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The Massachusetts HIE Procurement I've written several blog posts about the Massachusetts HIE strategic and operating plan to implement a statewide backbone for connecting every stakeholder in the Commonwealth. All procurements have been done and we can now share the selection with the public. Here are the service providers we have chosen: The Massachusetts HIE Procurement

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Quantified Self Guide Digifit The Digifit ecosystem is a full suite of Apple apps that records heart rate, pace, speed, cadence, and power of your running, cycling and other athletic endeavors. Data can be uploaded to the well established training sites Training Peaks and New Leaf. The ecosystem is is split up into the Digifit™, iCardio™, iRunner™, iBiker™, iSpinner™ and iPower™ apps. To utilize the full functionality of the app you must purchase the Digifit Connect ANT+ dongle and and the purchase of an advanced functionality App.
Medical app regulations, device security share the spotlight at mHealth World Congress
Journal of Biomedical Informatics - Healthcare in the pocket: Mapping the space of mobile-phone health interventions Journal of Biomedical Informatics - Healthcare in the pocket: Mapping the space of mobile-phone health interventions Open Archive Abstract Mobile phones are becoming an increasingly important platform for the delivery of health interventions.
Today, as Kathy finished her last radiation therapy appointment, I had my first screening colonoscopy - a right of passage for new 50 year olds. Although a bit of a personal issue, I'm known for my transparency and I'm happy to share the experience so that others approaching 50 know what to expect. The preparation is the hardest part. Three days before the procedure, it's recommended that you reduce the quantity of high fiber foods you eat - fruits, vegetables, nuts etc. The Colonoscopy Experience The Colonoscopy Experience
National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari has announced a new contest that seeks to spur the development of mobile applications that could help patients reduce their heart health risks, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 7/29). The contest, called the "Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge," is part of the Million Hearts Initiative, a collaboration between HHS and health care industry stakeholders aimed at preventing heart disease and stroke (Viebeck, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 7/27). About the Contest ONC's Mobile App Contest Aims To Reduce Heart Health Risks ONC's Mobile App Contest Aims To Reduce Heart Health Risks
Access to Personal Health Records boost patient loyalty Patients who engage regularly with a personal health record are significantly more likely to remain members of a health plan, a three-year study of Kaiser Permanente patient retention suggests. The study of 394,214 Kaiser Permanente Northwest members, published online in the July issue of the American Journal of Managed Care, found that members who used Kaiser's personal health record were 2.6 times more likely to stay with Kaiser. PHR use was the third strongest predictor of retention, following membership tenure and illness burden, and was especially noticeable among newer plan members. Kaiser's PHR is linked to its electronic health record system, according to the article, "Association Between Personal Health Record Enrollment and Patient Loyalty." Access to Personal Health Records boost patient loyalty
A Database of All Medical Knowledge: Why Not? - David A. Shaywitz A Database of All Medical Knowledge: Why Not? - David A. Shaywitz Physicians won't become obsolete any time soon, but the comprehensive integration of everything we know about well-being could revolutionize medical care. Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters The progress of modern applied science has been defined by a series of outrageously ambitious projects, from the effort to build the first atomic bomb to the race to sequence the human genome. For scientists and engineers today, perhaps the greatest challenge is the structure and assembly of a unified health database, a "big data" project that would collect in one searchable repository all of the parameters that measure or could conceivably reflect human well-being. This database would be "coherent," meaning that the association between individuals and their data is preserved and maintained. A recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report described the goal as a "Knowledge Network of Disease," a "unifying framework within which basic biology, clinical research, and patient care could co-evolve."
By David Shaywitz, MD In a piece just posted at, I discuss what I see as the next great quest in applied science: the assembly of a unified health database, a “big data” project that would collect in one searchable repository all the parameters that measure or could conceivably reflect human well-being. I don’t expect the insights gained from these data will obsolete physicians, but rather empower them (as well as patients and other stakeholders) and make them better, informing their clinical judgment without supplanting their empathy. I also discuss how many companies and academic researchers are focusing their efforts on defined subsets of the information challenge, generally at the intersection of data domains. I observe that one notable exception seems to be big pharma, as many large drug companies seem to have decided that hefty big data analytics is a service to be outsourced, rather than a core competency to be built. Time For Biopharma To Jump On The “Big Data” Train? Time For Biopharma To Jump On The “Big Data” Train?
