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Dartmouth research imparts momentum to mobile health

Dartmouth research imparts momentum to mobile health | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Bracelets and amulets are in the works at Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS). Rather than items of mere adornment, the scientists and engineers are constructing personal mobile health (mHealth) devices—highly functional jewelry, as it were.

 

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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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Alex Butler's comment, August 13, 2013 4:31 AM
Thanks for watching Dan, appreciated :-)
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Vigisys's curator insight, November 2, 2014 5:10 AM

Une intéressante présentation (en anglais) qui aborde les principaux concepts qui seront fondateurs de l'e-santé à venir. Une belle inspiration pour le développement des futurs réseaux de santé numériques.

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Mango Health uses Google Fit to add activity, blood pressure, weight tracking s

Mango Health uses Google Fit to add activity, blood pressure, weight tracking s | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Gamified medication adherence app maker Mango Health is moving beyond medications, using a new Google Fit integration to add tracking of blood pressure and weight, as well as activity tracking, into its app, the company announced today.

“From a patient or consumer’s perspective in the app, it leverages the existing paradigm around reminders, which we think is a very effective way to begin encouraging patient populations in other forms of even more proactive health,” CEO Jason Oberfest told MobiHealthNews. “So whether it’s recording blood pressure regularly, or moving regularly, monitoring glucose regularly, whatever the case may be, it was a very logical extension for the app.”
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New App Aims To Make Caregivers’ Lives Much Easier

New App Aims To Make Caregivers’ Lives Much Easier | Digital Health | Scoop.it

A new mHealth app called Wellzilla is now available to both professional and family caregivers. The app is designed as both a communication tool, as well as a platform through which caregivers can purchase all of the over-the-counter medical supplies they require.


When speaking of medical supplies required for hygiene and other Activities of Daily Living, supplies are more affordable in Wellzilla because the app cuts out the middle man. The app currently has over 40,000 medical supplies, some of which are as much as 80% cheaper than paying the full retail price.


Aside from purchasing required medical supplies, the app allows caregivers to manage their patients through the app. They can create a patient profile to be shared with other family members or caregivers, and they can use the app to send pertinent notifications to a designated group of individuals.

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A use case for smartwatches that is literally saving lives

A use case for smartwatches that is literally saving lives | Digital Health | Scoop.it

About two weeks ago, a story was making the rounds on Android blogs about how a developer has made it possible to monitor blood glucose levels on Android Wear devices. I happen to have type 1 diabetes and I have been using this very software developed by Stephen Black on my LG G Watch for a couple of months now. I am super excited to see the work of Stephen Black get some exposure. He’s done some great work and it’s really made a difference in my daily life, but I think the posts making the rounds on the Internet missed out on really sharing how life-changing, even life-saving, this tool can be.

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Novartis digs into health tech with bet on 'robotic pill'

Novartis digs into health tech with bet on 'robotic pill' | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Swiss drugmaker Novartis is raising its bet on smart technology by collaborating with U.S. start-up Rani Therapeutics on a “robotic pill” for complex biotech drugs that would normally have to be given by injection

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Rani said it would run feasibility studies over the next 18-24 months to evaluate how selected Novartis biologic medicines can be delivered into the bloodstream using its unique device.


The Rani capsule, which is swallowed like a conventional pill, contains tiny needles made of sugar that are pushed into the wall of the intestine to deliver the drug.


The U.S. company, whose backers include Google's venture capital unit, believes its early-stage technology could be used with insulin and a range of other injected medicines, including treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis.

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Mobile-enhanced intervention aids anxiety disorder treatment

Mobile-enhanced intervention aids anxiety disorder treatment | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Mobile health technology can prove useful in helping patients suffering from anxiety disorders, especially when applied in conjunction with traditional clinical care approaches, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
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How Apple Watch fitness features compare to rival trackers

How Apple Watch fitness features compare to rival trackers | Digital Health | Scoop.it

’ve started cheating on my Apple Watch. It’s not that I don’t love it. It’s amazingly beautiful. It does stuff I didn’t even know I’d like. But when it comes to running wild in the outdoors, I’ve found a smartwatch that satisfies me more than Jony Ive’s wearable does.


For the past week I’ve been testing the Garmin Fenix 3, a top-of-the-line smartwatch from a company that’s made a name for itself by providing runners and outdoorsmen with some of the best wrist-worn fitness tech. I hate wearing the Fenix 3. While Apple Watch gently caresses my wrist, the Fenix 3 feels like I’ve strapped a tank to it. Yet it boasts features Apple Watch doesn’t have that I’m starting to think I can’t live without on runs and hikes.

