Reader comments, Proteus $32M, webinar this week

By Brian Dolan

Brian Dolan, Editor, MobiHealthNewsMore than a few MobiHealthNews readers were less than impressed by the predictions made in the PSFK and Intel report on wearables we covered last week. Here's one:

Everydayfella: "There is exactly a 0 percent chance that implantables will be mainstream or even a viable marketplace by 2018... or 2028 for that matter. Good rule of thumb: Whatever an R&D scientist tells you for time-to-market, multiply it by 2X if it's hardware based on existing silicon, 3X if it's new silicon, and 5X if it is a new semiconductor material or a 'biocompatible' device." Sounds like good advice from someone I assume is an R&D scientist.

On the prospect of Google making digital health acquisitions based on the logic that Nest is a tracking device for home energy behavior:

Nick: "Google already got stung by its last investment in healthcare and I know they were hesitant about more investments in this area (this may be outdated, but that was my understanding as of 2012). At that time the consensus was that they did not understand healthcare. Things change fast so we will see and the whole connected self thesis is fundamentally different from their EHR investment."

In other news: Last week Redwood City, California-based Proteus Digital Health announced $31.6 million in debt financing from Oxford Finance and Silicon Valley Bank to be used for working capital growth.

Webinar this week: Thanks to the nearly 1,200 of you who have signed up for the MobiHealthNews 2014 Digital Health Trends webinar, set for 2PM ET on Thursday. There's still time to sign up -- complimentary registration right over here.