mHealth: What does it mean and what’s included

What is mHealth, and does the term stand for Mobile Health or Modern Health? That’s the subject of a an online discussion started by David Doherty, moderator of a LinkedIn group interested in using mobile technologies to improve health. He started the discussion to support my view that any definition of mHealth that only includes smartphones is both limiting and arrogant. This Read More …

11 Emerging Chronic Disease Technologies

NEHI Identifies 11 Emerging Chronic Disease Technologies To Watch Cites Potential to Improve Care, Lower Costs for At-Risk Populations CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (June 13, 2012) – NEHI, a national health policy institute dedicated to finding innovative solutions to health care problems, today identified eleven emerging technologies that have the potential to improve care and lower costs for chronic disease patients, especially Read More …

Why American Health Care is So Expensive

This video by Vox and Ezra Klein explains why American health care is so expensive, and it does so simply and effectively. It mentions each of the top issues I write about here at Modern Health Talk, including the political influence of a medical cartel that profits from treating illness and injury with a fee-for-service business model.

Need More Wireless Spectrum for Telehealth Innovation

  The lack of good cellular connections threatens the future of mobile healthcare solutions. I once got 5 bars on a regular basis, but the wireless signal in my neighborhood has diminished to the point that I’m lucky to get one bar or any connection at all. I took my problem to the AT&T store and showed them a picture Read More …

About Operating Room Safety

 Make Sure You’re in the Safest Possible Operating Room The Hazards of Hospitals We all think of the hospital as a place we go to get better, but hospitals in the United States are making people sicker at alarming rates. Between overtired interns, germ-covered doctors,  haphazard record keeping, and equipment failures, you might find yourself in more trouble than you Read More …

Moore’s Law and The FUTURE of Healthcare

By Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk This article examines a future driven by Moore’s Law and the trend of circuits and components getting smaller, faster and cheaper exponentially over time and the eventual blending of science and technology (INFO + BIO + NANO + NEURO). I approach this topic from the unique perspective of an IBM technologist, market Read More …

Are we Bringing Health Care Home or Sending it Overseas?

Get ready for outsourced health care. Last week I wrote TeleHealth: The Doctor Will See You Now, Remotely, but what if Remotely means someplace in India or China? As Dr. David Lee Scher notes, interest in mHealth is driven by several factors, including: The rising costs of health care; The worsening shortage of primary care physicians, and an even greater Read More …

Regulations Not Keeping Up with Technology

By Wayne Caswell The rapid and accelerating pace of tech innovation has profound implications for healthcare delivery & payment, aging, and disability employment, but regulations that support that are spotty or nonexistent. The good news “Durable medical equipment” is a class of assistive technology that can be paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance plans. Motorized wheel chairs Read More …

Stratus Video Call Center is like a Virtual Waiting Room

(Reposted — originally published 11/9/2011) As healthcare providers gear up for telehealth, they’ll face new issues such as 24×7 remote monitoring and the need to support virtual doctor visits by telepresence over the Internet. I wrote before here and here, there must be compatibility among different video systems, including the enterprise class-systems in hospitals and consumer-class systems in PC & Read More …

Presidential Report on Independence Technology

In an 80-page report issued this week, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), made several recommendations to address America’s aging population with independence technology. They include: mHealth innovation, remote patient monitoring, telehealth expansion and reimbursement, broadband access for seniors, more sophisticated wheelchairs, and even home designs for sustained independence. What follows is a highlighted extract from the report’s Read More …

Why doctors are so afraid of apples

As implied in “An Apple a Day…” the fruit and the smartphone can both keep doctors away, and that has many of them terrified for good reason. Those at the top of the healthcare mountain especially fear the Healthcare MiniTrends, because they know 429 of the original Fortune 500 companies (1955) are no longer in business today. And they’re looking Read More …

Why mHealth is the Holy Grail of Participatory Medicine

By David Lee Scher, MD mHealth has been utilized in underdeveloped countries for many years due to inaccessibility to scarce health care resources as well as the widespread use of cell phones. Developments in health care in the Western world have  recently spurned interest in mHealth in developed countries too. 1. A present and worsening shortage of primary care physicians, Read More …

Get the Health Incentives Right

Fixing our broken healthcare system, reducing costs, and improving care all comes down to getting the objectives and health incentives right. This post is based on a comment I made when Pritpal Tamber called for “Creating a parallel system to health care” in MedCity News back in 2014. At least for consumers, Modern Health Talk (www.mHealthTalk.com) can already be called the Read More …

Eldercare and the Wireless Revolution

Home Sweet Home: Eldercare and the Wireless Revolution Byline article by Jamie Dalzell Telemedicine | Telehealth | Connected Health  —  Technology’s role in modern medicine goes by many names, and has seen massive growth since Modern Health Talk last examined it in detail. Not only are emerging technologies like wireless charging and wearable devices changing the medical landscape, but the increasing Read More …

20-20 Vision of Digital Life in 2025

Pew Research Center recently published its vision of Digital Life in 2025, based on predictions from over 1,000 experts who generally said the Internet would become “like electricity” – more deeply embedded in our lives but less visible. Before I present the top 15 themes from the Pew report, here’s my own Back to the Future vision of technology and and its Read More …

Aging and Brain Science

This article explores advances in neural engineering research and is based on my interview with Dr. Metin Akay, Founding Chairman of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. His discipline unites the fields of engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics with cellular, molecular, cognitive and behavioral neurosciences. Read More …

Health Care Disruption

“Can We Disrupt Health Care Even More?” That was the question posed by Commonwealth Fund, which is looking for the next big breakthrough in health care. I responded with what is included in today’s post. First, Get the Incentives Right Beyond innovative Technologies and new Business Models, the biggest disruption to health care will come with new Incentives that cause Read More …

Don’t Kill the Open Internet

This really is about healthcare, believe me. It’s also about free speech, commerce, education, employment, and the open Internet, so read on. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to gut Net Neutrality consumer protections and kill open Internet competition as a result. That’s not surprising since he formerly worked as an attorney for Verizon Communications, but there are many issues that are not Read More …

Aging at Home: Common Problems-Solutions

Here at Modern Health Talk, you’ll find hundreds of solutions for safe & independent aging-in-place, including dozens of articles about the principles of Universal Design, and numerous photo examples on our Pinterest boards. But today’s guest post brings together many solutions in one article. Aging at Home: Common Problems & Solutions By Jessica Hoefer (Here’s the original.) The most common problems as you age in Read More …

As Boomers Age, Who Will Care for Seniors?

Guest article by Albert Lester (editor enhanced) Americans keep living longer. According to the CIA World Factbook, 26% of Americans are older than 55. Just more than 40% fall in the 25-54 age range, double the rate for those under age 14, and dwarfing the number of 15-24 year olds. Moreover, our population growth is less than one percent. For Read More …