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Drchrono integrates Google Glass into EHR platform to create wearable health record

BY Antoinette Alexander

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Drchrono, a creator of a free electronic health record platform on the iPad, iPhone and cloud, has integrated Google Glass into its EHR platform to build the first wearable health record for physicians.

For the first time, doctors can be hands-free while looking at medical records. The future of a doctor is one where they have an iPad, an iPhone, a laptop and Glass all connected through a mobile EHR platform so they can spend more one-on-one time with patients instead of processing paperwork, drchrono stated.

"The iPad was a new consumption device that changed the world, and now we are seeing that doctors want to use more and more hands-free technology. Glass is one of the first of its kind to do this. A physician wants to practice medicine and not be burdened with all of the paperwork that goes on in the practice. We knew this would be an important app to integrate into our EHR platform, and we’re excited to now offer this to doctors using drchrono,” Michael Nusimow, CEO and co-founder of drchrono, stated.

Some of the uses for Glass and drchrono include:

  • Taking pictures in any setting by just saying, "Ok, Glass, take a picture," (e.g., during surgery a doctor can take a picture that will be pulled into the patient’s medical record without his having to touch anything that could get his hands infected);
  • Recording videos of patient encounters or medical surgeries to document, so that medical staff and scribes can code in asynchronous time offline, and view the video to add codes after the encounter;
  • Real-time data streaming of patient encounters so that doctors can have other physicians, patients’ family members or scribes watching anywhere in the world while the physician can focus on the patient 100%;
  • Flipping through patient profiles on the heads-up display — with the tap of a finger, physicians can quickly preview a list of all of the patients they are seeing for the day;
  • Getting real-time notifications about who has come into the office with alerts about patients coming in or needing help; and
  • Reviewing medical data about patients hands free.

"This is a game-changing device; I am amazed at how well drchrono and Glass help the documentation process during patient encounters. It’s a big time saver," said Bill Metaxas, who recently started using drchrono and Glass in his San Francisco practice. "I can see Glass becoming an integral part of the norm in a physician’s workflow."

Drchrono also is expanding its platform integration with Box by enabling medical data captured with Glass to be available on Box’s cloud content platform.

"Doctors want better workflow for capturing clinical documentation. Glass provides faster alternatives to standard data collection and capture. By partnering with Box, drchrono can broaden its data-sharing options by allowing relevant medical content to be securely shared with patients, family members and other providers involved in patient care,” Missy Krasner, managing director of healthcare and life sciences at Box, said.

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California currently battling whooping cough epidemic

BY Ryan Chavis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Department of Public Health announced that the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the state has become an epidemic, with 3,458 cases of pertussis reported since June 10.

“Preventing severe disease and death in infants is our highest priority,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of CDPH. “We urge all pregnant women to get vaccinated. We also urge parents to vaccinate infants as soon as possible.”

Infants too young to receive full immunization remain the most susceptible to severe and fatal cases of whooping cough. The Tdap vaccination for pregnant women is the best way to protect infants who are too young to be vaccinated, according to CDPH, which also stated that it’s very important for those who will be around newborns to also receive vaccinations.

“Unlike some other vaccine-preventable diseases, like measles, neither vaccination nor illness from pertussis offers lifetime immunity,” said Dr. Chapman. “However, vaccination is still the best defense against this potentially fatal disease.”

 

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Six retailers reach deal with NY Attorney General to provide unit pricing online

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Walmart, Costco, Walgreens, FreshDirect, CVS and drugstore.com have reached an agreement with the New York State Attorney General to provide unit pricing information on their websites and mobile apps.

“As the Internet becomes the shopping mall of the 21st century, we need to ensure that consumers have the same robust protections online that they do in brick-and-mortar stores,” said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. “Making New York more affordable for the middle class includes empowering consumers to spend their money wisely. This agreement, in which government and the private sector worked collaboratively to adapt conventional rules to an evolving marketplace, is a victory for consumers. I commend these retailers for recognizing the need for transparency and promoting openness online."

Under the agreement, Walmart and Costco will provide unit pricing information on their websites and mobile stores throughout the United States by the end of 2014. Walgreens, FreshDirect, CVS and Drugstore.com will provide unit pricing online by March 2015. All six chains have agreed to continue providing unit pricing to consumers in the future, including in any online stores they create in the years to come.

Unit pricing benefits consumers by allowing them to quickly compare prices of different items regardless of quantity, manufacturer, packaging size or discounts. For example, a single product category, such as breakfast cereal, can feature a wide array of sizes and packaging combinations from a variety of competing brands. The unit price combines those factors and gives the price per ounce, generally displayed next to the retail price, allowing consumers to make better and faster choices.

According to Forrester Research, online grocery sales are projected to reach $21 billion a year nationwide by 2016. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have some type of unit pricing requirement. New York law requires that large retail stores clearly display the price per unit of measurement for most types of food, cleaning and paper products, toiletries, pet food and over-the-counter medications.

Prior to this initiative, unit pricing information online was rare. Among large retailers, full availability of unit pricing was limited to online grocer Peapod.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau encourages other retailers to recognize the benefits of providing this information to consumers and follow the strong example these chains have set.

Although Amazon displays unit pricing on some of its pages, it does not provide the information uniformly across its platforms. Furthermore, its subsidiaries do not currently display unit pricing. Amazon refused to agree to provide this information, according to Schneiderman. The company claims it will extend unit pricing to its subsidiary Quidsi, which operates online stores like Soap.com, but refused to commit to that in a written agreement. It also would not agree to extend unit pricing to pages where that information is absent.

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