Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Internet of Things

David Agus Calls for Healthcare Leadership at Techonomy NYC

At Techonomy NYC last week, physician and author David Agus outlined a dazzling vision of a healthier society driven by digital and other tech innovations. But getting there requires leadership we now lack. We also need to aggressively engage consumers in their own health management.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Government Healthcare

NIH Fast-Tracks Giant Precision Medicine Study

President Obama visiting the National Institutes of Health in 2014. Now he wants citizens to have access to the data in an upcoming gigantic healthcare study open to one million Americans. (photo: NIH)

At a genomics conference last week, National Institutes of Health official Kathy Hudson provided an update on the government’s gigantic Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). NIH aims to make real progress before the next president takes over–and to enable any American who wants to to take part.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Government Healthcare

Senators Seek to Legislate DNA Privacy—But Is It Really Possible?

Senator Elizabeth Warren joined with Republican Mike Enzi of Wyoming to protect some DNA data. (photo U.S. Treasury Department)

A new bill introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Mike Enzi would add important privacy protections for genetic data generated by federally funded scientists or housed in government databases. It aims to protect research participants who expect their data to remain confidential. Even if the bill passes, though, the genetic data may not always be protected. But some genomics leaders now say full protection may not even be possible.   More

Global Tech Healthcare

Health Tech Innovation Blooms in Singapore

The Helix Bridge in downtown Singapore symbolizes how important science and tech are to Singapore’s own national DNA. 
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As healthcare across Asia modernizes, many health tech companies are setting up shop in Singapore, one of the region’s most dynamic healthcare innovation hubs. The innovation-centric country recently committed over $13 billion USD to a five-year R&D plan that emphasizes biomedical sciences.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Healthcare Goes Digital: Fewer Hospitals, Empowered Doctors, and a Medical Sharing Economy

Digital tools hold the promise of not just making people healthier, but radically upending the structure of the healthcare industry.   (Photo: Africa Studio via Shutterstock)

Tech is helping drive exciting changes in healthcare, though they don’t galvanize public attention like driverless cars or virtual reality headsets. But as the industry embraces digital strategies, American patients may begin to see a patient-centric model that will streamline the system and upend the way medical professionals operate.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Lawsuit Underscores Risk of Thinking Genetic Tests Authoritative

Interpreting the results of genetic testing remains as much art as science. (Image courtesy Shutterstock)

A recently filed lawsuit suggests trouble may be brewing for the new era of genomic testing. A mother claims an inaccurate test result contributed to the death of her young son, who had a mitochondrial disorder. But interpreting genetic tests remains as much art as science, which we will have to accept if this field is to get on its feet. It would be a shame if such tragedies hindered the innovations that will ultimately make genomic medicine more reliable.   More

Healthcare Internet of Things Partner Insights

Philips CEO van Houten on Digital Health’s Future

Philips CEO Frans van Houten was a big presence at the giant recent HIMSS healthcare & tech conference in Las Vegas. HIMSS is where the digital world meets the world of health, and Philips aims increasingly to be a central player in that conjunction. I interviewed van Houten briefly on the show floor and separately conducted a lengthy interview with him on stage. He has five lessons he wants healthcare to learn from other industries.   More

Healthcare Security & Privacy

Can We Stop Cybercrime in Healthcare?

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New digital health technologies offer seemingly boundless promise to extend and improve our lives. Yet they also expose us to a growing array of security risks that require urgent attention from companies, consumers, and regulators everywhere. Data theft is one of the biggest risks. As data bursts from the seams of healthcare IT systems and consumer health apps, cybercriminals are having a field day.   More

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Power to the Period People

Miki Agrawal, co-founder and CEO of Thinx, at right.

Why have we seen almost no innovation in the feminine hygiene space? Mostly because we even feel the need call it “feminine hygiene” at all, softening our speech with terms like “that time of the month” and “women’s troubles” to cover up the embarrassment. The taboo of menstruation means innovators feel uncomfortable tackling its management, leaving today’s women and girls stuck with basically the same products available to them 75 years ago. One company is working to change that: Thinx.   More

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Two Great CEOs from Companies that Span Industries

Bernard Tyson of Kaiser Permanente and John Chen of Blackberry are two of the most amazing CEOs in the world. Tyson leads and is expanding one of the most important and innovative companies in the U.S. healthcare system. Chen, for his part, has had an eminent and highly successful career, especially in transforming, growing and selling Sybase. Now he is bluntly and unemotionally tackling one of the most challenging tasks in business--rescuscitating Blackberry. They spoke together at Techonomy 2015 in Half Moon Bay.   More

