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“The Future of Health is Your Smartphone” – How Digital Health is Growing

While mHealth is growing quickly, consumers aren’t embracing it at the same rate. RockHealth reported that despite there being over 13,000 medical apps available, the mHealth trend isn’t taking off as much as it could be. There is a lot of potential for mHealth, and it truly is the future of health.

The following infograph from mashable.com described what this future for digital health is starting to look like. It also answers the question, “What can mobile do?”, and displays how big mHealth is becoming:

December 7, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

National eHealth Collaborative Survey Results

The results of a survey given to 450 members of the National eHealth Collaborative on July 16th were released. The goal of the survey was to “build an understanding of consumer engagement strategies currently underway and planned for the future,” according to a press release. There were many interesting findings from this survey. The primary goals for consumer engagement with health IT included the following:

  • 68% – improve health outcomes
  • 66% – deliver information to patients
  • 59% – enable consumers to take more responsibility for their health
  • 59% – reduce healthcare costs
  • 57% – improve consumers’ experience in interacting with our organization

Along the same lines, those surveyed were asked what their definition of consumer engagement was. There were quite a few answers, but the top three were:

  • Patient uses electronic educational material or online resources to learn about better health or their own health conditions (74%)
  • Patient refills prescriptions or accesses lab results or other personal health data online (72%)
  • Patient engages with provider through electronic means (e.g. telemedicine) (71%)

Kate Berry, CEO of NeHC, commented on the survey:

Effectively leveraging health IT to engage with patients and consumers will lead to better healthcare outcomes. Our surveyshows that a majority of organizations believe in the strategic importance of consumer engagement yet their strategies are understandably nascent. NeHC’s Consumer Consortium on eHealth and HIE Learning Network can serve as forums for sharing consumer engagement lessons learned to help accelerate progress.

The complete results of the survey can be found here.

November 1, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Meddik, BodyMedia Announce Recent Fundings

Meddik, a startup still in its beginning stages, announced on May 24th that it has raised $750K in seed funding. Meddik is basically a system where people can easily search for health information and receive support. Consumers can asks questions and get answers from others. Meddick believes that “we’re all connected by our health experiences — when we get sick, when we’re injured, or when we care for a loved one.” This startup allows users to share these experiences to help others, as well as find help themselves.

There was quite a few contributors to the $750K that was raised. The people and companies that donated money included: Chris Dixon, Nat Turner, Zach Weinberg, Bob Stern, Vivek Garipalli, Collaborative Fund, Founder Collective, Great Oaks, and Silicon Badia.

According to Co-founder Tim Soo, Meddik originally was supposed to be a Google Search engine for health. However, Soo, and fellow Co-founder Ben Shyong, decided that their “scope was too wide” and scaled it down. The launch is set for later this summer.

Wearable body sensors are becoming more popular, thus, the number of companies developing and releasing them is increasing. BodyMedia is one of these companies and recently raised a $12 million funding round that was led by Comcast Ventures. This is a new investment for Comcast Ventures. Draper Fisher, Jurvetson, ePlanet, Draper Triangle Ventures, Ascension Health Ventures, and InCube Ventures were among other investors from this round.

BodyMedia has a variety of products, the most recent being BodyMedia FIT, which is an on-body monitoring system. It tracks the users’ activity level, but as a result of this funding, the company plans to expand its functions and other products to help with chronic diseases, remote elder care, and sleep disorders. Christine Robins, CEO of the company, said concerning the development of these new products:

The emerging convergence of healthcare, technology and consumerism provides an ideal launching pad for us to build on that heritage by introducing new body monitoring solutions tailored to managing a much broader range of health issues.

The company launched in 1999. Before this $12 million funding round, BodyMedia had raised $37 million over the years. BodyMedia also received federal funding because of the company’s work on diabetes prevention. Altogether, $49 million has been raised by the company.

June 1, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Ruined Healthcare IT Words

I know that I spend far too much time talking, writing, tweeting, posting, commenting, obsessing over everything EMR and Healthcare IT related, but doing so has had some interesting consequences when it comes to certain words or abbreviations. Let me give you some examples of Healthcare IT words or abbreviations that have been tainted one way or another.

Meaningful – I honestly can’t even use this word any more. Meaningful Use has ruined the word meaningful for me. I definitely can’t use the word meaningful in healthcare anymore without cringing. It’s like a permanent built in pun for meaningful now. Plus, meaningful just isn’t meaningful anymore because it’s been used so much. Meaningful will be forever tainted in my vocabulary.

PHR – I expect we’re going to see the general death of the word PHR. Too many failed EHR softwares have ruined this word. I’m sure we’ll still have many of the functions and features that PHR software offers and many PHR software will be around, but we’re going to see a new branding of what they do. Yesterday I heard one called Patient Relationship Management (PRM I guess) which could be a good replacement for the tainted PHR term.

mHealth – This word is a bit like PHR in that we’re still going to see plenty of mobile health, but I think the term mHealth is going to go away. Eventually mobile will just be an extension of healthcare IT and healthcare in general. We’ll still see some residual naming, but most won’t differentiate.

