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10 Steps To Overcome Your Fear Of Using Open Source Software

Shahid Shah | Med Device Online | October 8, 2014

The entire Internet runs on open source software (OSS) and, if we used it more in medical devices, it would lead to reduced costs and increase the quality of devices. If you ask some regulatory affairs folks in medical device companies, they think OSS is too “dangerous” for use in safety critical systems...

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10 Things the Most Progressive Hospitals Do

Molly Gamble | Becker's Hospital Review | July 8, 2013

It's been said that there are three types of people in the world: the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive. The same could be said for organizations, particularly in healthcare. There are hospitals that will cling to the ways of the past. There are also organizations that will settle as they are, resisting major change, surviving rather than excelling. Read More »

Digital Health’s Dirty Little Secrets Revealed

Fard Johnmar | LinkedIn | October 31, 2014

Digital health is hot. Consider the evidence...

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DIY Health to the Rescue

Experts often compare how slowly the health care system is "reforming" to how hard it is to turn a battleship.  They're so big that they can't turn on a dime (much less on $3 trillion!), and there is as much risk in trying to oversteer as in not turning at all.  Things are changing, we're assured, but it will take time to get on the desired new course. Maybe.  But maybe it is time to jump off the obsolete battleship onto something more nimble. Some call it Do-It-Yourself Health (there are both .org and .com sites devoted to the topic, among others).  PwC declared it to be one of the top ten trends of 2015.  Dave Chase believes that "DIY health reform is now leading the way for the highest performing reform" -- not Medicare, health insurers, not even employers...

Five Major Drug Chains To Adopt Blue Button Prescription Standards

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | February 10, 2014

Five major national pharmacy chains with a total of more than 20,000 stores throughout the country have signed on to the Blue Button health information sharing initiative pioneered by the Veterans Affairs Department in 2010, the White House said in a blog post. Read More »

Generic Drugs Don't Necessarily Mean Low Prices

Megan Thompson | PBS Newshour | November 2, 2013

NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports on the surprising disparity in pricing for generic drugs. Generics, generally thought to be cheap, can actually vary widely in price from pharmacy to pharmacy, causing some to skip medications altogether. Read More »

Pharmacies See Business Case For Blue Button

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | February 11, 2014

Following newly guaranteed patient access to their lab tests, the country’s largest pharmacies are promising to adopt a simple consumer health technology tool: the Blue Button personal health record. Read More »

Rise of Drones for Medical Supply Delivery

This is not going to all be about getting your books, or your socks, or even your new HD television faster. It is going to impact many industries -- including health care. And that impact has already started to happen. Zipline International, for example, is already delivering medical supplies by drone in Rwanda. They deliver directly to isolated clinics despite any intervening "challenging terrain and gaps in infrastructure." They plan to limit themselves to medical supplies, but not only in developing countries; they see rural areas in the U.S. as potential opportunities as well. Last fall they raised $25 million in Series B funding. Drones are also being considered for medical supply delivery in Guyana, Haiti, and the Philippines...

Using EHR, HIE To Share Vaccine Data Improves Public Health

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | July 22, 2013

EHRs are an effective tool in the fight against infectious diseases, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia University School of Nursing.  Automated immunization reporting using EHR data helped speed the collection of vaccine data and allowed public health agencies to assemble a clearer picture of at-risk populations. Read More »

Verizon, WellPoint, CVS, Walgreens Ally With Former Senators To Push Telehealth Policy Reform

Deanna Pogorelc | MedCity News | February 11, 2014

A cohort of big players in connected health is joining three former senators in pursuit of policy that supports broad use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring. Read More »