News & Updates

Just in time for last weeks earthquake and hurricane on the East Coast, the American Red Cross distributed a survey that revealed the increasing use of social media, online news, and mobile technology when in a state of disaster or emergency. Last Tuesday Health 2.0 helped launch the ASPR Lifeline Facebook Challenge, and minutes later there was a 5.9 earthquake. Coincidence? Or did we plan it?

HHS awarded $137 million in grants to invest in almost every state’s effort to utilize preventative health IT care tools and programs.

Thanks to regulations that the Obama Administration has announced,  hospitals might find it easier to increase the use of telehealth. Hospitals should be able to save an estimated $13.6 million, and be able to undergo video consultations with patients therefore offering more access and care in rural areas. Of course, there are mixed viewpoints on the issue.

Awarepoint Corporation, a real time location systems supplier for hospitals, received $27 million of series F financing led by new investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as well as Top Tier Capital Partners, Cardinal Partners, Venrock, and Jafco Ventures. Awarepoint plans to use the funding towards the expansion of its’ “aware360platform”- a solution for mobilizing the healthcare environment.

Registry vendor PhyTel showed us a sneak peek at its’ new interface that combines data visualization of a practice’s population with the ability to immediately contact the individuals concerned by e-mail, text, phone, and more.

As EHRs open doors of opportunity for tracking and mapping disease trends and data, Scientific American looks at natural language processing as a way to extract data out of text. Clinithink is one new vendor we’ve seen that appears to be cracking the code.

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