04 Aug

HEALTHBEACON SECURES OFFICIAL NHS SUPPLIER APPOINTMENT

Crown Commercial Service Supplier Logo - HealthBeaconDigital Health Company To Support UK NHSX Market With Remote Care Monitoring Service – Named Supplier For Crown Commercial Services (CCS)

Digital Health Company HealthBeacon is excited to announce they have been appointed as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS)’s , SPARK Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). The appointment, granted after a competitive process, provides HealthBeacon with direct access into the UK healthcare market supporting patients that manage injectable medications across therapeutic areas. The significant supply appointment will springboard the innovative med tech firms expansion across the NHS UK health network.

HealthBeacon responded to the NHSX’s further competition run via Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Spark Dynamic Purchasing System for companies to up-scale remote monitoring across the health service to support COVID-19 patients and management of people with long-term conditions for the next phases of the pandemic. HealthBeacon applied to the Spark DPS to provide Remote Monitoring Technology Platforms and includes both vital signs monitoring and out-patient support.

Improving Health Outcomes

The HealthBeacon Injection Care Management System™ offers digitally enabled remote care monitoring and support service for patients managing self-injectable medications across all therapeutic areas.

The self-injectable market for home administered medications is estimated to be over €60B globally.  However, one of the major challenges for people self-injecting medication is adhering to treatment schedules, resulting in both a significant loss to patient health and a rapidly escalating financial burden on state health care systems.

Evidence shows that, on average patients comply with their chronic medicine schedules only 50-60% of the time.  80% – 90% compliance can be achieved when medicines are connected with adherence support solutions – which is where HealthBeacon steps in.

HealthBeacon products are designed with patient empowerment at top priority which has led to 96% of patients accepting HealthBeacon products as part of their treatment.

Growth Opportunity

The self-injectable market for home administered medications is very large – consuming almost 16% of total annual drug spend. It is also the fastest growing component of the medicines market.

The CCS supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2018/19, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits worth £945m – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers

In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 landscape, HealthBeacon Injection Care Management System ™ enhanced its offering to help patients stay on track with critical medication, safely dispose used injection devices including a sustainable waste management service (HB Green Labs) limit unnecessary visits to the hospital and give the patient´s clinical team an excellent remote care monitoring opportunity relevant to each therapeutic area.

Speaking about this exciting development for HealthBeacon Malin Johansson, HealthBeacon, Vice President Europe, commented; “We are delighted to become a CCS supplier and welcome the opportunity to work with new providers and provide remote monitoring care support throughout the UK.  The spike in demand globally for remote support services from healthcare providers in response to Covid-19 pandemic highlights the importance of empowering and supporting patients remotely”.

Malin added; “We saw an opportunity to enhance our existing platform during the pandemic as a reliable and effective alternative for suppliers and patients requiring remote care during lockdown and ‘at risk’ phases as a result of the ever challenging current health landscape.   This is a significant opportunity for HealthBeacon as it provides a direct route into the UK Health market.  We looking forward to engaging with potential partners throughout the UK interested in working together

Jim Joyce, CEO and Co-Founder HealthBeacon, added “Patient empowerment is our top priority at HealthBeacon.  Our system has evolved to provide complete 360 care for patients on injectable medications.  We automated the process for adhering to medications so there is no longer the need to remember complicated schedules.  This enables the user with greater equanimity and increases health outcomes for patients and providers alike.”  

HealthBeacon embraces end to end sustainability and earlier this year launched Green Labs – its sustainable waste management service which reuses sharps bins and recycles injection waste.  Its world leading proprietary technology and new capabilities were designed to address the huge burden of healthcare waste globally, from its Irish hub with its online community.

Jim Joyce added; “Sustainable digital health technology has a huge role to play in future health empowering patients and improving health outcomes. HealthBeacon are committed to ensuring vulnerable patients adhere to medication and continue to access critical medications, safely.

 

17 Jul

HEALTHBEACON TO SPONSOR AT THE MAGIC FOUNDATION’S 26TH ANNUAL CONVENTION.

