An Argus Insights report revealed that the demand for smart glasses, sensor-enabled systems and other wearable devices has declined in the first six months of the year. According to the report, consumer demand reached its peak this year in January but has slowed down as consumers begin to look for tools that can perform multiple tasks.
A more than $600 million contract to develop a new scheduling platform was offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs to Systems Made Simple. As part of the deal, the firm will design the Medical Appointment Scheduling System to support the agency's effort to advance its analytics, scheduling, EHR and workflow management capabilities. The platform is set to be implemented by 2017.
Three health IT firms were tapped by Prosper Women Entrepreneurs to become part of its Prosper Capital Fall Startup Accelerator Program. Among them are EDIS Solutions, which focuses on using pharmaceutical data to boost strategic planning, and SkyMedicus, which offers international and domestic resources related to medical tourism. Janus Choice, which provides software designed to improve the discharge process at hospitals, was also named to the program.
A new tool that health care firms can use to implement digital interoperable platforms was unveiled by Akana. The Akana Healthcare Solution combines the capabilities of Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and the Akana API Management system to securely unlock clinical data stored in EHRs and encourage providers to work together to boost care outcomes.
Aetna and MemorialCare Health System will launch a product on Sept. 1 to provide accountable care to patients in Orange County and select parts of Los Angeles County in California. With the release of Aetna Whole HealthSM -- MemorialCare plans, patients can receive coordinated care from over 40 urgent care facilities, seven hospitals and around 2,000 doctors in the state. The partnership was launched to enhance the care management of chronically ill patients and cut emergency room visits and readmissions.
An e-prescription service will be unveiled by Novant Health to help providers, pharmacists and patients comply with regulations related to accessing hydrocodone-combination products and other controlled substances. The service combines Imprivata's MyID authentication platform with Surescripts' e-prescription processing and Epic's EMR platform to enable users to transmit and process prescriptions in a secure manner.
An accountable care deal was recently signed by Madison, Ind.-based King's Daughters' Health with Humana to offer coordinated care to Medicare Advantage members. The deal, which supports the entities' predictive analytics, wellness initiatives and other population health efforts, will offer incentives to providers when they meet care quality measures.
CVS Health is collaborating with telehealth firms Teladoc, Doctor On Demand and American Well to provide telehealth visits to its customers by the fourth quarter of this year. As part of the partnership, CVS Health online customers will have direct access to telehealth services, and the three telehealth firms will also refer customers to CVS MinuteClinics for examinations or tests that need to be done in person. The collaboration will also allow CVS nurse practitioners to instantly consult with physicians through the telehealth services.
Imprivata has released a tool that matches patients with their EHRs by scanning and capturing their palm vein biometrics. The new Imprivata PatientSecure was designed by the firm to address problems such as insurance fraud and identity theft as well as speed up the patient registration process and eradicate duplicate health records. Imprivata bought the company that pioneered the tool, HT Systems, in the spring.
A potential data breach affecting 7,664 patients was reported by Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio after a hard drive with transport voice recordings was noticed to be missing on June 30. Compromised data included patient names, birth dates, chief medical complaints, physician names and medical record numbers.
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