digital health

Digital health is the convergence of the digital and genetics revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society.

What happened to Apple's commitment to quality?

I just finished downloading and installing yet another update to the operating system on my Macbook.

People pay a premium price for Apple products and reasonably expect to receive a superior product. A MacBook pro costs $1,299. A comparable HP laptop (the EliteBook 745 ) starts at $749. A 9.7 inch iPad Pro (with 32GB of storage) costs $599, while a 9.7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 with 32GB is $499.

Usability, Accessibility and Telehealth

A while ago there were two healthcare conferences that we attended here in Washington DC on the same day. One was the American Telehealth Association’s Fall forum and the other was The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR)’s Accessibility and Usability in Health Information Technology (HIT)

Crash test dummies and The Usability of Electronic Health Records

The big business interests of the Healthcare industry cried wolf (and lobbied hard)

against the meaningful use (now called “Promoting Interoperability”) program and enhancements to the usability requirements. Perhaps because they don’t want to spend the extra time and money to provide a healthcare system that truly follows a safety-enhanced design philosophy.

Report: Half of Digital Health Startups Will Fail Two Years After Launch

We will take bets that nearly 100 percent of those that fail, didn't adopt a User-centered Design philosophy and ignored Usability

About half of digital health startups will fail less than two years after their launch, according to a report by Accenture, MobiHealthNews reports.

For the report, Accenture analyzed 900 health IT startups (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 8/13).

Report Findings

According to the report, about 50% of the startups analyzed were in danger of failing within 20 months of launching, allowing larger companies to "mine" them for technology and talent (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 8/13).

The report found that such startups "on the brink of failure" raised almost $4 billion in funding between 2008 and 2013, MobiHealthNews reports.

Further, the report projected that digital health startups will raise an additional $2.5 billion in the next two years, with:

  • Almost 30% of funding invested in infrastructure;
  • 25% invested in engagement;
  • 25% invested in treatment; and
  • 21% invested in diagnosis.

Kaveh Safavi, managing director of Accenture's global health care business, said, "Rather than discard the investment that has been made in getting sputtering startups off the ground, it often makes sense for health care stakeholders to acquire them."

Doing so allows larger companies to "salvage" startups' "best people and technologies," Safavi said, adding, "Many digital startups that are dying or in danger of failure have developed solutions that can help traditional and non-traditional health care companies achieve their goals" (MobiHealthNews, 8/13).

Source: iHealthBeat, Friday, August 14, 2015