Despite the buzz and chatter around mobile health technologies, the year saw partisan posturing about how best to regulate applications and devices. But garages around America appear to still be safe places to innovate.
The Veterans' Health Administration has had great success reducing healthcare costs through the use of telehealth. A new bipartisan bill proposes to build on that success by expanding reimbursement policies for VA telehealth.
The Indiana Senate has unanimously passed a bill expanding Medicaid reimbursement for telemedicine. Advocates hope expanded use of tele-consultations and more mobile medicine in general will help fill rural provider gaps.
A large percentage of the Americans that the Affordable Care Act aims to bring into the insurance pool access the Web primarily through their smartphones. For the ACA to achieve its potential, federal and state governments must reach those citizens where it's most convenient for the consumer.
It shouldn't be a surprise that approximately 20 percent of healthcare companies that are adopting mobile technologies do not have clear intentions. mHIMSS Editor Eric Wicklund dissects the root causes.