digital health

By Jonah Comstock February 2, 2016
Digital devices for collecting patient data — from connected blood pressure monitors to Ginger.io's voice analysis software — are creating a new category of medical data, digital biomarkers. According to a new report from Rock Health, these biomarkers have the potential to deliver new health insights, but there are challenges to incorporating these biomarkers into the existing efficacy landscape...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2016
Leaders of the city of Boston and the commonwealth of Massachusetts came together today at Boston Children’s Hospital to announce a new public-private partnership aimed at enhancing the profile of digital health in Boston.  The City of Boston will work with Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI), and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) to establish a digital health...
By Jonah Comstock December 16, 2015
One of the biggest ways the changing digital health landscape will affect the pharma industry is that pharma companies increasingly stand to lose control over their own stories, according to a new report from McKinsey & Company, who spoke to 20 thought leaders in various pharma-adjacent sectors. "As the lines among payors, providers, and pharma companies blur, carefully controlled trial data...
By Brian Dolan November 11, 2015
Before Apple revealed the Apple Watch, rumors circulated that because public records showed the company had met with FDA officials a few times, Apple was working on an advanced, sensor-laden wearable device with medical features that required FDA clearance. At the time, back in early 2014 I made the case that Apple was actually trying to ensure its wearable didn't trip a regulatory third rail and...
By Aditi Pai November 9, 2015
Innovators in healthcare need to shift their focus in four key areas in order to develop effective digital health offerings for seniors, according t0 AARP's CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, who spoke at the HIMSS Connected Health Summit in the Washington DC-area this week. The four areas are: a shift from focusing on physical and mental diminishment to focusing on physical and mental fitness; a shift from...
By Jonah Comstock November 4, 2015
A new survey of 5,000 patients and 626 physicians conducted by Nielsen Strategic Health Perspectives found that consumer access to digital health technology is still quite low, especially compared to consumers' wants. For instance, the survey found that 36 percent of adults were interested in a 24-7 telephone line for medical advice, but only 14 percent had access to one. Similarly, 28 percent...
By Aditi Pai November 2, 2015
The human-computer combination will be a winning combination in digital health, according to Joi Ito, director for the MIT Lab, who spoke at the Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium in Boston this week. "I think there was an announcement recently that Watson is almost finished with med school," Ito said. "It’s sort of a joke, but sort of true. I can imagine Watson being able to ingest...
By Aditi Pai October 28, 2015
GreatCall's app Link A number of companies and organizations focused on helping caregivers have formed a group, called the Caregiver Council, to raise awareness about family caregiver support tools, identify problems that family caregivers face, and create new tools that solve these issues. The council was coordinated by Great Call. Members of this council include UCSD Center for Healthy Aging...
By Aditi Pai September 16, 2015
By 2018, 8 percent of health systems' acquisition volume will be made up of digital health startups, up from 1 percent in 2014, according to a report from Accenture, which made projections based on an analysis of 1,500 healthcare provider acquisitions between 2006 and 2015. Accenture defines digital health startups as companies that are developing sensors, analytics, and cloud tools for offerings...
By Aditi Pai August 25, 2015
In the past few years, a variety of professional sports leagues, including the NBA, NFL, and FIFA, have tested and used digital health offerings with athletes while training and tracking performance. Now, the LA Dodgers, a baseball team, and ad agency R/GA have launched an accelerator with 10 startups, two of which are digital health focused. The three-month accelerator works with startups that...

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