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February

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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17

January

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

What

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07

January

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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05

January

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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02

January

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 physiology data from ambulatory patients.

VitaLink, a project we recently worked on with Insight Product Development and our client VGBio, illustrates the potential power of combining

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18

December

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 that’s the problem (even with you folks at the Institute of Design). You guys do the research – who does

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12

December

Seasons Greetings from Pathfinder Software

Twas the night before a new release of FDA guidelines
Not a developer was stirring waiting on the sidelines;
The keyboards were hung by the monitors with care,
In hopes that interoperability soon would be there;

The physicians were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Vinod Khosla danced in their heads;
And UX with their wire frames, and agile scrums
Had settled down with new problems but did not succumb.

When out in the office there arose such a clatter
New healthcare policies that really do matter
Away to the window I could only deduce
Tore open the

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09

December

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 were startups, service providers, physicians and government agencies. These organizations are beginning to recognize the transformative power of mobile on the healthcare sector and are putting

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08

December

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, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets. Projects this year have included:

Heart monitoring solutions involving wearable sensors, bluetooth communication to android devices, cloud based predictive analytics and

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27

November

Going Native Isn’t Always the Right Move in Mobile

Blog by Todd Wyder

In my work helping companies practice lean innovation, I talk to a lot of folks who are launching mobile products and they chose to build a native app instead of a mobile web app.  For those readers who aren’t sure what that means, a native app is one that you 
download from an app store, whereas a mobile web app is a web application built using responsive design that you pin to your homescreen.   For those of you who have iOS 6 on your phone and use Google Maps,

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