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About davidleescher

David Lee Scher, MD is Founder and Director at DLS HEALTHCARE CONSULTING, LLC, which specializes in advising digital health technology companies, their partners, investors, and clients. As a cardiac electrophysiologist and pioneer adopter of remote patient monitoring, he understood early on the challenges that the culture and landscape of healthcare present to the development and adoption of digital technologies. He is a well-respected thought leader in mobile and other digital health technologies. Scher lectures worldwide on relevant industry topics including the role of tech in Pharma, patient advocacy, standards for development and adoption, and impact on patients and healthcare systems from clinical, risk management, operational and marketing standpoints. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.

Five Reasons Why Digital Health Needs Patient Reported Outcomes


According to the National Quality Forum, patient reported outcomes or patient reported outcomes measures (PROs) can be defined as “any report of the status of a patient’s health condition that comes directly from the patient, without interpretation of the patient’s … Continue reading

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Five Reasons We Must Untrap Digital Health’s Big Data


We tend to think of Big Data as a Land of Oz where we can find any information we need. What is not appreciated by most in healthcare is that there is a lot of Big Data collected but most … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Turn Big Data into Relevant Data


‘Big Data’ may be defined as data that is so large or complex that it cannot be processed by the usual applications. Current common uses of Big Data in healthcare include the collection of genomic data, insurance claims data, medication prescription … Continue reading

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My Five Asks of Digital Health


Digital health is experiencing what I would characterize as its adolescence.  The rudimentary pieces are in place for adoption; Awareness of the technologies, the progressing maturation of mobile technologies, realization of its critical need in the marketplace, interest by large … Continue reading

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Five Digital Health Implications of the Most Important Report You Never Heard of


One of the most discussed barriers to the adoption of mobile health technologies is the Digital Divide between the elderly and the rest of society. Technology may support initiatives encouraging aging at home.  There are many reasons why older persons do not use … Continue reading

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Five Reasons why the End of Meaningful Use is the Beginning of Meaningful Digital Health Information


The end of the Meaningful Use incentive program will turn the healthcare IT focus from the regulator to the patient. Continue reading

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Five Ways Rare Diseases can Benefit from Digital Health Technology


Rare diseases present special challenges for patients, families and clinicians alike. Symptoms may be mistaken or assumed to be more common ailments. There is not enough searchable material online for lay people, as most of the data and information might be … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Population Health Management Matters


The term Population Health has replaced patient engagement as the latest buzzwords in healthcare. There are a few reasons for this. It is a necessary evolutionary strategy born out of the worsening epidemic of chronic diseases (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and … Continue reading

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Five Requirements for the Adoption of Genomics as a Digital Health Tool


That digital health technologies will be adopted to address the ills of healthcare systems around the world is a foregone conclusion. The challenges of the cost of chronic disease burden, physician and patient dissatisfaction While awareness of digital health is … Continue reading

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Five Essentials of a Successful Digital Health Technology Initiative


In previous posts I have discussed imperatives of patient-centric healthcare, creating patient engagement, and potential value of various digital health technologies. Apart from these considerations are those involving roles of stakeholders and barriers they face in adopting technologies and optimal … Continue reading

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