[Boston, MA., Jul. 17 2020] – HealthBeacon, a medication adherence technology company that develops smart tools for managing medication, is proud to sponsor the MAGIC Foundation’s 26th Annual Virtual Convention on July 17th – July 18th, 2020.

The MAGIC Foundation is the global leader in endocrine health, advocacy, education and support for human growth disorders. HealthBeacon is proud to sponsor the MAGIC Foundation Convention for the 3rd consecutive year. Laura Hamilton, CEO of North America will be showcasing HealthBeacon’s Injection Care Management System.  She notes, “The MAGIC Foundation Convention provides a powerful opportunity to connect with patients on injectable Growth Hormone Therapy, as well as Pediatric Endocrinologists. This year we are pleased to share research regarding medication adherence from a Growth Hormone patient study and to capture new insights from patients through our virtual booth. We are excited to offer enrollment to a complimentary HealthBeacon program, exclusively available to attendees of this year’s MAGIC Foundation Convention.”

In years past, HealthBeacon has had the opportunity to meet endearing patients, along with their families and hear their experiences in managing their daily medication routine.Although this year’s event is virtual, we look forward to hearing patient stories, connecting with Clinicians and continuing to support the great work of the MAGIC Foundation.

About HealthBeacon

HealthBeacon is a medication adherence technology company which develops smart tools for managing medication. HealthBeacon’s FDA-cleared “smart sharps bin” tracks patient injection history, provides personalized interactive reminders and safely stores used injections. With the intervention of HealthBeacon’s Smart Sharps Technology, patients’ persistence and adherence increased by 25-30% within twelve months of initiating therapy.  HealthBeacon’s integrated model connects a patient’s routine and the prescribing clinician’s workflow.  This technology has been adopted across 14 countries with >400,000 injections tracked since launch in 2014, with a patient acceptance rate of 80-90%.

For more information, visit: www.healthbeacon.com or engage with HealthBeacon on LinkedIn or Twitter.

About MAGIC Foundation
The MAGIC Foundation was incorporated in the state of Illinois and received 501(C)3 non-profit status October 29, 1989. Since its inception, the Foundation has grown to include support services for adults who were also impacted by these disorders.

15 Jul

Medication Adherence to Growth Hormone Therapy (GHT) from Members of the MAGIC Foundation

Sean Glynn, M.S., is the Director of Health Economics & Outcomes Research for HealthBeacon in North America

 

1-in-4 Patients struggle to stay on track with medication

 

Staying on track with medication for chronic conditions has a myriad of challenges.  In 2019, The MAGIC Foundation, supported by HealthBeacon, heard from 508 member families on the extent to which they are able to stay on track and what gets in their way.

This white paper includes a summary of the study and findings, if you would like to learn more, please contact laura.hamilton@healthbeacon.com.

There were 508 respondents to the survey.  Females represented 42% of all respondents and almost 86% of those who completed the survey were the guardian or caregiver of a pediatric patient. Other demographics can be found below.

 

One-in-four patients were classified as sub-optimally adherent.  Female patients were more likely to be sub-optimally adherent than their male counterparts.  There was a significant increase in the number of sub-optimal patients after the first year of treatment from 13% to 21%.  Patients who start on a 6 dose per week schedule are significantly more likely to be sub-optimally adherent in the later years of their therapy compared to those on a 7 dose per week schedule.

When asked why patients were missing doses, the most frequent answer was “We were busy and forgot” at 36%.  Only 25% of respondents reported using some type of tool or system to stay on track and approximately 50% said they would benefit from reminder support.  Interestingly, those who said they did not need this type of support were more likely to be sub-optimally adherent.

“Even the best of families can struggle with adhering to their therapy. Frankly, I was a bit shocked by the self-reported adherence numbers from the MAGIC survey.” 

Aristides Maniatis, MD

Rocky Mountain Pediatric Endocrinology

Considering that self-reported medication adherence tends to be over-estimated and that The MAGIC Foundation member families represent a cohort with means and access to benefit from the foundation’s services, GHT medication adherence for the population at large is likely less favorable than what is reported above.  GHT patients would benefit from further support to optimize a short treatment window.  Tools and systems that will help them stay on track can play an important role in the treatment journey.

