Prediction: Phone-linked remote medicine will take off
“Even without an elegant solution to the data problem, remote monitoring technology will be the next wave of health care innovation. It is the scalable killer app that will cut down on office visits and allow doctors to monitor hundreds of patients’ vitals from the comfort of their iPhones. Below are a few of the technologies that are hinting at a future where visiting the doctor will be as quaint as changing channels by rolling off the couch to turn a mechanical knob on your TV”
Econovation, 2011 (p111)
Others are arriving at these conclusions years after we saw it coming:
31 Tech Predictions for 2019, Dec 2018
7. Health care will become a B2C industry.
“Thanks in large part to digital technology, rising health care costs, and increased competition, patients have become empowered consumers…. They will increasingly look for ways to receive care outside of traditional doctor’s office visits by exploring digital health care options such as telemedicine and chatbot technology. “
–Matt Hawkins, CEO and board member at Waystar, a technology platform that simplifies and unifies the health care revenue cycle to improve the financial health of more than 440,000 health care providers
“Two-thirds of all deaths today are lifestyle-disease related, which means it’s just bad living, right?” he said. “But the reality is, if you catch that stuff early and you change your behavior or whatnot, you can push out half of those deaths and save 70 percent of the cost.”
the new company will be “device and sensor agnostic,” partnering with other “clinical-grade” device makers and able to accept data from hardware like the iPhone and the Apple Watch
Apple Wants to Save Your Life, Sep 2018
The Series 4 watch is an FDA-approved medical device.
Investors are pouring more money into telemedicine start-ups even though adoption has been slow.
A new report from the research firm Rock Health found that digital health companies have raised more than $3.4 billion in funding in the first half of 2018. And acquisitions are picking up, most notably with Amazon’s agreement last week to buy internet pharmacy PillPack for around $1 billion.
Philips Lumify with Reacts, that streams data from its mobile ultrasound machines to just about any expert at a hospital or university.
The company had already offered a subscription service…can stream the actual data from ultrasound readings along with the video between a medical technician in the field and a doctor far away (at no extra charge). The companies bill the new service as useful for paramedics, disaster relief workers, or midwifes working from remote locations.
“Healthy.io’s solution is CE and ISO 13485-certified. The dipstick measures 10 parameters and indicates a range of infections, chronic illnesses, and pregnancy-related complications.”
“Nineteen states require a clinician to be present when a woman takes medicine to end her pregnancy in order to keep her safe. But the new, multi-year study has found that medication abortions are just as safe when they are done with a clinician overseeing them remotely as they are in the physical presence of a doctor.”
“The Basque solution to this problem has been to develop a centralized, multi-platform healthcare system, which enables patients – many with restricted mobility – to access healthcare using their phones, the internet and a new patient monitoring system called TEKI, developed in conjunction with Accenture.”
“Innovators share ideas, plans, and inspiration on social networks, online forums, and specialist Web sites like Instructables, which lists thousands of step-by-step directions posted by users. Small wearable sensors embedded in sneakers or bracelets let users record massive amounts of detailed personal health data and analyze it on laptops or smartphone apps.”
“Obamacare is fueling a hot new industry that uses mobile technology to curb health care spending. Smart startups are already cashing in.”
“ARM is the most widely deployed processor technology in smartphones and wearables, devices we expect to be the main platform for securely gathering medical data and acquiring a patient’s biometric identity and consent,” said Shiv Ramamurthi, healthcare technology director at ARM.”
“Google says it has worked with a team of doctors led by Google’s Dr. Kapil Parakh, to “carefully compile, curate, and review this information. All of the gathered facts represent real-life clinical knowledge from these doctors and high-quality medical sources across the web, and the information has been checked by medical doctors at Google and the Mayo Clinic for accuracy.”
“’I really wanted to do everything in a…tech-driven way,’ Dr. Berzin says. ‘It changes the whole experience of going to the doctor, making it more accessible and affordable.’”
“You can now own home versions of many of the tools you used to have to schlep to a clinic to get access to–and the doctor is just an Internet connection away.”
Vital Patch 2017
“Never before has such a small, elegant device provided so much valuable information for physicians and nurses. This state-of-the-art patch monitors eight vital signs continuously, in real time. Finally, care givers and hospital staff can access all of this critical information in a consolidated view, through one device, on a mobile platform.”
“Now the company has added a service called Prime, whereby a subscriber can talk immediately with a licensed doctor by phone, tablet, or computer; using voice, text, or video; at any time of day or night; as many times as he or she might like; in sickness and in health, for better or for worse. For this, a person pays $99 a month.”
“Scanadu, a health tech startup working on devices that can scan and upload medical-grade diagnostic tests to a smartphone, has raised $35 million in Series B financing.”
“Forward combines a variety of services—you can get help with your high cholesterol, a pap smear, and a vaccine for an upcoming overseas trip—with data gathered both at the office and, via wearable gadgets and Forward’s smartphone app, at home.”