IMS Health: Lots of Health Apps, Little Value

IMS Health: Lots of Health Apps, Little Value

First published on Forbes.com, IMS Health has a robust report on the state of the app economy around healthcare, and the picture isn’t pretty. John Mack and I discussed this a bit on a recent podcast and this report validates a lot of our perspectives on the issue. There is a significant skew in download volume for healthcare apps, with more than 50% of available apps achieving fewer than 500 downloads. Conversely, 5 apps account for 15% of all downloads in the healthcare category. The reason behind the limited downloads,…

About that Apple HealthKit hospital rollout….

About that Apple HealthKit hospital rollout….

Reuters has an exclusive report this morning about hospitals rolling out pilot programs using Apple’s HealthKit. If you work in this business no doubt link to it have flown through your Twitter feed all morning. If you read the MacRumors version of the article, it’s obviously all-Apple, but there’s a bunch of interesting things that are being overlooked in the Reuters report. We shouldn’t be surprised by this. When Apple rolled out the HealthKit announcement, they indicated they were working with many of the EMR providers to begin integrating data collection….

The pharma implications of the FDA’s policy on low risk devices

The pharma implications of the FDA’s policy on low risk devices

On January 19th, the FDA released draft guidance about wearables dated January 20th, proving not only do they have access to a time machine, but they are totally willing to rub our noses in it. The document, which you can download here, relates to the FDA’s policy on what it deems as “low risk devices,” i.e., wearables. Low risk devices, by the FDA’s definition, are those that, “involve claims about sustaining or offering general improvement to conditions and functions associated with a general state of health that do not make any…

For Pharma, All Of This Has Happened Before

For Pharma, All Of This Has Happened Before

As someone who grew up with the internet and made it my career I can tell you, the era we’re in right now looks and smells oddly familiar. How? Well ‘back in my day’ the Internet was just a thing. Conceptual. New. No one understood it but everyone was talking about it. Consumers played with it. Brands tried to use it. The media talked about it endlessly. Like with most new things, objectives for success were often poorly defined, but money, gobs and gobs of money were thrown at it….