Do We Really Want Apple as a Health Data Hub?

Apple is getting into healthcare! That’s the news this week after Apple announced its HealthKit and Health app at WWDC. Lt. Dan did a great job covering the announcement and its surprises — a Mayo collaboration and an Epic "partnership."

(I put partnership in quotes because I believe this deal was struck recently and I suspect the details haven’t been worked out. Epic employees learned about the partnership via email after Apple’s announcement.)

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Internet Trends for Healthcare

Mary Meeker, former Morgan Stanley and current Kleiner Perkins Partner, is delivering her ever-popular annual Internet Trends presentation this week. Broadly speaking, beyond health tech, it’s a fantastic, dense report of trends in the tech industry. It covers cloud, mobile, commerce, and just about everything else related to tech. I recommend spending time on it, even if you skim sections that you don’t think are relevant or interesting. It’s widely read and respected in the tech and VC industry.

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News 5/23/14

Mango Health raises $5.25 million from Kleiner Perkins. Mango is a Rock Health company that brought gaming to healthcare to solve medication adherence. It sounds like Mango is looking to expand beyond medication adherence into more ongoing patient engagement and chronic disease management. If its app is sticky for medication adherence, maybe they can grow more broadly into engagement.

News 5/23/14

Health kiosk vendor HealthSpot lands a pilot with Kaiser in San Diego. The kiosks will be used by Kaiser to remotely monitor patients and collect patient data. It seems the kiosk vendors, especially HealthSpot and AmericanWell, will be vying for real estate. It will be interesting to see how the two models work: (a) working with providers and systems to empower their providers to do remote care, as is the case with this Kaiser pilot, and (b) providing the kiosk and the remote physician workforce to manage all aspects of kiosk patients.

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What Could Healthbook Be?

Apple is moving into healthcare, so the rumors say. Whether it’s the iWatch or Healthbook, Apple has been adding medical, scientific, and fitness hires for the past year or so. I think the writing is clearly on the wall. 

What Could Healthbook Be?

Next month we’ll get the most concrete glimpse of where Apple is headed with regard to wearable and biometric tracking at its WWDC. Speculation is that the iWatch won’t make an appearance but Healthbook, which is rumored to be a big part of iOS 8 to be released sometime this year, will be showcased.

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Health Scores

The concept of an individual health score is intriguing. It’s the other side of the coin of population-based health.

Health scoring makes health more fun and social by boiling a lot of data down to something people can track and understand. It’s similar to how credit scores are used to summarize the credit worthiness of an individual. (Interestingly, credit scores have evolved from a tool used only by financial institutions to a personal tracking tool – I’m using the the credit score tracker from Mint and it’s great.)

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