 

We would like to thank The MAGIC Foundation for their support of this research.  We would further like to thank Dr. Mitchell Geffner, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Dr. Aristides Maniatis, Rocky Mountain Pediatric Endocrinology, for their input, guidance and assistance.

 

Download Whitepaper:

Medication Adherence to Growth Hormone Therapy (GHT) from Members of the MAGIC Foundation

About HealthBeacon

HealthBeacon is a medication adherence technology company which develops smart tools for managing medication. HealthBeacon’s FDA-cleared “smart sharps bin” tracks patient injection history, provides personalized interactive reminders and safely stores used injections. With the intervention of HealthBeacon’s Smart Sharps Technology, patients’ persistence and adherence increased by 25-30% within twelve months of initiating therapy.  HealthBeacon’s integrated model connects a patient’s routine and the prescribing clinician’s workflow.  This technology has been adopted across 14 countries with >400,000 injections tracked since launch in 2014, with a patient acceptance rate of 80-90%.

For more information, visit: www.healthbeacon.com or engage with HealthBeacon on LinkedIn or Twitter.

 

About MAGIC Foundation

The MAGIC Foundation was incorporated in the state of Illinois and received 501(C)3 non-profit status October 29, 1989. Since its inception the Foundation has grown to include support services for adults who were also impacted by these disorders.

05 May

HealthBeacon Launches COVID-19 Services for ‘At Risk’ Patients

HEALTHBEACON LAUNCHES COVID-19 SERVICES FOR ‘AT RISK’ PATIENTS

Irish Digital Health Company Adapts Services Helping Patients on Injection Therapy Access Critical Medications

Now Available to Laya Healthcare Members

[Dublin, Ireland., May 5, 2020] – HealthBeacon a medication adherence technology company, has launched a new Covid-19 support offering for patients on injectable therapies which is now available to laya healthcare’s 600,000 members.

HealthBeacon has developed the world’s first Injection Care Management System for patients that self-administer injectable medication in their homes. HealthBeacon eases the burden of managing patients’ injectable medications from home through their Smart Sharps Bin Technology.

During this time of crisis, it is critical that people with chronic conditions continue to take their medications as prescribed by their healthcare professionals while maintaining social distancing and avoiding unnecessary exposures. For this reason, the HealthBeacon Injection Care Management System is being expanded to offer additional services to further support individuals in their homes.

The enhanced HealthBeacon offering, now available to laya healthcare members includesvirtual care support, coordination of medication delivery, medical waste collection, and home monitoring with the HealthBeacon Smart Sharps Bin. This service will reduce the number of visits to the pharmacy and hospitals for those ‘at-risk’ while ensuring patients will continue to take critical medications.

Jim Joyce, CEO HealthBeacon said; “We are delighted that laya healthcare has agreed to cover this service for their members during these unprecedented times, it is critical to adapt and innovate to ensure continued support to patients.  Digital health technology has a huge role to play during COVID-19 and we want to ensure vulnerable patients are able to access critical medications.”

John McCall, Director of Claims and Provider Relations at laya healthcare welcomed the innovative support provided by HealthBeacon to its members “Members who need to regularly inject themselves at home will welcome this new service we’re now offering as part of our enhanced healthcare benefits available at no additional cost until the end of June 2020. It’s just another way we’re looking after our members, always.

ABOUT HEALTHBEACON

HealthBeacon is a medication adherence technology company which develops smart tools for managing medication at home. HealthBeacon’s FDA cleared smart sharps bin tracks patient injection history, provides personalized interactive reminders and safely stores used injectables. With the intervention of HealthBeacon’s Smart Sharps Technology, patients’ persistence and adherence increased by 25-30% within twelve months of initiating therapy.  The HealthBeacon integrated model connects a patient’s routine and the prescribing clinician’s workflow.  This technology has been adopted across thirteen countries with >300,000 injections tracked since launch in 2014, with a patient acceptance rate of 80-90%. For more information, visit: www.healthbeacon.com or engage with HealthBeacon on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Media Contact:

Mary Principe | comms@healthbeacon.com

27 Mar

A Message from our CEO, Jim Joyce

COVID-19 Response

Jim Joyce
CEO and Co-Founder, HealthBeacon

HealthBeacon appreciates and understands that our healthcare systems and healthcare workers feel the weight of the world on their shoulders.

