Weekly MaxWellness - 10/03

The absolute latest in wellness, from #wearables to #mhealth.

What you need to know this week in the world of wellness, compiled by our in-house mobile wellness geek extraordinaire, Taylor Pechacek. If you want this automatically delivered to your email address once a week, go ahead and subscribe here.

It is time to get mad about the outrageous cost of health care

  • If you have health insurance, you may think it doesn’t matter because someone else is paying the bill. You’d be wrong. This country’s exorbitant medical costs mean that we all pay too much for health insurance. Overpriced care also translates into fewer raises for American workers. And to top it off, we’re not even getting the best care for our money.

Doctors find barriers to sharing digital medical records

  • Regardless of who is at fault, doctors and hospital executives across the country say they are distressed that the expensive electronic health record systems they installed in the hopes of reducing costs and improving the coordination of patient care — a major goal of the Affordable Care Act — simply do not share information with competing systems.

To gather drug data, a health start-up turns to consumers

  • Iodine joins a growing collection of health start-ups using data analysis in innovative ways, including Omada Health, Ginger.io and Propeller Health, sometimes employing sensors and smartphones to provide early warning signals about conditions like diabetes, depression and asthma.

4 wearables that give you superpowers

  • Mark Rolston used to be CCO at Frog Design. Now he runs his new consultancy, Argodesign. And as part of our Wearables Week, his firm generated a series of concepts based upon our simple mandate: No watches.

Is the quantified employee a healthier employee?

  • Increasing one’s step count may be effective for a portion of the population as a fitness target, but for those with back pain, arthritis, or knee issues, taking more steps could cause more problems than it solves. “Until wearables can be tied into more personalized health goals, I don’t think we’re really going to see the greatest potential level of effectiveness,” says Margolis.

Download the free Startup Health Digital Funding Report: Q3 2014

  • 2014 is shaping up to be another record year for digital health, with $5 billion invested in the first three quarters of the year. Funding in the sector is on track to nearly double year-over-year.

Jony Ive talks Apple Watch, design process in October Vogue

  • Ive shares with Sullivan that he has been working on the Apple Watch for the last three years. "Everything we've been trying to do," Ive tells Sullivan, "it's that pursuit of the very pure and very simple."

Walgreens + WebMD: Reinventing retail pharmacy

  • With the goal of driving a digital health platform for well-informed, effective self-care, the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain and prominent consumer-facing health information portal are allying to move from serving up pills and information to health “care.”

Telemonitoring reduces readmissions 44 percent in 4-year, 500-patient study

  • A new study from Pennsylvania hospital system Geisinger Health Plan shows that remote monitoring of congestive heart failure patients can reduce readmissions by 38 to 44 percent and produce a return on investment of $3.30 on the dollar.

In-Depth: Q3 2014 Digital Health state of the industry

  • Despite the third quarter including two usually sleepy summer months, plenty of digital health news broke between July and the start of October.