iPad Pro: Too Little Too Late for Big Business

2020-02-02T19:12:03-07:00March 24th, 2016|

Apple, a company forever relegated to the fringe of big business, holds onto the misguided belief that it can forge into the core of business computing with a new tablet, and supplant hundreds of millions of aging PCs in the process.

It’s can’t. Like Apple, tablets were never able to break into the heart of enterprise computing. And the iPad Pro brings too little too late to change that. If the iPad Pro is going to replace any business computers at all, it will be Apple’s own MacBooks deployed in traditional Apple beachheads like content creation and point-of-sale applications in retail settings.

Read my entire column in the Tech section of USA Today HERE.

HIMSS16: New care models take shape

2020-02-09T12:35:46-07:00March 15th, 2016|

The HIMSS Conference and Expo is a great opportunity to take the mHealth industry’s temperature each year. To be sure, the show earlier this month in Las Vegas was a very different show than last year, and not just because it moved west from Chicago. Last year was all about the seemingly insurmountable transition to electronic health records (EHR).

This year, EHR was more of a foregone conclusion. As a result, more attendees seemed interested to take the next step, and talk about what they might be able to do with the data.  A few mega-themes presented themselves over the 1.3 million square feet of exhibit space. Among them:

  • New cloud capabilities from large-scale suppliers
  • Patient-minded care and workflow models
  • Modifying behavior for healthier outcomes, and
  • Security

Read the entire HIMSS16 roundup HERE

Trio Motion, from UnitedHealthcare

2019-12-16T17:40:34-07:00March 13th, 2016|

LAS VEGAS – The greatest, most game-changing product I saw earlier this month at the country’s largest health-tech event was a little black activity tracker perched on a small stand in a big booth.

This non-descript little tracker is the too-rare device developed in the true spirit of the healthcare system overhaul: that is, keeping healthy people healthy. It’s called Trio Motion, from UnitedHealthcare.

You can’t buy Trio Motion. The custom-designed device is free for employees at companies that UnitedHealthcare insures. Further, the companion wellness program, called Motion, is paying those employees for meeting daily activity goals. Up to $1,460 per person per year. Depending on the program, the funds might be designated to pay for healthcare. Or employees might just get a check.

Read why the little Trio Motion is such a groundbreaking device in my Fortune column HERE.

Diabetes Care Joins the Digital Age. Finally

2020-02-09T12:32:10-07:00March 9th, 2016|

Wearables and other connected devices have been available to help treat chronic conditions like asthma and heart disease for a while now. But thus far, the nation’s 30 million diabetics largely have been ignored. They haven’t seen much to help them to improve their health or reduce the daily grind of finger pricks and needle pokes.

The $2.5 billion connected-care industry may be off to a late start in diabetes, but it’s making up for lost time. A new breed of connected glucometers, insulin pumps and smartphone apps is hitting the market that promise to make it easier for diabetics to manage the slow-progressing disease and keep them motivated with feedback and support. Startups and multinationals alike plan to showcase the technology this week in Las Vegas at the industry’s flagship health-tech show, produced by the Health Information and Management Systems Society, or HIMSS, industry group.

And in as little as two years, the industry plans to take charge of the entire uncomfortable, time-consuming routine of checking and regulating blood-sugar levels with something called an artificial pancreas. Such systems mimic the functions of a healthy pancreas by blending continuous glucose monitoring, remote-controlled insulin pumps and artificial intelligence to maintain healthy blood-sugar levels automatically.

Read my entire column in the Tech section of USA TODAY.