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Digital health: from sensors to data fusion (video)

Digital health: from sensors to data fusion (video) | Doctor | Scoop.it

All grit, no fluff. One of the best digital healthcare surveys I've seen from the University of Oxford's Lionel Tarrasenko.

 

Note the emphasis on non-invasive sensors in digital health and data fusion in analytics.

 

If you only watch one digital health video this year, make it this one.

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Apple's WWDC14 footshot raises clinician questions about validation of HealthKit's utility

Apple's WWDC14 footshot raises clinician questions about validation of HealthKit's utility | Doctor | Scoop.it

Yesterday at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, an image flashed up on the screen behind VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. It was a screen shot from Apple’s new Health app (or a mockup thereof), showing a user’s blood glucose level.

 

But Apple biffed the measurement for blood glucose level, as Aaron Rowe of biochemical sampling device maker Integrated Plasmonics pointed out. It’s measured in mg/dL. Apple’s slide said “mL/dL.”

 

“It will be really important for companies to justify their interpretations of the information they provide to achieve physician buy in,” said Dr. Molly Maloof, a San Francisco Bay Area clinical physician focused on health optimization. “Otherwise, these consumer-focused devices will be written off as health toys rather than health tools.”


“I personally feel they should have an entire team of clinical researchers and medical doctors on their staff rather than just device experts because what they need is clinical validation that the tool is useful,” Dr. Maloof says.

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Laurent FLOURET's curator insight, June 5, 7:18 AM

“I personally feel they should have an entire team of clinical researchers and medical doctors on their staff rather than just device experts because what they need is clinical validation that the tool is useful,” Dr. Maloof says"

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Survey: more than a third of physicians had recommended that patients use health apps in the past year

Survey: more than a third of physicians had recommended that patients use health apps in the past year | Doctor | Scoop.it

From Manhattan Research's 'Taking the Pulse U.S. 2014' study: 

 

* Forty-seven percent of physician smartphone owners had shown patients images or videos on their devices,

* More than a third of physicians had recommended that patients use health apps in the past year.

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Clinician, patient, and family social media pioneers in UK health

Andrew Spong's insight:

This is great piece of work that serves to define the utility of social media in a healthcare setting, spotlight expert practitioners, and offer advice and encouragement to new entrants all at once.

 

Grab this free PDF right now.

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rob halkes's curator insight, May 28, 1:02 PM

Great to see the original pioneers in the UK ;-)

Denise Silber's curator insight, May 28, 6:37 PM

I just scooped this from @andrewspong Come meet him in Paris at Doctors 2.0 & You June 5-6

 

 
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The importance of humanising healthcare Technology 

The importance of humanising healthcare Technology  | Doctor | Scoop.it

"Technology has seriously upped the ante when it comes to enabling patients to be informed and educated about their health. There are more than70,000 websites that disseminate health information.


As exciting as this may sound, access to the general public is often hindered by design issues (poor navigation, writing at graduate level, and disorganization) and questionable quality and accuracy of information.


We can do better."

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"In general doctors can, and perhaps should in this age, engage with patients using social media"

"In general doctors can, and perhaps should in this age, engage with patients using social media" | Doctor | Scoop.it

Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, assistant professor of gastroenterology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, says:

 

“While there are many more strategies and tools available for communication to physicians these days, there is still a big barrier between patients and physicians

 

There are a lot of questions in provider communities about the regulations and whether emails and other electronic communication can be leveraged. In fact, it is encouraged. In general, you can and perhaps you should in this age, engage with patients using social media.”

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Cloud management of health information in Italy

Cloud management of health information in Italy | Doctor | Scoop.it

The aim of digital health is to enable doctors and patients to carry out many activities remotely, thereby improving patient quality of life and reducing health expenditure. Telecom Italia has promoted the development of telemedicine to improve the lives of patients in hospital and the cloud management of health information (electronic health records).

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Why social media is not a waste of time for a doctor

Why social media is not a waste of time for a doctor | Doctor | Scoop.it

An infographic, slides, video and a paper: Anne Marie Cunningham collates some of her best content on the utility of social media to healthcare professionals in a single blog post. Nice!

