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Digital Health: Heaven or Hell

Digital Health: Heaven or Hell | Digital health | Scoop.it
Many healthcare systems are behind the curve in making effective use of technology.
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This Dude's Fitness Tracker May Have Just Saved His Life

This Dude's Fitness Tracker May Have Just Saved His Life | Digital health | Scoop.it
A 42-year-old man from New Jersey recently showed up in an emergency ward following a seizure. After looking at the data collected by his Fitbit Charge HR, the doctors decided to reset his heart rate with an electrical cardioversion. It’s the first time in history that a fitness tracker was used in this way.
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So my Fitbit might not just make me fitter, but could also save my life
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Study: Smartphone app that listens to breathing, determines respiratory diseases is 89 percent accurate

Study: Smartphone app that listens to breathing, determines respiratory diseases is 89 percent accurate | Digital health | Scoop.it
A smartphone-based system for diagnosing respiratory diseases achieved an accuracy of 89 percent in a recent clinical study of 524 pediatric patients conducted by the company at Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) and Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Perth, Western Australia.
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11% doesn't sound like much, but in more than one in ten cases this would be inaccurate.  Nonetheless, this is a really powerful result;  we just need our healthcare systems to cope with the availability of such technology, rather than ignore it.
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The world’s first 3D printed, FDA-approved drug hits the market today

The world’s first 3D printed, FDA-approved drug hits the market today | Digital health | Scoop.it
The world's first 3D printed drug hits the market today. Spritam was previously approved by the FDA, but the tablet is now available to US consumers.
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What Could be the Next Frontier in Wearables?

What Could be the Next Frontier in Wearables? | Digital health | Scoop.it
An engineering executive from a wearable cardiac monitoring company muses on the future of wearables and remote monitoring in healthcare. Arundhati Parmar Wearables and digital health technologies are spurring the remote monitoring of chronic patients, forever transforming the brick-and-mortar model in healthcare and improving its delivery.These technologies have the power to bend the arc of healthcare costs by reducing hospitalizations, amont other things.

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The answer appears to be data management...
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We’re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Doctors

We’re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Doctors | Digital health | Scoop.it
We’re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Doctors

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Really thoughtful piece about how health tracking apps can both aid understanding on a population level, and transform the lives of the individuals using them
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The major pitfall for digital health startups

The major pitfall for digital health startups | Digital health | Scoop.it
While 2015 was a solid year for digital health, with $4.5 billion in total venture funding, healthcare startups also made headlines for other reasons when reports emerged that much-hyped companies like blood-testing startup Theranos and brain-training app Lumosity were unable to prove the accuracy and effectiveness of their products.Like Beth Seidenberg from KPCB states, digital health startups are increasingly seen as a vehicle to help reduce costs, increase revenues and cut red tape for consumers, healthcare practitioners or service providers. With the laser focus on KPIs and growth, digital health startups often overlook an important factor: Trust.
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Feeling particularly irritated by this as I signed up to Luminosity...
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How Will Machine Learning Impact Personalised Medicine?

How Will Machine Learning Impact Personalised Medicine? | Digital health | Scoop.it
Dr Sobia Hamid has been working in the area of personalised medicine and machine learning undertaking scientific and commercial due diligence and marketing for venture capital, biotech and pharma
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Report: Patients Are Increasingly Using Digital Health to Supplement Doctor Visits -

Report: Patients Are Increasingly Using Digital Health to Supplement Doctor Visits - | Digital health | Scoop.it
Consumers are increasingly leveraging online resources to both prepare for appointments and validate physician recommendations – moving beyond diagnosis to become more active in the treatment decision, according to new findings released from the Sixth Annual Makovsky/Kelton “Pulse of Online Search” Survey. Fielded to 1,035 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and older, data further reveal that while the doctor-patient relationship remains integral to the healthcare equation, patients are actively seeking information online to supplement their doctor visits.
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mHealth Adoption To Skyrocket By 2020

mHealth Adoption To Skyrocket By 2020 | Digital health | Scoop.it

Data from a recent report by Juniper Research indicates the number of mHealth users will increase to 157 million by the year 2020.

 

The adoption of mHealth information services will significantly increase as service providers roll out initiatives to tackle issues such as infant mortality and infectious diseases,” explains an announcement. “SMS, Apps and IVR (Interactive Voice Response) services are providing vital information to those who cannot access general healthcare services.”

The report noted this increase will be fueled by “initiatives such as the MOTECH Foundation, which aims to implement preventative healthcare by educating the population on issues such as sexual health and pregnancy.

 

Researchers also note, “Limited access to connected devices and low literacy rates had resulted in many mHealth services being offered through contact centers.”


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Roundup: More than a dozen IBM Watson health-related partnerships

Roundup: More than a dozen IBM Watson health-related partnerships | Digital health | Scoop.it
It’s been almost a year since IBM launched its newest health-focused business unit, called Watson Health and a new cloud offering called the Watson Health Cloud. 
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78% Of People Would Use Wearables For Health Tracking - ARC

78% Of People Would Use Wearables For Health Tracking - ARC | Digital health | Scoop.it
Digital healthcare may never fully replace the traditional doctor-patient relationship, but wearables and mobile health apps have made the pill easier to swallow.A survey of over 8,000 global healthcare consumers by Accenture Consulting said that patients were now comfortable with health apps or wearables as part of a doctor’s orders. According to Accenture’s 2016 Consumer Survey On Patient Engagement, around 78% of people would wear health-tracking technology to track their fitness and vital signs, while the number of people who use health apps has increased from 16% in 2014 to 33% in two years.
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Seems to me that the issue isn't willingness to use a wearable, it's who pays for the wearables...
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Let's get Sugar Smart! Download the Change4Life Sugar Smart app for free today

Let's get Sugar Smart! Download the Change4Life Sugar Smart app for free today | Digital health | Scoop.it
It's time to get Sugar Smart - download our Sugar Smart app for free today and start scanning to reveal the sugar lurking in your favourite food and drink - you might be surprised how much there is!
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Great idea, but I wonder how much traction it will get and what would enable users to keep using it once downloaded?  Or maybe, after they've used it for a while they shouldn't need to use it anymore?
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Digital health: heaven or hell

Many healthcare systems are behind the curve in making effective use of technology. But smart healthcare organizations are using technology to transform th
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Telenor Health takes flight in Bangladesh

Telenor Health takes flight in Bangladesh | Digital health | Scoop.it
Telenor Health is a new Telenor venture using mobile technology to make high quality health information, advice, and services accessible for everyone. The company is now preparing for launch in Bangladesh.
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Purpose-led businesses working together to deliver mobile health services available in Bangladesh
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World Health Organization releases mHealth research checklist

World Health Organization releases mHealth research checklist | Digital health | Scoop.it
A WHO working group has released a new mHealth research checklist for the reporting of studies involving mobile health interventions.
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How a Fitbit May Make You a Bit Fit

How a Fitbit May Make You a Bit Fit | Digital health | Scoop.it
Millions now have fitness-tracking devices. But are they any use?

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So my Fitbit may not be a complete waste of money, possibly!
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UCanRow2's curator insight, March 26, 11:05 AM
 Yes, it's true that a Fitbit and its friends aren't likely to transform your weight loss.  Plus they're not great at tracking rowing workouts.  We still like them, though, because they nudge you to keep moving.  And it's that NEAT movement (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) that just might make the difference when it comes to dropping pounds, especially if you're menopausal. 

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Top Ten Tech Trends: Nurturing Digital Health Startups

Top Ten Tech Trends: Nurturing Digital Health Startups | Digital health | Scoop.it
Almost every week brings the announcement of another health system opening a center to commercialize innovations or a business accelerator to work with digital health startups in the region. Providers are encouraging electronic health record (EHR) vendors to open their proprietary systems to offerings from app developers. In addition, digital health companies received $4.5 billion in venture capital funding in 2015. What are the driving forces behind these developments and why do health systems now see investment in innovation centers as a vital component of their broader organizational strategies?
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Some valuable lessons here for prospective digital health innovators
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Apple launches CareKit to let people develop their own health apps

Apple launches CareKit to let people develop their own health apps | Digital health | Scoop.it
Apple announced today the launch of CareKit, a new open source software platform that allows people to develop their own health care apps. The software's design is similar to that of Apple's ResearchKit, a software platform that lets scientists run studies through apps available in the Apple app store. However, CareKit seems to be a distinct platform separate from ResearchKit. The software will be available in April.CareKit was introduced by Apple's COO Jeff Williams during the company's "Loop you in" event today. He showed off an example of one of the apps created through the system that helps patients with Parkinson's disease track the effectiveness of the drugs they're taking or the exercise regimens they're on. That app was developed by Sage Bionetworks and the University of Rochester using data gathered from mPower — an app developed through ResearchKit that gathers health data from people with Parkinson's.
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Open source Apple?  Something of an oxymoron, surely?
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Microsoft's Xbox Kinect breathes new life into respiratory assessment

Microsoft's Xbox Kinect breathes new life into respiratory assessment | Digital health | Scoop.it
Normally found in the hands of gamers rather than medics the Microsoft sensors could be used to assess the respiratory function of patients.Researchers at the Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, University of Warwick and the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) have developed a method of using the devices. The system consists of four Kinect sensors which are capable of quickly creating a 3D image of a patient's torso. This enables physicians to measure and assess how a chest wall moves. In tests it has proven to be as accurate as a patient breathing into a spirometer - the current method used - but providing additional information about the movement of the chest, which could help in identifying numerous respiratory problems.
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Mobile game to tackle infant mortality in Africa turns to crowdfunding

Mobile game to tackle infant mortality in Africa turns to crowdfunding | Digital health | Scoop.it
Every year, 470,000 babies die in Africa on the day they are born. In effort to address this avoidable tragedy, a team of doctors from the UK and Kenya have developed a mobile game to train healthcare workers across the continent.The scenario-based mobile gaming platform, called Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies (LIFE), will teach healthcare workers to identify and manage medical emergencies, using game-like training techniques to reinforce ways to save the life of a newborn in distress.
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Community-based digital health programs could improve efficacy

Community-based digital health programs could improve efficacy | Digital health | Scoop.it
Engaging the community could help improve the efficacy of digital health programs.

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How can we create effective yet affordable health innovations?

How can we create effective yet affordable health innovations? | Digital health | Scoop.it
The Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) host inaugural Global Health Forum with a focus on frugal and reverse innovation.
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Slightly off subject, but really interesting presentation by Dr Yasser Bhatti and colleagues at the Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) looking at frugal and reverse innovation, with some great examples of frugal digital health.
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Harvard researchers discovered the one thing everyone needs for happier, healthier lives - Relationships!

Harvard researchers discovered the one thing everyone needs for happier, healthier lives - Relationships! | Digital health | Scoop.it

And it has nothing to do with work or money. - Relationships!


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(Note to self) It is all about relationships. 
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App makes low salt and gluten-free shopping easy | Scoop News

App makes low salt and gluten-free shopping easy | Scoop News | Digital health | Scoop.it
Low salt and gluten-free food products will be easy to identify using an updated smart-phone app that helps New Zealanders to shop healthy.
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