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What healthcare innovators can learn from intelligence community geeks

July 18, 2012 11:17 pm by | 0 Comments

At the recent MedCity CONVERGE health innovation summit, a panel discussion about online collaboration opined that many “futuristic” innovations in health and life sciences already exist, but are simply not…


Physician innovators should remember human tendency to run from pain when building new solutions

Physician innovators should remember human tendency to run from pain when building new solutions

July 22, 2012 3:41 pm by | 0 Comments

I’m a born skeptic of conferences and the carousel of speakers that are on the meeting circuit, but Converge — a one-day meeting earlier this month to discuss the convergence…


Chief innovation officer explains mylar hats, the O-Gap and the 4 Rs of innovation culture

Chief innovation officer explains mylar hats, the O-Gap and the 4 Rs of innovation culture

July 18, 2012 4:36 pm by | 0 Comments

How do you know that your closing speaker is a good one? People are still asking questions at 5:30, after a day of sitting and listening. Naomi Fried closed out…



Message to healthcare innovators: reduce waste and improve value to advance healthcare reform (video)

Message to healthcare innovators: reduce waste and improve value to advance healthcare reform (video)

July 13, 2012 5:37 pm by | 0 Comments

For startup companies hoping to be healthcare innovators leading the wave of healthcare reform ushered in by the Affordable Care Act, the dean of the school of population health in…


Pfizer’s innovation expert: We are finding new ways to use and analyze outside data to shift business model

Pfizer’s innovation expert: We are finding new ways to use and analyze outside data to shift business model

July 12, 2012 9:39 am by | 0 Comments

Insurers are not the only healthcare companies realizing that they have to care about wellness and revamp their business model to survive. At CONVERGE this week, Alan Ying of Chrysalis…


Healthcare innovation & tech transfer: patriotic duties for universities?

Healthcare innovation & tech transfer: patriotic duties for universities?

July 12, 2012 2:36 am by | 0 Comments

During a freewheeling brainstorming session about how to get more of the research out of hospitals and universities, and into the hands of companies to make them into products, the…


Biggest threat to investment in mobile health startups? Not enough unique intellectual property

Biggest threat to investment in mobile health startups? Not enough unique intellectual property

July 11, 2012 4:36 pm by | 2 Comments

There are plenty of mobile health apps — about 40,000 some media reports reckon — and investment has surged. Last year, about $439 million was invested into 70 deals for…


CONVERGE product demonstration: Janssen Healthcare Innovation

CONVERGE product demonstration: Janssen Healthcare Innovation

July 11, 2012 1:20 pm by | 0 Comments

One theory behind improving patient adherence is it’s a question of memory and helping people stay better organized. For people who may be taking several medications at once, missing one…



CONVERGE product demonstration: PillJogger

CONVERGE product demonstration: PillJogger

July 11, 2012 11:49 am by | 0 Comments

Patient adherence is a hot topic for providers and pharmaceutical companies. Those who are able to balance an understanding the complex issues that influence patient behavior with motivating them to…


CONVERGE product demonstration: StoneArch

CONVERGE product demonstration: StoneArch

July 11, 2012 10:12 am by | 0 Comments

Health and medical device marketing company StoneArch recently developed a mobile platform for medical device sales and marketing professionals. Jessica Boden, the company’s president, talked about its new technology at…


Chief innovation officer for Boston Children’s Hospital explains how to cross the O-gap

Chief innovation officer for Boston Children’s Hospital explains how to cross the O-gap

July 10, 2012 11:56 pm by | 0 Comments

If ever there was an overused word in the coverage of new developments in the life science and healthcare industries, innovation may top most lists. This journalist holds her hand…


East Coast accelerator DreamIt Ventures moving into healthcare IT

East Coast accelerator DreamIt Ventures moving into healthcare IT

July 10, 2012 6:02 pm by | 0 Comments

Healthcare IT has become a new priority for East Coast accelerator DreamIt Ventures with the hire of a veteran angel investor group director. Karen Griffith Gryga recently joined the accelerator’s…


VCs say a coachable entrepreneur, strong IP make convergence worth investing in

VCs say a coachable entrepreneur, strong IP make convergence worth investing in

July 10, 2012 5:56 pm by | 0 Comments

Everyone was talking about breaking down silos of data, making apps that really work, and reducing waste to save money. The investor panel at CONVERGE explained which entrepreneurs  working on…


Physicians need more education on personalized medicine

Physicians need more education on personalized medicine

July 10, 2012 5:17 pm by | 0 Comments

Consumers armed with genetic testing information from the likes of 23andMe and a whole host of gene testing companies are showing up at the emergency room or their primary care…


Will Medtronic one day be known as a diagnostics, population management company?

Will Medtronic one day be known as a diagnostics, population management company?

July 10, 2012 2:03 pm by | 0 Comments

Medtronic’s Ken Riff sees the writing on the wall. The largest medical device company will not remain on top by simply doing what it has done all along: sell its…


Yu: Government’s role is to influence magnitude, timing and velocity of innovation

Yu: Government’s role is to influence magnitude, timing and velocity of innovation

July 10, 2012 1:31 pm by | 0 Comments

The common refrain in mid-June was that the U.S. Supreme Court decision didn’t matter because the innovation train had left the station. It’s easy to say that — particularly now…