January, 2020

Doctors, a tech revolution is coming


What if I told you just a few years ago that Amazon — a budding e-commerce startup — would come to disrupt the multi-billion dollar retail industry. I seriously doubt that anyone could have given it a serious thought.

The Pace of Tech-Adoption Grows Among Older Americans, AARP Finds – But Privacy Concerns May Limit Adoption

Health Populi

One in two people over 50 bought a piece of digital technology in the past year. Three in four people over fifty in America now have a smartphone. One-half of 50+ Americans use a tablet, and 17% own wearable tech.

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First Do No Harm: The Ethics of Healthcare in 2020

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Adrian Johansen, freelance writer; @AdrianJohanse18. It’s perhaps the greatest gift a person can have, but we usually take it for granted until it’s gone.


Both physicians and patients need to stop viewing technological tools as threats


A recent study published in Science, one of the world’s leading academic journals, found that a predictive health care algorithm discriminated against black patients.


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.

Remote patient monitoring to gain big momentum in 2020

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

While there is a large and growing market for remote patient monitoring technologies, with particular benefits for the older population, simplification of connection technologies – Bluetooth for one – will be key to the broader adoption of RPM in 2020.


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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 […].

Implementing innovation with ethics in mind

Mobi Health News

Susannah Rose, director of patient experience research at the Cleveland Clinic will be talking about ways to use tech and improve care at HIMSS20

Technology Transforming The Health Industry: What Does The Future Hold?

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. There has been a more in-depth exploration of technology in the healthcare industry. Every pioneering discovery is attributed to advancements in technology.


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. Stanford Medicine interviewed 523 physicians and 210 medical students and residents in September and October 2019 to assess clinicians’ perspectives on digital health topics for this study. The study title citing the “data-driven physician” is based on the key survey finding that doctors are preparing to embrace data, from both traditional sources and new ones — including information generated by patients themselves via wearable tech and remote health sensors — into clinical practice. The vast majority of doctors are using electronic health records, and four in ten have adopted telemedicine in their workflow. One in three doctors uses genetic screening, and one in four, wearable health devices. Personalized medicine and robotic surgery have been adopted by fewer than 1 in 5 doctors, with AI and virtual reality still nascent technologies in everyday practice. Looking to the future, most doctors and med students see big potential in personalized medicine to transform health care in the next five years. Just over half of clinicians view telemedicine as transformational, and another 4 in 10 doctors cite AI and wearable devices as transformational in the next five years. Robotic surgery and VR won’t yield much transformation in health care in the next five years, both current practicing doctors and med students concur. Another issue on which one-half of clinicians, both current and studying, agree is that consumer tech companies and other non-traditional players entering the health care market is a positive development. One in five doctors and one in three students is undecided on this, based on uncertainties for impacts on patient outcomes, physician effectiveness, physician job satisfaction, and costs. What is certain, the Stanford Medicine report divines, is that physicians beyond 2020 will be operating in a larger, more distributed and complex health care ecosystem, mixing the legacy system of brick-and-mortar hospitals and clinics with virtual care via telehealth, remote health monitoring to the home, and wearable tech on the patient’s body and embedded in her clothing. And on balance, most physicians welcome the value that data from these different sources can yield for diagnosis, treatment and research. Health Populi’s Hot Points: Compared with other nations’ health citizens, Americans tend to be more bullish on using at-home tests and apps to track health, as gauged in the survey report, A consumer-centered future of health from Deloitte Insights. Similarly, one-half of consumers expressed demand for digital health technologies in a study from GlobalWebIndex last year. 50% of consumers said they’d welcome the ability to consult with a doctor via phone or video call, 48% liked the ability to communicate electronically via test or social media with the doctor, and 43% favored a wearable device to connect with their smartphone to monitor health. 36% would use a digital health assistant (chatbot) to offer health advice, and 34% a digital health coach to help manage chronic disease or pain. We’ve entered an era of both the data-driven physician aligning with the data-driven patient. This isn’t an N of 100% on either side of the physician-patient dynamic; it’s an evolving scenario, part of a larger digital ecosystem in which consumers live, work, play and learn. But weaving the Stanford Medicine study together with the consumer research from Deloitte and GlobalWebIndex shows us greater alignment for digital health adoption between doctors and patients than we’ve seen before this moment. The post Dr. Roboto? Stanford Medicine Foresees Digital Doctors “Maturing” appeared first on HealthPopuli.com. AI Artificial intelligence Big data and health Cognitive computing and health Computers and health Connected health Consumer electronics Data analytics and health Digital health Digital therapeutics Electronic health records Health apps Health at home Health care information technology Health Consumers Health ecosystem Health engagement Health IT Internet and Health Internet of things Medical technology mHealth Mobile health Patient engagement Physicians Primary care Remote health monitoring Robots and health Self-care Sensors and health Shared decision making Social networks and health Telehealth Telemedicine User experience UX Virtual health Wearable tech Wearables

