A finger sensor & app could make Parkinson’s disease symptom monitoring more scalable

A finger sensor & app could make Parkinson’s disease symptom monitoring more scalable

April 16, 2014 10:07 am by | 0 Comments

Thanks in part to a $1.5 million grant from NIH, Great Lakes Neurotechnologies thinks it can make its Parkinson’s disease symptom monitoring technology more scalable and flexible by taking it…


Better debuts a ‘personal health assistant’ app based on Mayo Clinic expertise. Will consumers pay?

Better debuts a ‘personal health assistant’ app based on Mayo Clinic expertise. Will consumers pay?

April 16, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

Mayo Clinic has put its money and its brains behind a new mobile health startup that wants to give everyday consumers access to a personal health assistant to help them…



States battle asthma as numbers grow

States battle asthma as numbers grow

April 16, 2014 8:29 am by | 0 Comments

In a valley wedged between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, St. Louis often finds itself beset by a stationary air mass that only a severe storm of some kind can…


Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus

Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus

April 16, 2014 7:47 am by | 0 Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the…


HIPAA privacy and security compliance anniversary: Should You Care?

HIPAA privacy and security compliance anniversary: Should You Care?

April 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators…


Palomar Health using Glass to manage meds, monitor vital signs, video stream surgeries

Palomar Health using Glass to manage meds, monitor vital signs, video stream surgeries

April 16, 2014 5:55 am by | 0 Comments

Just about a year ago, Orlando Portale, chief innovation officer at Palomar Health, a public health district in San Diego County, was driving up the California coast to the investment…


Stanford BioDesign spinout raises $644K Series A round for mini-laparoscopy tools

Stanford BioDesign spinout raises $644K Series A round for mini-laparoscopy tools

April 16, 2014 5:00 am by | 0 Comments

Chicago medical device startup Miret Surgical has raised a Series A round of $644,750 in equity for further product development, CEO John Avi Roop said. The 4-year-old Stanford BioDesign spinout is at…



Stem cell treatment for blindness moving through patient testing

Stem cell treatment for blindness moving through patient testing

April 16, 2014 12:00 am by | 0 Comments

Advanced Cell Technology is testing a stem-cell treatment for blindness that could preserve vision and potentially reverse vision loss. Vision support: The cells used in Advanced Cell Technology’s clinical trials…


Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

April 15, 2014 6:07 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. The young…


Americans spent $329 billion on medicine, hospitals in 2013

Americans spent $329 billion on medicine, hospitals in 2013

April 15, 2014 3:22 pm by | 0 Comments

Health care service usage rose in 2013 for the first time in three years, a U.S. health care information and technology company reported Tuesday. The analysis by Parsippany, N.J.-based IMS…


Inspira Health Network experiments with using emergency medical technicians to do follow-up home visits

Inspira Health Network experiments with using emergency medical technicians to do follow-up home visits

April 15, 2014 1:48 pm by | 0 Comments

Hospitals and health systems responding to Obamacare’s reimbursement pressure are increasingly experimenting with new ways to reduce readmissions for patients less than 30 days after they were discharged. To that…


New medical school planned in California

New medical school planned in California

April 15, 2014 9:32 am by | 0 Comments

COLTON — A new private nonprofit medical school is planned that would give preference to area Hispanic students that would likely practice in the Inland Empire, officials said Monday. The…


Is Your EHR Safe? New Technologies for Auditing

Is Your EHR Safe? New Technologies for Auditing

April 15, 2014 9:22 am by | 0 Comments

Thursday, April 24th from 2:00 – 3:30 EST U.S. legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA and HITECH outline rules governing the appropriate use of personal health information (PHI). Unfortunately,…


Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

April 15, 2014 8:01 am by | 1 Comments

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is trying to ban Zohydro ER, a new prescription painkiller, under a state of emergency he’s declared to combat opiate abuse. I agree with the Governor…


Cardiologists’ job is to see the whole person rather than a person with a list of diseases

Cardiologists’ job is to see the whole person rather than a person with a list of diseases

April 15, 2014 7:01 am by | 0 Comments

One of the definitions of the noun steward is a person whose responsibility it is to take care of something. Wikipedia calls stewardship an “ethic that embodies the responsible planning…