At this time, HealthBeacon is working with governments and insurers to immediately add new capabilities within our Injection Care Management System. Please take a moment to listen to HealthBeacon CEO Jim Joyce outline our response to the COVID-19 situation including accelerating plans to launch HealthBeacon’s Companion App with in-home care capabilities for the at-risk population that we support each day.

Healthbeacon’s Companion App will enable the following capabilities at our at-risk population:

  • 24/7 Support
  • Virtual Injection Training
  • On-Demand Medication Supply Management to ensure that patients have adequate medication in their home and can reduce interaction with Hospitals and Pharmacy while the risk of infection is high (*available in select markets) 

 

The work that our global colleagues in the Pharmaceutical and HealthCare sectors are doing to improve care, treat and support vulnerable remotely managed patients have never been more important so we will not relent in our mission.

Wishing you all good health.

 

ABOUT

26 Feb

Maximising Patient Adoption with Lara Kelly

Q&A

with Lara Kelly,
Head of Data Analytics, HealthBeacon

In January, we launched our adoption series, assessing the multiple considerations required to create useful technologies within the complex landscape of healthcare. This was followed by HealthBeacon CEO, Jim Joyce, reflecting on the importance of keeping technology human, making reference to the significance of simple acts, such as the inclusion of a smile. 

NextDr. Zara Kinsella Fullerton does a Q&A session with Lara Kelly, head of Data Analytics at HealthBeacon tlearn about the benefit of a data driven approach, when it comes to maximising patient adoption. 

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

I am the head of Data Analytics at HealthBeacon. My background is in Biomedical Engineering which I studied at Trinity College in Dublin. 

For a very long time, I thought that I wanted to be a doctor. However, as time passed, I became passionate about using the data captured from digital tools to support and improve patient care.  

like to think of the HealthBeacon as the key that unlocks the data, which enables us to make really smart decisions!  

FROM A DATA PERSPECTIVE, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE ADOPTION?

Adoption is something that is often referenced, but the meaning can be unclear, particularly when it comes to digital health technologies. Defining adoption is a topic that has certainly led to much debate amongst the team – taking a purely data driven approach we would classify a patient as a “HealthBeacon adopter” if they consent to the service, their HealthBeacon is communicating with us (we are a connected device after all!) and the patient has continued to use the device for a period of time. But we are dealing with the human psyche after all, so it is not as straightforward as this! 

The big question we grapple with, is how long does the patient need to use the HealthBeacon for us to classify them as an adopter? It is a matter of individual patient characteristics. According to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes 18 – 254 days for a person to form a new habit – and on average, 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic. ¹

As a result of this broad time range, there is no hard and fast rule on the period of time required before we can classify a patient as being a true adopter. At HealthBeacon, we use a threshold of 90 days. Some might argue we are being hard on ourselves, however, as maximising patient adoption is one of our core values, we would rather under-estimate our true adoption rates and consistently strive to improve them than reach a level of complacency. 

HAS HEALTHBEACON PERFORMED ANY RESEARCH RELATING TO ADOPTION?

We completed a study to assess our adoption rates and presented our findings at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, MA in October 2019.

The key finding from an analysis of 756 devices collected over a 24-month period, was that 77% of devices were adopted. We were delighted to find that this exceeds many of the adoption rates seen in studies of consumer self-tracking technologies.² 

If you would like to find out more information about HealthBeacon’s research relating to patient adoption, please email comms@healthbeacon.com to receive a copy of the poster presented at the Connected Health Conference.

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IMPACTS ADOPTION OF HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES?

There are many factors that can impact adoption. Patient and disease related factors play a big part as well as device usability – how easy it is for someone to incorporate that technology in their daily lives.  

