The Coronavirus Pandemic Turbocharged Digital Health Investment in 2020

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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

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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

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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. Consumer health information.

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

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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.

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

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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.

5 Reasons Medical Technology Appears to Fail

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In medicine there’s an endemic mindset that if medical technology doesn’t work it will never work. The EHR, of course, is the poster child for technology’s failure in health care. But is the idea of a digital space for a patient’s medical information really a failed concept? Reasons for the apparent failure of technology in medicine. Here’s why medical technology may sometimes look like a fail: Design. Technology is not static.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

How COVID-19 Is Reshaping Cities and Inspiring Healthcare Innovation

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” 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Using AI-Fueled Tech to Bring Digital Health Care to Millions

Duane Boise

The report furthers that AI clinical support will strengthen medical image diagnosis processes and use AI solutions for hospital workflows will enhance care delivery. In 2017, Babylon Health, a U.K. Now, partnering with NHS (National Health Services), the app allows over 1.2 However, Babylon Health isn’t alone. Over the past decade, more and more companies have joined the advancement of AI and digital healthcare.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

UCLA Awarded Federal Grant to Pursue Digital Health Innovation

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UCLA Health has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to create a regional hub for the development of medical technology and digital health tools.Officials attest that the launch of the

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

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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. Digging deeper into some of the big trends, Shelly’s observations will also ring authentic to health/care stakeholders… AI is everywhere at CES. ” This fast network technology is very promising, but it’s not here yet.

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

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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.

The Venture Valkyrie’s Next AdVenture

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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.

Disruption Is Healthcare’s New Normal

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asked by François de Brantes, Executive Director of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute. health care industry wonks (including me) have used the “d” word in conversation, presentation, and prognostication. Just this week, JAMA features a Viewpoint column titled, How Disruptive Innovation by Business and Technology Firms Could Improve Population Health. Googling the words “disruption” and “healthcare” today yielded 33.8

Heart Health at #CES2019 – Food and Tech as Medicine

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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.

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

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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.

How Apps Are Making Healthcare Accessible For Low-Income Individuals

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Health care’s quality has leapt so far, so quickly; advances in medical technology unthinkable only decades past have rendered the diagnosis and treatment of many illnesses an exercise in simplicity. It’s all the more disappointing, then, that in the age of accessibility, access to adequate health services can be difficult to obtain for those whose income is insufficient to cover costs.

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The Fight For A More Mobile-Centric Patient Experience

Duane Boise

It means expensive bills, depending on your quality of health insurance. Thanks to research and development advancements made by MMJ Technologies, consumers are realizing that all of these areas may only be temporary – and they are demanding a more mobile-centric experience. 59 percent of all patients and 70 percent of millennial patients admit they would be more likely to choose a doctor who utilized technology over one that did not. Wearable Technology.

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

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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.

New Battery Technology and Medical Innovations

Duane Boise

Battery technology is always advancing, constantly on the brink of a revolutionary development. In a recent publication of Medical Design and Outsourcing, “ three experts from Integer, a global leader in medical device outsourcing ,” weighed in on these advancements. These experts–Martin Cholette, Robert Rubino and Chris Williams–discussed new advances in the works in medtech, the challenges of battery technology, and possible future innovations.

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How Virtual Reality Can Improve the Patient Experience in Healthcare

Duane Boise

When learning that the first heart rate monitor was invented in 1977, it is surprising to look at how far medical technologies have advanced– and those advances are just the beginning. As technology in healthcare begins to expand beyond patient interaction and information, more diverse purposes and applications will increase media technologies utilization within hospitals and clinics.

How Med Tech CMOs Are Recruiting Influencers And Helping Patients Through Online Groups

Duane Boise

Today, medical tech CMOs are now recruiting influencers to help patients in new and innovative ways using the internet. With access to millions of patients worldwide, med techs are now able to collect valuable information and medical history from specific groups of individuals at any time. Patients freely and willingly share their medical history and current situations to gain insight and input from medical professionals and specialists around the world.

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

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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.,

What the Pew Data on Americans’ Views on Technology Means for Healthcare

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Most Americans say that pharmaceutical manufacturers, banks, advertisers, energy firms, and tech companies have too much power and influence in today’s American economy, according to Public Attitudes Toward Technology Companies , a research report from the Pew Research Center. This data point is part of a larger consumer survey on Americans’ attitudes about the growing role of technology in society, particularly with respect to political and social impacts.