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"The Healthcare revolution will not be televised"

My Presentation from Athens looking at 5 things digital can do to revolutionise pharmaceuticals (with a bit of Gil Scott Heron thrown in for good measure)

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Dan Baxter's curator insight, August 11, 2013 4:52 PM

Little bit late to the party on this one!

 

Especially interested in the 'can an app treat depression bit'

Alex Butler's comment, August 13, 2013 4:31 AM
Thanks for watching Dan, appreciated :-)
Sophie Undreiner's curator insight, March 15, 5:23 AM

@TedMed par Alex Butler

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Can Video Games Fend Off Mental Decline?

Can Video Games Fend Off Mental Decline? | Digital Health | Scoop.it
“Brain training” games have become big business, but the research is still unclear about whether they improve your brain overall.
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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, October 24, 12:32 PM

I don't know about you, but I sure hope they help a little. They are too much fun to stop playing!

http://www.free-alzheimers-support.com

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Connected health is progressing, but obstacles remain (and some of them are doctors)

Connected health is progressing, but obstacles remain (and some of them are doctors) | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Connected health is progressing, but obstacles remain (and some of them are doctors)
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Microsoft expected to unveil a fitness-focused smartwatch within weeks

Microsoft expected to unveil a fitness-focused smartwatch within weeks | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Microsoft will unveil a fitness band with smartwatch functions within the next few weeks, according to reports.


The smartwatch will connect to a smartphone, such as Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phones, and display notifications and other data from the internet. It will also act as a fitness tracker, monitoring motion, activity and calories burned, using sensors.

The key feature will be a heart-rate monitor that continuously tracks the wearer’s heart throughout the day. It will have a two-day battery life, while most smartwatches with similar capabilities can only last hours with continuous heart monitoring, or a day with intermittent testing.

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Google Helpouts: The Virtual Future of Healthcare

Google Helpouts: The Virtual Future of Healthcare | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Could the future of healthcare be powered by virtual technologies?
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Art Jones's curator insight, October 15, 1:18 PM

Once Google firms up it's HIPAA compliance regimen Helpouts should succeed, time will tell.

Suman Ali's comment, October 16, 7:43 AM
thanks for this sharing..
Suman Ali's comment, October 16, 7:43 AM
thanks for this sharing..
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The doctor will see you now -- through Google

The doctor will see you now -- through Google | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Google seems to be getting smarter all the time. It’s already a sort of virtual encyclopedia. Now, for at least some users, it’s behaving like a wise, caring parent that will not only tell you to see a doctor but will actually make it happen.


Developer Jason Houle noticed an interesting feature when he googled “knee pain” on an Android device recently: Google was offering him to “talk with a doctor now” through a video chat. He posted a screenshot to Reddit on Friday, and Engadget confirmed yesterday that Google was indeed testing the feature.


The extraordinary aspect of the feature is that it suggests Google does actually harbor major ambitions for its expert-chatting feature, Helpouts, specifically in the domain of health care.

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How mHealth and data integration impact patient engagement

How mHealth and data integration impact patient engagement | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Integrating data from mobile health applications and other sources with a patient's electronic health record (EHR) offers more data and greater patient engagement, but industry leaders encourage providers to carefully consider what--and how much--information to collect to ensure the information is useful to both providers and their patients.
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Dr. Kevin McGuinness's curator insight, October 9, 10:18 AM

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The author makes a very important distinction about patient engagement here.  mHealth (including the EHR) and mbHealth cannot become a generic market place or a data dump.  Patient engagement is about the patient and the health practitioner.For patient engagement to be credible, mHealth and mbHealth must be outcome-vetted within that relationship. 

 

Customer engagement, on the other hand, is what happens between health practitioners or individuals and health product vendors. Customer engagement is about sales outcomes right now, not health outcomes.

 

"Patient engagement" is not a euphemism for "customer engagement."  Lets guard against that.

Keith McGuinness's curator insight, October 9, 11:55 AM

Semantic note:


When physicians and EHR vendors use the phrase 'patient engagement' they are talking about increasing engagement between the the patient and the physician.  


When app developers uses the word 'engagement' (with or without the 'patient' suffix) they are, generally speaking, talking about increasing 'engagement' between a customer and an app.  


When an app developer and a physician talk, progress is slow because, with the rarest of exceptions, neither is fluent in the language of the other.    


Patient/customer engagement with mHealth apps in general and mbHealth apps in particular, is a dead-end without physician adoption.  And physician adoption of apps is a dead-end without a credible link between engagement and a specific health outcome.  


