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Generation Digital Health – Paul Sonnier, Announcement to Digital Health LinkedIn Group

January 12, 2013

I sent the following announcement to 14,401 group members on Jan 1, 2013:

Dear Digital Health group members,

In this update:

(1) Generation Digital Health
(2) Vote for “Dean of Digital Health”
(3) Upcoming Events

I attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this past week. While this was my second year at the Digital Health Summit portion, it was the first year that Qualcomm put on the keynote for the entire CES. In conversations I had with other attendees, I found myself building upon the “Born Mobile” theme of Qualcomm’s keynote—which unfortunately came across as parody, according to this humorous piece in The Verge—in pointing out that we are experiencing a digital revolution, of which mobile (i.e. wireless devices and networks) are just two subcomponents. Digital Health is the convergence of the digital revolution with health. “Health” is writ large in this context, and includes sports, fitness, and wellness, plus medicine and healthcare. The digital super-convergence elements are:

(1) Wireless Sensors and Devices
(2) Genomics
(3) Social Networking
(4) Mobile Connectivity and Bandwidth
(5) Imaging
(6) Health Information Systems
(7) The Internet
(8) Computing Power and the Data Universe (Big & Cheap Data)

At CES I was gladdened to see all of the activity-tracking devices. There were also “soft silos”, where players like Withings and Fitbit had what I’d call consumer digital health solution-sets on display: wrist-worn activity trackers, weight scales, and health dashboards. As I told health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, I thought this Cambrian explosion was great, since it drives a virtuous circle / positive feedback loop in the ecosystem wherein increasing consumer awareness and demand accelerates product innovation and improvements which, in turn, further drives consumer demand for improved solutions.

Digital Health was prominent at CES and even people I talked to who were outside of the health sector really seemed to get it. I also loved that Arianna Huffington, who spoke in a super session, wrote a piece explicitly talking about the “Digital Health Revolution”.

While I was asked a few times what I thought was most noteworthy (it actually wasn’t in a booth or featured in the conference), I found that there was a digital health device called “HAPIfork”, that got wide mainstream media coverage, including this video segment from the Colbert Report.

Dr. Eric Topol—who won last year’s Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician 50 Most Influential Physician Executives thanks to voting by Digital Health group members!—is once again up for recognition in 2013. Your vote for Dr. Topol increases visibility for digital health and catalyzes adoption, thereby lifting all boats. Please take a few seconds and cast your vote here.

I’ll be attending the 6th annual Future of Genomic Medicine conference, March 7-8 in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI), serves as course director. As I discovered last year, the conference provides a comprehensive sweep across the most salient opportunities in genomic medicine to change practice. The overarching goal is to spearhead efforts to use genomic knowledge to change medicine and make it far more precise and individualized.

List of global digital health and related health innovation events.

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company
Founder, 14,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn
Mentor, Blueprint Health
Twitter: @Paul_Sonnier


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