THERE’S GREAT POTENTIAL FOR GAMES IN HEALTH BUT IT’S NOT HERE YETConsulting firm ICF recently released a report titled, “Gaming to Engage the Healthcare Consumer.” Although the report details how gamification is increasing across just about all industries, it more closely reveals how games in health is booming for a variety of reasons. These reasons include:A trend toward value based careThe increasing role of the patient as a consumer.The ever desirable target market of the millennial generation.
It seems there's almost nothing computers can't simulate these days: Now, a new computer program simulates human birth using 3D virtual reality.
The simulator is the first of its kind to take into account factors such as the shape of the mother's body, and the shape and position of the baby. It could help doctors and midwives prepare for unusual or dangerous births, according to the researchers in England who developed it.
The last time we caught up with Josiah Zayner, he was busy devising a musical instrument that produces melodies based on the reactions of plant proteins to light. Now Zayner, a biophysicist and incoming synthetic biology fellow at NASA, has set his sights on a project with the potential for greater public impact: one that aims to rapidly accelerate the discovery of new antibiotic compounds..
Accenture has been working with the health authorities in Spain’s Basque Country to reduce the costs associated with caring for people with chronic diseases through technology developed for Microsoft’s Xbox games console.
Prevention is the new focal point of modern health care. But while doctors worldwide are doing a better job of stopping diseases like HIV/AIDS before they take root in our bodies, they’ve been slower to bring such care to mental health.
Mevoked aims to change that.
Alex Butler's insight:
Another interesting example of behavioural tracking in mental health. With the work underway in schizophrenia and recovery from brain injury this is an area ripe with innovation. You can imagine the sensationalist headlines if you wanted to mis-represent stories such as this though...
The Food and Drug Administration is ordering 23andMe to stop selling its saliva collection kits for its personal genome service.
23andMe is a health and ancestry DNA startup, founded by Anne Wojcicki in 2006. For $99, you receive a spit kit, provide 23andMe with a saliva sample, and send in your results.
Within a few weeks, you receive a bunch of information about what your DNA says about you.
But now the FDA is accusing 23andMe of violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, it recently stated in a warning letter addressed to 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki. In the letter, the FDA claims that 23andMe marketed its saliva collection kit and personal genome service without clearance or approval.
Article looks at five technologies that have the power to reshape healthcare as we know it. In other words, for the long suffering, there is plenty of hope to go around, including 3D printing, artificial intelligence and brain-computer interfaces.
The vastly changed communicaions landscape has revolutionised scientific communications, from what constitutes peer reviewed reseach, through to study design, dissemination of information and research collaboration. It is also challenging the very existance of the medical conference itself.
In this pod Len Starnes joins the team and takes a look at what this means for the healthcare community broadly and for pharma specifically.
As Len Starnes puts it: 'the medical conference is dead. long live the medical conference'.
Healthcare is a breeding ground for disruption. Countless processes from patient relations to management of health records can be augmented. Surgeons wearing Google Glass, patients with NFC embedded identification bands, and nurses equipped with iPads are already a reality.
Yet one area of innovation may stem from an unlikely source. Social media for healthcare can contribute to increased communication, provider efficiency, treatment efficacy and organizational transparency.
As you listen to the rigorous discussions that occur within these programs, and witness the passion of the participants, you come away with the sense that while the challenges ahead are significant, the need is great, the opportunity is...
I wore a calorie counter armband from BodyMedia that told me I was burning over 3,000 calories a day. If that were true, I would be emaciated enough to play Gollum in the nextLord Of The Rings sequel.
The accuracy of consumer health gadgets varies widely across the spectrum, yet this hasn’t stopped the FDA from suspending popular genetic testing company 23andMe over concerns about the quality of their diagnostics. 23andMe may be at fault, but so is a large part of the entire health tech industry.
Alex Butler's insight:
An interesting if slightly ill informed artcicle on regulation of health applications. Think that the rigour needed to produce high quality and sustainable health apps is great opportunity for pharmaceutical comanies who are used to regulatory environment.