European Parliament approves #Article11 & #Article13

Kim Jong Un

The European Parliament has approved copyright legislation including Article 11 (a “link tax,” that requires web platform to obtain a license to link to or use snippets of news articles) and Article 13 (that will require a web platform to make their “best efforts” to obtain licenses to copyrighted material before uploading it to their platforms which is a change to the current standard practice whereby platforms would simply comply with copyright takedown requests).
This is the end of the open internet in the EU and it will do great harm to innovative thinkers and all the startups and internet companies based in the European Union. Medics and Patients will suffer because it will make it harder for them to make and share content. 
Please write to your parliamentary representative and ask them to fight this. 
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The predictable outcome when you try and add video consulting to the broken hospital centric healthcare model…

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Man told he’s going to die by doctor on video-link robot

mHealth Insights

This is a terrible news story for those keen to see the modernisation of how healthcare is  delivered particularly as Kaiser was the world’s first major Healthcare brand to go Mobile First (back in 2012).

It is obvious that the big opportunity for Patients and Carers is in enabling them to connect with their family Doctors for the complex day to day  management of their health needs but this is ignores the fact that most money (and profits) lie in the Hospital side of the US healthcare industry so naturally this is where the sick care industry will invest in video tech because it will return the most revenue for the investment by enabling organisations like Kaiser to introduce services that are more profitable (or ‘cost saving’ in light of them being a not for profit organisation).

I suppose it’s a bit like the saying “when all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail” but when applied to healthcare organisations “when you make all your money when Patients are in hospital beds any crackpot idea is a good one as long as they stay in the bed”.  The are loads of examples of these daft tech concepts in broken healthcare systems eg. Boston Children’s hospital was sending Patients home with 2 wheeled robots, the EU was wasting money on R&D into homecare future scenarios that ignored the fact that everyone already has a mobile, the NHS paid to have an app built so that bereaved children could compose music, etc.

 

Check out this post for some good tips on online consulting.

You might also find the talk I gave.at Doctors 2.0 in 2014 on video consulting best practice interesting:

 

 

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mHealth guide to Mobile World Congress 2019

Last year mHealth fell off the radar for the GSMA and there was no mHealth content at the world’s biggest mobile industry conference and exhibition (held annually in Barcelona – https://mhealthinsight.com/2017/01/31/mhealth-guide-to-the-2017-mobile-world-congress/

https://www.mwcbarcelona.com/conference-programmes/agenda/#day=7808&keyword=health

 

 

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GLOMO Awards: Fourth Industrial Revolution Live Presentation

Glomos

Date & Time

Monday, 25 Feb

10:00 – 10:30

Description

Fourth Industrial Revolution a. Best Mobile Innovation for Enterprise b. Best Mobile Innovation for Health and BioTech c. Best Mobile Innovation for Education

Wellness Life with Taiwan Smart Tech SolutionsTaiwan Excellence

Partner Programmes
The Future
Taiwan Excellence

Apply

Date & Time

Monday, 25 Feb

11:00 – 12:30

Location

Hall 8.0 – NEXTech Theatre E

Description

Doors Open: 10:30

Taiwan Excellence is presenting Taiwan’s best tech brands in addressing the growing demand for rising medical issues. You will find the newest tech solutions, including 5G, AIoT technique, VR, AI healthcare solutions and intelligent indoor positioning system. All products have been awarded with Taiwan Excellence Award, the highest recognition for Taiwan’s best innovative products.

Open to all attendees. Pre-approved attendees will have priority. All others will be seated on a first come first served basis. Click here to indicate your interest in attending or click the “APPLY” button above.

Speaker

Mark Basham

Mark Basham

Edgecore Networks

Vice President Business Development and Marketing, EMEA

Lewis Chang

Lewis Chang

HTC DeepQ

Manager

Rosa Liu

Rosa Liu

IEI Integration Corp.

Senior Account Mananger

Ian Chen

Ian Chen

STARWING Technology Co.

CEO

Striking a Balance in the Age of Digital Distraction

Conference
Digital Wellness

Date & Time

Monday, 25 Feb

16:00 – 16:45

Location

Hall 4 – Auditorium 3

Description

Digital Wellness is a relatively new concept that examines our relationship with the online world and its effect on our physical and mental wellbeing. A world where devices and connectivity are almost ubiquitous allows us access to a host of services and information at a level that was previously imaginable. But it also has significant implications for our mental and physical health. Apps are designed to grab and keep our attention, causing us to check our phones up to 200 times per day (TechMark) and a recent survey found that 46% of us “could not live without our smartphones.” (Pew Research Center) Children and teenagers are even more susceptible to device addiction, as well as the potentially harmful impacts of social media. This begs the question, where does the responsibility for our increased usage lie? Some device manufacturers and social media platforms have recently taken steps to curb our usage, introducing features like screen-time monitoring and the introduction of “holiday mode.” But does this go far enough and are they really addressing the issue? Have we lost sight of connecting with people in a meaningful way? How can we strike a balance in our ever-on, digital world?

Speaker

Timur Bekmambetov

Timur Bekmambetov

Bazelevs Group

Film Director, Producer, Founder

Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina

Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina

Consciously Digital

Author & Founder

Maggie Stanphill

Maggie Stanphill

Google

UX Director

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones

NHS

Founder & Director, National Problem Gambling Clinic

Dr Autumn Krauss

Dr Autumn Krauss

SAP

Principal Scientist

 

 

Digital Health and Wellness Summit

4YFN

Date & Time

Tuesday, 26 Feb

10:00 – 18:00

Location

Fira Montjuïc Hall 8 – Summit Stage

 

Cashing in on Industrial Data: Data Exchanges, Brokering and Analytics

Conference
Industry 4.0

Date & Time

Tuesday, 26 Feb

15:30 – 16:30

Location

Hall 4 – Auditorium 3

Description

Having information for your own use is good, but being able to derive value from sharing data beyond the company, as well as the as-yet unexplored opportunities for data monetization, is even better. The outcomes of data sharing in the healthcare sector offer an impressive early example of how revolutionary this can be and there are exciting initiatives under way to help industries generally to follow suit. There are huge hurdles to overcome in governance, security, and commercial models but these are being addressed quickly. In this discussion we hear from the global pioneers who are changing the conversation about the value of industrial data.

