Archive for November, 2011

Rock Health: Design + Healthcare = Massive Behavioral and Lifestyle Changes

I like slide 9, which shows show patient charts don’t need better technology / digitization, but better design so that the heap of data can be understood as meaningful information.
Charles Law states that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” This needs one amendment, that is, “any sufficiently, well designed, advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Take for example the following products, which have created enormous value for people by intertwining design and engineering:

GPS as a technology sends coordinates, like latitude and longitude, that can locate you on a map. But it is the user experience of being able to find places of interest, reading reviews, looking at photos, and receiving turn-by-turn guidance that really transforms the technology and makes it fun to drive and discover to new places.

The iPod is another great example. Before this device came into existance, people lugged around jackets of CDs, and manually changed discs to listen to new albums. There would be times where you would forget CDs that you really wanted to play on a road trip. All that changed with the iPod which made it possible for people to really enjoy the experience of listening to their entire collection of music.

The cockpit of an airplane is another great example. All the real time information (altitude, directionality, accession, recession, horizon, pitch and roll) are not shown as individually. The information is shown visually on the PFD or primary flight display, so the pilot can instantaneously understand whether he/she is flying parallel to the horizon.

We believe that technology on its own cannot solve human problems. New technology creates opportunities where there were none before. But it is the intertwining of innovative design and inventive engineering that creates value for customers.

Why Steve Jobs was the ultimate physician

From, Why Steve Jobs was the ultimate physician

The release of Steve Jobs’s biography launched a second round of well-considered articles about Jobs and his legacy. It has launched a rich, detailed, almost “too soon” debate about Jobs as a man and how we have come to define genius in this day and age. Here at Doximity (an Apple fanboy shop if there ever were one), our head of design has already joked that after reading Isaacson’s biography, he will now scream, swear and then cry to get his way because “it’s what Steve would do.”

Isaacson’s biography concludes that history will place Jobs in the “pantheon right next to Edison and Ford.” I don’t think that’s the right place. Edison and Ford were brilliant engineers and shrewd businessmen who built incredibly functional life-changing products. But they weren’t artists. And while Jobs was an enormously effective engineering manager, he was not an engineer. He was a businessman first and an artist at heart. His genius rose from creating art–elegant design, playful flourishes, indeed happiness–out of other’s great engineering.

Physicians have always disproportionately favored Apple products.Overall, seventy-five percent of US physicians own not just a tablet or smartphone, but specifically some sort of Apple device. Most chalk this up to the many years physicians spend in academia, where Apple’s share is higher. But I have an alternate theory: physicians appreciate art.

Hippocrates said it best: “life is short, the art long.” Medicine is an art. It is rooted in science and utilizes the latest engineering, but healing is both complex and subtle. It draws in those with an appreciative eye, an intuitive aesthetic sense. From Hawkeye Pierce to House MD, our pop culture lionizes gutsy individualists as physicians, and with good reason: doing the best for your patient sometimes means breaking the rules. If Andreas Gruentzig, a German cardiologist, had followed the rules, we wouldn’t know that catheters unclog arteries.

In this sense, Jobs was the ultimate physician. He healed our technology pains. He broke the rules, creating new products that not only functioned mechanically, but also displayed the subtle vigor and glow of a healthy patient. And on a subconscious level, I think, physicians appreciate that symmetry more than most.

As a person, Jobs put nearly all of his individual self into his professional work. Like many physicians in practice today, his personal life was public and his public life personal, not so much in the tabloid way we’re used to seeing those words, but through his pride in and personal attachment to his work.

It is then doubly ironic that he was such a poor healer for himself. Our sadness is mainly for ourselves, Steve. You had so much more to give us.

Jeff Tangney is CEO of Doximity.

Rock Health: The State of Health in the US in 2011

Vocera: better communication dramatically reduces medical errors. Castlight Health: price transparency will lead to a precipitous drop in health costs

DC to VC: CEO Panel from Venrock on Vimeo.

