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Nissan Introduces Smartwatch that Connects to Your Car

Posted on September 13, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Most people aren’t surprised to hear about a smartwatch from Apple, Samsung, or even Qualcomm. Even the heart rhythm biometric wristband I wrote about is not that big of a surprise. Although, I have to admit that I didn’t think the next smartwatch product I saw would be coming from Nissan. Yes, Nissan, the car company.

The Nissan Nismo Watch are targeted at drivers of Nissan Nismo cars (supercars, race cars and ridiculously tricked-out performance kits). Check out a video of the watch and some of its features:

Obviously, many of the features are displaying the details of the car. Car enthusiasts will love it. It does have a heartbeat monitor in the watch. Feels a bit like healthcare, but is likely to see how your heartbeat reacts to high speeds. Remember these are performance cars.

Despite this particular smartwatch’s lack of healthcare applications, it’s interesting to think about a smart watch paired with a car. The watch can act as a monitoring device. The car can store as big a processing device as you desire. Voice commands can work really well in a car because of the closed environment. You can check your watch while driving (although this may become an issue if the watch is too smart). Your car has built in speakers which can be controlled by the watch or communicate what’s happening on the watch.

I haven’t thought about all the applications of a smartwatch in a car, but it’s really intriguing. I know that many car manufacturers have their eyes on the mobile health space. I have little doubt that are cars will become smart healthcare devices for our lives. This is particularly true for those who spend hours and hours each week commuting in their car. A smartwatch connected to the car is an interesting extension to the smart car concept.

Study: Doctors Favor Integrated EMR, Practice Management System

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Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

While large institutions may not be jumping onto cloud-based technologies — or admitting it, in any event — the majority of doctors in a new Black Book survey are gung-ho on cloud solutions to their revenue cycle management dilemmas, according to a new piece in Healthcare IT News.

A new Black Book study, “Top Physician Practice Management & Revenue Cycle Management: Ambulatory EHR Vendors,” surveyed more than 8,000 CFOs, CIOs, administrators and support staff for hospitals and medical practices.

The research has concluded that 87 percent of all medical practices agree that their billing and collections systems need to be upgraded, HIN reports. And the majority of those physicians are in favor of moving to an integrated practice management, EMR and medical software product, Black Book concluded.

According to Black Book rankings, the revenue cycle management software and services industry just crossed the $12 billion mark, pushed up by reimbursement and payment reforms, accountable care trends, ICD-10 and declining revenues.

Forty-two percent of doctors surveyed said that they’re thinking about upgrading their RCM software within the next six to 12 months. And 92 percent of those seeking an RCM practice management upgrade are only planning to consider an app that includes an EMR, Healthcare IT News said.

It’s no coincidence that  doctors are trading up on financial tools. Doctors are playing catch-up financially in a big way, with 72 percent of  practices reporting that they anticipate declining to negative profitability in 2014 due to inefficient billing and records technology as well as diminishing reimbursements. (On the other hand, it’s not clear why doctors aren’t still seeking best-of-breed on both the EMR and PM side.)

While selecting an integrated PM/EMR system may work well for practices, it’s going to impose problems of its own, including but not limited to finding a system in which both sides are a tight fit with practice needs. It will be interesting to see whether doctors actually follow through with their PM/EMR buying plans once they dig in deep and really study their options.