Tag: innovation

Highlights of HIMSS 2012 – @EricTopol: Creative Destruction of Medicine


Last week all the people involved in healthcare technology – clinicians, care providers, technologists, administrators and solution providers  convened in Vegas for the annual HIMSS trade show and conference to share best practices, latest innovations in medicine and technology.

HIMSS 2012 was by far the best HIMSS I have ever attended as I had an opportunity to check out more sessions on innovation and meet some innovative vendors in wireless and HIE space. I also had a chance to listen to Dr. Eric Topol’s speech on Creative Destruction of Medicine, which was the icing on the HIMSS cake this year.  “HIT x.o – Beyond the Edge” sessions were by far the best and were truly beyond the edge in showcasing the grass root innovations thats happening at the intersection of medicine and technology.

Of all the sessions, Dr. Eric Topol‘s speech on Creative Destruction of Medicine stands out the best as he laid out how wireless technology and consumer driven wireless technology is transforming medicine and bringing medicine out of its cocoon in terms of technology and innovation. If you didn’t make it to HIMSS 12 this year, you can still view Dr. Topol‘s speech he gave at TEDMED couple of years ago and read his latest book on the same subject, which is available for sale now.  If you are interested in intersection of biology and technology Topol’s book is a great place to start.

Thursday afternoon reads


1. China’s fake Apple Stores:  (Bird Abroad)

– the facade can be imitated but not the culture and every detail of a brand like Apple cannot be imitated.  Still this could have faked more than few customers.

2. No New Social Networks Launched Today (Borowitz Report)

– A friend of mine told me that in Silicon Valley every business plan thats being hatched up now is about a social network of some kind – are we in another tech bubble?

3. Tale of two countries: The Growing Divide Between Silicon Valley And Unemployed America (Tech Crunch)

4. Clinician to Clinician Communication (Healthcare Informatics)

– In this world of social networks, paying using your smart phone, come to healthcare world you will find FAX and Phone as the greatest thing since sliced bread.  There are numerours reasons for that, lets not get into what’s wrong with Healthcare, that’s another conversation over a beer.

Nhin Direct project is taking a think small and simple approach to connecting the physicians with other physicians using existing applications,  communication protocols(SMTP and XDR) and what not.  Simple direct to direct communication is key for healthcare technology adoption among providers.

5. The DNA–People, Processes, And Philosophies–Of Innovative Companies (Fast Company)
– innovation starts from within a person, who believes that a world can be a better place and the system (organization or country or any entity) they are in has to foster a culture of innovation.  If the system doesn’t foster, its just one more barrier to bring down for the innovator and create a new system.

mobile health: iPhone goes enterprise in Canadian Hospital


Mobile health hits the road with iPhone, where Palm once a good position and Blackberry to failed to utilize the opportunity and iPhone is expected to roar with success.   That’s innovation given iPhone’s usability, which is very “vital” for Healthcare.

Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto created a mobile patient chart application in iPhone  accessing data from 66 different applications.  I guess that this was an year long project  instead of the usual norm of  multi-year projects given the amount of stakeholder engagement and legal regulations surrounding patient privacy and security, which in itself is a commendable achievement.

Also a common scenario in many hospitals today is too many devices and desktops and smartphones used by clinicians as quoted in the Canadian Healthcare article.

“He(CIO of Mount Sinai) also noticed that clinicians were accessing too many devices – cell phones and smartphones, pagers, large, clunky nurse-call devices, plus desktop computers at various workstations. Far better, he realized, to have one device that could serve as a gateway to everything. And the more portable the device, the better. That’s where the Apple iPhone came in. ” Source: Canadian Healthcare

It will be interesting to find out, whether the clinicians access it as single application with relevant sets of data(from the 66 different applications) for a patient and context sharing between them instead of 66 different iPhone applications.

The VitalHub project is getting turned into a business, to commercialize the solution and offer the iPhone accessible Patient Chart to other numerous interested hospitals.

Saravana Rajan