Vocera Communications: 
Survey conducted by the Joint Commission of 3800 sentinel events cited that communication gaps led to medical errors, which could have been preventible
Castlight Health:
704% of common health care services vary in price


Advances in Wearable Computing, Smart Meters, and Devices that Learn

Nest – The Learning Thermostat


Up by Jawbone – The wristband that makes you healthier


Zeo – The alarm clock that is your personal sleep coach 


WiMM Labs by FOXCON – Wearable smart handwatch 


Myvu – Something out of Minority Report



Rock Health Trends: Quantification of Health Data & Remote Patient Monitoring

Rock Report: Sensors

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75 percent of nurses own smartphones or tablets
By: Chris Gullo | Nov 1, 2011     194   45   13

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Springer Survey Nursing SmartphoneAccording to a new study conducted by textbook publisher Springer Publishing, 74.6 percent of nurses in the US use smartphones or tablets. Of those smartphone owners, 43.7 percent own an iPhone or iPod Touch, 29.8 percent an Android phone, and 22 percent an iPad. The survey was conducted in September 2011.

Curiously, the number of respondents that said they owned a smartphone or tablet (821) matched the number who said they were primarily employed at a college or university. While it’s not clear, we believe that means about 821 of the respondents were nursing students. No surprise if the majority of nursing students use some form of smartphone or tablet, but that would make the overall metric coming out of this survey less compelling.

The publisher’s survey include responses from approximately 1,100 respondents. Many of the respondents possessed Master’s degrees in nursing (40.5 percent).

In a separate survey conducted by physician mobile and online community QuantiaMD this summer, eighty percent of physicians said they owned a smartphone and 1 in 4 MDs owned both a smartphone and a tablet. Manhattan Research surveys indicate that more than 80 percent of US physicians now use a smartphone or PDA.

According to the Springer survey results, despite the substantial amount of smartphone and tablet owners, almost half (46.4 percent) of the nurses surveyed have never downloaded a medical app. Of those that did, 27 percent downloaded only free apps, 22.7 percent downloaded both free and paid, 3.8 percent only downloaded paid apps. Perhaps not surprisingly, the majority of respondents said Epocrates was their favorite app.

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100Plus Raises $500K From Founders Fund And Peter Thiel To Predict Your Health

Want to predict what your personal health will look like tomorrow, or 10 years from now? Well, look no further than 100Plus a new stealthy health startup founded by Chris Hogg, a healthcare and health data research specialist and Ryan Howard the Founder and CEO of free EMR service, Practice Fusion.

Essentially, 100Plus is a personalized health prediction platform that uses data analytics and game mechanics to show just how much small changes in one’s behavior can lead to a longer and fuller life.

And for their own financial health, the startup announced this morning that it has raised a $500,000 round of seed funding from Founders Fund via its own founder and managing partner, Peter Thiel. Thiel, for those unfamiliar, is the co-founder and former CEO of Paypal and was the first investor in Facebook.

It’s no mystery why 100Plus’ mission is appealing to investors. The healthtech space is booming, and entrepreneurs and investors are looking for smarter and more effective ways to leverage the ever-growing healthcare dataset to build smart solutions that lead to healthier lifestyles and longer lives. Unanimously, we all want to be healthier, and we also want to know how our current behaviors are going to effect us down the line.

23andMe is a great example of this, as it is attempting to build the largest dataset and resource for genetic information on the planet as well as offering genetic analysis to let users see if they are at risk for a number of diseases. Obviously, the possibilities are many. Like 23andMe, 100Plus is building an interactive health application that leverages large clinical datasets. Using its own algorithms to parse that data, it will then show users personalized predictions of their future health as well as allow them to compare their health those with common dimensions of health and habits.

How to Live Given the Certainty of Death

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Artists. Designers. Scientists.

Brews and organically absorbs experiences and emotions. Works feverishly to transpire the raw emotion from personal experiences; melds it into a kind of visual poetry.

Thinks deeply and dissects the human experience surrounding a design problem. Creates experiences and objects, codified with a rigorous methodology, that inspire unmet desires, and elevates the human experience.

Probe the mystery we are all born in to. They question, the questions. The questions set off a cascade of questions. They set up a paradigm to study the system and the questions at hand. Mysteriously, this leads to an answer that is usually unexpected, enlightening, rule bending, and game changing.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Richard Seymour: How beauty feels