Moderator

Matt Hatton

Matt Hatton

Independent

Investor & Entrepreneur

ACCIO-IWC Innovation World Cup Pitch & Award Ceremony 2019 BARCELONA

4YFN

Date & Time

Tuesday, 26 Feb

18:00 – 19:00

Location

Fira Montjuïc Hall 8 – Agora Stage

Description

The top IoT Catalan game changers and the top IoT finalists of the 10th IOT/WT Innovation World Cup®, the world-leading competition in the areas of IoT and wearable technologies, are ready to rock the stage at 4YFN. They are coming from New Zealand, United States, Germany, Spain and beyond to demonstrate how their solutions are revolutionizing the Healthcare, Industrial, City, Agriculture and Transport Industries. Who will win the jury prize? Join us and meet the IoT innovators the world will talk about.

Speaker

Christian Stammel

Christian Stammel

Innovation World Cup® Series

Founder & CEO

Privacy in the Era of Intelligent Machines: Designing AI solutions that protect people’s privacy and dataPrivacy

GSMA Seminars

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 Feb

09:00 – 10:30

Location

South Entrance CC 1.5

Description

Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to revolutionise our daily lives: from AI-powered virtual assistants that help us to navigate the internet, to AI-powered machines that serve our consumer, health or other needs. AI will also drive more efficient industrial processes, delivering smarter networks and better products and services at reduced costs. Organisations seeking to harness the power of AI must first consider the ethical implications of this new capability. In particular, the ability of algorithms to learn at a speed which far surpasses human capacity could have detrimental consequences for our privacy, for example by re-identifying individuals from previously anonymous datasets or by developing ever more accurate profiles of our preferences and behaviours. Conversely, AI could be leveraged to enhance our privacy by providing organisations with the means to understand potential risks of harm to individuals or by helping individuals to assert their own preferences and permissions on their digital interactions with people and businesses. So how can organisations get the best out of AI without introducing new privacy risks? This session will bring together mobile industry leaders, innovators, researchers and policymakers to share experiences and discuss best practice for designing privacy into AI-powered solutions. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Register here before 9:00 on Tuesday 26 February to gain priority access to this session. Priority lane access closes 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Speaker

Nathalie Laneret

Nathalie Laneret

Centre for Information Policy Leadership

Director of Privacy Policy

Boris Wojtan

Boris Wojtan

GSMA

Director of Privacy

Beth  Smith

Beth Smith

IBM

GM Watson AI Data

Simon McDougall

Simon McDougall

Information Commissioner’s Office (UK)

Executive Director – Technology Policy and Innovation

Aimee van Wynsberghe

Aimee van Wynsberghe

Responsible Robotics & TU Delft

Co-Founder & Assistant Professor of Ethics and Robots

Elena Gil Lizasoain

Elena Gil Lizasoain

Telefónica

CEO, LUCA, Data Unit

Nicholai Pfeiffer

Nicholai Pfeiffer

Telenor

Group Privacy Officer

 

Technology shaping our future

Ministerial Programme (invite only)

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 Feb

10:00 – 11:00

Location

Hall 4 – Auditorium A

Description

In the last five years alone, $1.2 trillion has been invested into tech start-ups and emerging companies in sectors undergoing significant digital disruption, such as banking, energy, utilities and healthcare. The digital transformation has seen new partnerships evolve between mobile operators and start-ups, but what role should government play in supporting this? This highly engaging session will demonstrate the very latest innovation in technology that is delivering the greatest societal impact, and show why there is much to be excited for the future.

Speaker

Gibran Huzaifah

Gibran Huzaifah

eFishery

Founder & CEO

Max Cuvellier

Max Cuvellier

GSMA

Head of M4D Utilities & Ecosystem Accelerator

Lilian Makoi

Lilian Makoi

Jamii Africa

Founder

Zac Cheah

Zac Cheah

Pundi X

CEO & Co-Founder

 

 

 

 

Transformation of public services

Ministerial Programme (invite only)

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 Feb

11:30 – 13:00

Location

Hall 4 – Auditorium A

Description

In today’s society, there is a growing demand for public services to be accessible irrespective of time and place. Citizens around the world now consume a range of mobile-enabled financial, educational, health and utilities services, and pressure is growing for governments to further embrace technologies that innovate services and generate benefits for society at a lower cost. This session will explore the opportunities for public organisations to use technology, big data and blockchain to fundamentally reimagine and transform the engagement models of government services.

Keynote

Aurélie Adam Soule Zoumarou

Aurélie Adam Soule Zoumarou

Benin

Minister of Digital Economy and Communication

Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr

Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr

Smart Dubai Office

Director General

Speaker

Grégoire Landel

Grégoire Landel

CityTaps

CEO

Sharoda Rapeti

Sharoda Rapeti

Delta Partners

Non-Executive Partner

Eunice Gnay Namirembe

Eunice Gnay Namirembe

Kampala Capital City Authority

Manager, Sanitation Innovations

Héctor María Huici

Héctor María Huici

Republic of Argentina

Secretary of Information and Communication Technologies, Government Secretary of Modernization

Mikhail Mamonov

Mikhail Mamonov

Russian Federation

Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media

Dr Sara Saeed Khurram

Dr Sara Saeed Khurram

Sehat Kahani

Founder

Samba Sow

Samba Sow

SudPay

Co-Founder & CEO

 

Unlocking the Value of Data in Healthcare

Conference
Digital Wellness

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 Feb

13:30 – 14:30

Location

Hall 4 – Auditorium 4

Description

Wearables manufacturers, tech companies and healthcare providers all have the ability to collect and analyse more personal data than ever before – this can be an incredibly powerful tool, bringing with it new opportunities through the use of advanced analytics and insights, but also creating a need for digital governance. Medical data sharing, or the lack of it, has been described as “one of the most broken things about health care” but tech companies could hold the power to fix this, through the development of open standards. As more technology is used personal data security becomes one of the biggest challenges – who owns our data and is it safe?

