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UCSF and Harvard Trained Doctor Joins DoctorBase as Chief Medical Officer

Zachary Landman Brings Familial Roots to the Future of mHealth

San Francisco, CA (June 11, 2013) — DoctorBase, a leading mobile solution provider for medical practices, today announced that Dr. Zachary Landman has joined the company as its Chief Medical Officer. The addition of Landman provides DoctorBase with an expert voice to help guide the development of new technologies in the emerging field of mHealth-as-a-Service (mHaaS).

mHaaS technology alleviates common financial pressures on small medical practices by readily making available services that help increase patient volume and revenue. BlueMail, DoctorBase’s flagship service, monetizes typically uncompensated patient communications such as email and text. By employing the software-as-a-service model, mHaaS allows healthcare providers to begin using and benefiting from these technologies with little or no capital investment.

“Both my parents’ practices had to sell to larger health groups, effectively turning them from small business owners to employees. mHaaS technology would’ve given them another option,” said Landman. “I’ve seen first-hand the benefits of using DoctorBase solutions to communicate securely with my colleagues and believe in harnessing the power of technology to help small practices stay in business while continuing to provide the high level of care their patients have and can continue to expect to receive.”

Landman is a former Orthopaedic surgery resident at Harvard Medical School where he covered Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospitals. While there, he developed a curriculum for first year surgical residents and helped form a surgeon based charity to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco where he published original research in Spine, Pediatrics, Sports Medicine, and Advanced Imaging.

“Zach has deep roots in healthcare,” said John Sung Kim, CEO of DoctorBase. “His insight into how features like BlueMail can grow medical practices will be invaluable to our team.”

About DoctorBase

DoctorBase has a patent pending multi-tenant mobile platform and is one of the fastest growing Health 2.0 companies as measured by doctor and patient acquisition. Its mHealth-as-a-Service allows patients and healthcare providers to easily communicate through mobile devices with security, auditability and reimbursement.

June 17, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

MTBC Introduces Business Intelligence Reporting and Analytics Module to Support Physician Practice Management; Enhance Performance

SOMERSET, NJ, April 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) MTBC, a leading electronic health record (EHR), practice and revenue cycle management company, today announced the launch of its business intelligence and reporting module (BI Module) to enhance reporting capabilities for practices of all sizes.  The BI Module is fully integrated with MTBC’s PracticeProTM suite of services and supports in-depth longitudinal and granular analysis of key performance indicators and revenue drivers.

“While powerful business analytics tools are leveraged by many of America’s largest physician groups to support strategic business planning and decision-making, these important tools have, until now, remained out of reach for most small physician groups,” said MTBC President Stephen Snyder. “Our new BI tools are powerful enough to support the largest and most complex physician groups, yet so intuitive and flexible that they can be used by virtually any small practices to better understand its business, improves its bottom line, and mitigate audit risk.”

MTBC’s BI reporting and analytics module was designed to support benchmarking, short-term and long-term planning, together with compensation program development and management.  It is fully integrated with MTBC’s EHR and PM platform.

“This analysis provides an administrator with a holistic view of his or her practice, and can help practices identify opportunities to increase productivity, maximize revenue, reduce expenses and streamline workflows,” explained John Cox, Vice President of Hospital and Consulting Services at MTBC. “Our BI module caters not only to the needs of small practices, but also those of medium to large sized hospital-based and independent groups.”

MTBC’s BI module has an all-inclusive fee of five percent of collections and includes MTBC’s EHR, PM, RCM and mHealth applications. It will enable providers to:

·         Compare provider E&M level utilization to local and national benchmarks to identify and manage audit risk.

·         Analyze payer-level payment trends to support contract negotiations and payer participation decision-making.

·         Examine collections & billing cycle patterns to identify bottlenecks and accelerate reimbursements timeframes.

·         View performance by provider, group, location and more.

·         Create customized reports to support compensation plan development and administration.

·         Optimize the revenue cycle by gaining an insight into performance gaps to improve profit margins.

·         Examine overall patient encounters per provider or practice to identify opportunity for revenue maximization.

·         Improve and accelerate the decision-making process with transparent financial operations.

ABOUT MTBC

Founded in 1999 and based in Somerset, New Jersey, MTBC provides practice and revenue cycle management services and proprietary software solutions to private physician offices and hospital-employed provider groups throughout the United States. It’s integrated and competitively priced premium products, PracticePro™ and ChartsPro™, present a service suite unmatched in the industry in scope and value. MTBC has been consistently recognized as a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company – 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 – and has also been recognized during each of the last three years as an Inc. 500│5000 company.

To learn more about MTBC, please visit www.mtbc.com.

To learn more about MTBC Business Intelligence module, please visit http://www.mtbc.com/business_intelligence_software.aspx.

April 30, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Tanzania’s Healthy Pregnancy Text Message Service Reaches 100,000 Subscribers in 15 Weeks

The unique healthy pregnancy text messaging (SMS) service reached 100,000 active registrants in March 2013. More than 4 million text messages have been sent to those who signed up for the free healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood information, since the launch late November 2012. 

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PRWEB) March 28, 2013

“Wazazi Nipendeni’ (Parents Love Me) is a national healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood multi-media campaign. The mHealth Tanzania Public Private Partnership strengthen this campaign by providing informative text messages and appointment reminders in Swahili at no charge for pregnant women and mothers of newborn babies up to 16 weeks of age. This service offers also free information to her supporters – such as husband, friends and family – and information seekers”, explains Sarah Emerson, Country Manager, mHealth Tanzania Partnership, CDC Foundation.

