VA home-based nurses gain remote access to patient records; Walgreens increases mobile health efforts;

> Home based primary-care nurses with the Birmingham (Ala.) VA Medical Center will soon be able to access records for their patients anytime, anywhere after the facility green-lit the use of DSS, Inc.'s HB Mobile electronic health record solution following a pilot run with the program. Press release

> Cheryl Pegus, MD, Walgreens' chief medical officer, talked about her company's increased use of mobile healthcare technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. Currently, Walgreens has apps for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones that enable patients to scan the bar code on their prescription bottle to request refills, reports Healthcare IT News. Article

> Last week's announcement of a collaboration between IBM and the Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier healthcare alliance could mean improved patient quality for more than 2,400 hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide. The two entities plan to create a platform that allows for data to be more easily transferred between facilities, according to Premier Chief Information Officer Joe Pleasant. FierceHealthIT

> Michigan-based nonprofit system Spectrum Health recently debuted its new MySpectrum smartphone app, which allows patients to access their personal health information through the system's web-based patient portal. The app is similar to one just launched across the country in California that serves select patients of Sutter Health. FierceEMR

And Finally... I doubt fellow pet walkers will want to introduce themselves. Article