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Researchers in the UK call for better use of tech in social prescribing

Smart devices should be used in social prescribing schemes in the UK to improve quality of life for older people suffering from loneliness, according to a new report by consultancy WPI Economics, commissioned by Vodafone. “GPs and health services should include technology (for example wearable devices, monitoring systems or classes providing lessons on how to […]

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The evolution of Health IT at Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority

Dr NT Cheung has been the Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) of Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority (HA) for the past 26 years. The HA is a statutory body established under the Hospital Authority Ordinance in 1990 and has been responsible for managing Hong Kong’s public hospitals’ services since December 1991. As the CMIO, Dr Cheung […]

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HIMSS19 to feature Healthcare of the Future exhibit

Among the many speciality exhibit areas at HIMSS19 will be one called Healthcare of the Future. Not surprisingly, the focus is on innovation – artificial intelligence, chatbots, voice assistants and more – and it will offer attendees the opportunity for hands-on interactions and live demonstrations. “In this booth you will see emerging technologies around wearables, […]

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Poll: Is tech ready for clinical mobility so consumers can shop and manage their own healthcare?

Consumerism is coming to healthcare in many forms. With mergers and acquisitions like Amazon acquiring PillPack and CVS getting closer to closing its purchase of Aetna, consumerism will be pushing the traditional healthcare system in a new direction. That means hospitals will need to keep pace with clinical mobility to help patients be more involved in decisions about […]

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Healthcare app economy is coming: Get ready for the dataquake

Before the Blue Button Developer Conference on Monday, I stepped inside the U.S. Digital Service for something of a pre-party. USDS hosted this mix of people in full suits rubbing elbows with tattooed technologists wearing t-shirts. In the packed room, USDS Deputy Administrator Edward Hartwig climbed onto a couch to deliver congratulations to the team […]

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CMS, USDS innovators on the future of Blue Button 2.0

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday held its first White House hackathon. The topic: Blue Button 2.0. Ahead of the event, I spoke with two technologists, one from CMS and one from the United States Digital Service (which worked with the agency to develop the Blue Button API).  Mark Scrimshire is CMS […]