Digital Health

Digital Health: Show Me the Money? Evidence? Door?

Digital Health

This week I had the good fortune to return to Dublin, Ireland and see many of my international colleagues and friends who are associated in one way or another with HealthXL, the digital health intelligence platform and expert community, and Health Beacon, a very cool medication adherence company focused on specialty pharma.

New Tech Tonics Podcast Episode: Sean Khozin: Attuned To Data Science

Digital Health

After escaping the revolution in Iran, Sean Khozin found his way to the United States, harmonizing his passion for patients and data into a career that’s led him into startups, the FDA, and most recently J&J, where he’s now Global Head of Data Strategy – all while pursuing his love of music.

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I Want a New Drug, Part 2 –Digital Therapeutics on the Rise

Digital Health

In the last month I have spoken at an event about digital therapeutics and been invited to speak at 5 more unrelated events on the same topic (note: I am not doing them all).

Three Essential Questions That Every Investor Must Ask

Digital Health

uctThose of us who evaluate business plans for a living, or at least for part of a living, are accustomed to reviewing dozens, maybe even hundreds of plans before finding one that gives us a rush of excitement.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Latest from the Tech Tonics Podcast: Seth Feuerstein – Innovating in Behavioral Health Since Before It Was Cool

Digital Health

Seth Feuerstein’s grandfather was a physician and his parents were both attorneys, so naturally his parents thought he would become…a comedian! While that didn’t come to be, he did end up as both a doctor and a lawyer who practiced neither discipline full time.

The Kids Are Alright – With Just a Little Help from the Innovators

Digital Health

I was in Austin last week for South By Southwest (SXSW), a sort of conference/meetup/party/experiential mash-up which is really like no other event that touches healthcare. At SXSW you can see a healthcare startup pitch, experience the latest and greatest in weird automotive or robotics engineering, see a movie and take in a concert, all […].

New Tech Tonics Episode: Jerry Harrison & Brian Smith – Making Beautiful Music Together with Healthcare Entrepreneurs

Digital Health

An unlikely pair, Brian Smith and Jerry Harrison came together over their shared passion for music and science and helping entrepreneurs succeed. Together they are helping healthcare startups find their rhythm and chart a path to success through a new expert crowdfunding platform called RedCrow.

New Tech Tonics Episode: Imran Haque – Grounded Data Scientist

Digital Health

A computational biologist by training, Imran Haque has managed to achieve the near-impossible: embracing the promise of data science in medicine while retaining his critical faculties. He may well be just the sort of innovator required at the intersection of medicine and big data. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Imran says he grew […].

New Tech Tonics Episode: Sumit Nagpal,  At the Crossroads of Tech and Healthcare

Digital Health

Sumit Nagpal was born to a pair of healthcare entrepreneurs and raised in Kashmir, India. When he was 13, he came to the United States where he saw diversity for the first time.

Leveraging Automated Telehealth During a Capacity Crisis

As the healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more important than ever to make the most of clinical resources. Automation holds the key to drastically increasing clinical capacity and flattening the curve.

Social Media and Mental Health – Teenage Wasteland or Land of Opportunity?

Digital Health

Toilets as Proxy for Tech Culture – From Japan to JP Morgan

Digital Health

I just got back from a phenomenal two-week vacation in Japan, a place I had never been before. If you haven’t been to Japan, you really have to go. It was incredible. There is everything from ancient history to modern marvels, as well as the most welcoming of people and fab food galore. I could […].

New from Tech Tonics: Stephanie Tilenius: Work, Not Worry

Digital Health

An accomplished investment banker who transitioned to become an accomplished executive at leading tech companies including eBay and Google, Stephanie Tilenius has now set her sights on an even more difficult challenge. As CEO of Vida Health she is focused on improving the health of the chronically ill with evidence-based coaching. Along her remarkable journey, […].

Health IT and Vegas: Made for Each Other

Digital Health

I was in Las Vegas at HIMSS this last week, which, for the uninitiated, is a veritable orgy of health information technology (HIT). Someone from HIMSS leadership told me that over 42,000 people had shown up and they were expecting closer to 45,000. It’s a long way from 1998, I’ll tell you.

