Health Tech Reads: The Internet of Healthy Things by Joseph Kvedar, MD #HTReads

Welcome to Health Tech Reads! Tuesday August 14, 2017 at 9:30 PM EST We are discussing the book The Internet of Healthy Things by Joseph Kvedar, MD.

We wanted to post the questions for discussion.

  1. The opening IoHT scenario paints an optimistic pic of interop & personal prevention. Are we close to realization or too far?

  2. As it relates to IoHT, how do you define "seeing around corners"?

  3. Attributable to "smart tech" the role consumers play in their own health care is changing. How do providers/payers keep up?

  4. W/ Cos like Google, Apple, & Samsung entering the healthcare space, can independents still make a market impact?

  5. The wearable market once projected to reach a value of 50 bl, has faltered. can it be saved/how?

  6. Do the greatest ops for HC disruption & revenue-producing ideas exists for the "not so fit & fabulous"? Where's the greatest need?

  7. Who will the IoHT losers be/why?

  8. How does the patient voice figure into the IoHT?

We got a description of the book from their online website, which also features details about Dr. Kvedar and his work in healthcare:

About the Book

The Internet of Healthy Things not only marks the twentieth anniversary of Partners HealthCare Connected Health, but the invention of a radically new way to deliver healthcare and inspire wellness. Through these past two decades, we have learned, grown, succeeded and failed. We have technologies available that were never even dreamed of just 10 years ago. And, importantly, we have a convergence of market dynamics that make connected health solutions a prime driver in changing healthcare delivery. Connected health is mainstreaming in a rapid way, but as I talk to investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders, they are at a loss for what to do with this exploding opportunity. The space feels chaotic and they worry about healthcare—the complex, long sales cycles, the liability concerns, overregulation and the like. This book takes the lessons we’ve learned over the past 20 years and brings them all into focus, providing guidance on what investments, business strategies and technology considerations are necessary to achieve order (and profit) from the chaos. Having been fortunate enough to enter this field from the ground floor, I’m proud to be among some of the earliest pioneers who helped invent it. Since then, we’ve come a very long way. When I started two decades ago, I often felt like a lone wolf howling in the wilderness. What is remarkable to me is that the vision was so clear then and, despite many setbacks over the ensuing years, my team and I never wavered from the path forward to achieve it. On top of that, the business of healthcare is changing dramatically, with providers taking on risk for population-level care and consumers buying insurance on exchanges and paying a much larger part of their bills. And all of this medical information is available to patients on the Internet. The disease burden is changing, too, as we’ve largely conquered acute illnesses, such as infections, and must now deal with the ever-growing specter of lifestyle-related, chronic silent killers such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity. I may have been a bit ahead of my time when I started, but lucky for me I did not know it and did not let it deter me. Many of you in the field may have had similar experiences as well. In terms of connected health, the world is indeed catching up. There are so many innovations in this vibrant field, I would never be able to cover everything in one book. Rather I have chosen a number of examples of companies doing work that I find innovative and inspiring. The flip side to this cauldron of innovation is enough chaos to make many companies tentative about dipping a toe in the water. This book is also meant to help them find a path. We need all of you to work furiously at the challenge at hand. Healthcare delivery needs to change, becoming more efficient, more patient-centric. As I discuss in The Internet of Healthy Things, this is a multifaceted challenge with many opportunities for success. My wish is that each of you takes something from this book that will enable you to take a risk, but do so with greater confidence.


It is an honor to have Dr. Kvedar involved with our chat.


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August 29: When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner

September 5: No More Mr Nice Guy Dr. Robert A Glover

September 12: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

September 19: The Originals by Adam Grant

September 26: Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein

October 3: The American Healthcare Paradox by Elisabeth K Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor

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