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Heart-Healthy Wearables? Believe It

Mike Feibus


A new wave of wearables and companion apps is emerging with the ability to monitor vital signs crucial to spotting heart problems, giving us and our doctors powerful new weapons to fight stroke and heart disease.

It should make for a very exciting 2018. I can't wait!

Want to know more? Read my latest column in the Tech section of USA TODAY here.

Intel, Flex Inject Choice into Home Health Market

Mike Feibus


Intel and Flex revealed today that they have partnered on a remote patient monitoring platform that gives care providers a new level of flexibility and choice.

Flex is now offering the Flex IoT Compute Engine, built around Intel’s Health Application Platform, a compact gateway that remote care providers can use to anchor monitoring kits that are reliable, secure and simple to use.

Remote patient monitoring is one of the fastest-growing segments in healthcare because it has such great potential to slash hospital readmissions and, consequently, lower costs for our overburdened healthcare system. Constant monitoring helps ensure patients are complying with recovery plans, and also helps spot signs of trouble early, so providers can react before things spiral.

Intel and Flextronics believe the openness of the platform will draw remote care providers, because they want to be able to choose which cloud services to use. And they also want to maintain control of their patients’ data from end to end.

I’ll be in Boston next week for the Connected Health Conference, meeting with – among others – remote care providers. I’ll see what they have to say about the potential for this market, and also get a sense for what they’re looking for in home-health gateways that anchor their platforms.

I’ll report back soon. So watch this space!

(produced in cooperation with Intel)

Will Your Doc Ever Prescribe a Fitbit?

Mike Feibus

Validic co-founder and CEO Drew Schiller is in a great position to answer that question, because his company is the go-to liaison between electronic medical records and data flowing from wearables and other connected devices. In this latest FTInsights video interview, Drew shares his thoughts on the state of wearables in health and wellness, and the future for connected devices in the clinical workflow.

How Healthy Are You, Really?

Mike Feibus

Good question! You have a fitness band. So you know how many steps you take each day. But you're not much closer to answering the critical question, how healthy are you, really?

VO2max is a valuable metric for evaluating fitness and health. Unfortunately, it’s been a very difficult metric to gather, requiring extensive lab tests. That's changing now, thanks in no small part to wearables metrics pioneer Firstbeat. The V02max metric is now available on Firstbeat-equipped wearables like the vivosmart 3 from Garmin, the Huawei Band 2 Pro and the Jabra Elite Sport hearables. That, in turn, is empowering wearables vendors to give us some good old-fashioned fitness assessment and advice.

In our latest FT Insight video interview, we speak with Aki Pulkinnen, who heads up Firstbeat’s consumer business, about the importance of VO2max, what it means for this new band of wearables – and for your health.

FT Insights: The Future of Hearables

Mike Feibus

The latest hearables are now available from Bragi, including a fully customizeable version tailored by hearing-aid supplier Starkey for better comfort and sound quality. Plus, they won't fall out. Also: OS upgrade brings new features to the original Dash as well.

    There's lots more! Check out my FT Insights interviews withBragi CEO Nikolaj Hviid and Starkey CMO Chris McCormick on my YouTube Channel.

    CBS Overnight America Tech: NetFlix, Theranos, Microsoft and More

    Mike Feibus

    Good morning! I sat down with CBS Overnight America's Jon Grayson to share my take on the latest news. If you are a trucker or insomniac, you probably already knew that. But if you're the kind of person who likes to sleep when it's dark, you probably missed it. Fortunately for you, you can listen to the replay here.

    We chatted about NetFlix' prospects in the wake of its earnings release; the rise and fall of the once high-flying Theranos; Microsoft's quest for real intelligence from its artificial intelligence projects; and wearables fatigue. Enjoy!

    HIMSS16: New care models take shape

    Mike Feibus

    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

    HIMSS16: Healthy Is As Healthy Does

    Mike Feibus

    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.