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