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Alexa-Enabled #Exoskeleton Conquers Mobility Challenges - #healthtech #digitalhealth

Alexa-Enabled #Exoskeleton Conquers Mobility Challenges - #healthtech #digitalhealth | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
Growing need drives exoskeleton development. Wheelchair-bound patients including paraplegics, people with spinal cord injuries, and stroke victims stand highest on the list of potential beneficiaries of exoskeleton technology. We’ve written about work in exoskeleton development by DARPA, by Marsi Bionics, and many other private, university, and government groups. Toronto- and Boston-based BionikLabs has several upper body exoskeletal products …
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Am always concerned about access to exoskeletons for the greatest number. Otherwise, imagine how frustrating for all those people who would like to walk to see that it exists, but not for them! So I'm glad to see this company is seeking mass distribution.
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Why Amazon invested in this cancer-testing startup founded by a Google exec

Why Amazon invested in this cancer-testing startup founded by a Google exec | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it

A health start-up called Grail is developing one of the most ambitious technologies in Silicon Valley.

And Amazon wants a piece of it.

According to two sources familiar, Amazon invested in Grail as a very special kind of future customer for its cloud business.

 

Grail is hoping that its can use deep sequencing technology to detect the earliest signs of cancer in the blood, while it's still treatable. That requires a huge amount of data processing and storage.

That's potentially a huge business for Amazon Web Services.

Reuters reported that the market to store human genetic data is expected to be worth $1 billion by 2018. By 2025, an anticipated 100 million and 2 billion human genomics could be sequenced, according to a 2015 report. Biologists have long-anticipated that the computing resources to handle all that data would outweigh Twitter and YouTube.

Grail's test will not be commercialized in the U.S. for years -- it is aiming for 2019 -- but it will be dabbling in huge data-sets well before then.

It needs to run large-scale clinical studies to demonstrate to industry stakeholders that its technology is both sensitive and accurate. Hundreds of thousands of people will need to be sequenced for each of these studies. And the genomes will need to be securely stored somewhere.

Amazon's investment, initially reported earlier this year, was a little surprising. The e-commerce and cloud services leader doesn't typically bet on start-ups in the regulated life sciences sector. Moreover, Grail CEO Jeff Huber, was a long-time executive at Google, an Amazon rival. (Google also invested in an earlier fund-raising round for Grail through GV, its venture arm, now a division of Google holding company Alphabet.)

But these companies are "positioning themselves for something they think will be big," said Zamin Iqbal, who leads a computational genomics research group at the European Bioinformatics Institute.

Iqbal doesn't expect revenues to be significant yet, in part due to privacy concerns and lack of uptick for whole genome analysis from health providers.

But that could all change in the coming years. "The future of genomics is likely to involve the cloud heavily," he continued.

Another factor that drew Amazon into the deal was Grail's presence in Asia, the people said. In March, the company merged with a blood diagnostics company in China. Amazon Web Services has announced it plans to open a new data center "region" in Hong Kong in 2018.

 


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Detecting cancer and other diseases in blood, other body fluids, such as sweat, and tomorrow in microbiome patterns, is the new holy grail.
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Putting Fitness Trackers and Health Monitoring Apps to the Test #gamification

Putting Fitness Trackers and Health Monitoring Apps to the Test #gamification | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
Smartwatches, smartphone apps, and other digital health tools can aid in managing chronic conditions — but only if people stay engaged.
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Questions About The FDA’s New Framework For #DigitalHealth

Questions About The FDA’s New Framework For #DigitalHealth | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
Questions About The FDA’s New Framework For Digital Health | At the intersection of health, health care, and policy.
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Certification of digital products once again comes in short.
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Barcelona #DigitalHealth Start-ups

The Barcelona digital health scene is booming. Read this article to find out more about how Catalan startups are disrupting Barcelona's health care sector.
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Nice mention of some main startups in Barcelona
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#Kidneydisease risk score built into patients' electronic health records #ehr #emr

#Kidneydisease risk score built into patients' electronic health records #ehr #emr | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Primary care physicians who take care of these patients can help reduce the risk of complications and death if they recognize the progressio
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One of many preventive measures our health systems are not penalized for not doing
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Why the *Beep* Do Doctors Still Use Pagers? - Telemedicine Magazine

Why the *Beep* Do Doctors Still Use Pagers? - Telemedicine Magazine | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it

The anachronistic pager still lives on in healthcare. Here’s why, and what it will take to leave them behind.   For decades, the way we reach out to doctors has remained the same: paging them. 

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If we haven't invented anything more convincing for those doctors, we have it wrong ourselves.
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Maria Hägglund: Electronic health records in Sweden—how can we go from transparency to collaboration? – The BMJ

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50 years after the invention of the concept of an electronic medical record, even Sweden is still struggling with providing access for patients to all of their date in one place.
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Russian #DigitalHealth Startup DOC+ Lands $5M for On-Demand Doctor Visits

Russian #DigitalHealth Startup DOC+ Lands $5M for On-Demand Doctor Visits | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
DOC+, a Russian digital health startup has raised $5 million in funding from existing investors - Yandex Internet Company and Baring Vostok venture fund.
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Russia is in great need of more consultation time/
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From KOL Marketing to Digital Opinion Influencers #hcsmeufr #digital #pharma

"Pharma has long recognized the power of key opinion leaders, but with HCPs and patients now acquiring information about disease and treatment online, there is a new opportunity for "digital opinion influencers"

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Where should you invite clinicians and non clinicians who are digital opinion influencers? Interesting list included.
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#Sweden struggles to achieve ambitious #ehealth dreams

#Sweden struggles to achieve ambitious #ehealth dreams | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
Think a world-class public healthcare system, a stable of leading tech firms, and an impressive track-record of digital innovation make Sweden a shoe-in for the top spot globally in digital healthcare? Think again.