The Wazazi Nipendeni multi-media campaign includes promotion of the free text messaging service by listing the short-code on the campaign materials and instructs anyone interested in more information about healthy pregnancy to send the word ‘MTOTO’ (child) to the short-code 15001. Registrants receive instructional messages during registration, allowing them to indicate the woman’s current week or month of pregnancy (or the age of the newborn baby) during the enrollment process. “This process allows the recipients to receive specific text messages at the time the information is most relevant to them. The service registered an average of 7000 people per week. Healthcare partners such as the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) and the Aga Khan Health Services – Joining Hands Initiative – play an important role by supporting the registration assistance of pregnant women at the healthcare facility level.

Eliza’s experience
“I found the text messages on my phone very useful during the period of my pregnancy”, says Eliza (29). This first-time mother was part of a group of women that gave feedback on the informative messages before the service started. She registered for the service as soon as it was launched in November 2012. “I was happy to receive the ‘Wazazi Nipendeni’ information about my pregnancy. I liked the helpful tips, including the importance of attending clinics regularly. I was able to learn about the need for testing and malaria prevention. I feel that it benefited me to know these things. I was able to go and deliver my baby safely since my baby was born healthy and without malaria. This service has also assisted my husband to better understand what I was going through during my pregnancy, so that he could be of greater assistance to me according to my needs.”

Eliza works as a housekeeper in Dar es Salaam and considers herself privileged when it comes to receiving information. She reads the newspapers and listens to radio. The housekeeper believes the service will especially be useful to women in remote areas as many have a mobile phone. “Many people, especially those living in rural areas, are not realizing how important it is to visit clinics”, she states. “They just don’t receive as much education and information as we do a big city. Newspapers are scarce there and not everyone has a radio. It also does not cost anything to get these text messages. So anyone can get the information from the Wazazi Nipendeni text messaging service. It will benefit many people, because it reaches all regions around the country.”

Government led initiative
Tanzania is a large country, it almost 900,000 square kilometers big. The country is approaching a population of 44 million. Current reports show that there are over 25 million mobile phone subscribers in our country. Tanzania registers the highest average number of text messages sent per month per subscriber in East Africa. The use of text messaging (SMS) doubled over the past few years to almost 5 billion messages in 2012. The mobile technology is therefore recognized by the ministry as a useful tool to offer crucial healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood information to even the most remote pregnant woman and her supporters.

Dr. Mwendwa E. Mwenesi M.D, M.A- Health Policy, Planning and Management, Phones for Health (mHealth) Country Coordinator is proud to introduce the service as part of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare current mHealth initiatives: “The government actually has recognized the benefits of using technology for healthcare”, she elaborates. “The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is giving a priority to mHealth initiatives and projects, because we have seen what it can do. The text message service Wazazi Nipendeni offers maternal health information and care of newborn. It can be accessed by the pregnant mother and couples through their mobile phone. Now people can have access to health information in the palm of their hands!” (See also the video of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania http://goo.gl/5Ozdc.)

The media campaign and text messaging service support the Government of Tanzania (GoT) and the United Nations (UN) Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Tanzania (CARMMA TZ), officially launched by President Kikwete in 2011. The Wazazi Nipendeni campaign takes steps in operationalizing CARMMA TZ as well as in directly supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). It is the aim of the Tanzania governments Strategic Plan to accelerate reduction of maternal, newborn and child deaths in Tanzania (2008-2015). The Tanzania government aims to reduce the roughly 45,000 newborn deaths and 13,000 maternal deaths it registered in 2008 by three-quarters by 2015.

The mHealth Partnership Country Manager Emerson underlines that the text messages include comprehensive healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood topics: “The messages cover timed information concerning prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, antenatal care, family planning, malaria prevention, nutrition (for mother and baby), danger signs, individual birth plan, postpartum care and entertaining information such as fetal development milestones.”

Partners and donors
The Wazazi Nipendeni text messaging component of the campaign is led by the Government of The United Republic of Tanzania and is supported by several key partners including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC Foundation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Joining Hands Initiative (JHI-Aga Khan Health Services), Text to Change and many others.

The Tanzania mHealth PPP is looking for corporate sector organisations to join and benefit from such collaboration; through relationship building, public relations as well as marketing opportunities etc. For more information please contact our team through info(at)mhealthtzppp(dot)net, You can also find us on Twitter as @mhealthtzppp.

April 8, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

DoctorBase Surpasses 3 Million Patients On Its Mobile Messaging Platform

mHealth-as-a-Service company reaches critical milestone as it addresses growing demand for smartphone-based healthcare messaging services.

San Francisco, CA (March 25, 2013) DoctorBase.com, the innovators of “mHealth-as-a-Service” today announced that it had surpassed three million patients and more than 9,000 healthcare providers on its platform. The company, which allows doctors to offer their patients secure, medically-oriented smartphone access – one of the key drivers in lowering healthcare costs – also announced a free version will be available to licensed providers in the U.S. starting today.

Created by former developers from Five9 and LiveJournal, working with a team of primary care doctors and specialists ranging from OB/GYN to Oncology, San Francisco-based DoctorBase believes that mHealth-as-a-Service is the solution to expensive, cumbersome patient portals that have failed to gain traction amongst providers and patient populations.

“Mobile is changing everything,” said John Sung Kim, CEO of DoctorBase.com. “Now that health systems are starting to wake up to the benefits of cloud computing and the Internet, they’re so late to the party that it’s no longer about that paradigm – patients across all demographics now use smartphones as their primary connectivity device. That’s leaving both doctors and patients communicating with each other in non-HIPAA compliant, unsecured ways such as email and text for the simple sake of convenience.”

DoctorBase predicts that it has signaled a new wave of mHealth companies – those that offer medical practices a mobile communications platform without the need for IT and with user experiences that require little training for medical staff while being accessible to “baby boomer patients.”