Moderator

Ronan Wisdom

Ronan Wisdom

Accenture

MD, Global Lead, Connected Health, Digital

Speaker

Dr Roberto Tapia-Conyer

Dr Roberto Tapia-Conyer

Carlos Slim Foundation

CEO

Harrison Lung

Harrison Lung

McKinsey & Company

Partner

Elena Gil Lizasoain

Elena Gil Lizasoain

Telefónica

CEO, LUCA, Data Unit

Sajid Rahman

Sajid Rahman

Telenor

CEO, Health

Nicolas Jaccard

Nicolas Jaccard

Visulytix

CTO

 

Partnering for Impact: Health-Tech Innovation Showcase

Conference
Digital Wellness

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 Feb

14:45 – 15:45

Location

Hall 4 – Auditorium 4

Description

Intelligent connectivity and mobile technology are key enablers for accessing a range of life-enhancing services such as mobile health – 1 billion subscribers used mobile to access health services in 2017 alone. Mobile phones are being used to provide a range of essential healthcare services ranging from humanitarian assistance during epidemics and natural disasters to providing effective and affordable solutions to addressing healthcare needs in developing markets. There are a number of start-ups and partnerships with operators, that point to scalable, sustainable and commercially viable use cases for digital health and wellbeing. This session will showcase some of the projects that are bettering people’s lives and working towards achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals, including universal access to good health.

Moderator

Pamela Spence

Pamela Spence

EY

Health Sciences & Wellness Industry Markets Leader

Speaker

Grégoire Landel

Grégoire Landel

CityTaps

CEO

Alain Nteff

Alain Nteff

Gifted Mom

Co-Founder & CEO

Matthew Turner

Matthew Turner

Goshawk Communications Ltd

CEO & Founder

Ilana Cohen

Ilana Cohen

GSMA

Senior Market Engagement Director

Lilian Makoi

Lilian Makoi

Jamii Africa

Founder

Dr Vèna Arielle Ahouansou

Dr Vèna Arielle Ahouansou

Kea Medicals

Founder & CEO

Raja Rajamannar

Raja Rajamannar

Mastercard

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer & President, Healthcare

Victoria Hernandez

Victoria Hernandez

Rising Tide

Head of Investment Committee

Dr Iffat Zafar

Dr Iffat Zafar

Sehat Kahani

Co-Founder & CDO

The Human Healthcare Predictions Panel

4YFN

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 Feb

16:00 – 16:30

Location

Fira Montjuic Hall 8 – Banco Sabadell Stage

Moderator

Ronan Wisdom

Ronan Wisdom

Accenture

MD, Global Lead, Connected Health, Digital

Speaker

Kim-Fredrik Schneider

Kim-Fredrik Schneider

Abi

CEO

Zak Sherlock

Zak Sherlock

GoSHAWK

CTO

Anna Sort

Anna Sort

PlayBenefit

CEO & Founder

 

Fundraising and M&A for Tech Startups. Key Trends in Europe and Top Tips & Errors to Avoid for a Successful Outcome

4YFN

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 Feb

16:00 – 16:45

Location

Fira Montjuïc Hall 8 – Mint Studio

Description

This workshop will deal with key trends in fund raising and M&A for tech startups in Europe and with top tips for a successful outcome + errors to avoid. Specifically will talk about: -Key valuation trends -Most active sectors within technology -How to prepare for a fund raising or M&A process -How to execute a successful transaction without losing your health -What are the key errors to avoid

Moderator

Oriol Juncosa

Oriol Juncosa

Encomenda Smart Capital

Managing Partner and co-founder

Speaker

Unai Franco

Unai Franco

White Peak Partners

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

 

Immersive Healthcare: A Virtual Revolution?

Conference
Digital Wellness

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 Feb

16:00 – 17:00

Location

Hall 4 – Auditorium 4

Description

The rising cost of care, a lack doctors and other skilled workers and increases in aging populations are making traditional healthcare models increasingly unsustainable. Immersive and virtual services have the potential to deliver specialised care to those most in need and also offer access to those in rural areas. Accenture estimates an economic value of approximately $10 billion annually to the U.S. health system alone through the use of virtual healthcare tools. There are a host of companies utilising the latest technologies and tools such as avatar therapy for mental health conditions, and utilising VR to support those with anxiety and PTSD. The widespread introduction of 5G will surely serve to increase the spread of immersive and virtual healthcare services.

Moderator

Pamela Spence

Pamela Spence

EY

Health Sciences & Wellness Industry Markets Leader

 

Fake Devices: Countering a Hidden and Growing ThreatAfilias

Power Hour 60
Digital Trust
Afilias

Apply

Date & Time

Thursday, 28 Feb

11:30 – 12:30

Location

Hall 8.0 – NEXTech Theatre E

Description

With an estimated annual cost of €45.3 billion in revenues, counterfeit and non-standard devices pose a real threat to business, consumers, and regulators. Risks to brand reputation, network quality of service, data security, and health and safety have yet to be quantified. Find out how this growing threat can be measured and managed.Open to all attendees. Pre-approved attendees will have priority. All others will be seated on a first come first served basis. Click here to indicate your interest in attending or click the “APPLY” button above.

Speaker

John Leonard

John Leonard

Afilias

Director of Product Strategy

Ronan Cremin

Ronan Cremin

Afilias

Chief Technology Officer

 

Battle of the Health Apps

Conference
Digital Wellness

Date & Time

Thursday, 28 Feb

12:30 – 13:30

Location

Hall 4 – Auditorium 5

Description

There has been an explosion in health and wellness apps, as well as investment into the digital health space. Global digital health VC funding reached a record $8 Billion in the first nine months of 2018 (Mercom Capital) and in the first quarter of 2018, the top 10 grossing self-care apps in the U.S. earned $27 million in combined iOS and Android revenue worldwide (Sensor Tower). A large chunk of this market has been cornered by mindfulness and meditation apps – but there is certainly potential for other newcomers to get in on the action. With such a plethora of health apps available, this demo session will provide a stage for some of the most exciting and potentially disruptive apps to battle it out and pitch their concept to our panel of judges and get live feedback. This is one not to be missed!

Moderator

Michael Stothard

Sifted.eu

Editor

Speaker

Kim-Fredrik Schneider

Abi

CEO

Michael Townsend Williams

BreatheSync

Founder

Pernilla Jonsson

Ericsson

Head of Consumer Labs

Laureen R. Cook

Extelcon

Executive TMT Advisor

Heshan Fernando

Odoc

CEO & Co-Founder

Anna Sort

PlayBenefit

CEO & Founder

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mHealth Guide to HIMSS19

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Next week (11-15 February 2019) in Orlando (USA) 45,000 delegates will attend the world’s biggest Healthcare IT Conference and Exhibition and we’ll be there for meetings and to learn about and share mHealth innovations with readers of the mHealth Insight blog.