 As we now have 10,000 devices and patient experiences to learn from, we have formed a theory on why the HealthBeacon is so widely adopted or “USED”  

USER NEED:  Patients have to put their sharps somewhere and often are legally obliged to do so

SMART INTERVENTIONS: The system only intervenes when required

EASY: All the patient has to do is plug it in

DISCREET DESIGN: Replacing the conventional sharps bin

Designing patient-centric tools while capturing actionable data can often be difficult to achieve simultaneously. Over the last year we have spent a lot of time reviewing and introducing improvements to the patient experience – much of this is in the form of additional and smoother patient touch-points – this means we are collecting a lot more data but we must continuously ensure that the data we capture is actionable 

To help us achieve the perfect balance, we opened HB Labs which facilitates extensive collaboration between the data and product teams. Once devices have been tested in the user lab and are released for patient use, the data team constantly monitors and identify new behaviours and insights. These are fed back to the product team to ensure all learnings are incorporated in the design of future products.  

Additionally, any findings from our research relating to adoption is also integrated into this process. 

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE HEALTHBEACON DATA TEAM?

The data will keep flowing and we will keep learning and improving!  

One project that I am particularly excited about, is the use of machine learning to predict if a patient is likely to take their next dose on-time. 

Today, the HealthBeacon enables us to identify which patients forget to take their medication and intervene accordingly – this work will enable us to identify them and intervene before they have even forgotten to take their medicationThis will be our smartest intervention yet but more importantly it should improve the patient experience which ultimately is the key to successful adoption!  

WHEN YOU AREN'T IN THE HEALTHBEACON DATA LABS, WHERE MIGHT WE FIND YOU?

When I am not at work, my three favorite things to do are exercising, cooking and travelling – in no particular orderYou may find it hard to believe, but I spent over a year researching the potential of a method to inject encapsulated stem cells into the intervertebral disc, as a technique for minimally invasive repair. I would have to feed the cells every 5 days – even though I found this fascinating, my family (who are the farthest from scientifically minded that you can think of) used to find this bizarre   

ABOUT

This article was written By Lara Kelly and Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella at HealthBeacon. 

Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella, has a degree in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin and a Medical Degree from University College Cork. She is the Medical Science Liaison at HealthBeacon.

Lara Kelly, has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. She is Head of Data Analytics at HealthBeacon. 

  1. Lally. P., 2009, How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world, European Journal of Social Psychology 
  2. Kooiman, T., and Schans, C.,2018, The use of self-tracking technology for health. 1st ed.: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, p.12. 
07 Feb

Achieving Patient Adoption: Should Digital Health Tools Smile?

By Jim Joyce, CEO & Co-Founder of HealthBeacon and Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella, Medical Science Liaison for HealthBeacon

This is the second series reflecting on the adoption of healthcare technologies. In this piece, Jim Joyce asks the question – “Should Digital Health Tools Smile?”

“I gave them a smile, they gave me one back, so I gave them another”– Unknown

Should Digital Health tools smile at you?  I’m called into a packaging meeting for final sign off on the box that will deliver HealthBeacon Smart Devices to patients across the USA, in this case, it is for a partnership with one of the biggest healthcare providers in the USA. Our brilliant tech and design team have spent considerable time brainstorming the box and answering questions: Will a patient know what to do when they receive it? Is it easy to open? Easy to take the device out? Will it be intuitive to plug-in and set up? These are all critical questions that we believe we have a good handle on, but my team has one final point of debate. Should we put a smile on the inside flap of the box? For me, the answer is clear, but we paused for a moment to consider the smile. As a company, we operate globally across 20 countries and even within America the meaning of a smile may be interpreted differently across different states, context and demographics.

Our history with the question, “Should it smile?”, goes back to our earliest prototype, the way our technology works is that each time a patient uses the HealthBeacon device by disposing of their used injection into the HealthBeacon the device smiles at you through the LCD screen.

We initially included the smile because the first versions of our device needed up to 60 seconds to send the time-stamped image of your medication to our servers through a mobile network. During the transition time, many people thought the device might not be working so we introduced the smile during the transmission with the words “Well Done”. The feedback from our patients was great,  “I love how it smiles at me” and “I don’t want to disappoint my HealthBeacon, because I know it wants me to feel better”. The small smile on the screen introduced a bit of humanity to a fairly technical activity of injecting yourself subcutaneously and then disposing of your used injection into our device. Now our devices are communicating immediately, but we have kept the smile.