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.

Why specialty health care should go virtual


“Let’s take a look together,” was the start of a virtual clinical assessment that led to a primary care provider and a neurologist diagnosing a patient with Parkinson’s Disease.

Milwaukee VA telehealth program helping veterans with mental health care


Milwaukee’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center offers telehealth services to veterans, with 90% of its providers participating in the program. So far, only about 400 veterans have received care through this telehealth program, however with the high rate of participation among its providers, that number will grow quickly this year.

Six new technologies for safety, health and in-home monitoring

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Elder Home Monitoring 2.0 – it may fill a growing need. Several companies noted were at CES or with announcements at or around that time offered up the possible – a dashboard or collected insights about the wellbeing of an older adult at home.

Telehealth service providing mail-order menopause hormone replacement therapies launches

Mobi Health News

Women in California experiencing menopause can sign up for video consultations and prescription deliveries through CurieMD's new platform

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.

CGM Watch Closer to Reality

Insulin Nation

Early last year, we brought you the exciting story of PKvitality’s K’Watch–A CGM device unlike anything else on the market. Read our original coverage here.). In the last few months, the company has made some major moves to bring the concept of the pain-free glucose monitor into reality.


What HealthyThinker Is Thinking About Health at CES 2020

Health Populi

Next week, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) will convene CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, where over 180,000 tech-minded people from around the world will convene to kick the tires on new TVs, games, smart home devices, 5G connections, 3-D printing, drones, and to be sure, digital health innovations. At #CES2020, exhibitors in the health/care ecosystem will go well beyond wearable devices for tracking steps and heart rate. I’ll be meeting with wearable tech innovators along with consumer electronics companies and retailers. I’ve also scheduled get-togethers with pharma and life science folks, health plan people, and execs from consumer health companies. And with organizations you might not yet connect to health, well-being, and medical care. Mainstream media have been covering every angle on CES for the past few weeks. Entrepreneur identified five innovations that will dominate CES 2020, and I see health/care in all of them: wearable AR/VR, autonomous farming, IoT in the kitchen, personal translators, and remote health monitoring. Forbes ran a column on CES 2020 discussing AI in hearing and vision. Hearables have been emerging at CES for a few years, and now vision will be a newer category to watch. (As a sidebar, note that the American Girl Doll of the Year for 2020 is Joss , who surfs and wears a hearing aid). And in FierceHealthcare , CTA President Gary Shapiro wrote this column last week on how technology is a key to enabling value-based care. To give you a sense of how health and wellness at CES have grown since 2013, consider Asthmapolis, a pioneer in digital respiratory health. At CES 2013, David Van Sickle, CEO and founder of Asthmapolis, spoke in a CES keynote panel about the usefulness of health data in the cloud. Later in 2013, Asthmapolis changed its name to Propeller Health. The company was acquired by ResMed exactly one year ago during CES 2019. Subsequently, ResMed joined with Dr. Oz to launch SleepScore Labs – an exhibitor at CES 2020 in the fast-growing sleep category at the Show. Healthcare is getting serious at #CES2020, blurring into the medical and FDA regulated turf which Omron pioneered last year launching its 80+-patented blood pressure watch, the HeartGuide. This year, Omron garnered a CES 2020 innovation award nomination for its new “Complete” device embedding EKG with the blood pressure monitor. Heart monitoring is now table stakes for wearable tech in health, with many wrist-worn wearables tracking heart rate. The signal that CTA “hearts” health this is year is that CTA is partnering with the American College of Cardiology to grant physicians attending CES to earn Continuing Medical Education credits as part of a new “Disruptive Innovations in Health Care” conference. This is something that we forecasters would have put in the “wild card” category nine years ago. The agenda for that session looks like a blur between HIMSS, Health 2.0, Connected Health and the ATA Conference – covering digital health and value-based care, reimbursement, home care, and clinician/technology partnerships. I have also heard that several hundred physicians are signed up to attend CES – again, showing this meeting has become an important forum for healthcare. The Digital Health Summit celebrates a decade at #CES2020, and I’ll be participating in this