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About davidleescher

David Lee Scher, MD is Director at DLS HEALTHCARE CONSULTING, LLC, which specializes in helping digital health technology companies, their partners and clients. As a former cardiac electrophysiologist and pioneer adopter of remote patient monitoring, he is uniquely qualified to address both clinical and operational concerns of clients. Scher was Chair of Happtique's Blue Ribbon Panel which established standards for certification of medical apps in the categories of safety, operability, privacy, and content. He is a well-respected expert in mobile and other digital health technologies and lectures worldwide on technology and its impact on patients and healthcare systems.

Aging at Home: A Necessary Synergy with Digital Health Technology


References to new healthcare delivery models today generally refer to systematic changes which reflect reimbursement strategy shifts. Some even go so far as to refer to them as innovations in healthcare design. I would take issue with labeling these new … Continue reading

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Five Ways Mobile Health Technologies can Change Healthcare Now


There is growing healthy skepticism about the past promises of mobile technologies.  Issues concerning safety after the release of the FDA Guidance of mobile medical apps, privacy and security, and efficacy. Followers of the sector are poised for the rubber … Continue reading

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Five Differences between Consumer and Patient Sensor Technologies


The technology industry has been buzzing of late because of the big players entering the wearable sensor market. We are very familiar with Misfit and Fitbit for some time. Others investing into the sector include Intel, Microsoft,  Apple and Samsung. … Continue reading

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Point of Engagement Business Models for Digital Health Technology


          One of the biggest challenges globally that patient-facing digital health technologies face is finding ways to gain traction and to generate revenue within traditional reimbursement systems. In a previous post, I discussed best practices for adoption of technology by … Continue reading

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Transforming a Digital Health Technology Tool into a Solution


I always pay attention to the reaction I receive from an audience at a talk or individual I encounter when I discuss the difference between a tool and a solution. Marketing a technology as a solution before it has been … Continue reading

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Five Ways Patient Engagement Can Start in the Office


There are over 58 million references to ‘patient engagement’ if one conducts a Google search. The term has been diluted and changed in the past couple of years and has become a buzz phrase, used more from a business than … Continue reading

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Completing the Puzzle – Mobile Survey Results Shape the Direction of mHealth


There have been a few excellent surveys regarding mHealth.  One report commissioned by PwC and published in 2012, was a combination of two separate surveys conducted in Brazil, Denmark, the UK, the USA, Turkey, Germany, India, China, South Africa, and … Continue reading

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Introduction vs Adoption of #mHealth Technology


Before the adoption of new technologies which will undoubtedly improve healthcare (as it has the retail and finance sectors), it must be introduced in ways which are digestible, scalable, and subject to rapid iteration. Is mobile technology different from the … Continue reading

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Five Ways Physicians Can Change Patient Behavior


It is no secret that one of the best ways towards better health management is a good physician-patient relationship. There needs to be buy-in from both participants to shared decision-making. One might object to the title of this post, stating … Continue reading

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Five Things New Patients Think Which Surprise Me


     Patients now often enter a physician’s office with preconceived notions. All the parties involved are cognizant of one thing: time is limited. The patient is hoping their issue is addressed (hopefully, the provider often fears it is not … Continue reading

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