Weekly MaxWellness - 8/15
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.
- So Silicon Valley is retooling a service that was common almost a century ago: the house call. Several companies have developed smartphone apps that bring doctors to patients, often in less time than it would take to seek treatment elsewhere. With apps like Pager and Medicast, a patient can request a doctor with the push of a button.
- When Apple and IBM announced that they would be partnering to create a mobile-first platform, it caught the healthcare marketplace by surprise. So now that the dust has settled a bit it’s time to take a look at what the companies have in mind in more detail.
- By the end of the second quarter this year, digital health funding had already surpassed the total funding for 2014, according to a June 2014 report from Rock Health. This growth also shows in the top funded companies for the first half of the year.
- Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, has spent years trying to turn some of its millions of customers into patients, offering a simple menu of medical services that consumers can buy along with everything from a bag of chips to a lawn mower. Now, the store is making an aggressive push to become a one-stop shopping destination for medical care.
- Apple Inc has been discussing how its "HealthKit" service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems, people familiar with the discussions said.
- And up and down the valley, new companies are rushing to get a piece of the action. They are matching body measuring devices to the smartphone, to produce a torrent of data that may or may not be useful to doctors and specialists, if they have the time to deal with it. There are dozens of such entrepreneurial start-ups, maybe hundreds.
- Of all Mayo’s data initiatives, the effort that may have the most long-term impact is the partnership last year with United Health Group’s data-analysis unit, called Optum Labs.
- To appreciate the potential impact of the startup movement on health and medicine, you really need look no further than Drs. Rushika Fernandopulle and Farzad Mostashari (disclosure: I was colleagues with both at college and later at MGH).