Assessing Emerging Technologies

How stakeholders are separating the hype from the real deal

Walk into any health conference and you'll see hundreds of new gadgets and software tools on display. However, digital health players are often forced to sift through hype to find the value. Also, digital tools historically have had major pitfalls in validation.

Today, industry players are zeroing in on the best ways to assess these new technologies coming into the market. But each stakeholder has a different priority — which means a different way of evaluating these tools. This month MobiHealthNews will be taking a closer look at how digital tools are validated and assessed by health systems, payers and investors.

What you need to know

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Low retention, unrepresentative samples prevalent among large app-based digital health studies

by Dave Muoio

A recently published analysis of eight digital studies found a median dropoff of 5.5 days, as well as a predominantly young and white pool of participants.

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Philips' Cindy Gaines talks changing role of population health, advice to women in health tech

by Laura Lovett

Gaines discusses how the primary care provider's role is rapidly changing to include managing more aspects of the patient's life. 

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Digital diabetes prevention program use tied to weight reduction among low-income patients with prediabetes

by Dave Muoio

Omada Health's digital program was modified to better support the study's low-income, frequently Hispanic/Latino patient population.

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Tricks and tips for implementing a digital strategy

by Laura Lovett

Brigham and Women's iHub leaders will talk about creating a roadmap for digital implementation at HIMSS20. 

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Duke study: Activity, but not skin tone, can impact wearables' PPG heart rate accuracy

by Dave Muoio

The new investigation also found substantial differences between the performance of specific devices, with consumer products generally outperforming research wearables.

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Setting the foundation for new ideas to grow

by Leontina Postelnicu

A quick look at some of the key elements in the Finnish digital health landscape.

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Survey: Most employees willing to give employer-provided digital health tools a chance

by Dave Muoio

A majority of employers, meanwhile, said they are viewing workforce digital health offerings as a worthwhile investment, according to a new Mercer Marsh Benefits, Mercer and Oliver Wyman report.

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In-depth: Beth Israel's digital psychiatry division looks to integrate passive, active phone data into patient care

by Laura Lovett

The Division of Digital Psychiatry is looking at using data to educate patients and predict adverse events. 

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As digital becomes the new norm in healthcare, how is patient safety being considered?

by Laura Lovett

Yesterday at the Patient Safety in a Digital World symposium at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, panelists discussed the opportunity of digital to boost patient safety, as well as its potential pitfalls. 

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Validation key in digital health, but how do you get started?

by Laura Lovett

Last night at a Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs event, industry players discussed the ins and outs of how to validate a digital health product, regardless of funding. 

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Digital mental health tools won't see clinical adoption without validation, industry players say

by Laura Lovett

Earlier this week panelists at the World Medical Innovation Forum talked validation gaps, advantages and the future of digital mental health tools. 

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Rock Health's thoughts on digital health validation, exit strategies, future of digital therapeutics

by Laura Lovett

MobiHealthNews sat down with Rock Health to discuss the future of digital health and pressing trends in this novel space. 

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Study: Proteus' digital pill system accurate, improved adherence among California TB patients

by Dave Muoio

The independent investigation suggests that wirelessly observed therapies using Proteus' system could be considered equivalent to in-person medication adherence programs, but much better received by patients taking oral medications.

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New study finds health chatbot decreases uncertainty among patients

by Laura Lovett

The JAMA study also found that patients employing Buoy Health's tool reduced the level of urgency they originally associated with their condition. 

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Roundup: 16 digital health studies, pilots and reviews from AHA 2019

by Dave Muoio

From mobile ECGs to tele-rehabilitation to defibrillator delivery drones, a range of new data was on display at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2019.