April 11, 2014
The first three months of 2014 have proven to be eventful. Among arguably much more important events, Apple hired a whole lot of medical sensor experts for some unknown reason – most suspect for the rumored iWatch. More NBA players started wearing health tracking devices. The Google Flu Trends debacle got some scholarly attention. Disney helped launch a tooth brushing app for kids. Facebook...
January 8, 2014
CES Flashback: After coming back from CES and the first Digital Health Summit co-located there four years ago, I wrote: "Perhaps in a few years we might be able to declare CES an event dominated by consumer health news — and those on the sidelines may find this to be a sudden event. The road to mass consumerization of wireless health devices, however, is much more complicated than those for other...
December 17, 2013
A potentially watershed moment in the evolution of digital health occurred last week.
Atlanta-based health and wellness social network Sharecare launched AskMD, a mobile, consumer-facing app that includes a symptom checker unlike any other symptom checker out there. As MobiHealthNews reported:
Sharecare's app, AskMD, offers users a symptom checker that allows them to choose which symptoms they...
December 9, 2013
A survey from Intel suggests that 57 percent of people worldwide believe hospitals will be obsolete at some point in the future. The survey of 12,000 people from eight countries, conducted in August, asked adults 18 and older a variety of questions about the personalization of healthcare, home health management, and sharing of health data.
In general, acceptance of personal monitoring in...
May 21, 2013
During the last few years health insurance companies have shifted from an employer-focused mindset to one that is increasingly consumer-, member-, or individual-focused. The move toward consumer engagement, Cigna's Director of IT Strategy and Innovation Willis Gee told MobiHealthNews, is being driven by cost and quality pressures, new benefits models and growing information intensity.
January 31, 2013
The Society for Participatory Medicine, which has been advocating for greater patient engagement in healthcare since 2009, has hired Barbara L. Kornblau, former dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies at the University of Michigan's Flint campus, as its first executive director.
Kornblau will be tasked with spreading the word about patient engagement to healthcare professionals and...
January 15, 2013
When it comes to looking for health information online, consumers have had fairly consistent behaviors over the past 12 years. A new report, Online Health 2013, from The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that of the 81 percent of US adults who use the internet, 72 percent have gone online to look for health information in the past year. Some 59 percent of that...
January 15, 2013
Innovation almost by rule drives cost down in other industries, but not so much in healthcare. "Healthcare is unique in that every added feature increases the cost," Dr. Diego Miralles, head of Janssen Healthcare Innovation, part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, said last week during a live TEDMED webcast.
One exception to that rule, however, is generic drugs,...
November 1, 2012
Feedback loops. That's the focus that some of the highest profile consumer health startups have taken in recent years. Making scales smarter by pairing them with smartphone apps, using smartphone camera's to track eating habits or to measure vital signs, pairing wireless-enabled pedometers with smarter software, all hope to create tighter and more effective feedback loops with an eye on health...
August 23, 2012
The U.S. spent $1.3 trillion in 2003 treating people with at least one chronic disease, according to a study in Health Affairs, and the price tag is projected to rise to $4.3 trillion by 2023. Chronic diseases account for about three-quarters of all healthcare spending in this country now, and that number won't be going down anytime soon if we continue on the current trajectory.
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