Archive for September, 2008

About two weeks ago VMWare released the 2.0 version of their Fusion VM software for the Mac.  It is certainly worthy of a full point release with the level of integration between the host OS and the virtualized OS increased tremendously. It is interesting to note that VMWare Fusion offers the option to install McAffee […]

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, introduced the Health-e Information Technology Act of 2008, with incentives that could total millions. The bill sets a deadline for HIT system developments, creates incentives for adoption, and includes rules for privacy protection. The first generation of these standards will be finalized […]

The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) says it will launch a certification program for personal health records (PHRs) in mid-2009 that will emphasize privacy, security and information-sharing capabilities. The Commission has completed its first step in the process — the creation of draft criteria for testing PHRs. Beginning Sept. 29, criteria will […]

Microsoft has just released HealthVault Connection Center Beta v1.2 which is a desktop utility that helps people upload data from health and fitness devices to their HealthVault account.  This is a good step in bridging the gap between a patient and physician between visits.  Having an updated list of blood pressure, weight, peak flow measurements, […]

An Alcatel-Lucent backed product called Tikitag is an RFID tagging system set to go live on October 1st . Much along to the same lines as my last RFID post this product has a lot of applicability for linking physical tags with websites. The first thing that comes to mind is the use of such […]

The French Public transportation company will begin employing RFID-enabled USB keys this coming fall allowing passengers to plug the unit into their PC’s to fund their cards at home as part of their home-payment effort. This combination of RFID and USB key has several other applications outside of transportation. Of course what immediately comes to […]

As health care organizations warm up to what have been coined, Web 2.0 technologies, marketing departments embrace the chance to engage patients and enhance satisfaction but in some instances it appears to have come at the cost of physician satisfaction due to the inability of physicians to respond to patient comments and ratings due to […]


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