Archive for November, 2013



Robotic Surgery: da Vinci Versus The Ideal

November 25th, 2013
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This post is published on InformationWeek Healthcare, November 25, 2013
 
When the da Vinci Surgical System was introduced in 2000 by Intuitive Surgical, it was heralded for ushering in a new era of robotic surgeries. The robot promised to make operations easier for the surgeon, reducing complications and pain while shortening time under anesthesia and time to recovery for the patient.
 
Now, it appears that the robotic reality is introducing some cracks in these perspectives.
 

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Patient Satisfaction, Medical Outcomes Must Go Together

November 20th, 2013
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This post is published on InformationWeek Healthcare, November 20, 2013
 
Beyond keeping patients well, today’s healthcare providers must keep them happy.
 
Today’s healthcare providers and companies alike are facing a question they’ve never had to confront before: Are patients happy? Logically, practitioners have generally focused more on outcomes and quality of care, such as the rates of post-procedure complications, readmissions, and morbidity and mortality.
 
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Final Steps in Creating Strategic Partnerships—Contacting and Contracting

November 19th, 2013
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This is Part 4 and the last in a series of blog posts on best partnering practices for life sciences and health tech companies. Read the previous posts in the series for Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.
 
In our previous post on partnering steps, I outlined the creation of a matrix of potential business partners that reflects a well thought out process of evaluating your company’s and your potential partner’s strengths, weaknesses and interests. In this post, I’ll talk about initiating contact and structuring an agreement.
 
The initial approach to a potential partner is most often determined by the extent to which a personal relationship exists between you (or your advisor) and a decision-maker at that company. Where there is a personal relationship, a relatively informal approach can often be used to quickly determine interest in an exploratory meeting. Without a personal connection, a more formal approach is called for, with written queries and a more structured method. Read the rest of this entry »

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Under Armour Leaps into Digital Health with MapMyFitness Acquisition

November 14th, 2013
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Today, leading sports performance company Under Armour (NYSE:UA) announced the acquisition of MapMyFitness, the fitness technology company powering one of the world’s largest digital fitness communities.
 
Under Armour announced in a press release, “With this acquisition, Under Armour will be uniquely positioned at the forefront of sports and technology and will continue to deliver game-changing solutions to how athletes train and perform. As part of the collaboration, Under Armour will add depth to its digital capability, offering athletes an elevated training experience through new digital products and platforms.”
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MyHealthTeams CEO Eric Peacock on Social Media in Healthcare, Part II

November 5th, 2013
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Part Two—Interview with Eric Peacock, CEO, Co-founder, MyHealthTeams
 
Eric Peacock co-founded the social networking company MyHealthTeams to help people suffering from chronic conditions find better ways to communicate with each other and share valuable information. In 2011, the company began with the launch of MyAutismTeam, an interactive social media site serving parents of people with autism. It has since expanded, launching MyBCTeam to help women diagnosed with breast cancer and MyMSTeam for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, and Peacock plans to create many more sites for people living with certain chronic conditions. In Part One, we discussed the creation of MyHealthTeams, what role social media can play in patient-centric healthcare spaces, and how this concept became popular. In Part Two of our interview, we talk about how the sites work, and the untapped potential of the Internet to provide meaningful social interactions for patients, and their families and friends.
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