Reflections on Connected Health

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Two Strategies for the Integration of Patient-Generated Data into the EMR. Which Road to Travel?

One is a proactive approach, using patient-generated data as a core part of population health management and making sure that the sickest patients have the devices to generate objective and self-reported data. The other is perhaps a less aggressive approach, opening the APIs and allowing those with smartphones and connected devices to bring data in.

Friday, February 7, 2014 | Joseph C. Kvedar, MD | 0 Comments

Reflections on the Innovators Challenge

Having organized this event for three years, I have had the pleasure of reading over 500 applications. Each year there are emerging themes or clusters of a certain type of connected health solution that seem to dominate the applications. I would like to share what I have noticed because I think the trends show the pulse of the market.

Friday, August 2, 2013 | Alyssa Woulfe | 0 Comments

Health Lifestyles and Connected Health

The concept of health lifestyles can be expanded beyond traditional health behaviors to include emerging technology habits. A current challenge in developing successful connected health programs is finding ways to improve patient adoption and long-term engagement. Using a health lifestyle framework may provide useful insights into how people use connected health technology and incorporate it into their daily routines.

Thursday, May 30, 2013 | Timothy M. Hale, PhD | 0 Comments

SMS and HIPAA: Yes We Can

I’m neither a lawyer nor even a full-time HIPAA expert (though I may be a professional amateur when it comes to HIPAA), but to my mind that paragraph marks a fundamental and profound shift in the prevailing interpretation of the HIPAA Security Rule.

Friday, April 5, 2013 | Rob Havasy | 0 Comments

Hack-tivity Monitoring

At the Center, we are always working on projects using remote sensors to capture data and some form of behavior change techniques to make a positive impact on participants’ habits. For an upcoming activity pilot, we elected to use the Fitbit, an established consumer sensor that many of us have embraced. To operate the pilot, we needed a simple, but customized and automated, way to access step data on a regular basis for a group of participants.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Alyssa Woulfe | 2 Comments

Reflections on the 2012 mHealth Summit

Although the corporate keynotes were still present, there seemed to be a much greater understanding that mHealth, as I have often said, is “not a thing; it is a component of a bigger thing.” There is no “direct-to-consumer” mHealth, or “business-to-business” mHealth. There is only mHealth, which is just one of many components of healthcare.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | Rob Havasy | 0 Comments

Conservation of Energy

When things really matter; when resources are scarce and valuable, efficiency is of paramount concern. In today’s healthcare world of increasing cost pressures and increasing demand on scarce resources, this is certainly true. Given the costs of connected health to our patients, and the cost of healthcare overall, efficiency - the wise and cost-effective use of resources - is a critical component of connected health program design.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | Rob Havasy | 0 Comments

Bacon or SNausage?

We are working on our next generation remote monitoring platform. No standards existed when the Center built our first-generation platform almost a decade ago, which means that our data does not ‘play as well with others’ as we would like. We have been wondering if we should express the metadata within our Remote Monitoring Data Repository (RMDR) using an existing format.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Alyssa Woulfe | 0 Comments

Making It Easy

Wear and forget sensors and automatic data uploads make connected health easy for patients to use. Having that data available in our clinicians’ EMR makes it easy for them to use. When the program is easy – people engage, connections happen, and health outcomes improve.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | Rob Havasy | 0 Comments

The 'Real' Cost of Connected Health

Often, medical types (clinicians, informatics people, device manufacturers) are answering the wrong questions when it comes to integrating connected health into medical enterprise systems. No one, patient or provider, has ever asked me how to get data from device to a web page securely. Instead, they simply want to know, how do I get it there easily?

Monday, July 9, 2012 | Rob Havasy | 0 Comments

Bring Your Own Data

The line between simple apps and comprehensive mobile-enabled systems is disappearing. For many people, an app represents a complete product, designed to function as a standalone entity. But I have always felt that most apps were merely features of a larger system, representing one of many ways of accessing and interacting with data.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | Rob Havasy | 0 Comments

What do Patients Really Want?

[In the coming years] we’ll see more patient empowerment, more instances where consumers can make their own health care decisions without a physician and more opportunities to streamline care delivery making it simpler and more patient-friendly.

Thursday, February 23, 2012 | Joseph Kvedar, MD | 2 Comments

Reflections on the mHealth Summit

In many ways the changing tone of the conference reflects the progress that mHealth has made: many more people are listening and believing in the potential now. But back in 2010, people began to wonder if mHealth was approaching the “peak of inflated expectations” of Gartner’s Hype Cycle. Given the sudden influx of corporate interest, I’d say we haven’t yet reached the peak; but I’d bet we are close.

Monday, December 19, 2011 | Rob Havasy | 0 Comments

A Few of Our Favorite Twitter Questions & Comments from Symposium 2011

During last month's Connected Health Symposium, Twitter once again played a big role in helping attendees keep up with the conversation, connect with one another, and ask important questions that we will all still be thinking and debating about long after the Park Plaza Hotel emptied out.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 | Jennifer Priester | 0 Comments

Quality and Efficiency at the 2011 Connected Health Symposium

We are incredibly excited this year to be hearing from both Brent James and Atul Gawande at our annual Connected Health Symposium. They each point out the importance of quality, safety and efficiency in achieving the vision of a health care system that can meet the care requirements of our nation while keeping costs in check.

