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Announcement to 18,000+ member Digital Health Group – July 4, 2013

I sent the following announcement to 18,654 Digital Health group members on July 4, 2013:

 
Paul Sonnier Announcement to 18,000+ member Digital Health Group

 
Dear Digital Health group members,

In this update, I highlight a fascinating television interview with Evgeny Morozov, who cautions us against “technological solutionism”, great results of a medical digital health and telemonitoring study (which improved blood pressure control 27% vs. conventional methods), and continued momentum in digital health funding, which is up 12%.

EVGENY MOROZOV ON MSNBC – VIDEO
Evgeny Morozov, author of “To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism”, was interviewed on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” TV show, where he spoke about society’s overreliance on technology. Technology, Morozov proposes, can be a force for improvement—but only if we keep solutionism in check and learn to appreciate the imperfections of liberal democracy. Some of those imperfections are not accidental but by design.” http://bit.ly/EvgenyMSNBC

In this Quantified Self piece by Ernesto Ramirez, Sampo Karjalainen, Founder of the Moves activity-tracking app, makes a good counterpoint in talking about his consumer digital health application: “We’re seeing that when you make activity visible, people start to think about it. And when they think about it, they start to do small changes in their lives. They may park their car a bit further or consider biking instead of car. They may choose to walk just to get some steps and take a break from everyday hurries.” http://bit.ly/SampoDiscuss

 
DIGITAL HEALTH REVOLUTION IN BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL
A peer-reviewed medical study published in JAMA looked at the impact of an integrated digital health and telemonitoring solution, which resulted in 27 percent more patients controlling their BP. The 18-month “HyperLink” cluster randomized trial compared standard care with at-home BP measurements, digital data transfer, and telephone consultations with providers. More of the telemonitored group took their medications as directed, and expressed increased confidence in communicating with their healthcare providers and keeping their BP controlled. http://bit.ly/DigitalHealthBP

 
VENTURE INVESTORS CONTINUE LOVE AFFAIR WITH DIGITAL HEALTH STARTUPS – UP 12 PERCENT
While the latest Rock Health report excluded crowdfunding and deals under $2M, there were five deals in excess of $20M: Proteus Digital Health – $45M, HealthCatalyst – $41M, Watermark – $32M, NantHealth – $31M, and HealthTap – $24M. http://bit.ly/VCDigitalHealth13

 
INTERNET PIONEER AND COMPUTER VISIONARY WHO INVENTED THE MOUSE – NYT OBITUARY
Douglas C. Engelbart had an epiphany in 1950 that would change the world. In addition to the mouse, Engelbart’s other inventions became the basis for the Internet and the modern personal computer. http://bit.ly/EngelbartObit

 
CAN DIGITAL HEALTH HELP REDUCE YOUR RISK OF A PREMATURE DEATH?
“Prevention is better than cure,” said Desiderius Erasmus, the Dutch Renaissance humanist and scholar. Mary Meeker’s recent Internet Trends report highlights just this concept, and in the process emphasizes the value of digital health in aiding prevention. My Popper and Company blog post: http://bit.ly/PaulPopBlog

 
Happy Independence Day to everyone in the United States!

 
Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Founder, 18,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/DigitalHealthGroup
Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company: http://popperandco.com
Member, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Digital Health
Judge, XPRIZE Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE: http://nokiasensingxchallenge.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

Events: http://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html

Announcement to 18,000+ member Digital Health Group – June 27, 2013

I sent the following announcement to 18,500 Digital Health group members on June 27, 2013:

 
Paul Sonnier Announcement to 18,000+ member Digital Health Group

 
Dear Digital Health group members,

When I look at digital health, I always consider the entire health continuum, which includes consumer fitness and wellness, not just healthcare. I’m often struck when people narrowly focus on clinical outcomes and healthcare delivery. As I’ve defined it, the ‘health’ in ‘digital health’ is writ large and positive outcomes (e.g. disease prevention) and cost savings are not confined to the healthcare system, albeit may straddle the two worlds.

 
WITHINGS LAUNCHES NEW ‘PULSE’ ACTIVITY TRACKER
It’s exciting to see this new device added to the Withings suite of integrated digital health solutions, of which I have one (the Smart Body Analyzer). Update: I just received the Pulse in the mail and am eager to try it out. My thanks to Philippe Schwartz, President at Withings!

