Tags: Aging in Place Technology Watch | Dell | EHSI | iPhone | smartphone health apps | Telus |
iPhone app for “seniors” by EHSI: EHSI will soon launch an iPhone app for seniors called “Auto-Med.” The application will “automatically call users every day to remind them at the precise time of exactly what medication and dosage they are to take based upon their doctor’s recommendation.” EHSI plans to complete the app in about two months and begin selling it with a $10 per month subscription. More
Telus’ healthcare biz expanding: A number of articles published this week about Canadian wireless operator Telus’ working relationship with Microsoft. While the two companies’ HealthVault deal had been announced last year, one interesting tidbit from Cananada.com: Revenue from Telus’ health-care business is expanding by more than 10 percent a year and the unit is profitable. More
2,000 free phones for health workers: In Rwanda a total of 2283 community health workers will get free mobile phones as part of government’s efforts to boost the health sector. More
Laurie Orlov’s Aging in Place Technology Watch: “If the technology is available to offer broader use (as with mobile PERS), and you can provide it at a reasonable cost (to you and to the customer) then you must do so — rather than constrain a product’s use. Perhaps marketers think they know their target market well — frail, older, lives alone, doesn’t get out much, avoids gadgets. But every year is another year in which a family member may talk or demonstrate use of GPS trackable cell phones, smart phones, move-by-move talking directions, webcams, online chatting. These family members are deeply engaged in social networks of people like themselves; so will their older family members.” More
Dell scores one for Health IT: “These kinds of innovations are different. Hospitals and clinics have become among our largest, and most innovative, users of WiFi technology. Wireless is a platform built for medicine, so why should printers need wires?” More
Tags: employers | health reform | PPACA | reimbursement |
By Jane Sarasohn-Kahn
The most important goals for health reform among mid size to large U.S. employers are to contain health care costs, encourage healthier lifestyles among employees, and improve quality of health care. However, very few employers believe health reform will accomplish those objectives.
Towers Watson surveyed American employers’ perspectives on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) now that they’ve had a chance to digest the legislation. The one certainty employers share is that health reform will lead to higher health costs. 9 in 10 employers believe that reform will increase health benefit costs.
And while 96 percent of employers cite “containing health care costs” as the #1 objective for health reform, only 14 percent believe PPACA will accomplish that goal.
The chart illustrates the likely actions employers will take ‘if’ health costs increase post-PPACA implementation. The top two most likely responses are (1) to pass cost increases on to employees in the form of higher premium contributions; and, (2) to reduce health benefits and programs, from changing plan options, to restricting eligibility and increasing deductibles.
Towers Watson polled 661 mid size to large employers in May 2010 for this survey. Keep reading>>
Tags: Apple iPad | blood glucose monitoring | Diabetes | GE Healthcare | Google Health | Healthymagination | Internet of Things | MIT | Tablet PCs |
Google pulled the plug on Google Health? Chilmark Research analyst John Moore penned a must-read piece on the possible dissolution of Google Health. According to Moore, rumor has it that the company has put the project into a “stasis” mode. Here’s more from Moore: “Rumors are now floating about that this lack of relevancy, this lack of a true commitment to Google Health has led to that oh so fateful executive decision – pulling the plug on Google Health and either letting the team go or reassigning them to other divisions within the organization. With maybe 25 employees max at any one time working on Google Health, this will not have major implications internally, but it may have some broad repercussions in the industry.” More
UPDATE: A Google spokesperson sent us a comment about the rumors: “We continue to invest in Google Health — we see it as a multi-year effort and think that finding ways to empower consumers help solve important problems, in health information and beyond, is very much in line with our corporate mission. As we demonstrated at HIMSS, we continue working to add new features and grow our ecosystem of new partners with Google Health, and will have more to share in the coming months. You can read more in our recent blog post.”
Where tech saves money in healthcare: ZDNet’s Dana Blankenhorn has a worthwhile write-up on which technologies can save money in healthcare: “Both The Internet of Things and Telepresence can improve productivity. In the case of Telepresence it can make specialists more available, reducing the need for specialists without top skills. In the case of The Internet of Things it can make highly-accurate self-administered tests possible.” Internet of Things is very much a mobile health concept. Read more here.