To light a fire under clinicians, a new guide from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality extols the virtues of interactive PHRs and outlines steps for successful implementation. Is A Personal Health Record In Your Future? (click image for larger view and for slideshow) In a move that prepares primary care practices for a future in which the use of interactive personal health records (IPHRs) will be the norm rather than the exception, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a guide that offers tips on implementing the technology. Personal Health Record Handbook Designed To Energize Providers - Healthcare - The Patient Personal Health Record Handbook Designed To Energize Providers - Healthcare - The Patient
mHealth Congress: Social media, games provide ‘digital fireplace’ for health community
GPs to ‘prescribe’ apps for patients People could soon be directed to free or cheap apps by their GPs to allow them to monitor and manage their health more effectively. At an event held today, showcasing the best ideas for new and existing health smartphone apps, the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “So many people use apps every day to keep up with their friends, with the news, find out when the next bus will turn up or which train to catch. GPs to ‘prescribe’ apps for patients
Health IT Attracts Venture Capital
Patient Engagement as a Two-Way Street Part 3 – Recommendations About me -- David K. Tao Education:- Washington University in St.
One of the promises of health IT is to provide patients easier access to their health information. This is a focus of ONC’s consumer e-health efforts and CMS’ meaningful use regulations. But this isn’t a new policy for HHS. In fact, we have ensured that patients have had a right to access their health information since 2002. In 2000, patient access was one of the very first issues I worked on at HHS, as part of the drafting of the HIPAA Privacy Rules. Changing Policies Changes Practices: Patient Access and Input to Their Health Record
Mapping the AMIA Clinical Informatics Core Content into the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Curriculum
Prescribable Mobile Apps Huge Threat for Pharma
A draft of standards for a health and medical app certification program was released recently by Happtique. As a matter of disclosure I am proud to have been the Chair of the panel that drafted these standards. The standards are in draft form and are open to public comment until August 17, 2012. While some might say that these standards add even more barriers to the commercial adoption of these technologies, there are substantial reasons for the need of such certification. 1. Consumers, patients, and healthcare providers want reliable, safe apps. Why health and medical apps should be certified
How the iPhone Might Disrupt The Medical Device Industry By Dr. Wes Doctors wanting to determine a patient’s atrial fibrillation burden have a myriad of technologies at their disposal: 24-hour Holter monitors, 30-day event monitors that are triggered by an abnormal heart rhythm or by the patient themselves, a 7-14 day patch monitor that records every heart beat and is later processed offlineto quanitate the arrhythmia, or perhaps an surgically-implanted event recorder that automatically stores extremes of heart rate or the surface ECG when symptoms are felt by the patient. The cost of these devices ranges from the hundreds to thousands of dollars to use.
From Nursify to Visit Minder: Seven iPhone Apps We’d Like to See
North Carolina HIE adds Direct messaging capabilities
Federal CTO Todd Park taps the private sector to drive innovation
Collaborating on Privacy in the Identity Ecosystem: Process and Opportunity | NSTIC NOTES
Seeking Application Developers for the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge
IHE PCC and IT Infrastructure Call for Proposals
Facebook May Grant Researchers Access to Study Data
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Former ONC chief Blumenthal to lead Commonwealth Fund
Venture Capital Funding for Health IT Reaches $293M for Q2 2012
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Our Cancer Journey Week 31
The Privacy of Your Digital Self | On Health Care Technology
Big Changes Are Ahead For The Healthcare Industry, Courtesy Of Big Data
The Real Promise of Mobile Health Apps
#HIT100 2012 list revealed
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HIE markets evolve, shifting priorities to actionable data
Health Information Exchange: It Should Just Work
ONC Challenges Americans to Find Out What’s In Your Health Record?!
Personalized Medicine – Processing Millions of Health Data Points
Health Data Exchange Market Is Changing
Video: National Workshop to Advance the Use of Electronic Data in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Guide exults virtues of patient access to GP records - News - Practice Business
Patient Engagement as a Two-Way Street Part 2 – “Getting to Know You”
AMIA Board white paper: definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline -- Kulikowski et al.
ONC launches video challenge to spur PHR use
Patient Engagement Needs to be a Two-Way Street
NCATS Offers $110M for Clinical and Translational Science Centers | GenomeWeb Daily News
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ONC video challenge: 'What's in your health record?'
White House Rural Council’s Health IT Initiative Helps Community Colleges Tailor Programs to Workforce Needs
SCOTUS: Individual mandate is a tax, constitutional
National Cancer Informatics Program — NCIP
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The 8th Pillar of the Patient Centered Medical Home | On Health Care Technology
Summer is for Standards
Summer is for Standards
What User Authentication to use?
What User Authentication to use?
What User Authentication to use?
6 reasons today's heath IT systems don't integrate well
Convergence: CEDD, CIMI, IHE, FHIR, hData, HL7, mHealh and ONC
Tweaked FDA bill removes hurdle to medical app guidance
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Geisinger, Merck To Use IT in Initiative To Boost Treatment Adherence
AARP and Microsoft HealthVault Connect Personal Health Records
Health IT a quantum leap from other industries