Health data from the 'worried well' can help identify problems early
Apple's HealthKit API and the apps that utilize it aim to take data collected from the iOS 8 Health app and others, and allow the user the option of sending it securely on to the user's healthcare provider (complying with HIPAA as required by law). Of the 23 top hospitals surveyed by Reuters, 14 of them -- or 60 percent -- responded that pilot projects involving HealthKit were either in place or being worked out.
Weaknesses from launch still exist a year later, says 'unnecessary risks remain'
In a report set to be delivered to Congress this week, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Healthcare.gov website has a number of security issues yet to be addressed. While a number of steps have been taken to secure the health care portal since its troubled release, the complexity of the system and lack of security protocols in some instances still continue to plague the system.
Promised lawsuit outlines complaints, promises made by Oracle over failed system
More than two months after Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber promised legal action against the company contracted to build the state's healthcare marketplace, the State of Oregon has sued Oracle. The Oregon Department of Justice filed a complaint last week with the Circuit Court for the State of Oregon, containing 14 claims for relief, including breach of contract, fraud and offenses under the Oregon Civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Tablet has been popular with medical sector, gov't calls hospital a 'model' for others
One day after US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald called the Palo Alto Veterans Administration hospital one of the "crown jewels" of the VA healthcare system," the facility received a visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who tweeted that he was "honored" to meet doctors alongside California legislator Anna Eshoo, noting that the facility is "now using iPads to help treat vets and families." The message was accompanied by a photo of Cook with an iPad-using staffer.
Samsung Simband has collection of biometric sensors, feeds data to SAMI cloud service
Samsung is continuing its push into the healthcare device market, by working on ways to use sensors to monitor the body. At its Voice Of The Body event in San Francisco, Samsung unveiled Simband, a reference design wearable device that collects biometric data and incorporates it into the Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interactions (SAMI) cloud platform.
Intent of theft unknown, patients being informed a month after theft
Medical and personal information for up to 168,500 patients are potentially at risk, following a computer theft in Los Angeles, California. The Sunderland Healthcare Solutions office was broken into on February 5, and computers with the data were purloined. Public notification of the potential data breach started going out on March 6, a month after the theft. Data at risk held on the computers that were taken are patients' full names, Social Security numbers, some medical information limited to diagnoses, birth dates, and addresses.
FDA approves iPhone app for monitoring deteriorating vision
Vital Art and Science has debuted a new iPhone app to allow patients with degenerative eye conditions such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy to monitor their condition at home. The program, called myVisionTrack, is meant to supplement visits to eye care professionals by giving users a method of assessing their own vision function, as seen in the video below. The program stores test results and can even automatically alert healthcare providers if a sudden deterioration is detected. Currently the FDA approval is available only for the iPhone 4S and thus the app is pre-loaded onto iPhones by the company itself, but a downloadable version has been submitted for clinical trials and eventual clearance.
Combo device and TV could send data to doctors
In 2010, Sony filed patent application 20120095302, describing a device that attaches to the wrist and transmits personal health data to a set-top box connected to your television and the Internet. Said data can be monitored real time by the viewer, and potentially transmitted on command or automatically to a health provider. No patent has been awarded as of yet.
Avatars paired with patients, doctors, groups
Microsoft appears to be previewing ways for its Kinect technology to be utilized in new market segments, as the company's research and strategy head, Craig Mundie, shows how the system could be used in a healthcare setting. In a demonstration at the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, the executive demonstrated a diabetes support group meeting in a virtual setting using their avatars rather than typical video conferencing feeds.
Doctors can monitor, diagnose patients remotely
GE Healthcare and Airstrip Technologies have developed an application for iOS devices that can make a continuous flow of electrocardiograph (ECG) data from a patient sent directly from hospitals or EMS units like ambulances available to doctors no matter where they are. Using Airstrip Cardiology (free), clinical information from 12- and 15-lead ECG machines can be read, zoomed in, and checked again previous tests in near real-time.