Those of you paying attention, know that health care has just begun to grapple with the implications of the mobile revolution. Yet, another mega technology trend is already poised to radically transform health and wellness: the emergence of wearable technologies, which represents a shift in computing innovation from our hands to our bodies.
In some respects, the current state of the wearables marketplace can be compared to the dawn of the personal computing era. Old-style PCs only did a few things well and required early-adopters to overlook clunky – and frankly ugly – user interfaces. Meanwhile, the marketplace was filled with dozens of companies engaged in rapid experimentation – and failure.
About a decade after the first PCs appeared, things were very different, as we all know. Computers became much easier to use and a few large players dominated the market.
Today, just like during the early days of the PC, we’re seeing rapid experimentation in the wearables space from both established players like Samsung and upstarts like Pebble. But again, just like the early PC market, many wearable devices, such as wristwatches and Fitbits, are only built to do a few things well, are not very fashionable, and have limited memory and battery life.
Anyone familiar with wearables knows the landscape is rapidly changing. The current narrative about the future of this market features the following themes:
- Consumer Adoption of Health and Fitness Wearables is Accelerating It appears that not a week goes by when various research organizations release figures suggesting that consumers globally will purchase millions of units of wearable devices over the next few years. Much of the focus will be on arming fitness buffs and couch potatoes alike with gadgets that enable them to track a range of health parameters such as their exercise habits, sleep patterns and more.
- Biometrics and Bioscanning Will Bring Humans and Machines Closer: If cell phones helped to accelerate the bonding of humans and computers, wearable devices – especially those designed to monitor health indicators such as heart rate, blood pressure and more – will accelerate the man-machine union. The next generation of wearable devices will not only track our health status passively, but provide a new level of security for our devices by doing away with passwords in favor of encryption via body indicators such as heart rate, and much more. The biometric-bioscanning future of wearables is outlined in this compelling report published by PSFK recently.
Yet, there are several trends that are not widely recognized or discussed, but are absolutely essential to the future of the wearables marketplace. These are the trends we plan to discuss in our upcoming joint Health 2.0 EDU course, part of a four-part series of sessions dedicated to identifying and exploring lesser known trends molding the future health technology landscape. Some themes we’ll look at include:
- Google and Apple Are Doing More Than Inventing Glasses and Watches: Much virtual ink has been spilled about how Apple and Google are developing new wearable devices, meeting with the FDA and hiring health industry talent. But, what does this activity tell us about their ongoing battle to shape the future of the health data-device landscape? What do these efforts mean for other companies in this space.
- How Two Largely Ignored Market Segments May Drive Adoption of Wearables and Sensors: Fitness buffs, members of the quantified self movement and people with chronic conditions appear to be ideal candidates for wearable technologies. But, there are two consumer market segments eager to utilize these tools. Who are these people and what do they mean for the future of wearables?
- What Investors Know About the Future of Wearables That You Don’t: Investors, startups and established firms are making large and small bets on sensors and other technologies that can be embedded into wearable devices. What can examining this activity tell us about where the wearables market is headed?
If you’re ready to go beyond the headlines and receive unique consumer and business intelligence about the future of wearables, we hope you’ll join us for the first of four future health tech trends Health 2.0 EDU sessions. To learn more about these unique courses and register, please click here.
DrFirst’s Patient Advisor medication adherence platform delivered an estimated $21 million in prescription savings opportunities in its first three months of operation. The savings stem from 1.34 million discounted prescriptions issued to patients who do not have prescription drug insurance, an average savings of $23.93, or approximately 39%, per qualifying prescription.
goBalto raised $5 million from existing investors Aberdare, West Health, EDBI, and Qualcomm Health. GoBalto’s main product, Tracker 2.0, offers clinicians a SaaS clinical research platform for “study startup”, which involves collecting, reviewing, and approving hundreds or thousands of clinical documents for clinical trials.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a new task force that will investigate ways to increase use of broadband to deliver telehealth, mobile apps, and telemedicine. Michele Ellison, a lawyer who runs the agency’s enforcement bureau, will head up the group called CONNECT2HEALTHFCC.
Mobile care coordination can help reduce hospital readmissions according to a report released by Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, Founder and CEO of Care at Hand. The study, released at HIMSS14, shows a nearly 40% reduction in admissions among vulnerable elderly populations and hospital savings of over $500,000.
Clinicient, a provider of revenue cycle management software and clinical solutions for outpatient rehabilitation therapy businesses, received $15M in Series C funding from growth equity firm Catalyst Investors.
IOS Health, a EHR vendor, has developed an EHR app for Google Glass to help improve the interaction between patients and clinicians. It allows clinicians to access patient information such as vitals and medical history directly into the heads-up display.
mySugr, a diabetes monitoring platform, raised undisclosed amount in funding from XLHealth, a Berlin based health accelerator. mySugr’s Companion app is FDA approved as well as CE certified.
Physicians Interactive, a provider of web and mobile based clinical resources, partnered with McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions, a provider of patient adherence programs, to release Coupons on Demand. This product will provide clinicians easy access to medication cost-savings offers and adherence support through a patented web-based platform.
