Category Archives: informatics

Five Reasons why the FDA got it Right with Digital Health


The FDA recently announced its Digital Health Innovation Action Plan.  This plan was both important and necessary.  Digital health differs significantly from drugs and traditional medical devices around which the FDA has developed its structure and policies over decades. Digital … Continue reading

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The The Five Biggest Areas of Opportunity for Digital Health


Digital health is unquestionably becoming part of healthcare lexicon and fabric. Electronic health records (EHRs) and personal fitness trackers have helped create awareness through use.  The entrepreneurial enthusiasm for the healthcare space is evident by the volume of digital health … Continue reading

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Healthcare Consolidation: Opportunities for Digital Health Technology


Healthcare consolidation in the form of mergers and acquisitions has been taking place for a number of years.  It is seen on both the provider and payer sides.  In his testimony on healthcare market’s consolidation effects on quality, cost and … Continue reading

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Five Ways a Good Digital Health Registry Addresses Healthcare System Needs


Registries have traditionally been viewed as static repositories of data to be reviewed in a summary fashion after a predetermined time period.  The expanding need for drilled down relevant data has led to the development of creative sophisticated data analytics … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Digital Health Needs Patient Reported Outcomes


According to the National Quality Forum, patient reported outcomes or patient reported outcomes measures (PROs) can be defined as “any report of the status of a patient’s health condition that comes directly from the patient, without interpretation of the patient’s … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Turn Big Data into Relevant Data


‘Big Data’ may be defined as data that is so large or complex that it cannot be processed by the usual applications. Current common uses of Big Data in healthcare include the collection of genomic data, insurance claims data, medication prescription … Continue reading

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My Five Asks of Digital Health


Digital health is experiencing what I would characterize as its adolescence.  The rudimentary pieces are in place for adoption; Awareness of the technologies, the progressing maturation of mobile technologies, realization of its critical need in the marketplace, interest by large … Continue reading

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Five Ways Rare Diseases can Benefit from Digital Health Technology


Rare diseases present special challenges for patients, families and clinicians alike. Symptoms may be mistaken or assumed to be more common ailments. There is not enough searchable material online for lay people, as most of the data and information might be … Continue reading

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Five Requirements for the Adoption of Genomics as a Digital Health Tool


That digital health technologies will be adopted to address the ills of healthcare systems around the world is a foregone conclusion. The challenges of the cost of chronic disease burden, physician and patient dissatisfaction While awareness of digital health is … Continue reading

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Five Reasons why Patient Engagement Means Consumer Engagement


In previous posts I have discussed differences between patient empowerment and patient engagement and differences between patient and consumer sensor technologies.  Nevertheless, there are clear threads between consumer and healthcare delivery with regards to adoption of digital technologies. Many of … Continue reading

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