I don’t plan to completely break up with the Apple Watch anytime soon, but I’m ditching it during my four-day trek through the Grand Canyon this weekend because there are still a couple things it needs to learn before it can truly be the best all-around fitness tracker.

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Can Smartphones Become The New Stethoscopes? Expert Insights Into The Future Of Mobile Health

Can Smartphones Become The New Stethoscopes? Expert Insights Into The Future Of Mobile Health | Digital Health | Scoop.it

One of the hottest topics for speculation in healthcare today is the unrealized potential for mobile health -- defined as technologies that use mobile devices, apps or telehealth to connect patients and physicians -- to transform the way healthcare is sought and delivered. Two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and companies are eager to tap this widespread technology for the benefit of patients, doctors and hospitals. But expert say it's not yet obvious how exactly mobile services might be leveraged in the bureucratic world of healthcare with its highly sensitive privacy issues.

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LinkedIn-esque app for doctors helped save lives after Nepal earthquake

LinkedIn-esque app for doctors helped save lives after Nepal earthquake | Digital Health | Scoop.it

When you're sick, you can choose the doctor who treats you. If that doctor can't handle your case, he or she refers you to another doctor. On what basis does the former recommend the latter? Is it word-of-mouth, friendship, or former acquaintance? Generally, doctors rely on their ad hoc professional network based on friendship and goodwill, rather than experience and professional acumen, for patient referrals.


Imagine a doctor having access to an extensive and refined network of medical professionals at his or her fingertips. They can access this network to recommend the best specialist or super-specialist in the city for their ailing patients in a few minutes. Imagine if this network was pan-India or even global. This is what this Gurgaon-based startup called Curofy aims to achieve -– create a LinkedIn-like app for doctors.

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Can smartphones help tackle obesity?

Can smartphones help tackle obesity? | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Despite more and more information about what causes us to gain weight, obesity and food-related diseases remain a serious concern. They are also taking a growing toll on public health budgets – both here in the UK and across the world more widely.


Over the past 20 years, governments have responded by designing and implementing a range of programmes to help us slim down and think about our eating habits. Most of these rely on education on nutrition and diet – primarily through labelling on packaging – in the hope that giving people the right information means they’ll make the right choices and lead to lower obesity levels.

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Early word on Apple ResearchKit apps: So far, a success

Early word on Apple ResearchKit apps: So far, a success | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Apple offered up the iPhone to medical researchers as a new way to collect hard-to-get health data two months ago, and now we have an idea of how the company's newly open-sourced ResearchKit initiative is paying off.


Mobile health developers LifeMap Solutions worked with New York's Mount Sinai hopsital to develop one of the first ResearchKit apps, Asthma Health, and LifeMap CEO Corey Bridges has a few takeaways eight weeks in.


Bridges published the first official ResearchKit blog post with answers to ResearchKit questions like whether users would continue to use the app after the novelty wore off and how they would react to the e-consent process needed to participate in the asthma study. To participate in medical research, participants usually need to read and sign paper documents to consent to being studied. ResearchKit apps transfer that process to an iPhone app.


"Based on preliminary data for the Asthma Health app, over half of our users not only complete the e-consent process, they also come back the very next day to use the app," Bridges wrote. "This is a very high rate of return for any app, let alone a health-related app."

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How Fitbit and IBM Watson are transferring the power of healthcare data from one hand to another

How Fitbit and IBM Watson are transferring the power of healthcare data from one hand to another | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The last week saw a couple of very important announcements in the world of healthcare.


Wearable device pioneer Fitbit announced an IPO that could raise over $100 million. Fitbit is at the leading edge of a consumer and connected health revolution that promotes the notion of a “quantified self” through a wearable device that works as a fitness tracker.


Separately, IBM Watson Healthcare announced a major push into the healthcare analytics space through strategic partnerships with Mayo Clinic, one of the nation’s leading hospitals and medical research institutions, and Epic, a provider of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems with access to vast amounts of patient medical records. IBM has been aggressively pursuing access to patient data to feed the Watson engine, more recently through the acquisition of Explorys and Phytel. These acquisitions and partnerships deepen IBM’s commitment to extend Watson’s cognitive computing power to advance the quality of healthcare, specifically in areas such as cancer prediction and treatment.

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"transferring the power of healthcare data from the hands of scientists and medical practitioners to ordinary citizens."

Debbie Irwin's curator insight, May 21, 8:09 AM

Partnering with Mayo and Epic is, well... epic for Watson.

