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AT&T’s Houston Foundry Chief Morris Talks Connecting Healthcare to Technology | Xconomy

By |November 17th, 2016|HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth), News|


AT&T’s Houston Foundry Chief Morris Talks Connecting Healthcare to Technology

Houston—Nadia Morris, the head of innovation for AT&T’s Connected Health Foundry at the Texas Medical Center, calls herself a “constant tinkerer.”

That penchant came in handy recently when her father-in-law had a few falls and was subsequently diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

“I cobbled together some very basic devices that they can use, built up some Raspberry pi things so we could help monitor him,” she says. “And then I realized I could not just build a couple of things that would help my in-laws; [I need to] take those ideas and work with a team of experts and bring these ideas to life.”

That’s the goal of AT&T’s Foundry program in Houston: marrying technologies like sensors, connectivity, and data analysis to healthcare. The Houston outpost is the latest in AT&T’s six-year-old network of such programs across the country.

In Houston, the Foundry consists of recreations of different healthcare scenarios within which AT&T’s expertise in mobile communications come into play: at the bedside, a nurses station, a home’s kitchen.

For example, AT&T has developed a remote patient monitoring system that works via a tablet. That’s the sort of device that someone with a chronic disease might use at home, tracking their medicine, logging in their weight, and perhaps, scheduling a video call with their doctors—all while sitting in their kitchen with their morning cup of coffee.

“I’ve noticed something that is unique to Houston; people are very collaborative,” Morris says. “You might go talk to one company and they’ll say you really need to meet this other company. They’ll do that introduction and make that connection.”

So, Morris says she tries to follow that example, even if the project is not something AT&T is working on: “We’re a networking company so it makes sense, right?”

Morris came to Houston in June from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was the lead product development engineer at AT&T’s Foundry in Palo Alto. She’s no stranger to Houston, though, having lived here as a child when her grandfather worked for Shell Oil.

Here is an edited transcript of our recent conversation:

Xconomy: What made you want to lead the Foundry in Houston?

Nadia Morris: I’m hearing this more and more from everybody I’m getting to know in the healthcare industry. Everybody seems to have a personal reason to get involved. It’s two-fold for me. My father-in-law, about nine months ago, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. There were a couple of events we thought were anomalies, and then he had a bad fall. He was brought to the hospital and the doctor diagnosed him; my family’s been struggling with this ever since. They’re recently retired and now this is something that is very overwhelming for them. My mother-in-law had to pivot from being a socialite to being a home health care worker, so to speak. I’m seeing there’s such a gap between the care for seniors and what could be with the technology that we currently have.

There is also a selfish role in this because being a senior citizen is a minority group we all want to be a member of. Everything I do here at the Foundry makes my life better as I begin to age in place. We want to stay in our homes longer

Aetna insurance will subsidize the Apple Watch

By |November 16th, 2016|Apple, HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth), Smart Watches|


Aetna insurance will subsidize the Apple Watch

By Hope King September 28, 2016 10:13AM EDT

If you want an Apple Watch to keep track of your health, Aetna might help you pay for it.

The health insurance provider announced on Tuesday it will subsidize the cost of the device for some of its customers.

Aetna (AET) didn’t specify how much it would contribute to the cost, but noted it would be “a significant portion.”

The company highlighted in a statement it will be the first major healthcare insurance to offer such a programwhich begins this fall during open enrollment season.

There are no health requirements to qualify for the smartwatch, an Aetna spokesman told CNNMoney. Employers who use Aetna decide if they want to offer the Apple Watch program to employees.

The new Apple Watch Series 2 costs $369 for the aluminum body model and $549 for the stainless steel option. The Apple Watch Series 1 starts at $269.

Related: Apple Watch 2 — There’s finally a reason to buy a smartwatch

In addition to subsidizing the cost of the watch, Aetna will create several health apps for other iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPad.

The apps will be released early next year and focus on helping people manage their medications, long-term care and insurance plans.

Apple (AAPLTech30) released a new version of its smartwatch earlier this month. Compared to the first generation, the Apple Watch 2 is geared much more toward fitness tracking.

The smartwatch is water resistant, so you can swim with it, and comes with built-in GPS. This means you no longer have to bring a phone with you on runs — it’ll track your routes remotely.

But unlike the Fitbit or Jawbone, the Apple Watch Series 2 doesn’t come with built-in sleep tracking. It’s a popular feature on other fitness devices and can help give you a bigger picture of your overall health.

Related: Hands on with the new Apple devices

Using personal gadgets to track health for insurance purposes is a growing trend.

