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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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The Next Fountain of Youth? Rethinking Connected Health for Our Aging Population

Last month I shared an update on my upcoming book, The New Mobile Age, and am excited to share a bit more about this work.  We continue to hit our editorial milestones for an end of October launch at the Connected Health Conference, and as I’m reading the manuscript for the final time before sending …

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Predictions for Connected Health, Data-Sharing, and Business Model Disruption

Predictions are something I make often in my line of work. As someone who has been making healthcare predictions for more than 2 decades – and keeping score of how often they come true – I admit it is a humbling pursuit. Some predictions end up being flat out wrong. Others turn out to be …

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Is Chronic Disease Management Beyond Our Reach?

People are living longer, but not necessarily healthier. It’s unsettling to think about it in these terms but, in our lifetime, it’s unlikely that any of the lifestyle related diseases—like obesity, diabetes and heart disease—will be cured by a pill. Yet the most effective weapons we have to battle chronic disease include more daily activity …

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The Quality of Virtual Visits

Virtual visits are increasingly the rage amongst forward-thinking healthcare providers that want to jump on the telehealth band wagon.  Extending the office visit across distance, using the same technology we use to keep in touch with loved ones (videoconferencing such as Skype and FaceTime), is a safe and logical way for providers to venture into …

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