Time to Reset Healthcare: Power to the People!
Originally published by Thrive Global, November 30, 2016
By Dr. Bettina Experton, MD, MPH

Around the world, individuals are calling for changes in governance with new leaders committed to socio-economic results and more transparency for all citizens. This call for change is driven by... View Post


Advice for the Next Administration: Go Mobile and Give Power to the People
October 13, 2016
By Dr. Bettina Experton

This election season, the candidates are using social media and mobile technology more than ever to connect and motivate potential voters – Twitter, podcasts, fundraising via SMS. In many cases, this results in more engaged and active citizens truly committed to the political process. View Post


From Fitness to Health – How the Next Generation of Software Powered Devices is Changing the Health Tech Industry
June 3, 2016
By Dr. Bettina Experton

When we talk about health tech for consumers – we are really looking at an industry that is rapidly evolving from fitness to health. What does that mean? Fitness technology appeals to a very specific... View Post


At HIMSS 2016, Let’s Remember that Patient-Mediated Exchange Can Drive Interoperability
February 25, 2016
By Dr. Bettina Experton

As we approach HIMSS 2016, I feel compelled to remind the health IT community that when tackling interoperability, we must remember that patient-mediated health information exchange is an important means to not only engage patients in their care but also... View Post


Ensuring Quality of Care Once You Leave the Hospital
January 14, 2016
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH

On January 1, California became the latest state to codify the important role of caregivers. California joined New York and 17 other states in requiring that hospitals: identify patients' caregivers; inform caregivers of a patient's discharge date; and provide caregivers with discharge instructions about a patient's ... View Post


You Never Know What Will Happen
November 30, 2015
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH

You never know what can happen. The horrifying events of November 13 in Paris brought that home to me in a very real way. I grew up in France and started my physician training in Paris where I worked in the ER of one of the hospitals that received many of the wounded. As I watched ... View Post


CEA Releases Guiding Principles on Wellness Data Privacy
November 2, 2015
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

When it comes to health data, nothing is more important to consumers than their privacy. As a result, those of us working in the health IT field must put security and privacy at the center of all we do in developing health applications and devices. View Post


Blue Button at 5: Celebrating the Thought Leaders Who are Fulfilling the Vision
October 1, 2015
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

Today, October 1, Blue Button, the federal initiative created to give Americans easy access to their electronic health records, turns five. Looking back and understanding where we are and what we still need to... View Post


Emergency and Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready?
September 14, 2015
By Christopher Burrow, MD, EVP Medical Affairs

The horrendous wildfires roaring through California again remind us of the vital need to be prepared when an emergency or a natural disaster strikes. Humetrix’ public health driven mission has led us to develop tools...View Post


Lessons from a Beloved Friend: Arm Patients with Information for their Safety and To Heal our Ailing Healthcare System
August 31, 2105
By Dr. Bettina Experton

Yesterday was a sad day. If you have ever experienced the unconditional love only animals can give, you know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet to cancer. This weekend, my family said goodbye ... View Post


Let’s Keep Meaningful Use Meaningful
June 15, 2015
By Dr. Bettina Experton, MD, MPH

By today, anyone invested healthcare IT -- from industry to patient-facing organizations -- will submit comments on the proposed reduction in patient engagement requirements for MU-2 by CMS. View Post


Humetrix & The NIH’s Precision Medicine Working Group
May 28, 2015
By Chris Burrow, MD, EVP for Medical Affairs

This week, I’m very excited to participate in the NIH's Precision Medicine Working Group workshop, taking place in Nashville, Tennessee. Entitled, “Digital Health Data in a Million-Person Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort” the two-day public workshop will focus on the public health benefits of ... View Post


To Combat Medical Identity Theft, Patients Need More Control
February 27, 2015
By Dr. Bettina Experton, MD, MPH

According to the Ponemon Institute, medical identity theft incidents rose by more than 20 percent in 2014. The study found that resolving medical identity theft costs an average of $13,500, making it more costly than resolving financial theft. In this environment, it is time to get serious about giving patients greater control over their health information. View Post


FDA Reaffirms Patient’s Critical Role in Healthcare
February 11, 2015
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH

Late last week, the FDA finalized guidance on data transmission, reaffirming that it doesn’t intend to regulate software that receives, transmits, stores or displays data from medical devices “due to the low risk to patients and the importance in advancing digital health.”  This is great news for everyone and is another step in reinforcing the critical new role the patient plays in driving their own care. View Post


The Cure is in the Hands of the Patient
January 30, 2015
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

As Health IT policy makers and industry leaders prepare to come together next week at the ONC Annual Meeting, it’s an especially appropriate time to think about how much or how little we have accomplished to enable patient-mediated data exchange as a means to solve...View Post


Hello from Paris! Let’s talk about disaster preparedness at CES Unveiled Paris
October 22, 2014
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

This week, I am at the Consumer Electronics Association's CEO Summit in Paris, and Humetrix is exhibiting at CES Unveiled Paris. I’m very excited to be back in France, networking with leaders in the consumer electronics space, and advocating for the importance of mobile medical apps that help empower consumers to better manage their healthcare. View Post


The Patient Will be Center at Health 2.0
September 22, 2014
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

Coming off an exciting time at National Health IT Week, Humetrix is in Silicon Valley this week for Health 2.0. Last week, the HIT industry came together to talk about the reason we all do this – the patient...View Post


Putting the Patient First at National Health IT Week
September 15, 2014
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

