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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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From Bathroom to Bedroom: Insights from CES 2018

CES is always a bit of a phenomena and I, like many others, carefully follow the news and trends in consumer health technology being showcased in Vegas. I am especially interested in how some of the newest technologies might impact our work, and seeing how connected health tools are evolving. This is the first year …

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Coming Soon… The New Mobile Age

I have fallen behind on blogging over the last few months.  When I started the cHealth Blog, in 2008, I posted every other week, but over the years, the frequency has fluctuated somewhat.  My main excuse is that I’ve had the opportunity to publish in other places, such as NEJM Catalyst, Harvard Business Review, and …

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The Path to Scale for Digital Therapeutics

Thanks to our friends at Omada and other companies in this space, the term ‘digital therapeutics’ is working its way into our lexicon. There are now many examples of how a digital intervention can have the same or better clinical outcome as a chemical therapeutic, demonstrating the power of connected health, particularly in the realm …

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When Will Healthcare Get Digital and Analog Integration Right?

I did a second stint on evening AM talk radio a few weeks ago for a program called Nightside with Dan Rea, which I really enjoyed.  Dan’s callers represent a genuine, down-to-earth view of the reality of connected health adoption.  The first time around, most callers were cautionary, raising concerns about data security and wondering …

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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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Our Journey to Make Connected Health as Appealing as Your Smartphone

My children got me hooked on a smartphone app called Time Hop.  It mines your social media posts and pictures and serves them up as a daily history, showing what you were doing one year ago, two years ago, etc.  I find it loads of fun.  Recently several of my tweets resurfaced from seven years …

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The Road Ahead for Partners Connected Health Symposium

Just a few weeks ago, we had our 13th annual Partners Connected Health Symposium.  It was a success by all counts, with just under 1,200 attendees from around the world participating in this amazing event. Year after year, we take great care and significant pride in delivering unparalleled content and, based on feedback from attendees, …

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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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Direct to Consumer Telehealth: Throwing The Baby Out With The Bathwater

I would like to acknowledge the contributions of Catherine Schuster Bruce in this post. Catherine is a University of Bristol Medical Graduate who recently spent two months on placement with Partners Connected Health prior to starting work at the Royal London Hospital, London. Missed diagnosis. No Diagnosis. Dodgy Clinicians… There’s been a lot of hand …

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