Connected Health

Lessons Learned from 2020 Provide a Springboard for Increased Telehealth Adoption

While thinking about my keynote address at the 2021 American Telemedicine Association (ATA) annual conference, I kept coming back to Daniel Kahneman’s Nobel-prize-winning theory (his book is called Thinking Fast and Slow). This theory formed the basis for the field we now know as behavioral economics.  What Kahneman describes as heuristics (pattern recognition or System …

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The Need for a Gold Standard in Telehealth Education

According to the Consumer Technology Association, recent data shows that 59% of consumers use remote mental health services, 49% are using telehealth for physical health, and 37% are using health fitness apps – all increases compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have seen how telehealth, as a channel for healthcare delivery, expanded dramatically earlier …

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Goals For Telehealth For 2021

On New Year’s Day, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a healthcare reform bill that is a metaphor for the state of telehealth as we put 2020 in the rearview mirror.  Telehealth advocates have plenty to be pleased with in the final legislation (see the American Telemedicine Association’s press statement here).  The law requires …

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Lessons Learned on Data Integrity in the Fight Against Covid

In January 2020, I agreed to take on responsibilities as Editor-in-Chief for Nature’s digital medicine journal, npjDigital Medicine.  With all of the on-the-job training, I have learned quickly how critical our associate editors and reviewers are and, thus, the high quality of the papers we publish.  It is easy to view this enterprise with pride, …

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Telehealth is a Critical Part of the Covid-19 Solution

We have had one case of Covid-19 so far in Massachusetts, and there is one reported case in Rhode Island. I am ambivalent about the media coverage on this virus. On the one hand, it has undoubtedly helped with containment efforts. However, I do wish the media would use less sensational descriptors when reporting on …

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Privacy is now an emergency in digital health

In 2014, my coauthors and I were putting together the concepts and passages that became The Internet of Healthy Things, published in 2015. Chapter 1 of that book describes a lively digital coach/companion, called Sam, who follows me throughout the day and, based on data collected through the Internet of Things, offers me advice and steers me …

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Facebook Thinks I Am My Father

My niece, Martha, posted throwback pictures from her 2001 wedding on Facebook, and one of them is a picture of my dad and his mate at the time. The other morning I woke up to a Facebook notification that “Martha posted a picture of me.” When I clicked through, sure enough, it was the picture …

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New Year, New Opportunities

2019 was an eventful year for me.  My last blog post was in August and in it, I mentioned two milestones -- the upcoming Connected Health Conference, as well as my excitement and gratitude for being offered the role of President-Elect at ATA, the preeminent organization focused on virtual care adoption.  Since then, I have …

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(Focused) Reflections from HIMSS 2018

Most folks who attend the annual meeting of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) these days will tell you that to make the most of it, you ‘need a strategy’.  On the one hand, just about everyone you would want to meet is there, but with 42000 attendees, you are unlikely just to run …

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Bring Your Own (Health Monitoring) Device: Progress and Challenges

As we see virtual visits go mainstream (witness the recent prime time TV ad from UnitedHealth Group during the Winter Olympics), adoption of remote patient monitoring is lumbering along, still in the land of early adopters. There are several reasons for this lag (and for the corresponding growth in virtual visits). The unit of service …

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