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VGBio’s Vitalink: Predictive Analytics for Remote Patient Monitoring

One of the reasons VGBio is one of Pathfinder’s favorite clients is because they show how four of the most powerful technology trends affecting healthcare (body area sensor networks, smartphones, cloud computing and big data/predictive analytics) can be used together to reduce costs and improve outcomes.  VGBio technology enables the daily monitoring of patients with chronic diseases and provides
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Mobile Healthcare Apps: 7 Keys to Success

The number of available health and medical apps continues to increase, and while app loyalty and engagement has been increasing for most application categories, engagement and loyalty has dropped for health and medical apps.    At the same time, with healthcare consuming over 18% of US GDP and no end in sight, there are tremendous opportunities to use mobile technology, sensors and big data to bend the cost
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Why We Need to Bend the Healthcare Cost Curve (in 3 Charts)

There’s a lot of discussion about ways to “bend the healthcare cost curve.”  What do people mean by that, and why do we need to bend it? I like to answer that question by showing three simple charts.  1. The growth of Healthcare Expenses    2.  Where we spend our healthcare dollars    3.  What’s coming down the pike: the demographic timebomb  Source
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Wireless Sensors and Mobile Apps in Healthcare

When you combine cheap sensors with the computing power and interface capabilities of modern iPhones and Android smartphones, you can get powerful mobile diagnostics.  When you add in smartphones’ data transmission capabilities to feed data analytics in the cloud, you have the potential to dramatically improve the state of medicine.   Last week I wrote about a project we worked on this area, VG Bio
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VGBio Vitalink: Wearable Sensors, Mobile Apps and Predictive Analytics in Healthcare

One of the trends from the 2012 MHealth Summit I briefly touched on last week was the growing number of bluetooth and wifi enabled wearable medical devices.  I think this trend will become extremely important over the next few years.  Body Area Sensor Networks combine pervasive wireless networks, small non-invasive sensors and ultra-low power consumption chips to enable the continuous collection of physiolo
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The Research-Product Gap

What I will talk about at DRC is the ‘research-product’ gap. I just gave a talk at the Stanford D School about some of these issues. I discussed the research-product gap. This didn’t concern them. I said that if they were not interested in how their work got into a product, they were wasting their time. “And they said, ‘We’re just doing the research, we’re not responsible for the product.’ And
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Trends from the 2012 MHealth Summit: Mobile Momentum

I attended the 2012 mHealth Summit in Washington DC earlier this week and came away impressed with the how fast things are moving in this space. The conference itself, now in it’s fourth year, has grown to over 3800 attendees and over 300 exhibitors. Major players like Kaiser Permanente, Intermountain Healthcare, Aetna, United Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Qualcomm and Johnson and Johnson were well represented, as w
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What’s New at Pathfinder: Mobile, Healthcare Innovation and the FDA

It’s been a whirlwind year at Pathfinder. Our focus on bringing innovative solutions to the healthcare space has continued to bear fruit. We’ve added Fortune 500 clients and innovative startups in the device, diagnostic and health insurance industries. Mobile Our clients continue to innovate in their use of mobile technology. Many of our projects now involve developing mobile applications on iPhones, iPad
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Turbocharge Your Mobile App Sales

Todd Wyder and I gave a talk on marketing mobile apps at Mobile Mondays Chicago  at Morningstars swanky offices on State Street. Selling mobile applications is far more difficult than selling SaaS applications. Currently, there are over 732,609 available apps to download.  As of September of 2012, the iPhone App Store averaged 394 new apps every day. The Android Market averaged 243. Long gone are the days of throwing
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How to Integrate Lean Startup, User Experience Design and Agile Development

I gave a talk at the Chicago Product Management Association together with Pathfinder Software’s Amy Willis and Reid MacTavish on the lessons we’ve learned in integrating Lean Startup, User Experience Design and Agile Development. Here are the slides from the talk – a video recording will follow soon.
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