Dr. James Pinckney II , a medical doctor in Dallas said, “I just had a patient message me with a picture through DoctorBase. She was going to take her son to the ER and I quickly saw that it was not a medical emergency and was able to message her back quickly while she was on the go. We just saved the system $1,500 and this is the kind of efficiency we should be seeking to expand.”

DoctorBase’s CEO and CTO both have backgrounds in building massive online communications infrastructures at Five9 and LiveJournal, respectively, and claim that medical practices are much safer using their platform than trying to build their own mobile products.

“I talk to dozens of large organizations each week who are thinking of, or have released their own in-house mobile communications platform,” said Jamien McCullum, VP of Business Development at DoctorBase. “The results we see are the same each time – little to no adoption, complaints from users and a level of security that’s easily penetrable by hackers. Mobile is here to stay and large organizations need to find partners with track records in this emerging field, not rely on long standing IT relationships.”

About DoctorBase

DoctorBase has a patent pending multi-tenant mobile platform and is one of the fastest growing Health 2.0 companies as measured by doctor and patient acquisition. Its mHealth-as-a-Service allows patients and healthcare providers to easily communicate through mobile devices with security, auditability and reimbursement.

March 29, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

HIPAA Compliant, Secure Texting Doc Halo App Lands Key Contract with Premier Healthcare Network

The Doc Halo app ensures confidential patient information remains private during the text messaging process for physicians and for healthcare networks.

Cincinnati, Ohio. March 21, 2013.  Doc Halo, the secure healthcare texting app that allows physicians and medical professionals to communicate within a HIPAA-compliant platform, has announced that a renowned healthcare network, TriHealth, Inc., has agreed to offer the Doc Halo secure texting solution to the TriHealth network’s affiliated physicians.

With the Doc Halo secure texting app, physicians can transmit critical and timely information to other healthcare professionals connected to the Doc Halo system.

Co-founder and CEO of Doc Halo, Jose Barreau, MD, explained that Doc Halo provides efficiency, immediacy, privacy, and technology to an industry entrusted with the health and well-being of patients.

“As a physician of more than 20 years myself, I know first-hand the need to communicate immediately – and yet securely – with my colleagues. The benefits that the Doc Halo smartphone technology offers are significant.”

Dr. Barreau added that several key elements have driven the Doc Halo app development team from the beginning. “It was critical to us that we perfect the mobile app to ensure that its operation is flawless, its technology is superior, its user interface is intuitive, and that its privacy compliance is HIPAA-secure at every touch-point.”

Doc Halo President and Co-founder, Amit Gupta, MD elaborated, “Texting and smartphone technology have become second-thought to many of us. In our everyday lives, we can see the value of accuracy and efficiency when we text a friend, family member, or business colleague. Those same fundamentals are needed in the medical field. And yet, ensuring patients’ privacy is equally paramount. Doc Halo offers that needed secure physician texting solution.”

The popularity of smartphones, tablets, apps and innovative communications mediums is pervasive today in popular culture. Similarly in the healthcare industry, this technology is in demand.

Participants, presenters and exhibitors at the recent March 3-7, 2013 HIMSS Conference in New Orleans generated a multitude of articles, blog posts, tweets, and Facebook and Google+ posts about mobile health (mHealth), health information exchange (HIT), electronic health records (EHR), electronic medical records (EMR), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Dr. Barreau commented, “There are many popular healthcare apps in the smartphone world. The bulk of those options have been, and are, in the areas of patient-to-patient apps, physician-to-public apps, and public-to-public apps. Doc Halo offers an important, new secure texting app technology.”

TriHealth serves the Greater Cincinnati area and is a unified health system of physicians, hospitals and communities.

For more information on the Doc Halo secure texting app, visit http://www.dochalo.com or call 1.855.362.4256.

About Doc Halo 
Doc Halo is the professional standard for HIPAA secure texting for physicians, medical practices, hospitals and healthcare organizations. The Doc Halo app is designed to streamline compliant physician sharing of critical patient information within a secure environment. Doc Halo is trusted by individual physicians, by their staffs, and by comprehensive healthcare networks for secure communication. Because of the intuitive operational structure of the Doc Halo app, physicians see efficiencies with their communications within minutes of registration.

March 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Digital Overload of Healthcare Information and Looming Deadlines Driving New Challenges for IT Executives

Independent Study Commissioned by Level 3 Reveals Confidence Lacking in Network Security as Infrastructure Demands Continue to Increase

Broomfield, CO — Network security issues, vital infrastructure upgrades, Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation and impending federal deadlines will guide priorities this year, according to an independent research study of 100 healthcare provider CIOs and senior IT executives commissioned by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT). At the same time, healthcare CIOs and IT executives are less inclined to focus on mobile-enabled healthcare (mHealth) and slow to adopt cloud computing based on survey responses.

Research highlights and IT challenges for 2013 include:

—56 percent were only “somewhat confident” in their ability to prevent a privacy or security breach on their network
—76 percent of respondents are planning to upgrade their network infrastructure in the next two years
—24 percent reported they are using cloud-based computing, much lower than other industries
—Only 17 percent believe mHealth will have a significant impact on the healthcare industry
—80 percent agree that EHR-based systems will improve patient care
—More than 60 percent of respondents suggest EHR and Meaningful Use mandates are a “good idea” to support better quality patient care

Confidence in Security Lacking
The research study found that many healthcare organizations might not be prepared to deal with the scale of the security challenges headed their way, as more and more critical patient information is digitized. (Reference Exhibits 1 & 2.)

While 80 percent reported their organization had not experienced a security breach in the past 12 months, more than half (56 percent) of those respondents were only “somewhat confident” in their ability to prevent a security breach on their network. This indicates a strong lack of confidence for an industry that experiences a significant number of security breaches each year. In fact, a 2012 survey of 80 healthcare organizations from the Ponemon Institute found that 94 percent of the organizations had a least one data breach in the past two years, at an average cost of $2.4 million per data breach.

