November 13, 2014
At the Samsung Developer's conference this week, Samsung released the reference design for its wristworn wearable, called Simband, to developers. The company first revealed plans for Simband in May at Samsung's Voice of the Body event.
Samsung has embedded several sensors into the Simband, which looks like Samsung's previously launched smartwatches, but the reference design will help developers...
November 4, 2014
Steward Health Care System's President Dr. Mark Girard, who spoke at the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit in Boston this week, discussed how Steward's facilities use digital health tools to manage their patient populations.
According to Girard, there are two fundamental processes in healthcare, information flows and people flows. The ideal, he said, is for both processes to be happening at...
October 20, 2014
Although relatively few cases have been reported outside West Africa, Ebola is both a top headline and a public health concern in the Western world, with eight confirmed cases in the United States. Even in the UK, Ebola was a topic of discussion at a recent TechCrunch Disrupt Conference panel on digital health.
"I think the question is no longer if, but it's when," Dominic King, a surgeon at...
August 7, 2014
Earlier this year Pew Research's Internet Project published a report called Digital Living 2025, which surveyed and aggregated ideas and predictions from internet scholars and successful entrepreneurs on the impact technology will have on our daily lives a decade from now. The report has a fascinating section on digital health that's well worth the read if you missed it.
Pew and its partner for...
June 5, 2014
A number of digital health apps in the Google Play store send unencrypted information over the internet and use of third party services, according to a graduate thesis from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student Dongjing He.
Before conducting the study, He formulated three questions. The first was what are the potential "attack surfaces" for Android digital health apps? The second,...
April 17, 2014
This week, Google opened Google Glass sales to the general public for one day only and before the day ended the limited supply of Glass devices that Google offered sold out. While there is clearly some demand for the wearable device, another camp is more skeptical about the role Google Glass will play in the life of consumers and professionals.
One prediction is that Google Glass will find...
April 15, 2014
Consumer-focused health technology companies raised $398 million from 103 investment deals in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from Mercom Capital Group.
When Mercom Capital Group broke this category down further, it found the majority of the funding came from mobile health companies, which raised $198 million in 61 deals. The second highest total was from telehealth companies, $...
April 9, 2014
April 1st is come and gone, but the mobile health jokes are sticking around. Just this week, we saw a cutting Indiegogo satire of suspect health trackers like HealBe and the premiere of HBO's "Silicon Valley," which hit us with a pretty good riff on physician-entrepreneurs.
Started by someone calling themselves "Shane White", the Indiegogo page lasted about two days before being taken down by the...
April 7, 2014
Patients want pharmaceutical companies to reach out to them through more digital channels, and to offer more value-add services, according to a new survey from Accenture of 2,000 American adults who are taking one or more medications and have a household income of $25,000 or more.
"Providing personalized and value-add services in support of the products they sell is common across almost every...
March 20, 2014
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There's a great publication from a few years ago, now freely available on the NIH's website, called Defining Patient Safety and Quality -- an Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses. Its two authors -- both academics and nurses by...