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The Digital Health Update — Paul Sonnier Announcement to 17,000+ member Digital Health Group

I sent the following announcement to 17,688 Digital Health group members on May 20, 2013:

 

The Digital Health Update — Paul Sonnier Announcement to 17,000+ member Digital Health Group

 
Dear Digital Health group members,

In this update:

(1) Hollywood Actress Angelina Jolie Uses Digital Health (Genetics) to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
(2) Great Digital Health Video by Aol Studios
(3) Blueprint Health Summer Program Applications Open
(3) Featured Events: WLSA Convergence Summit + eHealth Initiative’s National Forum on Data & Analytics in Healthcare

 
(1) ANGELINA JOLIE USES DIGITAL HEALTH (GENETICS) TO REDUCE BREAST CANCER RISK

In a New York Times op-ed entitled “My Medical Choice”, actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer. “I carry a ‘faulty’ gene”, Jolie wrote. The BRCA1 gene she carries sharply increases the risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Combined with her family history, Jolie’s risk was estimated at 87 percent, vs. an average of 65 percent for those with the gene. Following her procedures, Jolie’s risk is now estimated to be under 5%. The BRCA1 genetic test is recommended for those with a family history of breast cancer.
Group discussion: http://bit.ly/AngelinaJolieDHDiscuss
NY Times Op-Ed: http://bit.ly/AngelinaJolieBRCA1

 
(2) DIGITAL HEALTH VIDEO BY AOL STUDIOS

This is a phenomenally cool digital health video by Aol Studios featuring @iJustine.
FITNESS TECH: HARDWIRED – http://bit.ly/AoLiJustineDHVideo

 
(3) BLUEPRINT HEALTH SUMMER PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN
I am a mentor and supporter of Blueprint Health, the New York City-based digital health startup accelerator. Their next program starts on July 8 and they’re now accepting applications from digital health startups. Blueprint Health helps early stage healthcare companies get started by providing access to a community of mentors, customers, and capital. Their companies have raised over $10 million in seed capital from some of the most well-known and respected healthcare VCs and angels. Having personally seen the progress that companies have made through Blueprint—and been impressed by the caliber of the teams and the accelerator’s leadership—I encourage all early stage digital health entrepreneurs to apply. http://bit.ly/BlueprintHealth

 
(4) FEATURED DIGITAL HEALTH EVENTS

 

WLSA CONVERGENCE SUMMIT — MAY 29-30 IN SAN DIEGO, CA
WLSA’s 8th annual Convergence Summit is their flagship event, where healthcare, technology and communication leaders tackle key issues facing the wireless health community. I’ve attended 4 years now and it has always captured the pulse of digital health, globally, plus provided prime networking with digital health leaders. http://bit.ly/WLSA2013

 
2013 NATIONAL FORUM ON DATA & ANALYTICS IN HEALTHCARE — AUGUST 1-2 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
The 2nd Annual National Forum on Data and Analytics in Health Care will bring together providers, clinicians, payors, and researchers focused on the use of analytics to improve clinical, financial and administrative decisions at critical points in the health care system. Speakers will provide detailed and practical instruction on how to effectively manage and use data to ensure patients and providers receive the right information at the point of care. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the industry leaders. They’ll share with you their experiences and demonstrate the latest analytics products.
Digital Health LinkedIn group members save $100 by using registration code “DIGITAL” http://bit.ly/eHealthNatForum

 
Comprehensive global event list: http://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html

 
Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

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
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

The Digital Health Update — Announcement to 17,500+ member Digital Health Group

I sent the following announcement to 17,509 Digital Health group members on May 12, 2013:

The Digital Health Update — Paul Sonnier Announcement to 17,500+ member Digital Health Group

Dear Digital Health group members,

Here are a few notable items in Digital Health that I came across this past week:

(1) Athenahealth Guest Blog Post
(2) Withings Smart Body Analyzer
(3) How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple
(4) Video Demo of Native Health Features on Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone
(5) Video Interview with Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman
(6) Healthfundr: New Equity-based Crowdfunding for Health Startups
(7) Healthcare Cost Transparency: HHS Reveals What CMS Pays Hospitals
(8) List of Lists of Consumer Digital Health Solutions
(9) Event List

