Announcement to 18,000+ member Digital Health Group — June 5, 2013
I sent the following announcement to 18,074 Digital Health group members on June 5, 2013:
In this ecosystem update:
(1) Elegant Solutions: A Hallmark of Digital Health
(2) The Internet & Digital Health: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2013
(3) The White House Moves to Limit Patent Trolling: Good News for Digital Health Innovators
Please note links to tweets I’ve sent out on the articles and reports. I encourage you to tweet or retweet them.
(1) ELEGANT DIGITAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS
Three solutions that recently caught my eye:
IntelligentM — Wearable Bracelet Tells Doctors When They’ve Sufficiently Washed Their Hands
About 100,000 people die each year from hospital-borne infection. This simple bracelet could change that.
Motorola — Vitamin Pill Could Be Edible Stomach-Acid-Powered Password
Illustrative that the ‘only’ limitation to digital health’s potential is our imagination. Proteus Digital Health’s ingestible sensor expanding functionality. Feedback loop possibilities galore…
Parallax Enterprises — Patients Part of the Flight Crew in Operating Room Checklist System
Designed to reduce errors, improve patient safety, and make surgery more efficient, this system has a heads up display that uses gesture technology so that a surgeon can work through a checklist while remaining sterile.
(2) DIGITAL HEALTH IN MARY MEEKER’S 2013 INTERNET TRENDS REPORT
Meeker’s report is the authoritative assessment of the ongoing Internet evolution. Digital health topics include the Internet (2.4 billion users), wearable sensors & activity trackers (Jawbone UP), health apps (MyFitnessPal, Runtastic, Endomondo), social networking, and genetics. Salient slides: 24 – Fitness Data on Mobile & Wearable Devices, 53 – Sensor-Enabled Wearable Attributes, and…
25 – Health Outcomes: Proportional Contribution to Premature Death
Note: These illustrate that the biggest opportunities for cost savings in healthcare reside outside the system… A massive and disruptive consumer digital health opportunity.
40% – Behavioral Patterns (Smoking, Obesity & Inactivity, Alcohol)
30% – Genetic Composition (a lot bigger than I thought it would be)
15% – Social Circumstances
10% – Environmental Exposure (Makes me think of Asthmapolis)
5% – Health Care
(3) WHITE HOUSE MOVES TO LIMIT PATENT TROLLING
The Obama Administration announced executive actions and legislative recommendations targeting non-operating entities that invest in patents.
Mark Cuban sums it up: “Dumbass patents are crushing small businesses”. According to Gregory Ferenstein in GovCrunch, the first “silly abuse” that could be stopped: Narrowing Functional Claiming. Example: One patent troll, Acacia Research, claimed ownership of sending medical images over the Internet. Obama’s executive order attempts “to limit inventions to a specific way of accomplishing a task, as opposed to all ways of accomplishing a task.” This is huge for digital health.
Founder, 18,000+ 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