A review of more than 1,000 healthcare related-apps found that less than half appeared to be useful for their potential for patient engagement while also offering high quality and safety, according to an issue brief published by New York City-based The Commonwealth Fund.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors has approved $70 million for nine new patient-centered research projects focused on conditions ranging from ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a very early-stage, localized type of breast cancer to diabetes, chronic lung disease and migraines.

More thorough studies are needed to determine the effect health data exchange has on clinical outcomes, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

More research is needed for better informed policy and practice decisions for the use of telehealth, according to a draft technical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

BOSTON—With studies indicating that only 55 percent of patients receive the recommended care, “there are big opportunities for improvement," said David Bates, MD, MSc, chief innovation officer at Brigham & Women’s Medical Center in Boston, speaking at the Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $9.75 million to University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) over the next five years for creation of Health ePeople, a platform that will enable investigators to conduct mobile and wireless health research.

“We need balance between standardized data and that data that is messier and harder to deal with but has equal value,” said Sally Okun, RN, vice president of advocacy, policy and patient safety at PatientsLikeMe, speaking at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s fifth annual Consumer Health IT Summit. If providers don’t find a way to establish that balance, “we will miss the opportunity to learn what participants can tell us about their real lives.”

Researchers identified five main problem categories and key factors contributing to these problems in a review of literature about patient portals.

Innovative technologies continue to push all boundaries.