement, while others say they do so to keep up with competing organizations. However, one out of four survey respondents said they have no clear goal for their mHealth effort, which Medullan CEO Ahmed Albaiti says could be a "recipe for disaster." Healthcare Informatics online (9/19) Email this Story
  • Other News
  • Do biomedical devices currently feed information into your electronic health records system?
    No  33.33%
    Yes, three or more devices feed in information  33.33%
    Yes, but only one or two types of devices  33.33%
  • Are you planning to offer a patient portal in 2013 to give patients access to their medical records?
    Yes  60.00%
    No  40.00%
  • Are you planning to increase the size of your IT staff?
    Yes, by more than 5% of FTEs  33.33%
    No  33.33%
    Yes, by less than 5% of FTEs  33.33%

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