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12/23/2013
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9 Digital Health Trends For 2014

Step back, EHRs. These healthcare IT innovations are poised to take center stage in 2014.
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RobPreston
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12/24/2013 | 10:45:40 AM
Re: Wearables: how broad an appeal for health monitoring?
There's at least one kind of very common wearable device for managing a chronic condition: the insulin pump for Type 1 diabetics. It's not collecting and sending data that can then be acted on; it's managing the disease directly. But it's strapped on your belt -- truly wearable in that sense. 
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12/24/2013 | 10:42:00 AM
10. Standards
Android and iOS have become widely accepted platforms for developing smartphone & tablet add-on products, allowing designers to exploit the work of others and the immense compute power of these mobile devices, support what people already have and use, reduce costs, speed time to market, and expand market reach. Next is to select a networking standard that offers similar benefits and enables interoperability. While there are many options to chose from (including ANT+, Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Z-Wave), and each has a set of advantages, the ones most likely to succeed in medical devices are the ones already included in smartphones: Bluetooth & Wi-Fi. 

See The Role of Standards in Telehealth
Ken Terry
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12/23/2013 | 4:39:05 PM
Re: Wearables: how broad an appeal for health monitoring?
Amen. There's such a thing as too much monitoring. I don't think most Americans would like the nanny state to tell them how to live their lives. But would someone who has a history of heart disease in their family want to be monitored for early signs that they might have sudden cardiac arrest? You bet.
David F. Carr
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12/23/2013 | 4:35:09 PM
Wearables: how broad an appeal for health monitoring?
I can't help thinking of the astronauts in the film version of Apollo 13 ripping off their monitoring gadgets because they didn't want the flight surgeon keeping tabs on them in the midst of a crisis.

If health monitors get too good, you'll have to rip them off before going to the Christmas party if you don't want a lecture on overindulging in alcohol and dessert at your next doctor's visit.
Ken Terry
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12/23/2013 | 1:55:10 PM
Re: Telehealth's moment
I agree that telehealth can not only generate big savings but also increase access to care--an especailly important benefit at a time when there aren't enough primary care doctors to go around. But the business case works only for payers and for provider organizations that take financial responsibility for care delivery. Until there are more of the latter, telehealth will languish in the private sector.
ChrisMurphy
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12/23/2013 | 1:01:59 PM
Telehealth's moment
Teleheath is a technology where the time has come from both the tech and the business model standpoint. Big obstacle has been getting doctors paid for virtual visits, and I think we'll see those barriers blown away as the cost savings and convenience just seem too compelling.
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