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Mobile Health Starting to Really Crop Up at HIMSS15

I’ve coined a new hashtag I call the #HIMSSHaze. Any reporters, people working at HIMSS, vendors exhibiting at HIMSS, and related professionals know what the #HIMSSHaze is. As a blogger, the biggest challenge is the 400+ pitches (not accounting for duplicates or pitches that contain 10 companies in one email) that land in my email inbox. It’s a bit overwhelming and they don’t stop even right up until the event. Plus, during the event they then send out all their press releases announcing something at the event.

You can imagine that a lot of stuff gets lost in the noise. However, I like to make a sincere effort to go through each pitch I receive, evaluate it, and at least tell them if I have time or not. At least until my schedule is full. If you waited until now to send it to me, I don’t have much sympathy when I don’t have time to meet because my schedule is full. Luckily, most PR people understand that when they pitch you so late. Although, it’s a bit sad when a great pitch comes in late and your schedule is full, but I digress.

My HIMSS blogger experience aside, what going through 400+ pitches provides me is a great view at what’s going to happen at HIMSS. After reading all of the pitches, press releases, and comments, I have a pretty good feel for the topics that are going to be popular at HIMSS.

One thing that’s clear to me is that mobile health is really starting to finally have a strong presence at HIMSS 2015. Sure, we’ve always had a mobile health startup or two spread around HIMSS. Also, every EHR vendor’s been considering their mobile strategy. However, in 2015 I’m seeing mobile health companies starting to really establish themselves in the industry.

I’ll be talking with a bunch of them at HIMSS and trying to assess the impact they’re really having on healthcare. It’s no surprise that communication apps are some of the strongest in the mobile health space. At the end of the day, quality communication can really improve healthcare. The mobile devices provide a whole suite of new communication opportunities.

I’d love to hear where you see mobile health taking off at HIMSS.

April 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.

Growth of mHealth – Where’s the Money?


We all know that the potential for mHealth is massive. Everyone is getting a mobile phone and there is a mobile health app for anything and everything. Although, I’ve often asked myself, where’s the money in all the mobile health adoption?

The above tweet and image creates a pretty compelling image of where you can find the money in mobile health: Services and Device Sales.

I guess this shouldn’t be surprising. It illustrates how it’s likely going to be hard to be a mobile health app that’s just an app. Instead, you have to build some people skills (ie. services) or hardware skills (ie. devices). Many people who just want to roll out an app, might want to consider this finding.

What still bothers me is that we have yet to really have a breakout app. I think it’s coming, but I’m surprised it’s not already here. What do you think will be the breakout app?

April 1, 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.

Will Apple’s iWatch Be A Game Changer for Healthcare?

In case you’re living in a hole, or at least have too busy to check it out, here’s the Apple iWatch trailer which outlines the soon to be released Apple smartwatch.

I haven’t worn a watch in years, so it’s hard for me to imagine me wearing one of these. Although, I’ve worn watches in the past and so I’d like to try it. The commercials I’ve seen for the iWatch are pretty compelling, but what I can’t tell is how much of that is “great advertising” and how much of that is “I really need this product.”

Now to the title of this article. Will the iWatch change the game in healthcare? My answer is no. Besides the fact that Apple has sucked out a lot of the mHealth related functionality, I just don’t think that enough people are going to buy and wear them for it to really change healthcare. Plus, I don’t think the fact that it’s a watch on your wrist as opposed to a phone in your pocket is going to be able to provide that much added functionality.

What I do think the Apple iWatch will do is help to push forward how we look at how we interface with our phone and the data that’s available to us. I think that’s a great thing and something we’ll all benefit from across a wide variety of devices and interfaces which are to come.

So, I don’t think that the Apple iWatch is going to revolutionize healthcare, but it is a nice step forward in new interfaces that will be one of many interfaces we use to access our health data and communicate with our various care providers.

What do you think? Will the Apple iWatch have more or less impact on healthcare than what I describe?

March 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.

Brain Computer Interfaces In Your Ear

We like to talk about wearables and their ability to track our health and inform us of important health messages. However, today’s wearables are likely just the very start of what will be possible in the future. Don’t believe me? Try this story from Nautilus:

A brain computer interface made of gold electrodes mounted on a plastic film that is flexible enough to be molded on to the inner ear and behind the ear could herald the next big thing in wearable tech. The interface works like a conventional EEG cap, reading the wearer’s brain signals, and stays on for up to two weeks—even in the shower. The interface was powerful enough to allow wearers to operate a text speller through thought, but at only five words every two minutes it isn’t as efficient as texting—yet.

This amounts to basically a small bandaid on your ear. That’s some powerful technology. If you’re getting lost in the five words every two minutes, don’t. This is just the foundational learning that’s required for us to make advancements in this process.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished for the ability to think a blog post. Yes, I’ve typed over 4000 healthcare IT blog posts over the years. That number would probably be 8000 if it counted the number of times I’ve thought through a blog post. It would be perfect in a car when you’re mindlessly driving a route that you drive regularly.

If this doesn’t get you excited, you might want one of these to see if your brain is still working. This is cool stuff. Sure, there could be some unforeseen ramifications as well, but that’s true with any technology. I can’t wait to see what smart people come up with next.

March 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.

Smartphones: A Clinical Trial Platform

In my daily browsing of interesting content, I came across this SlideShare presentation talking about mobile health and the use of smartphones in healthcare. The presentation coverss a lot of ground including the smartphone as a clinical trial platform. Check it out below:

Some of the quotes in the second half of the presentation are really insightful and thought provoking. Plus, who doesn’t like a great Dilbert cartoon? I’m still chewing on this quote: “The word LISTEN has the same letters as the word SILENT.”

I was also hit by the quote from Om Malik, “I live with a disease and my phone is as much a part of it as my meds.” Although, maybe I was a bit more struck by it since Om’s blog, GigaOm, got shut down this week after it ran out of money. Om’s doing fine since he’d left the company a while back and is a VC now. Either way, his quote gives an insight into what a powerful smartphone could do for health. This is why we started this blog.

March 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.

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.

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.