2 Million iPads in 2 Months: Yesterday, Apple announced that it had sold 2 million iPads since launching the device less than 60 days ago on April 3. The international launch over the weekend certainly helped: The iPad hit store shelves in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK over the weekend. More Keep reading>>
Tags: Health Populi | Martin Cooper | mhealth | Motorola | US Senator Ron Wyden | West Wireless Health Institute | WLSA |
This past month MobiHealthNews has been including a “quote of the week” in our newsletter. Sometimes we chose the quote because of what was said, other times simply because of who was saying it. (When the inventor of the mobile phone starts predicting an mHealth future, it bears repeating.)
Since the month is now drawing to a close, here’s a review of the most memorable mobile health quotes from the past four weeks:
“The healthcare industry is going to be revolutionized because you will have sensors at various points of your body measuring different things and a computer somewhere or maybe a doctor will be examining you all time.” – Marty Cooper, led the team at Motorola that invented the mobile phone, to 60 Minutes
“I think [the wireless health industry has] the opportunity to get in front of payers for the next 12 to 18 months.” – Don Casey, CEO of West Wireless Health Institute, to MobiHealthNews at WLSA event in La Jolla, CA.
“Think: mHealth as personal health reform.” – Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, health economist and blogger at Health Populi
“At this point Medicare barely acknowledges the existence of eCare. Medicare spends over $400 billion a year — about $2 million is spent on these kinds of technologies.” – US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore)
Tags: activity monitor | concepts | Creation Center | GPS | IDEO | medication adherence | motion sensors | T-Mobile | T-Mobile USA | television | WellCare |
Winston Wang, Director of Strategic Innovation of the T-Mobile Creation Center, told the standing room only crowd at Stanford University’s Mobile Health 2010 that he joined T-Mobile to bring a “Silicon Valley” mentality to the carrier. Within the carrier’s creation center, which is developed alongside design firm IDEO four years ago, Winston and his team aim to push T-Mobile to develop and offer new services.
Among Wang’s many initiatives at T-Mobile is mobile health.
Wang showed attendees a short “commercial” for a concept service his team developed, called T-Mobile’s WellCare. The video showed a woman in her late 60s or early 70s waking up, taking medication and going for a walk. As she moves from her bedroom to her bathroom, a “nightlight” glows and blinks indicating it recognized movement. After she takes her medication, a younger woman, assumedly her daughter, is shown in another location receiving a text message. As the older lady laces up and goes for a walk, an “activity monitor” message appears on her TV screen in the background, and the younger woman once again gets an alert — assumedly one that tells her that her mother is on-the-move.
“WellCare from T-Mobile let’s you loved ones keep their independence, while keeping you informed,” the “commercial” concluded. Keep reading>>
Tags: BJ Fogg | PatientKeeper | Stanford University | Text4Baby | Voxiva |
This week concludes another trip out to California — this time for the incredibly worth-while Mobile Health 2010 event produced by Stanford University’s Persuasion Lab and hosted by behavior change guru BJ Fogg. The two-day, single-track sessions focused mostly on research findings and practical strategies for leveraging existing mobile technology to bring about behavior change and healthier decisions.
While an executive from T-Mobile USA and Voxiva CEO Paul Meyer each made (separate) newsworthy comments about potential future plans, the real appeal of the event wasn’t news, but rather its overall tone (intelligent, fun, focused) and networking opportunities (lots of new faces). There was little talk about business models, but the intense focus on behavior change strategies stimulated great discussion between the talks.
More coverage to come from the Mobile Health 2010 sessions soon, but in other news:
PatientKeeper Mobile Clinical Results for the iPad launched this past week. The app enables physicians to review and manage an accurate, up-to-date patient list; trend lab results from hospital-based and community laboratories; review microbiology, radiology and pathology test results; review medication lists and see a history of discontinued meds; review a patient’s complete dispensing history (including doses not given); view all clinical notes including admit, progress and discharge notes; review an at-a-glance presentation of temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs as well as input/output measurements; and more. We had a chance to speak with PatientKeeper CEO Paul Brient about the new app — more from that interview tomorrow. Keep reading>>