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Companies Promoting Health Outcomes

If you’re interested in the world of Healthcare Rewards and the impact that rewards can have on healthcare, then you need to be following Michael G. Dermer’s blog. An example is his Health Reward State of the Day post.

He offers the stats associated with the answer to this question: How do you promote positive health outcomes at your company? and here are the responses:

  • Offer at Least One Wellness Program – 52.5%
  • Do Not Promote Any at This Time – 29.1%
  • Opportunity for Health Risk Assessment – 28.7%
  • Biometric Screening – 22.2%
  • Provide Incentives/Rewards for Certain Health-Related Tasks – 20.3%
  • Offer at Least One Disease Management Program – 19.5%
  • Other – 2.3%

In his passionate way, Michael was interested in the 20.3% that were using incentives/rewards to encourage health related tasks. I was personally interested in the full list. When I look at the mobile health ecosystem, many of the startup companies are focused on this problem. In fact, most of the programs that are represented in these stats are some sort of mobile health application.

The big takeaway from all of these stats: companies are interested in apps that improve health outcomes, but it’s still a market that hasn’t been fully tapped.

What do you think?

March 4, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Hand of a Superhero – 3D Printing and Wearables


This story has been going around all over social media, but it’s too good not to share. If you read the New York Times story and don’t get close to tears, I’ll be surprised. Prosthesis for children are such a great application of 3D printing. Plus, it’s great to see so many of the 3D printing designs out in the public domain and available to anyone for free.

Here’s a video look at how the prosthesis works:

Also, here’s a video where they literally build the 3D printed prosthesis.

The most amazing part of this prosthesis to me is the cable “tendons” that are attached to the wrist muscle to flex the hand. Seeing solutions like this help remind me that sometimes we’re trying to hard to find the perfect solution. Instead of trying to be the end all be all solution that restores everything to perfection, sometimes we need to approach the problem with a simple but effective solution.

The mix of new technologies applied in unique ways never cease to amaze me.

February 25, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

5 Keys to Successful Digital Health Startups

Venture Beat posted an interesting list of 5 keys to creating a successful digital health startup company:

1. Simplify providers’ workflow
2. Usher in the pay-for-performance era
3. Help doctors by empowering the entire care team
4. Don’t create lists; create actions
5. Build relationships between providers and patients

This list reminds me of something a venture capitalist once told me about the physician market. He said that there are only a couple things that doctors have ever paid for. Doctors pay for something that will drive more patients or make them more efficient. That’s reflected in some of the points above and is a good lithmus test for people looking to start a digital health company focused on doctors.

The EHR (Electronic Health Record) marketplace was a bit of an aberration in this regard. It originally started out with doctors purchasing an EHR in order to make them more efficient, but then the $36 billion of stimulus money through gas on a fire and it’s blown up in some people’s faces since they were focused too much on the government handout and not enough on the efficiency that the EHR would provide.

The EHR golden age is gone and we’re now returning back to a more rational market that wants to see some potential efficiency improvement or revenue increase before they buy. The above list highlights some of the places you may look to provide a doctor that efficiency.

February 18, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

The Digitally Connected World – Opportunity for Healthcare

I saw this pair of tweets (sometimes Twitter really works out like that) that made a big impression on me. I think many of us that are US centric forget about the mHealth opportunity world wide when it comes to healthcare. Maybe these tweets and images will help to bring that home to you like it did for me.

February 11, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Biggest Concerns Regarding Mobile Health

This was an interesting survey with some great insights into mhealth adoption. Although, I’m not sure I agree with the tweet describing the results. Privacy is a major factor in mHealth adoption, but I think that fear of people making poor decisions based on misinterpreted or poor information is the biggest barrier for mHealth adoption.

It makes sense. Do we trust our mHealth devices and apps? What will it take for mHealth apps to be trusted with our health?

I saw a tweet today (sorry I can’t find it again) that said something like 40,000 people use a health app every day. Regardless of the specific number, what’s clear is that people are using wellness apps like crazy. It’s not quite as crazy as game apps, but not far behind either.

With all this app usage, what’s been the results? How much do people actually trust the apps? What do they trust the apps to do?