Security concerns are also a critical component of EHR implementations. Seventy-seven percent of respondents cited security breaches as either a major or moderate EHR implementation issue. The second top-rated concern with EHRs is patient safety, followed third by privacy issues. Security breaches and patients’ privacy issues were slightly more likely to be of “major concern” among large organizations, due to the sheer volume of patient information at risk. Lower on the list of EHR implementation concerns was penalty costs – 35 percent said security and compliance-related penalties were of little to no concern. (Reference Exhibit 3.)

“Patient privacy and the security of health records are weighing on the minds of healthcare CIOs,” said Karl Strohmeyer, Level 3 group vice president. “The ‘Future of Healthcare IT’ study reinforces that there is no room to take chances when patients’ privacy is at risk – ensuring the confidentiality of patient data should be a top priority. As more and more healthcare-related information is digitized and shared remotely, the need for secure networks and services to protect this data will continue to grow.”

Slow to Adopt Cloud Computing
Although many respondents recognized that cloud computing can offer cost-savings and capacity benefits, just 24 percent reported they are using cloud-based computing, which is a relatively low uptake compared to other industries.

Little Traction For mHealth
An even smaller percentage – 17 percent – believes mobile-enabled healthcare will have a significant impact on the healthcare industry, suggesting the healthcare IT industry may not yet be fully primed for a widespread move to mHealth technology and applications.

Telehealth Care Still Growing Trend
The survey results showed that telehealth is a growing trend, with two-thirds (67 percent) of organizations indicating that they currently have telehealth capabilities. The driving factor behind telehealth is patient care. Respondents believe these capabilities will offer both providers and patients better access to EHRs and, as a result, improve patient care. (Reference Exhibit 4.)

Additionally, more than one-third (37 percent) of respondents believe interconnectivity of healthcare facilities will have the greatest impact on the healthcare industry, and another one-quarter (27 percent) believes EHRs themselves will have the greatest impact.

Constant Infrastructure Upgrades In the Works
The study also showed that network infrastructure demands will continue to grow as healthcare organizations try to prepare for increased interconnectivity of healthcare facilities, security demands and other healthcare-related technology advancements. More than three-quarters (76 percent) of respondents are planning to upgrade their network infrastructure in the next two years driven by implementation of EHRs, interconnectivity between providers and facilities, and medical imaging demands. (Reference Exhibit 5.)

“The expansion of network infrastructure that we anticipate will allow healthcare organizations to store massive amounts of patient information securely,” said Strohmeyer. “Providers can access digitized information from any location in real time, ultimately resulting in substantial efficiencies in patient care. Interconnectivity and network security are essential to meeting the growing demands of the digital healthcare world.”

“EHR Deadline is Feasible”
The research also revealed that, despite feeling pressure to implement EHRs to meet new federal regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), most healthcare CIOs and senior executives support the efforts and believe ACA timeframes are feasible. More than 60 percent of respondents suggest EHR and Meaningful Use mandates are a “good idea” – due primarily to the fact that EHRs are expected to support better quality patient care with increased access to medical records and information by providers. In addition, 79 percent believe the 2015 EHR deadline is feasible.

Study Methodology & Demographics
Level 3 commissioned Corona Insights to conduct the “Future of Healthcare IT” study in November 2012. The 100-person respondent base was comprised of CIOs and other c-level and senior IT executives who are employed by hospitals, medical centers and physicians’ offices. The size of the organizations managed by these CIOs and executives range in revenues from $10 million to $1 billion.

To Learn More
To learn more about the research findings and Level 3’s solutions for the healthcare industry, please visit http://www.level3.com/en/solutions/industry/healthcare/.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3’s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com

February 9, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

FCC to Act on Key mHealth Task Force Recommendations to Spur Adoption of Wireless Health Technology

FCC CHAIRMAN ENCOURAGES COLLABORATION TO MEET TASK FORCE GOAL: USE OF mHEALTH SHOULD BE ROUTINE MEDICAL BEST PRACTICE WITHIN 5 YEARS

mHEALTH TASK FORCE RELEASES NEW REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

On September 24, 2012, FCC Chairman Genachowski announced FCC plans to act on recommendations from a new mHealth Task Force report unveiled at an event hosted at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Chairman Genachowski also announced that the FCC would collaborate with its federal partners and the private sector to meet the mHealth Task Force’s goal that mHealth technology be a routine medical best practice within five years. At the event, the mHealth Task Force released its report outlining recommendations to the FCC, other federal agencies, and to industry, to accelerate the adoption of mHealth technologies for improved health outcomes and reduced costs across the health care system.

  1. The independent mHealth Task Force released its recommendations to the FCC, other federal agencies, and to industry, with the goal of making mHealth a routine medical best practice by 2017.

·         Recommendations include actions to increase interagency collaboration and information sharing, expand on existing programs to encourage mHealth adoption, and build on government and industry efforts to increase capacity, reliability, interoperability, and safety of mHealth technologies. The report can be accessed here: http://www.itif.org/events/recommendations-mhealth-task-force.

  1. Chairman Genachowski announced that the FCC would take the following actions based on the mHealth Task Force report:

·        Five year goal: Work with industry and federal partners to reach the mHealth Task Force’s goal that mHealth technology become a routine medical best practice within five years.

·        Wireless health test beds: Consider an Order to streamline the FCC’s experimental licensing rules to promote and encourage the creation of wireless health device “test beds” to permit easier testing of mHealth technologies.

·        Health care broadband networks: Consider an Order to comprehensively reform and modernize the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program, to include rules to permit networks of hospital and health care facilities to jointly apply for RHC Program funds to boost broadband capacity and enable electronic health records.

