HIPAA: Helping or Hurting?

80 Percent of mHealth Apps Vulnerable to HIPAA Violations and MoreThe following is a guest contributed post from AirStrip President Dr. Matt Patterson.

Much has changed in the years since HIPAA was first passed into law, not the least of which is the use of mobile technology in healthcare. As a physician, patient, and healthcare technology business leader, I have experienced numerous frustrations and inefficiencies resulting from practices struggling to adhere to the letter of the HIPAA law rather than embracing its spirit.

While protection of privacy is obviously important, countless dollars have been wasted implementing and following misguided processes attempting to protect patients that likely led to suboptimal care and stifled innovation. As in all areas of modern life, regulation cannot keep pace with technology advances. Consumers deserve a refresh on HIPAA that offers more immediate and convenient control over how to share their health information, reflecting the broad role of technology without trying to script every possible scenario.

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HD Medical Scores Strategic Investment from Maxim Ventures

HD Medical Scores Strategic Investment from Maxim VenturesSunnyvale, California-based HD Medical Inc. and Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. of San Jose tell MHW today that Maxim has made an $800,000 strategic investment in HD Medical, in the form of a convertible promissory note intended to convert into HD Medical’s next preferred equity round of financing.

The majority of Maxim’s investment will be dedicated to HD Medical’s new product development of its visual stethoscope technology utilizing a low power Maxim chipset for the advancement of digital health.

If you’re not familiar, HD Medical develops the ViScope visual stethoscope product family.
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Apple Dominating Smartwatch Boom for Health, Business, Social Use

India Set to Get Apple Watch Next WeekApple, according to a new Canalys report, dominated the smartwatch market in 2015, accounting for over 12 million units and two-thirds of all shipments.

A report summary from MAW noted that Samsung returned to second place in Q4.

“Pebble came third and Huawei came fourth, establishing itself as the leading Android Wear vendor,” the Canalys crew confirms. “Basic bands exceeded 37 million shipments for the year. Fitbit set a quarterly shipments record as it comfortably led the category. Xiaomi held second place, shipping 12 million Mi Bands during 2015.”
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iVEDiX Wows with Mobile at New York Digital Health Accelerator Demo Day

iVEDiX Wows with Mobile at New York Digital Health Accelerator Demo DayOn Monday, mHealthWatch learned that iVEDiX was selected to join six cutting-edge digital health companies in the highly competitive New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA) program this past September.

Run by the Partnership Fund for New York City and the New York eHealth Collaborative, a provided statement explains that NYDHA is intended to help growth-stage healthcare technology companies develop leading-edge technology solutions around clinical workflow management, care coordination, and patient engagement.

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St. Jude Medical Launches OPTIS Mobile System in Europe and Japan

St. Jude Medical Launches OPTIS Mobile System in Europe and JapanSt. Jude Medical, Inc. — a global medical device company — has just announced the launch of the company’s OPTIS Mobile System in Japan and Europe.

The diagnostic system is designed to couple state-of-the-art optical coherence tomography (OCT) and angiography co-registration with fractional flow reserve (FFR) technology into one portable system for hospitals with multiple catheterization labs.

Driven by a global increase in vascular disease and enabled by advances in technology, the catheterization lab allows physicians to use minimally invasive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures that give patients an alternative to open heart surgery with the goal to improve patient outcomes, shorten hospital stays and reduce hospital costs.
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American Medical Association Joins Groundswell of Support for Telemedicine Bill

AMA Coding Workgroup to 'Accelerate Integration of Emerging Telehealth Services' into Clinical PracticeThe American Medical Association is offering its support for the bipartisan Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act to expand the use of telemedicine to achieve quality care for patients.

The bill reflects the AMA‘s belief that that “the appropriate use of telemedicine can greatly improve access to quality care while maintaining patient safety.”

According to an independent study, the bill could save $1.8 billion over 10 years.
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Leading Healthcare Communications Services Company Makes Key Acquisition

Leading Healthcare Communications Services Company Makes Key AcquisitionThis week, ghg greyhealth group — a leading healthcare communications services company — confirmed to MHW its acquisition of The Lathe, a New York-based digital design and development company focused on “helping healthcare organizations utilize technologies to connect patients, caregivers, and professionals.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed as of this writing.
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