Also, Cedric Hutchings, CEO at Withings, graciously responded to my request for a comment on the significance of their new device:
“Pulse adds a new dimension in personal health monitoring. Perfectly integrated with other Withings tracking device (the Smart Body Analyzer and Blood Pressure Monitor), you can now have a complete dashboard in your pocket, set and achieve small steps objectives towards a better health. We introduce unique features with the pulse such as automatic run detection, and HR measurement. The pulse also tracks your sleep quality when worn at night. We made a lot of effort to make the Pulse convenient to use and thus almost forgotten in your daily routine in the long term (touch screen, long battery life, charge with standard micro USB, wireless sync with the smartphone). It is the best coach for a sustainable behavior change.” http://bit.ly/WithingsPulseDH

 
DR. PETER ATTIA AT TEDMED: WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG ABOUT DIABETES? — VIDEO
Based on Peter’s and my own weight loss results achieved by drastically reducing consumption of refined grains, sugars, and starches (refined carbohydrates), I’d say that the conventional wisdom of nutrition science that Peter alluded to is, to his point, absolutely wrong. http://bit.ly/AttiaTEDMED
I wrote about Peter’s work in a prior group announcement/ http://bit.ly/NUSIorg

 
VENTURE CAPITALIST NAVIN CHADDHA ON THE CONSUMERIZATION OF DIGITAL HEALTH — VIDEO
Navin comments on the “consumerization of health care, in which technology is empowering patients to become consumers of their medical and health care.” http://bit.ly/NavinDH

 
ACTOR JAMES GANDOLFINI DEAD AT 51 FROM CARDIAC ARREST — VIDEO
In this video, Dr. Jon Lappok comments on the importance of being proactive in personal health tracking and lifestyle changes to reduce risk of premature death. http://bit.ly/GandolfiniDH

 
A MAJOR COMPONENT OF THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION’S IMPACT ON HEALTH IS DIGITALLY-ENABLED SOCIAL NETWORKING…

HISTORICAL CONTEXT: SOCIAL NETWORKING IN THE 1600S — NY TIMES
“There is always an adjustment period when new technologies appear. During this transitional phase, which can take several years, technologies are often criticized for disrupting existing ways of doing things. As we grapple with the issues raised by new technologies, there is much we can learn from the past.” http://bit.ly/SocialNetworkingDH

DOCTORS EXPERIMENT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND APPS — CBC NEWS
“I think doctors are often dragged in kicking and screaming. We’re one of the last people to adopt these technologies. We still live and die by our phones and fax machines. How many professions can say that? It’s a bit embarrassing.” – Dr. Jeffrey Silver http://bit.ly/DocsSocialMedia

 
Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Founder, 18,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/DigitalHealthGroup
Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company: http://popperandco.com
Judge, XPRIZE Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE: http://nokiasensingxchallenge.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

Events: http://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html

Announcement to 18,000+ member Digital Health Group – June 19, 2013

I sent the following announcement to 18,336 Digital Health group members on June 20, 2013:

Dear Digital Health group members,

It’s been a very big week for digital health, which continues to push into the mainstream of healthcare and the public discourse.

First, a huge milestone was achieved by WellDoc, which launched BlueStar, a first-ever reimbursable prescription digital health solution for diabetes management. Several self-insured companies plan to use the tool as part of their pharmacy benefit plans, including Ford, Rite Aid, and DexCom. http://bit.ly/WellDocDiscuss

Second, the designation of obesity as a disease by the American Medical Association (AMA) is quite significant for digital health as it creates a framework for consumer solutions within which to operate and overcome a common misperception that they are simply a type of “truthiness” that doesn’t deliver medical benefit, as David Shaywitz, MD, recently asked. http://bit.ly/DHTruthiness

In looking at the combination of these two noteworthy events, my colleague Caroline Popper, MD, had this to say during a conversation we had today: “With so many digital devices and apps targeting obesity…directly and indirectly (weight, meal planning, exercise, BP/HR etc) …this fascinating juxtaposition of WellDoc’s reimbursement and the AMA announcement opens the door wide for those tools to be treated as foundation elements of disease management as well as wellness. Consumers (patients) will play an increasing role in disease (management and prevention) and in health.” http://bit.ly/DiabetesAMA