With more than 300 education sessions spanning 24 topics at the various summits, forums, symposia and workshops. More than 500 exhibit floor sessions and the world’s best entrepreneurial talent staffing more than 1,300 exhibitor stands and representatives from over 100 countries attending it’ll be hard to keep up so if you know of anything we should try to check out please tip us off and if you would like to meet up with either myself (David Doherty, cofounder of 3GDoctor) or San Diego based colleague Dr Chris Bickford MD for a video interview please complete the following form with info about your mHealth Innovation and contact details we’ll add it to this guide and try and meet up with you to video an interview:


mHealth focused talks and panels in the Conference:


Monday 11 February 2019

Time: 11:55am – 12:30pm. Location: Rosen Centre Grand Ballroom D.
Re-engineering Check-in to Improve the Patient Experience
Market forces are converging from multiple directions, demanding greater operational efficiencies and better patient experiences in today’s physician practices.
In 2018, executives at Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, an internationally-recognized orthopaedic leader in Central Florida, determined a forward-looking patient experience strategy starts with an optimal front-end encounter that ensures smooth, efficient patient throughput and office workflow processes.
To accomplish that, the organization re-engineered its registration process by deploying a self-service kiosk and mobile pre-check solution, to promote greater accuracy, minimize bottlenecks and empower patients.
In this session, Jewett’s CEO Jon Albert will share the organization’s three-pronged implementation journey and highlight the successful outcomes.
• Identify current drivers behind process improvement trends in today’s physician practices.
• Discuss how self-service and mobile technologies can streamline the patient registration process and improve revenue cycle efficiency.
• Analyze Jewett Orthopaedic’s three-pronged journey to implement a self-service check-in solution, including change management, optimization and sustainability strategies.
Jon Albert, Chief Executive Officer, Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic.

Time: 13:15pm – 14:15pm. Location: Orlando W208C.
Promoting Quality of Aging: Care Coordination and Disease Management
As generations age, technologies must evolve. Many older adults have multiple conditions with some for example having 10 or more medications to manage. This session will present some of the solutions toward improving care outside the hospital. Medication management, remote monitoring and care coordination tools will be discussed as well as current gaps in care which the future use of technology needs to address. We will examine how to move beyond single point solutions to coordinated care plans wrapped in usable tech solutions.
David Lindeman, PhD, Director, CITRIS Health Initiative, CITRIS, Director, Banatao Institute, UC Berkeley
Laurie Orlov, Founder, Aging in Place Technology Watch
Sam Ahn, Senior Care Practice Lead, Samsung Electronics America

Time: 15:45pm – 16:30pm.  Location: Orlando W208C.
Closing Keynote: The Future of Technology in the Longevity Economy
This session provides a high level summary of today’s discussion and pivots towards future opportunities in aging. Discover what’s in store for the future of technology in aging. A key focus would be the need to disrupt how we think about aging and allowing technology to support an enhanced aging experience.
This session is part of a special program called Healthy Aging and Technology Symposium: Building a Digital Bridge to Transform the Aging Experience. Extra fees and separate registration is required.
Compare emerging technologies that show promise in enhancing aging
Identify areas/gaps that would benefit from new innovative technologies for the aging population
Discuss opportunities that will advance new innovations in aging
Dr David Drew, Chief Medical Officer & VP and GM of Enterprise (B2B) Healthcare, Samsung.

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Time: 10:15-10:35 am.  Location: Hall F Booth 9000 Innovation Live Pavilion.
Digital Health: Defining the Future of Healthcare
Sentara’s mission is to Improve Health Every Day. Our vision creates a dynamic model via the development of digital and consumer-facing solutions, updated wellness and ambulatory platforms, and with the integration of acute and chronic care programs with managed-care strategy. Digital, cloud, mobile, and blockchain technologies are key ingredients to our IT strategy. We aim to provide high quality and cost-effective care via cutting edge technology.
Michael Reagin, SVP & CIO, Sentara Healthcare.

Time: 10:30am.  Location: W314B.
Dr David Drew, Chief Medical Officer, Samsung

Time: 16:15 – 16:35pm.  Location: Hall A Booth 888.
Healthcare Wayfinding: Mobile App, Kiosk, or both?
An in depth look into how healthcare facilities can improve the patient experience through digital wayfinding. The topic will look into different applications of wayfinding (mobile app, kiosks in the facility, or a combination of the two.)
Jeffery Sarenpa, President/CTO, Express Image Digital

Time: 15:10 – 15:50pm.  Location: Rosen Ballroom C.
Technology to Drive Patient Engagement in a Digital World.
This panel will explore the power of digital therapeutics in helping patients be more engaged in their healthcare, and the technology that is being used to drive these innovations. Learn how the IoT exhaust data from digital therapies can be used to not just manage and intervene in care, but also to feedback into real-world evidence and value-based care justification.
Dan Housman, Principal, Deloitte
Hope Wohl, Chief Executive Officer, Breastcancer.Org
Lita Sands, Head of Life Sciences Business Development, Amazon Web Services
Shez Partovi, Director, Global HCLS BD, Amazon Web Services
William Zeruld, Digital Strategies, Otsuka

Time: 16:15 – 15:15pm.  Location: W311E.
Smartphones Are Driving Clinical Transformation
Hospitals and health systems surveyed are making large-scale, enterprise-wide investments in smartphones and unified communications solutions to drive clinical transformation and address mission as well as patient-critical communications requirements of clinical and non-clinical mobile workers within the hospital and across care continuum. These solutions support the achievement of the Quadruple Aim by reducing costs, improving quality and outcomes and increasing patient and provider satisfaction. The speakers, representing research, clinician and administrator standpoints, will offer compelling details of what a successful deployment looks like; how to address and overcome the associated pitfalls in operationalizing a large-scale health system-wide deployment; and explore future growth opportunities involved with integrating these solutions with evidence-based clinical pathways and care management programs including support of bedside documentation and clinical surveillance.
Howard Landa MD, Vice President, Clinical Informatics, Sutter Health, and Gregg Malkary MS, Managing Director, Spyglass Consulting.

