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BioPharma Beat: The Uberization of Healthcare - A Silly Extrapolation

March 3, 2015 by David Davidovic

Yes, healthcare is, in many ways, like the taxi industry: big, unreliable, unpredictable, price-obscure, highly analog, and lacking good data. However, the vast majority of the ideas coming out of these start-ups are no uber ideas! The ideas worked on by healthcare start-ups are interesting but not disruptive. And that is okay – just don't compare them to Uber.[read more]

The Wow of Wearables

February 26, 2015 by Joseph Kvedar

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The hype around wearables is deafening. I say this from the perspective of someone who saw their application in chronic illness management 15 years ago. Of course, at that time, it was less about wearables and more about sensors in the home, but the concept was the same.[read more]

Patient Engagement and Health IT: Disillusionment Sets In, Poll Shows

February 12, 2015 by Steve Wilkins

This week, the 2015 HIMSS Patient Engagement Summit is taking place in sunny, warm Orlando. What I suspect attendees will not hear much about at the Summit is the growing “disillusionment” with the ability of patient portals, EHRs/PHRs and smart apps to actually engage patients at all.[read more]

Telemedicine Market Growth [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 7, 2015 by David Avitabile

telemedicine growth

Telemedicine is one of the fastest growing sectors in healthcare. The telemedicine market is doubling and tripling in size, depending upon which segments you look at. This infographic takes a look at some of the impressive numbers showing the growth of telemedicine.[read more]

Healthy Hospitality — Smarter, Safer Dining Options

February 6, 2015 by Michael Sherman

The Internet and social media keep us all on our toes, so the people handling our food should be no exception. Information is more accessible than ever – and using it to make healthy dining decisions is the tastiest kind of empowerment.[read more]

Wearable Tech, CES2015, and the Quantified Self of Healthcare

February 2, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

Scanning the innovative horizon for healthcare delivery and medical marketing, CES2015 was a digital bellwether for wearable technology and other patient-based (consumer) devices. By one tally the CES show had about 300 health and biotech exhibitors, an increase of 35 percent over the 2014 show.[read more]

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mHealth Device Data to Eliminate Annual Checkup, Improve Disease Research

January 29, 2015 by Travis McKnight

Mobile health care devices are giving physicians and researchers unprecedented access to patients and medical data, which is already revolutionizing our understanding of diseases. Soon, the idea of an annual checkup will fade away, and its replacement is going to give a whole new meaning to the term "modern medicine."[read more]

Text-to-911 Availability Has Important mHealth Implications

January 22, 2015 by Christina Thielst

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken another step toward a 911 system that fits with how Americans are communicating. The new rules, adopted Aug. 8, will make Text-to-911more uniformly available by the end of 2014 —and this has important mHealth implications.[read more]

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Crowdsourcing Citizen Superheroes

January 16, 2015 by Mike Hoaglin, MD

PulsePoint

PulsePoint is a new smartphone app and dispatch service that connects nearby CPR-trained first responders to victims in real-time. First responders who opt-in to the free service are alerted to the emergency by push notification on their iOS or Android smartphone and are directed to the scene.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Wearables for Health - A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

January 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

I'm reporting from the third day of CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The majority of the innovations I've seen do not address healthcare, or even wellness; instead they are very enticing tools – some would say toys or just fashion items – for those who are already highly motivated and perhaps obsessive about tracking and quantifying themselves.[read more]

The Future of Mobile Healthcare Is Like a Warm Marshmallow

December 30, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Big Hero 6

Maybe Big Hero 6 is mainly about the bond between brothers and how ordinary brilliant scientists can become superheroes, but given that one of the main characters, Baymax is a personal health companion, we believe Disney is also trying to tell us something about the future of healthcare.[read more]

"Doctor Uber" House Calls: Did Anyone See That One Coming?

December 24, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Competition in hospital and healthcare marketing—already a nightmare in many market areas—has a new player. And you probably didn’t see this one coming. The on-demand ride share outfit Uber launched an innovative, one-day pilot program under the banner of UberHEALTH. What’s a taxi service doing in the medical provider sector?[read more]