A great example happened this morning for my wife (obviously she’s the one using these apps and not me, but I digress.). She got a new watch to track her runs. However, she was complaining to me this morning about why the watch couldn’t be accurate, because she ran a different route that was farther and the watch said it was the same distance. In that moment, my wife lost some trust in the app. Plus, we’re just talking about trusting a watch to tell you distance. It’s not telling her some health decision that’s much more challenging and with a lot more variables.

I agree that privacy is an important part of every healthcare app, but the bigger key is going to find a way to build your users’ trust in your app. An app that’s able to do that will be golden. I don’t think many mHealth apps have done that yet, despite usage.

February 4, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

5 Digital Health Trends for 2015

I came across an interesting article from Mashable predicting the digital health trends for 2015. They lead it off with a stat from Startup Health that investment in digital health almost doubled in 2014 to over $5 billion.

Then, they make the following 5 predictions:

1. Wearables for the ear
2. Sweat sensor strips
3. Smartphone case devices
4. Prescription-only apps
5. Healthier lighting

I like these predictions, but they’re really just a prediction of things that are already happening. Yes, we’re going to see more of what’s already happening next year. I guess this is why I don’t think one year predictions are that interesting. They’re really just a commentary of what’s happening in the market. I wish they’d predicted 5 years. Then we’ll see some big changes.

That said, you can be sure that all of the above are happening in 2015. Lots of great examples of each already in the market.

January 28, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Massive Tech Shifts and Their Impact on Healthcare

This post brought to you by HP Matter. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Smart Phone Health Care.

We’re in the middle of one of the biggest shifts in technology that have ever occurred. While we’ve all heard the buzzwords big data, cloud, mobility, security, 3D Printing, wearables, and nanotechnology, those buzzwords each represent a major change that’s taking place in technology. Each of these technology shifts is going to have an enormous impact for good on all of society, but will literally transform healthcare as we know it today.

This transformation means that hospitals, researchers, doctors and patients each have a tremendous opportunity to benefit from these changes. The question isn’t whether these tech shifts will impact healthcare, but whether we’ll be part of that transformation.

While at International CES I saw the HP Matter booth and was able to check out the HP Matter magazine. If you’re interested in how these tech shifts are going to impact healthcare, you should check out the latest issue of HP Matter since it’s focused on healthcare. In this issue they look at 6 healthcare disruptions for 20203D printed prosthetics, and a great Q&A with Theresa Payton covering big data, security and regulation in healthcare. The 6 disruptions for 2020 are particularly interesting for me. Although, my guess is that many of those disruptions are already starting to happen now. By 2020 they’ll have become part of the normal fabric of healthcare.

HP Matter also put out a great video that talks about the future of technology and healthcare. Watching it gets me really excited about where healthcare can go:

I look forward to reading more of HP Matter as they cover the tech disruption happening in other industries. Looking at other industries is one of the best ways to re-frame what we see happening in healthcare. Also, it doesn’t hurt that if you Register for HP Matter, you have a chance to win an HP SlateBook x2 (an Ultrabook and tablet in one).  Weekly drawings will be conducted throughout January and February.

While we’ve been working for a long time to integrate technology with healthcare, in many ways we’re still just at the very beginning of what’s going to be possible. What current technological advancement in healthcare interest you?

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January 20, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

A Look at Digital Health at CES 2015

As a way to look back at International CES, I sat down with Dr. Nick van Terheyden, CMIO at Nuance to talk about what we saw at CES 2015. We have a wide ranging discussion about the CES event itself and what we found in the Digital Health section of CES. We talk about where digital health is headed and what doctors and hospital CIOs should know coming out of CES. If you love digital health and want to hear some of what we saw at CES, check out the video below:

You might also be interested in Dr. Nick’s write up on CES.

January 14, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Wearables Explosion at CES 2015

Each year I’ve been impressed by the growth of Digital Health at CES. However, this year has blown me away far more than any year before. In previous years, the health presence was so small that it was almost indistinguishable. In fact, it was so small that it was really easy for it to double and triple in size. Now that it’s gotten much bigger, it’s still doubling in size and the impact is even greater.

