On this episode I spoke with Uwe Diegel, the CEO of iHealth Labs Europe who is based in Paris, France. Uwe a is serial entrepreneur who has started several successful healthcare companies. He has several patents and has taken those designs through to production and commercialization. He is a highly sought after speaker in various aspects of cardiovascular health, and he speaks at conferences around the world to share his vision and experience.
Designing Products for Today with an Eye on the Future
If you’ve searched for connected health devices in an Apple Store or on Amazon, you’ll see a familiar brand there among the choices. iHealth Labs is a pioneer in the personal mobile health revolution. In 2011, they launched the very first mobile-app enabled blood pressure device. In 2012, they launched the first wireless blood pressure monitor and in 2013, they launched a wireless blood glucose monitor. iHealth was the very first health device to be carried in Apple retail stores, and they’ve been on a roll ever since, leading the way with connected health devices that are stylish and simple to use.
In this episode, we discuss the transition of connected gadgets to connected health, the importance of design in making devices that are easy to use, and the evolution of invisible technologies.
- Early tech for the study of cardiovascular health
- The genesis of iHealth products
- The gadgetization of connected health products
- Advances in telemedicine
- Business divisions of iHealth
- Importance of design
- Understanding patient and marketing needs
- The future of design for digital health products
Lighting Round Answers
Q: What is a saying or quote that motivates you:
A: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. It’s to really look at things that are already there and to start using them properly.” ~ Marcel Proust
Q: What advice do you have for innovators and entrepreneurs working in health?
A: Having an idea is easy, but then it's actually knowing how you're going to develop the idea and where you're going to take it. Also, have the belief that you're doing the right thing. Make the world a better place.
Q: What book would you recommend and why?
A: One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Q: What technology, tool or app (besides Slack) would you recommend, and why?
A: We Chat
Q: We will be making a financial donation to a charity of your choice. What charity have you selected?
Links and Resources Mentioned
iHealth Labs – Use Promo Code ‘digitalhealth' for 20% – hurry, this offer won't last!
Fall Health 2.0 Event, September 25-28, 2016
Openshift Competition – Over $150,000 in prizes available. Deadline to apply, 21 September, 2016
Startupbootcamp Digital Health Accelerator, Berlin – Three month program offering mentorship, funding, logistics support, and access to a huge network of corporate partners, angels, VC and mentors around the world – I'm one of the mentors. Get in touch with me directly if you decide to apply, but hurry! Application deadline is August 31, 2016.
ABOUT THE HOST
As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.
On Digital Health Today, I leverage my experiences to help great leaders and innovators tell their stories and connect to users, investors and other stakeholders.