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Hands on Hospital CEO, EMR Everywhere, and Post It Note Patient Engagement – Image Edition

Posted on September 15, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Each week I try to take a look at some interesting tweets in the healthcare IT and EMR space. This week I decided to take it to another level where each tweet includes an image. I think you’ll enjoy the following tweets.

I love a leader who’s hands on. Obviously there’s a balance, but there’s so much value in being a leader who’s in the trenches with your staff.

Yes, I see EMR everywhere as well. I guess that’s part of the job. I’ll be in NY in November in case any readers will be there as well.

We’ve definitely made patient engagement too difficult. I’m working on a project that’s nearly done that could help make patient engagement simple. We’ll see how it goes.

VC Firms Eyeing Mobile Health App Investments

Posted on June 22, 2012 I Written By

Anne Zieger is veteran healthcare consultant and analyst with 20 years of industry experience. Zieger formerly served as editor-in-chief of and her commentaries have appeared in dozens of international business publications, including Forbes, Business Week and Information Week. She has also contributed content to hundreds of healthcare and health IT organizations, including several Fortune 500 companies. Contact her at @ziegerhealth on Twitter or visit her site at Zieger Healthcare.

Well, well, well. After years of industry growth and excitement that seems to have been lost on investors, the mobile health app industry has finally begun to attract their notice.

On one level, this is merely the logical,  predictable advance of money into an exploding space. The VCs are already all over the health IT space. According to the National Venture Capital Association, HIT investments shot up 78 percent between 2010 and 2011, reports iHealthBeat.

But there’s also a lot of investors looking for the next paradigm-rattling possibility, including both apps and enterprise tech. Just check out the rapidly growing number of VC-backed health incubators, including  Rock Health, StartUp Health, Blueprint Health and healthbox. (To learn more about the incubators, I strongly encourage you to check out the excellent overview of their business models and focus pulled together by The Health Care Blog.)

And the market is producing plenty of opportunities for them to consider. In fact, the market for mobile health apps could grow at 25 percent annually for the next five years, according to Kalorama Information. I’d argue that 2013 will see more like 50 percent growth, but either way, we’re talking big money.

These days, money from both incubators and VC funds is increasingly going to mobile apps, as the iHealthBeat wrap-up notes:

* AirStrip Technologies, which offers an app allowing doctors to view electrocardiograms on the iPhone, got fu nding from the $100 million Qualcomm Life Fund

* Sharecare, which offers doctors online tools helping them connect with potential patients, received $14 million in a funding round led by Galen Partners.

* Kinnser Software, which offers mobile apps and online tools to help home healthcare providers access and record medical data, got an eye-popping $40 million investment from Insight Venture Partners.

Also check out more healthcare IT investments on EMR Thoughts.

While these numbers are big wins for the startup companies involved, they still represent a small percentage of the overall money chasing good healthcare investments. But I predict that this won’t be the case for long.

With the number of highly practical apps useful in remote monitoring, patient care and even decision support increasing — and the bandwidth available on mobile devices climbing rapidly — I’m betting we’ll hear about dozens of pivotal investments in mobile apps this year.

Am I going to take a guess as to which apps are next? Not yet. But stay tuned and I’ll share overviews of the more interesting apps I hear about along the way.  And please feel free to share the news of great, practical, usable apps you’re seeing out there.

Group Funds A Health IT “Ecosystem”

Posted on June 13, 2011 I Written By

Katherine Rourke is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

Here’s an interesting effort aimed at enriching the health IT idea pool.  A diverse group of players, ranging from universities and investors to officials with HHS, have come together to create an initiative intended to support health and wellness entrepreneurs.

The venture, StartUp Health, will be run by former Time Warner Chairman and CEO Steve Krein. The initiative will be part of Startup America Partnership, a private sector initiative working to foster U.S. entrepreneurship throughout the U.S.

I must admit I’m not particularly impressed to hear that StartUp Health’s first official efforts will be a series of three roundtables. While discussing challenges and opportunities in developing a roadmap for health and wellness startups, I tend to be more impressed by direct action (such as cutting checks).

On the other hand, maybe I’m being narrow-minded. I am intrigued by the second planned roundtable, dubbed DC to VC, which will be hosted by HHS CTO Todd Park. DC to VC will link senior officials and entrepreneurs. If I can swing attending that one, you can be I’ll be there.

And you can’t beat the roster of technical, creative and financial minds involved, including IT visionary Esther Dyson, Digitas Health Co-founder Linda Holliday, Health 2.0 co-founders Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya and health technology startup accelerators Rock Health and Blueprint Health.

While the kind of stuff this group will foster might not connect directly with the topic of this blog — e.g. mainstream EMRs and their users — from what I’ve seen health and wellness 2.0 startups are having a big influence on consumer use of health data.

Eventually, as such demand crests, EMR designers will need to consider everything from PHRs to sharing aggregated data to providing patient analytics tools. So it’s wise to keep your eye on such ventures, even if they’re more into touchy-feely consumer technology at present. The time will come when these kind of sites and tools will be just as important to medicine as clinical decision support tools. Mark my words on this one.