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Wireless Technology Upsets Health Innovation Precept

June 19, 2011

I sent the following announcement to 6,000+ Wireless Health LinkedIn Group Members on June 16, 2011:

Wireless Health Group Announcement: Wireless Technology Upsets Health Innovation Precept (2 Videos)

A common refrain among wireless health innovators is that you shouldn’t force technology onto a solution. Rather, one should first analyze and understand the problem at hand and from there identify the technological enablers of the solution. However, in looking at the breadth and depth of wireless solutions being applied with great effectiveness to many of the biggest health, healthcare, and medical research challenges around the globe, I’d venture that the intelligent application of wireless technology upsets this innovation precept – practically making it a canard.

I am sharing two fascinating videos that – in distinctly different ways – highlight how wireless technology is becoming integral and indispensible to improving consumer health, clinical healthcare, and medical research.

In this look at the present and future of medicine and consumer health, Wireless Health group member Daniel Kraft astutely identifies wireless technology (by name!) as an integral part of the equation. Kudos to Daniel for deftly presenting a thorough view of the health technology innovation landscape and thanks to Thomas Loarie, who was kind enough to share this with the group.

Bio: Daniel Kraft is a physician-scientist, inventor and innovator. He chairs the FutureMed program at Singularity University, exploring the impact and potential of rapidly developing technologies as applied to health and medicine.

VIDEO: (via Tom’s group discussion)

HEALTH DATA INITIATIVE FORUM – FILMED JUNE 9, 2011 at the National Institutes of Health
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Institute of Medicine, the Health Data Initiative is a major new public-private effort intended to accelerate momentum for the public use of data and innovation to improve health. The fundamental objective is to catalyze the advent of a network of community health data suppliers (starting with HHS) and “data appliers”, who utilize that data to create applications. This meeting included a number of demonstrations that presented a range of tools and applications developed using health data.

My thanks to Jonathan White, VP at Healthagen for bringing the video to my attention. The first app, iTriage, is presented by Dr. Pete Hudson, CEO at Healthagen (61:20 mark). Both Jonathan and Pete are Wireless Health group members.


Related article: Can HHS CTO Todd Park Revolutionize the Health Care Industry? – June 2, 2011
In conceiving the Health Data Initiative, Todd used the example of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which began releasing its weather data to the public in the 1970s. This catalyzed applications of the data by hundreds of companies, including weather channels, websites, and newscasters – and smartphone app solution companies. Similarly, when the government opened up GPS data in the 1980s, it spurred an industry of companies to use the data in millions of devices. According to the New York Times, “the value [of open data] to the health care system in the United States could be $300 billion a year, and American retailers could increase their operating profit margins by 60 percent.”


I welcome your thoughts in this group discussion, which can be found here.

Best regards,

Paul Sonnier
Founder, 6,000+ member Wireless Health group on LinkedIn
VP, Partner Development, Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA)

Please tell your colleagues about the group. If you’re not connected with me on LinkedIn, please send me an invite!


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