The results of a survey released by Accenture released at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 18 conference revealed that consumer adoption health apps on mobile devices has tripled since 2014.
In addition, Accenture also reported that 47% of patients surveyed identified that they would like to have the availability of an artificially intelligent virtual physician provided by their health service. In this same survey, 29 percent noted that they like visiting their physician.
For more information see https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insight-new-2018-consumer-survey-digital-health
It is being widely reported that Apple will be stepping into the role of a primary care healthcare provider for Apple employees in a new subsidiary, AC Wellness. This new Apple subsidiary will initially launch with 2 locations in Santa Clara County in the Spring of 2018.
The mission of this new venture is clearly and succinctly identified as AC Wellness Network believes that having trusting, accessible relationships with our patients, enabled by technology, promotes high-quality care and a unique patient experience. They are seeking candidates with an appreciation for the patient experience and passion for wellness and population health — integrating best clinical practices and technology in a manner that drives patient engagement.
The job posting for Lead Care Navigator notes that the candidate must excel at Apple technology operating efficiently with hardware and software (iMac, iPad, iPhone). It will be very interesting to see how AC Wellness integrates Apple technology into the practice management and clinical provider environment. Will staff be turning lights on in the office using HomePod/Siri? Will consumers be prescribed specific apps to promote health and wellness?
Lest we not forget Apple’s purchase of medical record startup Gliimpse in 2116 (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-buys-medical-records-startup-gliimpse-2016-08-22). Given more recent word of Apple collaborating with Penn Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Johns Hopkins, and Geisinger Health System on a HL7 FHIR-compatable personal health record in iOS 11.3 (http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/apple-launch-health-records-app-hl7s-fhir-specifications-12-hospitals), will we see Apple Watch Workout and iPhone Health data be uploaded to their electronic health record (EHR) maintained by the practice?
The possibilities are incredible. With Apple’s extensive resources, will we finally see an integrated, sustainable, scalable healthcare system that fosters patient engagement? I can’t wait to see what they will do.
Apple has posted a video on YouTube featuring the implementation of iOS devices at the Geisinger Health System a health care system with locations in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. See: Geisinger and Apple – Empowering Patients and Reimagining Hospital Care
TechCrunch is reporting that Jawbone is preparing to exit the low-margin fitness bands market sold directly to consumers, to focus on the high-margin business to business to consumer model, Specifically, enterprise medical devices and associated services sold directly to clinicians and health providers working with patients.
MobiHealthNews opines that Jawbone is working on their clinically-focused wearable, building on their 2015 acquisition of Spectros. Spectros specialized in application of spectroscopy in non-invasive molecular sensors for use in pulse oximetry and detection of perfusion and ischemia. Spectros, was a startup founded by Jawbone’s Chief Medical Officer David Benaron.
Jawbone is currently seeking additional funding to support their new initiative. Another entry into the lucrative wearable medical device marketplace.
For more information see:
Jawbone looks to drop consumer wearables for clinical services
The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging has announced that effective in early September 2016, the ABA will no longer be selling or supporting its $3.99 My Health Care Wishes Pro app. Due to reasons of financial sustainability, the app will be removed from both the iTunes and Google Play iStores as of September 3rd, 2016.
A free alternative app is Stanford Medicine’s Advance Directive app. See here fore more information about the project: Doctor’s Note for End-of-Life Care and here for the app: Stanford Letter Project App on the App Store
This week Apple announced their acquisition of Gliimpse™, a personal health startup. In their LinkedIn profile Gliimpse™ notes that they began with a simple idea – everyone should be able to manage their health records, and share them securely with those they trust. Another technologic opportunity to improve patient engagement.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the services of Gliimpse™ are free to consumers, with healthcare providers and developers paying for its data-sharing software and services. The Journal opines that this acquisition provides the opportunity for Apple to build a platform for electronic medical records.
Although it is presently unclear what Apple has planned for this acquisition, it joins Apple’s other healthcare related apps HealthKit and ResearchKit.
TempTraq is an intelligent thermometer that continuously senses, records, and sends alerts of a child’s temperature to a iOS or Android mobile device. Once activated, the TempTraq wearable patch is active for a continuous 24-hour period of time allowing for one full day of temperature monitoring. The associated app displays both real time and historical temperature data transmitted from the patch in graphical and data table views. The wearable patch transmits data via Bluetooth to the app via Bluetooth. One significant negative about this device is it’s cost of $24.99 for a single 24 hour use device.
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