·        Telehealth data: As part of the RHC modernization Order, act to collect richer data on broadband and telehealth applications from RHC Program participants, enabling more targeted support for telemedicine.

·        International MBAN spectrum: The FCC’s International Bureau will work with FCC counterparts in other countries to encourage them to make spectrum available for MBANs and to discuss possible spectrum harmonization efforts to allow for medically safe cross-border patient travel and better economies of scale for device makers.

·        Outreach plan: Develop and execute a health care stakeholder outreach plan to those who may not be aware of FCC opportunities and procedures.

·        Health Care Director: Renew the search for a permanent FCC Health Care Director, to function as the central point of contact to external groups on all health-related issues.

  1. The mHealth Task Force is an independent effort, bringing together academic, industry, and government leaders to make recommendations to overcome barriers to the adoption of wireless health technologies.

·         In June 2012, the FCC held an mHealth Summit convening leaders from the health care technology industry, academia, and government to discuss the opportunities and challenges of mobile and wireless health products.

·         An outcome of this event was the creation of the mHealth Task Force, by participants, to research the barriers to rapid deployment of mHealth technology and develop recommendations to government and industry to address those barriers.

·         Representatives from Qualcomm, TheCarrot.com, and Partners HealthCare/Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) served as Co-chairs for the effort to research the barriers to rapid deployment of mHealth technology and present an industry-led plan to address those barriers.

·         The Task Force included participation from Alfred Mann Foundation, AT&T, CHRISTUS Health, George Washington University School of Medicine, Health Analytic Services, Inc. (The Carrot.com), iMedicalApps, Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), Medtronic, Inc., mHIMSS, Partners HealthCare Systems, Qualcomm Incorporated, Telcare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Verizon Communications, WellDoc Inc., and West Health.

  1. The FCC is committed to accelerating the adoption of mHealth technologies to improve health outcomes and lower health care costs.

·         Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs): In 2012, the FCC released an Order to allocate spectrum for Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs), making the U.S. the first country in the world to make spectrum available for this specific usage.[1] MBANs are networks of wireless sensors, often no bigger than a Band-Aid, which can transmit data on a patient’s vital health indicators to their doctor or hospital.

·         Medical Micropower Networks (MMNs): In 2011, the FCC adopted rules to enable a new generation of wireless medical devices that can be used to restore functions to paralyzed limbs.  MMNs are ultra-low power wideband networks consisting of transmitters implanted in the body that take the place of damaged nerves, restoring sensation and mobility.

·         FCC-FDA Memorandum of Understanding: In 2010, the FCC entered into an unprecedented partnership with the Food and Drug Administration, working together to ensure that communications-related medical innovations can swiftly and safely be brought to market.

·         Rural Health Care Reform: The FCC initiated the Rural Health Care (RHC) Pilot program to harness the potential of broadband health care networks to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care in rural areas, and to inform the redesign of its permanent RHC program. The FCC plans to act by the end of the year on permanent reforms to the program.

THE HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION

  1. Mobile and wireless health technology can increase efficiency and improve care delivery throughout the health care system.

·         Improved quality of care: Continuous monitoring gives physicians a more comprehensive view of a patient’s condition.  Automatic alerts allow physicians to intervene or modify treatment before a patient’s condition becomes life-threatening.

o   Patients who used a mobile phone tracking system received regular, tailored self-care messages and were able to achieve significant reduction in blood sugar levels over a one-year long study.[2]

    • Geisinger Medical Center tested a “medical home” initiative among Medicare patients and found an 8 percent drop in hospital admissions and a 4 percent reduction in overall health costs over the first year.[3] The program utilizes text messaging and other technology to increase patients’ adherence to their treatment regimens.
    • A recent trial found that mobile technology contributed to increased health among participants.[4]  Another recent study found that a diabetes smartphone app, combined with text messaging from a health care provider, significantly improved health indicators for diabetes patients.[5]

·         Increased health care cost savings:

    • mHealth can reduce the costs of medical care among the elderly by 25%, by reducing the number of face to-face consultations needed, and allowing seniors to live independently and spend more time at home, instead of more expensive hospital stays.[6]
    • Accessing health records wirelessly and remotely increases efficiency and avoids duplication, leading to savings of up to 30% in administrative costs.[7]

·         mHealth usage is growing: By 2020, “at least 160 million Americans will be monitored and treated remotely for at least one chronic condition” according to Nerac, a Connecticut research firm.

    • Increased adoption of mHealth could lead to more cost savings.  Only 15 percent of the 560,000 doctors in America used digital technology to order medication for patients, as of 2010.  Moving to electronic prescriptions could save $29 billion over the next decade.[8]
    • Americans want to integrate technology with their health care: 77 percent said they would like to receive email reminders for doctor’s visits, 75 percent would prefer to schedule a doctor’s visit online, and 74 percent would like to be able to email directly with their doctor.[9]
    • Over 11 million Americans use home glucose monitors.[10]

 PREPARED REMARKS OF FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI

mHEALTH TASK FORCE EVENT

THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION FOUNDATION

WASHINGTON, D.C.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

This topic – leveraging all our resources to improve medical care – is one I’ve cared about for a long time.  In college I taught CPR, got certified as an EMT, and worked with the Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance team.

To make a little spending money, I also worked for a private ambulance service in New York City.  Now that was something.  One of the drivers I worked with loved nothing more than driving the wrong way up one-way avenues in Manhattan.

I decided that law and business might be a wiser career path for me.  But I’ve always admired the men and women who made health care a career choice.

Since I became Chairman, the FCC has been working to harness the power of modern communications technologies to improve the quality of health care, lower costs, and save lives.

