Electronic Monitoring Systems, Medical Records Could Improve Quality, Save Money
The New York Times: Tracking Vital Signs, Without The Wires
"Epidermal electronics" — a term coined by researchers who have produced prototype devices at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — may enable constant medical monitoring anywhere. The devices are part of a growing field, called mHealth, that uses mobile technologies. Simpler forms include smartphone apps for patient education or disease management. More complex ones include wireless sensors to monitor vital signs. ... Electronic monitoring of patients at home could significantly reduce medical costs (Stross, 9/3).
Modern Healthcare: HHS Marks Nearly $12 Million For Rural IT
Forty rural health networks across the country will receive a total of $11.9 million in federal funding—amounting to about $300,000 apiece—to support their efforts in adopting health information technology and certified electronic health records, HHS announced (Zigmond, 9/5).