In other noteworthy news, I was delighted to see Scanadu—a Friend of the Digital Health Group—surpass the $1,000,000 mark on Indiegogo, which makes them the third-most funded project ever on the crowdfunding platform. This is validation that consumers are desperate for digital health solutions that empower them to better manage, monitor, and improve the health of themselves and their families. Creative disruption of health and healthcare is happening and it’s imperative that our healthcare and regulatory systems adapt and evolve to facilitate and foster the new digital health paradigm. http://bit.ly/Scanadu1M

There was also exciting news on the genomics front, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that genes occurring in nature cannot be patented. This came out of a long-awaited decision on the validity of patents for the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. Mary-Claire King, the geneticist who discovered these genes, states that “I am delighted. This is a fabulous result for patients, physicians, scientists, and common sense.” Her work inspired the forthcoming film “Decoding Annie Parker”. http://bit.ly/KingBRCADiscuss

On the subject of the critical importance of Open Access to research journals, it was exciting to see this 4-min video of Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (and noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project) interviewing Jack Andraka, the teenage inventor of a breakthrough cancer diagnostic and winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Jack overcame the cost of access to research by using Google and the NIH’s PubMed. http://bit.ly/JackFrancisDiscuss

 

Keep charging!

 
Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Founder, 18,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/DigitalHealthGroup
Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company: http://popperandco.com
Judge, XPRIZE’s Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE: http://nokiasensingxchallenge.org
Mentor, Blueprint Health: http://www.blueprinthealth.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

Global event list: http://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html

Announcement to 18,000+ member Digital Health Group – June 12, 2013

I sent the following announcement to 18,210 Digital Health group members on June 12, 2013:

Paul Sonnier Announcement to 18,000+ member Digital Health Group

 

Dear Digital Health group members,

(1) New Friend of the Digital Health Group: Popper and Company
(2) Noteworthy Solutions & Funding
(3) DNA as Consumer Product – VIDEO
(4) What Happens When You Wear Your Computer? – VIDEO
(5) Health Data: UK vs. US

 
(1) POPPER AND COMPANY – NEWEST FRIEND OF THE DIGITAL HEALTH GROUP!

To say Popper and Co is a “new” friend doesn’t do justice to the vision of the firm’s founders—Caroline Popper, MD, MPH and Ken Walz—who for the past year-and-a-half have made it possible for me to maintain the continuity and quality of services I’m providing to the digital health ecosystem. I’m also incredibly fortunate to work with my other amazing team members Shane Climie, PhD, Patti Doherty, RN, and Stephanie Kreml, MD.
You can see the Popper logo—along with Scanadu’s—featured on my global event list: http://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html
Please also check out the Popper and Company website: http://popperandco.com/

 
(2) NOTEWORTHY

Placebo Effect App
In some cases of depression and anxiety, a placebo can be up to 90% as effective as medication. With this—and other conditions plus general wellness/happiness—in mind, founder Daniel Jacobs decided to, effectively, digitize the sugar pill. http://bit.ly/HPPlaceboEffect
Share on Twitter: http://bit.ly/PlaceboTweet

Mobisante
Big congrats to Sailesh Chutani and Mobisante on securing $4.2M to market its mobile ultrasound device plus build up cloud computing capacity for the images recorded and shared through smartphones and tablets: http://bit.ly/MobisanteFunding
Share on Twitter: http://bit.ly/DHMobisante

Seamless Medical
Congrats as well to David Perez, whose iPad patient check-in platform received $2M to bring more iPads into waiting rooms. http://bit.ly/SeamlessMedArticle
Share on Twitter: http://bit.ly/SeamlessMedTweet

 

(3) DNA AS CONSUMER PRODUCT – VIDEO

Singularity University put out this thought-provoking video featuring Austen Heinz from Cambrian Genomics: http://bit.ly/DNAConsumerVideo
Discussion: http://lnkd.in/CuVVYW
Share on Twitter: http://bit.ly/ConsumerDNA

 
(4) WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WEAR YOUR COMPUTER? – VIDEO

This is inside baseball with players representing the major league companies in digital and digital health. http://bit.ly/DigitalHealthD11
Discussion: http://lnkd.in/u-t-V3
Share on Twitter: http://bit.ly/D11DigitalHealth