And good news for the rest of us.

#Watson #Epic #MayoClinic #BigData

.@Epic .@MayoClinic @FakeEpicJudy

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Cigna app taps psychological assessment to drive improved user health

Cigna app taps psychological assessment to drive improved user health | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Health insurance provider Cigna is debuting its newest version of Coach by Cigna 2.0, a free mHealth app tapping the psychology of assessment to provide users specific programs for managing health and lifestyle decisions.


The second generation Coach asks users 20 questions to understand diet, exercise and sleep habits so it can provide custom insight, via videos and health coach support, to help patients lead healthier lives. The answers determine if a user is either a "planner," "explorer," or "day dreamer," and lets users pick a program to track daily progress in meeting health goals.

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The Tech Giants’ Plan to Mine Our Bodies for Data—and Profit

The Tech Giants’ Plan to Mine Our Bodies for Data—and Profit | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The consumer technology companies that own desktop software, Web search, and mobile phones have set themselves a new goal. They’re aiming to carve themselves a slice of health care, the US $3 trillion industry that represents nearly a fifth of the U.S. economy.

There’s a lot at stake here, and not just financially. Pundits have described a future in which your body is minutely and continuously monitored. Your wearables and assorted wireless-enabled gadgets—your bathroom scale, perhaps a blood-glucose monitor—would gather torrents of physiological data. Someday, the data might even come from biosensors worn on the body, like tattoos, or ultimately, from implanted devices. This flood of info would sluice to your smartphone before streaming off to the cloud. Apps could continuously monitor the data and, if it took an alarming turn, bring it to the attention of a medical professional. Although the quantities of data might well be huge, this vision could be realized with technologies available now or anticipated soon.
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Digital Agenda For Europe: A mhealth Green Paper

Digital Agenda For Europe: A mhealth Green Paper | Digital Health | Scoop.it

To follow up on the mHealth Green Paper, the European Commission has started paving the way for an industry-led Code of Conduct for mobile health apps. This initiative was presented during an mHealth stakeholder meeting at eHealth Week 2015. Find the results and polls of this meeting here.


On 12 May, at the eHealth Week in Riga, an mHealth stakeholder meeting took place. It interactively addressed ongoing and potential future policy actions in the field of mobile health (mHealth). The discussion built on the results of the public consultation on the Green Paper on mHealth, but also on the outcome of an ad-hoc consultation via the on-site voting system.

The meeting was attended by about 80 people, ranging from public authorities, ICT industry, and academia to healthcare professionals.

The following three topics were discussed:

  • Privacy and security
  • Safety and transparency
  • Web entrepreneurs' access to the market


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The Mobile Patient: How mHealth Tools are Paving the Way for Better Care Management

The Mobile Patient: How mHealth Tools are Paving the Way for Better Care Management | Digital Health | Scoop.it
With a sweeping shift to patient-centered and value-based care, mobile health technologies are increasingly being used to improve care in unprecedented ways.
In the new healthcare, one which emphasizes comprehensive, team-based and accessible care, provider organizations will need to make concerted efforts to become more patient-centered.  For many providers,patient engagement is no easy task, but it’s certainly at the top of mind for healthcare CIOs.

Indeed, according to findings of the 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, sponsored by the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and released at the annual HIMSS conference this past April, patient satisfaction, patient engagement, and quality of care improvement have raced to the top of healthcare CIOs’ and senior IT executives’ agendas in the past year, a stark change from previous years which found that health IT leaders were more focused on business and financial goals. Nonetheless, it’s been a struggle for physicians to truly engage their patients, especially the 45 percent of U.S. adults with at least one chronic condition.



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This sounds like a most helpful tool for patients and healthcare practitioners alike.
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Researchers to study impact of digital health in kids’ physical education

Researchers to study impact of digital health in kids’ physical education | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Academics in Australia at the University of Queensland have launched a three-year research project that will examine the impact of using digital health tools in physical education programs with kids. The project has received $177,000 AUS (about $137,000 US dollars) from the Australian Research Council Discovery Grant and is being conducted in collaboration with researchers in Melbourne and Illinois.


University of Queensland Associate Professor Michael Gard, who works in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences plans to research the philosophical and educational consequences of using the tech with kids in PE programs. 

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Tackling infant mortality in Malawi with mHealth

Tackling infant mortality in Malawi with mHealth | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Forty one thousand children died before reaching their fifth birthday in Malawi in 2013. Over half of these deaths were caused by illnesses (sepsis, meningitis, pneumonia and diarrhoea) that are both preventable and treatable with early recognition and intervention.