Primary Care Is Dead. Long Live Primary Care!

The primary care system is failing patients and providers. Capacity shortages have led to long wait times and physician burnout. To fix the system, we must find innovative ways to boost capacity and meet patient-consumers’ shifting expectations.

The Next Frontier in Health Tech: Improving the Patient Experience

Digital Health

This week I had the pleasure to give a talk about big data/AI and digital health (buzzword bingo alert) at the Stanford Big Data in Precision Health Conference in Palo Alto.

New Episode of the Tech Tonics Podcast: Zoe Barry: Driving Entrepreneurship from the Fast Lane

Digital Health

When Zoe Barry was a kid, she had two things she wanted to be when she grew up, either a veterinarian or “someone who writes checks.” She gave the first a shot and ended up settling on the second. Today she is CEO of ZappRx and a shining example of how drive and intellect can […].

New Tech Tonics Episode: Katherine Chou: How A Quintessential Googler Wraps Her (Deep) Mind Around Healthcare

Digital Health

Katherine Chou is in many ways the quintessential Googler – super smart, a passion for computer science, an engineer through and through. On today’s episode of Tech Tonics, we’ll learn how this rock star at Google decided to turn her talents to healthcare, and hear what she’s discovered about healthcare, and herself, along the way. […].

Reading the VC Tea Leaves – Predictions for 2018

Digital Health

I started off the year with an interview with Oliver Wyman Health, one of the top global healthcare consulting firms. They asked me to offer some healthcare investment predictions for 2018.

Big Idea: Primary Care Automation

Healthcare automation that gives primary care providers more time with their patients—and less on screens—can improve care for patients, increase satisfaction for providers, and deliver positive bottom-line results for system leaders. Download this guide to learn how to optimize automation and keep the patient-provider relationship at the heart of the healthcare experience.

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Matthew Stoudt – Real Empathy in a Virtual World

Digital Health

He’s one of those tech people that came to healthcare to find a career of significance, but Matthew Stoudt has actually been destined for the health tech world since his youth. Matthew Stoudt aspired to be a lawyer, then a senator, before he realized he was an entrepreneur at heart.

New Tech Tonics Podcast Episode: Andy Coravos: Championing Responsible Digital Medicine

Digital Health

Andy Coravos left a promising career at a top private equity firm to follow her passion and pursue intensive training as a software developer; she now works on the frontier of engineering and medicine as CEO and co-founder of Elektra Labs, focused on the use of digital measures to support clinical research, and the generation […].

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Ari Caroline: Broad Intellect Meets Deep Humanity

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New Tech Tonics Podcast: Lisa Alderson and her Long and Winding Road to Genomics

Digital Health

For a skydiver who’s motto is “Just jump out and go”, the journey from chasing down Sandanista kidnappers to driving Disney strategy to genomics pioneer sounds sort of rational. Lisa Alderson, founder and CEO of Genome Medical, is one of those special someones who thrives on adrenaline and channels it to great effect. Lisa went […].

Virtual Front Door or Brick Wall? Care Pathways in Healthcare

Are you offering your patients a virtual front door or a brick wall? Today, 85% of healthcare visits start online. If your patients don’t have a way to access care virtually, you’re losing them to Dr. Google. Clear care pathways that start online ensure your patients get the best care they need while staying loyal to you.

Digital Health: Caveat Emptor, Caveat Venditor, To Infinity and Beyond!

Digital Health

Caveat Emptor, Caveat Venditor. That is my official blog post foreshadowing. The digital health rocket seems to have gotten supercharged lately, at least when it comes to fundraising. Depending on who you ask, either $1.62 billion (Rock Health’s count) or $2.5 billion (Mercom) or $2.8 billion (Startup Health’s count) was plowed into digital health companies […].

What We Missed at CES – Wacky Edition

Digital Health

I missed the 2018 Computer Electronics Show this year (it overlapped with JP Morgan’s Healthcare Conference) so I had to rely on the kindness of friends and media to send me alerts on the weirdest digital stuff on earth. CES is chockablock with things no one needs and no one should have even thought to […]. Consumer Engagement Digital Health Innovation Medical Comedy Relief Sensors & Wearables Uncategorized Artgasm BodyOS CES 2018 HushMe Lioness Skiin smart underwear

New Tech Tonics Podcast – Carolyn Magill – May the Fast, Steep Road Rise Up to Meet You!

