The New Technology Wave – Wearable Computers


 Yesterday it was the iPhone followed by the iPad and today we enter the wearable computing age! Use of activity trackers like Jawbone Up and Fitbit Flex has slowly started spreading among fitness seekers. Concept of wearable computing is not something new. Embedded technology has been used in medicine for decades. 1960s saw development of pacemakers and cochlear implants. Today …Continue reading →

Google Glass in the Healthcare Revolution


In case you aren’t familiar with Google glass, it is a wearable gadget that mimics your average eyeglasses. It has everything that any gadget is supposed to have today – WiFi, Bluetooth, cameras, voice activation command interfaces and a heads-up display. Let’s see, how it might influence healthcare? There are several situations in which Google Glass might come in handy …Continue reading →

M-health Practices – Plugging the Holes


Medical device market is one of the fast developing sectors in the U.S. healthcare industry and mobile health solutions have been a subject of serious discussions among technology experts for quite some time. The fact that mobile devices have great potential to improve care quality is now accepted worldwide. While several complex mobile apps continue to enter the healthcare market, more …Continue reading →

Overcoming Barriers to Health IT Adoption

Health IT in its many forms plays an important role in the transforming the healthcare system. Of late, the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has taken several measures to promote adoption and meaningful use of health IT. That includes setting up of the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC), The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and The …Continue reading →

Cloud Takes over Medical Imaging


With cloud computing making inroads into the healthcare technology market, healthcare management has started showing improved accuracy levels. Cloud computing is said to revolutionize mobile health services in terms of efficiency and cost. According to an estimate by IDC an Analyst firm, by 2015 spending on Cloud is expected to touch $73 billion, a three fold increase from 2010 expenditure. …Continue reading →

Here Comes the World of “Phablets”


There was a time when small things looked beautiful. That applied to phones too. Then came smartphones followed by tablets with attractive screens. But technology always looked beyond the past and smartphones were no exception. What followed was a new genre device, the “Phablet.” (Michelle Fitzsimmons, news editor (US) for preferred to call it “Phablet.”) Joshua Flood, a senior …Continue reading →

Thirty Years of Internet – A Review


January 1 1983. The day witnessed an important event in the history of computer networking technology. All previous networking systems got replaced on that day and a new computer network officially took over under the U.S military project called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). The Department of Defense gave it a name – “the flag day.” Perhaps among those …Continue reading →

Emerging Trends in m-Health


Emerging mobile medical apps have opened flood gates of technology aiming to take healthcare to the higher planes. It is driven by the fact that whole healthcare practice should be error free in all respects – be it monitoring of patient data, accessibility, convenience and point of care. Delivery of healthcare solutions on tablets and mobile phones are already on …Continue reading →

Handling of Security Breaches


Apparently The Affordable Care Act has opened windows for people to gain access to improved healthcare systems in the country. However, with proliferation of technology, incidence of medical identity thefts, breach of confidentiality and safety of patient information is on the rise. The price of data breaches for the victims is huge. Also, a breach results in significant and prolonged …Continue reading →

A Quick Review on Mobile Platforms


A base technology on which some other processes or technologies are built and run is called a “platform.” Smartphones are mobile “platforms” and are closely connected to both healthcare technology and health information management. Therefore scope of this study is limited to some of these prominent mobile platforms viz., Android, iphone, Windows mobile, Blackberry, Symbian etc. Weighing the Performance A …Continue reading →