Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The FDA has drafted regulation this week for certain wearables that claim to improve your health. Recently, fitness devices called "wearables" have begun to blur the lines around what is considered a medical device or a casual wellness aid. The agency is most concerned with the risk associated with devices that make specific claims about its health uses, such as obesity, autism, erectile dysfunction, or anything physically invasive. Source
• Michael McCoy, a board certified OBGYN, was named the first chief of health information officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) this week. McCoy will be the lead clinical interoperability expert, as well as "lead development of ONC clinical policy for standards and regulatory matters to help ensure ONC initiatives improve health beyond healthcare." Source
• A study was published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that found that physician teamwork reduces the incidence of medical diagnostic mistakes, including incorrect or delayed patient diagnoses. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple lost 0.03 percent to Android this week in the mobile device war among pMD's physician charge capture users. Rumors are circling around the Apple Watch and its uncertain battery life, hinting that the battery doesn't hold up to expectations. Software delays have pushed back the Apple Watch launch date from late 2014 to spring 2015.
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's charge capture physician users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.