Health Care IT: HIMSS12 Conference: 10 Innovative Health Care IT Highlights

By Brian T. Horowitz  |  Posted 2012-02-28 Print this article Print
Telehealth on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Telehealth on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Honeywell HomeMed's new Genesis Touch application allows patients to send vital data such as blood pressure, weight, blood sugar and temperature to their doctors on Samsung's Galaxy Tab. Doctors then access the data through Honeywell HomeMed's cloud-based LifeStream Management Suite. Genesis Touch also works with Fuze Meeting's video conferencing application to allow doctors and patients to hold live remote visits.
The annual conference hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) highlights the latest technology designed for the expanding health care IT market. Health care remains a field that raises a lot of questions. In a survey that HIMSS Analytics released on Feb. 21, about two-thirds of the 125 consumers interviewed were familiar with the term "remote-monitoring device," but 59 percent expressed concerns about privacy and security in remote-monitoring applications. With that in mind, the health care industry is trying to create new devices to bridge these gaps. This year's HIMSS12 conference showed new health care-related products such as a telehealth platform to run on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, as well as new Nuance medical software that is designed to help doctors abstract narrative documentation and convert it into searchable information for analytics use. HIMSS12 also featured new technologies such as an Intermec PC23d Thermal Printer that creates labels for patient wristbands and AirStrip's Patient Monitoring app, which connects to GE Healthcare's cloud-based remote-monitoring application. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas conference demonstrated new uses for products such as Motorola's Android-based Razr smartphones and Xyboard tablets. The Motorola devices incorporate a BoxTone mobile-management platform to allow hospitals to lock down units. Here, eWEEK showcases some of these new developments in health care IT that were featured at the HIMSS12 conference.
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company,, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents,, USA Weekend and, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.

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