A new company called Moov launched its own crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a new fitness tracker. Built by a former Apple engineer, the Moov band uses a combination of hardware and software to understand body movement in space, and give real-time audio tips through a user’s headphones about improving form.
The VA created a development portal that explains how to create mobile apps for its use. The site facilitates the rapid development and deployment of mobile apps that can improve care at the VA.
Hearst Health Ventures, a unit of Hearst Corporation, invested in Tonic Health, an iPad-based patient engagement and medical data collection company. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. Tonic Health demoed their tool in a clinical tools breakout session at Health 2.0 2012.
Greenway acquired PeopleLynk, which sends patient relationship messages based on EHR events. PeopleLynk automates certain interactions with patients, including reminders, lab results, prescription notifications, clinical alerts and other communications.
Central Florida based Physician First ACO selected eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record for its population health management objectives. This is the second ACO in Florida to select eClinicalWorks this year, the first being the West Florida ACO.
Health Data Vision, a healthcare analytics company providing SaaS solutions for clinical data collection and analysis, released its next-generation workflow platform for HEDIS Hybrid initiatives. The solution will improve medical records collection and workflow management as well as gives health plans real-time visibility into all aspects of their project.
Black Book Ranking released a list of best EHRs for 2014. Allscripts, Cerner, Epic Systems, GE Healthcare, HCS EMR, Healthcare Management Systems, Healthland, McKesson, MEDITECH, NextGen, Quadramed, Prognosis, RazorInsights and Siemens Medical were named the top vendors in their respective categories.
Ringadoc, a patient-provider communication platform, introduced Ringadoc Phone Concierge, a virtual consultation service designed to provide a convenient first touch point into medical care for patients and their existing doctor.
An Interview with Aberdare Ventures & Blueprint Health
ONC’s Division of Science and Innovation is presenting a unique opportunity for health IT innovators to hear from Mohit Kaushal, Partner with Aberdare Ventures and Doug Hayes, Director at Blueprint Health, on how health IT solutions can enable the transformation of health care. We’ll discuss how new payment models like patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations are presenting new opportunities for innovation, and there will be time for open Q&A at the end. You can also join our live Twitter chat at #ONCInnovates.
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Wearable device startup Quanttus raised $19 million in funding from Khosla Ventures and Matrix Partners. Quanttus is developing wearable vital sign monitoring technology that can capture and analyze more than half a million vital sign data points per day.
MediSafe, a mobile medication management platform, now integrates with Electronic Health Record (EHR) platforms to help health care institutions clearly report prescription information and regimens to patients through the MediSafe app. As the first external medication management solutions ready to integrate with all leading EHR platforms, MediSafe can be adopted by any provider to keep out-patients accountable for their medication adherence.
Voalte closed $36 million in Series C funding led by Bedford Funding. With its three-part Mobile Communication Strategy, Voalte provides the infrastructure that enables care teams to communicate inside and outside the hospital.
Oneview Healthcare was selected by UCSF Medical Center to implement an Interactive Patient Care Solution. The Oneview platform is accessible to both patients and providers across multiple devices (smartphone, tablet, TV) and includes education, engagement, communication, and workflow tools.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield pledged to invest more than $ 1.3 million in four initiatives designed to expand the use of telemedicine to treat patients with behavioral health care needs in underserved urban and rural Maryland and Washington, D.C.
eHealth, Inc., a private online health insurance exchange for individuals and families, launched the eHealth Price Index, that tracks the average monthly cost of individual and family health insurance for plans based on applications submitted nationwide through eHealth on a daily basis.
GetWellNetwork, a provider of Interactive Patient Care solutions, launched GetWellNetwork Ambulatory, a SaaS based solution that integrates with EHRs, and other health IT systems, to provide personalized information, health care tools and Patient Pathways to help patients and their designated support team to understand and participate in their care.
Tampa based West Florida ACO selected eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record for its population health management objectives. The solution will be deployed across 60 practices, and give a complete view into patients’ records for achieving better care at an affordable cost.
Department of Health and Family Welfare, Odisha (India) launched mobile health services in collaboration with BBC Media Action, aiming to reduce Infant Mortality Rate and Mother Mortality Rate in the state. The services are Mobile Kunji and Mobile Academy, audio-based training courses for field health care workers.
Eighteen teams – with names like “Predictably Well” and “The Flying Turtles” – squared off over the weekend with cash prizes at stake to convert health data into useful tools for the public in the San Diego County Code-a-Thon.
In the end, John Alexander’s design for a mobile application that educates residents about the health of their communities along with resources to lead healthier lives – such as locations of gyms, supermarkets, farmers markets and health providers based on their location – took the top prize of $9,000.
“I liked the challenge of simplifying the data and presenting it so that the public can not only grasp it, but actually use it,” said Alexander, a San Diego State University alum who now designs web applications for the military.
