10 key takeaways from Health Datapalooza 2014

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10 key takeaways from Health Datapalooza 2014

June 5, 2014 5:45 am by | 2 Comments

Early June is Health Datapalooza time, and this year’s event was again a whirlwind of energy, insights, and over 2,000 very motivated and passionate health data enthusiasts (health datapaloozers doesn’t sound…


IBM is chewing up health & retail sales data to help solve food poisoning outbreaks

IBM is chewing up health & retail sales data to help solve food poisoning outbreaks

July 3, 2014 3:55 pm by | 0 Comments

IBM said it has created a system to predict the sources of contaminated foods after outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. The company believes it can help grocers, distributors, and public health…


Salesforce & Philips are building a health data platform for the business side of healthcare

Salesforce & Philips are building a health data platform for the business side of healthcare

June 26, 2014 7:46 am by | 0 Comments

Salesforce and Royal Philips NV have partnered in an ambitious venture to build a health platform that will connect healthcare providers, insurers, and healthcare consumers. The two companies envision an open technology platform that…



Google Fit APIs are coming soon, as is a line of compatible Adidas wearables

Google Fit APIs are coming soon, as is a line of compatible Adidas wearables

June 25, 2014 3:46 pm by | 0 Comments

As expected, Google today officially announced its Google Fit health data platform. This is Google’s answer to Apple’s HealthKit and Samsung’s SAMI health platforms. In the next few weeks, Google…


If anyone can do it, Google can: Data-driven consumer health could be just a platform away

If anyone can do it, Google can: Data-driven consumer health could be just a platform away

June 25, 2014 11:13 am by | 1 Comments

Google is expected to announce a new health direction for their wearable computing project tomorrow at the annual I/O conference. For both fitness nuts and those aspiring to be healthier,…


Debating the value of an all-payer claims database

Debating the value of an all-payer claims database

June 19, 2014 11:01 am by | 0 Comments

Nearly a decade before the Affordable Care Act, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and a few other states began creating all-payer claims databases (APCDs).  Acting as trusted third parties, they…


WebMD joins the health data party, launches hub for mobile health devices

WebMD joins the health data party, launches hub for mobile health devices

June 16, 2014 2:14 pm by | 0 Comments

Not wanting to miss the consumer health data craze, WebMD has announced the launch of a new health portal that will wrap its physician-reviewed health information around biometric health data collected…


As health data platforms emerge, are health apps headed for a HIPAA showdown?

As health data platforms emerge, are health apps headed for a HIPAA showdown?

June 13, 2014 2:56 pm by | 1 Comments

Some of the steam has gone out of the fitness wearables space, and the market for wearables (and accompanying apps) that collect more serious health data (like blood sugar levels)…



Google wants your health data, too, and is reportedly preparing ‘Google Fit’

Google wants your health data, too, and is reportedly preparing ‘Google Fit’

June 13, 2014 7:57 am by | 0 Comments

Google is reportedly preparing its own health data platform, called “Google Fit”, to compete with the recently-launched health platforms from Samsung and Apple. Forbes is reporting today that the search…


‘We are not now consumer, then patient:’ 9 thought leaders on technology & patient-centric care

‘We are not now consumer, then patient:’ 9 thought leaders on technology & patient-centric care

April 28, 2014 5:55 am by | 1 Comments

PSFK Presents The Future of Health from Piers Fawkes on Vimeo. Game therapy. Do-it-yourself diagnosis. Embedded vital sign monitors. PSFK Labs and Boehringer Ingelheim identified these as three of 13…


From analytics brokers to simulation software: A healthcare data pro’s innovation wish list

From analytics brokers to simulation software: A healthcare data pro’s innovation wish list

April 24, 2014 3:07 pm by | 3 Comments

Technologies that turn healthcare data into knowledge make up a market that’s projected to grow more than 20 percent over each of the next five years. It’s quickly become a…


CMS Medicare data dump shows why transparency is only half the battle

CMS Medicare data dump shows why transparency is only half the battle

April 10, 2014 10:12 am by | 0 Comments

As transparency advocates are applauding CMS’s data dump, many doctors, it seems, are yielding lots of questioning phone calls. That could be both good and bad.


To spark cancer discoveries, several Big Pharma companies are sharing idle clinical trial data

To spark cancer discoveries, several Big Pharma companies are sharing idle clinical trial data

April 8, 2014 7:00 am by | 1 Comments

Big Pharma spends billions of dollars each year researching, developing and testing new treatments for cancer. In the meantime, it’s also collecting millions of data points that figuratively sit on…


Visualizing Health is a library of graphics that make health risk data easier to understand

Visualizing Health is a library of graphics that make health risk data easier to understand

April 1, 2014 10:57 am by | 0 Comments

As the ocean of healthcare data gets bigger and bigger, the difference between accessing data and understanding data is becoming increasingly clear. As many as 35 percent of U.S. adults…


Could an independent marketplace solve healthcare’s data-sharing problems?

Could an independent marketplace solve healthcare’s data-sharing problems?

April 1, 2014 5:53 am by | 0 Comments

The technology and standards are in place to make healthcare data shareable between providers, payers, companies and consumers. What’s keeping it from actually happening, according to entrepreneur Brian Baum, is…


The more you move, the better you play with Tappy Fit’s clever new game for Fitbit users

The more you move, the better you play with Tappy Fit’s clever new game for Fitbit users

March 21, 2014 1:25 pm by | 0 Comments

In an attempt to weave health data into other aspects of life, Aaron Coleman developed a Flappy Birds-like game app that uses data recorded by a person’s Fitbit to control…