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What ‘mobile’ should mean for healthcare

Ask a set of healthcare professionals about the future and they’ll answer: “Mobile.” Mobile technology is nearing ubiquity in America; a Pew Research report shows 64 percent of all adult Americans own a smartphone, and ownership rates among millennials reach above 80 percent. It’s clear that to stay relevant and access the next generation of patients, the healthcare industry must innovate its mobile efforts. But …

The Pokémon Go influence on new tech

Pokémon Go has changed the trajectory of the world on a scale just slightly smaller than Google Search and Facebook, but still to a magnitude that will be felt through all industries in the coming years. To many, it looks like a very simple game that incorporates a few unique and compelling features. But this game has taken technologies from niche research and gaming communities …

The healing power of AI

Erik Birkeneder Crunch Network Contributor Erik Birkeneder is an intellectual property attorney at Nixon Peabody focused on digital health and medical device companies. How to join the network Artificial intelligence originally aspired to replace doctors. Researchers imagined robots that could ask you questions, run the answers through an algorithm that would learn with experience and tell whether you had the flu or a cold. However, …

What healthcare IT can learn from HP

Long before HP was known for PCs, laser printers and Carly Fiorina, it was a manufacturer of test equipment for electrical engineers. One reason its products succeeded was because they were designed by the very people who ultimately used them. HP designers possessed a deep understanding of the product use case and empathy for the user — a highly educated and skilled professional with little tolerance for …

Navigating mobile content with app streaming

People are very comfortable streaming movies, TV, music, video games and more. In fact, Cisco predicts 75 percent of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2020. However, the idea of streaming apps on mobile devices, for better or worse, has lagged far behind. Since the introduction of the Apple App Store in 2008, we’ve been conditioned to download an app in order to …

There won’t be an ‘Uber for healthcare’ anytime soon

The passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act created a perfect storm of disruption in the healthcare industry. All at once came massive systemic changes, from the expansion of Medicaid and guaranteed issue to minimum essential benefits and the creation of exchanges. In the wake of ACA, nearly one hundred companies sprang up to fulfill the promise of Obamacare and make healthcare a consumer-driven, …