The Coronavirus Pandemic Turbocharged Digital Health Investment in 2020

Health Populi

2020 will be remembered for disruption and dislocation on many fronts; among the major blips in the year will be it remembered as the largest funding year for digital health recorded, according to Rock Health’s report on the 3Q2020 digital health funding.

A Concerning Gap in Cybersecurity for Medical Technology

Health Populi

Notwithstanding mass adoption of antivirus protection and firewalls among healthcare providers, there remains a security gap for biomedical technologies, according to a report from Zingbox. This concerning finding was confirmed in recent observations from Gartner, which wrote in a market trends report that, “generally, medical devices are not replaced for at least ten years, with many running old software that has not been updated or patched.”

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Faster Pace for Corporate Investments and Behavioral Health in COVID-Driven Digital Health Era

Health Populi

The pace of digital health investments quickened in the first half of 2020, based on Rock Health’s look at health-tech financing in mid-year. Digital health companies garnered $5.4 billion in the first half of the year, record-setting according to Rock Health. Another company I’ve followed closely over the past few years was for Outset Medical, the connected dialysis system company, raising $125 mm.

Digital Health Gaps in the Pandemic Through the Eyes of Younger Physicians

Health Populi

One universal experience health systems around the globe have witnessed in the first months of the coronavirus pandemic has been the dramatic pivot to telehealth and virtual care platforms.

Health Is Everywhere at #CES2021 – CTA’s CES 2021 Tech Trends to Watch

Health Populi

Spending on connected health monitoring devices in the U.S. will reach $845 million based on the forecast of the Consumer Technology Association, convening the annual 2021 CES this week in a virtual format.

Physicians Lean In to Digital Health, Especially Telehealth and Remote Monitoring

Health Populi

doctors are using digital health tools in patient care, with quickening adoption of telehealth and remote monitoring technology, according to a study from the American Medical Association (AMA). ” The key findings on changes from 2016 to 2019 were: An increase in the number of physicians seeing an advantage in using digital tools, even among physicians 50 years and older. More U.S.

Health Consumers After COVID-19 – A View from the Consumer Technology Association

Health Populi

The pandemic has accelerated consumer trends already in motion early this year when the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) convened the annual CES 2020 in Las Vegas. I covered the event here in Health Populi, as I have for most of the past decade, highlighting the growth of digital health and, this year, the expanding Internet of Healthy Things called-out by Dr. Joseph Kvedar in 2015.

Do-It-Yourself Innovation Comes to Health at Home – Telehealth, Fjord 2021 Trends and #CES2021

Health Populi

The pandemic has digitally transformed those people who could work from home, school at home, and undertake daily life-flows as health citizens tried to keep the coronavirus (and other people) at-a-distance.

Closing the Digital Health Gap Between Consumers and Physicians

Health Populi

Consumers are more bullish demanding virtual and digital health tools from their physicians than doctors are in providing it, based on the research findings in What can health systems do to encourage physicians to embrace virtual care? One-third of physicians have concerns about using virtual care services, such as medical errors that may result, access to technology, and data security.

Despite Greater Digital Health Engagement, Americans Have Worse Health and Financial Outcomes Than Other Nations’ Health Citizens

Health Populi

The idea of health care consumerism isn’t just an American discussion, Deloitte points out in its 2019 global survey of healthcare consumers report, A consumer-centered future of health. The driving forces shaping health and health care around the world are re-shaping health care financing and delivery around the world, and especially considering the growing role of patients in self-care — in terms of financing, clinical decision making and care-flows.

The Growth of Emerging Consumer Electronics Categories Adds to Digital Health Platforms

Health Populi

Of the $401 billion that will flow through retailers for consumer technology products, many of the fastest-emerging categories will play a role as platforms for health and medical care at home and in wearable tech. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts, July 2019 , from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). and in-vehicle technology — all of which can support health and medical applications beyond commoditized activity tracking devices.

How COVID-19 Is Reshaping Cities and Inspiring Healthcare Innovation

Health Populi

” This was one pillar for the public health prescription we were given to help mitigate the spread of a very tricky, contagious virus. This is a rich report covering key vertical markets: public safety, transportation, education, transformative tech, smart cities, and health care.

COVID-19 Has Accelerated Consumers’ Interest in Healthy Home Tech

Health Populi

adults say their concerns about personal health and wellness increased in the past year: in particular, stress and anxiety, and sleep and eating habits. ” The vast majority of consumers are concerned about some aspect of their home’s health, like air or water quality, according to Healthy Home Technologies , a report published in October 2020 by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), convener of the annual CES. One in two U.S.

