As expectations by consumers grow when it comes to improved care through IT and mobile devices, technology is finally rising to meet them, according to panelists at the Federal Health IT Summit in the District of Columbia on Thursday.
The information of some patients at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston has been compromised after a laptop and cellphone were stolen from a hospital physician. The armed robbery took place off the hospital's campus, and during the incident, the physician was forced by the assailant to give up passcodes and encryption keys to the devices, according to BWH.
Mobile devices and apps increasingly are being used in healthcare settings, and with that comes greater risk to the security of patient information. To that end, hospitals and healthcare organizations are implementing a variety of systems and safe guards to ward off hackers and ensure the privacy of patient data. Hospital health IT professionals spoke with FierceMobileHealthcare about their mHealth security efforts. >> FULL REPORT
Secure messaging via smartphones between physicians, nurses and medical trainees can boost communications, enhance accountability in the clinical role and speed up daily tasks, according to a new study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
Apple and Federal Trade Commission officials are discussing data sharing and user privacy as it relates to Apple's HealthKit and its impending watch, with the agency seeking assurance Apple will not sell data to third-party vendors, according to a Reuters report.
Healthcare providers can help one another when it comes to cyberattacks by sharing information with one another during and after and attack, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology has created draft guidelines on how organizations can handle those relationships.
Health information technology--in particular, electronic health records and health information exchange--can be a conduit for keeping patients insured, researchers from Oregon Health & Science University and Kaiser Permanente Northwest's Center for Health Research maintain in an article published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
There is at least one person who believes the app developer community must get its collective act together and start truly innovating in mHealth software and devices. In a column at Wired, writer J.C. Herz doesn't pull any punches in making it clear she thinks software makers are the ones that need to make a dramatic strategy move if true innovation is going to happen. Or, to put it more succinctly, she questions whether app developers and engineers will ever get off their comfy chairs making calorie-counting fitness devices and instead put needed time and energy into creating valuable tools like an app that helps aging adults dealing with memory loss. But in her aggressive call to action she makes two big mistakes: she dismisses the formidable challenges as quickly as she grudgingly acknowledges them and she lays the blame for a lack of innovation on just one set of shoulders involved in mHealth tech.
Mobile healthcare app developers are way behind the eight ball in delivering on the enormous promise of mHealth tech and must stop creating "pet rock" software and devices that don't help patients or providers.
Nearly a dozen healthcare research facilities are conducting studies and pilot programs that tap the use of a smartphone and a behavioral health analytic engine to improve understanding of how patient behavior affects health outcomes.