Why wearables may not be the future of patient care

I took the plunge into the wearable device pool two weeks ago, getting myself a tool that promises to help track my activity levels and sleep patterns while offering insight on how best I can develop a healthier lifestyle. Sadly, though, my initial feedback is more negative than positive. And given all I hear about the promise of wearables to transform healthcare--and the federal government's recent push to incentivize doctors to use more patient-generated data via such devices in their efforts--this is not a good sign.

Phoenix Children's Hospital receives grant to make discharge tool digital

An Arizona hospital is moving a paper-based pediatric discharge system into the digital age with the help of a grant.

Mobile care management program helps ACO slash readmissions

A California accountable care organization is seeing lower number of hospital readmissions of high-risk patients thanks to a two-year mobile care management project.

Google smart contact lens patent gets go-ahead

The U.S. patent office has granted search giant Google a patent for a smart contact lens featuring a chip, electric circuit and sensor technology. The patent document, which indicates it was filed in September 2012, does not stipulate specifics on the lens' capabilities or its intended use.

CompleteCare turns to texting to assist diabetic, hypertensive patients

A New Jersey healthcare provider is deploying a mobile coaching platform to enhance and improve high-needs Medicaid patient care and boost cervical cancer screening rates at its 20 medical centers.


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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case that challenges the Independent Payment Advisory Board,  a creation of the Affordable Care Act that was designed as a safety valve if projected Medicare spending exceeds a particular limit.