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Building Connected Care Systems




Okay. Enough. Let’s get down to Big Data in Health Care.

With increasing frequency, we hear more and more people in the health space claim that they are putting “big data” in “the cloud.”

In the past, most big data opportunities were limited; only analysts at large businesses dealt with them. However, mobile technology is expanding the reach and impact of big data sets, empowering individuals domestically and internationally.  Now, health-related applications and technology are starting to saturate the market with ways to track activity, analyze data and change behaviors.

As the costs for collecting data decrease

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Kunjorn Chambundabongse of United Healthcare Group talks Innovation using Lean Startup

We asked Mitch Posada, VP of Marketing of Pathfinder to write a post with his perspective on the space:

With disruption happening in healthcare more often and more quickly, big enterprise is more active than ever, looking at numerous ways to tap into innovation. Their gaze is fixed on the evolving venture capital model, which has fervently adopted the Lean startup methodology, championed and led by Steve Blank and Eric Ries.

$100 billion dollar organizations that are lean and large, regulated and highly governed don’t exactly make an easy match for them. Within larger organizations, there

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In Mobile Medical Technology Development, the MVP Must Come First

Nope, I’m not talking about a Most Valuable Player trophy. The MVP to which I’m referring is minimum viable product, a relatively new concept to product design that’s been gaining worldwide recognition. It’s a way to launch a new business that’s gaining more ground with the explosion of mobile application development, a big part of what we do at Pathfinder. My role is that of project manager, directing our clients’ process and overseeing their relationship with the team.

So, what exactly is minimum viable product? We like Ash Maurya’s take:

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What’s Next In Connected Health?

Is it… self-tracking? We are only just beginning to understand the power of self-tracking, either due to quantified self-movement, or because of the increasing number of connected medical devices. A real opportunity lies in understanding the key role mobile devices will play in the future of our personal health. Medical devices, sensors, big data and cloud computing are enabling, and will continue to enable continuous monitoring of people – and patients.

“The whole sensor field is going to explode. It’s a little all over the place right now but with the

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Building a Medical App? Doctors prescribe the iPad Mini

According to a recent poll of doctors by Epocrates, one-third of physicians planned to purchase the iPad Mini prior to its public announcement. It makes sense, given the size of lab coat pockets and the fact that almost 2/3 of physicians use tablets.

So, what does this mean for developers?

First, it means that doctors want to use medical apps. We developers will see an increasing demand for apps that medical professionals can use in their daily practice, including apps that make use of the device’s camera and audio recording capabilities. Animation

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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 early notification to clinicians of a negative change.

VGBio has been going strong, including presenting at TEDMED last month as part of The Hive, and having the The US Department of Veterans Affairs Center for

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Agile Points: Handy for Healthcare Software Development or Thanksgiving Dinner

If you are new to agile development, you’re probably swimming in a sea of unfamiliar terms: user story, spike, sprint, stand up, points.  In this series, we’re going to tackle one of agile’s trickiest concepts: What exactly is an agile “point,” and how does it relate to time and budget?

Points measure the complexity and effort required to complete a unit of work.  Pathfinder uses points because we find they are both more efficient and accurate than estimates of hours.

That’s the technical definition, but let’s relate this to something you’re probably

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5 Product Marketing Tips from Pathfinder Software

So, you’ve developed a great product and now you want to take it to market. Let’s just say it’s a widget.  You’re so excited about it that you want to announce it over loud speakers, “Hey everyone, try my new widget, it will change your life!”.   This may be what you want to do, but it’s not the right move.  Where do you go from here?

Five tips to market your product are:

Know your product
Know your customers
Know your competitors
Build your following
Keep your customers coming back

Tip 1 – Know your product


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Why Won’t Anyone Use My mHealth Apps?

The explosion of the mobile health (mHealth) arena seems to have many players in the 

healthcare industry running a race they haven’t trained for. There are roughly 40,000 mobile health and wellness apps in the marketplace today, up from about 6,000 in 2010. That type of growth shows the demand for mHealth apps, but as user engagement remains relatively stagnant one must wonder how developers are deciding what to build. In order to increase user engagement while limiting the clutter on app store shelves, mHealth needs to be introduced to another fairly

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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’s Vitalink, which combines wearable bio sensors, an android smartphone and cloud based predictive analytics to identify significant medical abnormalities earlier than current systems are able to

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