I was recently at a lecture hosted by the Euronext Stock Exchange, where Dermot Crowley, Deputy CEO of the hotel group, Dalata, paused for a moment to talk about the importance of guests being greeted by smiling staff at each of their hotels. He stated that the first thing he notices is whether the staff smile. It is a critical moment when a guest walks into our hotels, they may be tired from travel or disorientated and being welcomed with a smile can make all the difference.

So why the debate on whether to include a smile? What’s the counterpoint? You’re not taking something seriously and healthcare is serious. You’re not being authentic in your smile? Once a European pharmaceutical executive told me I was being “too American” and the smile might be considered condescending, “it won’t work here, we just don’t smile that much.”

I asked Dr. Zara, our Medical Science Liasion to comment on the science behind the smile:

“Smiling is something we are all familiar with; many of us smile more than 20 times a day and children often smile as much as 400 times in a 24 hour period 1 but what about the science behind these smiles? 

There has been a vast amount of research focusing on the smile, dating as far back as 1862, when French anatomist, Guillaume Duchenne described the results of his work stimulating facial muscles with electric currents and emphasised the significance of eye muscle contraction when smiling. Today, this Duchenne smile, is more commonly referred to as ‘Smizing’.3

The ability of facial expressions to impact our mood was first described by William James and Charles Darwin 4,5 and has been the subject of much research.6 Smiling has been associated with the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine with associated health benefits.

The long-term benefits of smiling are also fascinating.2 Smiling has been linked with increased lifespan in professional athletes 8 and higher levels of marital satisfaction and wellbeing.9 Furthermore, research by Hewlett Packard and Dr. Lewis found that a single smile can result in the same level of brain stimulation as consuming 2,000 bars of chocolate, or obtaining a significant amount of cash.10 

At HealthBeacon we believe we can back up the smiles, it’s part of the culture and it makes sense that we would embed our culture in our technology, communications and packaging.  We want our technology to remove pain, burden, isolation and reduce complexity. We understand that we are a small piece of a big puzzle to help our customers live happier and healthier lives. In a recent in-person survey at HealthBeacon, 90% of our staff spontaneously responded to a smile with a smile. Since smiling is clinically proven to be contagious we are hoping we will infect the last 10% of the staff.

Are we serious enough? The evidence suggests that smiling in the workplace has a direct correlation to productivity and competence, but it does have its limitation and there are times when the absence of a smile is an important message. In our new companion app, we are working on a module that will have people earn their smile, it’s early days so we don’t yet know the impact, but we will keep you posted.

So for the inside flap of the box, it’s a “Yes”. We believe the evidence is clear and it will bring a bit of humanity to the box. Sometimes it just makes sense to not overthink things and smile.

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ABOUT

This article was written by Jim Joyce and Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella, HealthBeacon. Zara has a keen interest in digital health, particularly in the potential for disruptive technologies to enable individualised models of care, within the context of limited healthcare resources.

Jim Joyce has an MBA from University College of Dublin and BA in Economics from Fordham University. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of HealthBeacon, A Dublin Ireland based medical adherence technology company.

Jim Joyce, CEO of HealthBeacon

Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella has a degree in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin and a Medical Degree from University College Cork. She is the Medical Science Liaison at HealthBeacon.

Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella

MEDIA CONTACT

If you have any thoughts about this article, please get in touch at comms@healthbeacon.com or engage with HealthBeacon on LinkedIn or Twitter. We would love to hear from you!

 

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30 Jan

Adoption of Healthcare Technology: A Unique Dilemma

By Katie Roche and Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella, Medical Science Liaison for HealthBeacon | Illustrations by Luke Higashikawa

Companies feed our endless appetite for healthcare technologies, but are patients really using them? Read Katie Roche and Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella’s thoughts, the first of four articles reflecting on the adoption of healthcare technologies. In this piece, they explore why the rapid adoption of technology seen in other industries has lagged behind in healthcare, despite clear requirements for innovative solutions.