all-health-meeting within CES, as well — especially looking forward to brainstorming “Smart Health Just Got Smarter” with Roy Jakobs who leads Philip’s consumer health business. Year on year for the past decade, digital health has grown at CES: this year will the category will expand by 25% which is the kind of growth seen since I began to attend the conference nine years (and about 30,000 fewer attendees) ago. I called out this growth and importance of CES for health/care in my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen , published in May 2019. I am gratified that the book was chosen for Gary’s Book Club at CES 2020, where I’ll be interviewed by CTA’s Kinsey Fabrizio (who has driven health and fitness at the Association for many years) and do a book signing. Aside from feeling excited and humbled by this on a personal level, it’s important to see this choice of a book theme by CTA as recognition that health/care, for both self-care DIY and clinical medical applications, make up an important component of the consumer electronics industry. Here is my pre-look into what I expect to explore at #CES2020 through my health/care-is-everywhere lens…. The next era for health-wearables isn’t about the wearable device — it’s about the data. A recent blog from Valencell, a long-time digital health exhibitor at CES, pointed out “ why this time is different for wearables.” The essay pointed out four factors identified by Andreessen Horowitz’s Vijay Pande: machine learning, biometric sensor data, at scale, in context. Vijay observed that it’s the aggregation of data emanating from wearable tech and remote health monitoring devices, along with other observed behavior from, say, voice tech or driving a car, that’s driving the next phase of wearable tech growth. Digital Swiss Army knives for health: devices do more. The launch of Omron’s Complete is an FDA-cleared innovation so it’s clinically accurate for healthcare providers to trust in their workflow. The product combines blood pressure monitoring and EKG in one device. This is significant for medical care, addressing the public health challenge of AFib, atrial fibrillation, which is a risk factor for increased risk of stroke and heart failure. Complete is an early example of a concept that does “more than one thing.” Just as we see with polypills in pharmacy – therapies that address more than one condition, making it easier for patients to be adherent to prescription drug regimes – having digital health tools that serve more than one function adds value to the wearable or monitoring device, serving up greater convenience and value to the patient and the provider. Your car as a third space for health. True to my Detroit birth-roots, I’ve been following connected cars for health and well-being for several years. In 2017, I wrote about your car as a mobile platform for health , a new definition for the phrase “mHealth.” This year we’ll see more concept cars embedding health, wellness and well-being (HWW) that are using AI to feed back data and coaching to the driver. Last year, Kia worked with Affectiva, demonstrating a car that could sense a passenger’s mood and emotions, triggering the use of aromatherapy and lighting to bolster the person’s well-being. My 2017 post in Health Populi explained Mercedes-Benz’ prototype for health using scents and music to boost the passenger’s energy or calm a stressed person down. This year, connected cars will incorporate more data analytics, safety objectives, voice and camera devices for cars to evolve toward business models for health. A key part of a business model could be a consumer’s willingness to trade-off personal information about their time in the car with, say, a discount for car insurance or other financial inducement. The mouth as gateway to health. Oral care is a huge consumer packaged goods category for self-care, and the electronics aspects of toothbrushing has heated up in the past few years. Last CES, Philips Sonicare line introduced a tele-dentistry program which connected consumers to dentists in the community. At CES 2020, Colgate, the toothpaste and oral care brand favorite is rumored to be introducing a new smart toothbrush. Colgate has been collaborating with Apple Health and Research Kit for over a year, so we can expect collaborations like this to be expanding to oral care – where evidence has been building connecting physical health (such as diabetes, heart conditions and stroke) to oral health. Caregiving is the new black – watch for voice and robots to help. The Longevity Economy is an important through-line at CES 2020 with the likes of Philips Lifeline, Samsung’s piBo the robot, LiveFreely’s Buddy, Addison the Virtual Caregiver (who first appeared last year), and PECOLA , the “Personal Companion for Older People Living Alone” which is an honoree in the Smart Home category this year. I expect to see more such developments that will enable people to age-in-place longer. No question, too, that Alexa and other voice assistants will continue to have skills developed aimed at enhancing older peoples’ lives and ability to stay in their homes safely