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GINA, Runtastic, and The Future of Patient Engagement: Around HealthCare Scene

Posted on August 19, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.


Worried about HIPAA? Don’t Forget GINA

If remember HIPAA regulations wasn’t hard enough when it comes to EMR security, a new factor is being brought to the table: GINA. GINA, which stands for Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, primarily aimed at the workplace. The purpose of GINA is to prevent employers from requesting or obtaining any genetic information concerning an employee at any time. This post discusses GINA, and possible issues that may be related to it.

Hospital EMR and EHR

Medicare’s New Requirement for Evidence-based Order Sets

This is a guest post by Sean Benson, co-founder of ProVation Medical. He discusses the new changes to Medicare’s Conditions of Participation for hospitals that recently went into effect. These changes were small, but significant, and Benson clears up things that might be confusing, and clarifies the new requirements.

5 Mistakes Healthcare Vendors Make in Tracking Customer Satisfaction

The company, KATALUS Advisors, focuses quite a bit on helping healthcare vendors interact with their clients. Chris O’Neal, Managing Partner at KATALUS Advisors, recently created a list of the top 5 mistakes that he sees healthcare vendors make in tracking customer satisfaction. He mentions the importance of customer satisfaction, and how “savvy” vendors are finding ways to avoid this pitfalls.

Smart Phone Health Care

Runtastic Makes Tracking Exercise Easier and More Fun

As a follow up to a recent post about apps for runners, this post has a review of another great running app, Runtastic. The app has tons of features, including a 3D Google Earth view of completed workouts. The basic app is free to download, however, upgrades and exercise plans are available for a fee.

FDA Approves Voice Guided Epinephrine Injector: Auvi-Q

Many people are plagued with allergies, and at times, have to rely on an epinephrine injector to save their lives. However, when an allergic reaction happens, the victim may not be able to use the injector themselves. As a solution, the FDA has recently approved an epi pen, called the Auvi-Q, which provides step by step audio on how to use the injector and save a life.

EHR and EMR Videos

GetWellNetwork Unveils the Future of Patient Engagement Video

GetWellNetwork released a video recently which illustrates how innovations in IPC will improve outcomes for patients for hospitals by becoming a part of everyday life. IPC has been implemented in over 20,000 hospital beds across the US and GetWellNetwork has been leading the way for IPC.

FDA Approves Voice Guided Epinephrine Injector: Auvi-Q

Posted on August 15, 2012 I Written By

I recently went on vacation and stayed with a friend who has a son that is highly allergic to any and all dairy products.  My first thought was how terrible it would be to live without ice cream, cheese, or even a bowl of cereal, but then I realized just how tough it must be.  Dairy is in everything, and is a huge part of what most kids eat.  I can only imagine how hard it must be for them to make sure their son is safe.

Like most people who suffer from severe allergic reactions, they always carry a couple of epinephrine injectors just in case they miss something and he has a severe reaction.  Not being someone who has to deal with that, I don’t have a lot of experience with them, but I can’t imagine that they have actually changed much over the years.  I mean how much can you do to a needle that injects you with epinephrine?

The answer is something very simple, that may very well save some lives.  A company by the name of Sanofi recently received FDA approval for a voice-guided epinephrine injector called Auvi-Q.  This new device provides step by step audio instructions of how to properly use the injector.  It also provides visual cues including an alert light to signal that the injection is complete.  A video demonstration of its use can be found below.

It is entirely reasonable to think that a person having a severe allergic reaction could freak out and not remember how to give themselves an injection, so this device provides a solution to a very real problem.  On top of that, it could also be very useful in the event that the patient needs help from someone else to give the injection that may not be familiar with how to do so.  In either case the instructions are also written on the packaging to help ensure proper use.

In this day and age of new gadgets and apps that don’t really serve a worthwhile purpose, it is always refreshing to see an improvement on a well-known product that could very well save lives.