Digital health tech is moving beyond the consumer market. Research from Frost & Sullivan shows that the healthcare wearables device market could more than triple to $18.9 billion in 2020 from $5.1 billion in 2015. The healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are fully embracing wearables to monitor patients between visits, improve patient adherence to medications and accelerate clinical drug trials.Wearables can give healthcare professionals insights into patient behavior and disease progression through a steady flow of electronic data transmitted by the devices. Medical wearables also enable clinicians and pharmaceutical companies conducting drug trials to collect more patient-generated health data to guide treatment for individual patients and contribute to ongoing population health analytics research initiatives.
Guelph’s Erin MacIndoe Sproule and her team won an award at the recent Break Inequality Hackathon competition at the Google headquarters in Kitchener. The aim of the event, organized by Developers without Borders, was to find innovative ways to use digital/mobile technology to address social or health problems in the developing world. The MacIndoe Sproule team won the Innovation Award at the event, and a $500 prize, for their Red Tracker, a cellphone app that could help women in a developing country better understand their fertility.The simple app allows women to keep track of their menstrual cycle and ovulation, and sent that information to a health care provider, so that community health workers can better serve communities, specifically in Bangladesh.
Parkinson's is a neurological disorder that affects as many as 10 million people around the world. It is a condition that results from a shortage of dopamine in the brain, a chemical that helps instructions cross from one nerve cell to the next, thereby enabling a person's ability to control their movement. While its severity can vary from person to person, its symptoms can now be generally well controlled with medication. In addition to these drugs, there are now also new non-intrusive approaches that are helping those with the condition to lead more independent and fulfilling lives.
As mobile phones begin to be used as a primary source of media consumption, it will become increasingly important for marketers to capture the attention of users during those brief interactions, or “micro-moments,” a Google Health executive said.One in 20 online searches are healthcare-related, which means there is an opportunity for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies to leverage digital platforms to reach their target audiences, said David Silk, senior partner lead at Google Health, at the HITLAB Innovators Summit in New York on Thursday.What's critical for drugmakers and healthcare companies is to be present in those micro-moments, when people look up information as they stand in line and go about their daily lives. “I may not make a decision about what hotel I'm booking now, but if you're in that initial research or micro-moment, you're not in my decision-making process,” said Silk.
Maboe, 43 and her six-year-old son, Motsamai live in rural Lesotho, one of the world's worst HIV hotspots. Like one in four people in the landlocked kingdom, Maboe and her child are both HIV-positive."I got tested when I was pregnant with my son Motsamai. My test came our positive. The update on HIV testing was really slow back then. We weren't encouraged like today," Maboe explained in her round-stoned home.
Clue, an app built on machine learning to track a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle, announced it has raised $20 million in Series B funding today.The money comes from several investors with a focus in the healthcare space and was led by Nokia Growth Partners (NGP). Other participants in the round include existing investors Union Square Ventures, Mosaic Ventures, Brigitte Mohn and Christophe Maire. Giving Wings and Fabrice also participated as new investors in the round.
Addiction can come in many forms, some can be harmless, such as coffee. Others can be damaging such as cigarettes, and the worst type of addictive’s, are the ones that can be fatal, including things such as heroin and cocaine.There are as many solutions to combating those addicted, as there are addictives. However, not all of them work. One of the newest methods to help those fighting their addictions comes in the form of wearable technology.
Investment in digital pathology and in data collection will be essential if diagnostic services are to be able to cope in the future, according to a leading charity’s report.Cancer Research UK’s investigation into pathology, published last week, has nine recommendations that include funding the infrastructure required for digital pathology and investing in technology so data can be sent to the Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset.Otherwise, the report paints a bleak picture of the future of the sector, with overstretched and overworked pathologists, issues with the recruitment and retention of staff, and a health service “struggling” to cope with increasing demand.