 
(1) ATHENAHEALTH BLOG POST
I was delighted to write a guest post for athenahealth on their blog. I shared my thoughts on industry Health IT vendors’ and the US government’s efforts toward enabling health data interoperability and creation of a unique patient identifier. http://bit.ly/PSathenahealth

 
(2) WITHINGS NEW SMART BODY ANALYZER
For the past two weeks I’ve been using the new Withings Smart Body Analyzer, which tracks body weight, body fat percentage, and heart rate, plus measures environmental air quality (CO2) and temperature. Unlike past self-tracking devices, I’ve found adherence to be simple in this case. As group members know, simply tracking body weight has profound implications for health and healthcare. TechCrunch review: http://bit.ly/TechCrunchWithings

 
(3) WEARABLE COMPUTING
Interesting thoughts on this dynamic segment from Cult of Mac, which focuses on notifications, virtual assistance, and communication. http://bit.ly/CoM-WearableComp

 
(4) DEMO OF SAMSUNG’S “S HEALTH” ON THE GALAXY S4
This is a new demo video of the Samsung Galaxy S4, which includes an overview of their “S health” system. Overall this built-in digital health is fantastic, but it was funny to see the massive phone strapped to the jogger’s arm in the video! Noteworthy: Your phone is now an activity tracker. 11:23 mark: Direct: http://bit.ly/YTGalaxyS4 Group: http://bit.ly/LIGalaxyS4

 
(5) VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JAWBONE CEO HOSAIN RAHMAN
This is a truly fascinating interview and case study in consumer digital health. Noteworthy to me was that the accelerometers in the Jawbone Bluetooth headset led to/were integrated into the UP activity tracker bracelet. Direct: http://foundation.bz/27/ Group: http://lnkd.in/5bq6jU

 
(6) HEALTHFUNDR: NEW EQUITY-BASED CROWDFUNDING FOR HEALTH STARTUPS
This new equity-based crowdfunding platform for health startups provides accredited investors with opportunities to invest in a selection of curated companies working on digital health, health IT, and diagnostic and medical devices. VentureBeat: http://bit.ly/VB-Healthfundr

 
(7) HEALTHCARE COST TRANSPARENCY: HHS REVEALS WHAT CMS PAYS HOSPITALS VS. “CHARGEMASTER” PRICING
Movement toward “An End to Medical-Billing Secrecy?” TIME Swampland: http://bit.ly/HHS-CMS-Price My colleague Caroline Popper, MD, also wrote about this: “Medicare’s Data Release Places More Power in Hands of Informed Medical Consumers” http://bit.ly/HHS-CMS-Popper

 
(8) LIST OF LISTS OF CONSUMER DIGITAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS
This new page on my website links to HealthIT.gov’s list of “Wellness Resources”, Rock Health’s list of digital health startups, and two Quantified Self lists: Guide to (505) Self-Tracking Tools & List of 200+ QS Tools. http://bit.ly/DH-Solutions

 

(9) EVENT LIST
Comprehensive list of digital health and relevant health innovation events occurring around the globe: http://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html

 

Best regards,

Paul Sonnier

Founder, 17,500+ 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
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

The Digital Health Update — May 5th, 2013

I sent the following announcement to 17,299 Digital Health group members on May 5th, 2013:

The Digital Health Update — Paul Sonnier Announcement to 17,000+ member Digital Health Group

Dear Digital Health group members,

In this update:

(1) Digital Health in the Huffington Post
(2) Kauffman Foundation Interview
(3) M&A News: Jawbone Acquires BodyMedia
(4) UCSF Creates Center for Digital Health Innovation
(5) Upcoming Events
(6) Global Event List Sponsorship Opportunities
(7) Inspirational Quote for the Digital Health Revolution
(1) DIGITAL HEALTH IN THE HUFFINGTON POST

My commentary on the opportunities enabled by biometric sensors and the related significance of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE: “The Long-Awaited Revolution: Digital Health Innovation” http://bit.ly/DHRevolution
(2) KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION INTERVIEW

