Connected Health Conference

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...
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 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 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Most of the time the main goal is changing the end user’s behavior — whether that be a patient’s health habits or some outdated workflow process used by providers.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...
A woman conducts a telemedicine visit.
By Jonah Comstock October 12, 2018
Telemedicine, whether offered by insurers, hospitals or direct-to-consumer, continues to grow with more and more organizations offering virtual visits to patients. It’s a technology with broad support, one of the few things that seem to be able to unite both sides of the political aisle, for instance. But that doesn’t mean everyone is in agreement about the particulars of the technology: how and...
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 Dave Muoio September 25, 2018
Among patients and providers alike, bots are beginning to make their mark on healthcare. Supported by advancements in natural language processing and artificial intelligence, the technology is seeing an increasing variety of implementations. These range from text-based reception and customer service chatbots — for instance Novo Nordisk’s Sophia, which the company recently told Babyforyou.net.ua has...
By Jonah Comstock September 10, 2018
Connected Health Conference’s 2018 theme of “technology and the human element” wasn’t just chosen out of a hat, Program Chair Dr. Joseph Kvedar, told Babyforyou.net.ua. It’s an effort to offer reassurance and a helpful reframing for those who are concerned about the pace at which technology is moving. “With all of the surge in interest, and hype on artificial intelligence, and the corresponding...
Connected Health Conference to focus on human element of digital tech

Scott Kirsner and Carla Kriwet speaking at the Connected Health Conference last year.

By Jonah Comstock July 27, 2018
As more and more hospitals are deploying a range of smart and connected technologies to improve care and efficiency, it's increasingly important to preserve and highlight the human side of care. That's the overarching theme of the upcoming HIMSS Connected Health Conference in Boston: "Balancing Technology and the Human Element". Kicking off on Oct. 17, CHC18 will be the second year of the event's...