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Progress is relative. What may seem like a bit of a failure in  eHealth in Sweden, is success for others
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8 business case elements to consider in choosing #EHR for Veterans Affairs #VHA

8 business case elements to consider in choosing #EHR for Veterans Affairs #VHA | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
VA Secretary David Shulkin is currently in the process of deciding among electronic health record alternatives for the future. Here are the main aspects VA should take into account when making its pick.
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Article in favor of open source Vista for many good reasons.
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Denise Silber, Basil Strategies: “We would reinvent healthcare, if we built it from scratch through the eyes and experience of patients and caregivers, working side by side with the professionals”

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Thank you to IceeFest Health, Lorena MacNaughtan for this new interview
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#DigitalHealth Checkup: Key Questions Market Players Should Be Asking (Part One)

#DigitalHealth Checkup: Key Questions Market Players Should Be Asking (Part One) | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
Article focuses on main questions necessary for entity interested in Digital Health Solutions to answer
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When it comes to digital health M&A, who is the biggest acquirer of them all?

When it comes to digital health M&A, who is the biggest acquirer of them all? | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
The largest acquirers tended to be health IT vendors but what's interesting about the report by CB Inisghts is that it shows the diversity of companies they've pursued.
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diagnostics.ai Win Digital Health 2017 Award for 'Best Data-Driven Innovation' #digitalhealth

Aug. 21, 2017 -- The Digital Health 2017 awards, presented in collaboration with the UK's Digital Catapult, are awarded based on hel

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#Oculus Video Shows Advanced Hand Tracking Gloves #VR

#Oculus Video Shows Advanced Hand Tracking Gloves #VR | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
An unlisted Oculus video showcases the hand tracking gloves that Mark Zuckerberg teased earlier in the year, suggesting they may be revealed soon.
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A step further toward humanization of #VirtualReality ?
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Opinion | Artificial Intelligence Is Stuck. Here’s How to Move It Forward.

Opinion | Artificial Intelligence Is Stuck. Here’s How to Move It Forward. | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
Real progress will require an international scientific collaboration, like the one that discovered the Higgs boson.
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WebMD to be bought by KKR's Internet Brands for $2.8 billion (wow) #digitalhealth

WebMD to be bought by KKR's Internet Brands for $2.8 billion (wow) #digitalhealth | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
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WebMd was itself the result of a merger with Healtheon, company started by Jim Clark co-founder of Netscape, who got out of healthcare when he saw how long it wd take. Steven Satz, current CEO of WebMd, had been CEO of Physicians Online POL, if anyone remembers that brand.
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Analysis of Israel's opportunities in eHealth

'This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.'

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Israel is indeed a place where eHealth start-ups can both find a market and a learning experience.
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Israel #clinicaltrial online database to make research more efficient  #digitalhealth

Israel #clinicaltrial online database to make research more efficient  #digitalhealth | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it
The web site will make it easier for patients to seek out trials on new medications, procedures and devices, as well as allowing researchers to find participants more easily.
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There are more and more attempts to match patients and trials more efficiently. Let's see how this one works out!
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There are more and more attempts to match patients and trials more efficiently. Let's see how this one works out!
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June 28 is #SustainableHealth Innovation Day in Bordeaux #InnoDayBdx #Week26

University of Bordeaux's Week 26 on Innovation will feature "Sustainability in Healthcare" on June 28th. International speakers, simultaneous translation

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Original and international program on Sustainable Health, thanks to University of Bordeaux.
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Exclusive: How #DigitalHealth Could Save 30 Million Lives by 2030

Exclusive: How #DigitalHealth Could Save 30 Million Lives by 2030 | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it

Exclusive first look at Dr. Raj Panjabi's new TED Talk. He wants to train community health workers through technology.

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Recruiting community health workers seems great idea. Vanessa Carter has been suggesting same for Africa.
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Patient as Entrepreneur – Interview with Patient Advocate and CEO of HealthTech company @11Health #digitalhealth

Patient as Entrepreneur – Interview with Patient Advocate and CEO of HealthTech company @11Health #digitalhealth | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it

Irish Tech News talks to Michael Seres, keynote speaker at Barcelona Health 2.0 Conference. Michael talked about where he sees health care going, and how patients will play a critical part in building the future of healthcare.

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I've had the great fortune to know Michael Seres for 6 years, since the early days of his advocacy and well before becoming an entrepreneur. Seeing what he has achieved is so humbling. He is a model for people everywhere, in turning life's challenges into opportunities.
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When Does An #ArtificialIntelligence Become A Person?

When Does An #ArtificialIntelligence Become A Person? | #DigitalHealth | Scoop.it

On artificial intelligence, animal rights, and the frontiers of legal personhood. The things that define something as someone— as a person — are complex, contested, and mutable. Thinking about the moral, legal, and philosophical arguments around who does and does not get to be a person is a crucial step as we move ever closer toward the birth of the first truly sentient machines, and the destruction of the most highly sentient, endangered animals.

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Fascinating and painful to see how the definition of human evolves depending on the context
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