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Fitbit Force Sales Stopped and Voluntary Recall Begins

The CEO of Fitbit has announced that they have stopped sales of the Fitbit Force and offered a voluntary recall. If you have a Fitbit Force and would like to get a refund, they have set up a dedicated page on their website or call 888-656-6381.

Here’s a comment from the CEO about the reason for the recall:

Late last year, we began selling Fitbit Force, our most advanced activity tracker. Recently, some Force users have reported skin irritation. While only 1.7% of Force users have reported any type of skin irritation, we care about every one of our customers. On behalf of the entire Fitbit team, I want to apologize to anyone affected.

Of course, we know the difference in number between people who report problems and those that have them is very different. It is interesting that their test results show that users are likely experiencing allergic contact dermatitis.

When you think about a watch based product like this, you’d think that the science of materials for watches would be solid. It seems really odd to me that Fitbit and their pile of investor dollars didn’t tap into this science to avoid an issue like this.

The timing for this is also interesting with so many people touting the Fitbit Force as their giveaway at HIMSS 2014. Well, I guess winners now have an easy way to cash it in for $130 if they want as opposed to heading to eBay.

James Park, Fitbit CEO, does note that they’re working on their next generation tracker. I won’t be surprised if the Fitbit Force brand never sees the light of day again. I’m pretty sure they’ll want to take the lessons learned and move forward and put the Force behind them.

February 21, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

What Will Mobile Health’s Presence Look Like at #HIMSS14?

Maybe I have HIMSS 2014 on the mind and for good reason. I have dozens of appointments set and a full schedule of meetings with amazing people. For someone deep into healthcare IT, going to HIMSS with 1200+ vendors and 37k+ attendees is like a kid in a candy store. Everywhere I look there will be something interesting.

For the context of this site, I think it’s worth considering what the mobile health presence will be at HIMSS. My gut prediction is that there won’t be anything special that’s specific to mobile health. However, we will see mobile health as a part of every single company’s strategy. I guess some might consider this fact pretty special.

Think about what this means. Has mobile health finally just become a part of the broader healthcare IT?

I think this is indeed the case. Some people predicted this previously, but I think that this HIMSS we’ll essentially see that it’s become a reality. Mobile Health isn’t its own industry, but is just the natural outgrowth and evolution of healthcare IT in general.

What I do think will be interesting to watch is health IT companies that start with a mobile first strategy. In the EHR world DrChrono and the Kareo EHR (originally the Epocrates EHR) are a couple that have worked to be mobile first EHR. It will be interesting to see the suite of applications that entrepreneurs create with a mobile first design process in mind.

I’ll be interested to see what I discover with mobile and smartphones at HIMSS. I’ll be sure to report back on my findings.

February 18, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

The mHealth Digital Divide

At the mHealth Summit, Steve Case offered an interesting insight about mHealth doing amazing things with mobile, but hospitals still being worried about updating Windows XP.”

This is one of my key takeaways at the mHealth Summit. There’s a large digital divide between what’s happening in the mobile health world and the reality of most healthcare organizations (Doctors and Hospitals). It would be great if those organizations would partner with these companies trying to innovate in the mobile health space, but unfortunately most are too busy focusing on all the government regulations (ie. ICD-10, meaningful use and ACOs).

What I don’t see is a bridge being built to bridge this divide. Maybe the fact that HIMSS now owns the mHealth Summit event will help. Hopefully the HIMSS audience will finally embrace what’s happening and join in on the conversation. Although, I’m betting that will happen a lot slower than we’d all like.

Anyone who’s tried to sell into healthcare (particularly hospitals) knows what a challenge that can be. Many of the companies developing these mobile health apps don’t come from healthcare. I love the outside influence and knowledge coming into healthcare, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to sell into healthcare. Like most enterprises, the sales process can be brutal.

December 10, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

mHealth and Digital Health Event List

Update: Looks like Paul moved his list to this new location.

Props go out to Paul Sonnier for creating this list of mHealth and Digital Health events. It shows you how many events are happening in the mobile health and digital health space.

My problem with this list is that I want to attend all of the events. This is a problem since I’ve been trying really hard not to travel for events. I traveled a bit too much to start the year and that took its toll on my family. So, I’m hoping to limit my travel for at least the rest of the year. We’ll see how well I can resist.

There are a few events where people are paying for me to attend the event and cover it on my network of sites and on Twitter. That makes it much easier to justify attending. Otherwise, I might be attending a lot of these conferences virtually as I follow their various hashtags on Twitter.

The unfortunate thing as I look at the list is that it doesn’t have any digital health events listed for Las Vegas. One year I was spoiled with HIMSS, ANI, and MGMA all in Las Vegas the same year. This year it seems like we’re looking at a bit of a drought.

What digital health and mHealth events are you planning to attend? Which events do you think I should attend?

July 18, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

mHealth Summit Next Week

We’re really excited to be participating in the mHealth Summit in Washington, DC next week. We attended the event last year and are excited to see the various technologies that will be there again this year.

I was told that they’re expecting about 4000 attendees at the conference and about 300 vendors. I’m excited to see how the conference goes post-HIMSS acquisition. So far I’ve seen nothing but good things come from the acquisition by HIMSS.

My schedule is chalk full of meetings with various mHealth companies. So, I’ll try to get as much information for you from the event as possible.

You can follow all of the happenings at the mHealth Summit on Twitter using the hashtag #mhs12. If you plan to be at the conference, I’d love to connect with you in person.

November 30, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

Most Popular Mobile Device at HIMSS11

I think it was quite evident that there was one mobile device that was by far the most popular mobile device at the healthcare IT conference, HIMSS 2011. The funny thing is that despite being the most popular device, the vendor of this device was no where to be found among the 1000+ HIMSS exhibitors. Yes, that’s right. There were 1000 exhibitors at HIMSS and the most popular mobile health device vendor was no where to be found.

Of course, if you haven’t guessed already, the most popular mobile device at HIMSS 11 was definitely the iPad.

It seemed like about every other booth had an iPad giveaway. Every EMR vendor at HIMSS had some sort of iPad strategy and many made announcements at HIMSS about their new iPad EMR. Sadly, I didn’t walk away with an iPad myself, unless some nice vendor contacts me in the next couple days saying that I won their drawing. Then, I’d jump for joy.

I find it pretty amazing that the iPad was marketed so well at HIMSS at a cost of $0. Yes, I saw the Fujitsu iPad like offering (although really a tablet with the iPad form factor and related similarities). I also saw the yet to be released Blackberry playbook. Yet, there was no booth for Apple. There were no Apple sales or marketing people at HIMSS. There was no big Apple party at HIMSS. Yet, there’s no doubt that the iPad came off a big winner at HIMSS.

February 28, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

Calling All Android Medical Apps

Ok, so as you can tell from the title of this post, I’m looking for any and all Android medical apps that I can find. Yes, I am biased to Android since that’s what I use for my phone. I’d like to get an iPod touch, but I still haven’t gotten the chance to get it yet. So, for now I’ll be trying out the various medical apps for Android.

So, let me know which medical apps are the best ones you’ve found for the Android device. If you know of a list of Android healthcare apps, then that works just fine too. Let me know and after HIMSS I’ll get down and dirty with the apps and write about them here for everyone to learn and enjoy.

Thanks!

February 17, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.