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Mary Meeker’s 2017 report highlights the health tech distortion field

Health tech future: you have to love the wording – and this time, the press ate it up.  Apparently at the time no one really noticed the 2016 Rock Health report on ‘willingness’ to share health data.  But times have changed. So Mary Meeker’s report, which everyone now quotes, cites that data as though it were important input for brands.  And now it is really and inaccurately famous. She opines, that of the ‘brands well-positioned for digital health’ – the leader is Google.  The oft-quoted answer (see Tech Crunch “Pretty neat” insight): “Meeker’s report says a full 60 percent of us were willing to share our health data with Google in 2016.”  That does sound pretty neat, huh?

MobileHelp(R) Unveils Results of New Healthcare Provider Survey

07/01/2017

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwired - June 30, 2017) - MobileHelp®, a leader in mobile Personal Emergency Response System (mPERS) and healthcare technology solutions, today reported that nearly 30 percent of healthcare providers have implemented telehealth programs into their clinical operations. This data point was part of the results of an extensive survey of healthcare providers conducted by the company.


Six new technologies for health and aging in place -- June 2017

Recent announcements, interesting offerings are worth a look. AARP recently completed the judging process for its Innovation Champion Awards; and upcoming, the Boomer Venture Summit in Berkeley in July, will select business plan startup winners – see last year’s winner.  Here are six technology-enabled offerings (some in market, some in process of getting to market) that can be helpful to older adults and those who care for them and about them (listed in alphabetical order): 

Say it ain’t so -- will boomers age into a technology divide?

Boomers and technology – it’s a given.  Yesterday yet another baby boomer reporter asserted what is believed by many to be the obvious.  Baby boomers will not be tech-phobic (presumably like their parents) – but will be willing and able to use the newest technology in their later years.  What’s the proof?  They use it now – for example, 83% are using the Internet, look at Facebook pages for health information, form social connections, research online, etc.  And baby boomers, many of whom are now ‘seniors’, expect technology to help them remain independent as they age. This is such a significant possibility that tech designers are actually encouraged to consider them when designing a new product.

Spry Health raises $5.5 million to fuel commercialization of its medical-grade wearable

06/19/2017

Palo Alto, CA  June 15 , 2017 (NEWSWIRE) -- Spry Health, a leader in health management technologies and remote patient monitoring, announced today that it has raised $5.5M in Series A financing led by Grove Ventures. Joining Grove Ventures in this round are existing investors OVO Fund and Think+ as well as new investor, the Stanford-StartX Fund. This round of financing will be used to fund commercialization of Loop, Spry Health’s disease management platform. Mr.

HomeHero Founder Launches Telehealth Company named 'Harvey'

06/07/2017

HomeHero, the venture-backed home care startup that shocked the industry by announcing it was closing earlier this year, is rebranding as an integrative medicine telehealth company called “Harvey.”


Technology and Aging Developments – April 2017 Newsletter

April -- a veritable shower of data, press announcements, and pitches. It was a short but information-filled month of events, announcements, pitches.  The month marked our first foray into the American Community Survey Census data about technology usage of older adults. Much more is possible with this data – including greater inspection of housing, family structure, income as correlated with technology interest (including telehealth).  Each of the April blog posts can be (re)read in full by clicking on the paragraph heading.   

Samsung Electronics America Chief Medical Officer highlights digital health priorities (Q&A)

Samsung has shown a keen interest in digital health with collaborations such as virtual reality technology to ease pain and anxiety and artificial intelligence for stroke patient clinical decision support. Samsung Electronics America Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Rhew detailed some of the company’s digital health priorities as well as how it is working with provider partners and startups in emailed responses to


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