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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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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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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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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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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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