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Can Big Data Tell Us What Clinical Trials Don’t?

Can Big Data Tell Us What Clinical Trials Don’t? | Digital Health | Scoop.it

When a helicopter rushed a 13-year-old girl showing symptoms suggestive of kidney failure to Stanford’s Packard Children’s Hospital, Jennifer Frankovich was the rheumatologist on call. She and a team of other doctors quickly diagnosed lupus, an autoimmune disease. But as they hurried to treat the girl, Frankovich thought that something about the patient’s particular combination of lupus symptoms — kidney problems, inflamed pancreas and blood vessels — rang a bell. In the past, she’d seen lupus patients with these symptoms develop life-threatening blood clots. Her colleagues in other specialties didn’t think there was cause to give the girl anti-clotting drugs, so Frankovich deferred to them. But she retained her suspicions. “I could not forget these cases,” she says.

Back in her office, she found that the scientific literature had no studies on patients like this to guide her. So she did something unusual: She searched a database of all the lupus patients the hospital had seen over the previous five years

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Health wearables that could change atrial fibrillation screening

Health wearables that could change atrial fibrillation screening | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Mobile health devices that could change abnormal heart rhythm detection.
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iTunes highlights HealthKit-ready fitness, nutrition, and medical apps

iTunes highlights HealthKit-ready fitness, nutrition, and medical apps | Digital Health | Scoop.it

First we had the announcement of HealthKit at WWDC, then a fitness-oriented iPhone 5s ad in June, followed by Apple’s entry into the fitness-tracking market with the Apple Watch unveiling, and now the App Store’s been updated with a new “Apps for Health” section.

This section continues Apple’s trend for using human curation in the App Store by highlighting 14 apps which take advantage of iOS 8’s Health app by bringing health and fitness data into one centralized apps for access by users.

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Study: Mobile Health Apps Need Risk Assessment, Framework

Study: Mobile Health Apps Need Risk Assessment, Framework | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Researchers at Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom find that a mobile health application risk assessment model and a framework for supporting clinical use is needed to ensure patient safety and physician reputation. They outline risks associated with mobile health apps and variables that affect such risk factors. FierceHealthIT, Journal of Medical internet Research.
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How Google Fit and Apple Healthkit integrate patient data from health apps

How Google Fit and Apple Healthkit integrate patient data from health apps | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Google launched a preview software developers kit (SDK) for the Google Fit fitness app platform at Google I/O earlier this year. Similarly, Apple launched their new Healthkit API at Apple’s WWDC 14 — and clearly healthcare will be a big focus for Apple with their Apple Watch. Developers are now able to create and test health and fitness apps for Android and iOS 8.

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EHR giant Epic explains how it will bring Apple HealthKit data to doctors

EHR giant Epic explains how it will bring Apple HealthKit data to doctors | Digital Health | Scoop.it
As iOS 8 is launched today and a horde of developers ready their HealthKit apps, Epic talks about how the whole thing will work with it's increasingly ubiquitous electronic health record.
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Nike CEO Hints at Continued Partnership With Apple to Develop Stylish Fitness Wearables

Nike CEO Hints at Continued Partnership With Apple to Develop Stylish Fitness Wearables | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Nike CEO Mark Parker sat down with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the company's brand and product strategy (via The Guardian). During the 13-minute-long "Market Makers" segment, Parker confirmed that he is bullish on Apple and the wearables market, hinting at a continued partnership between the two companies at the 9:45 mark. 

Though Nike recently discontinued further development on its FuelBand fitness wearables, the sports and fitness company is not ready to abandon the wearables market, instead waiting for the market to mature beyond it current geeky status.


"I think it’s going to be a big part of the future, absolutely," said Parker. "I think the form it takes is critical. You can go from the very geeky kind of wearables today – we’ve all seen some of those – to what I think you’ll see in the future, things that are more stealth, more integrated, more stylish and more functional, yes."
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How Welltok tapped IBM's Watson to upgrade its health optimization platform

How Welltok tapped IBM's Watson to upgrade its health optimization platform | Digital Health | Scoop.it
How Welltok tapped IBM’s Watson to upgrade its health optimization platform
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Connected gadgets will help patients take back their health information. Are they ready for it?

