The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Feb 2, 2016 — #207

The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Feb 2, 2016 — #207

I sent this announcement to 40,633 Digital Health LinkedIn group members. If you’re on LinkedIn, please do join the group, which allows you to opt in to receiving these announcements in addition to connecting with thousands of other global stakeholders in digital health. The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Feb 2, 2016 — #207 Dear Group, College is a pivotal time in a person’s life, and habits formed there can have lifelong implications for earning potential and, as it turns out, health. In a move of major significance, Oral Roberts University is requiring all first-year students to wear Fitbits and, reportedly, monitoring them to ensure that they walk a minimum of 10,000 steps each day. The University will also grade students based on their weekly exercise and even look for correlations between exercise and academic success.. While partly an effort to combat the notorious ‘Freshman 15’, which is the stereotypical 15 pounds of body fat that new students gain at college in their first year, this effort can instill healthy, disease-preventing behaviors that last a person’s lifetime. Care to share your thoughts? Here’s the group discussion on this news. While we here in the U.S. debate over needing ‘evidence’ that digital health is a critical component of disease prevention (nevermind that in the case of physical activity and sitting too little of the former and too much of the latter are known to elevate our risks of many chronic diseases, ergo anything that empowers us to offset those risks is ipso facto a tool in disease prevention), in Malta they already see “prevention as better than cure”. Malta’s Parliamentary secretary for health Chris Fearne...
The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Jan 26, 2016 — #206

The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Jan 26, 2016 — #206

I sent this announcement to 40,332 Digital Health LinkedIn group members. If you’re on LinkedIn, please do join the group, which allows you to opt in to receiving these announcements in addition to connecting with thousands of other global stakeholders in digital health. The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Jan 26, 2016 — #206 Dear Group, According to the CDC, 86% of healthcare costs in the United States are incurred as a direct result of chronic diseases. Yet, in an incredible disconnect from its mission, the healthcare system—and I include pharma under that umbrella—does practically nothing to prevent chronic disease. I often reference this statistic and gap in context of the burgeoning ecosystem of consumer digital health solutions, including those leveraging wearable tech, but also any activities—be they digitally-enabled, -enhanced, or totally non-digital—that foster behavior change and healthy lifestyles in consumers. Since we know that “sitting is the new smoking”, digital health tools that address this plus expand the reach, frequency, and accessibility of health and fitness to larger portions of the population are of major value in reducing the risk of chronic diseases. In light of this, I was fascinated to see a new digital health service from Peloton, which delivers a real coach for a spinning class you take in your home. The new generation of health insurers also understands that digital tools can help people be healthier and avoid costly healthcare claims. Oscar Health, a health insurance startup based in New York and valued at approximately $3B, has just raised a new round of funding to the tune of $150M. Similar to healthcare providers, established...
The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Jan 19, 2016 — #205

The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Jan 19, 2016 — #205

I sent this announcement to 40,049 Digital Health LinkedIn group members. If you’re on LinkedIn, please do join the group, which allows you to opt in to receiving these announcements in addition to connecting with thousands of other global stakeholders in digital health. The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Jan 19, 2016 — #205 Dear Group, I want to thank my ecosystem partner Validic whose support, along with the speaking fees I receive for my keynote presentations, is critical in enabling me to deliver these weekly announcements on the state of digital health and its revolutionary disruption of health, healthcare, living, and society. Remember that I’m independent, so please consider supporting my efforts as an ecosystem partner or retaining my services as a keynote speaker. The Digital Health group just surpassed 40,000 members and I have over 30,000 Twitter followers, and my efforts have resulted in my being the #1 global social influencer in digital health and wearable tech. Please contact me for more info on how I can get your message out to the world. I’m also interested in a direct, leadership role with a startup or large company. I do plan on staying in San Diego. Here’s a great video of Validic’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Edwards discussing their digital health platform and recent recognition by Forbes as a Top 10 Disruptor. This past Friday I spoke with Bernard Desarnauts, CEO of independent Apple Watch and wearable tech research firm Wristly, which has previously shared survey data on the value Watch users derive from the smartwatch: only 6% abandonment (vs a reported 50% for Fitbit), and 83% say...