Competition in the Telehealth Market Set to Intensify

Competition in the Telehealth Market to Intensify PRESS RELEASE: Date: 28 November 2011 With a global revenue forecast of $990 million by 2015 (InMedica) the Telehealth market is already attracting a host of suppliers and innovators at various points in the value chain. In a new whitepaper, “Competitive Dynamics in the World Telehealth Market – 2011 to 2020”, InMedica assesses Read More …

Remote Patient Monitoring Platforms Emerge

Close to 100 million wearable remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices will ship over the next 5 years, according to ABI Research. This growth is boosted by the growing interest in moving healthcare away from the hospital and into patients’ homes. A key part of that trend is the ability to collect data from consumer devices and share it securely with patients, healthcare providers, Read More …

Blood Pressure Monitors see Steady Market Growth

Blood Pressure Monitors Set for Stable Market Growth as Health Concerns Show No Sign of Ebbing Austin, Texas (Sept. 5, 2013)–The world market for blood pressure monitors will enjoy steady growth in the years ahead as aging populations climb in number and diseases exacting their toll require observation and supervision, according to a new report from IHS Inc., a leading Read More …

Global Telehealth Market to Expand 10x by 2018

According to market research firm IHS Technology, the global telehealth market is expected to grow by more than a factor of 10 from 2013 to 2018, as medical providers increasingly employ remote communications and monitoring technology to reduce costs and improve the quality of care. Worldwide revenue for telehealth devices and services is expected to swell to $4.5 billion in Read More …

Health & Healthcare Market Research

Below are highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to health and health care. (Note: Copied here with permission on 1/9/2014. The original will be updated whenever new data is available.) Internet access: 85% of U.S. adults use the internet (May 2013 survey). For more, see: Who’s Online. 91% of U.S. adults own a cell phone; 56% of U.S. adults own Read More …

Telemedicine as good as a Doctor visit?

Virtual doctor visits via video conference are starting to go mainstream, with some people putting them on par with a regular trip to the doctor’s office. UnitedHealthcare, announcing that they’ll cover virtual doctor visits through American Well, Doctor on Demand, and NowClinic, is the latest to jump on the telemedicine bandwagon. While these consultations previously would cost $40-50 per call, United members will Read More …

Improving the Nation’s Health with More Efficient Care

Professor Carl J. Schramm wrote about Improving the Nation’s Health with More Efficient Care as part of a GE Ideas Roundtable that included two good interactive infographics about working in America and how different nations view innovation. But I don’t think improving the efficiency of care is where the biggest benefits lie, so I added this comment: Technology can be Read More …

Addressing Healthcare Inefficiencies

How do you deal with the inefficiencies of the healthcare system? This question was posed to a LinkedIn discussion group by White Glove Health, an Austin-based company that provides health care directly to you at home or work or over the phone. It’s a new discussion thread, but here’s my initial response.   Given advancements in technology, and related but slower Read More …

Abreviated Vision of the Future of Health Care

“Why aren’t more health care organizations using social media to connect with patients and their community?” is a question posed to the LinkedIn discussion group, Innovations in Health. What follows is my response. While HIPAA and regulatory oversight can inhibit progress, that’s not all bad unless extreme. On the other hand, social & political pressures can drive progress, and technology Read More …

Healthcare as Public Utility

Computing functions once associated with PCs are moving back to big servers in the Internet Cloud, leaving mobile client devices to handle the user interface (UI) but not the data storage and analysis. I find this shift especially interesting, having grown up in the mainframe world at IBM as computing functions moved to PCs. In the case of speech recognition Read More …

Technology may hinder job growth (and change medicine)

I talk to lots of jobseekers who can’t find jobs with benefits, especially if they’re seniors over age 55, so I found this Reuters article, Rise in machines may hinder job growth, especially interesting and added the following comment. Extend Moore’s Law out 50 years and consider the labor implications of futurist predictions that could all happen in our lifetime. Read More …

Medical students invent app that checks your symptoms

Craig Monsen and David Do are fourth-year medical students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine students. According to this article, they recently created a smartphone compatible website that uses big data, analytics, and artificial intelligence to analyze your symptoms and help determine the cause. Using Symcat (symptoms-based, computer-assisted triage), you enter various ailments (fever, rash, cough, swelling etc.) and receive Read More …

Telemedicine becoming the new house call

  Travis Proctor logged onto his computer, turned on his new webcam and clicked his mouse. Within seconds, the 42-year-old father of three was face to face with Dr. Kelvin Burton, his primary care physician. Just months ago, Proctor would have had to drive for nearly an hour round-trip from his home in Powder Springs to Burton’s Douglasville family care Read More …

Get the 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. At least for consumers, Modern Health Talk (www.mHealthTalk.com) can already be called the “Institute for New Health Thinking,” with over 100 articles on Legislative, Public Policy, and Health Reform topics written for consumers, and over 700 on Read More …

Healthcare in the age of Dr. Google

Healthcare in the age of Dr. Google: the 2014 digital patient journey is sponsored by Fathom Healthcare, a healthcare marketing company. Ask any medical professional what has changed about patient behavior the last few years, and she is sure to talk about a physician who never was accepted to med school … the ubiquitous “Dr. Google.” When patients start to Read More …

The $49 Doctor Visit, Online

Instead of searching for a doctor, calling for an appointment, taking time off work, and then driving to the doctor’s office, just connect online with video. Healthcare just got a whole lot easier for consumers, thanks to American Well and a new telehealth service that connects people to physicians through their iPad, iPhone or Android device as well as any Read More …

False Barriers to mHealth?

From a consumer perspective, technologies – including wireless networks, smartphones, tablets, and medical sensors – are advancing at breakneck speed, enabling the new converged field of mobile health care, or mHealth. Technologists, on the other hand know that so much more can be done and are often frustrated by barriers that slow innovation and time-to-market, including nay-Sayers  and regulators. I’m Read More …

Chipping Away at Healthcare Special Interests Yet?

Is it just “One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?” or is something bigger happening? Last week I read an excellent article in Huffington Post by Charles Francis, and it inspired today’s post about public interests versus special interests. In this article I’ll reflect on the healthcare progress consumers are making despite politicians working against them. But first, more on Read More …