The Kaufmann Foundation’s Entrepreneurship.org / eMed “ecosystem for the Life Science & Digital Health Entrepreneur“ interviewed me on digital health entrepreneurship and the value of online communities http://bit.ly/KFeMedPS
(3) M&A NEWS: JAWBONE ACQUIRES BODYMEDIA

Jawbone has agreed to acquire BodyMedia for a reported $100M and will also open up their UP health and fitness platform to developers. Consolidation and platform expansion like this is interesting in that it changes the consumer digital health competitive landscape and offers an evolutionary value profile to consumers.
Group discussion & link to Fast Company article http://bit.ly/JawboneBodyMedia
(4) UCSF CREATES CENTER FOR DIGITAL HEALTH INNOVATION, NAMES DIRECTOR TO LEAD IT

Group discussion & link to UCSF announcement http://bit.ly/UCSFDHDiscussion
(5) UPCOMING EVENTS (DIGITAL HEALTH GROUP MEDIA PARTNERS FEATURED)

Health:Refactored
May 13-14 in Mountain View, CA

eHealth Week 2013
May 13-15 in Dublin, Ireland

The Business of Personalized Medicine: Advancing Industry Innovation into Commercial Success
May 14 in San Francisco, CA

ECHAlliance’s EU/US eHealth Marketplace
May 14-15 in Dublin, Ireland

VentureBeat’s HealthBeat
May 20-21 in San Francisco, CA
Digital Health group members receive a 25% discount via code DHealth

Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance Convergence Summit
May 29-30 in San Diego, CA

HealthXL Global Gathering
May 30 in Dublin, Ireland

Health Datapalooza
June 3-4 in Washington, D.C.

Real World Evidence & Health Outcomes
June 6-7 in Bethesda, MD

Digital Health Forum for Investors & Industry
June 11 in London, England
FOR HYPERLINKS TO THESE CONFERENCES—AND MANY MORE—PLEASE VISIT MY COMPREHENSIVE GLOBAL EVENT LIST
http://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html
Note that the website link is now ‘http’ not ‘https’
(6) GLOBAL EVENT LIST SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

My website receives 4,000 views/month by professionals representing key stakeholder industries, government agencies, and NGOs located around the world: Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, North America, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Australia and Oceania.

In order to add features and ramp up promotional efforts, I have decided to offer sponsorship opportunities for the events page. Companies and organizations interested in being recognized as leaders in the digital health revolution and bolstering my efforts in increasing global awareness, knowledge sharing, and connectivity can contact me for more information at psonnier@yahoo.com
(7) INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DIGITAL HEALTH REVOLUTION

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― Buckminster Fuller
Group discussion http://bit.ly/BFullerQuote
Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

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
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

XPRIZE’s Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE — Paul Sonnier Announcement to 17,000+ member Digital Health Group on LinkedIn

I sent the following announcement to 17,114 members of my Digital Health LinkedIn group on April 27, 2013:

XPRIZE’s Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE — Paul Sonnier Announcement to 17,000+ member Digital Health Group on LinkedIn

Dear Digital Health group members,

I’m delighted to announce that I am one of nine judges selected by XPRIZE for the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE.

The Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE is a $2.25 million global competition to accelerate the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology that individuals use to access, understand, and improve their health and well-being. As we are seeing in many group discussions and articles posted, innovation in sensing is an important component to creating a means for appealing, usable, smarter digital health solutions. Given this pressing need, it’s an honor to be part of this Competition that will help catalyze innovation and adoption of digital health, globally.

According to Mark Winter, Senior Director, Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, “The Judging and Scientific Advisory Board members operate at the forefront of the mobile health revolution and fully understand the significance of biosensors and sensing to the future of personalized healthcare.” Henry Tirri, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Nokia, also had this to say: “We have some of the top influencers and thought leaders across multiple industries serving as members of the Judging Panel and Scientific Advisory Board. Their collective minds will ultimately determine the winner of the competition based not only on a team’s objective performance, but also the impact and viability of their technology as determined by the Judging Panel. As such, it was critical to appoint judges and SAB members who have cross-functional backgrounds and relevant expertise beyond just the field of health technology.”

