Healthcare Consolidation: Opportunities for Digital Health Technology

The Digital Health Corner

In his testimony on healthcare market’s consolidation effects on quality, cost and access, Paul Ginsberg, Director of Public Policy at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics cites some key drivers of consolidation. The costs for EHR and other technology acquisition and maintenance are too costly for smaller hospitals, and pressures of decreased payment rates are increasing on the provider side.

Digital health technologies come with 'responsibility of imagining unintended consequences'

Mobi Health News

Speaking today in Boston, Luminary Labs CEO Sara Holoubek urged listeners to embrace ethics-focused practices within their organizations

Five Public Health Needs for Digital Health Technology

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health technology has seen an incredible growth in the last few years, fueled by a combination of consumerization of wearable technologies, ubiquity of mobile devices, proliferation of technology incubators, attention by government health and regulatory agencies and involvement of large companies heretofore not focused on healthcare. The mission of public health is to improve the public health and achieve equity in health status.

Digital Health Technologies for Alzheimer’s Disease

The Digital Health Corner

While it might seem incongruous on the surface to discuss digital technology and a population with significant cognitive challenges, I will illustrate how it can be beneficial at different stages of the disease’s course. In a previous post I discussed the merits of music as an ideal digital health tool. An intriguing interactive game/tool is Tovertafel , a Dutch technology which projects via suspended box visuals onto a table.

Opioid Drug Addiction: How Digital Health Technologies Can Help

The Digital Health Corner

After a hiatus I am returning to my beloved Digital Health Corner. In a previous post I discussed important public health issues that digital technology can address. Digital technology use in the addiction space is not a new concept. I will touch on some potential applications of digital technologies to all relevant stakeholders. The NIDA of the NIH has a group of evidence-based screening tools for adolescents and adults to be used by health professionals.

MACRA: Medicare’s Opportunity to Finally Embrace Connected Health Technology


The $900 billion federal program provides health insurance for Americans over 65 and others who suffer from certain conditions and diseases. Further, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers Medicare, has been slow to incorporate advances in advanced health technology in the program.

Reducing Readmission Rates By Up To 30% With Mobile Health Technology


Improving outcomes and avoiding costly readmissions is at the top of most healthcare leaders’ agendas. The focus on these topics is of particular importance given the advent of programs such as the Hospital Readmission Reduction program. Mobile Prep and Recovery

How Digital Technology Is Helping With Cancer Health Issues

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Considering how far we come through technology, it’s taking massive strides in regards to managing health and creating new solutions to major health issues.

Kardia Band for Apple Watch – 4 Lessons From the Hype Cycle

33 Charts

Mandrola delivered the kind of balanced insight that helps non-cardiologist readers like me understand where this technology fits – and where it possibly doesn’t. Our understanding should not be left to marketeers and digital health self-promoters.

From Bathroom to Bedroom: Insights from CES 2018

The cHealth Blog

CES is always a bit of a phenomena and I, like many others, carefully follow the news and trends in consumer health technology being showcased in Vegas. But let’s explore some of the consumer health technologies to watch in 2018: Moen Smart Shower.

Blockchain in Healthcare: A Vehicle Towards Digital Health 2.0?

The Digital Health Corner

The transparency, accuracy and efficiency of blockchain technology have made it attractive for its adoption by Wall Street. Interestingly, an IBM survey of 200 healthcare executives in 16 countries focused on interest in adopting blockchain technology revealed that this is a very rapidly evolving area. One of the most obvious benefits of blockchain resides in improving privacy of electronic health records.

Google Maps and the Calorie Question

33 Charts

It raises interesting questions surrounding technology, information and the individual experience of living with disease. This fact is never more evident than in health and wellness. Developers will be unable to account for every way that their technology will impact users.

