Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule this week to HIPAA regulations, allowing certain HIPAA-covered groups to disclose patient information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Psychiatrists are now able to report potentially violent patients who are subject to the federal "mental health prohibitor," which disqualifies them from purchasing and handling guns. The modification doesn't allow the reporting of diagnosis or other clinical information outside of limited patient demographic information. Source
• AT&T is opening "AT&T Foundry for Connected Health," a new innovation center that will focus on helping startup companies develop digital health products that connect caregivers and patients via wireless monitoring. The goal is to develop products that expand wireless information sharing for health devices so that medical centers can better monitor and treat patients. This is the first of AT&T's innovation centers to be focused solely on health care. Source
• IBM introduced new health and wellness solutions at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, including an app that builds cognitive solutions for diabetes management. IBM partnered with Medtronic to apply cognitive analytics to patient data from insulin pumps and glucose monitors and predict hypoglycemia up to three hours before onset. Source
On The Front Lines:
Health care providers must have received an even dose of iPhone and Android devices over the holidays because the net mobile device marketshare held steady! Apple generated a flurry of media attention when it was discovered that they registered several car-related Internet domains, including 'Apple.car,' fueling rumors of an upcoming Apple-branded car.
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 physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.