Time: 16:20 – 16:50pm.  Location: Rosen Centre Grand Ballroom C.
Pfizer Spotlight: How Digital Technology is Changing Pharma
Value-based healthcare is reshaping the entire industry and its major players, including providers, payers and pharma. For pharma, technology and data are driving more effective and patient-centric clinical trials. With further advancements in technologies like mobile devices and wearables, machine learning and artificial intelligence, the pharma and biotech industries are poised to innovate existing clinical trial processes and systems – and better demonstrate therapeutic value.
In this session, two of Pfizer’s real-world data experts sit down with Shelley Price, HIMSS Director of Payer and Life Sciences, to discuss how the pharmaceutical giant is using digital tools to collect and analyze real world data, engage and reduce the burden on patients, collaborate with healthcare providers, and produce better results.

Christopher Boone, FACHE,FHIMSS,MHA,PMP, Vice President, Real World Data & Analytics, Pfizer, Hameed Farhan, Senior Director, Global Real World Center of Excellence, Pfizer, and Shelley Price, Director, Payer and Life Sciences, HIMSS,

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Time: 10:00 – 11:00am.  Location: W207C
Modifying the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS) to Evaluate Specific Health Applications
With the explosion of today’s mobile application marketplace, there exists a need to better differentiate between the quality of available applications. Specifically, mobile health applications (applications that help either the disabled or are used in a healthcare setting) lack a common rating scale that is neither subjective nor biased. By utilizing the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS) and its ability to be customized in a modular fashion for a special population, a quantitative-based scoring system was implemented to better evaluate mobile applications designed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Furthermore, a content expert was recruited to refine our custom criteria as well as provide insight into the hard-of-hearing population’s desires for specific features in mobile applications.
Ryan L. Romero MPH, Student, University of Florida and Rick Kates, PhD, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor, UF.

Time: 10:45 – 11:05am.  Location: Hall A Booth 888.
BreatheSmart: Consumer Connected Respiratory Care
BreatheSmart from Cohero Health is a connected mobile app and device respiratory platform that motivates and educates patients and caregivers to adopt behaviors to improve patient outcomes. To achieve market adoption and scale, under value-based care, we will discuss two prerequisites for patient engagement: Testing on product efficacy and ROI with randomized controlled trials and real-world implementations and developing a patient engagement platform to empower and optimize user experience.
Joe Condurso, CEO, Cohero Health Inc.

Time: 11:15 – 11:35am. Location: Hall F Booth 9000 Innovation Live Pavilion.
Predictive medicine: the new aim of connectivity
With the explosion of data, the e-health evolution is transforming how patients and healthcare professionals interact with one another. How can we access patient information quickly? How can we react efficiently? Enovacom will present how the value of rich and comprehensive healthcare data can be made available to all stakeholders using a new technological approach. Enovacom provides integration technology and a data repository which can be used in many different areas: IOT, BIG DATA and IA.
Jean-Baptiste Michon, Marketing Product Manager, Enovacom

Time: 12:15 – 12:35pm. Location: Orlando Hall A Booth 888.
Vodafone IoT Enables iGlucose Diabetes Solutions
Diabetes is a global epidemic affecting over 475 million people worldwide, a figure expected to rise to 642 million by 2040. Smart Meter is an innovator in diabetes management systems, making technology an enabler, not a barrier, to better patient outcomes. iGlucose® is its response. iGlucose is connected via the Vodafone Managed IoT Connectivity Platform, anywhere in the world. This session shows why Vodafone IoT was the best choice to confidently deliver a simple out-of-the-box experience.
Erik Kling, Vice President, Vodafone Business
Cliff McIntosh, CEO, iGlucose

Time: 12:30 – 12:55pm. Location: Orlando Hall E Booth 8559 Microsoft Leadership Theater.
Intelligent Evolution of Connected Hospitals
Himanshu will present on the topic of IOT for Healthcare, and the challenges and strategies needed to effect change balanced against the challenges for safe and well managed deployment in the real world. Examples from projects being delivered across the globe and particularly Americas will be shared.
Himanshu Khurana, VP, Honeywell

Time: 14:30 – 15:30pm. Location: Orlando W230A.
Embracing the IoT: Ideas Are Easy, Execution Is Hard
Healthcare delivery is in need of a technological transformation. Many of the challenges facing our healthcare system today can be remedied by applying the principles of an IIoT system and combining it with AI and ML, creating a highly reliable automated system for real time decision support. This session will take you on a journey starting with the current state of the IIoT in healthcare and highlighting the gaps that exist. The speakers will paint a futuristic picture of healthcare, utilizing a standards-based, edge-computing IIoT architecture and discuss the benefits and challenges of implementation. Finally, you will be provided with the tools (reference architectures from the IIC and MD PnP) necessary to help the healthcare industry begin developing products and creating an ecosystem for a next generation of connected healthcare products.
Julian Goldman, MD, Medical Director, Biomedical Engineering , Massachusetts General Hospital and David Niewolny, MBA, Director, Healthcare Segment, Real Time Innovations.

Time: 15:00-16:00pm.  Location: W224H.
Data Meets Diagnosis: How Technology is Changing Brain Health Assessments
Abstract: As medical professionals continue to integrate technology into the patient care experience, the biggest drawback of legacy systems is a lack of mobility. To truly benefit from the ongoing digital transformation, healthcare-grade solutions must be mobile and untethered to clunky devices or individual networks. Patient information today is generated through wearables on the individual and through other connected devices, like medical sensors and even home appliances. Leveraging all these data sources for clinicians and patients has lowered the cost of care in cases of chronic pain and diabetes, but other practices have been slow to adapt. This session will focus on brain health, an area where many clinicians still rely on subjective, personal evaluations to make diagnoses about traumatic brain injuries and cognitive diseases. Standardizing the evaluation process through easy to use technology is a critical way to improve accuracy for clinicians, streamline operations across organizations and most importantly, identify and treat serious brain conditions earlier when treatment is most effective. This discussion will explore this unique area of medicine and will look at how learnings from other fields where digital health tools have been deployed can be applied.
Dr David Drew, Chief Medical Officer, Samsung.

Thursday 14 February 2019

Time: 10:15am-11:15am.  Location: Orlando – Orange County Convention Centre: W415D Valencia
Digital Traction in Consumerization of Healthcare
In the competition to attract young, motivated and healthy consumers, payers, providers, technology vendors and newcomers are drawing on strategies and tactics taken directly from retail marketing and advertising. How are they faring? Can we declare a winner? This session will magnify a battleground of digital health: virtual visits.
Speaker(s): Greg Orr, VP Digital Health, Walgreens, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Health Economist Advisor Trend Weaver, Think-Health,  Nick Desai, CEO Chairman President Exec Director Admin Group Practice Mgr, Heal, Peter Rasmussen, Medical Director Digital Health, Cleveland Clinic.