Dr. Roboto? Stanford Medicine Foresees Digital Doctors “Maturing”

Health Populi

Physicians are evolving as digital doctors, embracing the growing role of data generated in electronic health records as well as through their patients using wearable technologies and mobile health apps downloaded in ubiquitous smartphones, described in The Rise of the Data-Driven Physician , a 2020 Health Trends Report from Stanford Medicine. One in three doctors uses genetic screening, and one in four, wearable health devices.

Addressing Health Equity Must Include Digital Equity Beyond Access To Medical Services and Insurance

Health Populi

The 21st Century Cures Act emphasizes patients’ control of personal health information. ONC rules issues in March 2020 called for more patient-facing health tools and apps to bolster health consumer engagement and empowerment. revealed many weakness in the American health care system, one of which has been health inequities faced by millions of people — especially black Americans, who have sustained higher rates morbidity and mortality for COVID-19.

Are Robots Coming to Healthcare? Consumers Say Not-So-Fast

Health Populi

BotCare is part of the company’s Bixby, an AI platform that supports Samsung’s robotic offerings for environmental health (air), retail, and healthcare. Think: medication reminders and around-the-house services that a human homecare aid might perform, among other medical support tasks. adults would be open to personally using a health care robot, CTA found, with one-third opposed to the concept. Samsung introduced BotCare , a caring robot, at CES 2019.

Telehealth and COVID-19 in the U.S.: A Conversation with Ann Mond Johnson, ATA CEO

Health Populi

The coronavirus spawned another kind of gift to China and the nation’s health citizens: telemedicine, the essay explains. A couple of intriguing examples: Ali Health, part of Alibaba (the e-commerce giant), launched a free online clinic in locked-down Hubei (whose capital is Wuhan) where in five days, 100,000 patients received remote consultations. It is clear that there’s no better use case for digital/tele/virtual health than what is unfolding right now.

Healthcare Just Got SMAC’ed – Accenture’s Post-Digital Era for Health

Health Populi

Social, mobile, analytics and the cloud now underpin the health care industry. We’ve been SMAC’ed, and Accenture’s Digital Health Tech Vision 2019 believes we’re in a post-digital era ripe with opportunity. Five trends comprise the Vision: DARQ Power, the acronym for D istributed ledger technology, A rtificial intelligence (AI), extended R eality, and Q uantum computing.

A Health Future with Lyft and Uber as Patient Data Stewards: Rock Health’s 2019 Consumer Survey

Health Populi

Patients searching online for health information and health care provider reviews is mainstream in 2019. Digital health tracking is now adopted by 4 in 10 U.S. Rock Health’s Digital Health Consumer Adoption Report for 2019 was developed in collaboration with the Stanford Medicine Center for Digital Health. Online health information is re-shaping the relationship between patients and clinicians.

The Heart of Health at CES 2020 – Evidence & Innovation Bridge Consumers and Doctors

Health Populi

The digital health presence at CES 2020 is the fastest-growing segment of consumer technologies at the Show this year, increasing by 25% over 2019. Heart-focused technologies are a big part of that growth story. In fact, in our search for devices and tools underpinned with clinical proof, evidence is growing for consumer-facing technology for heart-health, demonstrated by this year’s CES.

If Data Is The New Oil in Healthcare, Will It Be Safe to Drink? The Accenture Digital Health Tech Vision 2018

Health Populi

With the vast majority of patients’ medical records now digitized in electronic health records systems, the opportunities to mine, learn from, and act on the findings are promising for U.S. More data is moving into internet clouds every day, from healthcare encounters with clinicians and inpatient hospital stays to prescribed medicines, retail receipts for over-the-counter remedies, wearable technologies, credit card swipes for products and services, and GPS check-ins.

Making Health Care Better, from the N of 1 to the Public’s Health – Trend-Weaving Medecision Liberation 2019

Health Populi

Health and our health information are deeply personal. Changing health care and inspiring positive health behaviors is hard to do. But we must and we will, a group of inspiring and inspired people who work across the health/care ecosystem affirmed this week in Dallas at the conference of Medecision Liberation 2019. The inspiration started within minutes as Deb shared several personal stories involving the health care system and its flaws.

Great Expectations for Health Care: Patients Look for Consumer Experience and Trust in Salesforce’s Latest Research

Health Populi

health care economics, patients are now payors as health consumers with more financial skin in paying medical bills. As consumers, people have great expectations from the organizations on the supply side of health care — providers (hospitals and doctors), health insurance plans, pharma and medical device companies. This is a global study, conducted among health citizens from North America, Latin America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

The Venture Valkyrie’s Next AdVenture

Health Populi

Ron Popeil couldn’t incorporate this many features into a contraption – yes, she slices and dices healthcare and technology, places bets on the best of them, and she deploys a whole lot more tools in her Mary Poppins-rich toolbox. This week, she announced that she was putting on her “big boots,” under the umbrella of Manatt Health. Lisa’s eyes see business plans for health/care innovations that are often pre-minimum viable product stage.