Code-a-Thon was hosted by the County of San Diego, Health 2.0 and the California HealthCare Foundation. Teams competed for $22,000 in prizes that was split among the top six proposals. The San Diego event was part of a national series of code-a-thons involving public data that took place over the weekend. The prize money was donated by the California Healthcare Foundation.
The event kicked off Saturday morning with an overview of San Diego County health data, primarily focusing on chronic conditions such as heart disease/stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes and respiratory disease. These diseases, which in many cases are preventable, account for more than half of deaths in San Diego County and across the country.
“We challenged the participants to humanize the data that we have available and to develop applications that not only educate, but inspire residents to live healthier lives,” said Nick Macchione, director of the County Health and Human Services Agency.
Teams worked all day Saturday and Sunday to develop their designs, which were presented to a panel of judges Sunday afternoon. Participants ranged from medical and science graduate students and data analysts to video game designers and tech-savvy teens.
Teams pitched everything from web applications that allowed cities in the region to challenge each other in health-based competitions to viral survey designs that educated participants about likely health issues based on how they responded to a series of questions.
“Code-a-Thon participants offered a breadth of innovative ideas to help policymakers and the public harness local data,” said Andy Krackov, senior program officer with The California HealthCare Foundation. “We’re grateful for all the hard work that the 18 teams put in to generate new uses for these important health data.”
Wintriss Technical School students Max Sun, 14, and Macky Broido, 15, developed Grade My Health, an app that gives users a quick read on their health compared to the overall health of their community based on a number of factors. The design earned the team a runner-up award and $1,000.
June Clarke, lead teacher at The Wintriss Technical School, said the benefits of participating in the Code-A-Thon go beyond prize money.
“My students have developed quite a few video games,” Clarke said. “But this was an opportunity to do a project that actually helps people, and we were really excited to be part of it.”
The next step for organizers will be working with the winning designers to take their projects from prototype to final versions.
List of Winners
1st Place – $9,000: John Alexander
Project: Mobile application that educates residents about the health of their communities along with resources to lead healthier lives – such as locations of gyms, supermarkets, farmers markets and health providers based on their location.
2nd Place – $5,000: 3-4-50 Busters Brigade
Project: Application that helps community leaders and elected officials use data to develop plans and policies that influence healthy behaviors for their communities. Residents can compare themselves to health information for their community and, in the future, get incentives for healthy behaviors and activities.
3rd Place (Tie) – $3,000: Sandhu
Project: Web-based tool that displays data visually to make it easier for policy makers and residents to organize, analyze and share public health data from San Diego County and other sources.
3rd Place (Tie) – $3,000: Team Interlucent
Project: Web application that makes information personal and easily understandable by prioritizing data, encouraging action, and measuring the effectiveness of health initiatives over time.
Runner-up – $1,000: The Wintriss School
Project: Application that compares the user’s health behavior to statistics that reflect the community in an effort to inspire them to change for the better. Depending on the user’s answers, the application gives advice for healthy behaviors.
Runner-up – $1,000: Civic Knowledge
Project: Mobile dashboard that can be used to give fast, current facts about chronic diseases and behaviors that either cause or prevent those conditions. The dashboard is intended to give policy makers and community leaders easy access to useful information so that they can create data-driven policies.
See their submissions here: http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/harnessing-local-data-to-help-prevent-four-major-diseases-in-san-diego-county/
Cross-post from: http://www.countynewscenter.com/news/code-thon-winners-combine-health-technology
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Optum, the health services platform of UnitedHealth Group, acquired majority stake in Audax Health, a consumer focused digital health platform. Audax will operate as a freestanding investment of Optum, serving multiple independent market channels.
According to a new study by American Well, 94% of all patients using telehealth services chose video as the preferred mode of communication with their doctor. 60% of these consumers used a mobile device to connect.
Sandlot Solutions, a health interoperability and analytics provider, debuted its entry-level notification solution, Connect Lite. This is an electronic notification service, providing the first level of information sharing between ambulatory and inpatient health care settings.
National Basketball Association (NBA) will supply players in its Development League with wearable performance analytic devices that will monitor their health and activity during games and practices. This aims to maximize on-court productivity while optimizing player health and peak player performance.
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, and former Senator John Breaux partnered to form the Alliance for Connected Care to promote policy reform around telehealth and remote patient monitoring.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation has signed a letter of intent to use CommonWell Health Alliance’s services. This comes two months after the announcement of the initial launch of CommonWell’s interoperability services.
Certify Data Systems, a subsidiary of Humana, will introduce the latest version of HealthLogix, a fully integrated population health management platform, at HIMSS14. The HealthLogix platform connects disparate electronic health record (EHR) systems and transforms an individual’s complete medical profile into real-time Actionable Health Intelligence.
MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark Corporation and one of the largest and fastest growing retail clinic providers in the United States, will switch to the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) called EpicCare. MinuteClinic currently uses its own proprietary EMR.
Samsung and UCSF will partner to accelerate validation and commercialization of promising new sensors, algorithms, and digital health technologies for preventive health solutions. The two organizations will jointly establish the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab, a new space located in UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco.