New Patient Safety Government App Challenge

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently opened a new app challenge focused on patients safety appropriately called the Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge. The challenge stems from a 2011 Institute of Medicine Report, The Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care, which among other things, recommended voluntary adverse event reporting using a format developed by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Archive for the Second #mHealth Tweet Chat Now Available

Thanks to everyone who participated in the second #mHealth tweet chat on Twitter last night! It was once again a great discussion. We discussed the following topics: T1: What is your definition of #mHealth? T2: Imagine you had to go one day without access to your smartphone or tablet. How would this affect your practice? T3: Do […]

Medical app uses augmented reality and camera phone to detect skin cancer

DoctorMole represents a fantastic step forward for telemedicine and teledermatology. Whilst this app is no substitute for professional medical advice, it is a great example of how mobile technology can positively impact community healthcare and preventative medicine. Perhaps the only drawback to this app is that there was no way to share the results/photos taken with the app with your family physician which would surely enhance the doctor-patient relationship.

Biometric iPhone app helps to cut down on fraudulent claims

Recently, iSaaS Technology, an emergent technology company, has launched an app for the iPhone and compatible with the iPad that helps to cut down on medical fraud. The innovative Cortex app records biometric evidence, in the form of a photograph taken by the medical expert when examining a patient.

Connecting healthcare + social media: the #HCSMNY conference

The pervasiveness of Facebook and other social media platforms has created opportunities to improve patient-physician communication. Willing doctors can connect with patients in and outside the exam room, expanding their reach and thus jointly sharing in the empowerment this newest technology revolution offers. Orthopedic surgeon Howard Luks summarizes the power of social media for physicians this way: […]