Time: 11:00am-11:25am.  Location: Orlando – Orange County Convention Centre
mHealth solutions have proven effective in engaging patients in active personal health management. Join us for a real world application of how voice and AI technologies can be used as a non-pharmaceutical alternative in the treatment of chronic diseases.
Behdad Navabi, Paediatric Endocrinology Fellow , CHEO, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Timon Ledain, Director IoT, Macadamian Technologies.

Time: 11:15-11:35am. Location: Orlando Hall A Booth 400 Cybersecurity Theatre A
Solving Emerging Big Data Challenges in Healthcare
The adoption of e-health platforms has created a torrent of digital information that creates tremendous opportunities to drive personalized medicine and improve healthcare outcomes.A digital strategy for healthcare no longer focus purely on clinical systems, but must also take into account diverse datasets such as user interaction click-streams, mobile app data, cyber security data-stream, IOT,and real-time data. Learn how industries solve big data problems and apply to challenges in healthcare.
Sam Kalbag, Consultant, Micro Focus Government Solutions

Time: 11:15am-11:35am.  Location: Orlando – Orange County Convention Centre. Hall D Booth 1745 Lightning sessions theatre.
Rewiring Healthcare for Clinical Interoperability
Advances in clinical interoperability, like TEFCA, have established a foundation for healthcare organizations to exchange electronic health information. Health Gorilla connects providers, patients, and key healthcare stakeholders to seamlessly exchange clinical data. This session describes our journey scaling a clinical network with partners like Apple, drchrono, and others.
Sergio Wagner, Chief Strategy Officer, Health Gorilla.

Friday 15 February 2019

Time: 12:00pm-13:00pm.  Location: Orlando – Orange County Convention Centre W304A
FHIR Interoperability: Point-of-Care Healthcare Apps in the Real World
Health information interoperability has historically been a daunting issue for healthcare systems with differing electronic medical records (EHRs) or those looking to export or import technical solutions developed on other EHRs. Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) are an open-source solution that’s been increasingly adopted across EHRs and healthcare systems with the recent example of Apple including a personal health record in iOS, allowing patients to access their own data. While data sharing is becoming more feasible, there is practically little in the way of EHR-integrated, point of care healthcare applications (apps) utilizing FHIR that could be broadly scaled across both healthcare systems and EHRs. This session will describe Geisinger’s evolving approach to using FHIR resources to extend homegrown apps beyond our current EHR system, allowing us to share our innovation more broadly than ever before.

Speaker(s): Jon Billet, Director of Software Engineering and Enterprise Software Architect, Geisinger Health System and Ryan Van Loan, Manager Research and Development, Geisinger Health.


mHealth to discover on the exhibition floor:


Halo Communications (USA/Booth 458)

The Halo Patient Coordinator allows patient care teams to be created, managed and adjusted automatically through Halo’s native scheduling product and integration with a health system’s existing clinical applications. Care teams can also be updated manually, giving clinicians flexibility to adjust teams in real-time settings. Key features of the product include: • Patient-focused messaging – With one tap, clinicians can pull up patient-specific critical information right on a mobile device. Using the secure messaging capabilities on Halo’s platform, each message can thread down to a single patient, eliminating ambiguity and miscommunications. • Simple handoffs – With Halo Patient Coordinator, handoffs can be initiated automatically, and the patient’s care team members are adjusted instantly as shifts rotate. • One-way updates – Patient’s family members can receive one-way messages from members of the care team, providing instant updates throughout their loved one’s care. • Case-by-case syncing with EMR– Notably, messages through Halo Patient Coordinator can be optionally synced back to the patient’s EMR for documentation purposes.

Robust Medical CoRobust Medical Co (China/Booth 867)

Robusdical is developing cutting edge technology for mHealth, telemedicine and in home care. 

Cardinal Analytx (USA/Booth 888-33)

Cardinal Analytx promotes the ‘Right Care Sooner! Our machine learning methods have shown 2-3x greater accuracy over existing risk prediction methods and these combined with clinical insights and engagement analytics allow risk bearers to proactively address rising risk, improve precision of steerage solutions, and inform underwriting and value based contracting. The majority of the highest cost members are newly high cost members, not persistent high cost members. Yet, existing analytics tools and programs focus on persistent high cost members who are already very ill. Care Management teams grapple with long target lists and low engagement rates.

AsReader Inc (USA/Booth 1075)

AsReader, Inc. manufactures Healthcare-grade Batteries/Chargers and Barcode Scanners for the Medical Industry. Our sleds turn mobile/smartphones into professional medical Barcode Scanners for Patient, Medication, and Specimen Management. We also specialize in RFID (both UHF RAIN and HF/NFC) for mobile devices. Sleds are available for nearly all models of Apple iOS® iPhone®, iPad®, and the iPod touch® as well as selected Android phones and tablets. We specialize in rugged barcode sleds/cases and pocket-sized mobile batteries/chargers for nursing care, hospitals, and more. Use your smartphone As a Reader!

Healthasyst (USA/Booth 1075)

Mobile pre-registration of CheckinAsyst offers unmatched flexibility for patients to complete their forms and pay outstanding prior to their visit-anytime, anywhere.

Datalogic (/Booth 1641)

MEMOR™ 10 – THE POWER OF A SMARTPHONE, DESIGNED FOR ENTERPRISE. FEATURES • 5 inch capacitive multi-touch HD display with Dragontrail™ hardened glass • Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Google Mobile Services • Wireless charging eliminates all contacts on the device and cradle • Ruggedized with drop resistance to 1.5m / 5ft to concrete and IP65 sealing • Dual band Wi-Fi including the latest 802.11ac standard and 802.11r/k for fast roaming • Assisted GPS for location based apps • Voice-Enterprise Certified • Bluetooth v4.2 short range wireless technology • NFC for proximity communications • Advanced 2D ultra-slim imager with Datalogic’s patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for visual good-read feedback • Datalogic’s SoftSpot™ technology for innovative triggering through the touch display • Chemical resistant plastics / enclosures designed to withstand daily cleaning with harsh disinfectant solutions

Mobile Heartbeat (USA/Booth 4179).

