Reflection on Innovation Centers Summit

The proliferation of information technology in the last decade in the realm of healthcare delivery signifies a disruptive change in the way healthcare businesses are organized and care is delivered. Increasing investments in healthcare IT (HIT), the passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and the successful defense of […]Continue reading «Reflection on Innovation Centers Summit»

Social Gamification – the next big thing in Healthcare

Gamification typically involves applying game design ideas to non-game applications to make them more fun and engaging. . When this principle is combined with social gaming, the results can have a promising impact on improving patient health. It might also result in a game-changing new market to battle for. (The US social gaming market is […]Continue reading «Social Gamification – the next big thing in Healthcare»

Unique Device Identification (UDI)

The Unique Device Identification (UDI) System for medical devices was created and signed into law in 2007. The system came about after a study determined that tens of thousands of deaths each year were due to preventable medical errors. More accurate and prompt identification of problems would enable more rapid action to reduce the incidence of the […]Continue reading «Unique Device Identification (UDI)»

Top 5: Sessions at the next month’s Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE)

Five sessions from the agenda of next month’s third annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE), with presentation titles and speakers. WHITE is hosted by the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS). Click here for the full program and more information.     Session 1 – HIT Impact on Cost, Quality and […]Continue reading «Top 5: Sessions at the next month’s Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE)»

mHealth Alliance: Enlighten and Empower

As a company devoted to improving world health and wellbeing via the catalyzing power of mobile technologies, mHealth Alliance focuses its strategic activities on bridging the gaps within the mHealth ecosystem and advancing key mHealth initiatives. The company has coined a new term: “mHealth Commons”, defined as “public goods that would accelerate the impact and mainstreaming […]Continue reading «mHealth Alliance: Enlighten and Empower»

Top 5: Free Health & Fitness Android Applications

Top free smartphone applications according to the Android Market website: Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal: a calorie counter with a database of over 1,100,000 foods WebMD for Android: health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings Alarm Clock Plus★: just what it sounds like! My […]Continue reading «Top 5: Free Health & Fitness Android Applications»

New Video on Shopping for Health Insurance from Health Insurance Exchange eHealthInsurance

eHealthInsurance – a website offering quotes from leading health insurance carriers, side by side comparisons of plans, and a means to apply for and purchase health insurance – has released a new YouTube videotargeted at individuals who are purchasing dental insurance on their own for the first time. The three minute video offers general information […]Continue reading «New Video on Shopping for Health Insurance from Health Insurance Exchange eHealthInsurance»

Walgreens Online Tool Offers a New Way to Check for Drug Interactions

Site users can search and/browse for medications, but also login to their Walgreens pharmacy account and check for drug interactions in their prescription history. Although this tool is not a substitute for professional medical advice, it provides information that patients could discuss with their provider.Continue reading «Walgreens Online Tool Offers a New Way to Check for Drug Interactions»

Patient-Driven Social Network Challenges Clinical Findings, Publishes Own Results

The CHIDSapedia-listed data-sharing company PatientsLikeMe has published a “patient-initiated observational study” that aims to refute a 2008 study that found that the drug lithium carbonate could slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. It is reported that “348 ALS patient members reported their off-label use of the drug on [the PatientsLikeMe website]. At […]Continue reading «Patient-Driven Social Network Challenges Clinical Findings, Publishes Own Results»

Federal Agencies Promoting HIV/AIDS Information via Social Media

AIDS.gov – the website that brings together information on all the Federal agencies and programs engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, policy, and research efforts – has a review of the Federal Agencies (i.e., members of the Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council) that are using social media to promote the HIV/AIDS information and research that they […]Continue reading «Federal Agencies Promoting HIV/AIDS Information via Social Media»