Connected gadgets will help patients take back their health information. Are they ready for it? | Digital Health | Scoop.it
A smart inhaler can warn a doctor a patient is having trouble before they go to the emergency room. But if patients have increased access to their data, they also will need to know how to manage it.
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Cloud computing is coming for your DNA, and it will lead to better drugs and health care

Cloud computing is coming for your DNA, and it will lead to better drugs and health care | Digital Health | Scoop.it
DNAnexus is adding Regeneron Genetics Center to its group of partners. DNAnexus will convert 1,000 genomes a week into usable data in the cloud.
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Philips launches wearable for chronic illness, to make the internet of things medical grade

Philips launches wearable for chronic illness, to make the internet of things medical grade | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Philips and a Dutch university have built a wearable that will help patients with a chronic illness and their doctors track their health. Philips teamed up with Salesforce to get the data from its cloud into apps.
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Over 80% of doctors now use smartphones for profession-related reasons at work

Over 80% of doctors now use smartphones for profession-related reasons at work | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Desktops are near universal in UK doctors' offices, and smartphones have also become a part of most physicians' jobs. More than 80% of doctors in the country now use a smartphone regularly for profession-related reasons while at work. Physicians in the UK have also jumped on the social media bandwagon, with almost two-thirds accessing sites such as Wikipedia and YouTube for professional purposes.
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Bettina Gifford's curator insight, October 10, 1:48 AM

Mobile phones are a great digital communication platform for HCPs, opportunities on www.hcpmeetings.com.au

MyHealthShare's curator insight, October 11, 6:26 AM
Over 80% of doctors now use smartphones for profession-related reasons at work - http://flip.it/a5yE6
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Facebook creating health apps

Facebook creating health apps | Digital Health | Scoop.it
As the social network reportedly plots to enter the healthcare realm, it appears Facebook is creating wellness apps and social discussions around health.
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If We're Going to Give Facebook Our Data, At Least It Can Do Some Good

If We're Going to Give Facebook Our Data, At Least It Can Do Some Good | Digital Health | Scoop.it

In a recent exposé, The New York Times revealed the appalling conditions that surround end-of-life care in New York City and the perverse incentives that perpetuate the system. The piece—tragic, enraging, and, one hopes, change-inducing—exemplifies the real, meaningful value that the best journalism creates for a society.


The story moved me, and because the doings of the tech industry are my daily bread, it made me think: why isn’t this the kind of problem Silicon Valley is trying to hack?

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Apple's HealthKit Now Sends Medical Data Right to Your Health Record

Apple's HealthKit Now Sends Medical Data Right to Your Health Record | Digital Health | Scoop.it
iHealth was the first company to sell a medical device through Apple, so it's only natural it's also the first to fully integrate its products with Apple's HealthKit. That means all the data iHealth's connected monitors and trackers collect not only gets sent straight to the app, it's also automagically logged in your electronic health record.
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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, September 30, 10:53 AM

This could be so important during a medical event. 

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Olivia Klenda's curator insight, September 30, 6:50 PM

The new HealthKit is a great way to keep track of your personal health records, exercise, and eating habits. 

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Jawbone Releases Up iOS App with Apple Health Support

Jawbone Releases Up iOS App with Apple Health Support | Digital Health | Scoop.it

As promised, Jawbone has released a new health and fitness-tracking app for iOS 8 that accepts data from a bevy of different devices and services. 


The new offering is simply called UP, which is, rather confusingly, the same name Jawbone gave to its previous iOS app. The broader fitness platform is possible because of Apple Health and HealthKit, the latter of which allows developers to easily share and import data from different sources.

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How biosensors could put a smartphone at the center of 21st-century medical care

How biosensors could put a smartphone at the center of 21st-century medical care | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Biosensors are on the verge of changing the way we use our smartphones to investigate the world around us.
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ChemaCepeda's curator insight, September 24, 10:08 AM

Wearables, biosensores, big data, ... Se avecinan tiempos de recogida de millones de datos. ¿Seremos capaces de interpretarlos en el contexto de la salud? ¿Y de traducirlos en una mejor atención sanitaria?

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Lifelogging App Knows When You’re Depressed, Stressed or Lonely

Lifelogging App Knows When You’re Depressed, Stressed or Lonely | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Motion, audio, and location data harvested from a smartphone can be analyzed to accurately predict stress or depression.
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Report: Google principles roadmap for mental health app building

Report: Google principles roadmap for mental health app building | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Evidence-based mobile mental health technologies could boost patient self-care and reduce the increasing demand for one-on-one psychological intervention, but such mHealth tools would do well to adhere to specific development guidelines, according to a new research study.
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