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Aetna Releases CarePass for mHealth Integration

Posted on March 6, 2012 I Written By

One of the biggest topics for discussion in healthcare right now is interoperability.  It is all well and good to have an amazing app or device, but if it is on an island then it is not as effective as it can be.

Aetna has been quite successful with their iTriage app, but is taking it to the next level with their consumer health platform: CarePass.  Here are some of the main points from their website:

Imagine being able to find the doctor or facility that best meets your needs and preferences, and booking an appointment right on your phone. Imagine being able to access the health and lifestyle apps that are just right for you and have them work together. Imagine the ability to share your medical records and manage your medical conditions by going to one location. Imagine a single tool that integrates your family’s health and fitness information in one place, with one secure password. Imagine one solution that puts the power of health in your hands and provides the help you need at your fingertips.

With a single secure sign-on, the CarePass platform will enable a consumer to share information across some of the most popular health and fitness apps, and create a personalized, coherent experience to manage their whole health, from getting care to staying well. As consumers face a changing healthcare landscape, CarePass and iTriage will provide important tools to engage consumers, connect them to providers, and help them navigate the evolving system.

Soon, CarePass will work with third-party developers to unleash their creativity in developing more market-leading consumer solutions. To stay connected to CarePass and other game-changing technologies, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation.

Using third-party developers is probably the most exciting piece of information.  I understand the appeal of proprietary information, but when it comes to interoperability, third-party development has so much more appeal.  I don’t get the feeling that they are just going to open it up to anyone who wants to develop something, but by taking advantage of other great minds they are creating an opportunity to create something even better.

You can also find a video from Aetna about their products on their website.

What Else is Happening on HealthcareScene.com?

Posted on January 7, 2012 I Written By

Here is a quick look at some of the other articles recently posted on some of the other HealthcareScene.com websites:

EHR and EMR Videos
Medical Billing Software & Practice Management Software Demo Video from ADP AdvancedMD – Medical billing software, like AdvancedMD from ADP, will help improve your insurance collections and workflows in your entire medical practice. With cloud software you never have to install software or maintain servers again. Just login from anywhere and you can manage your patients and your entire practice.

Cerner CareAware MDBUS® Demonstration Video – This video is a demonstration of Cerner’s CareAware MDBUS®, a platform which connects medical devices to the electronic medical record using plug-and-play functionality.

EHR and EMR Screenshots
These three posts provide numerous screenshots from the Simple EMR. Check them out and I’d love to read some feedback on what you think about their EMR interface. Is it a Simple EMR?
Screenshots from the Simple EMR
More Screenshots from the Simple EMR
Even More Screenshots from the Simple EMR

Smart Phone Health Care
Future of mHealth Dependent on Interoperability and Use of Available Technology – One of the biggest stumbling blocks with mHealth is there are way too many people developing products rather than businesses.  That is the problem with most of the companies in mHealth at this point.  There are tons of apps and gadgets and other fun things out there, but there is no one company that is trying to bring it all together.  Interoperability is the real basis of success in this industry.

iPads Not Adopted as Quickly by Hospitals as Doctors – iPads are all the rage amongst doctors right now and it is understandable with all they are able to do.  They provide a great amount of convenience for a relatively small financial investment.  For some reason hospitals have not been as quick to adopt this great technology.