‘What part of “Give us our damn data” do you not understand?’

For five days as her husband lay in his hospital bed suffering from kidney cancer, Regina Holliday begged doctors and nurses for his medical records, and for five days she never received them.

On the sixth day, her husband needed to be transferred to another hospital?—?without his complete medical records.

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Health data? I have no idea what to do with that!

You may think your smart watch or activity tracker can help you keep tabs on your health, but don’t be alarmed if your doctor might have a different vision. Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end of the year, according to market research firm IDC. Some doctors and researchers, however, remain unimpressed, they question the value of the particular metrics tracked, as well as the validity of the deluge of data these gadgets produce.

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Improving individual health, community health, and population health.

In April 2015, Congress declared it, “…a national objective to achieve widespread exchange of health information through interoperable certified EHR technology nationwide by December 31, 2018.”

I was reading the health IT interoperability roadmap “where an individual’s health information is not limited to what is stored in electronic health records (EHRs), but includes information from many different sources (including technologies that individuals use)” and this is exactly was I was talking about in the Raleigh mHealth App Strategy Workshop Conference a few months ago. We are working to build a strong foundation of health IT in our health care system, equipping every person with a long-term, digital picture of their health over their lifespan.

We are working to better inform decision making to improve individual health, community health, and population health.

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Your Gateway To Better Health

The nation needs an interoperable health system that empowers individuals to use their electronic health information to the fullest extent; enables providers and communities to deliver smarter, safer, and more efficient care; and promotes innovation at all levels. If we steadily and aggressively advance our progress we can make it a reality. We must focus our collective efforts around making standardized, electronic health information securely available to those who need it and in ways that maximize the ease with which it can be useful and used.

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Embracing Mobility in Healthcare

We can’t deny the high level of impact that mobile will bring to the Healthcare industry. It’s not coincidence that according to a new market research report, mHealth solutions is poised to reach USD 59.15 Billion by 2020. Mobility is transforming healthcare, as providers embrace new ways of working to deliver better care, more quickly, to patients anywhere.

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mHealth, the future is now

Let’s get something clear, healthcare is one of the grand challenges of the 21 century, but now we are presented with an great opportunity, technology and mobile devices provide a chance to challenge (and improve) the way we think about healthcare. Today 90% of the world is covered with mobile phones, this means that we have an unprecedented chance to not just increase and improve communication between patients and providers, we can also improve on our data collection accelerating scientific research.

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#mHealth: Let’s disrupt Healthcare

We always read in the news about some revolution that just happened. We are amazed by these people that out of nowhere fought for a cause and was able to achieve greatness. Sometimes we look in retrospect and think about an opportunity we just missed the opportunity to be part of it.

Well, this is your chance to disrupt Healthcare, the revolution is happening right now! This is your chance to actually make a difference, to make a dent in history. The healthcare revolution is bigger than any of us, there is a 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure:

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Bringing security to Mobile Health

The Mobile Health (mHealth) industry is growing rapidly and this brings new challenges to developers. This industry will bring a $31 billion market by the year 2020 and hackers are following the money. As developers we need to implement security but we have the challenge to not make that security bring difficulty to the end user.

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You Will Be Able to Access Your Own Health Data

From the beginning, MediPortal has been dedicated to a simple but crucial vision and underlying belief that health data should be available to individuals and providers regardless of where care occurs.

After all, how many times have you arrived at a doctor’s appointment, only to have a clipboard handed to you to fill out your entire medical history, emergency contact information and information about other specialists you have seen? It has probably happened more than a few times, and with each handoff of the clipboard, you likely longed for a better way or wondered how it would all get taken care of in the event that you couldn’t fill out those forms yourself.
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