September, 2018

Surprise, Surprise: Most Americans Have Faced a “Surprise” Medical Bill

Health Populi

Most Americans have been surprised by a medical bill, a NORC AmeriSpeak survey found. Who’s responsible? Nearly all Americans (86% net responsible) first blame health insurance companies, followed by hospitals (82%). Fewer U.S.

Should the Apple Watch monitor your heart?


The announcement that the next iteration of the Apple Watch can both monitor the wearer’s heart rhythm and, if a suspicious reading emerges, perform an electrocardiogram, could be a boon for users and their doctors. Or it could be a massive headache for the health care system.

Study: Majority of mental health patients would consider giving clinicians access to phone behaviors, locations

Mobi Health News

A small study published in JMIR Mental Health found that 84 percent of surveyed patients living with mental illness were willing to use apps that would collect and share biomarkers

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).

Doctors orders: How Ali Parsa plans to make digital health startup Babylon the "Google of Healthcare"

Lloyd Price

For the latest installment of our Big Interview series where we catch up with some of the world’s most exciting business leaders, The Drum makes an appointment with Ali Parsa – founder and chief exec of digital health startup Babylon – to find out about his plans to become the Google of healthcare.

The Role of Telemedicine in Long-Term Care

The Arizona Telemedicine Program Blog

Telemedicine might sound like a strange fit for an industry that depends on human touch. For most of us, it's hard to imagine seeking treatment from a doctor using a screen or digital portal, rather than face-to-face in an office.

Slow Food, Slow Medicine: What Italy Can Teach America About Health

Health Populi

Obesity, diabesity, food deserts and food swamps co-exist across America, factors that cost the U.S. economy over $327 billion a year just in the costs of diagnosed diabetes.

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Innovation dashboard: How to prepare for and monitor app and medical device projects

Mobi Health News

As innovation becomes a constant process in the enterprise, it’s important to make sure resources are being used as effectively as they can be


OMB holds health IT's future

Morning eHealth

CFR 42 Part 2 still up in the air — Immigration rule could lead to corrupt EHRs

HHS OIG on Cybersecurity and the FDA

Medical Connectivity

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a 25 page report on the FDA's regulatory function in the medical device cybersecurity is domain.


Survey: 90% of Americans use Digital Health Tools

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: According to recent studies, fitness tracking such as wearables increase physical activity for the long-term in wellness programs while wearables monitor chronic conditions. Health plans encourage wearables, so why don’t more plans include wearables?

Going Digital for Health Is a New-Normal for Consumers

Health Populi

Using digital health tech is a new normal for U.S. consumers, including Seniors, found in the 2018 digital health consumer survey from Deloitte. The title of the report, “Consumers are on board with virtual health options,” summarizes the bullish outlook for telehealth.

Will artificial intelligence ever replace doctors?


Increasingly, we see functions executed by machines that were formerly performed by living breathing human beings. Examples range from the mundane to the preternatural. Order food and drink from an iPad. No server needed. Driverless auto travel. This may lead to a resurgence in prayer.


Hurricane-affected residents can opt into free telehealth services

Mobi Health News

Virtual telephone or video care will be available at no cost, with some offers lasting for several weeks.

5 Reasons We’re Unprepared for Apple Watch ECG

33 Charts

Today Apple released the Apple Watch Series 4 watch. Later this year they will add functionality that allows users to record an ECG. This would make Apple Watch one of the first FDA-cleared over-the-counter devices with an electrocardiogram. Here are 5 reasons we’re not ready for this. No bandwidth.

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Why 2020 Will Be The M&A Tipping Point

Mobile Health Matters

Over a year ago, we predicted that 2019 would be the era of health IT M&A , with the transition to value-based care as a primary driver. The M&A activity in the first half of 2018 is proof of this momentum – healthcare-related M&A increased 23% compared to the second half of 2017.

Is talking to software the next big step in healthcare delivery?

The cHealth Blog

Provider to Patient Ratios by 2020. In my latest book, The New Mobile Age , we spend some time talking about the growing demand for care (we’re getting older and older people need more care) as compared to the flat supply of healthcare providers.

Sicker Consumers Are More Willing to Share Health Data

Health Populi

People dealing with chronic conditions are keener to share personally-generated data than people that don’t have a chronic disease, Deloitte’s 2018 Survey of U.S> > Health Care Consumers learned.

Beware the limits of telemedicine


I’d be willing to bet most of you have heard of, or previously used, telemedicine in some shape, form or fashion. Stated simply, telemedicine is the process of seeking care from a medical provider using your phone or laptop.