Mobile Heartbeat is a leading provider of enterprise mobility clinical communications and collaboration solutions that improve clinical workflow and provide secure team communications, enabling better patient care at a lower cost. The company’s Unified Clinical Communication platform, MH-CURE, gives clinicians what they want and need: simple, secure access to their patients and other care team members with clinically relevant patient information—no matter where they are. Based upon its Clinical Unified Results Enterprise (CURE) technology, MH-CURE dramatically improves clinical workflows across the enterprise, freeing clinicians to focus on what they do best: care for their patients.

Samsung Electronics America (USA/Booth 5247)

Samsung Business provides a diverse portfolio of enterprise technologies from smartphones to wearables, tablets, and digital displays. We are committed to putting the business customer at the core of everything we do by delivering comprehensive products, solutions and services across diverse industries. For more information, please visit samsung.com/business, call 1-866-SAM-4BIZ or follow Samsung Business via Twitter: @SamsungBizUSA.

ITI Technology (S Korea/Booth 5448)

SMB MOBILE SMART MEDIATABLE BUILT-IN 17.3″ TOUCH SCREEN.  Good for Bed Table and Smart 17.3” Touch Screen O Tempered Glass protected and Infection control O Removable MediaTable O Rotation, Clockwise and Counter clockwise • functional, stabile and comfortable MEDIATABLE • smooth-running mobility • height adjustment • ergonomic tilting by 0°, 20°, 40°, 90° for both sides • high security when burdened with up to 30 kg • removable MediaTable with recessed grips, safely fixed • hygiene surfaces that are easy to clean • pneumatic springs allow height lift of the table of 79 to 104 cm

Varian Medical Systems (USA/Booth 6143)

Varian Mobile empowers clinicians to access and edit their ARIA® clinical data anywhere in real time. View, interact with and edit your appointments, tasks, patient summaries, patient face & setup photos, dictate notes and much more. Simplify your workflow for smoother clinic operations and improve the quality of your life. http://www.varian.com/VarianMobile

Humetrix (USA/Booth 6578)

Humetrix has pioneered the development of innovative patient-facing mobile health platforms over the past 20 years, starting with smart card health applications in Europe and Asia, and later with smartphone health applications for care-coordination iBlueButton, emergency care SOS QR, and chronic care management TENSIO. A strong advocate of the Blue Button initiative from its launch, Humetrix has been an industry partner of the ONC and CMS for the development of Blue Button Standards and the formulation of the new CMS Blue Button 2.0 API. Humetrix mHealth applications have won multiple government and industry awards in the U.S. and in Europe.

Jamf (USA/Booth 7261)

Through industry-leading mobile healthcare solutions, Jamf enables organizations to transform patient experience with iPad. Using Jamf Pro to manage iPads, iPhones and Apple TVs allows providers to deliver faster, more personalized care to their patients while simultaneously improving communications within their care teams. Patients have more control throughout their stay, which enhances their overall experience. Better healthcare is here, and its’s possible with Jamf.

Transility (USA/Booth 8541)

We are a Software Development company bringing greatest technology usage onboard to help healthcare industry. Being an Interoperability expert, we provide an open-source healthcare data integration platform to our clients for integration of their products with various Health system quickly. We are a seasoned team of HIPPA certified engineers building custom software solutions for leading healthcare companies. Our solution ranges from Practice Management, Patient Engagement, Healthcare Insurance, Appointment & Scheduling, Remote Patient Monitoring, Tele-Health, Home-Healthcare, mHealth and IoT-health devices. We are development partner for EPIC, Athenahealth, Allscripts, Cerner, AdvancedMD and GE-Healthcare.

Blue Spark Technologies (USA/Booth 8559-13)

Blue Spark Technologies’ latest innovation, TempTraq®, is the only Bluetooth®, wearable, disposable, temperature monitor in the form of a soft, comfortable patch that continuously, safely and comfortably, monitors body temperature for up to 72 hours and sends alerts to Apple® or Android™ compatible mobile devices. The company’s TempTraq Connect HIPAA-compliant cloud service supported by the Google Healthcare Cloud Platform allows hospitals and caregivers to monitor body temperature from anywhere. It also allows direct integration with health care provider electronic health records (EHR) systems and central nursing stations, providing a secure method of storing patient health care data.

Alfred SmartHub/11 Health and Technologies Inc (USA/Booth 8559-25)

The Alfred SmartHub is the smart assistant that connects the bag and baseplate wirelessly. It is designed to monitor the stoma and assist in reducing the chances of infections, which will aid in improving quality of life. The category-defining product benefits include real-time output data access from the Alfred mobile app, smart alerts on your mobile app, and wirelessly syncs data to the Cloud via Bluetooth® and cellular/mobile data.

Combining Smart Technology with the world’s first one to one Patient Coach Program that provides both technical and emotional support to patients, we have a complete care management platform that is the new gold standard in healthcare for both patients and clinicians.

Mobile Eye – Crowdsource wireless network monitoring/7SIGNAL Solutions Inc (USA/Booth 8559-25)

Finally, a solution that diagnoses Wi-Fi issues at the end point. Mobile Eye empowers organizations to continuously monitor the wireless network from any Windows, Android, Mac OS or IOS device. Know if the issue is wired, wireless or device related in seconds.

Highmark Interactive: EQ Active Brain Tracking (USA/Booth 9000-41)

EQ is a mobile neurological assessment tool focused on concussion management. It utilizes engaging games that are clinically evaluated tests for cognitive, vestibular and visual-motor functions. EQ is perfect for clinics that are interested in baseline testing, sports leagues & organizations, schools & academies, and many more use cases.

AMCHART (USA/Booth 9000-47)

See how we are using an EMR, Personal Health Record, and our mobile Health Companion to monitor patients in India and to improve outcomes when it comes to diabetes and cardiovascular management.

Mobisoft Infotech (?/Booth 9000-97)

1. NEMT: Provide reliable and cost-effective non-emergency medical transportation services with a technology first approach to patient transportation. 2. Medicine Ordering: Provide convenient and affordable access to prescription drugs and healthcare products online. 3. Telehealth: Enables clinics, hospitals, and healthcare startups to offer robust telehealth to every patient. 4. Appointment Scheduling: Ease down the appointment booking process for patients with a seamless mobile app booking interface.

