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Healthcare: Get Ready to Shake, Rattle and Roll

April 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

healthcare innovation

Many other industries have already been transformed by the explosive intersection of consumerism and technology. So, like it or not, these changes are overdue in healthcare and they are coming at us faster than most of my medical colleagues who work in the industry can see.[read more]

Healthcare Buzzwords: What Is Big Data?

April 17, 2014 by Abby Norman

healthcare big data

The term “Big Data” has only recently entered the healthcare and medicine verbiage. It used to be largely reserved for the larger-than-life scientific research that observed our universe. It’s no surprise that the concept of Big Data has translated nicely to the universe inside of us.[read more]

Health IT Venture Capital Report: Consumer-Focused Tech Is Capturing More Early-Stage Deals

April 16, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Healthcare IT VC Funding

Analysts are already saying that it will be a good year for healthcare IT companies looking for venture capital. Communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital is showing results from its first-quarter investment analysis that finds that healthcare IT companies raised more VC money last quarter than in any quarter before.[read more]

Time Thieves

April 15, 2014 by Kathy Nieder

Currency of time

Age forces the recognition that time is the true currency of our lives. When people waste it for you, it is frustrating and angst producing. One of the underlying tragedies of physicians’ daily lives, especially in primary care, is the theft of our time, stolen away by the health care system.[read more]

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Is Digital Health Helping or Failing Patients? A Conversation Between a Futurist and ePatient

April 15, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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Digital health / shutterstock

Fard Johnmar, a digital health futurist, and I came up with an interesting idea: why not hold a public conversation focused around the following, provocative question: Is digital health helping or failing patients? It would be interesting to see the differences and similarities between how an ePatient (me) and health futurist (Fard) respond this question.[read more]

What the Leader of the World's Largest Medical Device Community Says About Marketing

April 14, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

medical device marketing

As a medical device marketing consultant, Joe Hage has a LinkedIn Medical Devices Group that boasts over 220,000 members. He had some very interesting things to say about lead generation, developing a medical device marketing strategy, social media and web development for medical device companies.[read more]

FDASIA Health IT Report Issued

April 14, 2014 by David Harlow

FDASIA Health IT Report

The FDA, the FCC and ONC issued a long-awaited joint report with a proposed strategy and recommendations for a risk-based framework for regulation of Health IT. The report identifies four key priority areas and outlines next steps to take in each area.[read more]

It Takes More Than Technology to Change Health Behaviors

April 14, 2014 by Stephanie Kreml

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Changing how people take care of themselves (e.g., taking prescriptions, diet, adequate exercise) has been very difficult, and it will take more than technology. That having been said, here are four technological innovations that might have a fighting chance of changing behaviors.[read more]

Growth in Sales of Products in Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering

April 12, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC

Tissue engineering and cell therapy comprise a market for regenerative products that has been growing and will continue to grow at over 20% annually through 2018. This market spans many specialties, the biggest of which is therapies for degenerative and traumatic orthopedic and spine applications.[read more]

How Technology Will Improve the Future for Rare Diseases

April 11, 2014 by Wendy White

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Our collaboration with Global Genes and Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD at H@cking Medicine at MIT was an unqualified success. There is still more work to be done. But we are one step closer to having this free tool widely available—and one step closer to solving the challenge of rare disease diagnosis.[read more]

On the Road Again for Cancer Connections

April 10, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

web savvy patient

Over the next couple of weeks I will be traveling thousands of miles on long-distance flights to connect with other patients, in person. My personal mission is to help give voice to patients and facilitate the dialogue between patients and medical experts.[read more]

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5 Ways Big Data Is Improving Patient Outcomes

April 9, 2014 by Doug Bennett

Big Data in healthcare

Today, as digitized healthcare brings Big Data analytics platforms into the equation, the goal of healthcare is being more fully realized through improved patient outcomes. Though many of the benefits of big data analytics in healthcare are yet to be realized, here’s a look at 5 ways big data is improving patient outcomes now.[read more]