Monthly Archives: June 2012

Five Technologies to Benefit Most from the SCOTUS Decision


The SCOTUS decision regarding the ACA will bring millions of more covered lives into the healthcare system.  There is no debate that this will significantly increase the cost of healthcare.  This creates a more pressing need for cost-saving technologies. In … Continue reading

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Five Ways the SCOTUS Decision on ACA Will Affect mHealth


          The upholding of the majority and key points of the ACA by the Supreme Court was a monumental step in changing healthcare in the USA.  It is reform.  It is not the creative destruction that is necessary in … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why mHealth is Not Going Away (Despite the Hype-Haters)


One feels almost assaulted by financial projections of the mHealth market every day.  Extrapolations from the increasing use of smartphones, the use of iPads by physicians, the adoption of patient portals by insurers, research of the Internet for medical purposes … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Mobile Health Apps Will Never Replace Doctors


A recent post in the DailyDealMedia, caught my attention. It was titled “Uprising in Mobile Health Care: Could Medical Apps Replace Doctors?”  The theme of technology versus humanistic aspects of medicine has been the subject of debate for many decades, … Continue reading

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Five Ways to get Congress Moving on Mobile Medical App Guidance


     As many of the readers of this blog know by now, the FDA draft guidance on mobile medical apps  was released on July 19, 2011.  While there are those who believe that FDA involvement in the regulation of … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Digital Health Technologies Need FDA Oversight


A draft proposal  of the FDA guidelines   for regulating mobile medical applications was released in July, 2011. In response, the mHealth Regulatory Coalition sent detailed comments on the proposal   (http://mhealthregulatorycoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/MRC-Comments-on-FDA-Draft-MMA-Guidance.pdf). There was a recent piece in the Washington Times  “The … Continue reading

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Five Ways to get Physicians to Adopt Digital Health Technologies


1.    Make it worth doing.  Until the fee for service reimbursement model goes away, the request to adopt any new technology by physicians is met with the question, “Is this a reimbursable service?”  This is a sad but true state … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why mHealth Success is Tied to Healthcare IT


In his book The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Dr. Eric Topol describes the importance of what he calls a superconvergence of six areas of digital technology   (wireless sensors, genomics, information systems, mobile connectivity, the Internet and social networking, and the … Continue reading

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BYOD: The Elephant in the Digital Health Technology Room


The Wikipedia definition of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is: “the recent trend of employees bringing personally owned mobile devices to their place of work, and using those devices to access privileged company resources such as email, file servers, and … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Pharma Needs Mobile Apps


     While Pharma companies are dabbling in social media, the importance of a strong presence in mobile health technologies cannot be ignored.  Here are some reasons: 1.   Mobile apps are not a passing fad and Pharma needs to be … Continue reading

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