SCHEDULE
Registration for the first Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE officially closed on April 5, 2013, with 33 teams from 8 countries competing for a prize purse that includes a $525,000 Grand Prize and up to five Distinguished Awards, each valued at $120,000. During the Qualifying Round, the next phase of the challenge, the Judging Panel will assess team submissions and narrow the field down to 10 finalists. The Final Round, which will take place in September 2013, will bring competitors and judges together, providing teams with the chance to present their sensing technology in a live setting. The winner of the first challenge will be announced at the conclusion of the Final Round judging phase in early October 2013.

MORE INFORMATION
http://www.NokiaSensingXCHALLENGE.org

ABOUT XPRIZE
Founded in 1995, XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. XPRIZE conducts competitions in five Prize Groups: Education; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, and the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. For more information, go to http://www.xprize.org

PRESS RELEASE
http://nokiasensingxchallenge.org/media/news-releases/mobile-health-and-sensing-industry-leaders-named-nokia-sensing-xchallenge
Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

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
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

The Digital Health Update — Paul Sonnier

I sent the following announcement to 16,879 Digital Health group members on April 18, 2013:

The Digital Health Update — Paul Sonnier

Dear Digital Health group members,

In this update:

(1) Forbes Leading With Digital Health
(2) VentureBeat Launches Into Digital Health
(3) Featured Event — HealthBeat 2013 — May 20-21 in San Francisco, CA

 

(1) FORBES LEADING WITH IN-DEPTH DIGITAL HEALTH BUSINESS ANALYSES

While there are a slew of online industry journals covering various aspects of digital health (a quick scan of articles shared in the group provides noteworthy examples), there were four articles in Forbes this past week vividly illustrating the publication’s comprehensive and critical coverage of the digital health revolution:

ZINA MOUKHEIBER: “Aberdare Ventures Moves Deeper Into Digital Health” — http://bit.ly/ZMAberdareMK
Congrats to Mo Kaushal, who has moved on from West Health’s investment fund to Aberdare Ventures.

JOHN NOSTA: “Digital Health: Will Pharma Follow or Lead?” — http://bit.ly/JNPharmaDH
“Pharma–for better or worse–has a seat at this table.”

MATTHEW HERPER: “What Does This $14 Billion Deal Mean For The Future Of DNA Sequencing?” — http://bit.ly/MHThermoLIFE
Lab equipment company Thermo Fisher Scientific is buying Life Technologies, which produces DNA sequencing technology.

DAVID SHAYWITZ: “Digital Health: It’s On” — http://bit.ly/DS-DigitalHealth-ItsOn
My thanks to David for the recognition of my contributions to digital health.

 
(2) VENTUREBEAT LAUNCHES INTO DIGITAL HEALTH

In addition to VentureBeat’s upcoming digital health conference (details in #3 below), they published a version of my recent Popper and Company blog post on venture capital (VC) investing in digital health. The publication is also featuring additional digital health coverage:

REBECCA GRANT: “Can Smartphones Solve The Healthcare Crisis? 4 Startups Say Yes” —http://bit.ly/RGSmartphoneHC

PAUL SONNIER: “Why Digital Health Is No ‘Bubble’” — http://bit.ly/PS-DigitalHealth-NB

 
(3) FEATURED EVENT — HEALTHBEAT 2013

VentureBeat’s “HealthBeat 2013”, May 20-21 at The Grand Hyatt in San Francisco, CA

HealthBeat 2013 is a new event exploring “Smart Hospitals” and “Smart Practices,” the focal point of where technology is disrupting health care. The event also covers how “Smart Patients” fit in. Patients are now equipped with a library of web stats and tools, giving them more control over how they get medical care.

HealthBeat will help decision makers—CIOs at hospitals, physicians, 
providers, insurers—understand what technologies are most effectively transforming health care in 2013 and beyond. It will also help business leaders assess the multi-billion dollar market opportunities in this sector.

