Networks, Cities, and Data: The Future of Better H...

If you’re not convinced the future of healthcare has arrived, just wait a few days:  it should be coming to a mobile device or a big box store near you soon: Quantified-self software by which you can monitor every bodily function and have the data integrated into your medical record. Low-cost Genomic profiling to identify your disease risks. Biomarker-directed personalized drugs that are optimally efficacious for your particular molecular sub-group of disease. Self-help health maintenance tools to integrate all that bodily function monitoring and your genomics profile with the right drugs and food/exercise choices to slow or prevent...

@FKHealth Reporting Live From #HDPalooza

Digital health is a topic that brings together experts from often seemingly divergent groups: entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, journalists, academics, researchers and government leaders. These different perspectives shed light on the complexities and interconnectedness involved in the delivery of quality healthcare. At Health Datapalooza 2014, the premier national conference focused on unleashing the power of open health data, we experienced what happens when you get these people in the same room. Over the course of three days in Washington, D.C., attendees participated in workshops and challenges, listened to industry thought...

Healthcare’s Pinterest Strategy

It’s true that, no matter what a company’s mission is, social media platforms can enable meaningful engagement with many of its core audiences. However, it’s also true that different social media platforms offer their own ways in which the user’s message can be distributed. Tools range from image and video sharing (Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube) to social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn) to microblogging (Tumblr, Twitter). One of the fastest growing social platforms on the planet is Pinterest. The platform is focused around a visual dashboard for users to collect various images and links, organizing each by categorized...

Patient Safety Innovation Simplified

Hospitals are a place where patients go to heal, to seek treatment and to find a cure. They are not expected to be the source of harm or infection due to medical error, but all too often, this is the case. In fact, studies show that 1 in 3 Americans have experienced a medical error in their own or a family member’s care at some point in their life. Patient safety was not a widely discussed topic until 1999, when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the landmark report To Err Is Human.This report revealed that between 44,000 and 98,000 people died each year in United States hospitals due to medical errors. At the time, that was more...

Patient-Centered Cancer Research and Care

Leading up to the American Society for Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting this week, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) [client] posed the following question as part of its “Conversations” series – “How do we promote patient-centered cancer research and care in an era of increasing pressure to control healthcare costs?” PhRMA’s “Conversations” platform fosters open and ongoing dialogue on health care policy solutions. The forum blends posts from formal contributors with comments from experts and thought leaders on a broad range of high-level policy topics to help gauge what’s...

Sweet Enough

By now, you’ve probably heard of a new movie in theaters called “Fed Up”. It’s a documentary-style expose of the “SAD” – the Standard American Diet – and covers a wide range of issues behind why America currently leads the world in both adult and child obesity rates. Included in the long list of culprits behind our ballooning waistlines is SUGAR. A master of disguise, sugar often appears in our food and drink labelled as one of 40+ pseudonyms—including sucrose, maltose, dextrose,  fructose,  glucose, galactose, lactose, high fructose corn syrup, and glucose solids—which makes its detection confusing...

Do Mobile Health Apps Work?

Last week, Health 2.0 Boston convened several leaders in the digital healthcare industry to help answer one question: “How helpful are mobile healthcare apps?” While the panelists and attendees struggled to directly show evidence to concisely answer the question, it sparked some great discussions. We saw three primary themes come out of responses to this question.  1) The future includes more sensors integrated into our daily lives and fewer stand-alone devices and apps While the market is flooded with new stand-alone activity tracking devices like the Nike FuelBand, FitBit, Fitbug ORB, Jawbone Up, Garmin vivofit, and Polar...

Accessible Healthcare Conference Hashtags

As we counsel our clients on developing and executing digital strategies leading up to and during industry conferences – specifically around Twitter – one of the consistent obstacles is understanding and being able to adapt to attendees’ wide variety of experience, comfort levels and understanding of the using Twitter during a live vent. Recently, we saw a great example of how the American Society of Clinical Oncology leveraged an infographic to clearly share information before their annual meeting on the appropriate hashtags to use, subject matter experts in attendance and their Twitter handles. This served as a...

Visualizing Rare Diseases

In the rare disease world, it’s sometimes hard to grasp the statistics and emotions that go hand in hand with having a condition that doesn’t get as much funding, research attention, or media attention as more common health conditions and disease. In honor of today being Rare Disease Day, we’ve collected some infographics that effectively communicate  the reality of orphan diseases and the people that struggle against them.     Read about FKH’s commitment to rare...

Hot Topics In Rare Disease

Tomorrow is Rare Disease Day, an international health observance with the objective of raising  awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. As many research, provider and advocacy organizations with strong connections to the rare disease community are launching initiatives this week to support that objective, the weekly #abcDRBchat series on Twitter took up the topic during this week’s discussion. Below we have collected some of the top discussion themes that arose out of the 2,700 tweets that were published during Tuesday’s chat. [View the story...