Robin Farmanfarmaian is a professional speaker, entrepreneur and angel investor actively involved in investing and advancing digital health companies poised to impact large populations. MedTech sat down with Ms. Farmanfarmaian to discuss the future of digital health.
“There’s no way you can move toward value-based care without incorporating patient-generated health data,” argues Danny Sands, MD, an internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Read More
Who owns a patient’s medical records? While the answer might initially seem both simple and obvious, the truth has proven to be more complicated. While a patient is the subject of his/her medical information, it is customarily the physician who creates and stores a patient’s record.
Since first appearing in the 1960s, electronic health records (EHR) have been developed and adopted for the storage and retrieval of medical documents and clinical information.
Rehabilitation is required for anyone who must get an artificial hip or knee joint. The problem is taking the time away from work to make appointments. Thus patients often do not get the follow up care required to help them recover. But soon, rehabilitation may be possible in the patient’s own home. Read More
Medications and medical devices in the United States must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, yet there are almost 300,00 health care apps accessible to anyone who owns a smartphone: many of which are unregulated.
The “connected health model” offers flexible and efficient healthcare services by using connected technology to link communication, access and diagnostic capabilities. In fact, there has been an explosion in the number of mobile apps for health-related information with over 300,000 healthcare apps now available online and growing almost daily. “In a nutshell, there is a mad dash to address the demand of providing more real time health data. In response to this innovation, the question then becomes whether healthcare providers can tap into the available technology of “connectivity” and still protect health and personally identifiable information,” according to the report, Workplace Privacy Data management and Security Report.
Increasingly patient medical records are becoming vulnerable to cyberattacks. Now the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights has issued a plan that will serve as guidelines to organizations covered by HIPPA on what should be included in these contingency plans in preparing for cyberattacks.
The accelerometers built into most smartphones can identify atrial fibrillation (Afib). Known as gyrocardiography, this method is now known to compete with electrocardiography (ECG) for detecting Afib in many use cases, particularly letting patients assess their own heart rhythms without relying on additional devices beyond smartphones that nearly everyone now has.
Technology-based health management solutions are now at the forefront of efforts to treat chronic health problems. Referred to as digital therapeutics, these solutions rely on providing behavior changes to patients.