GlaxoSmithKline is gearing up to roll-out the latest version of its asthma mobile app in additional European countries following its UK debut in September.The new version of MyAsthma, which will be made more widely available from early 2017, is the first time a mobile app from pharma has been approved as a Class 1 medical device and CE marked.First launched in 2012, it was originally designed as an app and service to help users understand their level of asthma control and subsequently launched in over 20 countries, registering more than 100,000 downloads.“After reviewing the project we set out with a very brave ambition,” global digital director Kai Gait told the PM Society's Digital Works IV meeting earlier this month. “We set out to turn MyAsthma into the most sophisticated mobile health application to support any design, and not just asthma.”The reason for wanting to make the app applicable to other therapy areas was that GSK's approach to mobile apps, involving multiple teams and approaches, was unsustainable, Gait said.“We wanted to create a back-end that was re-usable, that simplified the delivery of apps and now we can build out [for other] diseases over time … and it's given us a great foundation going forwards.”The redeveloped MyAsthma was developed with physicians from the University of Nottingham's respiratory research unit, The Earthworks and Apple as GSK worked to understand more about the user and smartphone technology use.
According to a new report, researchers have developed and now tested a new skin patch that collects sweat and can help monitor health. While a sweat-monitoring skin patch may sound like it is something out of the future, it appears to be very real.The new research was published on the journal of Science Translational Medicine, where it can be read in full. The study describes how “wearable technology” is becoming a widespread tool among those who are interested in keeping tabs on certain aspects of their health and wellness (heart rate, calories, etc). The skin patch is described as a “flexible microfluidic device” that can be applied to the skin very easily.
After giving solutions for fitness tracking,tech giant Apple is planning to plunge into Digital Health Care. Soon Apple will be enabling a sound utilization of its earlier launched Apple Watch and Health Kit,by integrating the two into a useable health registering portable system. Apple will now upend its expertise towards Digital Health Care solutions.Commerce, media, communications, music and entertainment have already taken advantage of cloud, mobility, data analytics.But Healthcare has completely missed the privilege of this ability to use sensors in rapid deployment, unlike an AI machine which makes use of the this technology. Apple aims to effectively connect lines between Healthcare industry, the High-tech industry and the role of the consumer.
"Exciting, interesting and fun" are probably not the first words that come to mind when you are considering quitting smoking.But Tasmanian researchers are working on a way to make weeks of nicotine withdrawal just that.A Heart Foundation grant of just more than $50,000 will allow Ivan Bindoff, a senior research fellow at UTAS, to test the viability of an app he has developed called Quittr.The app rewards quitters with virtual currency to redeem in a game."It's based on the premise that we know mobile health apps help people quit smoking, but we also know most people don't stick at it," he said."They don't engage in the app for more than a few days.
When Vic Gundotra left Google in 2014, he thought he might retire, forever. But a lingering interest in wearable technology and machine learning led him to AliveCor, which lets users monitor their heart health from their smartphones.
Diving back into the fray of tech, Gundotra is now convinced that the potential of wearables and machine learning is just starting to be unlocked. AliveCor’s portable EKG sensor, Kardia, alerts users if their heartbeats are irregular — and now, the Mayo Clinic, an AliveCor investor, has begun identifying other signals in an EKG reading that a human might miss.
A Redwood City, Calif. startup called Neurotrack Technologies Inc. has created a brain health app that is helping scientists unravel the mysteries of memory, and work to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.Its simple browser-based app screens users for signs of cognitive decline based on their eye movement as they watch a few images presented on their screens. These tests used to take about 30 minutes, and were available only at the doctor’s office using hugely expensive equipment.Neurotrack has been able to shrink their scans down to a 5-minute, home-based process thanks to technological advances around eye tracking technology, data analytics, machine learning and computer vision, according to the company’s CEO and cofounder Elli Kaplan.
Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular addition to the Quantified Self movement: sleep tracking. The product went on sale in September and immediately sold out, and the company is still selling Beddit 3 faster than it can make them.“I used to be an elite triathlete,” Lasse Leppäkorpi, founder and CEO of Beddit tells me, when I ask him how he ended up dedicating his life to sleep. “I was trying to qualify for the first-ever triathlon at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, but I tried too hard. I was diagnosed with overtraining syndrome, and started a long recovery process.”
Healthcare providers are turning to ride-share companies, online platforms and mobile apps to make sure their patients get to and from the hospital or clinic.Healthcare providers often look at mHealth in terms of bringing healthcare to the patient. But sometimes it’s more important to bring the patient to healthcare.With an eye to patient engagement and satisfaction, health systems are now employing a number of platforms to help people get to and from the hospital or clinic. Services like Uber, Lyft and RoundTrip give providers the opportunity to help patients with transportation issues and make sure they make their scheduled appointments.