Introduction – Adoption of Healthcare Technology: A Unique Dilemma

At this time of the year, consumers are scrambling to obtain the latest technology. Companies feed this endless appetite for new technology by continuously promoting new versions of products year upon year. As the industry continues to capitalize on this frenzy and our lives become increasingly dependent on digital therapeutics, the extent of our choices increases exponentially. In 2008, there were 500 apps available on the Apple App Store.1 In 2018, consumers downloaded 194 billion apps and spent $101 billion in app stores.1 At the beginning of 2019, consumers had a choice of 2.2 million iOS apps and 2.6 million Android apps.1 The healthcare industry is no exception.

Technology and the Healthcare Industry

Recent years have seen an explosion in healthcare-related technologies; connected devices, wearable sensors, patches, apps and software. This sector is expected to reach $280 billion by 20212 and global healthcare spending is predicted to reach $10 trillion by 2022. 2 Patients and healthcare practitioners alike believe that technology has the potential to transform the way in which healthcare is delivered. Despite a rapid explosion in healthcare apps, developing technology for the healthcare industry involves countless additional barriers and considerations. Many healthcare providers are struggling in an under-resourced system and one would be forgiven for thinking that they would embrace every technology that promises to improve efficiency in the diagnosis and management of patients. However, there has been real resistance to processes that have been easily and rapidly adopted in other sectors. Why can’t these processes translate to healthcare?

What is Adoption?

Adoption can be described as the process of accepting, integrating and using a technology. Society has come to demand instant results and technology must continuously find innovative ways to ensure that participants remain engaged in a crowded marketplace after the initial excitement has passed. Many technologies struggle to provide the continuous utility that is required to ensure that initial uptake translates to long-term use. Technology needs to be easy to use, intuitive and aesthetic, solve a problem and in a manner that is decidedly better than a low-fi alternative solution.

Healthcare Technology Adoption Drivers and Barriers

How Can Digital Solutions Integrate into the Healthcare System?

New technologies must identify and address the needs of the end-user and all relevant stakeholders. For busy patients, carers, healthcare practitioners and insurers there must be some incentive in terms of increased quality of care, resource-saving or convenience. The technology must be financially accessible with a simple onboarding process and the ability to adapt to a wide and varied patient population. The device must be passive, require minimal use or capitalise on existing routines. Data generated by the technology must be easily understood and actionable to support patients in taking an active role in their health. As hospital systems move towards electronic health records, the data must be easily and effectively implemented into existing workflows to enable information sharing across all platforms on a real-time basis.

Data Protection in the Context of GDPR

Following the introduction of GDPR, there are significant financial penalties associated with mismanaged personal data. Patients need to trust the security of their data particularly when it relates to highly sensitive information. Data breaches can have a long term impact on the public’s trust, both at the level of an individual organisation but also in an entire industry as a whole. Companies who prioritize data security and integrity will gain consumer confidence as this becomes an increasing priority for many individuals.

Is Establishing a Credible Clinical Research Portfolio Worth it?

To survive in an industry full of highly qualified professionals and experts, healthcare technologies must withstand a continuous level of rigorous scientific and legal scrutiny. With such a significant volume of new devices arriving to market on a daily basis, it can be close to impossible to differentiate the truly beneficial technologies. Many companies have managed to present compelling and accurate clinical evidence and have reaped the financial rewards as demonstrated by some lucrative acquisitions and IPO valuations in recent years. Establishing a credible portfolio of clinical evidence presents a challenge for many emerging companies that may not have the financial resources required to clinically prove the value of their technologies.

High Risk and What Reward?

The disruptive innovation seen in the tech industries whereby a product is placed on the market almost prematurely is not acceptable when it comes to healthcare.  In a highly regulated, risk-averse, litigious industry such as healthcare, disruptive technologies may be met with a level of skepticism. Practitioners may be hesitant to recommend technologies that do not have a wide volume of clinical research and a well-structured data management platform.

How Can These Technologies Maintain Engagement?

