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VA Awards Firstview Mobile Device Manager Task

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | October 4, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded a $4.4 million contract for mobile device manager software to Firstview Federal Technology Solutions LLC., a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business in Rockville, Md. The contract award was anticipated to be awarded before Sept. 30, the end of federal fiscal 2012. Read More »

VA Buys iPads And Verizon Plans To Expand Telemental Health Pilot

Zach Rausnitz | FierceMobileGovernment | July 2, 2013

As part of its home-based telemental health program, the Veterans Affairs Department awarded a contract on June 28 to Apple and Verizon to provide 250 iPads and 300 mobile broadband plans, respectively. Read More »

VA CIO Trades in Laptop for iPad

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | September 2, 2011

Roger Baker, CIO of the Veterans Affairs Department, has traded in his laptop and is testing the iPad with up to about 200 other VA employees, mostly physicians at its medical facilities. VA will permit employees on Oct. 1 to use Apple’s iPhone and iPad to connect to the department’s network in the course of their jobs. Read More »

VA Wants Application To View VistA Images On Mobile Devices

Mike Bassett | FierceMedicalImaging | November 18, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to develop an application that will allow clinical images stored on its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture electronic health record to be viewed on mobile devices. Read More »

Valuable Mental Health Apps Lost in a Sea of Untrustworthy Digital Solutions

Evan Sweeney | Fierce Healthcare | April 10, 2017

The mental health industry has been flooded with potentially untrustworthy apps.
With more than 10,000 mobile health apps available to assist with mental health treatment, patients and clinicians now face the daunting challenge of parsing out trustworthy digital tools. That challenge has only intensified as more apps have entered the marketplace amid the FDA’s hands-off approach to regulating apps and wearables, researchers wrote in JAMA Psychiatry...

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Wearable Computing: Why There's No Room For Watches Like Galaxy Gear

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | September 4, 2013

The technology and time are right for wearable computers -- at least the ones with eyeglasses as the user interface. But smartwatches? No way. Read More »

Wearable Devices With Health IT Functions Poised To Disrupt Medicine

Fred O'Connor | PC World | May 1, 2014

The next innovation in health care may come from Silicon Valley. With Google, Apple and Samsung exploring how to incorporate health IT features into wearable devices, patients may soon provide information to doctors through devices such as smartwatches that can measure and transmit biometric data. 

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Welcome To The Age Of Open-ish Technology

Walter Frick | Technology Review | September 21, 2012

From Twitter's API and the Android OS, we live in an age when private companies reap the benefits of some openness while maintaining ultimate control. Read More »

What Do We Mean When We Talk About Software 'Alternatives'?

The word alternative is one of those shifty terms, with a definition that changes depending on perspective. For instance, something that is alternative to one person is the norm for another. Generally, the term alternative is considered to be defined by the fact that it is not considered to be in the majority or the mainstream. Then again, sometimes the term "alternative" gets attached to the second instance of something. If a web server, such as Apache, exists, then any time a different web server gets mentioned, it gets the alternative badge, because we all assume that we all silently concede that whatever it is, it's an alternative to that big one that we all know about...

What Health Care Can Learn From Whole Foods And Apple

Jonathan Bush | LinkedIn | December 2, 2013

A few weeks back, I shared my thoughts on why the incentive system in health care is broken, and ranted about the ridiculous amount of profit being created by some health systems (yes, including non-profits) that’s in opposition to what patients need and deserve. It’s not that I think profit is bad, quite the contrary. Profit is good, very good, unless it’s created in opposition to the market you’re serving which, in this case, happens to be patients.

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What Is Deep Learning, and Why Should You Care About It?

Whether it's Google's headline-grabbing DeepMind AlphaGo victory, or Apple's weaving of "using deep neural network technology" into iOS 10, deep learning and artificial intelligence are all the rage these days, promising to take applications to new heights in how they interact with us mere mortals. To go deeper (yes, I went there) on the subject, I reached out to the team at the deep learning-focused company Skymind, creators of Deep Learning For Java (DL4J), and authors of the recently released O'Reilly book Deep Learning: A Practitioner's Approach, Josh Patterson and Adam Gibson...

What is Patient and Family Engagement?

I recently participated in a nationwide (not the United States) healthcare IT planning effort and one recommendation was universal availability of patient portals. Several reviewers commented that patient portal is a loaded term - it implies that clinicians control the data and patients are given a view into it. One person said, “that’s so 10 years ago.” BIDMC has been working with patient/family shared medical records, Open Notes and various consumer-facing apps since 1999. Over that time we've discovered that patients typically do not want raw data, they want something actionable - the tools necessary to assist their navigation through the healthcare process...

What the History of Open Source Teaches Us About Strategic Advantage

The free software movement started like many other movements: A group of bright, spirited people felt controlled by a greater power and rose up and took matters into their own hands. It's not that different from the American Revolution. The colonists were tired of being controlled by Great Britain, so they declared their independence and started building their own system of government and military, and creating their own cultures. The revolutionaries' methods were disorganized and improvised, but they ultimately proved to be effective. Same goes for the software revolutionaries...

What to Expect in Apple's Upcoming Maps App

Yoni Heisler | Network World | June 6, 2012

Apple will unveil iOS 6 next week at WWDC, and the Maps app will reportedly be getting a complete overhaul. Here's what to expect. Read More »

What Was The FBI Doing With 12 Million Apple IDs Anyway?

Rebecca Greenfield | Nextgov | September 5, 2012

This morning AntiSec released a list of 1 million out of 12 million Apple UDID's that it said it got from the FBI, which has raised many questions, most prominently perhaps: Just what was the FBI doing with that data in the first place? Read More »