In 2015, John Hancock started giving members a discount on life insurance if they shared health, location and body data, while Oscar Health offered its members a free Misfit fitness tracker

Internet of Things: Securing Medical & Patient Data | ARM

By |August 7th, 2016|HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth), Internet of Things, Security|

Securing Medical & Wellness Data

Your health data is one of most important pieces of a data that is personal and confidential to you.   Through the advent of sensor innovations we are finding many more devices gathering this data such as your fitness bands, smartwatch, even phone counting your steps automatically without you having to do anything. This is only the beginning we are starting to see innovations in medical and wellness monitoring from all sorts of devices such as toothbrushes which can detect cancer, to patches you wear that monitor UV exposure or hydration.  Innovations in microfluidic technologies are enabling analysis of your blood, sweat, and urine at price points where it can reach consumers hands in both developed and developing countries.

This data, if used correctly, will keep us more informed of what’s happening inside and outside our bodies and give us alert with the right information at the right time to make informed decisions.  Taking it one step further, mobile and cloud platforms can enable a holistic system of health to inform close trusted family/friend circle about changes in health to help individuals make the right lifestyle choices.   It will also help caregivers know the right time to intervene, potentially staving off a more severe condition.

Unfortunately, as with any technological innovation, it can also have potential malicious uses resulting in substantial financial and social consequences:

  • Insurance providers could use the data to increase premiums or cancel policies
  • Informed employers may choose healthier candidates (to keep costs down)
  • Dating applications could add medical filters

But how is the data being handled from when it gets created at the source? Is it being guarded all the way from the sensor to the phone, to the cloud? What happens to your data in the cloud? Is it shared with 3rd parties? Have you read to read the Terms and Conditions for each of your digital devices to understand the answers to these questions? In this blog, we will aim to address some of the basic vulnerabilities of data as it travels from sensor -> phone -> cloud and explore a method to safeguard it as well as talk about some the initiatives taking place to help safeguard our health data.

Threats and Hacks

There are two threat vectors that we will address in this video:

  1. Screen Scrape Attacks
  2. BLE attacks

Screen scrape attacks leverage the ability to “record” the frame buffer of the screen of a device to steal the data as an app renders to the screen.  This technique has been used to steal everything from passwords to high value video content.    The video below demonstrates this threat:



Medical Animation Market worth 301.3 Million USD by 2021

By |June 12th, 2016|HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth), News, REPORTS & ANALYSIS|

The report Medical Animation Market by Type (3D, 2D, 4D), by Therapeutic Area (Oncology, Cosmeceutical/Plastic Surgery), by Application (Drug MoA, Patient Education), by End User (Medical Device Manufacturers, Hospitals/ Clinics) – Forecast to 2021″, This report studies the global medical animation market for the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. This market is expected to reach USD 301.3 Million by 2021 from USD 117.3 Million in 2016, at a CAGR of 20.8%. 

Browse 86 market data tables with 37 figures spread through 160 pages and in-depth TOC on “Medical Animation Market by Type (3D, 2D, 4D), by Therapeutic Area (Oncology, Cosmeceutical/Plastic Surgery), by Application (Drug MoA, Patient Education), by End User (Medical Device Manufacturers, Hospitals/ Clinics) – Forecast to 2021”


ation by life sciences & medical device companies; entry of start-ups in the medical animation market; growing pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical and medical devices industries; increasing penetration of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile platforms; and rising geriatric population and growing number of surgeries globally are expected to drive the growth of the medical animation market during the forecast peri

In this report, the global medical animation market is segmented on the basis of type, therapeutic area, application, end user, and region. Based on type, the medical animation market is categorized into 3D animation, 2D animation, real-time imaging (4D animation), and flash animation. The 3D animation segment is expected to account for the largest share of the medical animation market in 2016. However, the real-time imaging (4D animation) segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period 

Based on therapeutic area, the medical animation market is segmented into oncology, cardiology, cosmeceuticals/plastic surgery, dental, and other therapeutic areas (ENT, gastroenterology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, neurology, and gynecology). The other therapeutic areas segment is expected to account for the largest share of the market in 2016; while, the cosmeceuticals/plastic surgery segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR in the forecast period.