Real-time diagnosis: Changing the game for breast cancer


Healthcare breast cancer diagnostics Health IT health IT solutions health tech health technology healthcare IT solutions healthcare tech healthcare technology telehealth telemedicine vradYour mom, your sister, your friend…maybe even you—breast cancer touches all of our lives. In the U.S. alone, approximately 1 in 8 women will develop the disease during their lifetime.[1]

Five Reasons why the FDA got it Right with Digital Health

The Digital Health Corner

The FDA recently announced its Digital Health Innovation Action Plan. Digital health differs significantly from drugs and traditional medical devices around which the FDA has developed its structure and policies over decades. Digital health software technologies have far less involvement by clinicians in product development than Pharma or medical device companies. The Action Plan builds on and improves previous digital health guidances.

Ionic – Fitbit’s Expensive Step Counter

33 Charts

Health devices likely won’t stand alone. Health applications will become increasingly prescriptive and demanding and will succeed only when piggy-backed on a secure platform or space that can handle the load. I’m concerned that the Ionic won’t hold its water as a player in health.

The Cisco Approach to Telehealth


Neurology, behavioral health, cardiology, dermatology, post-procedure follow-up, acute care, home care, evaluation and management, and patient outreach – many are adopting remote and virtual care strategies. Healthcare cisco approach Health IT health IT solutions health solutions health tech health technology healthcare IT healthcare IT solutions healthcare solutions healthcare tech healthcare technology remote care telehealth telemedicine white paper

Voice Health Summit Spotlight 2018

Consumer eHealth Engagement

During the Voice.Health Summit in Boston last week, innovators gathered to explore opportunities, discuss issues and to experience different voice technology use cases. Since the year 2000, the health technology industry has evolved from websites (e.g. Voice Health in Action.

Digital Therapeutics – The Third Phase of Medicine

33 Charts

Chrissy Farr in Technology Review ( Can Digital Therapeutics Be as Good as Drugs ?) this week pulls back the curtain on digital therapeutics , Silicon Valley’s latest angle in health. Digital Health Technology Digital health digital therapeutics

The The Five Biggest Areas of Opportunity for Digital Health

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health is unquestionably becoming part of healthcare lexicon and fabric. Electronic health records (EHRs) and personal fitness trackers have helped create awareness through use. The entrepreneurial enthusiasm for the healthcare space is evident by the volume of digital health incubators , medical school innovation centers, and angel investors. I’d like to discuss what I believe are five areas of significant opportunity for quality technologies.

Five VALUE Offerings of the Ideal Health Management Company

The Digital Health Corner

In previous posts I discussed the importance of population health management and the essentials of ideal population management digital tech. One of my tenets as a consultant in digital health is that technology itself is not a solution. A technology is a tool which only becomes a solution when it is placed in a context of healthcare needs, provider, patient and caregiver workflows, and incorporates human interactions which close the loop on significant outlying data.

Five Ways Digital Technologies can Address Cancer

The Digital Health Corner

Few have rivaled targeted cancer therapies based on digital health, specifically genomics in scope and breadth. I’d like to touch on a few ways in which digital technology is impacting cancer. IBM Watson Health has recently partnered with Quest Diagnostics to provide clinicians with recommended “… unbiased, evidence-based approaches based on a detailed view of the tumor’s mutations, scientific journals, and MSK’s OncoKB, a precision oncology knowledge base.”

Five Ways a Good Digital Health Registry Addresses Healthcare System Needs

The Digital Health Corner

The expanding need for drilled down relevant data has led to the development of creative sophisticated data analytics technologies. It is also essential to all true value-based reimbursement models being discussed or implemented in health care. As one can see, registries performed with quality technologies can have profound effects on healthcare from many standpoints.

Reports: Mobile health market to surpass $28B in 2018; teleradiology gaining steam

Mobi Health News

A pair of recently published market research reports have outlined upward trends among mobile health technologies

Health 2.0 global panelist: 'Innovation happens at the edges and all around us'

Mobi Health News

Panelists at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California talk about the world wide innovation culture and why its important to look toward emerging markets for new health technologies.

