Author Archives: Brian Mack

Can mHealth Bridge the Digital Divide?

 

people-walkingInvestments in health information technology (HIT), particularly Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), have been significant since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. One provision of the law, known as “Meaningful Use”, requires that providers furnish online access for patients to view, download, and transmit information from their medical record. Many payers and providers have addressed this requirement through the development of enhanced functionality built into their websites, commonly referred to as “patient portals”. These systems may satisfy the Meaningful Use provision in the law, but there is some question whether this approach actually meets the needs for many of those it is intended to serve. Continue reading

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The Rest of the Iceberg – Ideomed’s Intentional Culture

iceburgSome of the world’s most familiar brands and beloved products are as well known for their corporate cultures as they are for what they do. The most obvious examples, particularly in the Tech sector are Apple, Google, and Facebook. Just the mention of these companies conjures images of cool products and services that everyone can instantly identify, and most of us interact with daily. The fact that each is as well known for the work environments behind their products is equally significant. It speaks to the reality that a great product is just the “tip of the iceberg”. Looking below the surface, at “the rest of the iceberg”, is to understand what it takes to deliver products and services that delight, amaze, and inspire; an environment that fosters creativity and  encourages innovation.

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What Healthcare Can Learn From America’s Pastime, Part 2 of 2 – Moneyball

MoneyballIn Part 1 of this pair of blog posts, I suggested that the American Healthcare system prior to 2010 could be compared to the iconic baseball film Field of Dreams, with a “build it and they will come” approach to care. That post was written just as the 2014 Major League Baseball season was getting underway. Today, the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are preparing to face off in the 2014 World Series. So without further ado (from the “Better late than never” Dept.) here is Part 2 – Moneyball. Continue reading

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Trick or Treat? Scary Stories for mHealth Innovators


mHealth TerminatorThe Halloween season is upon us. What better time for some scary stories? A recent piece in mHealth News titled “mHealth VS. Big Brother” by Eric Wicklund caught my attention and prompted a flashback to my high school days in the mid-eighties. Continue reading

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best mHealth App For You

abriiz life app

abriiz life web and mobile app.

I came across an article published on the website MedicalNewsToday.com, titled “Health apps: do they do more harm than good?”.

The story questions why so little conclusive data exists to support the effectiveness of mHealth technology. This is despite an explosion in mHealth development (20,000+ apps in the iTunes App Store), and exponential growth in consumer adoption (500 million users by 2015). Continue reading

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“Medicaid Innovation” – A Contradiction in Terms?

InnovationEach September marks the end of summer vacation and the start of a new school year. For me, September also marks the unofficial start of the health care conference season. My colleagues and I attend several Medicaid-focused conferences each year, representing Ideomed and Abriiz.

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Ice Buckets, Digital Health, and Patient Engagement

icebucket“Hi. My name is Brian, and I’m an Ice Bucket-aholic”. – “HI BRIAN”!

Yes I admit it. I’m a fan of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and I have watched most of the videos that have appeared in my Facebook stream. Let the intervention commence!

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Applying Apple’s Genius to the Health Care Conundrum

Steve_Jobs_Headshot_2010-CROPIn a recent Commonwealth Fund Report, the U.S. health care system ranked dead last for quality, compared to 10 other industrialized nations. This is the fourth consecutive time that the U.S. has landed at the bottom of this list since 2004. The report uses 2011 data, collected before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Americans can be cautiously optimistic of some performance improvement in the future. Continue reading

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FDA Affirms Innovation Friendliness

I remember it like yesterday.

The year was 2011 and I was having coffee with a prominent med device VC. During our discussion we touched on the future of med tech and how the FDA would affect the industry. His stance was adamant “I have worked with the FDA for years and there is no way they will ever allow mobile health devices to intersect with health care!”. Continue reading

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