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Wireless Health, Genomic Sequencing, and Consumers = Personalized Medicine – October 10, 2011

October 15, 2011

I sent the following announcement to 7,400+ Wireless Health LinkedIn Group Members on  October 10, 2011:

Wireless Health, Genomic Sequencing, and Consumers = Personalized Medicine

Dear Wireless Health group members,

Last week I was interviewed by the San Diego Business Journal regarding wireless health and what I thought was currently happening in this space that was unique and of particular interest.

By way of background, I’ve heard Dr. Eric Topol speak on several occasions about the “creative destruction of medicine” and how wireless health and genomics are making this possible via “personalized medicine”. Also, I recently connected with Dr. Samir Damani at MD Revolution and have known Patrick Merel of Portable Genomics for quite some time. Given that the two of them are at the vanguard of delivering personalized medicine solutions to consumers and healthcare providers – and that we’ve seen the price points for genomic sequencing dropping rapidly and approaching the critical tipping point for scalable consumer adoption – it seemed to me that the commercial reality Dr. Topol envisioned is poised to take off in a big way. This triple-convergence of wireless, health, and genomics (or quad-convergence if you include consumers) seemed worth exploring, and I think Kelly Quigley did a superb job in her article.

While the SD Business Journal is subscription-based, you will be able to view the current edition for free this week only. Simply click on the big newspaper image here: http://www.sdbj.com/. The story will also be available to subscribers here: “Mobile Health: Wireless Technology a Key to Improving Care, Lowering Nation’s $2.5 Trillion in Medical Spending, Exec Says”.

I’m in WLSA’s Wireless Health 2011 Academic Industry Conference all this week. Today’s pre-conference industry tutorials were amazing. It’s all very technical, and I’m reminded of my engineering undergrad work, but this is a good thing! The conference itself will entail reviews of more than a dozen wireless health research papers. I’m really excited to see Ford demonstrate their in-car health and wellness apps and services, which they’ve developed in partnerships with Medtronic (glucose-monitoring), SDI Health (allergy alerts), and WellDoc (asthma and diabetes solutions). Note that you can follow the conference tweet conversation live on Twitter at #WH2011.

I look forward to seeing many of you this week plus at mHealth Summit, Dec 5-7 in Washington, D.C.

Best regards,

Paul Sonnier

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