Category: Health Information Technology
Policy and technology need to be developed hand-in-hand to avoid storage and processing pitfalls for hospital databases.
By John D. Halamka, MD
As CIOs we have significant responsibility but limited authority. We're accountable for stability, reliability, and security but cannot always control all the variables.
Here's an example of random events coming together to create a problem, which is now well on its way to resolution. However, there are many lessons learned that I'd like to share with you.
Medtronic gets a conditional go-ahead for trials of its Symplicity renal denervation catheter system for treating resistant hypertension.
Medtronic Inc.'s (NYSE:MDT) got the go-ahead to pursue trials of its Symplicity catheter system for treating hypertension via renal denervation.
The system includes a catheter inserted into the renal artery near each kidney via the femoral artery in the upper thigh. A generator on the tip of the catheter delivers lower-power radio-frequency energy to "deactivate" the sympathetic nerves, lowering blood pressure.
The Mayo clinic takes a broad step into social media by launching its own networking site for patients past, present and future.
Mayo Clinic has built its own Facebook.
But don't expect Mayo's service to be anything like Google+, another freshly launched direct challenger to Facebook's hold over online social networking.
QuickCheck Health envisions remote care for home diagnostic tests and online physician visits, and hopes to pursue 510(k) clearance later this year.
A few months ago when we wrote about Minnesota startup QuickCheck Health and its attempt to raise $2 million, the company's founder, president & CEO, Tom Henke, declined to comment.
Explorys folds about a dozen California hospitals into its electronic medical record sharing platform.
Health data management company Explorys has added a California health system with about a dozen hospitals to its electronic medical records-sharing network.
Orange, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health System becomes the sixth hospital or health system to add its patient records to Explorys's network.
Health Discovery Corp. launches the first-of-its-kind melanoma risk assessment app in the Apple iTunes store.
Health Discovery Corp.'s new MelApp uses the
iPhone's camera feature to can skin for melanoma risk.
Health Discovery Corp. (OTC:HDVY) announced the launch of its iPhone app that uses image-based pattern recognition and mathematical algorithms to assess melanoma risk.
Called MelApp, the app is intended to help users learn about melanoma and identify areas of their skin which may need physician attention. MelApp is available through the iTunes App Store for $1.99.
A new FAQ from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explains how to ensure electronic medical record transport standard comply with meaningful use rules.
By John D. Halamka, MD
One of the more confusing items about Meaningful Stage 1 is what constitutes a test of electronic record exchange. The HIT Standards Committee did not specify transport standards, so there are no certification criteria to test the ability of an EHR to send data from place to place.
It was unclear what kinds of transport constitute a valid test of data exchange - Bluetooth between iPhones? e-Fax? USB Drives?