Shelly Palmer De-Hypes CES 2019 & Has Lessons for Health/Care

Health Populi

His message at the start of #CES2019: this year, the show is about connectivity and partnership. We need interoperability and connectivity, and that connectivity also means interpersonal connections. That resonates big for health/care, doesn’t it? When he used the word “interoperability,” I nearly fell out of my chair because that’s such a hot button in health care IT right now.

Our Homes Are Health Delivery Platforms – The New Home Health/Care at CES 2021

Health Populi

But for those of us working with and innovating solutions for health and health care, #CES2021 was baked with health goodness , in and beyond “digital health” categories. Heart health at home. The increasingly smart bathroom for health.

Heart Health at #CES2019 – Food and Tech as Medicine

Health Populi

Self-care is the new health care as patients, now consumers at greater financial risk for medical spending, are learning. At #CES2019, I’m on the lookout for digital technologies that can help people adopt and sustain healthy behaviors that can help consumers save money on medical care and enhance quality of life-years. Using food and tech as medicine can help people avoid going on medications like statins and others for heart health.

Heart-Love – Omron’s Holy Grail of Blood Pressure Tracking on the Wrist

Health Populi

It’s February 1st, which marks the first of 28 days of American Heart Month – a time to get real, embrace, learn about, and engage with heart health. That hasn’t yet been available to those of us who quantify our steps, weight, sleep, food intake, and other health metrics. Once cleared (planned for Fall 2018), the clinical quality of the data output promises to be a huge advance for consumer-marketed wearable technology that doctors can trust.

A Smarter Home for Healthy Living at CES 2019….and a nod to Microsoft

Health Populi

Health begins at home. Lyn and Frances tested three assumptions that they believed linked housing and health: that housing contributes to health; that housing is not routinely included in health or social planning;’ and that the potential contribution of primary care is wasted. Their conclusion: that the housing-health link was not receiving the recognition that connection needs. Dozens of companies’ technologies are integrated into this home.

Re-Imagining Healthcare – a Lesson from Von Clausewitz in the Fog of War

Health Populi

Governor Mark Leavitt, who held the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bush, offered this advice at the recent Liberation 2018 conference hosted by Medecision. When you’re on the battlefield and you can’t see what lies ahead, go high, recommended General Von Clausewitz in his book, On War.

Think Like a LEGO Builder in Healthcare – Considering PwC’s New Health Economy Vision

Health Populi

Expect “new combinations” of industry actors and technologies to reorganize and re-imagine healthcare, with an eye on both price and investments in customer experience (CX), PwC envisions in their latest report on The New Health Economy in the Age of Disruption. It won’t come easy, as Ringo knew, but will require speaking in three languages, Jeff Arnold, Sharecare’s Chairman and CEO, advises in the report: those languages are healthcare, technology (e.g.,

Trust Plummets Around the World: The 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer in #CES2021 and Microsoft Context

Health Populi

Welcome to the sobering 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, released this week as the world’s technology innovators and analysts are convening at CES 2021, and the annual JP Morgan Healthcare meetup virtually convened. Technology has no conscience.”.

From Yorkshire Lad to Global Design for Health: A Profile of Sean Carney of Philips

Health Populi

It’s well-known that Philips has been firmly focused on health and health care, covering both clinical/professional healthcare as well as personal health for self-care. I was grateful to Sean for spending time with me at CES 2019 in Las Vegas to brainstorm the role of design in health/care. The consulting team assesses both patient experience and care pathways, beyond just the historical role of selling medical devices to health care providers.

Overcoming Reimbursement Hurdles for Digital Health Startups and Technologies

Digital Health Today

During this year’s MedCityInvest Digital Health conference, Demi Radeva, one of Digital Health Today’s global ambassadors, had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Marcus Schabacker M.D, ECRI Institute is an independent nonprofit organization authority on the medical practices and products that provide the safest, most cost-effective care, not only in the U.S. Q3: The NHS recently published new evidence guidelines for digital health startups.

The Biggest Growth Opportunities in Healthcare

Henry Kotula

Healthcare growth opportunities for 2019 should pivot around the three big themes: digital transformation, value-based care, and patient-centricity, according to a new report. According to Frost & Sullivan’s report , “Global Healthcare Market Outlook, 2019, ” digitization of products, services, and commerce models are democratizing current healthcare systems, manifesting a new era of healthcare consumerism. Digital health coming of age with increased focus on individual care.