Based on application, the medical animation market is segmented into drug mechanism of action (MoA) and approval, patient education, surgical training and planning, cellular and molecular studies, and other applications (medical simulation, medical legal, forensic reconstruction, and emergency care instructions). The drug mechanism of action (MoA) and approval segment is expected to account for the largest share of the market in 2016; whereas, the patient education segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

On the basis of end user, the medical animation market is segmented into life science companies; medical device manufacturers; hospitals, surgical centers, and clinics; academic institutes, and other end users (medico-legal firms, forensic departments, government bodies, and insurance companies). The life science companies segment is expected to account for the largest share of the market in 2016 and is projected to grow at the highest CAGR in the forecast period.

Geographically, the global medical animation market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and

The Rest of the World (Latin America, Middle East, and Africa). North America is expected to account for the largest share of the medical animation market in 2016, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. The Asia-Pacific market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR, and serves as a revenue pocket for companies offering medical animation.

Prominent players in the global medical animation market include Infuse Medical (U.S.), Hybrid Medical Animation, Inc. (U.S.), Ghost Productions, Inc. (U.S.), Scientific Animations, Inc. (U.S.), INVIVO Communications, Inc. (Canada), Random42 Scientific Communication (U.K.), Radius Digital Science (U.S.), Nucleus Medical Media, Inc. (U.S.), AXS Studio, Inc. (Canada), Visible Body (U.S.), Elara Systems, Inc. (U.S.), Animated Biomedical Productions (Australia), XVIVO Scientific Animation (U.S.), Blausen Medical Communications, Inc. (U.S.), Trinsic Medical Animation, LLC. (U.S.), Viscira (U.S.), Understand.com (U.S.), and Medmovie, Inc. (U.S.).

Enterprise Wearables Market to Reach US$18 Billion by 2019

By |June 12th, 2016|HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth), REPORTS & ANALYSIS|

Growing at a CAGR value of 56.1% over the next five years, wearable device technologies will become an integral part of enterprise mobile enablement strategies. As expected, the North American region will be the largest and grow at a CAGR value of 39% over the next five years. More interestingly, the Asia-Pacific region will become the second largest market outpacing Europe by 2019 with a CAGR of 90%.

ABI Research, senior enterprise analyst Jason McNicol comments, “There are cases being made for wearables in the enterprise despite the relative newness of the technology. However, which wearables are primed for enterprise usage and adoption is a more important question. Wearable technology such as smart glasses and those used for healthcare are better suited for the enterprise as corporate-liable devices. Smartwatches, on the other hand, will most likely follow the trend of BYOD into the enterprise.”

ABI Research has identified six kinds of wearable devices: smart glasses, cameras, smart watches, healthcare, sports and activity trackers, and 3D motion trackers. Healthcare wearables, smart glasses, and smart watches will be the dominant form-factors purchased by the enterprise and used by employees.

McNicol continues, “Companies like Vuzix, in partnership with SAP, and Google Glass Explorers are testing the boundaries and capabilities of smart glass technologies for the enterprise. Smart watch OEMs Samsung, LG, Sony, and Google are also trying to position their products for the enterprise. Lastly, healthcare OEMs FitLinxx, BodyMedia, and FitBit are getting involved through corporate wellness programs. Once these companies convince enterprise customers of the added value from wearables, the market will see incredible growth.”

Practice director Dan Shey adds, “Like any digital device supporting the enterprise, wearables will need to be secured and managed.Wearable use cases in field services, maintenance, training, etc., highlight the need for enterprise mobility management providers, mobile operators, enterprise application and platform vendors, system integrators, device OEMs and other enterprise mobile suppliers to add services to support wearables. Enterprise connectivity continues at a rapid pace and its benefits are only achieved when end-to-end solutions – including security and management services – support the devices and connections.”

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Enterprise Mobility Applications, Services, and Devices and Wearables and Smart Accessories Market Research. The mHealth Market Research provides a deep dive quantification and analysis of wearables used in healthcare.

Patient Monitoring, Big Data, and the Future of Healthcare

By |June 12th, 2016|HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth)|

I’m pretty sure that when you read the word “patient” in the headline of this article, your first thought was about sick rather than healthy people. A patient in the healthcare sector, however, is like a consumer in the retail sector — both healthy and sick patients purchase goods and services. A healthy patient is the desired goal of doctors. Elizabeth Dwoskin and Joseph Walker report that doctors are studying the use of wearable devices to determine whether monitoring patient activity can help make patients healthier.

MHealth Information Services to Reach 150M Users by 2020

By |June 7th, 2016|HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth)|

“Lack of Sustainable Business Models Inhibits Faster Growth”

A new study from Juniper Research has estimated that the number of individuals using mHealth information services market is set to exceed 157 million users by 2020, more than tripling the 50 million for last year.