 
(5) STUDY IN CONTRASTS: HEALTH DATA IN THE US AND UK

Alex Howard reports on comments by the UK’s Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, on his plans for “extending electronic health records to 50 million people, sequencing the genomes of 100,000 people, and developing telemedicine capabilities for 3 million patients”. http://bit.ly/UK-Health-HDPalooza
Discussion: http://lnkd.in/iXFYbE
Share on Twitter: http://bit.ly/UK-NHS-Interview

Jonathan Bush, CEO at athenahealth, wrote this cutting commentary pointing out that, among other things, the amount of health cost data released by the HHS so far is “nearly nothing”. http://bit.ly/BushPalooza
Discussion: http://lnkd.in/MN3RTX
Share on Twitter: http://bit.ly/BushDataTweet

Lastly, in case you missed it, here’s my guest post on the athenahealth blog: http://bit.ly/PSathenahealth

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Founder, 18,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/DigitalHealthGroup
Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company: http://popperandco.com
Judge, XPRIZE’s Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE: http://nokiasensingxchallenge.org
Mentor, Blueprint Health: http://www.blueprinthealth.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

Event List – http://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html

Announcement to 18,000+ member Digital Health Group — June 5, 2013

I sent the following announcement to 18,074 Digital Health group members on June 5, 2013:

Dear Digital Health group members,

In this ecosystem update:

(1) Elegant Solutions: A Hallmark of Digital Health
(2) The Internet & Digital Health: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2013
(3) The White House Moves to Limit Patent Trolling: Good News for Digital Health Innovators

Please note links to tweets I’ve sent out on the articles and reports. I encourage you to tweet or retweet them.

(1) ELEGANT DIGITAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Three solutions that recently caught my eye:

IntelligentM — Wearable Bracelet Tells Doctors When They’ve Sufficiently Washed Their Hands
About 100,000 people die each year from hospital-borne infection. This simple bracelet could change that.
Article: http://bit.ly/IntelligentM
Discussion: http://lnkd.in/62tTP3
Tweet: http://bit.ly/IntelligentMTweet

Motorola — Vitamin Pill Could Be Edible Stomach-Acid-Powered Password
Illustrative that the ‘only’ limitation to digital health’s potential is our imagination. Proteus Digital Health’s ingestible sensor expanding functionality. Feedback loop possibilities galore…
Article: http://bit.ly/MotProtPass
Discussion: http://lnkd.in/KH2Np3
Tweet: http://bit.ly/MotProtTweet

Parallax Enterprises — Patients Part of the Flight Crew in Operating Room Checklist System
Designed to reduce errors, improve patient safety, and make surgery more efficient, this system has a heads up display that uses gesture technology so that a surgeon can work through a checklist while remaining sterile.
Article: http://bit.ly/ParallaxHUD
Discussion: http://lnkd.in/22Uqwt
Tweet: http://bit.ly/ParallaxTweet

 

(2) DIGITAL HEALTH IN MARY MEEKER’S 2013 INTERNET TRENDS REPORT
Meeker’s report is the authoritative assessment of the ongoing Internet evolution. Digital health topics include the Internet (2.4 billion users), wearable sensors & activity trackers (Jawbone UP), health apps (MyFitnessPal, Runtastic, Endomondo), social networking, and genetics. Salient slides: 24 – Fitness Data on Mobile & Wearable Devices, 53 – Sensor-Enabled Wearable Attributes, and…

25 – Health Outcomes: Proportional Contribution to Premature Death
Note: These illustrate that the biggest opportunities for cost savings in healthcare reside outside the system… A massive and disruptive consumer digital health opportunity.
40% – Behavioral Patterns (Smoking, Obesity & Inactivity, Alcohol)
30% – Genetic Composition (a lot bigger than I thought it would be)
15% – Social Circumstances
10% – Environmental Exposure (Makes me think of Asthmapolis)
5% – Health Care

Report: http://bit.ly/MeekerInternet2013
Tweet (report): http://bit.ly/MeekerInternetTweet
Tweet (genetic composition stat): http://bit.ly/MeekerGeneticTweet

 

(3) WHITE HOUSE MOVES TO LIMIT PATENT TROLLING
The Obama Administration announced executive actions and legislative recommendations targeting non-operating entities that invest in patents.

