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Kaiser Permanente Launches Mobile App for Access to Electronic Medical Records


Kaiser Permanente, who already boasts the largest deployment of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in the world, today announced the launch of a new Android application to allow more than 9 million Kaiser patients to access their medical information on the go.

In addition to its Android app, the healthcare provider is also launching a newly mobile-optimized version of its website located at kp.org to allow anyone with a mobile device to still access their medical information when and where they need it.  Kaiser said it plans to launch a companion app for iOS in the coming months as well.  Through mobile access to their personal health information, Kaiser members now have secure access to lab results, diagnostic information, direct email communication with doctors, and the ability to order prescription refills among other things.

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MyMedicalRecords.com Debuts Prepaid Personal Health Record Card at CES


MyMedicalRecords.com Debuts Prepaid Personal Health Record Card at CESOne of the bright spots in terms of digital health at this year’s CES was a new prepaid Personal Health Record (PHR) card introduced by MyMedicalRecords.com.  While it sounds simple enough, the idea behind the service is pretty powerful.

Debuted in the Alcatel-Lucent booth at CES, the card will be offered at retail stores like grocery stores, supermarkets, drug stores, etc. and will be redeemable for a PHR account on the MyMedicalRecords.com platform.  This platform, like any other PHR, provides cloud-based storage of personal health information for a family up to 10.

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JCAHO Issues Ban on Physician Texting, Signifies Importance of Secure Mobile Communication Outside SMS


The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) recently issued a so-called “ban” on physician texting, saying it’s “not acceptable” for medical professionals to communicate patient information via SMS.

In dealing with sensitive medical information, physicians risk violating HIPAA regulations and other security standards by communicating with patients over SMS.  Such violations can be costly and can lead to other repercussions for both the physician and the healthcare organization(s) they represent.  The JCAHO recognized this risk and used it as the basis for its ban on physician texting.  While many in the industry are seeing this as a warning sign to stop mobile communication altogether, it’s actually a step in the right direction to push physicians and healthcare organizations to begin leveraging new-age, fully secure forms of mobile communication.

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Study: Consumers Want Better Access to mHealth Services, Personal Health Information


A new study recently published by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) — the folks behind the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — shows that consumers demand better access to mobile health services and access to their personal medical information.

The study, entitled “The New Role of Technology in Consumer Health and Wellness,” examines consumer perceptions and attitudes in using new age digital and mobile health tools and services.  In it, it was found that 36 percent of consumers say they’d be interested in sending health data to their doctor via a wireless device; 33 percent are interested in managing their health records online; and 32 percent would be willing to consult with their doctor via online video.

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