Over the past four years we’ve seen a steady stream of new examples of the ways wireless technology can transform medicine.

Just this month, researchers at Stanford unveiled a tiny new pacemaker so small it could fit on the head of a pin.  Instead of using batteries for power, the pacemaker is charged by a wireless transmitter from outside the body, avoiding the need for battery packs that require surgery to replace.

Earlier this year, those same researchers developed a medical sensor so tiny it could float through a patient’s blood vessels, powered by the patient’s own pulse.  Applications of the technology include everything from diagnostic tests to minimally invasive surgeries.

Just last week, the West Health Institute announced that it is licensing technology to wirelessly monitor high-risk pregnancies in remote clinics.

Technologies like this Sense4Baby system could result in healthier babies and mothers, and result in hundreds of millions in cost savings.

And today, products like a “smart” pill box can send wireless automatic reminders to a patient to take her daily medication, and alert her physician or family members if she skips it.

Wireless remote monitoring increases independence, mobility, and comfort for patients within the hospital or at home—and companies are innovating to create smaller, better, more reliable monitors every day.

The FCC has already taken a number of actions to enable our health care system to seize the opportunities of mHealth, which is shorthand for mobile and wireless health technologies

In 2010, we issued our country’s first National Broadband Plan, which identified health care as an area of enormous promise for broadband-enabled innovation.  The plan includes a chapter of recommendations on health care, which we have worked to implement.

As recommended by the Broadband Plan, we entered into an unprecedented partnership with the Food and Drug Administration to help ensure that communications-related medical innovations can swiftly and safely be brought to market.

Collaboration with other federal agencies is incredibly important. We have a strong ongoing relationship with HHS and I’ve discussed many times with Secretary Sibelius how to harness the opportunity of broadband in health care and I look forward to continuing those discussions.

Last November, the Commission dedicated spectrum for Medical Micropower Networks, which have the potential – literally – to enable paraplegics to stand and to restore sight to the blind.

And just a few months ago, we adopted new rules to become the first country in the world to allocate spectrum for Medical Body Area Network, or MBAN, devices.

MBANs provide a cost-effective way to monitor patients wirelessly, providing more information to physicians and giving patients mobility and greater independence.

Soon after the MBAN announcement in June, I convened an mHealth Summit with senior executives and leaders from the health care technology industry, academia, and government to discuss the new opportunities and challenges of mobile and wireless health products.

The overarching goals of the summit were improving the quality of care, lowering costs, and saving lives though mHealth technology.

We asked the group for specific ideas on how to remove barriers to harnessing this technology for the greater good—interoperability, reliability, connectivity, privacy, and security, just to name a few.

An outcome of this convening was the creation of a Task Force by the participants to develop recommendations to accelerate the adoption of mHealth technology.

Over the summer of 2012, this independent mHealth Task Force set priorities and conducted extensive industry outreach, while adding members along the way.  Throughout this process, the Co-Chairs held numerous meetings, collaborated in an online environment, and met with other experts across the sector.

The result is that today, we take another step forward with the release of the mHealth Task Force’s report.

This report identifies key barriers to broader mHealth adoption and makes recommendations to the FCC, other federal agencies, and industry.

The report also proposes a bold and important national goal, which today I’m challenging public and private sector leaders to work together to achieve: make the use of mHealth technology a routine medical best practice within five years.

Furthermore, I’m proud to announce that the FCC will take the following actions to implement key recommendations in today’s report:

First, the FCC will consider an Order by the end of this year to streamline our experimental licensing rules to promote and encourage the creation of wireless health “test beds” to permit easier testing of mHealth devices.

Second, the FCC will consider an Order by the end of this year to comprehensively reform and modernize the Rural Health Care Program, including to permit networks of hospitals and health care facilities to jointly apply for program funds in order to boost broadband capacity and enable electronic health records.  The Order will also advance the Task Force’s recommendation to collect richer data on broadband and telehealth to enable better targeting of program support.

Third, I will direct the International Bureau to work with FCC counterparts in other countries to encourage them to make spectrum available for MBANs and to discuss possible spectrum harmonization to allow for medically safe cross-border patient travel and better economies of scale for device makers.  This builds on discussions already begun with regulators in Europe and Mexico on these topics.

Fourth, the FCC will develop and execute a health care stakeholder outreach plan to promote greater collaboration between the FCC and the health care sector on policies at the intersection of communications and health.

And finally, we will recruit a permanent FCC Health Care Director, a position that functions as the central point of contact to external groups on all health-related issues.

In addition to these important steps, I’ve asked my staff to review and present a plan for addressing the report’s other recommendations.

I look forward to working with you to put these proposals into practice, to improve the quality of care while cutting health system costs.

Thanks again to all the members of the Task Force for your outstanding work.

September 25, 2012 I Written By

Verizon to Acquire Hughes Telematics, Inc.

Verizon today announced it is entering into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Hughes Telematics, Inc. (HTI), a leader in implementing the next generation of connected services for vehicles, for $12.00 per share in cash, or a total of $612 million.

In powerful combination with Verizon’s global IP network, cloud, mobility and security solutions, Hughes Telematics’ flexible service-delivery platform has the potential to reach beyond the automotive and transportation realm to create new opportunities in mHealth, asset tracking and home automation.

Verizon to Expand Capabilities in Automotive and Fleet Telematics and Accelerate Growth in Emerging Machine-to-Machine Services

NEW YORK and ATLANTA –Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Hughes Telematics, Inc. (OTCBB: HUTC) today announced a definitive merger agreement under which Verizon will acquire Hughes Telematics, Inc. (HTI) for $12.00 per share in cash, or a total of $612 million.