“We’ve been tracking this sector for years, but it’s never been ripe enough for us to tackle until now. But suddenly, mobile, wireless, computing, and big data — all of the technology trends in IT — are combining to create significant improvements in health care. It’s finally time Silicon Valley led the charge.” — Matt Marshall, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, VentureBeat

Digital Health LinkedIn group members save 25% by using registration code “DHealth” — http://bit.ly/VB-HealthBeat-2013

 
As always, you can view a comprehensive chronological list of global health innovation and life science investor conferences on my website — https://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html

 
Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company http://popperandco.com
Founder, 16,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn http://linkd.in/DigitalHealthGroup
Mentor, Blueprint Health http://www.blueprinthealth.org
Twitter: @Paul_Sonnier http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

The Digital Health Update — Paul Sonnier

I sent the following announcement to 16,678 Digital Health group members on April 10, 2013:

The Digital Health Update — Paul Sonnier

Dear Digital Health group members,

In this update:

(1) Startup Accelerators Delivering Holistic Value to the Digital Health Ecosystem
(2) Self-Tracking by Diabetics: Group Members Respond to Thomas Goetz’s Atlantic Article
(3) Digital Health: A “Real Biz Model 2 Win” or “Merely a Bubble”? — My Popper Blog Post
(4) Comprehensive Global Event List — http://bit.ly/DigitalHealthEvents

 

(1) WHAT IS THE TOTAL VALUE DELIVERED BY DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATORS?

A recent piece by Stephanie Baum in MedCityNews generated a lot of discussion in the group. The key question being discussed is how to measure the value provided to startups and entrepreneurs in exchange for forgoing a percentage of equity, typically around 7%. My feeling—and what I tell entrepreneurs—is that getting into an accelerator like Blueprint Health (where I’m one of 100+ other mentors), Rock Health, Healthbox, or StartUp Health seems to be well worth the price, as it opens up a world of opportunities and resources that are typically not otherwise available—or simply not in an accelerated time frame. Moreover, as Geoffrey Clapp, a Rock Health advisor points out, “Performance in an vertical, mission driven incubator is a very tough thing to measure, and I’d argue it’s not as simple as money.”

Indeed, there is an overarching purpose of these accelerators to improve healthcare delivery and patient/consumer health. This is what drives me and many others to catalyze digital health innovation and adoption concomitant with fostering the success of entrepreneurs, startups and established companies and other stakeholders.
http://lnkd.in/xbKhra

Here’s a great related video from Entrepreneur magazine: “Health-Tech Startups Ride Digital Wave”. “With more than $1 billion in venture capital investment in 2012, health tech is one of the hottest industries today. From consumer-facing websites, to devices that help doctors prevent hospital infections, startups are changing the way the healthcare system works.”
http://bit.ly/EntMagDHVideo

Lastly, I maintain a list of startup resources and funding opportunities on my personal website:
https://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/funding.html

 
(2) SELF-TRACKING BY DIABETICS

Group member Thomas Goetz’s recent article, “The Diabetic’s Paradox: Health self-tracking is in vogue. But is it more of a boon or a burden?” sparked heated discussion in the group. Noteworthy were comments pointing out that diabetes is not a monolithic disease nor are the experiences and motivations of sub-populations. http://lnkd.in/_UJcBU

Noteworthy among contributors to the discussion is Dr. Stephanie Kreml, my new colleague at Popper and Company. Great to be working with you, Stephanie!

 
(3) A “REAL BIZ MODEL 2 WIN” OR “MERELY A BUBBLE” FOR DIGITAL HEALTH?