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The doctor will tweet you now: an introduction to social media for doctors

The doctor will tweet you now: an introduction to social media for doctors | Doctor | Scoop.it

A long playing video from Phil Boucher, MD (@Phil_BoucherMD)

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Thank you for sharing this.
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Reviewing the latest advances in Eric Topol's top ten digital health targets

Reviewing the latest advances in Eric Topol's top ten digital health targets | Doctor | Scoop.it

A nice review of digital health advances in Alzheimer’s, asthma, breast cancer, COPD, depression, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, obesity, and sleep disorders.

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uBiome: big data from bacteria

uBiome: big data from bacteria | Doctor | Scoop.it

Founded by UCSF scientists and Stanford and Cambridge technologists, our mission is using big data to understand the human microbiome. We’re all covered in trillions of bacteria. We help consumers and organizations understand what they are and what they do. We're using tools like machine learning, bioinformatics, crowdsourcing, Illumina Hi-Seq, and robots.

 

uBiome addresses a massive need: dozens of conditions are correlated with the human microbiome (asthma, diabetes, irritable bowel, heart disease, etc.). We are the first and only big data company focused on the microbiome.

 

Our product accomplishes two goals: 1) allowing consumers access to their microbiome to learn about their bodies, perform experiments, and see how current studies apply to them 2) allowing organizations to learn about the microbiome at scale.

 
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The future of medicine in 75 seconds

The future of medicine in 75 seconds | Doctor | Scoop.it
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Study calls for doctors to consider editing Wikipedia

Study calls for doctors to consider editing Wikipedia | Doctor | Scoop.it

From the conclusion:

 

"In the Internet era, our role as doctors in guiding patients towards high-quality health information has expanded into the digital setting. It is difficult to make recommendations on an optimal approach to this complex and evolving environment. However, from this review, the potential inaccuracy of information on the Internet suggests some key areas in which doctors can contribute.

 

In the clinical setting, more time spent in discussion with patients on aspects of diagnosis and treatment may be a beneficial, individualised alternative to Internet information. For computer literate patients, guidance towards high quality, accurate web resources is a reasonable approach which may help patients to navigate the myriad of information available to them while promoting autonomy.

 

Becoming actively involved in editing and updating resources such as Wikipedia may also be an effective way to disseminate our knowledge to patients."

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3920473/

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Samsung introduces Simband modular health band powered by open source SAMI platform

Samsung introduces Simband modular health band powered by open source SAMI platform | Doctor | Scoop.it

At a “Voice of the Body” event today in San Francisco, Samsung president and chief strategy officer Young Sohn announced the company’s vision of an open health-sensor platform. That vision results in the Simband modular wrist band.

 

The demonstration Simband device shown at the event showed vitals in real-time. The wrist band uses light sensors and bio impedance sensors to measure your body. The information tracked is shared with the SAMI cloud network. The entire system is open to developers and modular.

 
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Nano-electronics research centre Imec and Samsung join to accelerate innovation in digital health

Imec, the world-leading nano-electronics research centre announced today that it is collaborating with Samsung Electronics to accelerate innovation and collaboration among technology companies and researchers working in the burgeoning mobile wearable field.

 

The announcement comes as part of Samsung's recently announced digital health initiative, which aims to facilitate the development of wearable sensors that can help users gain new insights into their own wellness and enable them to live healthier lives. A centerpiece of the announcement is Samsung's Simband platform, which includes an open reference sensor module integrating the industry's most advanced sensing technologies from Imec.

 

The sensor array promises to bring a new understanding of the body's inner workings to the world of consumer health monitoring. 

Andrew Spong's insight:

This announcement sounds like a step forward, and makes Apple's HealthKit fluff look more and more like an exercise in chair-moving.

 

The Simband platform will take digital health a step towards a NIAP (non-invasive, all-pervasive) sensor-driven healthcare future based on prevention rather than treatment.

 

The notion of quantifying our health can be no more than a hobbyist indulgence for a minute and privileged subsection of the population until this point is reached.

 

And this creation of the conditions of possibility for informed health self-management is where we need to be if our future healthcare offering is going to be sustainable.

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ASCO highlights oncology clinician Twitter users, and the hashtags they favour

ASCO highlights oncology clinician Twitter users, and the hashtags they favour | Doctor | Scoop.it
Andrew Spong's insight:

This is the first time I've seen something like this.

 

I think ASCO have got it right straight out of the blocks, and offer a model of best practice with regard to how best to promote clinical conversation around their congress inside and outside the convention centre.

 

Next up will be a companion patient opinion leader infographic, I hope :)

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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, May 30, 5:54 AM

do you like twitter congresses?

