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...

Visualizing Digital Healthcare Data

It is no surprise that communications strategies that drive meaningful changes in health outcomes need to be heavily grounded in up-to-date research. Increasingly that research focuses on digital health information as health-related queries continue to dominate Google searches and patients becoming increasingly comfortable sharing personal health information online. In many cases, we are researching everything from conversation trends to social sharing to web traffic to get a better understanding of how our clients can strategically tailor their messages. Besides using this data to inform messaging strategies, another major opportunity that...

Personalized, More or Less

We live in an increasingly impersonal world. We hide behind technology. We text instead of talking – sometimes when we’re in the same room. We shop online. We “share” virtually. Yet — and, to some degree, as a result — we also live in a world where information about us is more widely available than ever, creating the ability to hyper-personalize communication and track our every move (as the Ed Snowden revelations remind us). So what does this emerging tension—the impersonal nature of technology-driven interchange vs. the personalization enabled by the vast array of data trailing behind such...

Things I’ll Remember to Do For Next Year’s Health ...

Health Datapalooza IV, which took place in Washington D.C. earlier this month, was spearheaded by the Health Data Consortium to bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, academics, government agencies and other movers and shakers to share the latest and most innovative examples of health data being used to improve health. A number of FKH colleagues attended and helped staff this event. I made it my mission to attend as many sessions as possible and live-tweet the talks. I can’t begin to measure everything that I learned from the keynotes, breakouts and live demos, but based on my experience at this year’s event, here are just a few of...

Four Ways to “Eureka”: How Big Data is...

Data is rapidly changing healthcare as more and more stakeholders—providers, patients, and payers—go digital. Researchers are taking advantage of the digital movement as well, exploring the role of informatics in a rapid-learning environment where data flows across the spectrum, from the bedside to the bench, and back again. To accelerate this vision, FKH has been instrumental in launching the Data Liquidity Coalition, a group dedicated to enabling a rapid learning healthcare environment for cancer and other diseases. We are also proud to be a partner and sponsor of Health Datapalooza IV, the premier national conference on liberating...