Personalized Medicine

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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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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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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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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Telemedicine Is Vital to Reforming Health Care Delivery

Telemedicine Is Vital to Reforming Health Care Delivery By Joseph C. Kvedar, MD October 7, 2015 Harvard Business Review   Health care remains one of the few services that require people to have a face-to-face interaction to obtain access. But more and more consumers are questioning that reality, and change is on the way. In …

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Making Health Addictive: Use Unpredictable Rewards

Since my presentation at the 2013 Connected Health Symposium, “Making Health Addictive,” I’ve been posting on this topic in order to explain some of the concepts in more detail and to get your collective feedback (always incredibly helpful).  Previous posts include a framing post, and further detail on what I proposed as three strategies to …

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Making Health Addictive IV: Reinforce Social Connections

This is the fourth in a series of posts about a concept I’m really excited about:  Making Health Addictive.  In addition to a framing post, I also recently posted on two of three strategies, “Make it About Life” and “Make it Personal.” Making health addictive is really about harnessing the power of our fascination with …

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Making Heath Addictive III: Make it Personal

This is the third in a series of posts about a concept I’m really excited about:  Making Health Addictive.  In addition to a framing post, I also recently posted on the first of three strategies, “Make it About Life.”  Today, I’m going to address the second strategy, “Make it Personal.”  Next time I’ll write about …

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Is the Future of Healthcare Delivery Guidelines or Personalized Medicine?

As we grapple with provider shortages, the surge in chronic illness and the quality to price (QPR as they say in the wine business) challenge in US healthcare delivery, it’s hard to imagine a future that does not include some sort of guideline or algorithm-driven care.  As providers take on more financial risk, one common …

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