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Are Wearables the Future of Clinical Trials?

June 24, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

The wearables market will be worth a whopping $12.6 billion by the year 2018, according to Statista. With the FDA now granting approval to wearable devices for use in clinical trials, this begs the question: what potential do wearables have to impact the clinical trial process? While the answer is simple ("profound"), the reality is more complex. Let’s take a closer look.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: mHealth Apps - to Regulate or Not to Regulate

May 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

We are witnessing exuberance about all things digital, especially in the health space. As healthcare apps for mobile devices continue to proliferate, soon to be in the thousands, there is a lingering question as to whether or not they will be regulated, by whom, and to what extent.[read more]

5 Keys Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

May 1, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Improving medication adherence is a constant struggle within the healthcare world. Did you know that it's estimated that between 20% to 50% of patients are non-adherent? This post will discuss how technology and communication are helping to improve the growing issue of non-adherence.[read more]

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Using Advanced Social Intelligence to Understand the Patient Journey

March 30, 2015 by Robert Gardner

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Today’s digital social age presents an incredible opportunity for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. For years, the struggle to understand evolving patient needs in order to strategically align and address them has been at the forefront of the value proposition for healthcare. Today the dynamics have completely shifted in the “open social age.”[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: The Uberization of Healthcare - A Silly Extrapolation

March 3, 2015 by David Davidovic

Yes, healthcare is, in many ways, like the taxi industry: big, unreliable, unpredictable, price-obscure, highly analog, and lacking good data. However, the vast majority of the ideas coming out of these start-ups are no uber ideas! The ideas worked on by healthcare start-ups are interesting but not disruptive. And that is okay – just don't compare them to Uber.[read more]

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Robot Scientists Offer New Drug Discoveries, Improved Research Efficiency

February 12, 2015 by Travis McKnight

Some deep-learning machines already developed, like Eve, an artificially-intelligent 'robot scientist', are helping medical researchers make drug discoveries faster and much cheaper, according to an article published in the Royal Society journal Interface.[read more]

Wearable Tech, CES2015, and the Quantified Self of Healthcare

February 2, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

Scanning the innovative horizon for healthcare delivery and medical marketing, CES2015 was a digital bellwether for wearable technology and other patient-based (consumer) devices. By one tally the CES show had about 300 health and biotech exhibitors, an increase of 35 percent over the 2014 show.[read more]

Correct Use of Logos in Presentations of Medtech Companies

January 30, 2015 by Chen Sirkis

I had a discussion with a new venture-backed client about the use of logos in presentations. The client wanted the company’s logo on each slide, as many do. I maintained that this could be counterproductive. Here's why you shouldn't have a logo on each slide.[read more]

Interview with Sailesh Chutani, CEO of Mobisante

January 27, 2015 by Tim Gee

Mobisante ultrasound system

My first exposure to Mobisante and their disruptive diagnostic ultrasound system was the mHealth Summit in November of 2010. I recently got Sailesh Chutani, co-founder and CEO of Mobisante, on the phone and we discussed their product strategy — a software based diagnostic ultrasound that runs on a variety of consumer electronics platforms.[read more]

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Cybersecurity in Medical Devices: Paranoia, or a Tangible Threat?

January 23, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

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When the US Food and Drug Administrationin October 2014 released a nine-page document of guidelines on how to manage the risk of cybersecurity in medical devices, many believed that the step was too little too late. The danger of hacking into hospital equipment is a problem that needs to be tackled right at the prototype and design stage.[read more]

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Crowdsourcing Citizen Superheroes

January 16, 2015 by Mike Hoaglin, MD

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PulsePoint is a new smartphone app and dispatch service that connects nearby CPR-trained first responders to victims in real-time. First responders who opt-in to the free service are alerted to the emergency by push notification on their iOS or Android smartphone and are directed to the scene.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Wearables for Health - A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

January 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

I'm reporting from the third day of CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The majority of the innovations I've seen do not address healthcare, or even wellness; instead they are very enticing tools – some would say toys or just fashion items – for those who are already highly motivated and perhaps obsessive about tracking and quantifying themselves.[read more]