AbleTo's digital behavioral health network brings in $8.5M

Mobi Health News

Behavioral health technology company AbleTo has raised an additional $8.5 million in funding, according to an SEC filing released Wednesday

Former Cleveland Clinic CEO joins Google, AbleTo brings on new CEO, and more digital health hires

Mobi Health News

Behavioral health technology provider AbleTo has announced Trip Hofer as its new CEO. Hofer most recently held the title of president of accordant health services as CVS Specialty, and prior to that held senior positions at OptumHealth and Health Dialog

Beth Israel Deaconess launches medtech innovation center

Mobi Health News

Earlier this week, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center announced that it had launched an innovation research center, called the Health Technology Exploration Center

Industry Voices—Do we really need more health apps and wearables? The shifting focus of digital health


A significant percentage of what is classified as mobile “digital healthtechnology is not having an impact from a medical perspective because it is not reaching the right people.

Survey: Health app adoption has tripled since 2014

Mobi Health News

But they also have high expectations for their health technology, which the industry may not be able to meet New survey data out this week from Accenture shows that healthcare consumers are using more wearables and apps, and are more bullish on virtual care, than ever before.

In-Depth: Defining the burgeoning field of digital therapeutics

Mobi Health News

From syringes to workflow management systems, healthcare is no stranger to adopting new technologies into standard care.

One Technology Executive on How to Bring Amazon-Style Digital Innovation to Healthcare

Healthcare Informatics

Joseph Health, technology leaders and their digital innovation teams are keenly focused on leveraging technology to provide patients and consumers better access, convenience and personalization to drive ongoing engagement At Providence St.

Philips adds American Well telemedicine into uGrow baby-tracking app

Mobi Health News

Telemedicine company American Well and health technology company Royal Philips anounced back in January that they would partner to integrate American Well's virtual care capabilites into Philips' consumer and professional digital health products.

Department of Veterans Affairs looks to private developers for innovation

Mobi Health News

The Department of Veterans Affairs has joined the bandwagon of government agencies looking for outside innovators to help update its health technology systems.

CMS's 2019 proposal makes broad strides in telehealth, interoperability, documentation

Mobi Health News

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its new proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Program updates for 2019, and the announcement includes some big strides forward in promoting digital health technology, including widened telemedicine coverage, an overhaul of documentation requirements, and a new focus on interoperability

Nokia plans to sell digital health division back to Withings cofounder

Mobi Health News

Almost exactly two years after Nokia acquired French health technology company Withings, it has announced that it is in negations to sell its digital health division back to Withings cofounder Éric Carreel. The deal is expected to close in late Q2

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

33 Charts

Through most of history, data like EKGs were collected by hospitals and health professionals. As wearable technology evolves we can anticipate a type of data confrontation between tech-empowered individuals and health systems. Health systems: Creating boundaries for what’s safe.

Connected Health Initiative Outlines Federal Policy Recommendations

Healthcare Informatics

ACT | The App Association's Connected Health Initiative (CHI) recently submitted a letter to the White House outlining a number of recommendations for telehealth and connected health technologies

“Seeing Is Not Believing:” Consumers Concerned About the Accuracy of Online Health Information

Health Populi

“Seeing is not believing” when it comes to people seeing health information on social networks. consumers believe that health-related information on the internet is as reliable as information from medical professionals.

5 Reasons Medical Technology Appears to Fail

33 Charts

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. Reasons for the apparent failure of technology in medicine. Technology is not static.

Connecting to Patients and Each Other through Technology

Mobile Health Matters

As part of this, improving a patient’s health record – and our access to it – by using effective mobile technology is an important step to providing holistic care. Working Together to Integrate Mobile Technology.

The Top Digital Health Companies In One Ultimate Database

Healthcare Guys

We strongly believe that only digital health can bring healthcare into the 21st century and make patients the point-of-care. The Medical Futurist team has been working for months to compile a curated list of digital health companies, but we can finally present you our findings in our latest database.

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.

Telehealth Talk: Resources for Advancing Health IT and Quality (Episode 20)

Telehealth Blog

Episode 20 features Matt Quinn, Senior Advisor of Health Technology, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Listen as Mr. Quinn discusses resources for advancing health IT and Quality through HRSA. HRSA’s involvement with health IT and quality.