Report diagnoses four types of EHR patient safety problems

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Report diagnoses four types of EHR patient safety problems

June 23, 2014 5:34 pm by | 0 Comments

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Information Association highlights patient safety concerns arising from the massive push to shift hospitals from paper to electronic health records or…


Could better biorisk management prevent CDC anthrax incidents?

Could better biorisk management prevent CDC anthrax incidents?

June 29, 2014 7:06 am by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) When a Maryland lab accidentally sent a batch of live anthrax to a children’s hospital in California in 2004, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a…


23andMe and FDA find a way to work together in shifting political atmosphere

23andMe and FDA find a way to work together in shifting political atmosphere

June 28, 2014 11:00 am by | 0 Comments

Genetic testing company 23andMe and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have had a rocky relationship, to say the least. But seven months after the FDA barred 23andMe from predicting customers’…



Health data privacy concerns are at the heart of U.S. Supreme Court’s cell phone ruling

Health data privacy concerns are at the heart of U.S. Supreme Court’s cell phone ruling

June 27, 2014 12:31 pm by | 0 Comments

In a demonstration of just how widespread health data privacy concerns have gotten and the pervasiveness of smartphones as a personal health tool, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts…


Apple execs and FDA talk wearables and mobile device regulation nuances

Apple execs and FDA talk wearables and mobile device regulation nuances

June 10, 2014 5:44 pm by | 1 Comments

It’s no secret that Apple is developing an iWatch as part of its healthcare platform. But all sorts of questions abound as to its potential applications. Apple’s splash into the…


Congressmen want ONC head to justify regulatory authority over health IT

Congressmen want ONC head to justify regulatory authority over health IT

June 5, 2014 6:13 pm by | 0 Comments

Less than a week after the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT disclosed restructuring plans, some Congressman want Dr. Karen DeSalvo to explain where the ONC gets the power…


FDA opens up datasets on drug adverse events to developers, researchers

FDA opens up datasets on drug adverse events to developers, researchers

June 3, 2014 10:44 am by | 3 Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a division for health IT entrepreneurs, researchers and interested members of the public to access data on medication errors and drug adverse…


Validic boosts collaborations by 25 percent to tap mobile devices, apps for data

Validic boosts collaborations by 25 percent to tap mobile devices, apps for data

June 3, 2014 7:00 am by | 0 Comments

Validic, a health IT company that developed an API to retrieve data from mobile health apps, wearables and medical devices, has been growing its clinical and wellness device company collaborations….



Network to gather personal health data nets $1.9M grant from Robert Wood Johnson

Network to gather personal health data nets $1.9M grant from Robert Wood Johnson

June 2, 2014 6:19 pm by | 0 Comments

A network is being set up to develop partnerships between companies and researchers to unlock personal health information from wearables and health data streams. A recent report from the Health…


Autism therapy tools, managing pharma R&D costs among latest StartUp Health companies

Autism therapy tools, managing pharma R&D costs among latest StartUp Health companies

June 2, 2014 10:20 am by | 0 Comments

A health IT startup plans to help pharma companies reduce drug development costs with a database to anticipate the side effects of their drugs in the early stages of development….


CMS eases meaningful use deadlines after EHR vendors say they can’t meet them

CMS eases meaningful use deadlines after EHR vendors say they can’t meet them

May 21, 2014 7:05 am by | 0 Comments

The healthcare industry routinely gets criticized for being years behind other sectors. So it may not come as a surprise that hospitals and health IT vendors are finding it tough…


Entrepreneurs from China, Brazil, India compete with U.S. startups for best idea to fix healthcare

Entrepreneurs from China, Brazil, India compete with U.S. startups for best idea to fix healthcare

May 15, 2014 6:29 am by | 2 Comments

The incubator 1776 is hosting a Challenge Cup for healthcare. Of the 16 startups  selected for the Challenge Festival, five are from outside the U.S. They reflect a broad swathe…


FDA approved the lowest number of new drugs in 14 years in Q1

FDA approved the lowest number of new drugs in 14 years in Q1

May 14, 2014 6:30 am by | 0 Comments

The reduction in research and development for new molecular entities led the FDA to approve only six new molecular entities in the first quarter of the year. It was the…


Physician appointment scheduling startup HealthPost snapped up in $25M deal

Physician appointment scheduling startup HealthPost snapped up in $25M deal

May 12, 2014 7:38 pm by | 2 Comments

The Advisory Board Company snagged physician referral and appointment scheduling startup, HealthPost, for around $25 million, executives disclosed in a conference call. It’s an interesting move because it overlooks higher…


Health plans push back against D.C.’s proposal to fund its online exchange with an insurer tax

Health plans push back against D.C.’s proposal to fund its online exchange with an insurer tax

May 12, 2014 9:31 am by | 0 Comments

Insurers who are not selling their wares on Washington, D.C.’s exchange have signaled they may sue to block a D.C. council plan to charge them a 1 percent annual tax…


NIH is awarding some mhealth grants: Here’s what they’re looking for

NIH is awarding some mhealth grants: Here’s what they’re looking for

May 5, 2014 7:06 am by | 1 Comments

The rising prevalence of smartphones and mobile phones has made their use as a way to help people manage their health more viable. So much so that the National Institutes…