HIMSS’ last full day highlights company partnerships

click to enlargeIt’s almost time to Say Goodbye to Sinatra’s ‘My Kind of Town’, but there’s still news: Samsung+Partners Healthcare, IMS Health, AliveCor, Interoperability≠Humana, Panasonic+Cisco

  • Samsung and Partners HealthCare announced a direct-to-mobile partnership to develop chronic care management mobile software that monitors vital signs such as blood pressure, blood glucose and weight, as well as delivers mobile patient engagement, medication adherence and wellness self-management. Clinical trial is scheduled for June. Partners has always been a pioneer in the mHealth area, but playing with Samsung, Partners is flying at a slightly higher level than with Wellocracy and certainly the late Healthrageous. Partners release, Mobihealthnews
  • App Rating and Prescribing Lives! IMS Health has awakened, shaken off its post-IPO torpor around AppScript [TTA 9 Jan] and was reportedly pushing the app certifier vigorously at HIMSS. Currently AppScript is for doctors in hospitals to rate and suggest apps, devices and educational videos for patients. Their next iteration reportedly is a consumer rating site going live in late May. Hat tip to molto-dapper Dr Dave Albert @DrDave01. MedCityNews
  • Speaking of Dr Albert and his company’s mobile snap-on ECG AliveCor, The British Journal of Cardiology published a highly positive study on its effectiveness in identifying atrial fibrillation. “In particular, the sensitivity was consistently high, which would ensure a high true-positive rate of identification.” and that it should be an option for early identification of patients with unknown AF.
  • Interoperability now is a whole lot more significant beyond us gearheads, because the CEO of mega-insurer Humana said so–but the article concentrates (as presumably his remarks) on ‘value-based’ and ‘outcome-based’ payments. Somehow, interoperability would create an New Jerusalem of efficient, cost-effective healthcare. Does the logic follow? Healthcare Informatics
  • A look at the real hard slog on EHR interoperability was delivered by Dr John Halamka, who’s not even at HIMSS. His field reporter noted working models from Surescripts (patient match-record locator) and CommonWell Alliance (Relay Health‘s FHIR–see TTA 17 Mar) as well as good intentions on Epic‘s part. And the workarounds, even if limited to certain areas such as claims and financial or data analytics, took an entire area of the show floor. MedCityNews
  • And in a foreshadowing of June’s CEWeek New York, Panasonic and Cisco debuted an Connected Patient Room with a networked super-TV which will stream an interactive hospital map, video, patient ed and medical staff messages via Panasonic devices. Content provider to follow. MedCityNews, Panasonic release


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