And On the Digital Health Front…Influencers, Certification, Sensing & More

March 5th, 2013
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I originally shared this post as an announcement to the 15,000+ members of my Digital Health group on LinkedIn.
In this update:


  1. 15 Influencers Shaping Digital Health
  2. Happtique Mobile Health App Certification Program
  3. Making Sense of Sensors (Jane Sarasohn-Kahn on CHCF)
  4. X PRIZE’s Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE – Application Deadline
  5. Upcoming Events: Future of Genomic Medicine VI Conference

15 Inflencers Shaping Digital Health
The list of 15 Influencers Shaping Digital Health (via BIONIC.LY) was compiled by London-based digital communications professional Stephen Davies, and is noteworthy because he accurately includes (as part of digital health) leaders in the field of genomics, e.g. Anne Wojcicki, Co-founder of 23andMe, and Jessica Richman, CEO at uBiome. I’m incredibly honored to be included in such esteemed company.
Happtique certification for mobile apps
In announcing the new “Happtique Health App Certification Program,” CEO Ben Chodor stated that “Healthcare professionals and consumers need third-party certification to verify that the app they are prescribing or downloading delivers credible content, contains safeguards for user data, and functions as described.” The new program contains standards to be used by partner organizations in assessing operability, privacy, security and content of health apps.
Making Sense of Sensors: How New Technologies Can Change Patient Care
Well-known health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@HealthyThinker) created this excellent report for the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF, @CHCFNews), a nonprofit grant-making philanthropy. Note the cool infographic on passive sensors.
X Prize’s Nokia Sensing X Challenge – Application deadline approaching
Along with the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE (@TricorderXPRIZE) and the Archon Genomics X PRIZE (@AGXP), the Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE (@NokiaXCHALLENGE) being administered by the X PRIZE Foundation (@XPRIZE) is fostering digital health innovation and catalyzing the creation of a collaborative global innovation ecosystem. The goal of the Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE is to transform personal health with sensing. Innovation in sensing is an important component to creating a means for appealing, usable, smarter digital health solutions.
The CHALLENGE is comprised of two distinct competitions running through 2014, with total prize purses of $2.25 million. The application deadline for Challenge #1 is less than five weeks away.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Future of Genomic Medicine VI Conference
Along with my Popper and Co. colleague Shane Climie, Ph.D., I’ll be attending the Future of Genomic Medicine VI conference in La Jolla/San Diego, CA (March 7-8). I’m excited to learn the very latest about opportunities for genomics to change medical practice and make healthcare more precise and individualized. I gather that the term is now “Precision Medicine.”
I’m particularly looking forward to hearing the following people speak:


  • Gholson J. Lyon, MD, Ph.D.,
  • Cinnamon S. Bloss, Ph.D.,
  • Misha Angrist, Ph.D.,
  • Daniel MacArthur, Ph.D.,
  • George M. Church, Ph.D. (encoded 20 million copies of his book into DNA:,
  • Jonathan Eisen, Ph.D.,
  • Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D., and
  • A.J. Jacobs, author of “Drop Dead Healthy”.

Note that all of the folks and organizations listed above are included in my Digital Health Twitter list: And you can access the comprehensive global digital health event list at
Join the 15,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn to stay up-to-date on these and many of the other happenings in the digital health space. And, if you have a digital health idea you’d like to discuss, please contact me directly at to learn how Popper and Co. can help guide your business development strategy.

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