(May 2014) #NextGenMed delivering #digitalhealth and #digitalfitness

Promising system-wide change

1) On-call med via apps


Pager signals a nextgen med ‘extension’ and is being beta tested in NYC… a “tech health” mobile app where healthcare consumers can request a doctor for an in-home consultation.

Pager offers “price transparency, simple payments, quality (users submit ratings after each visit), and convenience – on an easy-to-use consumer platform.”

2) Online health care shopping and price comparisons


The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) has announced it will work with three of the nation’s largest health insurance companies – Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare – to provide consumers “free access to an online tool with comprehensive information about the price and quality of healthcare services.” Scheduled to roll out next year…

HCCI’s announcement of their “information portal

The HCCI online data will be available for:
– consumers, providing consistent and accurate transparency in the shopping experience with the most comprehensive cost data and quality information; uninsured individuals can access more reliable information about the relative prices of care, treatments and procedures;
– employers, fostering employee engagement in managing health care costs regardless of payer, health plan or plan design. This will provide a seamless experience regardless of payer;
– care providers, providing timely and accurate information about costs and quality and allows them to see information on other providers as well;
– regulators, providing single source of information to support market studies, including evaluation of market efficiency and accurate review of cost drivers. This will help inform geographic rate adjustments and provide guidance for addressing important public policy issues;
– payers, providing accurate and timely data to meet customer needs and protects proprietary data while allowing customers access to multi-payer information.

3) Monitor health remotely (with recognition that the Affordable Care Act requires performance assessments and use of data intelligence in monitoring healthcare delivery systems.)


Digital health platform programs in the works, similar to Humana and Pharos’ “Tel-assurance” model, signal a future of #telehealth #mHealth #eHealth connectivity to improve patient engagement, treatment and outcomes.

The Pharos model digital health platform

Tel-assurance – “The Tel-Assurance® platform is a patient-centered technology, that allows care coordinators and physicians to assign modules of program content to each patient, as their condition dictates or care situation changes. Tel-Assurance modules track daily clinical condition, self-care needs and treatment plan adherence, as well as allow for screening and identification of high risk conditions, such as frailty, depression or health risk.”

4) Sharing/interconnectivity/data

Validic model

Validic is a leader in the next phase of digital communication across devices and platforms, enabling consumer-patient-user devices to share information with health care providers. The capability to communicate across digital languages is a key factor in digital health care uptake in a fast-growing market.

*Official estimates project that U.S. health spending will reach $4.7 trillion by the end of the decade – an 80 percent increase from $2.6 trillion in 2010

Validicexpanding connectivity

A recent award by Gartner captures the factor of ‘coolness’ of the Validic model and foresees expanding connectivity in an Internet of Things/Age of Context where digital health is shaping a revolution in health care practice, delivery and successful treatment outcomes.



Published on: May 15, 2014

#IoT #MobileDevices #MobileConnectivity #DigitalHealth