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Congratulations to Exact Imaging!

January 10th, 2017
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Congratulations to our client, Exact Imaging, for securing CND $21.5 million in financing to support the commercialization of its new disruptive ExactVu™ Micro-Ultrasound for prostate imaging and biopsy. Founded in 2013, the company’s goal is to disrupt the market and enable new levels of clinical imaging. With its new technology, urologists can now visualize areas of interest in the prostate and specifically target biopsies at those areas in addition to performing systematic biopsy protocols.

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Congratulations to Withings!

January 22nd, 2016
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Congratulations to our client, Withings, for being honored with the 2016 CES Innovation Awards in two categories, as well as being given the ‘Best of CES’ Awards from many major publications. Withings hit the press jackpot with their two latest innovations:
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Apple Watch: Not a Digital Health Breakthrough – Yet

September 10th, 2014
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As a surprise to no one, Apple announced a smartwatch at the company’s event yesterday in San Francisco. Apple has been under mild pressure to introduce such a device to keep pace with competitors and to demonstrate that new CEO Tim Cook is an able successor to the product development genius, Steve Jobs.

 

Though the announcement of the device was expected, the features of the watch had been the subject of much speculation, greatly centered around health and wellness. Rumors were bolstered by Apple’s recent hiring of a number of senior executives from the medical device industry and the announcement of partnerships with Mayo Clinic and Epic. Many were hoping that the Apple juggernaut would provide the push needed to drive adoption of digital health into the mainstream consumer market.

 

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Popper and Company Advisor Michael Little Offers Insights on FDA’s 2014 Regulations for LDTs

August 15th, 2014
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On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its plans for regulation aimed at ensuring that certain tests used by healthcare professionals provide accurate, consistent and reliable results. First, the FDA issued a final guidance on the development, review and approval or clearance of companion diagnostics. Second, consistent with the requirements of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 (FDASIA), the agency notified Congress of its intention to publish a proposed risk-based oversight framework for laboratory-developed tests (LDTs).

 

I recently spoke to new Popper and Company senior advisor, Michael Little, Ph.D., who recently retired from industry after a long career as a senior executive in the in vitro diagnostic (IVD) and companion diagnostic (CDx) industries. Following are excerpts from that interview.

 
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Q&A Part Two: Technology & Healthcare Efficiency—Not Always the Perfect Match

June 20th, 2014
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David Lee Scher, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist and a pioneer in remote patient monitoring, adopting such devices to his medical practice more than 13 years ago. He also is the author of the well-respected blog, The Digital Health Corner, which addresses emerging issues regarding the adoption of digital health technologies. In Part One of my talk with David, who is the newest Popper and Co. team member, we discussed how technology can impact today’s healthcare environment, especially healthcare efficiency. In Part Two, we discuss challenges in development and adoption of these technologies.

Why have physicians resisted a lot of healthcare technologies?

Physicians are scientists. The first thing they want is evidence that something works. Few digital technologies have demonstrated benefit with regards to improving patient outcomes. But physicians still have a huge bad taste in their mouths from the original introduction of electronic health records, which represents the face of digital technology to them. Technology has to appeal to them in the way they practice medicine, addressing problems they face daily. It needs to solve whether they deal with communications, scheduling, medical adherence, or other issues in clinical management. Finally, many physicians are ideologically distant from participatory medicine. They don’t yet give the patient extreme importance when it comes to participating in their care. Part of this lies in the fact that they are not taking advantage of some digital tools available now which can improve patient self-management and involve caregivers to a larger extent.

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Q&A Part One: Technology & Healthcare Efficiency—Not Always the Perfect Match

May 28th, 2014
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David Lee Scher, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist and a pioneer in remote patient monitoring, adopting such devices to his medical practice more than 13 years ago. He also is the author of the well-respected blog, The Digital Health Corner, which addresses emerging issues regarding the adoption of digital health technologies. I recently had a chance to talk to David, who is the newest Popper and Co. team member, about today’s healthcare environment, and the impacts technology can have on healthcare efficiency.

 

How did you get involved with digital health?

I became involved with remote patient monitoring in 2000 as the first cardiologist in private practice to utilize this for my patients with implantable defibrillators. But even before that, I used electronic medical records in my group practice. The system was even mobile (on the Palm Pilot in the late 1990s). From 2003 to 2005, I was instrumental in managing a project that took remote monitoring data from implantable cardiac rhythm devices to electronic records; this was cutting edge at the time. When mobile health/digital technologies started getting into the realm of smart phones, and sensors really fanned out, I wanted to get more involved in the field of mobile health, applying my clinical and technological experiences as a consultant. In 2011, when I started blogging on the subject, a clinical perspective was lacking. There still exists a gap between developers and clinicians. This gap is no better demonstrated than in the area of electronic health records and mobile health technologies.

 

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What Can Healthcare Learn From Project Management?

February 26th, 2014
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David Scher’s post was originally published on The Digital Health Corner.

 

Traditionally, manufacturers have adopted project management more than physicians and other healthcare providers have. But health technology expert and physician David Scher identifies several ways in which project management can help providers and hospitals develop a more focused approach to improving patient outcomes. Collaborative outlooks and teams; a designated project manager overseeing planning, management and execution of patient care; a shared vision among all participants; use of technology as a tool (as opposed to a standalone solution); and controlling costs all are familiar topics to project managers. Scher believes these concepts should become familiar to healthcare managers, as well.

 

At Popper and Company, we believe in helping facilitate the convergence of healthcare with technology and other industries. Thus, we hope you will read David’s full post on The Digital Health Corner to learn more about his ideas.

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Apple Eyes Tesla—Transformative Power Play or Spoiled Fruit?

February 21st, 2014
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The headline leapt from the San Francisco media and spread to websites and blogs worldwide: Will Apple Computer buy electronic car maker Tesla? The answer to that question is cloudy. There are a lot of rumors swirling about the two companies, Tesla founder Elon Musk is involved in a multitude of projects, and the alleged meeting took place more than a year ago.
 
Perhaps the more important question is—why would Apple and Tesla be interested in one another? They’re two great companies that could probably do something fantastic together, but they’re in very different industries. While that hasn’t stopped Apple before, the company hasn’t previously acquired for innovation – rather, it has usually developed from within.
 
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Technology versus the Elephants in the Medical Examination Room

February 13th, 2014
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David Scher’s post was originally published on The Digital Health Corner.
 
While technology is lauded for improving communication in many areas, including healthcare, there are still at least five issues that patients and even doctors find themselves uncomfortable discussing face to face. In his post “Five Elephants in the Exam Room: Can Technology Help?,” David Scher points out how new apps, Internet innovations and other electronic advances can help patients and doctors talk about issues like sexual function, alternative treatments, and advanced directives for end of life care. Digital tools may even help doctors become more accepting of the online world.
 
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Two Disparate Meetings – #CES2014 and #JPM2014: Each Addressing Healthcare’s Future

January 29th, 2014
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The 32nd annual JP Morgan Healthcare conference, held in San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel from January 13-16, was a posh affair by industry standards, with only select companies having been asked to present, investors as the key target audience, and a fertile ground for deal-making touted as the primary offering. An event characterized by (mostly) men in conservative suits, the 7,000+ attendees were jammed into the Westin’s narrow halls struggling to get a seat to hear the latest news from pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device manufacturers. Meanwhile, deal-making discussions, media interviews and satellite “meet-ups” occurred in the nooks and crannies of just about every hotel in a 5-block radius from the Westin.
 
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