This is my expanded commentary on the digital health funding environment, which was inspired by David Shaywitz’s Forbes article and comments by group members Rick Valencia and Marc Newman. http://bit.ly/DHBizModel

 
(4) UPCOMING EVENTS

Health Data Consortium’s Health Datapalooza IV — June 3-4 in Washington D.C., USA
Born from government efforts to liberate health data, this conference is a forum that features the newest and most innovative and effective uses of health data by companies, startups, academics, government agencies and individuals. 2,000+ attendees are expected with speakers including Todd Park and Atul Gawande. http://bit.ly/HealthDatapalooza

Comprehensive Global Event List — https://www.wirelesshealthstrategies.com/events.html

 
Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company http://popperandco.com
Founder, 16,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn
Mentor, Blueprint Health http://www.blueprinthealth.org
Twitter: @Paul_Sonnier http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier

The Digital Health Update — Paul Sonnier

I sent the following announcement to 16,493 Digital Health group members on April 2, 2013:

Dear Digital Health group members,

In this update:

(1) Digital Health VC Funding — Continued Growth vs. Decline in Life Sciences
(2) The Stick Comes Out — Financial Penalties for Employees
(3) Digital Health on TV #1 — Dr. Eric Topol on The Colbert Report
(4) Digital Health on TV #2 — EHR Non-Interoperability on The Daily Show
(5) Member Profile — Syuzi Pakhchyan, Fashion Technologist

 
(1) VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTING IN DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATES WHILE BIOTECH AND MEDICAL DEVICES INVESTING DECLINE

Forbes contributor David Shaywitz’s recent piece “Life Science VCs: Definitively Indefinite About Digital Health” inspired comments in the group by myself, Qualcomm Life’s Rick Valencia, and David himself: http://bit.ly/LSVCsDiscussion (Direct link to article http://bit.ly/LSVCsDigitalHealth)

Rick made three points, including a sage response to one VC’s quoted comments about business models and hype: “Sounds exactly like the naysayers in the mid to late 90’s. Thank goodness we didn’t listen to them and throw away the Internet!”. I highlighted that the $1.4B invested in 2012 by mostly-non life science VCs represents a 46% surge in digital health investment year-over-year, while funding for Biotech and Medical Devices are down 15% and 13%, respectively. Rock Health—source of statistics—just released an update highlighting that Q1 digital health investing this year is 35% higher than Q1 of last year: http://bit.ly/RHDHUpdate2013

 
(2) THE STICK COMES OUT — FINANCIAL PENALTIES FOR CVS EMPLOYEES

There was heated discussion in the group on news that CVS, the largest pharmacy chain in the United States, will penalize its employees $600 a year if they don’t participate in a ‘voluntary’ wellness program: http://bit.ly/CVSDiscussion
Article: “For workers at CVS, body fat can be costly” http://bit.ly/CVSArticle

 
(3) DIGITAL HEALTH ON TV — DR. ERIC TOPOL

For those who missed it, Dr. Topol appeared on The Colbert Report and demonstrated several well known digital health devices for—and on—host Stephen Colbert: http://bit.ly/TopolOnColbert

 
(4) DIGITAL HEALTH ON TV — JON STEWART ON EHR NON-INTEROPERABILITY

Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show”, commented on the lack of interoperability between the EHR systems used by the US Department of Defense (DOD) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Stewart points out that while this might be expected (lamented, in this case) between competitors in the private sector, it’s “not the relationship you expect from the part of the government which takes care of our disabled veterans and the part of the government that creates them.” http://bit.ly/StewartInteroperability

 
(5) MEMBER PROFILE — SYUZI PAKHCHYAN

I was delighted when Syuzi Pakhchyan, “a fashion technologist with a fetish for beautiful code and conductive cloth” recently joined the group. Syuzi is the author of “Fashioning Technology,” the first DIY book on interactive fashion. I asked Syuzi how digital health relates to her work: “Wearable technology systems have the power to change the health trajectory of the next generation of connected families. By fusing the expressive power of clothing with technology, we see enormous potential in using wearable technology in positive (and fun) ways to shape human behavior, especially for the generation of digital natives.”

Syuzi also wrote an excellent blog post about SXSW. My favorite of her three points was that “Self-tracking is No Longer the Sole Domain of Hypochondriacs and Fitness Freaks” http://bit.ly/DHatSWSW

 
Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company http://popperandco.com
Founder, 16,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn http://linkd.in/DigitalHealthGroup
Mentor, Blueprint Health http://www.blueprinthealth.org
Twitter: @Paul_Sonnier http://twitter.com/Paul_Sonnier