Beyond HIT Interoperability: Open Platforms are the Key

Open Health News, March 14, 2013 — Edmund Billings
I want to begin by sharing well-known information for the sake of comparison. Both the Apple and Google Android platforms welcome the introduction of new and (sometimes) highly valuable functionality through plug-n-play applications built by completely different companies…

Value of SMART Discussed in Video from HIMSS13

In this video interview recorded yesterday at the 2013 HIMSS annual conference, Doug Fridsma, Director of the ONC’s Office of Standards and Interoperability, tells MedCity News how SMART fits into the ONC’s accountable care strategy.


How do apps for patient data exchange fit into the ONC’s strategy for accountable care? (video)

MedCity News, March 5, 2013 — Stephanie Baum
The multitude of approaches to improve the exchange of patient data is a big trend at HIMSS 2013. One facet of the government’s drive towards achieving that is through the SMART project. Short for Substitutable Medical Apps and Reusable Technologies, it’s made up of a group…

Is Interoperability Possible in HIT? And if it Is, Do We Even Want it?

The Health Care Blog, February 15, 2013 — Edmund Billings
Anyone who understands the importance of continuity of care knows that health information exchange is essential. How are we supposed to cut waste and duplication from the healthcare system and truly focus on patient welfare if doctor B has no idea what tests doctor A conducted, or what the results were?…

Another step forward for data liberation; Check out the SMART C-CDA Scorecard!

Family Health Guy, January 23, 2013 — Sean Nolan
My job at HealthVault is to be a pragmatist. If somebody has information they want to get into HealthVault, my #1 job is to get it there—no matter what format it’s in. That means we accept hand-entered data, scans, uploaded files, CDs and DVDS, Blue Button files, structured CCR and CCD documents, device formats, you name it….

Congratulations, SMART-Indivo Challenge Winners!

Also read about Meducation, winner of our 2011 SMART Apps for Health Challenge.

Thanks to the winning entries in the SMART-Indivo App Challenge, patients may one day find themselves using tools like these within the Indivo personally-controlled health record (PCHR):

  • Webnotes—to clip, organize, and share health information snippets from the web with their care networks.
  • My Health Plus—to view and update their personal health information through a dashboard that adds visualizations of vital signs and integrates disease prevention information from sources on the web.
  • rxInfo—to visualize their data in graph form, download their records according to the VA’s Blue Button protocols, or search government directories for health centers, drug labels, drug interactions, or clinical trials.

Continue reading “Congratulations, SMART-Indivo Challenge Winners!”

Top 10 science and innovation trends for 2013

Vector, January 16, 2013 — Tom Ulrich
Vector has been deliberating about its predictions for 2013, consulting its many informants. Here’s where we’re putting our money this year; if you have other ideas, scroll to the bottom and let us know.
Genome sequencing scaling up at health care institutions
Last year we predicted genome sequencing’s entry into the clinic; this could be the year it goes viral….

TEDMED 2013 Announces First 10 Speakers and Launches Two New Initiatives to Drive Innovation and Collaboration

PR Newswire, January 14, 2013 — Rogers & Cowan for TEDMED
TEDMED to Host “Great Challenges Day” and “The Hive,” Gathering of Entrepreneurs and Innovators in Health, Medicine — 50+ Speakers and 1,500 Delegates to Explore the Future of Medicine, Healthcare and Technology in Washington, DC, April 16-19, 2013; Event to be Simulcast Globally
TEDMED, the annual multi-disciplinary gathering where leaders from all sectors of society come together to explore the promise of technology and potential of human achievement in health and medicine, has announced the first 10 of its speakers and two new collaboration and innovation initiatives for 2013…

How’s TEDMED 2013 shaping up? Here are the first 10 speakers

MedCity News, January 4, 2013 — Chris Seper
Jay Walker’s TEDMED has started to unveil what 2013′s Davos of Healthcare will look like. The first 10 TEDMED speakers have been revealed. The list shows TEDMED 2013, which is set for April 16 through 19, will stick with its theme of mixing hot-button current events and 50,000-foot thinking with medical rock stars and creatives from the arts and other disciplines. And at least two topics look to get special attention: health and wellness and big data…

A glimpse of what’s ahead in medicine

The Boston Globe, December 31, 2012 — Chelsea Conaboy
Plenty has been written this year about the history of medicine through the lens of the New England Journal of Medicine, which celebrated its 200th anniversary.
The journal created a website chronicling medical advancements through the past two centuries, many of which were highlighted during a symposium held in June.
In an editorial published Thursday on the journal’s website, two top editors join Dr. Isaac Kohane of…