Flood of gadgets slows the push for health connectivity

The flood of gadgets that don’t interact is slowing the push for health connectivity, says Rob Havasy of the Center for Connected Health. The Partner’s program aims “to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients.”  

I have become even more convinced that this increasing complexity, driven by the proliferation of communication services available to consumers, is the largest technical hurdle to broad Connected Health adoption that we face. Here in Boston we are both blessed and cursed with a very competitive communications environment. Many residents of Boston and surrounding towns can choose to get their television service from up to five companies (cable and satellite); their broadband from three or four companies; and in-home telephone service from another three or four companies. Or they could abandon their landline phone all together and go cellular only, or even choose from one of the broadband phone companies like Vonage. One of the problems we face daily at the Center is not the lack of some new device or some awesome new wireless communication method. It’s the difficulty of getting a simple and inexpensive combination of devices into someone’s home that doesn’t require outside technical experts to help install and use them…”

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