World of mHealth Today and Predictions for Tomorrow (Part 1 of 2) – 9/9/11

Reader Benson asks, "What about a merger of games and patient engagement apps? Then the added layer of social connection would be an existing population of patients who have downloaded their local hospital or health plan mobile app." I agree it would be fantastic if health systems and payers could leverage the existing mobile user base to jump start social games around health. I think most of the apps from payers require users to log in for benefit info, but a lot of the hospital apps are anonymous and don’t require user registration. I’d prefer to see this led by health systems and providers, but those groups need to be motivated and paid to do it. Providers also probably need help from third parties because this is so out of their realm of expertise.

I’ve been trying to figure out what to write for this post all week and haven’t been able to get past responding to Benson’s comment above. Maybe it’s the beautiful weather outside or that I’ve had way too many out of town visitors recently or issues I’ve been having with business partners (that would make for a passionate post). I’m not sure exactly what it is, but something is distracting me.

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World of mHealth and Predictions for Tomorrow (Part 2 of 2) – 9/17/11

Last week I wrote a post covering mobile health solutions from payers and big pharma, two of the major players in the mobile health space. Today I’m going to continue with the state of mHealth with retail pharmacies and health systems. After that, I’ll try and see if can come up with some coherent thoughts to tie it together. It’s really not easy because of the range of activities in the mobile health space.

Retail Pharmacy

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Weekly Recap 3/01/13

Samsung announces the release of the Galaxy S IV, which will be unveiled March 14 in Times Square. Following record-breaking sales of its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, and a lukewarm reception to Apple’s iPhone 5, the Galaxy S IV is the smartphone that technology reporters may one day look back on as the actual iPhone killer. According to reports leaked to a Korean technology reporter, Samsung’s medical device business unit will release an integrated home monitoring device that will capture blood pressure, O2 saturation, pulse, and possibly blood glucose. The device will push integrated clinical data to the Galaxy S IV and any associated apps.

Weekly Recap 3/01/13

Practice Fusion, which offers a free, cloud-based practice EHR, acquires startup100Plus. 100Plus has raised more than $1.2 million in funding since its founding in 2011. The startup applies predictive modeling algorithms to de-identified patient data collected from across 150,000 Practice Fusion providers. The goal is to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles by developing active interventions based on the predictive models.

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What We Can Learn from Nike 8/14/12

She also uses the Nike+ running app, as I do, and we both like it and prefer it to Runkeeper. I got to thinking over the weekend how I haven’t owned any Nike apparel in a very long time. I don’t wear Nike shoes or clothes when I run. Neither does my wife. What’s interesting about this is we both use the brand name Nike much more frequently than Brooks or Mizuno, the makers of our running shoes. Nike, despite not winning the apparel war, is winning the battle of the minds because it is ahead of the other brands when it comes to the newest form of fitness gear – gadgets and apps. And Nike has been doing this for years. It has had sensors in shoes that sync to iPods and integrations with other tracking products.

What We Can Learn from Nike 8/14/12

The parallels between Nike and segments in health are obvious. I remember reading an interesting blog post a few months ago that I linked to in a news post. I went back and re-read it and realized it missed the point (and I missed the point in my summary of it). That post was about how Nike should partner with pharma to market the Fuelband for health and wellness, and not focus only athletes only.

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Enterprise Provider Apps (1 of 2) – 9/30/11

As a reminder to anybody interested in attending the mHealth Summit this year (December 5-7, Washington DC), early registration ends next Friday. If you are going and want to save $100, register before then.

I wrote a couple of posts (Part 1 and Part 2) recently about the overall mHealth landscape and included mobile apps for pharmacy, pharma, payers, and health systems. I didn’t really cover enterprise apps for health system, at least those used by providers, because it was just too big and broad.

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