The transaction will expand Verizon’s capabilities in the automotive and fleet telematics marketplace and accelerate growth in key vertical segments, including emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) services applications driven by consumer trends and increasingly connected lifestyles.  HTI is a leader in implementing the next generation of connected services for vehicles, centered on a core platform of safety, security, convenience and infotainment offerings. HTI offers a portfolio of services through its commercial fleet, aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) offerings as well products and services for mHealth providers and users.

The Board of Directors of HTI has unanimously approved the transaction upon the recommendation of its special committee, and the transaction was unanimously approved by the directors of Verizon present and voting.  The transaction has also been approved by a written consent executed by holders of a majority of HTI’s voting shares.

The transaction is subject to the expiration or early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust waiting period and other customary closing conditions.

The merger is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012, and Verizon plans to retain the existing management team and operate the new unit as a subsidiary within Verizon and operated as part of its Verizon Enterprise Solutions group.   The business will continue to be headquartered in Atlanta.

“We expect M2M and telematics to drive significant growth for Verizon and we’re taking an important step forward to accelerate solutions that will unlock more opportunities for existing and new HTI and Verizon customers,” said John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Joining Hughes Telematics’ robust service-delivery platform and suite of applications with our existing assets will create a premier set of capabilities.  In powerful combination with Verizon’s global IP network, cloud, mobility and security solutions, Hughes Telematics’ flexible service-delivery platform has the potential to reach beyond the automotive and transportation realm to create new opportunities in mHealth, asset tracking and home automation.”

HTI will play a key role in Verizon’s strategy to offer platform-based solutions tailored to specific industries.  Verizon earlier this year launched a new practice focused on developing telematics solutions that leverage the company’s cloud and information technology (IT), security, global IP network and communications, and mobility and M2M technology platforms.

Jeff Leddy, CEO of HTI, said, “This transaction provides Hughes Telematics’ stockholders with a substantial premium over today’s market price of our common stock.  We are proud to join a world-class organization like Verizon which will help us continue to build and expand on our industry-leading services. This combination represents an exciting opportunity to accelerate our innovation of new services and global growth and to bring these services to more customers and industries worldwide.”

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings offered over the company’s secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon Enterprise Solutions helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit verizon.com/enterprise to learn more.

Verizon was represented by UBS Investment Bank and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  HTI was represented by Barclays and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and the special committee of the Board of Directors of HTI was represented by Moelis & Company LLC and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 93 million retail customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 192,000.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

About Hughes Telematics, Inc.

Hughes Telematics, Inc. (OTCBB: HUTC) is a leader in implementing the next generation of connected services. The company offers a portfolio of location-based services for consumers, manufacturers, fleets and dealers through two-way wireless connectivity. In-Drive®, HTI’s aftermarket solution, offers safety, security, convenience, maintenance and data services. Networkfleet, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HTI located in San Diego, California, offers remote vehicle diagnostics, an integrated GPS tracking and emissions monitoring system for wireless fleet vehicle management. A majority owned subsidiary of HTI, Lifecomm, located in Atlanta, Georgia, plans to offer mobile personal emergency response services through a wearable lightweight device with one-touch access to emergency assistance. Additional information about HTI can be found at www.hughestelematics.com.

June 12, 2012 I Written By

Iconic Data Launches Secure Mobile Solution to Replace Paper-Based Physician Billing Process

Iconic Data has just announced the launch of its flagship offering, ICON™, a secure and encrypted mobile tool that replaces an archaic paper-based physician process and accelerates cash flow by an average of 14 days.

Secure mobile tools and devices that digitize patient data seemed to be a hot topic at HIMSS last week, and I thought this announcement would fit in well with the trend and all of the discussion around the need to move toward mobile solutions.
ICON™ is the only digital billing card solution that fills the critical gap between the point of care and the physician’s back office, while preventing medical errors, improving charge capture and patient safety. Physicians use ICON™ to:
  • Replace paper-based billing cards.
  • Create convenient and accurate sign-out reports.
  • Manage their patient lists.
  • Accelerate practice cash flow by an average of 14 days.

The Cloud-based solution is accessible via any web-enabled device including iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android platforms. There are two versions of the product, Basic ICON™ is $19 per month and Premium ICON™ is $99 per month. The company is offering a 30-day free trial.

Digital Billing Card Solution Helps Physicians Capture Lost Charges, Increase Patient Safety

CHICAGO, February 28, 2012 – Iconic Data, the healthcare IT startup that provides healthcare professionals with secure mobile technology solutions to improve productivity, profitability and patient safety, today announced the launch of ICON™, its flagship offering that replaces inefficient paper-based physician billing cards and forms.

ICON™ is a secure and encrypted digital physician billing card solution that helps physicians more efficiently and accurately manage the patients they care for across one or more facilities. It allows for secure access to critical data and billing information from any device with Internet access. The elimination of the paper-based process streamlines workflow and makes patient sign-outs safer and more convenient.

“Sixty-two percent of US physicians care for patients in both their offices and in one or more hospitals. Billing information from hospitals is siloed and does not flow to the physician’s practice, so physicians must manually collect data needed by their practice’s billing personnel. This manual, paper-based process often results in lost charges and inefficiencies,” said David LaBorde, CEO and co-founder of Iconic Data. “Our mobile solution fills a critical gap among information systems and enables physicians to better care for their patients, prevent medical errors and accelerate practice cash flow by an average of 14 days.”

The cloud-based, digital billing card solution is accessible via any web-enabled device including iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android platforms. There are two versions of the product. Basic ICON™ is $19 per month and includes patient list management, automated case log data collection and 24/7 tech support. Premium ICON™ is $99 per month and includes all of the Basic offerings plus charge capture and claims reconciliation. The company is offering a 30-day free trial.