The new research, Worldwide Digital Health: Developed and Emerging Market Opportunities 2016-2020, forecasts that the adoption of mHealth information services will significantly increase as service providers roll out initiatives to tackle issues such as infant mortality and infectious diseases.

SMS, Apps and IVR (Interactive Voice Response) services are providing vital information to those who cannot access general healthcare services.

Technology Bridging the Healthcare Gap

The research highlighted initiatives such as the MOTECH Foundation, which aims to implement preventative healthcare by educating the population on issues such as sexual health and pregnancy. Juniper found that limited access to connected devices and low literacy rates had resulted in many mHealth services being offered through contact centres.

The research found that several organisations had adopted a crowdsourcing approach to develop solutions to address the challenges of engaging with and delivering information to end users. It cited Unicef’s Wearables for Good competition as a case in point, which resulted in Khushi Baby, a wearable device containing an individual’s health information.

The research also argued that open source platforms such as Mobile Medic will act a game-changer for emerging markets over the coming years as healthcare workers seek more effective means of service provision in remote areas.

Barriers to Deployment

However, Juniper claimed that growth would be markedly higher than anticipated were it not for the significant commercial barriers to deployment in most markets. It pointed out that many current offerings were exclusively donor-funded, and that only a few services – such as Wazazi Nipendeni in Tanzania were based on sustainable business models.”

The whitepaper, Diagnosing Digital Health, is now available to download from the Juniper website together with further details of the full research.

Health-care industry ripe for Tech Disruption

By |May 6th, 2016|HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth)|

IBM, GE, Microsoft aim to transform ailing health-care industry
The health-care industry, suffering from rising costs, is undergoing a major change from a fee-based to a value-based model. Predictive analytics is being used to support these changes. Additionally, patients that frequently access various data on their mobile devices are demanding access to their health-care information as well. These developments are creating growth opportunities for tech companies. However, a lack of interoperability, privacy and security concerns remain main growth impediments.

Value-based health-care model puts greater focus on technology
Government agencies around the world are changing the health-care reimbursement system from a fee-for-service to a value-based-care model with the objective of reducing rising costs. Under this model, reimbursements will be made based on outcomes and on the quality of care — not on the number of procedures and tests done on a patient. This change is forcing the industry to look at various technologies to better understand their cost structure and provide new methods of patient treatment.


Consumerization of health care driving mobile, cloud investments
Higher premiums and co-payments are increasingly becoming the patients’ financial responsibility, raising their involvement in the health-care system. Patients are demanding greater access to their health information on mobile devices, similar to the accessibility of data in other segments such as financial services and retail. This is forcing health-care companies to adopt emerging technologies such as mobile and the cloud, which in turn drives growth opportunities for IT services providers.

GE’s install and customer base aids in health-care IT race 
As traditional software companies develop health-care IT products, General Electric’s large install base, long-time customer relationships and domain expertise, as well as its Predix open software platform, are major advantages.  GE expects its $1.5 billion health-care IT unit to grow over 20% in 2016-18. The launch of GE Health Cloud in November will deploy analytics and optimization tools across clinical, financial and operational applications. GE expects 80% of applications to come from third-party developers.

Fitbit, Apple push next wave of health-care IT development
Wearables are becoming an important emerging technology in health care, as patients are increasingly monitoring their fitness and vital signs through sensor-based applications. This is gradually becoming a way for care providers to reduce costs. A drop in the cost of sensors and data storage is a major factor in the rising adoption of this technology. Wearables are also becoming a significant part of population health management, which is used by global corporations to increase health awareness among its employees.

IBM-Medtronic like partnerships may grow with Internet of Things 
Rising demand for remote health monitoring may increase partnerships between medical device and tech companies. An IBM-Medtronic partnership to manage diabetes using Watson’s platform and Medtronic’s glucose monitors can detect hypoglycemic cases three hours ahead of an attack, potentially saving lives. As medical devices become more connected, tech companies will be able to use sensor data to create personalized treatment plans. The IBM-Medtronic partnership was announced in April 2015.

APRIL 11, 2016

This analysis is by Bloomberg Intelligence analysts Anurag Rana, Caitlin Noselli, Jason McGorman, Karen Ubelhart and Elizabeth Krutoholow. It appeared first on the Bloomberg Terminal. 

