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Dan Emerson

Human-centered input helps steer design of 'smart' health care devices

Even if the designers of 'smart' health care devices have the technology figured out, they need help in figuring out what matters to the people they hope will use the devices. That means obtaining timely, meaningful input from patients, physicians and other end-users.

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Dan Emerson
on July 16, 2014
Category:  Ideation 
Panel weighs challenges of getting patients to use digital devices for health

The new, digital devices designed to gather and transmit real-time patient data have great potential to transform health care. But, to realize that potential, those who engineer and design the devices need to figure out ways to fully engage patients in using them.

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Dan Emerson
on July 15, 2014
Category:  Ideation 
Health and Human Services makes push for patient engagement

Finding ways to involve patients in taking more responsibility for their own health has been a perennial topic in health care, and the discussion has taken on new urgency with the growing need to control costs while improving quality of care.

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Dan Emerson
on July 14, 2014
Category:  Ideation 
How fighting terrorism is like doing pharma research

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency enlisted the help of a Palo Alto-based startup, Palantir Technologies, to gather and analyze huge amounts of data to identify and understand terrorist groups and thwart their efforts.

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Dan Emerson
on October 23, 2013
Category:  Growth  Execution 
Making health data accessible with a goal of improving healthcare quality and cost

As politicians have continued to debate the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare," some federal health officials have been working to spread the word about another aspect of healthcare reform: the move to give consumers more access to their own healthcare data.

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Dan Emerson
on October 21, 2013
Category:  Ideation  Execution 
Mayo Clinic collaboration with OptumHealth to spin off new technologies

For those hoping to use data analytics as a tool to help improve the U.S. healthcare system, patient records represent a potential gold mine of information to identify the most effective and cost-efficient practices to diagnose and treat specific conditions.

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Dan Emerson
on October 16, 2013
Category:  Ideation  Creation  Execution  Growth 
Record year for venture funding of health IT companies

With only three quarters completed, 2013 has already been a record year for venture funding in digital health, according to San Francisco-based health IT incubator Rock Health, which has been tracking deals in the space since 2011.

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Dan Emerson
on October 14, 2013
Category:  Creation 
Winning startups tackle medication compliance, precision medicine, care coordination

At the recent 2013 StrataRx conference on big data in healthcare, three innovative companies were chosen winners in the annual Startup Showcase competition. They were chosen from 12 finalists who had previously been selected in a nationwide competition of big data healthcare companies.

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Dan Emerson
on October 10, 2013
Big data holds promise, but won't cure all healthcare ills

Can big data provide the cure for what ails the U.S. healthcare system? While some might consider data analytics a panacea to help achieve a more effective, efficient healthcare system, there are plenty of challenges to overcome, according to participants in a panel on "Fact or Fiction: Healthcare Big Data," at the recent 2013 StrataRx conference in Boston.

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Dan Emerson
on October 7, 2013
Providing value is key to healthcare data companies' success

As panelists at the 2013 StrataRx conference in Boston expounded last week on the potential of “big data” in healthcare, another, auspicious industry event was taking place not far away.

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Dan Emerson
on October 2, 2013
Category:  Growth  Execution  Ideation