News & Updates

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Health Information Technology Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan. The plan outlines methods to increase knowledge of the impact of health IT on patient safety, eliminate technology related medical errors, and maximize the safety of health IT and health IT-assisted care.

Biovigil, a hand hygiene solutions company, is piloting a hygiene compliance tracker at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, Richmond Heights, Mo. The wearable sensor detects chemical vapors from alcohol-based hand washing solutions, and alerts the patient as well as the nurse/hospital staff to ensure maximum compliance.

Smart Communications, a Philippines-based telecom company, partnered with Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Manila, to develop a digital health system for improving patient-provider communication. The project will use internet and mobile technologies to provide patients with remote coaching and monitoring services.

vitaTrackr, a health data marketplace facilitating movement of bio-metric and other consumer health data, launched the demo of its vitaTrackr network in partnership with Ridley’s Family Markets, an Idaho based grocery store chain. The project collects health data using self health assessments kiosks to help users track their progress and changes in health, accumulate points and earn rewards.

Imaxdi, a Spanish startup, is testing a wireless stretcher that allows for continuous monitoring of heart and stroke patients even when patients are being moved. Imaxdi has a patent application pending in the US.

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, or CORHIO, recently announced a major milestone: approximately 44% of Colorado’s residents are now represented in the HIE. Colorado providers can access historical clinical information on these patients to be better prepared for their visits and care transitions.

EyeNetra, which has developed a mobile-enabled eye diagnostic tool, raised $2 million in funding. The MIT Media Lab Camera Culture Group spinoff allows anyone to take an eye exam using the device, Netra-G, that connects to a smartphone.

A new survey from health communications firm Digitas Health found that 90 percent of 2,000 chronic patients surveyed in the US would accept a mobile app prescription from their physician, while only 66 percent would be willing to accept a prescription of medication. The full report is due this fall.

AirStrip announced it will develop a version of its AirStrip One mobile platform for the new Windows 8 operating system. AirStrip joined Microsoft’s AppsForSurface initiative, which is designed to encourage software vendors to develop business and enterprise apps to run on its Surface tablet.

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