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 …

Healthcare Reform to Boost Telehealth 55% in 2013

Healthcare Reform to Boost Growth in Telehealth Market by 55 Percent in 2013 Austin, TX 19 Dec 2012 – From 2010 to 2011 usage of remote patient monitoring, or telehealth, increased by 22.2 percent as the number of patients enrolled worldwide reached 241,200. However, telehealth device revenues only grew by 5.0 percent from 2010 to 2011; and 18.0 percent from 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 …

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 …

The Medical Cartel is Keeping Health Care Costs High

By Travis Klavohn and Dr. Laura Williams In 2010, the small town of Collegedale, Tennessee had the dubious distinction of having the highest prevalence of Type II Diabetes in the world. Without a single endocrinologist in the small town, those suffering from this preventable and treatable form of the disease were unable to gain access to the treatment they needed. Read More …

FCC Broadband Health Imperative – how we responded

As a retired IBM technologist, market strategist, futurist, consumer advocate, and founding editor of Modern Health Talk, I am please to respond to this FCC action and will describe my background afterwards. What follows is the detailed docket (16-46) with my responses inserted and key points highlighted.

Digital Health at CES 2016

EDITOR:  The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest trade shows and conferences in the world, with well over 150,000 attendees, including more than 30,000 international attendees from 140 countries. Each January they come to Las Vegas, NV to see the latest tech products from over 3,000 exhibitors or showcase their own. Nowhere else on earth can you see and experience so much in 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …