KEY INSIGHTS FROM 2018 2018-02-09T16:39:52+00:00


“If there is a game-changer here, it’s really the methodology. That a group of scientists can work, listen, respect professionals in another industry, to build something neither could do alone and then build a well-controlled study to understand mechanisms. If we do not start engaging in this we’ll never move technology from the consumer domain into health and education."
“Chronic disease is a giga-patient problem. 50% of the adult population suffers from chronic disease... To achieve lasting behavioral change, you need to add the personal ability to change--what are their personal triggers (when and where should we motivate you)? Most feedback today is kind, it encourages. But some people need a drill sergeant.”
“92% of the world’s population lives with dangerous air pollution. Air pollution has no boundaries. It travels from country to country, city to city. And it’s invisible. It’s about time we see our air...In the future, cars and homes will automatically close windows based on air quality outside.”
“We’ve gone from designing products, to designing experiences, to designing personas - personas that have conversations with you. People are engaging with those brands.”
“Data from sensors throughout the house are analyzed with algorithms to generate a risk estimate for the senior... It’s like a smoke detector for changes in behavior.”
“In a few years, I believe we can change the world simply by getting really serious about sleep health.”
“The passive approach is incredibly interesting...When something goes bump in the night, it’s a brilliant trigger for being able to get a message to the caregiver [the quarterback] to assess the situation...We need to trust and put insights and data with the right people that can take action.”
“What people need is a system that is organized around them, 24/7, that gives them the tools to manage their own health, and should there be issues, allow them to call the right specialist at the right time. The Hospital of the Future isn’t going to be a hospital, it’s going to be a network.”
“While much of the guidance and advice we are reading these days would suggest that technology is the reason we’re not sleeping, at Philips we believe that technology may actually be the key to unlocking better quality sleep.”
“1 Trillion is spent on pain in the US every year... We need a new line of defense. We’re making an impact on people’s lives by combing Virtual Reality with biosensors and mobile to treat, train and track pain.”
Matthew Stoudt, CEO, appliedVR
“Technology is now an imperative!” [to treat opioid addiction]
“Diabetes isn’t just an epidemic, it’s a pandemic.”
Anand Iyer, PhD, MBA , Chief Strategy Officer, WellDoc
“We’re trying to help doctors treat patients that are not in the room. We’re trying to help payers finance those transactions. We’re trying to make it simple and easy for patients to choose the right interventions for them, and allow innovators to take advantage of the fact that care is going to be divorced from a location. The new model of care is becoming clear, and it’s going to be pretty fabulous.”
Ido Schoenberg, MD , Chairman and CEO, American Well
“Wearables, connected devices, reflect what patients do in their everyday lives, outside the clinic walls. We’re throwing the lights on in the room of all of the invisible data points around behavior. The scale and utility of this everyday behavior data is one of the most explosive forces in this era of medicine. The opportunity is unprecedented for digital therapeutics as well as traditional therapeutics.”
Deb Kilpatrick, PhD , CEO, Evidation Health
“Current statistics indicate we’re not were we want to be nor where we should be to make a real difference in heart disease. Regular monitoring of your blood pressure and sharing that information with your physician leads to much better compliance and much better outcomes. All the latest technology makes that possible.”
“The barrier is the simplicity, efficiency and effectiveness in which opioids work, but we’re sowing the seeds for dependency. How can we stop that by interposing Virtual Reality or other interventions?”
“We discovered Mindfulness through technology. We realized we could make mind sensing technology to help people learn and practice meditation and drive the lifestyle health benefits of mindfulness. Mindfulness is moving into the scientific mainstream.”
“Quality sleep can and will change the world.”
“You cannot sit by the sidelines and wait for policy to be made when you want to shape an industry. The time has come for government and industry to put the power of information in the hands of consumer’s to truly transform healthcare.”
Bettina Experton, CEO, Humetrix
“They’re looking for someone not only to tell them what’s wrong but tell them what can help. How do we do better? We get smarter. We need data to drive the right decisions.”
“The biggest issue in our workplace isn’t absenteeism, it’s ‘presentee-ism.’ When they show up to work and they’re just not there.”
“Healthcare is a fundamental human right.” Explaining why he created HealthTap to connect patients with a network of more than 100,000 doctors all over the world ”
“What blew my mind is how important the fax machine is in healthcare today.”
“We believe our mission in life is to enable people to get and stay well. We would not get the kind of massive breakthroughs in the science of disease without technology. We deploy technology to learn about these diseases and create new solutions.”
“Technology and digital are increasingly playing a huge part in solving the world’s health and wellness challenges and we want to be at the center of that.”
“We need to keep in mind that at the end of these digital tools are real people dealing with real problems and real health conditions. In the end is a person and they need care and they need help. Ensuring that we retain that perspective of the humanity and the compassion that’s needed in healthcare as we build solutions and legislation around it to optimize patient’s health.”
“This is an evolutionary business rather than a revolutionary business. The healthcare problem is just too embedded and the traditions of medical care are too historic. FDA regulated health-connected devices, genomics, analytics and big data, the empowered consumer and the consolidation of payers will be a big part of the story going forward. ”
Wainwright Fishburn, Partner, Cooley, LLP
"The pharma industry is old and cautious. Now is the time for pharma to innovate and be part of the digital and technology game. Technology offers solutions that go beyond the pill. Digital R&D can change the pharma industry and make a difference in the consumer's health. Real data can tell us the hidden story. [For example] a connected inhaler shows physicians the relationship between technique, adherence, and outcome."
“I’m excited to be here 2 days after Congress passed the Rays Act where Congress is giving itself 18 months to create a strategy for family caregivers in this country. There’s 40 million of people doing this work, providing $500 billion dollars of uncompensated care. Those in Washington are finally getting their act together to recognize the value of that and to do something about it.”
Wearable health technology is not just about functionality, it’s about the user experience and what makes it easier to access and automate.  We didn’t just adapt to the technology, we adjusted the technology to meet the individual. Consumer devices aren’t just trackers, they’re becoming part of our medical care.

“As a technology journalist, I’ve been struck by the degree to which progress in health is increasingly becoming one of, if not the most exciting thing that technology is going to enable in society broadly. ”

"We’re meeting people where they are with experiences they’re already undertaking [with their wearable devices] and plugging that into their health and their healthcare in easy ways with incentives. Our goal is to become more sophisticated in understanding people at a one-to-one level through the use of data and analytics to make it relevant to the individual."
“The reality is, how the delivery of the healthcare system was created over the last century is archaic and many other things in people’s lives aren’t... We can use technology to enable people like the many other industries have.”