April 8, 2015
A few months ago, Accenture reported that 19 of the 25 states developing state health innovation plans (SHIPs) were planning to invest more in telehealth this year. Now, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published online resources to help the states that are participating in the State Innovation Models initiative make better use of digital health...
March 26, 2014
The term "disruptive innovation" has become so much of a buzz word, it's not uncommon to hear it applied to just about any radical shift in care. But for Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, who invented the term, it has a very particular meaning. Most innovations are "sustaining innovations" -- they make an existing product better and cheaper for its...
March 17, 2014
On Friday Castlight Health debuted on the New York Stock Exchange with an IPO that raised about $180 million for the company, much more than it had previously estimated in SEC filings. The company's stock then ramped up more than 160 percent during the day and closed at a price that valued the company -- which only had $13 million in revenues last year, at more than $3 billion.
May 6, 2013
The Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, the organization founded by Texas psychiatrist Dr. Deborah Peel, is trying to shed the perception that it is anti-health IT by naming physician-entrepreneur Dr. Adrian Gropper its first-ever chief technology officer.
Gropper, who founded picture archiving and communications system (PACS) vendor Amicas in 1996 and launched ill-fated personal health records (...
November 15, 2012
We've all heard the election post-mortem by now. President Obama's surprisingly comfortable re-election — along with the continued split control of Congress — means that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a., Obamacare, is here to stay, although some Republican governors are deciding to let the federal government run their states' health insurance exchanges and are opting out of...
January 26, 2011
During his state of the union address last night, President Barack Obama covered a lot of ground, including healthcare reform, of course -- no surprise there. The surprise came when the president mentioned mobile health while discussing the need to increase coverage of high speed wireless networks to 98 percent of all Americans within the next five years:
"This isn't just about — (applause) —...
September 1, 2010
Dr. Joseph Kvedar, the head of the Center for Connected Health, a part of the Partners Health Care system in Boston outlined three "wildcards" that face the connected health industry over the next ten years. Here's a quick redux:
How far will The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) push "true" payment reform? Health reform instructs CMS and other agencies to study other payment...
March 31, 2010
"We should all hold out hope that this is not a one-time event, that this is the first step in genuine healthcare reform," E. David Hertz, managing director of Cutlass Capital said at the Health Technology Investment Forum according to a report in HealthcareITNews. "It's just that the first step is really insurance reform and provided a very, very important societal benefit in the form of access...
March 25, 2010
Esther Dyson, journalist, pundit, Flickr, 23andMe and de.lic.ious investor (among many others) sees great potential in mHealth, consumer health and the quantified self movement. More Also read that Dyson's helping to bring Text4Baby to Russia.
Sprint unveiled a new smart phone called Evo 4G, made by HTC that runs on Google's Android and includes two cameras -- one low res camera on the front of...
December 30, 2009
Home health devices and services for seniors: The Canadian Press has a worthwhile article on devices that aim to help keep seniors living comfortably at home longer in an effort to enable them to stay out of care facilities. The article includes a rundown of GE's recent efforts, including its work with the recently acquired QuietCare technology, but it also includes a brief note from the AARP: "...