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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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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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Joy for All Companion robotic dog.

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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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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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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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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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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Headlines, Heuristics and Subtlety in Interpreting Connected Health Studies

We live in a headline/hyperlinked world.  A couple of years back, I learned through happenstance that my most popular blog posts all had catchy titles.  I’m pretty confident that people who read this blog do more than scan the titles, but there is so much information coming at us these days, it’s often difficult to …

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The Connected Health Design Paradox

In what seems like the blink of an eye, all of the data inputs feeding the connected health ecosystem are wirelessly enabled and pretty easy to set up.  It is this realization that stimulated me and my coauthors to write The Internet of Healthy Things. But it wasn’t always that way. Just a few years …

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Giving Thanks

The cHealth Blog is almost four years old.  during that time, I’ve been both flattered and pleased as readership has grown and other outlets have seen fit to re-publish many of the posts.  I’ve learned lots during that time but one key learning is that blogging truly is a social media experience. I’ve gotten many …

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