Humetrix Analyses of Vaccine Effectiveness Published in Biology Support a Multilayered Covid-19 Prevention Approach
November 30, 2022 (originally published November 28, 2022 on LinkedIn)
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

Biology has published our latest article reporting on Humetrix Covid-19 Vaccine Effectiveness (VE) analyses of the Medicare population, based on the 17M Medicare beneficiary cohort we monitored weekly over 18 months for the Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). This cohort of ... View Post

At CES: Demonstrating How to Get to a “New Normal” Life in a Pandemic
January 25, 2022 (originally published January 12, 2022 on LinkedIn)
Bettina Experton - Founder & CEO at Humetrix

Among tens of thousands of other attendees, I just returned from CES, back in its normal live in-person form in Las Vegas January 5-7. With the fear of COVID and in light of the new highly contagious Omicron variant surge, several high-profile companies had very publicly decided to cancel their participation at CES. As the physician CEO of Humetrix, epidemiologist, and former Public Health Officer ... View Post

A Long and Meaningful Healthcare Journey to an Important Destination
June 21, 2021
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

On July 1st over 130 million Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP health plan beneficiaries will arrive to an important destination: getting their health data from their health plans using their mobile application of choice. On this important date marking the deadline for ... View Post

Time to Ramp Up from Public Health to Public Health 2.0!
September 14, 2020
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

Public Health is no longer an unknown or discounted medical specialty. Day after day Public Health experts are sought after to explain, forecast, communicate about prevention and potential therapeutics, and debate public policies ... View Post

On Memorial Day: Honoring & Remembering WW II Veteran Paratroopers Members of the Return to Normandy Association
May 25, 2020
By Dr. Bettina Experton, Former Team Physician of the Return to Normandy Association

On this Memorial Day, I am remembering and would like to honor the extraordinary group of WW II Veteran paratroopers who reenacted their D-Day parachute jump in Normandy for the 50th and 60th anniversaries of D-Day in Sainte-Mère-Eglise... View Post

Mr. President – Please Make it Happen: After more than 10 years of waiting – Enact your Administration’s commonsense health IT policies so that our life & cost saving health information is finally placed in our hands!
January 27, 2020
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

This Administration has almost done what prior Administrations had promised Americans to do and failed to deliver: giving Americans online access to their health information so they can assemble their medical history in their own hands to receive safer & more cost-effective healthcare. View Post

When Blue Button Helped Save My Mother’s Life! – a real story
August 2, 2019
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

It was the morning of Friday July 19, happily catching up with my team at our Humetrix headquarters office in the beautiful city of Del Mar, California. It was wonderful to be back home as I had been on the road traveling for the last three weeks from Washington, DC for meetings on Capitol Hill ... The phone rang ... View Post

Todays’ French Health Revolution Started in the US!
November 12, 2018
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

On Tuesday November 6 when Americans were exercising their democratic power in the midterm elections, the French were gaining unprecedented power over their healthcare. On that day, the French Secretary of Health publicly announced ... View Post

CMS Goes Live with Blue Button - With Life and Cost Saving Applications for 53 M Americans to Use
July 18, 2018
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

On August 13 at the White House in Washington, D.C., the Office of American Innovation and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host the first Blue Button 2.0 conference. This event will highlight CMS’ strong investment and leadership in Blue Button ... View Post

2018: The Year of the Smart Technology Empowered HealthCare Consumer?
January 30, 2018
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

When two of the richest and most successful men on the planet, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet decide to disrupt healthcare along with their partner Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chairman, the world listens ... View Post

At the NHS Innovation Expo EMIS Health Announces Revolutionary Patient Mobile Health Strategy
September 11, 2017
By Dr. Bettina Experton, MD, MPH

In Manchester for Day 1 of the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo, I was thrilled to be part, with my Humetrix colleagues, of a major event organized by EMIS Health to announce their new patient EMIS App Library Powered by Our Mobile Health... View Post

A Life-Saving Blue Button 50+ Million Americans Need to Know About and Have in Their Hands at All Times
August 14, 2017
By Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, CEO of Humetrix

It was a lovely summer weekend at home in Southern California, relaxing with friends, when one of my friend’s phone rang with the dreadful news no one wants to get - letting him know that a loved one ... View Post

The VA needs to extend its EHR modernization revolution by giving Veterans proven mobile technology for better care coordination everywhere!
June 8, 2017
By Dr. Bettina Experton

This week, the VA decided to move forward with a Commercial Off the Shelf Software (COTS) EHR to replace their dated and costly to maintain VistA EMR system – a wise decision. In selecting the Cerner EHR platform, ...View Post

Arming patients in an era of cyber attacks – using your mobile device to keep your data safe and under your control
May 16, 2017
By Dr. Bettina Experton

On Friday, May 12, a worldwide ransomware cyber attack disabled government and corporate computer systems around the world, including the National Health Service (NHS) ... View Post

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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