Category Archives: informatics

#DigitalHealth: Five Fallacies of Remote Patient Monitoring


As defined in Wikipedia, remote patient monitoring (RPM) is: “a technology to enable monitoring of patients outside of conventional clinical settings (e.g. in the home), which may increase access to care and decrease healthcare delivery costs.”  I was a pioneer … Continue reading

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#DigitalHealth: Patient Engagement Does Not Imply Patient Empowerment


Patient engagement is a phrase that is everywhere now. It is part of the vernacular in advocacy circles, government, health technology companies, and payers. It used to signal a new healthcare ecosystem in which the patient is more of a … Continue reading

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Five Ways of Achieving Patient Engagement: Part 2: WITH Technology


In my previous post I discussed what I believe to be the most important paths to patient engagement without technology. I would like to now follow-up and discuss how technology can promote patient engagement.  This technology might be in the … Continue reading

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Five Pitfalls of Designing a Medical App


There are an estimated 15,000 medical apps presently on the market and is expected to grow 25% per year according to one study.  There are issues which are common in the development of these apps and other categories of apps. … Continue reading

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Five Big Developments for Digital Health in 2013


I read with interest a few articles discussing predictions for digital health technologies for 2013.  One such amusing article in informationweek.com had some which were in more detailed described as  By the end of 2013, the implementation of such a … Continue reading

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The Healthcare Cliff


The term ‘fiscal cliff’ is one familiar to most Americans and many outside observers of this periodic political posturing around the need to address hardcore financial issues facing the country.  If both political parties hashed out their differences and came … Continue reading

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Why Payers are Critical to mHealth Adoption


     In previous posts I have talked about the importance of some of the major stakeholders in mHealth adoption (Physicians, non-physician providers,hospitals, and caregivers) in mHealth adoption. For a few reasons insurers will also play a pivotal role in … Continue reading

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Recent Healthcare Regulations and Relationship to Digital Technologies


Recently there have been significant developments with regards to healthcare regulatory requirements. One might look at the impacts on digital technologies depending upon whether they are mandates directed specifically at technology or aimed at clinical issues. I will touch on … Continue reading

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Five Imperatives for Better Patient Outcomes: Implications for Digital Health Technology


As both patient outcome and satisfaction gains more attention because it is becoming a basis for scaling healthcare reimbursement, management struggles to determine what constitutes a good patient experience and how best to achieve it. According to a recent survey, … Continue reading

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Consumer Health and Medical Apps: Common Threads for Success


Health, fitness, and medical apps are flooding the market at breakneck speed. There are now over 40,000 of them. There are many obvious differences between those directed to consumers and apps developed as tools of healthcare providers, targeted at disease-specific … Continue reading

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