In the absence of systematic triage at primary health level in Malawi, a common challenge is lack of early and accurate recognition of serious illness for urgent referral to hospital. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Severe illnesses are regularly missed as hundreds of children queue for hours. Many do not survive the wait.

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Fixing the health care problem in developing countries is a very hard task. This article is about how people and organizations are helping these people who are in need of medical treatment in Malawi.

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Mobile health a 'paradigm change,' says Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings

Mobile health a 'paradigm change,' says Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The big keys to a fully integrated health management system are economic incentives and not the ones many may automatically assume, such as incentives for users. Doctors and providers should get incentives for following patients on a remote basis, says Withings CEO and Co-Founder Cedric Hutchings.
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Infographic: 2015 Digital Health Progress and Adoption

Infographic: 2015 Digital Health Progress and Adoption | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Infographic looking at the progress and adoption of digital health in 2015.


This includes health IT, services to patients, mobile health, EMR/ EHR and other components of digital healthcare.

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11 Apple Watch Health Apps That Will Get You Moving

11 Apple Watch Health Apps That Will Get You Moving | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The Watch marks an interesting time in the wearable fitness space, in particular. Health and fitness trackers like Jawbone Up and Fitbit have dominated much of that space in the last few years.


The Apple Watch is more of a comprehensive platform, but it has definitely taken the popularity of these fitness trackers into account, equipping the Watch with a built-in heart rate monitor, GPS tracker to measure distance and speed during workouts, an accelerometer to track body movement, and proprietary apps that show calories burned and overall fitness levels.

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The Promise Of The Digital Health Revolution For Clinical Trials

The Promise Of The Digital Health Revolution For Clinical Trials | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The global head of research at Sanofi put a policy in place to attach a digital health strategy concept to each molecule that goes through the pharmaceutical company’s pipeline. The fact that a digital strategy is reaching into the depths of the largest pharma companies is extremely encouraging for the continued evolution of clinical development, says Donald Jones, the chief digital officer at Scripps Translational Science Institute, which serves as the world’s first clinical trials center focused exclusively on digital medic
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Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings "health is no longer something you begin to think about the day you are sick"

Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings "health is no longer something you begin to think about the day you are sick" | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Thanks to their heralded activity trackers and other connected health devices, Withings has quickly grown to be on of the leaders in the “Mhealth” space. Although consumers have been rapidly flocking to their devices, they know that the their devices will only achieve their greatest impact once all players (health care professionals, governments, etc) in the healthcare system are a part of the Mhealth revolution.


In advance of next week’s Connected Conference, we’ve asked CEO & cofounder Cederic Hutchings to talk to us about how fitness tracking and the quantified self more generally transforming healthcare as well as what needs to happen to generalize this trend across the entire healthcare system.

How do you see fitness tracking and the quantified self affecting how we manage our health at a deeper level?
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Apple Watch improves fitness algorithms; future plans rumored to include sleep, glucose

Apple Watch improves fitness algorithms; future plans rumored to include sleep, glucose | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The Apple Watch had its first software update this week, and it did include some minor updates to the health tracking features. In addition, reports have surfaced of additional health features Apple might be planning to add as the company’s June 8th Worldwide Developer Conference approaches.


Although the exact details are elusive, yesterday’s Apple Watch software update included changes to the way the watch tracks standing activities, changes to how it tracks calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, and changes to how it calculates distance and pace for outdoor running and walking workouts. Fitness features seem to have been a pretty major part of the update.

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ResearchKit, Apple's Medical Data Experiment, Explained

ResearchKit, Apple's Medical Data Experiment, Explained | Digital Health | Scoop.it

If an Apple product is released and hundreds of people aren’t lined up outside the Apple Store to buy it, is it still an Apple product?

Yes. Yes, it is. The product I have in mind has been downloaded from the App Store and used by over 65,000 people in two months, and the results could impact us over several lifetimes.


I’m talking about ResearchKit, which is Apple’s way of letting people use their iOS devices and apps to join medical studies and send data to researchers.

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"[ResearchKit] impact on the medical community will only grow over time as more people start to understand how it works and what it does."

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How Mount Sinai uses mHealth to pave the way for more robust patient care

How Mount Sinai uses mHealth to pave the way for more robust patient care | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The exploding number of healthcare apps ready for download on smartphones and tablets is impressive and shows no sign of letting up. But the real story of their potential impact is far more than a case of raw numbers. Longer term, mobile apps will have a profound effect on the management of chronic diseases and population health. The key is more meaningful and timely communication between doctor and patient.

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