Wireless Medical – Featured in Singapore Press (Chinese)

It’s always a pleasure when the press picks up a pointers from me and publish this, even when it written up in the Chinese papers in Singapore.


Chronic Disease Management 2.0

I was honored to chair the 2nd Annual Wireless Healthcare Asia Summit 2012 for 2 days on the 23-24 April 2012. While we saw a lot of really interesting devices, various country perspectives, and presentations from various public and healthcare providers, I had hoped to present the “why” and the “who” question around wireless health, tele-health, mhealth, etc.

See slides below

I had hoped to offer points of views around the notion of an “operator” for managing chronic diseases. While I use some phrases such as DMO (Disease Management Organization), I use this rather loosely as not to confuse the audience with the uses of DMOs in the US. Do note that some of the detailed analysis presented in the slides are excluded in this distribution, but feel free to contact me.

Callum Bir

Microsoft and GE Healthcare JV Deal

Last week, GE Healthcare and Microsoft launched the JV company. Snippets of news below

GE, Microsoft to Launch Joint Venture Aimed at Global Healthcare System Transformation
50/50 JV combines Microsoft’s deep platform expertise with GE Healthcare’s experience in clinical and administrative workflow solutions.
The two parent companies bring complementary expertise to this new venture and will contribute intellectual property, including the following:
Microsoft Amalga, an enterprise health intelligence platform
Microsoft Vergence, an SSO & CMS
Microsoft expreSSO, an enterprise single sign-on solution
GE Healthcare eHealth, a Health Information Exchange
GE Healthcare Qualibria, a clinical knowledge application environment being developed in cooperation with Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Mayo Clinic Source

Personally, I am pleased to see this. It’s great to see the super fragmented market starting starting to consolidate. Ultimately, this is good news for patients.

This is a great example of convergence that sounds logical, that bring together a company that knows how to make products while another company that has access to market. The cross sell leverage of the 2 firms combined is enormous.

It wasn’t that long ago that Microsoft had sold off it’s Amalga HIS solution to Orion Health. This asset in the hands of Orion Health, is this a set-up for someone bigger to buy-out?

Who makes the next move? Oracle, SAP, epic, Allscript, Cerner, Orionhealth, CSC/iSoft, etc.

We probably need to see another few big moves and give it 5 – 7 years to see next generation of healthcare apps. Exciting times.

Callum Bir

Effectively Monetizing mHealth Services and Applications

Over the more recent year, I have been working on mHealth consulting projects for a number of companies including telcos, especially to help develop strategy to Monetize mHealth Services and Applications.

Couple of months ago, I was fortunate to have been invited to chair a C-Suite workshop that brought together the Health Care Providers, Regulators, Payers, Medical Device Companies, Telco and technology vendors from several countries. The objective of the workshop was to discuss some of the essential elements in formulating successful mHealth business model(s).

The following was the format of my presentation.

What do consumers want?
Who’s willing to pay for what?
Opportunities for health & wellness consumers
mHealth for Chronic Disease Management
Who will operate vs. Innovators?
What are some of the Plays in Asia?

I am also putting together a paper around Disease Management Organization (DMO) and how these would play key role in transforming chronic disease management, with mHealth is one of the key enablers.

In the meantime, there are a number of short-term opportunities, especially in Asia, that are currently a white-space, and I propose some potential models for consideration.

See below the complete slide.

Callum Bir

Singapore Healthcare posed for disruptive innovation through Social Media

Singapore continues to push ahead globally in terms of digital adoption and well poised to take a step ahead for some disruptive innovation to occur.
Some interesting statistics for Singapore:
  • 7 million mobile phone users. That’s like everyone, including babies has a phone, with 4.8 million 3G users in Singapore, mostly with >70% using iPhone.
  • 82% of Singaporeans online use Social Media
  • >2.4 million facebook users. Give it another year or 2 from the time of this post, this number might be closer >100% per citizen.
  • 83% of all household residents have at least 1 computer [Source: IDA 2009]
  • Singapore Government has taken bold steps with strategic investments to deploy the Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII). This comprises a nationwide ultra high speed fibre access infrastructure called the Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) and a complementary pervasive wireless network, including the Wireless@SG Wi-Fi service which will be free until 31 March 2013
Some missing data points is around the citizen expectation from their healthcare system, their demand for technology enabled health care especially for those with chronic diseases.
I suspect given the trends around how many fans / likes on Facebook pages such as those from Singapore Health Promotion Board (HPB), Singapore MOH, and various hospitals, this trend is likely to be something hard to ignore.
I have also spoken on related topics as below which touches on some of these disruptive innovation below. It’s a pity I am so far not getting too many calls from clients in Singapore wanting to develop their social media strategy.
Callum Bir