I’m sure there are a lot more. What other healthcare words or abbreviations have lost life for you?

April 10, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Glucose Meter to iPhone

A few weeks ago Techcrunch announced the $3.5 million in funding that Glooko received to connect Glucose meters to iPhones for tracking diabetes. Here’s a description of Glooko:

Launched last year, Glooko is a digital logbook for people with diabetes who have to check their blood sugar every day. There are dozens of glucose logbooks in iTunes, but almost all of them require manual entry. What makes Glooko different is that the company designed a $40 cable (sold separately) that works with seven of the top glucose meters. You just plug it into both devices and it downloads your daily readings.

This is an interesting approach because it allows someone to use the Glucose meter that they’re use to using all of the time. Although, I don’t know many people that want to carry around a glucose meter with their phone and a cable to connect the two. I’m sure that Glooko would argue that the problem is that the glucose meters don’t support a wireless (bluetooth or NFC I suppose) technology for the exchange of that data. They’re right that it is a limitation of the traditional glucose meters.

The solution is to go down the path that AgaMatrix has gone down with their blood glucose meter that attaches to the iPhone. Basically it makes your blood glucose meter the size of a thumb drive. If you don’t want to carry your phone, you can just carry the small meter and some strips (yep, I don’t know if we’ll ever get away from the strips). Then, when you hook the meter back up to your iPhone it uploads all the data. Or, just leave it attached to your phone since it’s not that big.

I’ll be interested to see how well Glooko does with their $3.5 million in investment. There’s a lot of people focusing on the diabetes market.

February 13, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Omada Health Raises $800k for Diabetes Prevention Program

Omada Health comes out of the first batch of Rock Health startups. Back in December it raised $800k from Esther Dyson, NEA, Aberdare, Kapor Capital, and TriplePoint Ventures. I’m quite interested in Omada Health since a Diabetes Prevention Program was on my Health IT 2012 Wish List.

The unfortunate part about Omada Health is that their website has no real information about what they’re doing. It has their vision for doing disease prevention and it tells about their team, but their product isn’t out yet. I do like their idea of “Using the power of human relationships to drive behavior change.”

I think they call this peer pressure, but it sounds like they’re trying to leverage it for good in this case. It’s definitely a powerful idea if they can execute on it. I’ve often thought that the most valuable mHealth startup companies are going to be those that are able to create something that will get people to change. Change is hard and if you create something that facilitates change, then that’s powerful!

Since Diabetes Prevention is on my Wish list, I hope that Omada Health is wildly successful.

January 17, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Jawbone Gets $40 million in Funding

These next couple of posts are going to be a little dated, but I want to make sure I’m getting all of the various large funding happenings in healthcare IT and I only have so many hours in a day to post these things. Plus, hopefully I’ll add a little insight into what’s happening.

As reported by Lauren Goode on AllThings D, Jawbone received $40 million in funding from Deutsche Telekom, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Yuri Milner and investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Those are some really big name investors that are dipping into the healthcare space. A really great sign for those considering whether health IT is a place worth investing in right now.

What’s interesting is that Jawbone was still able to close this round of funding even after the huge issues they’ve had with their UP fitness wristband. My favorite write up of the Jawbone UP issues was from Michael Arrington. Basically, the company issued a full refund to anyone and they stopped selling the Jawbone UP. Even with all of that they still get $40 million in funding.

The other oddity I’m not sure about is the CEO Hosain Rahman talking about more healthcare products coming out and also some in the audio market. $40 million can do a lot of interesting things. Whether they become profitable and a wise investment is another story. Regardless of their profitability, I’ll be interested to see what other healthcare products they come out with and what they learned from the issues they experienced with the Jawbone UP.

January 4, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

HIPAA and Mobile Health Applications

I’m a really big fan of the mobi health news website. They do a really great job covering the mobile healthcare industry. Today someone pointed me to a series of articles they have going right now about HIPAA and mobile health applications.

These articles are being written by Adam H. Greene, JD, MPH who use to work at HHS and so he’s intimately familiar with the HIPAA laws. Here’s 2 articles that I’d consider must read articles for those that are interested in the HIPAA requirements for a mobile health app:

When HIPAA Applies to Mobile Applications
Mobile health: How to comply with HIPAA

The first article asks the question most mobile health developers ask, Whether HIPAA even applies to mobile health apps. The second one talks about how to comply if your mobile health app does require HIPAA compliance.

Very important steps if you’re working in the mHealth space.

Of course, if you’re doing a mobile health EMR app, you’re going to have to worry about HIPAA. Although, you should already be quite familiar with that.

June 19, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Patient Centered Care Options


#Technology empowers #physicians, and #patients. patient- centered care options include; #ehealth, #PHR, #telemedicine #mhealth
@EMRAnswers
Linda Lia Stotsky

Interesting list of options for patient centered care. I talk a bit about this in this healthcare IT and Active Patient care video. I wonder what other patient centered care options are missing from this list.

June 1, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.