Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that mHealthWatch been monitoring in recent days.
With just two months to go before the event commences, The mHealth Summit has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will deliver the opening keynote on the fourth day of this year’s event. Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the 21st Commissioner and only the second woman to head the FDA. Dr. Hamburg’s keynote comes as the mobile technology community looks to gain insights and a better understanding of the critical pathways and implications of the recently issued FDA Guidance on Mobile Health apps.
Texas has become the first state to offer a “certification for compliance” with federal and state laws in hopes of bolstering patient privacy. The Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) have announced a partnership to improve the protection of health information for Texas residents. Working together, the two organizations will develop and implement the truly groundbreaking Texas Covered Entity Privacy and Security Certification Program.
As expected, the ongoing shutdown of the U.S. Federal Government is impacting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA has been forced to cease its software development efforts in addition to furloughing 2,754 IT workers. Put bluntly, the shutdown has made it impossible for the Department to move forward on its $491 million paperless Veterans Benefits Management System, or VBMS.
Fitbit, a fast-growing giant in the equally fast-growing Connected Health and Fitness category, has just announced Fitbit Force. Described as a sleek, advanced, high-performance wireless activity and sleep-tracking wristband, Force follows on the success of Fitbit Flex.
Waiting for blood work and other lab results will become a less time consuming and nerve-wracking process if patients get their way and have access to this critical information online. The demand for online lab results was conveyed in the findings of a recent email survey of Kaiser Permanente members. Study participants were patients who had viewed at least one test result online within the past year.
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