Health IT

Aetna, in collaboration with Apple, launched a new health app to provide users with personalized health goals. Dubbed Attain, the app will be used in partnership with the Apple Watch to track daily activity levels, recommend healthy actions and improve nutrition and sleep habits.

Consumers are used to getting anything they want at the touch of a button, with Amazon being a leader in the field of online delivery and retail. Now, hospitals and healthcare organizations are also seeing more on-demand options, after one company started offering smart hospital rooms for sale on Amazon.

CMS has launched a new app for consumers that provides direct access to some of the most-used content on the agency’s website. The app, dubbed “What’s Covered,” allows people with Original Medicare, caregivers and others to see if a certain service or medical item is covered by Medicare.

A Seattle-based startup, 98point6, is looking to become the Amazon of primary care, according to a profile by CNBC.

The American Hospital Association and six other hospital groups have teamed up to promote interoperability across the healthcare industry. 

All signs point to technology giant Apple continuing its dive into the healthcare space with new services or devices. With its recent foray into health monitoring through its Apple Watch, the company is poised to make a splash in other areas, Fast Company predicted.

Amid widespread concerns about hacking threats and privacy, HHS and industry leaders released voluntary cybersecurity practices to help protect healthcare organizations from threats and keep patient information safe.

Minnesota-based multinational conglomerate 3M has acquired speech recognition software developer M*Modal for $1 billion, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. M*Modal provides healthcare technology and conversational AI-powered systems for transcribing doctors’ verbal notes.

Amazon’s foray into the healthcare space has taken many forms so far, but experts are still piecing together the whole story of what the e-commerce giant is planning, CNBC reported.

Hospital beds may soon be able to transfer information about patients, as one major manufacturer in the space is giving the medical equipment a major upgrade, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has linked up with mobile service provider T-Mobile to improve access to healthcare for veterans through telehealth.

With medical error being a top cause of death in the United States, medical record mistakes can be a big deal. When one college student tried to fix an error in her record, she discovered doing so was an uphill battle, CNBC reported.