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Digital health is going to need medical approval and a great UI

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The intersection of healthcare and connected devices was thrown into high relief these last few weeks as both Apple and Samsung unveiled ecosystems to take consumer health data and turn it into actionable intelligence. But this week’s guest is confident that as advanced as consumer-grade consumer grade health devices get, they won’t become something doctors are hot on for years to come — if ever.

In this week’s podcast I discuss medical connected devices and where it may meet the consumer with Rick Valencia (pictured) from Qualcomm Life. Will doctor’s prescribe our apps or devices? Will they ever care about our fitness trackers? Check out the second half of the podcast for his opinions and some cool trials. In the first half, Kevin Tofel and I discuss SmartThings, new devices and wireless power. Enjoy the show!

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Rick Valencia, SVP and GM of Qualcomm Life

  • Some quick thoughts about SmartThings app upgrade.
  • News about the Myo armband and Ringly pre-orders
  • Broadcom’s new wireless charging chip is worth a look
  • How will we get the consumer and medical markets to meet? We won’t.

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2 Responses to “Digital health is going to need medical approval and a great UI”

  1. Teri Adams

    The boundless adoption and use of mobile technologies is opening new and innovative ways to improve health and health care delivery. The FDA still encourages the development of mobile medical apps to further improve the healthcare and the consumers health assistance. So every medical apps that will be develop, the FDA has the responsibility to oversee the safety and effectiveness of mobile medical apps.

    Marshall Walters

  2. Lynne Gregg

    Today, 1/3 of physicians do recommend health apps. In order to realize success in mHealth, developers and users (providers and patients) need to engage in collaboration. Those apps that use sensors and behave as medical devices must have FDA approval (though I wonder if Apple’s approval will cover all iOS8+ mHealth apps). Any apps that exchange user data will also need to be HIPPA compliant. Most health apps today are not and that’s going to need to be resolved.