What Happens If mHealth Succeeds?

What would happen if mobile health became addictive? This article by Joseph Kvedar, MD of the Center for Connected Health lays out how mobile devices have become addictive, with people checking their mobile phones almost constantly, up to 150 times a day. I have that addiction, too, and it’s something I’m trying to curb. I suppose acknowledging the problem is the first step to correcting it. But what if (and that’s a big "if") mobile health hits its tipping point?

Let’s just accept the "if" for now and not argue about whether or not it will actually happen. Just take the leap of faith with me. I’m curious what that would mean, not whether it will happen. What would it look like if somehow mobile health (or connected health) became addictive, pilot projects went to scale, we solved the major limitations regarding adoption and distribution of mobile health tools, and increasing numbers of consumers were compulsive about mobile health apps and services?

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The Train Wreck Known as HealthCare.gov

HealthCare.gov is a disaster. It has been been well documented here and here as well as by our very own Lt. Dan here. Let me start with my experience trying to use HealthCare.gov.

This all took place last weekend and Monday of this week. It took too days because — and I couldn’t make this up — I fell asleep in front of the computer waiting to compete the registration. It kept hanging and then logging me out and I eventually fell asleep waiting on one of the refreshes. I did eventually complete the application, but had to enter my family information multiple times because the site kept deleting it. It wasn’t like I used it the first day it was launched. It was after it had been proven that it couldn’t scale and that a whole lot of organizations claimed to have been working on it 24/7.

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Patient Engagement = Marketing Value-Based Care

Patient engagement was a big part of Health 2.0 last week. It’s also everywhere in the media these days.

Patient Engagement = Marketing Value-Based Care

One of the major problems with patient engagement is that it’s a buzzword. Like most buzzwords, is often used without much thought going in to what it really means. I admit to being part of the problem. I’ve written about patient engagement without providing a real definition for it. I think I know what I mean by patient engagement, but my definition tends to be use case driven, meaning I have something very specific applications of engagement in mind when I write about it.

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Health 2.0 Launch

I was at Health 2.0 this week. Launch is a pretty cool event. I like the format and the fun of seeing live demos of new technology and apps. I wrote about it and participated in it last year. The format hasn’t changed over the last several years, but the audience has certainly grown.

The companies were broadly representative this year. Health 2.0 did a good job of selecting a good range of concepts. Below are my thoughts and my rank order for the companies I liked the best. Keep in mind this is based mostly on a 3.5 minute demo and the 30 seconds or so I spent on each company’s website in between pitches.

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What Conferences Do You Attend?

How do you think about health conferences? I’m on my way to the Health 2.0 Conference in California right now. In the last few weeks, several people have asked me about Health 2.0 wanting to know what my thoughts are on it and how it compared to other health tech conferences. I seem to get asked more about Health 2.0 than any other conference. I don’t know why.

I also often get asked by people what conferences I think are the most important each year. It usually goes like this: "If I’m going to attend only one or two conferences this year, what should they be?" It’s a good question, but I don’t think there is one answer. It all depends what you want to get out of the conference. I mostly go to conferences to meet people and network. Conferences are probably the only times that people from health tech from all over the country are together in one place, and that’s valuable. It’s funny because my wife, who only goes to clinical conferences, gets a lot of value from the educational sessions at conferences. Meeting people at conferences is valuable for her, but so are the specific tracks for which she signs up.

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