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Western Life-Sciences Alliance Conference Scheduled in May To Discuss Disruptive Health Technologies and Devices

Posted Apr 20 2010 7:16pm

This is always one of my top discussions for discussion as frankly medical devices that report data have been highly overlooked in the area of meaningful use, maybe not that it has not been addressed, but maybe due to the fact it is changing and evolving so quickly.  When you stop and think about it, we have a hard time with managing a cell phone today with just phone calls and text messages, so add on some additional capabilities, what’s going to happen? 

One more study at UCLA on this topic.

Here’s a post with a summary of some of the devices if you want to look, and check out the blue tooth inhaler, pretty exotic but it is there.

Wireless Monitoring With Medical Devices – There are Many Posts About These at the Medical Quack

Keep in mind that drug delivery methods are changing as well, perhaps there’s a reason here as devices can create compliance audit trails. 

The Future of Drug Delivery Lies with Technology – Panel of Experts From Cambridge Consultants

This will be interesting to see how delivery and implementation comes out.  Many times we have VC funded companies producing devices that need sales quickly and thus the product implementation is not adequate and irritates people and makes it cumbersome to use, thus nobody ends up with using the product. 

We also need to ensure security and privacy as not all devices and their sites make it easy to determine where the information goes and who has access as companies buy and sell some of this information for profit too.  The link below explains this and how hard it has been for some consumers to get old and erroneous information removed and sometimes that has been held against them and precludes getting insurance for either pre-existing conditions or not reporting a minor problem from over 15-20 years ago, and in truth it could be a coding situation and I predict we will see a lot of that from old claim information on file as more information is aggregated so be ready. 

Devices with biometric monitoring are also becoming an active element with behavioral underwriting with insurance carriers as well.  Pay close attention to this area and ask a lot of question about your information for privacy purposes.

Wellpoint Enters Contract Agreement with Red Brick for Behavioral Underwriting

I truly believe that all would much more active participants if we didn’t have to worry about healthcare being used against us for care for the sake of profit producing data, but with the current system that will not go away.  BD 

LA JOLLA, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) is now accepting registrations for its fifth Annual WLSA Convergence Summit, a three-day conference sponsored by the premier non-profit trade organization dedicated solely to creating value and improving health through wireless communications technologies. The conference is scheduled for May 11-13 at Estancia Hotel & Spa, La Jolla, California.

This unique conference between the leadership of wireless companies, global product companies, consumers, payors, providers and service organizations, offers attendees the distinct opportunity to discuss the most significant emerging market trends, address and propose solutions to industry issues, create new partnerships and demonstrate new solutions – all in one exclusive venue.

Among the organizations presenting are senior management from WLSA members, including Ascension Health, AT&T, CareFusion, Johnson & Johnson, OptumHealth, QUALCOMM and St. Jude Medical, who will provide insights into their interest in the field and best practices for incorporating innovative, new wireless technologies into new products, applications and services, as well as how to bring these to providers and patients. 

"The entire conference will leverage the experiences and processes from other industries to mitigate risk in our industry," McCray said. "The sessions are designed to lead attendees toward true innovation and to provide real value to their organizations.  It is our insight that the initial shape of an important new market is driven by a relatively small number of committed organizations and thought leaders.  Our meetings are designed to identify and bring the best wireless health leaders together in a quality setting to enhance their discovery of business partners."

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