According to a proposal laid out in 22-page detail in the Federal Register on December 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending electronic distribution of the prescribing information intended for health care professionals, which is currently distributed in paper form on or (more…)

Although a significant number of medical and technology researchers see smartphones as “health’s next frontier” — and they may well be right — to date we have limited data that allow us to make declarative statements about the value of the health apps people are (more…)

A slide set posted last week on the Medscape web site provides an interesting update on new and “soon to be new” wireless devices, apps, and services that the authors consider to be of significant or potentially significant value in oversight and management of a (more…)

A new study just published yesterday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology offers insights into the risk for various types of mental and emotional distress associated with diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Mehnert et al. interviewed a total of 2,141 patients at a variety of (more…)

Last Thursday, Bloomberg BusinessWeek carried a report about how Kaiser Permanente has created a massive genetic database that other researchers will be able to access. According to Bloomberg, the “biobank links the health records of more than 210,000 Kaiser members with samples of their DNA.” (more…)