Healthcare's technology isn't behind the times, but its consumer focus is, says Northwell CEO

Mobi Health News

Northwell CEO Michael Dowling says the new drive in healthcare will be consumer-focused technolgoies.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing


In the realm of healthcare, artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing continue to gain momentum, and they have the potential to revolutionize healthcare. In fact, Forrester predicts that 70% of enterprises are anticipated to implement AI in 2018.


Slow Medicine – Should Healthcare be Inconvenient?

33 Charts

Should healthcare be inconvenient by design? And should slow medicine be the default option in some circumstances? Slow medicine is a movement calling for change in medical practice which is inspired by the slow food movement.

Apple accidentally shines a light on its technology ageism

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Consider the Apple Watch fall detection age default. Rant on. By now, and for most, no big deal, you may know that the Series 4 watch has fall detection. The setup includes your ‘emergency contacts’ acquired from your Medical ID, assuming you have Wrist Detection turned on. Still with me?


Most U.S. Physicians, Burned Out, Favor A Flavor of Single Payer Health System

Health Populi

Most physicians feel some level of burnout, hassled by electronic health records and lost autonomy.

The practice of medicine has experienced its own version of climate change


When you or a loved one is sick or injured, health care decisions are fundamentally a matter of trust.

Cardiogram, insurers offer $1,000 of free life insurance in exchange for wearable data

Mobi Health News

Cardiogram has teamed up with insurers Amica Life and Greenhouse Life Insurance Company to give users free life insurance to collect data.


Privacy measure dropped from opioids package

Morning eHealth

On the Hill today: Senate rural health hearing — White House quantum meeting skips over health


The Promise of Next Generation of Digital Health


By 2022, we predict 25% of healthcare consumer interactions will be digitally executed outside of a traditional care setting; while the remaining 75% will gravitate to digitally coordinate real-time health systems. Digital Health is coming of age, bringing with it new capabilities for healthcare interactions and care delivery for consumers, patients and members, and the ecosystem that supports them.

Data Confrontation – Who is Responsible for a Patient’s Data?

33 Charts

This week marks the release of the Apple Watch Series 4 with the capability of EKG. From their wrist, users can record a rhythm that they can send to their doctor. Through most of history, data like EKGs were collected by hospitals and health professionals. This changes things.

Retail Tomorrow, Today: A Smart Grocery Cart and Digital Samples For Paleo-Eating Moms

Health Populi

In our Amazon-Primed world, the future of retail is not ten years from now; it’s “tomorrow.”.

The EHR is autistic


Ironically, the same electronic health records (EHRs) initially designed as a tool to help physicians diagnose diseases have largely evaded diagnostic scrutiny. Talk to physicians who utilize them on a daily basis, however, and it becomes abundantly clear that today’s EHRs are ailing.

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Dutch firm launches smart glasses-powered mobile communication, telemedicine platform

Mobi Health News

1Minuut Innovation's encrypted offering embraces augmented reality eyewear to enable hands-free clinician-to-clinician video.

The Missing Piece in the Connected Health Puzzle

Health System CIO

Reimbursement coding doesn’t quite have ‘buzzword’ status, but without it, adoption of remote monitoring will continue to lag, says Dr. Joseph Kvedar, who breaks down the latest developments.

What’s So Different About the Health Care Market?

Medical Connectivity

Things your health care product strategy must consider to be successful. If you’ve been in health care for any length of time, you know that it is a “different” kind of market, when it comes to health care product strategy. Strategies, tactics and value propositions that would work in any other market tend to stumble in health care — often for unforeseen reasons. We’ve put together a 5-part email series that details why we keep running into these health care market obstacles.

Apple Watch Series 4: Intelligent Guardian for Your Health

33 Charts

After today’s Apple Watch Series 4 announcement, CNBC reporter Chrissy Farr reported, “ Apple stressed a lot today that this isn’t a physician replacement.”. But Intelligent guardian for your health is pretty damn close. It’s a product that’s smart, always there and it has your back.

Self-Care is Healthcare for Everyday People

Health Populi

Patients are the new healthcare payors, and as such, taking on the role of health consumers. In fact, health and wellness consumers have existed since a person purchased the first toothpaste, aspirin, heating pad, and moisturizing cream at retail.

@MightyCasey gets piped in at Cochrane in Edinburgh

Society for Participatory Medicine

For updates, follow Casey’s tweets on the #CochraneForAll hashtag – tweets by her and tweets tagging her. Being friends with @MightyCasey Quinlan (one of our society’s earliest members) is an adventure.