Digital Health

Carolyn Magill had planned a life in foreign service or international relations. But it wasn’t until she found herself at the nexus of healthcare and public policy that she realized she found her home. She has now traveled through the worlds of pharma, payers, providers and had leadership positions at companies both large and small. […].

Latest Tech Tonics Podcast: From Farm to Negotiating Table – James Dromey of the Murdoch Royal Children’s Institute

Digital Health

James Dromey was supposed to be a farmer in County Cork, Ireland and has the milking experience to prove it. But apparently cows were not his destiny, even though he was a farm family’s only son. Instead, James left the farm for the teeming metropolis of Galway and never looked back. Today he is […].

Convenience Care Is Here, and It's Eating Your Lunch

Patients want high-quality care that is accessible and affordable. If they can’t get it from you, direct-to-consumer healthcare services make it easy for them to get it somewhere else. Give them the ability to consume your services just like they consume everything else in their lives: on their phones or computers, quickly, and where it’s convenient for them.

Medical Devices: Pigs Have Flown, Hell Hast Frozen Over – and It’s a Good Thing

Digital Health

Oh hey, sorry if I bumped into you. I should be more careful when I walk down the street, but I was distracted. By what you ask?

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Eric Leuthardt, MD – Brainaissance Man

Digital Health

Eric Leuthardt, MD, is quite the Renaissance Man. An accomplished neurosurgeon, inventor, playwright, book author, clothing designer and father of two, Eric has built a career with and around brains in a way no one would have imagined early in his life.

New Tech Tonics Podcast: David Van Sickle, Improvisational Percussionist, From Drums To Lungs

Digital Health

Tech Tonics has shared many stories of digital health pioneers who were passionate about health and computers from a young age, and fell effortlessly into a career at the interface of these interests. David Van Sickle, on the other hand, was most passionate about drumming. When he graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, David […].

New Tech Tonics Podcast: A Brief History of Iya Khalil

Digital Health

Iya Khalil is a woman who’s always been ahead of her time. In middle school, she was captivated by the writing of Stephen Hawking. After graduating school at Cornell with a PhD in physics, while colleagues were heading to Wall Street to be quants, or to Silicon Valley to launch the next Webvan, she was […].

Stop Creating Disloyal Patients

90 percent of patients feel no obligation to stay with a healthcare system that doesn’t offer digital tools. What can you do in the face of such a sobering statistic? Patient-facing telehealth options that allow patients to get virtually instantaneous care privately, securely, and from anywhere can keep your patients from seeking care from the easiest, nearest, and cheapest provider.

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Tech Tonics: Owen Tripp – Grand Founder

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Owen Tripp, Founder and CEO of Grand Rounds, was brought up by parents who taught him that you could do whatever you chose to do and that there was not one clear path to the right door. Owen has taken this to heart, starting adult life as a Spanish major and working his way through […].

Better Late Than Early? The First Mover Disadvantage

Digital Health

I’m sick. I have some nasty bronchitis thing and it sucks. There is nothing worse than a sick healthcare industry person. We are the worst patients ever because we know all the things that can go wrong and we know all the ways we can make ourselves worse. And that makes us even crankier than […].

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Deborah DiSanzo – Patients are Why Technology Matters

Digital Health

Deborah DiSanzo had a plan. She was going to be a stockbroker and make a ton of money to rise out of the rough circumstances of her childhood and make it big. When she realized she hated the role, but loved programming, she cast around for a new way to exercise her tech skills. Despite […].

Oldie but Goodie: Big Data and Banana Pricing – Why Bananas Should be FDA Regulated

Digital Health

Note to readers: I originally wrote this piece in May of 2014. I was reminded of it today when a colleague from work suggested I look at the Spurious Correlations website, which I hadn’t checked out in a while. While we don’t often call it “Big Data” anymore, having moved on to the new jargon […].

Forrester Names Leader in Virtual Health Care Solutions

Forrester Research identified and evaluated the top players in digital health. Read the report to see who stood out—and who needs to catch up.