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Agilent makes investment in Lasergen

March 8th, 2016
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Agilent is investing $80 million in our client Lasergen, an emerging biotechnology company with innovative next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology. The two companies will collaborate on building a NGS solutions workflow for clinical applications, based on Lasergen’s Lightning Terminators™ sequencing chemistry.

This recent investment showcases the trend toward new players and innovative technology in the NGS space, particularly as the technology moves to more routine clinical use.

Lasergen’s relationship with Agilent is another example of how Popper and Company helps companies create transformative business partnerships.

 

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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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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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It Takes More than Technology to Change Health Behaviors

April 9th, 2014
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There’s no question that medical apps and software aimed at improving healthcare outcomes are hot items. In a previous post for Popper and Company, I discussed the growth in popularity of medical apps and the FDA’s new approach toward them, showing how new technology can simultaneously empower the patient/consumer and make important health-related information easier to access.

 

But during one discussion at last month’s SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin, experts and innovators alike underscored a more important consideration: How well do any of these inventions interact with patients and consumers?

 

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David Scher on Getting Digital Health to Grapple with Reality

January 27th, 2014
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David Scher’s post was originally published on The Digital Health Corner.

At Popper and Company, we’ve written about the importance of gaining consumer—and physician—acceptance of digital health technology. In his post, digital health expert and physician David Scher points out five obstacles standing in the way of obtaining real adoption of digital health:

  • creating or integrating processes to enable the new technology’s use,
  • knowing how patients behave as customers,
  • assumptions that government funding eases acceptance,
  • developing new business models and partnerships, and
  • identifying realistic outcomes.

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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Q&A, Part Two: Addressing an Enormous Public Health Problem with a Simple Technology Solution

January 17th, 2014
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Inadequate handwashing is a huge problem in hospitals, contributing to as much as 70% of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seth Freedman, co-founder and CEO of IntelligentM, and his partners believe they have a simple, innovative solution to boosting hand-washing rates—a smartband that contains electronic sensors to determine whether or not a healthcare worker is washing his or her hands effectively. In this second part of our interview, I discuss the barriers and challenges to introducing a new healthcare technology.
 
An Interview with IntelligentM Co-Founder Seth Freedman ­– Part Two
 
What obstacles have you encountered with creating a market for your new product?

The hardest issue for us is that it’s very difficult to sell new technology to hospitals. That is a historical pattern. If you look at the introduction of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and smart infusion technology, they weren’t accepted immediately either. Hospitals are large, bureaucratic organizations, often reluctant to change. It’s a difficult environment with lots of approval points and long sales cycles. Smaller, product development companies are all experiencing this reluctance now. So, we’re talking with early adopters of technology products at hospitals, and at specific healthcare facilities that are known to be early adopters of technology. Once those organizations validate electronic hand hygiene compliance products, ours and our competitors, then the purchasing and usage of these products becomes more widespread.
 
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Q&A: Addressing an Enormous Public Health Problem with a Simple Technology Solution

January 10th, 2014
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Inadequate handwashing is a pervasive public health problem, contributing to hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), which cost American society in the tens of billions of dollars and cause at least 100,000 deaths each year. While many potential solutions have been developed, none have been particularly effective at encouraging sanitary behavior among hospital employees. In this two-part post, I talk with Seth Freedman, co-founder and CEO of IntelligentM, which was created to introduce a simple technological solution to spot incorrect – and to encourage proper – hand-washing techniques.
 
An Interview with IntelligentM Co-Founder Seth Freedman ­– Part One
 
How did you get started?

IntelligentM was founded about three years ago by a serial entrepreneur, a technologist and a surgeon based on the principle that technology, if used correctly, could reduce the staggering problem know as hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
 
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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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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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