Healthcare Partner Insights

Digital Tools Will Keep Us Healthier, a Davos Dinner Concludes

Philips had an artist/scribe documenting the discussion. This is one of her four drawings. (see others at bottom)

At a fascinating dinner in Davos, health care leaders tackled the changing face of healthcare in a digital age, and how technology can empower both patients and caregivers. The deeply-informed group was optimistic that huge progress is possible, and soon. The host was healthcare technology giant Philips,   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Genomic Medicine Is Here. American Healthcare Isn’t Ready.

Illustration for Techonomy by Jonathan Rosen

As many as half a million people have had their genomes sequenced. This data has already contributed to major medical success stories, but it is not yet clear that genomics can overcome the significant barriers that exist in traditional medicine to achieve its potential for American healthcare.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Dear Scientists: This Is Why People Hate You

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Editors of the New England Journal of Medicine called scientists who make discoveries from publicly-shared data “research parasites.” Outrage ensued. Too many scientists believe they get a competitive advantage from data no one else has access to.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Government Healthcare

Why Obama Is Right about Cancer: Genomics

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President Obama’s optimistic language about finally nearing a cure for cancer in the State of the Union comes as creative approaches are showing more promise than ever. Two major announcements highlight important new opportunities to diagnose and treat cancer—and both are only possible because of advances in genomics.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Society

The Three Best Digital Health Books of 2015

Here are three great books on the future of healthcare published in 2015. (image courtesy Shutterstock)

As new technologies continue to drive rapid change in the practice and business of healthcare, keeping up with the latest developments can be difficult. Fortunately, several great books on this topic were published in 2015. As a digital health entrepreneur, I found the following three particularly valuable: The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands by Eric Topol; The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age by Robert Wachter; and Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. by Jeremy N. Smith.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

CellMax Life Is Changing the Rules for Cancer Screening

CellMax Life can identify cancer cells earlier, which may be a really big deal. (illustration courtesy Shutterstock)

An unheralded Silicon Valley biotechnology startup is fundamentally changing the rules of cancer screening. CellMax Life, headquartered in both Mountain View and Taipei, is deploying a technology that can detect cancer cells at their earliest stages. It has the potential to decisively change the economics of cancer screening and impacting cancer outcomes worldwide.   More

Analytics & Data Healthcare Internet of Things

How Mobile Tech Can Tame Diabetes

In Manila, commuting may be colorful but it can take forever. Inactive people are prone to diabetes, a growing scourge there. New apps can help. (photo Shutterstock)

Over three-quarters of the world’s diabetics live in low- and middle-income countries. It is one of the world’s leading causes of death and disability and afflicts over 400 million people. Many of the most promising new technologies being developed to address this global epidemic are low-cost mobile solutions especially suited for emerging markets. Their impact is likely to be felt strongly in coming years.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

How Anybody Can Help Advance Genomic Medicine Now

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment helped lead to new ways to protect subjects of scientific studies. Now those controls may be outdated. (Here a researcher draws blood from a subject.) (Photo copyright National Archives and Records Admin.)

Genomic medicine is on the horizon, and is likely to change healthcare. But there’s no shortage of challenges: regulations, data-sharing limits, funding, and lack of research participants, to name a few. But the biggest obstacle, surprisingly, is what's called "informed consent." That's what people need to agree to if they are to participate in research. And right now, each of us has a unique chance to minimize this obstacle by speaking out for a change.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Society

Meeting My Genome: This Expensive Test Still Isn’t for Everyone

Sequenced Genome

Earlier this year, I moderated a panel discussion at Techonomy Bio and asked speakers whether genome sequencing was ready for the average consumer. Their responses were split. Having now just gotten my own genome sequenced, I can say definitively: yes it’s ready, and no it isn’t.   More

Healthcare Internet of Things

Remote Monitoring Lowers Health Costs, Improves Outcomes

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Smarter telemedicine can help healthcare providers deliver better outcomes to patients at lower cost with less intervention, and using fewer case managers. Qualcomm Life is a new division of the chip company that creates smart cloud-based healthcare systems based on devices around the home. Like Intel’s investing in drones and Apple’s moving into cars, it is part of a larger trend in which traditional tech companies are branching out to new and adjacent areas as core markets mature.   More