and securely. Laurie Orlov, author of the Aging in Place Technology Watch , writes in her new report on Voice, Health and Wellbeing 2020 (launching today at CES) that voice technology is particularly suited for older adults and those with disabilities. Laurie’s pioneering research into the voice market for health and wellness found that, “speaking to a device was going to be one of the most significant technology enablers for seniors, their caregivers and families.” In addition to voice, we’ll find more robots featured at CES across applications; I look forward to meeting and petting TomBot, a robotic puppy that was designed with folks from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. While it looks like a toy, TomBot was designed for people dealing with dementia. Food-tech for health. With growing attention to the role of food in health and local food gaining traction in many parts of the world, 2019 ushered in a new era of grocery chains bringing agriculture inside their brick-and-mortar stores. Walmart and Kroger have both entured into this area. Increasingly, as consumers take on more DIY lifestyles, gardening and especially home-growing healthy food is an expanding market. At CES 2020, LG will announce an indoor gardening appliance as part of this growing movement among people keen to know the provenance and quality of their food and living healthier, greener lifestyles, LG observed in its press release. The home as health hub. At CES 2019, I happened upon Stanley Black & Decker. To me, the company has been long associated with DIY home-making, supplying my family with quality tools that help us make our house our safe and comfortable nest. Last year, the company’s innovation team in Boston launched SB&D’s entry into health through the prototype of Pria, a medication adherence concept, which I discussed here in Health Populi. From Stanley Black & Decker, I point you to Whirlpool, with whom I met several years ago at CES 2015 when I looked up to the ceiling to see the company mantra, “Every day, care.” I thought to myself, “wait – these are home appliances” in this lovely homey booth. Fast forward to today, and Whirlpool is bolstering social determinants of health via the #CareCounts program, granting washing machines to schools that help students stay in school wearing clean clothes. This bolsters education which further reinforces a young person’s odds of finishing school, getting a good job, and increasing income opportunities and financial health. These factors, my friends, underpin economic justice, health equity and longer quality life-years. Big Tech and Health at CES: privacy and products. Of course, Big Tech companies will be at CES – Google, Facebook, Amazon, and this year for the first time in a long time, Apple, will all feature developments. Bloomberg’s story noted that the last time someone from Apple spoke at CES was in 1992 when Richard Sculley was on the dais. Apple’s decision to attend this year has been widely covered in tech media, with the overall headline that Jane Horvath, Apple’s Senior Director of Global Privacy, will speak at CES during a roundtable discussion about digital privacy. She’ll talk alongside top execs from Facebook, the USA’s FTC regulator, and Procter & Gamble. Apple is not expected to make a big product announcement at CES2020, but those of us in health/care should be mindful that this privacy discussion is a critical pillar in health data – especially as California’s CCPA is now enacted in this new year, and the GDPR is fully in force through Europe. Beyond my own checklist, you can check out what’s next and new at CES 2020 in this CTA press release : there’s health embedded everywhere as I see it, which is why I spend an entire week at this conference to meet up with folks innovating in autos, on TVs, via fast connections, in media, building smart cities, washing laundry, sex health and, yes, medicine and wellbeing, too. I conclude HealthConsuming in a few paragraphs under the section heading, “Home is not just where the heart is: it’s our health hub.” At #CES2020, we’ll see more connected “things” in the IoT for health and wellness at home and in our vehicles. There a global trend for self-care bolstered by over-the-counter products, exercise equipment and subscriptions, food-as-medicine, direct-to-consumer genetic and ancestry testing, and to be sure, digital health tools taking the form of wearable tech, remote health monitors, and data mash-ups. There will be plenty of technologies and “things” to explore that can help our health. Tech and things won’t be the barriers to improving health. Public policies, lagging regulations, economic opportunity, political will, and our personal commitments to owning rather than “renting” our health, will be the limitations to tech realizing its full potential for health and wellness in 2020 and beyond. The post What HealthyThinker Is Thinking About Health at CES 2020 appeared first on HealthPopuli.com. 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Multi-Year Strategic Partnership with Banner Health, eVisit, and VeeMed Improves Healthcare Access


