CHC 2018

Fitbit Medical Director John Moore. Photo by Christopher Huang.

By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2018
Part of the value — and fun — of conferences like Connected Health Conference is seeing all the newest technologies debuting in the space, but sometimes tech evangelists need to be reminded of the limits of technology. That’s what speakers from both Fitbit and Johnson & Johnson shared this morning at the show. “When I started in this space, there was a tremendous amount of excitement about...

Photo Credit: Christopher Huang 

By Laura Lovett October 19, 2018
Distrust in the healthcare system is a major obstacle in providing needed care to some of the most vulnerable populations in the US.  “[M]illions of Americans all across the country … are failed by the healthcare system everyday. Specifically we don’t understand the services that they need,” Iyah Romm, founder and CEO of Cityblock Health, an Alphabet spinout focused on urban-focused public health...
FDA Pre-Cert panel at Connected Health Conference

(L to R) Moderator Scott Thiel, Pear Therapeutics' Dan Amor, Verily's Afia Asamoah, Tidepool's Howard Look, and Johnson & Johnson's Eduardo Sanchez (photo by Jonah Comstock)

By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2018
Attendees to the Connected Health Conference in Boston this week got a sneak peek into the workings of the FDA's much-discussed Pre-Cert program. In a panel discussion at the event, representatives from Verily, Pear Therapeutics, Tidepool, and Johnson & Johnson candidly discussed their experiences so far with the program, describing an evolving process that is collaborative and rigorous.  "...

Photo by Christopher Huang.

By Laura Lovett October 18, 2018
The uses for artificial intelligence have been sprouting up all over the healthcare field, from reading images to automating work flows. Now some researchers are looking to use that technology to move beyond the analytical tasks and move into providing a more human touch.  “There is one view that we can allow these AI [tools] to deal with data and analytics and we let people deal with the caring...

Photo by Christopher Huang.

By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is the child of two doctors. So for him, the FCC's role in providing healthcare services, via telehealth, to rural communities is personal. "When I was a kid in the late 1970s and 1980s, my dad, who was a urologist in the small town of Parsons, Kansas would often hit the road," Pai said today in an address to the Connected Health Conference in Boston. "He would drive 45...
By Laura Lovett October 17, 2018
Both the clinician and the patient hold an important piece to the care puzzle, according to Kristina Sheridan, head of the enterprise strategy and transformation department at the nonprofit MITRE Corporation.  The physician has expertise in treating illness, whereas the patient is the authority on living with the condition, she explained at the Society for Participatory Medicine in Boston this...
By Dave Muoio October 12, 2018
The challenges of new technology adoption loom across every industry, and healthcare is by no means an exception. Between its risk-adverse culture, worn out workforce, and heavy value placed on establishing human connections, it’s little surprise that many technologies which could potentially isolate patients or introduce unnecessary tasks would be met with some resistance. “One of the hardest...
By Laura Lovett October 12, 2018
Designing apps and platforms for healthcare isn’t necessarily about ticking off how many downloads the product has. Most of the time the main goal is changing the end user’s behavior — whether that be a patient’s health habits or some outdated workflow process used by providers.  “We deal in the thing that is difficult about healthcare, or what is challenging and what is also really fun, that is...
Kamal Jethwani and Lisa Gualtieri

Kamal Jethwani and Lisa Gualtieri are among the speakers at the Connected Health Conference in Boston beginning Oct. 17.

By Jonah Comstock October 9, 2018
Both in the consumer and clinical worlds, it’s important not only to design for the user and involve them in the process, but also to realize the full scope of your user base, and make sure no one gets left behind. Considering the user is a vital step in teasing out the human element of connected health, and a number of speakers at this month’s Connected Health Conference will be tackling that...
By Laura Lovett October 8, 2018
As technology pushes forward, innovators are often tempted to bring all the bells and whistles to their digital health product. But some are stopping to look at the human element in digital health before launching a new product.  “Human design for us … is essential. We spend a huge amount of time watching how people with varying degrees of challenge interact with our app,” Jim Cavan, CEO of...