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Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier – Dec 11, 2012

December 11, 2012

Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier – Dec 11, 2012

(Sent to 13,830 Digital Health group members)

In this update:

(1) HHS Innovation Fellows
(2) mHealth Summit Recap
(3) 2012 Digital Health Awards
(4) Digital Health Summit at CES

(1) HHS Innovation Fellows Program

In a recent blog post, Caroline Popper, MD, MPH discusses the HHS Innovation Fellows program. Dr. Popper is the co-founder of Popper and Company, the strategic consulting and M&A advisory firm where I’m delighted to work as Head of Digital Health Strategy.

As a technical advisor to the HHS Innovation Fellows program, Dr. Popper is focused on quickly developing ways to measure clinical quality under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), which aims to move reimbursements from “fee for services” to “fees for performance”. Here’s her blog post and two questions you can provide feedback on there: How would you develop a fee-for-performance system, perhaps borrowing ideas from other industry segments? Are the challenges outlined by Caroline comprehensive, or are there others that HHS might consider next?

First HHS Innovation Fellowships’ Meeting Focuses on New Measures of Quality in Healthcare

Note that in addition to helping clients address complex challenges in the digital health space, Popper and Company has deep domain and operational experience across the life sciences spectrum; spanning clinical, technology, marketing and finance in a variety of capacities in the diagnostics, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. Genetic / DNA sequencing and next-generation sequencing are also an area of expertise thanks to Shane Climie, Ph.D.

(2) mHealth Summit Recap

Aaron Neinstein, Clinical Fellow, Endocrinology at UCSF shared his thoughts on the Summit.

Ken Walz, my colleague at Popper and Company (and the other co-founder), attended the event and had this to add:

“My observation from my one day at the mHealth Summit, amplifying a point made in George van Antwerp’s blog post, is that an opportunity exists for the company that can offer to integrate and deliver via a simple dashboard the variety of disparate data generated by increasingly popular devices and apps targeted at consumers/patients, many of which seem to have a singular purpose. Individually many are rather elegant but at this point they amount to components in an as yet nonexistent system.”

(3) 2012 Digital Health Awards: Company, Person, Book of the Year

There’s justifiable disagreement with David Shaywitz’s picks. For one, Dr. Eric Topol’s book, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine” – which is unquestionably THE bible for digital health and I borrow from to define the term – was not chosen by David as book of the year. This is an unfortunate oversight. I thought it was due to a technicality (release date), but the book was officially published in January 2012.

(4) Digital Health Summit at CES

I’m planning once again to attend the Digital Health Summit at CES, which is being held Jan 9-10 in Las Vegas, NV. My friend Jill Gilbert does an amazing job. Last year it was great to hear Dr. Eric Topol, Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, Dr. Reed Tuckson, CMA at UnitedHealth Group, and Greg Lucier, CEO at Life Technologies (genetic sequencing) discuss digital health.

This year’s Summit will feature Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Arianna Huffington.

Note: As always, you can view a comprehensive chronological list of global digital health innovation events on my website.

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company
Founder, 13,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn
Mentor, Blueprint Health
Twitter: @Paul_Sonnier


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