Research about baby boomers and their use of consumer health technologies.

Boomers need viable AND useful smartphone health apps

Smartphones are everywhere -- good thing we don't need them for anything vital. The oldest baby boomer is now 68, the youngest is 50 (AARP entry level).  By Social Security standards (age 62), movie ticket discounts (age 60), recommendations about investing that range from age 50+ to age 55+ , and lots of health advice all the way to 65+, that boomer is well on the way to being a senior. So what percentage of these folks have smartphones? First take a look at Pew-- where smartphone penetration in the 65+ age ranges seem to be around half.

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The Internet of Things -- Nothing to See Here, Move Along

  • New announcements -- here comes the Internet of Things.  We've been treated lately to a plethora of pronouncements about the arrival of the Internet of Things. And it is true that we all know that if stuff can transmit, stuff likes to transmit, even if there is nobody listening to the transmission. Compelling examples of this IoT? Forbes: "Thermostat adjusting the temperature of your home after you leave.

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Challenging Innovators to Match Offerings to the Needs of Older Adults

Advice to Innovators who target older adults. This week this new website, Boomer Health Tech Watch (xhealthtech.com),  officially reveals the first report under the Boomer Health Tech Watch umbrella.

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The Consumerization of Health-Care -- is it working?

The applause meter is overwhelmed by Digital Health.  The racket level about Digital Health (wow, a Check Engine light for your body!!) and its pseudo-pseudonyms is rising to new heights.  And when we say racket, of course, we mean the so-called good news: Apple (amazingly, all by itself and with its HealthKit announcement) transforms healthcare.

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Health tech overselling -- a bubble of hype and reality of non-use

Nurses are mad – tech has been oversold and they don’t like it.  Not something you see often in our tech-hyped bubbly world of quantified selfies and health tech trendiness – but check this out:  this 185,000 member Nurses union has begun a campaign AGAINST over-reliance on ‘unproven’ technology in healthcare.  Over-reliance on EMRs with inadequate or incorrect diagnoses, the rise of robotics – and the use of tech that is more likely to

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Boomer Tech, Plenty of Tech and TEK at AARP Life@50+ Boston

Boston is a tech town – and AARP’s Boston event was tech-enabled.   I spent most of my decades in Beantown. They were great years, great tech jobs, in which I discovered the MBTA and Green Line, baseball, Legal Seafood chowdah and Route 128 traffic. So it was great to see the bi-annual AARP event held there -- and get a chance to return. This event was notable for its Washington-Post sponsored Booming Tech event.

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Are smartphone health apps for boomers really useful?

Our smartphones, ourselves – are they useful for managing our own health? In 2009, Eric Topol, the wireless health medical prognosticator, noted that 'we would soon use our smart phones to monitor our chronic conditions.'  Well, maybe – it all depends on what he meant by 'soon.' App developers are obviously struggling to identify a) an app that is useful and b) who the cohort is that would use it.

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Deriving meaning for boomers in the health tech Bubble

You may have noticed some unfortunate headlines lately.  Startups betting on making a killing on Obamacare, for example, probably in the context of health care delivery, an unfortunate choice of words.  But it’s a chance of a lifetime for venture capitalists!

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What’s a consumer health ‘wearable’ – what should it be?

Apple’s Healthbook is on the way – the world of cool!  Healthbook, "which is expected to launch with iOS 8 later this year, will likely serve as a single place to track all of the data from your fitness gadgets…But many people, especially athletes and fitness junkies, would be eager to have access to more advanced data.”  Oh yes they would, and particularly useful, we have the ability to see “our blood oxygen saturation, breathing rate, and hydration.”

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Technology in search of a problem, avoids baby boomer health and wealth

Smart watches – really?  And we thought Google Glass was dangerous and pretty dumb.  But for those of you already okay with saying ‘Okay Google’ aloud to your glasses in a crowded airport, how about a $300 watch you can talk, tweet, and chat to, all while riding a bicycle?

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