About Iconic Data

Founded in 2010, Iconic Data provides secure and encrypted mobile technology solutions for healthcare professionals. Hospitals, physician groups, and individual physicians use ICON™ to replace paper-based billing cards, to create convenient and accurate sign-out reports and to manage their patient lists. Iconic Data was recently selected as one of ten healthcare companies to participate in the inaugural class of Healthbox, a world-class business accelerator for healthcare startups, launched by Chicago-based business incubator and venture-capital firm, Sandbox Industries. Iconic Data provides the only digital billing card solution that fills the critical gap between the point of care and the physician’s back office, while improving charge capture and patient safety. Iconic Data is a privately held company with offices in Atlanta and Chicago. For more information about Iconic Data, please visit http://iconicdata.com.

March 2, 2012 I Written By

HealthTap Announces $11.5M in Series A Funding by Mayfield Fund, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors

The Premier Interactive Health network will use funds to manage growth,

scale technology, and add top talent to team

PALO ALTO, Calif. – December 6, 2011 – HealthTap, (www.healthtap.com), the premier Interactive Health Network, announced today that it secured $11.5 million in Series A Funding led by Mayfield Fund, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. HealthTap will use Series A funds to accelerate growth, recruit top talent, and engage more physicians and patients in the vibrant online HealthTap community.

HealthTap has successfully created a networked environment where anyone can ask any health question online or via a mobile app and quickly receive credible answers from top U.S. physicians across 100 specialties, for free. HealthTap, which launched its new mobile and online services just two months ago, has experienced massive growth with more than 6,000 leading physicians and 500 top healthcare institutions currently participating in the service.

“We are excited to partner with a serial entrepreneur such as Ron Gutman whose passion, track record, and team will help realize HealthTap’s grand vision,” said Mayfield Managing Director, Tim Chang. “HealthTap embodies the powerful consumer Internet trend of moving high-value mainstream offline experiences, such as doctor-patient interactions, to the online world. The company leverages the three key innovation drivers that I’m most excited about: mobile apps that enable new kinds of rich, personalized interactions via smartphone and tablet; gamification that enhances user engagement and retention; and social mechanics, such as expert-based Q&A and reputation graphs, that facilitate deep interest and trust. It’s this kind of fresh thinking that will accelerate the ‘consumerization’ of Healthcare, and re-invigorate an extremely important and valuable industry that has been behind the IT curve and mired in inefficiency for decades.”

All physicians who participate on HealthTap undergo rigorous background checks verifying their medical licenses and good standing. Approved physicians receive a free Virtual Practice from which they can lead the online health conversation, and the creation of quality health content. Through their Virtual Practices, physicians answer user questions, endorse answers written by other physicians, and help people find the best health information, while creating connections for in-person care.

“HealthTap has become the only place online where medical information is trusted both by physicians and by patients alike,” said Ron Gutman, HealthTap’s Founder and CEO. “Doctors interact with one another and rate each other every day based on the quality of their shared medical knowledge and its helpfulness to patients. This revolutionary approach, which we call ‘Trust Sourcing,’ makes it easy for members of the community to find the most reliable health information and the best doctors in town.”

The rapid adoption of HealthTap by physicians and patients in all 50 states has been complemented by growing demand from medical institutions interested in participating in the virtualization of healthcare. In response, HealthTap today opens its doors to all medical institutions to join the more than 500 healthcare groups who have already signed up. From large institutions such as Cleveland Clinic and The Mount Sinai Hospital, to small practices across the nation like Women’s Care of Beverly Hills Medical Group, to individual physician offices such as the one run by Dr. Robert Kwok in Saratoga, California, HealthTap is revolutionizing healthcare by re-invigorating doctor-patient interactions, and by bringing trustworthy, current health information to people anytime, anywhere—for free.

“Patients and doctors alike have long been frustrated by the one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare and the limited opportunities for finding personally relevant health information online,” said Rowan Chapman, Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures. “Ron and his team are successfully addressing the critical need for a source of trusted medical information that allows consumers to interact with doctors online in an efficient and meaningful way. The rapid growth of the HealthTap community coupled with this round of funding is further evidence of the tremendous opportunity at the intersection of web-enabled social networks and more personalized, data-driven healthcare.”

About HealthTap

HealthTap is an Interactive Health Network that connects thousands of North America’s best physicians with users to provide trusted answers to health questions anytime anywhere. HealthTap’s free web and mobile applications enable 24/7 access to personalized, relevant and trusted health information from America’s best licensed physicians, helping people find the best doctors and make better decisions about their health and well-being. HealthTap’s experienced team of engineers and doctors have built health and mobile applications that have served hundreds of millions of people. Based in Palo Alto California, HealthTap is funded by Mayfield Fund, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, and other prominent Silicon Valley investors. For more information, visit www.healthtap.com.

About Mayfield Fund

Mayfield Fund invests in relationships with entrepreneurs, institutions, and the community to transform bold ideas into industry-leading companies. With $2.7 billion under management, Mayfield invests primarily in early-stage companies in the Enterprise, Consumer, Energytech, and Mobile/Telecom sectors. The firm fosters global entrepreneurship by investing in India-based companies through its Mayfield India fund and in China-based companies directly and with its partner GSR Ventures. Over its 42-year history, the firm has invested in more than 500 companies, resulting in over 100 IPOs and more than 100 mergers or acquisitions. For more information, visit www.mayfield.com.

About Mohr Davidow Ventures

For more than 25 years, the Mohr Davidow team has invested in early stage startups and worked closely with exceptional entrepreneurs to create venture returns by developing and bringing to market new, technology-based ideas, products and services. The firm invests in companies that transform industries whether through better infrastructure for our rapidly evolving data-intensive digital world, more efficient power for our planet, or better, more personalized medicine. The firm has $1.85 billion under management. For more information, visit www.mdv.com.

December 6, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.