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Building Connected Care Systems

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July

Wearable Sensors Are The Future Of Personalized Medicine

Wearable technology that can monitor physical activity, collect data and deliver real-time feedback to individuals is the future of truly personalized care. Although technical challenges have limited mass utilization of sensors in the past, new prototypes of skin patches can detect temperature, heart rate, perspiration and movement disorders, and even release medication. At Pathfinder, we believe that sensors are poised to change the delivery system of healthcare.

New, wearable skin patches are unobtrusive and almost unnoticeable, making them both functional and useful. Not only will they provide better knowledge

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14

July

Behavioral Economics Driving Gamification In Health Tech

As gamification and game mechanics gain popularity in the healthcare space, so too does the need to understand primary motivational factors that influence human behavior. Gamification itself uses game elements and digital game design to address common business dilemmas and drive social change, and has been very popular with the military, airlines industry and even higher education institutions. However, the ability to influence action with gamification is only now gaining traction in the health industry.

Although gamification is here to stay due to factors that include vast US utilization

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09

July

Propeller Health’s journey to address COPD and Asthma via a Connected Device

There’s a big opportunity for wireless devices, as part of systems and services to improve health outcomes and decrease costs among those who suffer from chronic conditions.

Take for example COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary (PULL-mun-ary) disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. “Progressive” means the disease gets worse over time. COPD is a major cause of disability, and it’s the third leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, millions of people are diagnosed with COPD. Many more people

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08

July

Medical Devices going Wireless with Mobile Apps and Cloud Computing

Big opportunities are being driven by changes in the healthcare market.  There’s been an increasing emphasis on value-based care, not least as a result of the affordable care act.  For example providers are increasingly trying to free up data locked in systems in the hospital, and making it available to physicians wherever they are.   Some of the ‘freeing-up’ happens because of wireless communication.

Why wireless?

It makes connected devices more convenient.  They can be connected and in communication even if they’re not wired.
They can be

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07

July

So, You’ve Got Sensor Data. What Does It Really Mean?

Storage and processing of streams of sensor data is becoming an increasingly large issue in the connected care space. We asked Justin Delay, Co-Founder and CMO of TempoIQ to write a guest post with his perspective on the space:

Mike Yagley, Andrew Cronk, and I co-founded TempoIQ (formerly TempoDB) to solve the really hard problems around making sense of sensor data and the measured world. Simply put, we provide a software backend for our customers to enable sensor analytics within their applications.

The reality is that collecting data from sensors is

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21

August

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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08

July

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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24

June

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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21

April

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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13

February

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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