After creating scientifically-backed, economically viable and legally compliant technology, there is still the issue of continued engagement of users. Many technologies are utilising gamification to maintain user interest over a prolonged period of time. Other devices use smartphone notifications such as text messages to engage users, but this also comes with the risk of notification fatigue and information overload. Increased interaction with technology may result in increased engagement, but for some patients, this may merely act as a reminder of their illness and have the opposite effect.

What Can We Learn About Long Term Adoption of Technology Within Healthcare?

As with other industries, following the enthusiasm, the hype and race to contribute to the growing body of tech, we anticipate the decline; the redundancy and oversupply, notification fatigue, user boredom and finally, abandonment.  This is a conversation that must be had. How do we create and refine tech that is actually helpful, engages patients long term, reduces healthcare costs, and results in improved patient outcomes? Can we learn from other industries and apply these insights to this space?

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About:

This article was written By Katie Roche and Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella, HealthBeacon. Katie and Zara have a keen interest in digital health, particularly in the potential for disruptive technologies to enable individualised models of care, within the context of limited healthcare resources.

Katie Roche has a degree in Neuroscience and has recently started a degree in Medicine at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Katie recently completed a medical internship at HealthBeacon’s Dubin office.

Katie Roche

Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella has a degree in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin and a Medical Degree from University College Cork. She is the Medical Science Liaison at HealthBeacon.

Dr. Zara Fullerton Kinsella

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References

  1. The State of Mobile in 2019, App Annie. Available at https://www.appannie.com/en/go/state-of-mobile-2019/
  2. Deloitte 2019 Global HealthCare Outlook, Shaping the Future. Available at https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Images/infographics/lifesciences-healthcare/gx-lshc-hc-outlook-2019-infographic.pdf
10 Jan

HealthBeacon to present on their US expansion during the 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

HEALTHBEACON TO PRESENT ON THEIR U.S. EXPANSION FOR THEIR FDA CLEARED ADHERENCE TECH FOR INJECTABLE MEDICATION DURING THE  37TH ANNUAL J.P. MORGAN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE

[Boston, MA., Jan. 10 2020] – HealthBeacon, a medication adherence technology company that develops smart tools for managing medication, today announced that Jim Joyce, CEO and Co-Founder, will present at the Digital Medicine & Medtech Showcase™ in San Francisco on Tuesday, January 14th at 11:00 am Pacific time.

Jim Joyce, CEO will be announcing HealthBeacon’s US expansion for their FDA cleared adherence technology for injectable medication at Digital Medicine & Medtech Showcase as follows:

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Time: 11AM (PST)

Room: Balboa (Level 4)

Venue: Parc 55 – A Hilton Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA (United States)

 

Jim Joyce, CEO & Co-Founder

ABOUT HEALTHBEACON

HealthBeacon is a medication adherence technology company which develops smart tools for managing medication at home. HealthBeacon’s FDA cleared smart sharps bin tracks patient injection history, provides personalized interactive reminders and safely stores used injectables. With the intervention of HealthBeacon’s Smart Sharps Technology, patients’ persistence and adherence increased by 25-30% within twelve months of initiating therapy.  The HealthBeacon integrated model connects a patient’s routine and the prescribing clinician’s workflow.  This technology has been adopted across thirteen countries with >300,000 injections tracked since launch in 2014, with a patient acceptance rate of 80-90%. For more information, visit: www.healthbeacon.com or engage with HealthBeacon on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Mary Principe | comms@healthbeacon.com

30 Dec

HealthBeacon’s FPL Network held at Microsoft EMEA HQ in Dublin

 

 

(Dublin, Ireland – September 3rd, 2019)  HealthBeacon sponsors of the Future Pharma Leader Network (FPL) and Microsoft collaborated in hosting an excellent event in Microsoft’s EMEA Headquarters in Dublin.

The network was addressed by Irish entrepreneurs Oliver Tattan and Pat O’Flynn and by venture investor Lisa Suennen. The network debated some critical constraints to innovation in Pharma, specifically the challenges of supporting real-world evidence advance care and the need to enhance data privacy and patient consent to secure superior clinical outcomes from medicines in common use.