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IBM Watson: The voice of the physician on the future of healthcare

Perspectives from top MDs and healthcare professionals on healthcare's most pressing challenges and IBM Watson's potential role in addressing them.

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How the patient portal is changing medical practice

How the patient portal is changing medical practice | Doctor | Scoop.it

"Medical practice has begun its inevitable journey toward this transformation when, unless an exam or a procedure is required, most medical questions and answers, as well as virtually all medication refills and renewals, appointment requests, interpretation and discussion of the implications of lab and imaging results will be conducted online rather than in the office.

 

The reimbursement system in the health care of the future will simply have to take this into account, as we slowly transition to a fee-for-service to a care management."

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Reimagining telemedicine and mobile health with IBM Watson

Reimagining telemedicine and mobile health with IBM Watson | Doctor | Scoop.it
Six digital health companies are enlisting IBM's Watson technology to improve their mobile health and telemedicine solutions in a wider innovation challenge
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How IBM Watson could help oncologists create protocols

Skip to 46:30 to see how IBM Watson can now create debatable pro and con propositions from raw data (viewing time: 2 mins), then allow the film to play through a brief consideration of how oncologists could use Watson's insights to create disease protocols.

Andrew Spong's insight:

We're a very short space of time away from Watson being the only point of care clinical decision support tool that healthcare professionals are going to want to use.

 

It seems likely that once it comes to market in an appropriate format, Its ability to parse and answer well-formed clinical questions from the totality of available data will immediately destroy the point of care tool industry.

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Babylon app puts a GP in your pocket

Babylon app puts a GP in your pocket | Doctor | Scoop.it
Babylon is a subscription health service that lets you book virtual GP consultations with professional physicians, monitor symptoms and receive prescriptions
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What does a 'paperless NHS' actually mean?

What does a 'paperless NHS' actually mean? | Doctor | Scoop.it

Matthew Jennings asks: what does a 'paperless NHS' actually mean?'

 

"Let’s imagine a paperless NHS. What this means is a centralised, digital storing method of working. Notes will not be kept on pieces of paper. Any information about the patient, their condition, tests and scans and results is stored electronically. The electronic records can be shared across healthcare providers, so everyone is looking at the same thing.

 

Patients in the community will have access to online portals that allow them to book G.P appointments, request an urgent clinic or to get a message to the specialist care teams. Simple, patient friendly equipment can enable long term patients to upload their latest measurements (that they take themselves) e.g. latest blood sugar levels, blood pressure and respiratory function. Technology may even allow for these to be automatically uploaded to a central system. The specialist and community nurses will either be alerted by the deteriorating measurements, direct communication to them, or by the lack of communication, indicating something may be wrong.

 

A virtual consultation can then take place and next steps decided. Visual devices (like an iPad, tablet, Skype, mobile phone) could be used or a telephone call, text message or an online consultation (online ‘chat’ function). The outcome may be that an urgent house call is required by one of the healthcare team. The outcome may be that there is nothing to worry about for now..."

 

Andrew Spong's insight:

Sounds good to me! :)

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A digital stethoscope

A digital stethoscope | Doctor | Scoop.it

Thinklabs One describes its digital stethoscope as 'the smallest, most powerful stethoscope ever'.

Andrew Spong's insight:

I like the look of it from a design perspective, certainly. Has anyone used one?

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What digital literacies do physicians need?

Rebecca Hogue (@rjhogue) writes:

 

"Over the next couple of days, I will be attending the Canadian Conference on Medical Education. Throughout the conference, I will be reflecting on digital literacies and their relationship to medical education and teaching."

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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, April 26, 2:49 AM

thks,

for curation of scientific information, I do prefer scoop.it which is more similar to using current contents and encompass grey literature

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What are the three main gaps in digital health?

What are the three main gaps in digital health? | Doctor | Scoop.it

Arlen Meyers (@ArlenMD) presents a short video offering his view as to what the three main gaps are in digital health.

Andrew Spong's insight:

I agree with #1.

 

From my POV, #2 is a red herring (few are more than one degree away from HIT; we're in a transitional era; use savings from effectively deployed HIT to target hard-to-reach groups by other means)

 

#3 is only a 'digital health gap' insofar as it is an internal, structural issue exacerbated by legacy organisations' inability to reform, adapt, and redeploy resources. If they can't manage this, they'll perish anyway.

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