We at Humetrix are so excited to be part of National Health IT Week, kicking off today. We’re particularly interested in hearing from the distinguished speakers, at the Annual Consumer Health IT Summit, like Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for HIT at the ONC and Sylvia Burwell, our new Secretary of HHS, as our country discusses the consumer’s role and rights in Health IT...View Post


Keeping Personal Health Information Secure
September 2, 2014
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

The recent hacking of Community Health Systems' (CHS) data repositories, exposing over 4 million patient records, reminds all of us in the Health IT industry about the many reasons patients and health care organizations worry about the security – and liability risk... View Post


Humetrix Testimony Before the ONC Jason Task Force
August 5, 2014
By Christopher Burrow, MD, EVP Medical Affairs, Humetrix
By Stephen Mickelsen, Mobile Application Architect, Humetrix

Humetrix has a 20 year history of developing consumer facing mobile solutions which have been deployed around the world. In the U.S., Humetrix has capitalized on the transformative patient engagement policies and initiatives – Meaningful Use and Blue Button - to build the iBlueButton smartphone apps to help patients bring critical health data to the point of care. In analyzing the JASON report, we have... View Post


Re-Defining Power
May 22, 2014
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

Last week I attended the Forbes Women's Summit and was struck by the gathering of so many accomplished and strong women at the top of their game. The theme of the event was “Redefining Power” and that is ... View Post


Keeping Mom Safe – There’s an App for That!
May 6, 2014
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

With so many ads and preparation going on for Mother’s Day, lately, I’ve been thinking about my own mother’s health, and the things we here at Humetrix hear from caregivers all over the world who are concerned about their parents. View Post


New Victory in the Battle to Make Patients More Informed
April 2, 2014
By Christopher Burrow, MD, EVP Medical Affairs, Humetrix

A revolution is taking place in healthcare, arming all of us with much more information every time we interact with our ... View Post


California Rattles Again - Are We Prepared?
March 12, 2014
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

On March 10, an earthquake magnitude 6.9 hit Northern California. Located 50 miles offshore, there were no reported injuries but it was felt by many up and down the coast and serves as a reminder that at any time the big one can hit... View Post


It's Your Data! Shouldn’t You Control It?
September 25, 2013
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

As consumers, we’d all be shocked to learn that our bank has transferred our money or our personal information to another financial institution without our involvement. Yet, this happens every day with medical information... View Post


Managing Your Own Health Record: A Critical Safety Issue
September 10, 2013
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

On average, a Medicare beneficiary sees seven different physicians in a given year. With only 30% of these physicians capable of exchanging their patient health records... View Post


Wellness vs. Medical Apps
August 14, 2013
By Christopher Burrow, MD, EVP Medical Affairs, Humetrix

There are well over than 40,000 health care apps available in mobile marketplaces and many claim that these apps have the potential to revolutionize health care. The fact is ... View Post


Are You the Product or the Consumer?
August 12, 2013
By Stephen Mickelsen, Mobile Application Architect, Humetrix

Free apps. Everyone loves them. But how many of us are thinking about why they’re free? We all know that in Facebook’s case, we’re not actually the customer – we’re the product that’s being sold to advertisers. That’s why consumer outrage over privacy... View Post


Where are the Mobile Medical Apps?
August 1, 2013
By Christopher Burrow, MD, EVP Medical Affairs, Humetrix

With the rapidly approaching deadline for implementing Meaningful Use 2 (MU2) standards, the HIT – Healthcare IT – market and the health care system are now coming into alignment... View Post


Who Put the Mobile in "Mobile Apps"?
July 25, 2013
By Stephen Mickelsen, Mobile Application Architect, Humetrix

Everyone is talking about mobile apps – from kids to Boomers and everyone in between. But from the professional perspective, what does mobile really mean? View Post


Don't Forget the Patient!
July 22, 2013
By Christopher Burrow, MD, EVP Medical Affairs, Humetrix

The Healthcare IT industry is spending billions of dollars to facilitate provider-to-provider electronic communications. This is a very important initiative but there’s a lot more work to be done...View Post


Consumer Health Organizations Feedback to HHS: The Public Needs to be Informed about Applications like iBlueButton
May 10, 2013
By Christopher Burrow, MD, EVP Medical Affairs, Humetrix

In March, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public input on how to accelerate interoperability between electronic medical record (EMR) systems and health information exchange (HIE) between...View Post


iBlueButton: Mobility and Security All in One
April 4, 2013
By Stephen Mickelsen, Mobile Application Architect, Humetrix

When it comes to accessing your medical records anywhere in a secure way, few methods are more practical and safer than iBlueButton. Unlike an online personal health record, an iBlueButton record on your Apple or Android mobile device is...View Post


"iBlueButton Saved My Father’s Life!"
March 7, 2013
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

Healthcare Informatics journalist Gabe Perna reported in a March 6th blog post the true story of Pennsylvania resident Beth Schindele, who says she saved her father’s life by using the medical information in iBlueButton... View Post


Are you ready for HIMSS13?
March 1, 2013
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

In just two days, I will be one of thousands of people heading to New Orleans for HIMSS13 – the world’s largest conference devoted solely to healthcare information technology. And, like most attendees, I’m trying to find a way to be in three places at once ... View Post


Introducing Our New iOS/Android Cross-Platform Release of iBlueButton
February 18, 2013
By Bettina Experton MD, MPH, Humetrix President & CEO

Welcome to the new iBlueButton Blog. We’ll use this forum to address topics central to our mission of enabling a new model of mobile patient-centered healthcare and information exchange. Today is exciting not only because it marks the launch of this blog and our updated website but also the release of a significant technology advance... View Post

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