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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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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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Lean Ideas for Healthcare Startups

Bernhard Kappe, Pathfinder’s CEO, gave a talk at the new healthcare startup accelerator Healthbox, and tailored his Lean Startup presentation for medical innovators. Healthbox is a new Chicago based healthcare centric accelerator program that started it’s inaugural class of ten startups earlier in January. For three months, these teams will share space and ideas in Chicago, where they will push toward the
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Google Health and the Changing Landscape of Healthcare Analytics

Google is at it again. Entire industries have sprung up around their search engine, adwords/adsense universe, and now they are set to do the same thing with healthcare data. One of the major barriers to entry for companies offering services around processing healthcare data has been access to data. Who has the data? Typically the insurance companies. At least they have it in the kind of quantities that makes doing se
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