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Dictation and EMRs, Pocket Health, and the Mirage of Health: This Week at HealthCare Scene

Posted on June 3, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Here’s the weekly roundup of articles throughout HealthCare Scene. Many of these sites have other great articles not highlighted here, so be sure to check those out as well. 
EHR, EMR, & HIPAA

Will Growth in Mobile Use Compromise HIPAA Compliance?

Being able to access data through a mobile device is very valuable for doctors. However, questions about security have been raised, and if certain guidelines aren’t followed, some mobile devices may not be in line with HIPAA standards. Problems are discussed with mobile data security, and the HIPAA standards are explained in this post by Katherine Rourke.

Happy EMR Doctor

Guest Post: Do EMRs Cause a Mirage of Health?

With increased patient access to medical records, there is increased power given to the patient over their health care. However, is it possible that too much access may give false security, or, in some cases, cause someone to worry about something they may not have control over? Ken Harrington, Practice Manager at the Washington Endocrine Clinic, discussed the “mirage of health” that may be created with patient access to EMRs and other medical technology. In this guest post, the questions “is it possible to have ultimate control over one’s health” and “will access to a patient’s medical chart cause them to make better choices — or any choice — to improve their health?” are discussed.

Smart Phone Health Care

PocketHealth Raise the Bar for mPHRs

Personal health records can be very helpful, especially when one has more than one physician. The creation of mobile personal health records (mPHR) has made it even easier to have this information available at anytime. PocketHealth, the latest mPHR to be released, is untethered, was built following the CCD standards, and has raised the bar for other mPHRs.

EHR and EMR Videos

Dr. Frank Davis’ EHR Story from the 2012 HIMSS Conference

At the 2012 HIMSS Conference, Dr. Frank Davis, CMIO and trauma/critical care surgeon at Memorial University Medical Center in Georgia, discussed his experience with EHR at the hospital he works at. In this video, he also gives advice to those starting in EHR Incentive Programs, and the benefits of EHRs and meaningful care.

EMR Thoughts

Meddik, BodyMedia Announce Recent Fundings

This past week, companies Meddik and BodyMedia both announced the large sums of money raised during recent rounds of funding. Meddik raised $750k in seed funding, while BodyMedia raised $12 million. Both companies are dedicated to creating medical and health technology.

Hospital EMR and EHR

Dictation and EMRs: A Bad Marriage? 

A study conducted by researchers with Partners Healthcare in Boston recently examined records on a large number of patients to primary care doctors that are in the Partner’s system. The researchers wanted to see if, and how, the way a physician documents visits affected overall care for patients. Results found that when doctors solely used EMR, they generally provided better care for the patients.

Meddik, BodyMedia Announce Recent Fundings

Posted on June 1, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Meddik, a startup still in its beginning stages, announced on May 24th that it has raised $750K in seed funding. Meddik is basically a system where people can easily search for health information and receive support. Consumers can asks questions and get answers from others. Meddick believes that “we’re all connected by our health experiences — when we get sick, when we’re injured, or when we care for a loved one.” This startup allows users to share these experiences to help others, as well as find help themselves.

There was quite a few contributors to the $750K that was raised. The people and companies that donated money included: Chris Dixon, Nat Turner, Zach Weinberg, Bob Stern, Vivek Garipalli, Collaborative Fund, Founder Collective, Great Oaks, and Silicon Badia.

According to Co-founder Tim Soo, Meddik originally was supposed to be a Google Search engine for health. However, Soo, and fellow Co-founder Ben Shyong, decided that their “scope was too wide” and scaled it down. The launch is set for later this summer.

Wearable body sensors are becoming more popular, thus, the number of companies developing and releasing them is increasing. BodyMedia is one of these companies and recently raised a $12 million funding round that was led by Comcast Ventures. This is a new investment for Comcast Ventures. Draper Fisher, Jurvetson, ePlanet, Draper Triangle Ventures, Ascension Health Ventures, and InCube Ventures were among other investors from this round.

BodyMedia has a variety of products, the most recent being BodyMedia FIT, which is an on-body monitoring system. It tracks the users’ activity level, but as a result of this funding, the company plans to expand its functions and other products to help with chronic diseases, remote elder care, and sleep disorders. Christine Robins, CEO of the company, said concerning the development of these new products:

The emerging convergence of healthcare, technology and consumerism provides an ideal launching pad for us to build on that heritage by introducing new body monitoring solutions tailored to managing a much broader range of health issues.

The company launched in 1999. Before this $12 million funding round, BodyMedia had raised $37 million over the years. BodyMedia also received federal funding because of the company’s work on diabetes prevention. Altogether, $49 million has been raised by the company.