Nokia wants to acquire Withings as part of push into Digital Health segment

By |May 5th, 2016|HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth), SMARTWATCHES|

Today that may be about to change, for Nokia has just announced plans to acquire the French company, Withings S.A., a specialist in digital health products and services, for EUR 170 million (roughly $191 million USD). Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia, had the following comments to offer:

We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market…With this acquisition, Nokia is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things in a way that leverages the power of our trusted brand, fits with our company purpose of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world, and puts us at the heart of a very large addressable market where we can make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives.

The company’s press release specifically calls out two major forms of global health epidemics: cardiovascular disease, stating that it is the world’s leading cause of death with over one billion adults living with uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure), and diabetes, which affects more than one in every twelve adults around the world. Nokia believes that heathcare is going to be “one of the largest vertical markets in the Internet of Things, with analysts forecasting that mobile health, with a CAGR of 37%, will be the fastest growing health care segment from 2015-2020.”

As a result, Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies, feels that

Withings shares our vision for the future of digital health and their products are smart, well designed and already helping people live healthier lives. Combining their award-winning products and talented people with the world-class expertise and innovation of Nokia Technologies uniquely positions us to lead the next wave of innovation in digital health.

In addition, a statement from Withings was also included, courtesy of CEO Cédric Hutchings:

Since we started Withings, our passion has been in empowering people to track their lifestyle and improve their health and wellbeing. We’re excited to join Nokia to help bring our vision of connected health to more people around the world.

The acquisition is expected to close in Q3 of this year, assuming everything

With $54M, Doximity's LinkedIn-for-Doctors will add Service for Nurses, go International | VentureBeat

By |August 28th, 2014|HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth)|

The social network helps medical professionals collaborate on patient treatment. “The fifth leading cause of death is medical mistakes. Communication isn’t as free flowing as it should be,” Doximity chief executive Jeff Tangney told VentureBeat in an interview.

Along with its communication features, Doximity also enables doctors to complete up to 20 hours per year of continued education through its partnership with the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors can read personalized articles and answer quiz questions to earn their credit.

Although the company is best known as a “LinkedIn for doctors,” it has added several features key to its user base since launch, including secure messaging, personalized reading and research recommendations, recruiting tools, and an accredited continuing education program. It aims to increase cooperation between doctors by simplifying and streamlining communication and networking between them through the site.

Since its last round of funding in 2012, Doximity has more than tripled its user base, with at least one in three U.S. doctors as members of the network — about 40 percent to be exact.

Draper Fisher Jurvetson and T. Rowe Price Associates led the current round, with additional funding from Morgan Stanley Investment Management and current investors Emergence Capital Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, and InterWest Partners.

“For an early stage company, Doximity has demonstrated mature revenue and a clear path forward towards long-term success. Healthcare is not a niche, it’s a sector, and as a sector it’s incredibly large. It’s exciting to see Doximity bringing the best of social media to this significant market,” said T. Rowe Price Associates portfolio manager Henry Ellenbogen in an official statement.

The company says it plans to use the funding to continue to grow, especially to include other medical professionals such as nurses and to grow internationally. It also wants to continue to build out the product and fulfill more of their users’ needs, such as verifying and displaying credentials, which are a huge pain problem for doctors, the company said.

Doximity is one of the many “vertical networks” that have been emerging beyond the ubiquitous LinkedIn, from Edmodo for teachers to Avvo for lawyers and SpiceWorks for IT employees.

Interestingly, LinkedIn cofounder and current Earlybird Venture Capital partner Konstantin Guericke has been on Doximity’s board for about two years.

“One thing that was exciting [about Doximity] has been the fact that this really impacts the lives of people,” Guericke told VentureBeat.

Guericke also said that Doximity’s focus on a single industry allows it to build a product very tailored to that group’s needs, providing more value in areas more general networks such as LinkedIn cannot. Although he doesn’t believe LinkedIn et al. will go away, he does think professionals will be spending more and more time on their respective vertical networks.

Guericke also pointed to marketplace verticals such as Zillow for real estate and Elance for freelancers, which he believes offer better values than, say, general purpose marketplace Craigslist.

“Focusing on one area you can do a much better job,” he said. Doximity is not the only player in the medical social network field. QuantiaMD, which launched in 2004 and has raised a total of $63 million, is also a social network for healthcare professionals aimed at increasing collaboration on difficult cases and learning from peers.

Doximity was founded in 2011 by Jeff Tangney and Nate Gross, and is based in San Mateo, Calif.
This new round brings the company’s total to $81.8 million.

With $54M, Doximity’s LinkedIn-for-doctors will add service for nurses, go international | VentureBeat | Deals | by Kia Kokalitcheva.