The space for Digital Health takes up a very large portion of the Sands Convention Center (Venetian Hotel) this year and that’s saying something for how large it’s really become. Plus, many of the booths were massive in scale. That’s not something we’d really seen at previous CES conferences in the Digital Health space.

Here’s one example of the massive iFit booth:
Wearable Fitness Booth at CES 2015

Yes, there’s basically a full stage for their booth with half a dozen people dancing and working out at their booth. Plus, after the dance performance, they are paying other models (I guess that’s what you’d call them) to work out on the equipment as well. It was quite the spectacle and the picture barely does it justice. (UPDATE: You can also check out this video of the Digital Health space at CES I did.)

In my initial CES Observations post on EMR and HIPAA, I commented on the number of new wearables, the beginning of ambient sensors with wearables, and the variety of new “jewelry” like wearables. Yes, there was a Swarovski jewelry booth right next to the Misfit booth.

On the other side of the equation were booth like the HP Matters booth:
HP Healthcare Booth at CES 2015

They had three images which talk about Healthcare in a Box (telemedicine), Data Analytics is Not Just a Buzzword, and Medical 3D Printing Comes of Age. I’m not sure how many people would have thought HP for any of these three areas.

I also found it really great that CES put the Health & Wellness, Digital Health and Fitness, Robotics, and 3D printing areas all right next to each other. No doubt there are a bunch of interesting robotic and 3D printing applications for healthcare.

While I’ve started to see a maturing of the devices and sensors at CES, I’m still waiting for a breakthrough company that does something powerful with all of this new found data. There are still a few edge cases where a Fitbit will help you lose weight by just encouraging you to reach a 10k step goal. Or the calorie counting app which makes you more aware of the food you’re eating. Those have their place in the current ecosystem, but that’s not really leveraging the data into a seamless change for people’s lives. In many ways, we needed all these sensors to mature to the point that we can innovate on top of all that data. Hopefully we’ll see more of it next year.

I did see one partial example of that this year. Fitbug has put together these Kiqplan programs. They’re essentially 12 week programs that try and address real problems that people are trying to solve: Slim + Trim, Beer Belly Blaster, Healthy Baby Bump, and Goodbye Baby Bump. In many ways this is just packaging, but I believe we need this type of packaging in order to attract people to using it. No doubt this is a simple first evolution, but I’d like to see where it goes.

No doubt wearables that relate to health and fitness have exploded at CES. However, I think we’re still just at the very beginning of seeing the amazing results from these wearable devices. The foundation is laid. Now we need to put up some walls and make it look nice.

January 8, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

The Growth of mHealth at International CES 2015

International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is just around the corner. My inbox has been innundated with emails from PR people interested in showing me the latest and great mobile health technologies at the show. I haven’t seen the final numbers on growth of the health portion yet, but I can assure you it’s going to be bigger than it’s ever been before.

The biggest trend I think we’re going to see this year is we’re going to see a lot of health applications outside of the Digital Health Summit section of the conference. A lot of the device makers are integrating some sort of health application into their devices and so I’ll just as easily be able to go up to the Samsung booth and talk mobile health as I will be able to do in the health specific section of the conference. I think that’s a sign of where mobile health applications are heading. They’re quickly just becoming a part of the overall ecosystem.

With that said, I’m going to be watching 2 main areas of applications:

Wearables – This is the obvious one. I won’t be able to turn my head at the health section of CES without being inundated with some sort of wearable. CES is known for having too many iPhone case companies exhibiting. You literally start to tune them out because there are so many. I wonder if I’ll start to do the same with wearables. Luckily, most wearables have more points of differentiation than iPhone cases. Or do they? I’m certain I’m going to find out.

Robotics and Telemedicine – This is something that’s been popular the past year or two at CES. I expect it will be even more popular this year. The mixture of robotics with Telemedicine is powerful in healthcare and also with caregivers. I’ll be interested to see if these have really made any progress or if they’re just pedaling more or less that same offerings as previous years.

Those are a few things I’ll be watching for at CES next week. if you’ll be at the event, I’d love to see you there.

December 31, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.