Healthcare for the Rest

In my last post, I discussed some of the new startups and models of care targeting the top 1 percent. I’m not faulting any of those services or saying they aren’t valuable, but they are for now targeting customers who can pay.

Healthcare for the Rest

Companies like Fitbit have a similar model and will ideally see more widespread use as they scale and conduct pilots with payers and hospitals. They get a disproportionate amount of funding because investors are cautious about betting on companies that rely on payment and practice reform.

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Healthcare Services for the Top 1 Percent

In my last post about Uber for doctors, I mentioned the potential targets for such services. A service that costs $199 per visit is not meant for the masses. It is going to hit the top 1 percent of the population, at least at the start (but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense or is viable.) Maybe in time we’ll see an UberX with discounted visits done virtually, or visits for high risk groups that are supplemented by payers or ACOs.

Healthcare Services for the Top 1 Percent

One of the companies I mentioned, Medicast, didn’t agree with my conclusion that it’s meant for the top 1 percent. They replied on Twitter.

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Uber for Healthcare

I was in San Francisco this week for the J.P. Morgan conference. I wasn’t there for the conference itself, but for meetings with people in town.

Uber for Healthcare

Interestingly, most of the people I met with weren’t attending the conference either. It’s mostly an excuse to get a lot of industry people in the same place. I guess that’s the point of any conference, though some of them try hard on the curriculum side.

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Digital Health Trends of 2014

I tried to hold off on writing this post because of the poor performance of my 2013 predictions. However, I’m a sucker for peer pressure, and reading predictions all over the place about what is going to happen in mobile or digital health in 2014 has motivated me to write a predictions post.

Smartphones -> Smart Devices
How many people have devices that plug in or interface with their smartphones? I have have a Fuelband and a Pebble that connect to my iPhone using Bluetooth. I also use my phone as a remote for my Apple TV. My dad has a Glooko cable to connect his Bayer glucometer to his phone (he had an iBGStar, but switched back to Bayer because of the cost of iBGStar test strips.) My wife has a dermatoscope for her phone. There’s a long list of such smartphone extenders and it will grow exponentially in 2014.

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2013 in the Rear-View Mirror

We’re trudging ahead (some of us deep in a couple of feet of snow) into 2014. As we do, it’s fun to look back on the trends from the past year.

Patient Engagement

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