Apple has supported the (RED) campaign to raise funds to help combat AIDs since it began a decade ago. It has become the campaign’s biggest corporate supporter.World AIDS DayToday is World AIDs Day. That’s a day that means something to me. My cousin was just ten-years-old when AIDs took his life. One of the 35 million killed by the disease since its emergence in last Century, he contracted the virus from a medical blood transfusion. There was no treatment, only fear and prejudice around the virus at that time. These days, people’s lives can be saved for just 30-cents a day.
In a remote village on the island of Sumatra, a worried midwife uses her mobile to upload the latest blood pressure and temperature of one of her patients. Within minutes an obstetrics specialist in a hospital miles away is in touch. She’s arranging an intervention that will save the woman’s life – and that of her baby.Resting on a break from weeding, a Bangladeshi farmer checks his mobile. On the screen is a series of healthy living tips, and he makes a mental note to call a doctor when the day’s work is done.In Somaliland, a breakaway state in the north of strife-torn Somalia, a group of young doctors is gathered around a screen, talking to their peers in the NHS as they work to set up their country’s first national health service.
Apple has made no secret of its interest in health care. But e-mails between its executives and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shed new light on the tech giant’s forays into personal health devices and show that Apple has been taking pains to keep its correspondence with the regulator secret.The e-mails, obtained by MobiHealthNews via a Freedom of Information Act request, show that Apple has been in regular communication with the FDA over the past three years. A 2013 meeting between the two had previously sparked rumors that the hardware manufacturer was developing medical devices.
IT systems must be up to scratch and able to collect community data by next year, according to an NHS Digital Board paper.Published 28 November, ahead of a meeting tomorrow in Leeds, the paper details both a community services data set pilot and the draft definition of a CSDS standard.From 1 November 2017, system suppliers must ensure they are “fully conformant” and from the same date, providers of NHS funded community data systems must be able to collect information locally. Data must be able to be submitted a month later on 1 December.The report states that it comes with no funding to help local procurement, but if data is recorded on paper, it does not have to be submitted in the “first instance”.
Future British Airways passengers might not just have their choice of chicken or beef noted by the cabin crew, but also their heart rate and stomach acid levels.BA is investigating offering “digital pills” that wirelessly beam diagnostic health information from inside a customer’s body. The “ingestible sensors” could work alongside in-cabin sleep monitors and data from wearables and smartphones to personalise each passenger’s “travel environment”.
The new product is a little different from tracking the number of steps that a person takes. According to Mashable, a new wearable device called Ava is designed to help couples assess data and to time the most appropriate moment to conceive.Here the device assesses such factors as pulse rate, breathing rate, skin temperature, movement and heat loss and uses the information to interpret when a woman is most likely to become pregnant (as with most of fertility-led research, the focus is on the woman.) The aim is to call-out five days each month when a woman is at her most fertile.Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/wearables-designed-to-help-couples-conceive/article/480535#ixzz4RIINL6d7
We have a ton of smartwatches and fitness bands in the market right now which can effectively track your body movements and give you a detailed info what exactly are you doing. For the most part, the fitness bands available in the market are capable of showing the heart rate data or in some cases will give tips and how to effectively manage your lifestyle, etc. But when you talk about a band which works seamlessly and helps you understand your body properly, is not available yet. And this where a new smart band called sence comes in.
The global mHealth market has been examined as a swiftly growing market and expected to grow at a tremendous rate. Globally, market for mHealth is a high growth market. The growth of the market is majorly driven by proliferation of smartphones and wearable devices into healthcare. The mHealth Market is based on the information communications technologies (ICT) network that complements services such as medical and health informatics. These mobile applications help consumers in storing their medical records to improve coordination among healthcare providers. mHealth devices create a platform that enables the providers and patients to contact one another quickly using SMS, calls, or Internet-based video links. For example, Apple launched the Apple Watch that contains health and fitness app and also measures heart rate; resulting in providing mHealth benefits to consumers.
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