The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Feb 24, 2016 — #210

The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Feb 24, 2016 — #210

I sent this announcement to 41,654 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 24, 2016 — #210 Dear Group, I was pleased to be ranked 17th on a list of the Top 100 Influencers and Brands in the Internet of Things (IoT), as compiled by Onalytica. To their credit, Onalytica actually analyzed over 1.5 million tweets by over 100,000 individuals and brands to arrive at their objective rankings. You can follow Onalytica on Twitter at @Onalytica and, of course, me at @Paul_Sonnier On the health data security front, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a Los Angeles hospital (owned by a Korean medical center) was hacked and subsequently paid a ransom of nearly twenty thousand dollars to get the encryption key needed to restore the functionality of their computer networks. During the hack, doctors at the hospital were forced to rely on telephones and fax machines to relay patient information. While the hackers were able to encrypt patient records, it doesn’t necessarily mean they gained access to those files. The typical goal of this type of cyberattack isn’t to obtain patient health information, but to extort money. Apple, which stores our personal and private health and medical data on the iPhone, has refused an order by the United States government to build a backdoor to the iPhone so that they can access information on the phone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists. As CEO Tim Cook states, “the...
The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Feb 17, 2016 — #209

The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Feb 17, 2016 — #209

I sent this announcement to 41,366 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 17, 2016 — #209 Dear Group, Lack of diversity in the tech industry is a well known issue. And while still very low, the odds of female entrepreneurs founding startups are improving: Up from 9.5% in 2009 to around 18% in 2014. In digital health new venture creation, however, the percentage is much lower at around 6% as of 2015. One way of addressing this challenge is via collaborative workspaces, where members network with and learn from one another as well as expert advisors. Hera Hub, which is the first national coworking and shared working space designed specifically for female entrepreneurs and professionals got its start right here in San Diego and has since expanded to Washington, D.C.. CEO Felena Hanson was kind enough to let me use her space recently for a dry run of my keynote speech on the digital health revolution. Women’s health advocate and business consultant Kim Whittemore—a close personal friend and trusted advisor since I founded the group in 2009 and who was kind enough to assist me with my keynote preparation—is also an expert advisor at Hera Hub. Kim is assisting with the national expansion of Hera Hub as well as its 12-week startup accelerator program. If you’re interested in becoming a member or creating a Hera Hub site in your city,...

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I sent this announcement to 38,880 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 — Dec 22, 2015 — #201 Dear Group,...
The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Feb 9, 2016 — #208

The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier — Feb 9, 2016 — #208

I sent this announcement to 41,002 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 9, 2016 — #208 Dear Group, The first digital health IPO of 2016 is Editas Medicine, whose mission is to cure genetic diseases by using CRISPR to “edit” DNA. As I’ve pointed out before, our DNA is a digital molecule and, according to J. Craig Venter, we’re basically DNA-driven software devices. (Note: The inclusion of genomics within the term ‘digital health‘ is the modern definition that I was the first to put forth and promulgate around the globe.) Editas raised $94 million at an issue price of $16 per share and was originally backed with $160M+ from Bill Gates, Google Ventures, and other investors. A new survey report from Numerof & Associates reveals that most healthcare organizations are lagging on population health. The authors suggest that the focus on experiments and pilot programs leaves population health in the realm of “business model experimentation.” This survey reinforces my point that healthcare providers are not doing much at all to prevent chronic disease, the cost of which represents the brunt (86%) of healthcare costs in the USA. The digital health tools needed to engage patients and deliver population health (including disease prevention) are available. For example, my ecosystem partner Validic is now partnering with Philips to enable the integration of personal digital health data from third-party devices and apps into...