Veradigm Health (USA/Booth MP183-5)

Veradigm is an integrated data systems and services business that combines data-driven clinical insights with actionable tools for clinical workflow, research, analytics and media. Our solutions are designed to help key healthcare stakeholders to improve the quality, efficiency, and value of healthcare delivery – from biopharma to health plans, healthcare providers, health technology partners, and most importantly, the patients they serve. We are dedicated to simplifying the complicated healthcare system with next-generation healthcare solutions. That is how we are transforming health, insightfully. Veradigm™ is an Allscripts Company

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Hal Wolf, President and CEO, HIMSS congratulates Prof Linda Macomber, National University San Diego on making it to #HIMSS19. Linda attended her first HIMSS Conference 30 years ago!

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Apple’s Tim Cook to CNBC’s Jim Cramer: “Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind will be about health”

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Tim Cook teases new Apple services to come in 2019.

Related Post: Apple senior management have made it clear: they’re going all in on Healthcare (October 2017).

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mHealth Events to attend in 2019

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In 2018 there were 39 mHealth events held around the world (in Australia, Dubai, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and the USA). It’s interesting to note that this number is once again down 40% on the number in 2017 which itself was down 40% on 2016 (click here to view the events that were held in 20182017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010).

The mHealth events that are happening are also now on the whole a lot smaller eg. the mHealth Summit drew in nearly 4,000 delegates just a few years ago is now (renamed as the Connected Health Conference after merging with the Partners Connected Health Conference – the ‘rival’ conference that operated in this space) draws in just a few hundred delegates.

With 2019 fast approaching so it’s time to start compiling a definitive collection of the mHealth meetings planned for 2019. If you know of any that I’ve missed please share a link in the comments below and I’ll update this listing to include them:

HIMSS19**
Orlando, USA
11-15 Feb

Digital Therapeutics West 2019
San Mateo California, USA
26-28 February 2019

Mobile Health Meetup: Future of tech for Mental Health
London, UK
26 February 2019

Digital Health Technology Show**
London, UK
12-13 March 2019

The Future of Healthcare Symposium
Marina Del Rey, California, USA
21 March 2019

2nd Annual mHealth WOMEN Intl Conference
Tel Aviv, Israel
25 March 2019

mHealth BCN Conference
Barcelona, Spain
28 March 2019

Mobile Integrated Health Conference at Mont Sinai
New York, USA
29 March 2019

How would the BornMobile generation redesign Medicine & the Future Role of the Doctor (Lecture)**
University College Dublin Medical School, Ireland
15 April 2019

mHealth Plugathon (at the IHE-Europe Connectathon)
Rennes, France
17-18 April 2019

The Medical Device & IoT Summit
Boston, USA
23-24 April 2019

MedTech London Conference
London, UK
30 April 2019

Catalyst 19 ‘Personal Emergency Response Systems’,
Orlando, Florida
8-10 May 2019

mHealth Israel: Digital transformation, Hospital, Retail & Beyond
Tel Aviv, Israel
15 May 2019

UConn Centre for mHealth & Social Media Annual Conference: Social Media & Health
Connecticut, USA
16 May 2019

mHealth & TeleHealth World Congress 2019
Boston, USA
31 July – 1 August 2019

mHealth Israel Conference
Tel Aviv, Israel
28 October 2019

 

* We’ll be there ** We’re Chairing/Presenting/Exhibiting

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Reuters Health: Telemedicine surging in US but still uncommon

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“Although telemedicine visits have increased sharply in the U.S. in recent years, the vast majority of American adults still receive care from doctors in person rather than via remote technology, a new study suggests. The goal of telemedicine is to help improve access to specialty care, particularly in rural, underserved areas of the country, researchers note in JAMA. As of 2016, 32 states have passed so-called “parity” laws requiring insurance coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine visits”

I think this is a classic misunderstanding of what Telemedicine actually is by researchers who for a variety of reasons want it to be all about remote Doctor video consultations.

In the real world successful mHealth applications were commonplace in 2009.

TeleMedicine is a Bust because Mobile killed it.

Is fraud the biggest driver of telemedicine revenues.

“To see whether these laws translate to more use of telemedicine, researchers examined private health insurance claims data from 2005 to 2017 from OptumLabs Data Warehouse. Overall, annual telemedicine visits increased from 206 visits in 2005, or less than one per 1,000 people in the study, to more than 202,000 visits in 2017, or more than seven per 1,000. Most of this increase happened over the last few years of the study, with an average annual compound growth rate of 52 percent from 2005 to 2014 and an annual average compound growth rate of 261 percent from 2015 to 2017”

Perhaps this is why the research findings are flawed. We know affluent Patients have been having FaceTime Consults with their Doctors for 6+ years in USA so perhaps Doctors who provide remote video consultations don’t bill insurers for it (or they bill for it as a normal consultation)?

“If the growth rates we are observing continue, in a decade telemedicine will be seen as quite common,” said lead study author Dr. Michael Barnett of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. At this point, telemedicine is still rare. It’s growing most rapidly in areas where a shortage of mental health specialists is prompting more patients to consider this alternative to in-person visits, Barnett said by email”

Telemedicine was already commonplace ten years ago.

In Mental Health we should be asking not what mobiles are doing to our mental health but what they could be doing. 

“During the study period, 53 percent of telemedicine visits were for mental health visits, followed by primary care exams at 39 percent. By the final year of the study, primary care was the most common form of telemedicine”

I think we’re taking a flawed approach if we think it’s possible to categorising visits in this way.

“It does not capture telemedicine visits for which there was not an insurance claim,” Linder said by email. “Patients could have paid out of pocket or, perhaps just as likely, the physician did not think or go to the trouble of submitting an insurance claim.”

I think this sounds about right.

““The limitation is that there is no physical exam and payment options are limited (mostly to fee-for-service),” Portnoy added. “Facilitated visits (which replace in-person visits) are more difficult since there needs to be a facility to do a physical exam and a facilitator where the patient is located.”

On the converse the limitations for the Born Mobile generation are that the idea of “Go and Get Help” doesn’t make sense and for older Patients (and those who care for them) they just want their Doctors to use the same tech they use everyday.

Note: If Patients see you uncomfortable using a mobile they may doubt how current your medical knowledge is…

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