Mark Cuban sums it up: “Dumbass patents are crushing small businesses”. According to Gregory Ferenstein in GovCrunch, the first “silly abuse” that could be stopped: Narrowing Functional Claiming. Example: One patent troll, Acacia Research, claimed ownership of sending medical images over the Internet. Obama’s executive order attempts “to limit inventions to a specific way of accomplishing a task, as opposed to all ways of accomplishing a task.” This is huge for digital health.

Article: http://bit.ly/CGPatentTroll
Discussion: http://lnkd.in/CjJaTH
Tweet: http://bit.ly/DHPatentTroll

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Founder, 18,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/DigitalHealthGroup
Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company: http://popperandco.com
Judge, XPRIZE’s Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE: http://nokiasensingxchallenge.org
Mentor, Blueprint Health: http://www.blueprinthealth.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

Announcement to 17,000+ member Digital Health Group – May 29, 2013

I sent the following announcement to 17,910 Digital Health group members on May 29, 2013:

Paul Sonnier — Announcement to 17,000+ member Digital Health Group

Dear Digital Health group members,

In this update:

(1) Scanadu Launches on Indiegogo + Becomes First Friend of Digital Health Group
(2) The Outrageous Cost of a Gene Test — David Agus
(3) California Universities Want You to Share Your Digital Health Data
(4) Obamacare Spurring Digital Health Innovation — Thomas Friedman

 

(1) SCANADU LAUNCHES ON CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM
Scanadu — my “2012 Digital Health Company of the Year” http://bit.ly/DHAwards2012 — made headlines this past week with the launch of their Indiegogo campaign to fund and accept pre-orders for their Scout “Medical Tricorder” device. They just passed the $500,000 mark, which is an indication of strong consumer demand for the device.
Indiegogo: http://bit.ly/ScanaduIndiegogo
Article: http://bit.ly/FastCoScanadu

I’m also excited to announce that Scanadu is the first “Friend of the Digital Health Group”. You can see their logo on my global event list. Please contact me if you’re also interested in being recognized as a catalyst of the digital health revolution via support of my social entrepreneurship efforts and global event list. http://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html

 

(2) THE OUTRAGEOUS COST OF A GENE TEST — DAVID AGUS
Agus—author of the book “The End of Illness”— points out the issues and costs to society related to the patent monopoly one company has on the BRCA1 genetic test for cancer risk. He highlights alternative mechanisms for rewarding innovation like licensing to the government so that society more equitably benefits from these types of health advancements. (Reference my last announcement highighting Angelina Jolie’s NY Times Op-Ed http://bit.ly/JolieBRCA1).
Article: http://bit.ly/AgusGeneOutrage

 

(3) CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITIES WANT YOU TO SHARE YOUR DIGITAL HEALTH DATA

 

UCSF
The University of California at San Francisco has created another new digital health initiative called MeForYou.org. The website is part of an awareness campaign around precision medicine intended to foster the sharing of genetic and other digital health data for the benefit of other specific individuals and the population at large.
Website: http://www.meforyou.org/
Article: http://bit.ly/MeForYou

 

UCSD
The University of California at San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have joined together to launch the Health Data Exploration initiative, which asks digital health companies to share their collected health data for research purposes. Kudos to Kevin Patrick and Larry Smarr of Calit2, Hugo Campos (ePatient extraordinaire), and 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey!
Website: http://www.calit2.net/hdexplore/
Article: http://bit.ly/HealthDataExploration

 

USC
Dr. Leslie Saxon, founder of the University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing, wants everyone with a heart rate monitor to send their heartbeat data to a website designed to create a database to track heart health.
Website: http://www.everyheartbeat.org/
Article: http://bit.ly/EveryHeartBeat

 

(4) OBAMACARE’S OTHER SURPRISE — THOMAS FRIEDMAN
Friedman highlights the Affordable Care Act’s effect on fostering digital health innovation and adoption. He spoke with key stakeholders, including digital health startups Eviti, Teladoc, Humedica, and Lumeris, plus end-user Dr. Jen Brull, who has leveraged digital health (EHRs) to improve patient care.
Article: http://bit.ly/FriedmanObamacare

 

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Founder, 17,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/DigitalHealthGroup
Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company: http://popperandco.com
Judge, XPRIZE’s Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE: http://nokiasensingxchallenge.org
Mentor, Blueprint Health: http://www.blueprinthealth.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

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