Mobile Healthcare (mHealth) News Roundup

Harvard, Boston Children’s open $5,000 app challenge to free EHR data Researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School this week opened a previously announced competition to develop “iPhone-like” applications to help unlock data stored in electronic health records. While the focus is on Web apps, the federally funded contest is encouraging submissions for …   Read More

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Harvard, Boston Children’s open $5,000 app challenge to free EHR data

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School this week opened a previously announced competition to develop “iPhone-like” applications to help unlock data stored in electronic health records. While the focus is on Web apps, the federally funded contest is encouraging submissions for mobile tablets, with a promise of “further optimization for smaller screens” such as smartphones by summer.  Children’s and Harvard will award $5,000 for the best application in June and release the winning product in a health IT “app store,” the organizations say.

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Apple’s iPad 2 May Promote Further Mobile Health Advancements

The burgeoning use of contemporary computing technologies in healthcare may increase exponentially with tomorrow’s release of Apple’s iPad 2.  According to a new report from InformationWeek, “if the launch of Apple’s iPad 2 is any indication of what’s in store for mobile health, then 2011 promises to be a year of tremendous strides in the development of mobile devices and software applications used in healthcare.”

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The Coming Medical Tablet War

Last year, in MobiHealthNews’ first report on tablets in the healthcare space, iPad vs. the Tablets in Healthcare, we took a close look at Apple’s iPad, which had only just hit store shelves, but had already made a name for itself in healthcare. Seemingly from the get-go physicians began to realize the device’s potential to redefine their workflow. As we wrote in last year’s report, “Apple’s device holds the potential to be a game changer in the healthcare space in the same manner that it has transformed the market for consumer devices.”

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Dermatologists want payment for telehealth

No word yet on the outcome of last week’s meeting between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the American Academy of Dermatology Association, American Telemedicine Association. But both of the latter two groups are pushing hard for CMS to add payment categories for dermatology consults provided via telehealth.  They’ve already sent an official letter to CMS asking to have “teledermatology” included under the definition of “physician services,” in the Medicare Policy Benefit Manual, which guides what services Medicare will pay for. Their argument: Telemedicine technologies provide a high enough image resolution to allow detailed, assessment of skin conditions.

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Harvard students to launch mHealth, Health 2.0 incubator Rock Health

Four Harvard Business School students are launching a San Francisco-based mobile health and Health 2.0 incubator, Rock Health, that aims to provide healthcare expertise, development resources and eventually funding to winning ideas. The core team at Rock Health includes Medical Director Nate Gross (who is also involved with the soon-to-launch Doximity), Interim CFO Dan Monahan, Creative Director Leslie Ziegler and Managing Director Halle Tecco.

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  1. putra

    It's amazing appication for iPad in Boston Hospital

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