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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 UnitedHealth 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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Honeywell’s Director of Healthcare R&D on selecting mobile tech to achieve speed to market

We asked Cameron Brackett, Director of R&D of Honeywell to write a post with his perspective on the space:

Process Management and Agile in an FDA Environment to accelerate product timelines.

My background is primarily in healthcare software, so I’ve seen a lot of changes in the healthcare technology world. And as director of R&D at Life Care Solutions, a division of Honeywell, I’ve been able to be on the cutting edge of what’s happening.

Since I’ve been at Honeywell, we’ve done a lot with remote patient monitoring. About two years ago, we created

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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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FDA Basics at the MMA Roadshow Panel

Tom Schady is the Director of Engineering and Quality at Pathfinder Software, a Chicago-based software consulting firm specializing in the development of medical software.  In addition to running the day-to-day operations of his department, Schady is also responsible for ensuring FDA compliance in the company’s product development process. His expertise in FDA compliance in the medical technology industry made him a perfect panelist on the Regulatory Panel at the recent MMA Roadshow in Chicago, sponsored by MRCH and the mHealth Regulatory Commission. The main purpose of this “roadshow,”

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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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RockHealth rocks an FDA guide for digital health entrepreneurs

RockHealth recently published a great guide on how to navigate the FDA for the emerging wave of digital healthcare innovations including mHealth apps.  It is especially useful for any team member of an early stage startup that may not be familiar with the FDA regulatory environment.   I liked the simple and succinct examples provided from classification to 510(k) pre market submission to post market recommendations.

FDA 101: A guide to the FDA for digital health entrepreneurs by @Rock_Health from Rock Health

If you are in a healthcare startup keep on

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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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