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More ways to provide care: Telehealth’s leaps in 2019

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The TytoHome is a device that can accurately capture exam data on lungs, ears, eyes and other vitals routinely during any doctor visit. Equipped with a camera for video conferencing, it enables physicians to perform remote checkups.

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.

CES 2020: Ten Intriguing New Technologies for Older Adults    

Aging in Place Technology Watch

CES 2020 – walking the land of the new. What has 170,000 attendees, long lines, baffling arrangements of booth numbers across multiple, gigantic locations and more robots than you can shake a motion sensor at? That was CES 2020.

Astronauts tap into telehealth to treat a blood clot

Mobi Health News

A new case study published in the New England Journal of Medicine runs through how astronauts employed telemedicine to get the right medications to a patient in space.

New Skin Care Line Brings Relief for Diabetic Skin Conditions

Insulin Nation

To avoid the many complications faced by those living with diabetes you have to focus much of your time on specific areas. Taking care of your heart, kidneys, and working to manage or avoid neuropathy all takes a lot of dedication.


“Digital Health Is An Ecosystem of Ecosystems” – CTA’s 2020 Trends to Watch Into the Data Age

Health Populi

In CTA’s 2020 Consumer Tech Forecast launched yesterday at Media Day 1 at CES, Steve Koenig VP of Research, said that, “digital health is an ecosystem of ecosystems.”.

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.

Increase new and retained patient revenue and reduce avoidable ED visits with Virtual Care


More Brick and Mortar Clinics Won’t Increase Revenue or Retention. Today’s patients are savvy consumers preferring the convenience of available-anytime healthcare, via their mobile devices. They often don’t have the option to take time off from work to sit in a medical office and wait to be seen.


AI, telehealth could help address hospital workforce challenges

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Technologies such as telehealth and artificial intelligence could help health systems combat professional shortages in hospitals, according to a report on key workforce strategic planning trends released by the American Hospital Association.

Happening today: ONC's annual meeting

Morning eHealth

Tech companies join CARIN Alliance's OMB appeal — Facebook settlement needs privacy 'sea change', DOJ says


The devices, software and other health tech headlines of CES 2020

Mobi Health News

Over the course of the show, MobiHealthNews will be updating this list of new products and other announcements being unveiled this week in Las Vegas


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.

Newly Diagnosed: Carb Counting Basics

Insulin Nation

One of the very first things any newly diagnosed T1D (or type 1 parent) learns about, is how to count carbs and calculate insulin dosages.


Living in Digital Healthcare Times – Kicking off #DigitalHealthCES & #CES2020

Health Populi

Today is Day 1 of two Media Days at #CES2020 in Las Vegas, kicking off this manic week of the Consumer Electronics Show at the Mandalay Bay convention center.

Healthcare Buzzwords That Should Be Retired in 2020

Healthcare IT Today

We love buzzwords and catch-phrases in healthcare don’t we? Everyone wants to “bend the cost curve” by “breaking down silos”. We are all working towards “personalized medicine” by deploying “predictive analytics” and “big data” using “cloud computing”.