Friday, September 30, 2011 | Joseph Kvedar, MD | 0 Comments

FDA’s Proposed Mobile App Regulations – The Fog Lifts

This draft guidance document represents another incremental step in the FDA coming to grips with the proliferation of mobile technology and is certainly not the last we will hear from the agency on this matter. It also presents an important opportunity for the industry to have their voices heard in Washington. People and companies with ideas for mHealth need to understand that FDA regulation is an inevitable and important part of healthcare in the United States.

Friday, July 22, 2011 | Rob Havasy | 2 Comments

Crossing The Digital Divide with Connected Health

Something happened in the last couple of years. As the connected health industry migrated more and more to mobile health, we began to see more and more opportunity to extend our solutions into underserved communities.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 | Joseph Kvedar, MD | 0 Comments

Technology as an Enabler

Connected health technology makes some aspects of health care delivery easier and makes it more accessible. It facilitates interactive patient/consumer-provider navigation through the health care system and related health, wellness and preventive programs by using a variety of platforms and devices as “enablers” to overcome some fundamental barriers that can make the delivery of care inefficient, fragmented and at times impossible – mainly time, location, and portability/mobility.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 | Fariba Rahbary, Pharm.D. | 0 Comments

Challenges of Connected Health Interoperability

I have become even more convinced that this increasing complexity, driven by the proliferation of communication services available to consumers, is the largest technical hurdle to broad Connected Health adoption that we face.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | Rob Havasy | 8 Comments

Game Changer? A Simple Download Capability

Offering patients the ability to download their health information is a fairly straightforward idea that most people quickly understand and see the benefits. And that’s the big deal.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | Carol Diamond, MD, MPH | 0 Comments

A Few of Our Favorite Twitter Questions & Comments from Symposium 2010

During last week's Connected Health Symposium, Twitter once again played a big role in helping attendees keep up with the conversation, connect with one another, and ask important questions that we will all still be thinking and debating about long after the Park Plaza Hotel emptied out.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 | Jennifer Priester | 0 Comments

How Emerging Care Delivery Models Affect Connected Health

As health reform plays out, and we see increased pressure on the care delivery system to conform to the constraints imposed by financing mechanisms, I see an opportunity for the connected health community to augment and reinforce the delivery models that truly put the patient at the center.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 | Liz Boehm | 1 Comments

Furthermore… Evolving Thoughts on Evaluating Connected Health Interventions

What can we do to ensure the continued momentum? First is to continue to develop great solutions that truly engage people and improve health. But I would argue that this will not be enough; we must continue to build the evidence that Connected Health programs improve health at an affordable cost in the context of clinical processes. And this remains a unique and profound challenge.

Friday, August 20, 2010 | Adam Kaufman, PhD | 1 Comments

Significant Impact Does Not Require Significant Technology

Since learning about CCH, I’ve been introduced to some of the newest applications of technology in healthcare. At first, I was intimidated when I set out, afraid I wouldn’t be able to have the impact that others have made on improving patient care. However, my experience proved that even the simplest technology can have a significant impact. Hopefully, that impact will grow with each improvement we make.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | Paul Robichaux | 0 Comments

The Uncertain Price of mHealth

Recent announcements about smartphone data plan pricing by AT&T and Verizon have the Internet and the mHealth world buzzing. Both companies have announced a move away from flat-rate, unlimited data plans in favor of tiered data plans where users are charged for amounts of data used above a certain limit. This will surely impact smartphone use in mHealth.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | Rob Havasy | 4 Comments

Take the Fear Out of Patient-Connected Health

My challenge to those with the means and capability of developing all things e- or m- for connected health would be this: Help physicians see that the more personal connections made through tools like email or instant messaging or texting (how about med-exting?) don’t have to cost them time or money. Help them see the personal side of connected health as efficient, effective, and both personally and financially rewarding.

Friday, April 23, 2010 | Trisha Torrey | 1 Comments

Social Networking and Connected Health

In our experience at the Center for Connected Health, patients with life-altering illness display different behaviors compared to those obsessed with fitness. Could it be that the social network has an accountability component that could be analogous to the coaching component that we’ve noted to be such an important aspect of improving health outcomes? In the connected health synergy, could the social network act as a health coach?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | Joseph Kvedar, MD | 4 Comments

Harvesting the fruits of "Connected" for healthcare

Differences aside, both social network analysts and behavioral economists pose brilliant challenges to the rational actor model of mainstream economists. Both do their work in the hope of countering the unhealthy and self-wounding choices that people make. What insights and tips do the two camps have for one another?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | Joseph Ternullo, JD, MPH | 1 Comments

mHealth for All

Those of us driving this revolution must ensure that the mHealth ball doesn’t quickly roll beyond reach of the people who can most benefit from its help. For, although I may enjoy writing much of this article on my tiny MacBook while tethered via Bluetooth to my 3G cell phone, diabetic patients with whom I interact every day would rather forego uploading their blood sugar readings to a shared website than learn how to use a new computer or a smartphone.

Monday, January 18, 2010 | Rob Havasy | 3 Comments

Evaluating Connected Health Interventions

At the symposium in October, we began a conversation about these issues and discussed how to (1) define the common elements of a Connected Health intervention and (2) work towards a structure to evaluate cost-effectiveness. My intention in this post is to energize the community towards these issues.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | Adam Kaufman, PhD | 3 Comments