Skip to main content

The Health Care Strategist Daily Dose...

Ideas and trends meriting your attention, from Steve Davis, Health Care Strategist:

From TED, an idea worth spreading: Eric Topol on the wireless future of medicine where we'll monitor all our vital signs on our own smartphone.

From MedCity News, University Hospitals Case Medical Center spins off Fluence Therapeutics Inc., licensing to the company photodynamic therapy technology for the treatment of skin disease. Interesting trend reflecting hospitals' more active roles in incubating startup ideas.

From Business Week Magazine, The Fundamentals Of Innovation. "Innovation is about growth, and growth takes empathy, creativity and execution."

The venture capitalists at High Country Venture LLC secured $25 million for its second health and IT-focused fund. The more venture capital flows into health care, the more the industry is restructured and the more hospital usage is seen as what you resort to when everything else fails. A.k.a. the end of the food chain.

From the ScienceBlog (via the New York Times) the cash flow benefits of sustainability.

From the Fort Worth Business Press, the nimble, focused little guys (and gals) are doing just fine in life science. Cases in point: Encore Vision, developing a pharmaceutical eyedrop to treat presbyopia, and Luminex which licenses its xMAP biological testing technology system to larger companies.

Finally, from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (via Medical News Today) a summary of technology's impact on health care utilization and costs.

And so the crisis passes, as they always do. Fear ebbs. Opportunities are everywhere. Time to grow. E-mail me at healthcarestrategist@gmail.com if you agree.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Becoming Consumer Friendly In Five Easy Steps...Or Not

An article at hhnmag.com offers hospitals 5 steps to becoming more consumer friendly.

If you still think there's a secret sauce to your hospital becoming more "consumer friendly," these 5 steps are as good a place to start as any.  Unfortunately, it's a little like that old Steve Martin comedy bit where he says he'll teach you how to be rich. The first step is to go find a million dollars.

Step 1 from the article is realizing that "...a Medicare beneficiary with chronic conditions is different from a young mom who brings her kids in for an annual check-up." This is market segmentation for beginners, and, yes, one size decidedly does not fit all. I'm sure your marketing team's been saying this for a while.

Steps 2-5: have a strategy, metrics, a champion and resources. OK. Hard to argue with any of those.

But those things, alone or together, won't overcome culture. They're important components to be sure, but insufficient without a …

Another Day, Another App, Another Satisfied Customer

How might health care providers use technology to turn customers' mobile phones into information displays and ordering devices? A few years ago, the NY Times outlined how retailers are doing it...
"(Designer Norma) Kamali is at the forefront of a technological transformation coming to many of the nation’s retailers. They are determined to strengthen the link between their physical stores and the Web, and to use technology to make shopping easier for consumers and more lucrative for themselves.
...

Cisco Systems, the supplier of networking equipment and services for the Internet, is also a leader in the field. The company’s Mobile Concierge system is capable of connecting customers’ smartphones to retailers’ wireless networks — so a shopper could type “Cheez Whiz” into a cellphone, then pinpoint its location in the store." Ms. Kamali's boutique installed a technology called ScanLife, "allowing people to scan bar codes on merchandise and obtain details about the…

Why Change Happens, Or Not

From LinkedIn: