Key trends from the latest the Consumer Electronics Show through the eyes of NostaLabs John Nosta
Laurent FLOURET's insight:
Interesting perspective from @johnnosta
To note: "35% of attendees came from the pharmaceutical industry" and "The presence of Apple, Google and even Lowe's shows that innovation outside the walls of pharma is redefining a model that, until now, was defined—and perhaps even limited—by a single industry."
This week MobiHealthNews once again rounded up an up-to-date list of health and wellness apps that connect to Apple’s HealthKit, a health and fitness data exchange that makes it easier for iOS apps to share data with each other. For this week’s in-depth report, MobiHealthNews analyzed the ways in which these 137 health and wellness apps are integrating with HealthKit. Some only pull data from HealthKit, while others only push data into HealthKit for other apps to use. A good number — about 20 percent — do both.
Looking forward to much more...: "While HealthKit makes it possible to share dozens of different types of health and fitness data, most HealthKit-enabled apps are making use of the same few data points. Active calories and weight data are both among the top three most popular data types to push or pull from HealthKit. Heart rate data and step count is right up there, too."
I could see myself going there... "HealthSpot, creator of a walk-in kiosk intended to replace many primary care and follow-up care doctor's office visits, working with organizations like Cleveland Clinic, Miami Children's Hospital, and GuideWell, the parent company of Florida Blue."
Facebook (NASDAQ: FB ) could soon follow Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) ,Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF ) , and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) into the healthcare field. According to a recent Reuters report, the company is experimenting with online support communities for patients and mulling the development of personal health and fitness apps.
Yes.. BUT "Becoming a private social network for patients and doctors is a smart next step for the social network, but we should remember that Facebook couldn’t compete against LinkedIn for a simple reason — the former was a place for personal posts, while the latter hosted professional profiles. We could see the same problem with asking patients to share health information on Facebook — its reputation as a casual social network could prevent it from ever being taken seriously as a healthcare platform."
Whether they have chronic ailments like diabetes or just want to watch their weight, Americans are increasingly tracking their health using smartphone applications and other devices that collect personal data automatically, according to health industry researchers.
"The Pew survey found most people with several chronic conditions said that tracking had led them to ask a doctor new questions, led them to seek a second opinion or influenced their treatment decisions."
Microsoft has been winning generally approving headlines for its Microsoft Band fitness tracker and accompanying Microsoft Health platform, since both were revealed – seemingly unintentionally at first – on Wednesday.
One of the key points about both hardware and software is their cross-platform nature: they won’t just be restricted to people with a Windows Phone smartphone and/or a computer running the Windows OS. They’ll also support Android, iOS and Mac.
Microsoft Health is also open to other devices and apps, with Jawbone’s Up and the apps MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper the first to be announced.
“We plan to have a regular cadence of Microsoft Health announcements including additional device and service partnerships, SDK availability and additional cross-platform applications and services,” blogged Microsoft’s Todd Holmdahl.
Roche subsidiary Genentech is no stranger to online patient communities — the pharma company signed a five-year data access deal with online patient community company PatientsLikeMe in April. At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara this week, Genentech...
In the course of one short week, no less than 3 different models have emerged for sharing big data in the pharmaceutical industry. The highest profile of these ‒ called Project Data Sphere (PDS here) ‒ was announced earlier today with the official opening of an online resource to share clinical trial data [...]
Laurent FLOURET's insight:
"As Gartner suggests, big data may well be at its peak of inflated expectation, but what we’re also seeing through other examples (like Google’s Flu Trend here) is that multiple data sources used collaboratively can produce richer results."
Medical and engineering researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have developed a smartphone app, called BiliCam, that they claim can diagnose jaundice in newborns via a smartphone’s camera.
"Samsung's digital health platform will help app developers, healthcare providers, hospitals, insurance and the pharmaceutical companies drive in an open environment that connects sensor technologies, devices and partners."
For the past 18 months, according to the Tech Review, Google has been quietly rolling out a cloud computing service for DNA. Google Genomics could one day have millions of genomes on its servers, available at a click of a button to researchers. Are there legitimate privacy concerns here? Definitely, but it's not Google's grubby fingers you should worry about.
Tailored medicine: "Suppose you child turns out to have a rare and mysterious genetic disease. Or suppose you come into the hospital with cancer. By comparing one genome sequence to millions of others in a database, we can begin untangling how to best treat individuals."
You might call it a revolution, or maybe a remaking, but either way big data is changing the scale and scope of how doctors care for patients and how caregivers and insurance companies address community-wide health issues.
"The sensor records blood glucose levels every minute, sampling the interstitial fluid using a 5mm long and .4 mm wide filament that penetrates the skin. It doesn’t require any finger prick calibration, unlike all other currently available continuous glucose monitors."
Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi are using IBM Watson’s computer brain/big data cruncher to support research and development. It will be used to identify new applications for drugs that have already been developed and to leaf through scientific papers that detail clinical trial outcomes, according to a statement from IBM.
Whether they're sneaking between cells or turning cockroaches into living 8-bit computers, nanobots are insanely fascinating. Now, they're about to become an army of impossibly small weaponized robots, swarm into the human body, hunt down malignant tumors and destroy them once and for all.
"You and your application may not use the HealthKit APIs, or any information obtained through the HealthKit APIs, for any purpose other than providing health and/or fitness services in connection with your application (eg not for serving advertising)."
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