Digital and Personal Connected Health

By Laura Lovett January 23, 2018
Amy Schwartz knows that product design isn’t just about making things look pretty. A trained cognitive psychologist, Schwartz said product design is about making devices usable and human-centered. But unfortunately, she said, healthcare is behind the times when it comes to product design. Schwartz, now an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute and a human centric...
By Jonah Comstock January 23, 2018
Mount Sinai Health System is trying a new way to get high-risk patients to take their medications: financial incentives. Supported by a grant from Health 2.0 and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York health system has enrolled 12 patients in a pilot with startup Wellth. “What I’m so impressed with is a lot of companies go out and say ‘We want to make this and this is...
By Laura Lovett January 9, 2018
Sometimes knowing what is good for you and doing what is good for you are two very different stories. Dieters looking to lose a pound or two know that having a piece of chocolate cake isn’t the best idea. However, when the dessert list comes around its easier said than done. In the end often times the allure of chocolate wins out—despite the long term weight goal.  There’s a reason for this, says...
By Jonah Comstock January 8, 2018
Digital health has come a long way over the past decade. From clinical communication and care coordination, to patient entertainment and education, to virtual visits and AI-based triage tools, there are more ways for hospitals to leverage the smartphone for care transformation than ever before.  These technologies aren't just pilots or prototypes — they've arrived, at least at the forward...
By MobiHealthNews February 24, 2017
This week was the HIMSS Annual Conference, the biggest week in Health IT. We’ve been covering some of the major digital health news from the conference right along, but today we’re bringing it all together in one wrap-up of the event.   We started off the conference with our own event (in partnership with the Personal Connected Health Alliance), the Digital and Personal Connected Health event,...
By Jonah Comstock February 23, 2017
Connected health has arrived, almost. In a talk this week at the Digital and Personal Connected Health conference at HIMSS17 in Orlando, Partners HealthCare VP of Connected Health Dr. Joseph Kvedar talked about how far advances like telemedicine and remote patient monitoring have come, how far they still have to go, and how the industry can clear the final hurdles between today’s early adopters...
By Jonah Comstock February 22, 2017
The Proteus Discover digital health system uses an ingestible sensor embedded in a pill to record data about – among other things – patients’ medication adherence. The sensor sends data to an adhesive patch, which in turn sends it to a mobile device. But what are the use cases that require that kind of precision and reliability? For the Children’s Health, a system of pediatric hospitals in the...
By Jonah Comstock February 21, 2017
At the Digital and Personal Connected Health Event at HIMSS in Orlando, Cedars-Sinai Director of Health Services Research Brennan Spiegel spoke some more about his experiences using virtual reality to help alleviate patients’ pain and allow them to virtually escape the confines of the hospital during their recovery. “We’ve now done this with well over 300 of our patients and we have been learning...
By Heather Mack February 21, 2017
Bringing digital tools into health systems may be welcomed for the improved continuity of care and patient engagement, but adding value in a way that improves the financial bottom line is an unavoidable necessity as well. On a panel discussing the business case for digital and connected health at HIMSS 17 in Orlando, speakers from various backgrounds and specialties shared how their organizations...
By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2017
At the Pop Health Forum last fall, Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer Dr. Adrienne Boissy talked about her definition of patient engagement, and how much bigger it is than just apps. At the Personal and Digital Connected Health event at HIMSS today, Boissy expanded on those ideas, giving several specific examples of how Cleveland Clinic is realizing those ideas. “Patients should be...

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