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Should we drop the term e-patient?

Should we drop the term e-patient? | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Is the term e-patient outdated and even counter-productive for digital health in 2012? Just as very few people under 25 would use the description  'digital' camera, is there really any other type of patient other than a digital one in digitally advanced demographics?

 

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Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 16, 2012 9:43 AM
With due respect to who invented this word "e-patient", it sound so technical. It should never be used when referring to a human being. We have to remember that when we deal on human lives, it is not just about science or technology. It is something which needs the heart.
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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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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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Digital health market continues to 'mature' in 2015

Digital health market continues to 'mature' in 2015 | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The digital health market continues to mature as we move into the second half of 2015, with Fitbit's IPO and a focus on personalized medicine leading the way, according to a mid-year report from StartUp Health.While digital health funding is not outpacing 2014, which was a record year for investments in the market, capital flow is remaining steady this year, the report says.
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Novartis launches smartwatch navigation app for the visually impaired | mobihealthnews

Novartis launches smartwatch navigation app for the visually impaired | mobihealthnews | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Novartis has released a new Apple Watch and Android Wear app geared at helping visually-impaired people navigate their environment. The app is one of two Via Opta apps that have been available on the iPhone since August 2014, but a new upgrade adds additional features and brings Via Opta Nav onto a wearable for more convenient navigation.“Novartis is committed to providing innovative solutions which go beyond medicine, like these apps for the visually impaired which benefit their daily quality of life,” David Epstein, head of the pharma division at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, said in a statement. “We are proud to contribute and play a role in making these simple and convenient tools like the ViaOpta Daily and ViaOpta Nav apps available around the world.”
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Global health tracking technology market to reach $18.8B in 2019

Global health tracking technology market to reach $18.8B in 2019 | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The global market for self-monitoring health technologies reached $1.1 billion in 2013 and nearly $3.2 billion in 2014, according to a report from research firm BCC Research. This number will grow to $18.8 billion in 2019.BCC Research defines self-monitoring health technologies as offerings that allow consumers to monitor their own health. Devices in this category include wristbands, smartwatches, smartphone apps, and smartphones that act as a hub and collect data from health monitoring products as well as from their own embedded sensors. The hubs that BCC Research mentions could refer to offerings like Apple’s HealthKit platform and Google Fit.
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App guide targets best tools for behavioral healthcare treatment

App guide targets best tools for behavioral healthcare treatment | Digital Health | Scoop.it

A new app guide aims to help providers find and choose the best mobile health tool for behavioral healthcare treatment.The appImpact guide, created by the D.N. Batten Foundation and Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), provides insight and guidance on integrating health tech into the behavioral diagnosis and care giving processes."There are heaps of health-related apps available on the market. Some are great but others aren't," CRI CEO Tom Doub said in an announcement. "AppImpact helps providers cut through the clutter to use the best tool in the right program to effectively treat patients. These technologies are changing the behavioral healthcare landscape, and CRI's framework and best practices help providers stay on the leading edge of health solutions."

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Goldman Sachs says a digital healthcare revolution is coming — and it could save America $300 billion

Goldman Sachs says a digital healthcare revolution is coming — and it could save America $300 billion | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The United States spends 18% of its GDP on healthcare each year.Though this percentage far exceeds that of other developed economies, government projections say it will only continue to rise in the coming years.It is often said that the US desperately needs to reduce healthcare costs — and analysts at Goldman Sachs think a major spending reduction is not far off, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT).In a report published Monday, Goldman analysts predicted that digital healthcare will revolutionize the industry, both by increasing access to diagnostic, treatment, and preventative care, and by dramatically reducing costs.
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88% of Nurses Use Mobile Health Apps for professional Purposes

88% of Nurses Use Mobile Health Apps for professional Purposes | Digital Health | Scoop.it
From smartphones, tablets, and mobile health apps to telemedicine and remote monitoring tools, the advancement of healthcare technologies has stimulated the entire industry to improve population health outcomes and the quality of patient care. The smartphone, in particular, is making headway in the healthcare industry with the majority of nurses owning and utilizing the device in a medical setting.A survey released by market intelligence firm InCrowd shows that 95 percent of nurses own a smartphone while 88 percent use the gadget including mobile health apps at their workplace.
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ResearchKit becomes a population health tool

ResearchKit becomes a population health tool | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Apple's ResearchKit app will be put to the test in a landmark population health study aimed at identifying and treating health issues facing the LGBT community. Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco recently announced that they would use the clinical research platform to collect data on health issues faced by gays, lesbians and transgenders, including HIV/AIDS, cancer, obesity, substance abuse and behavioral health problems like depression.The Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality (PRIDE) Study is the latest in a series of clinical studies launched in the wake of ResearchKit's rollout earlier this year. Others focus on breast cancer, asthma, Parkinson's disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Officials say this is the first ResearchKit study to focus on a population, rather than a specific health issue.

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10 more tech innovations changing medicine

10 more tech innovations changing medicine | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. If they hit us unprepared (which we are now), they will wash away the medical system we know, leaving a purely technology–based service without personal interaction. By preparing and planning, we have the opportunity to consciously and purposefully redesign the healthcare sector piece-by-piece. That’s the belief of medical futurist Dr. Bertalan Meskó, author of The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology and the Human Touch.
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With iPhone & Apple Watch, Apple playing a key role in 'consumerization' of healthcare

With iPhone & Apple Watch, Apple playing a key role in 'consumerization' of healthcare | Digital Health | Scoop.it
With the iPhone an everyday part of millions of consumers' lives, and now the debut of the Apple Watch, healthcare professionals believe that Apple is a pivotal part in what they see as the "consumerization" of healthcare, driven by easy access to health-related data.
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Your next Apple Watch could save you from carpal tunnel syndrome

Your next Apple Watch could save you from carpal tunnel syndrome | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Apple has been working on the Apple Watch’s heart-rate monitor ever since the wearable launched in April. First, it was taking your pulse every 10 minutes. Then, it was doing it every 10 minutes unless you were moving around because the company said that a resting heart rate is a better health indicator than a “doing whatever” heart rate.

And that’s correct, but a newly released patent hints at some future improvements for the function that could also spare you some wrist pain and warn you about stress.

The filing, courtesy of Patently Apple, details arrays on the underside of future, hypothetical Apple Watches containing 9 and 25 different input areas. Some of these measure “skin proximity and tilt effect,” which is a fancy way of saying that it knows where it is both in relation to your wrist and the ground.

This extra data could improve readings on the heart monitor, sure, but it could also add a couple of other benefits. For example, this Apple Watch could keep track of how often and to what extent your wrist is bending and give you a heads-up if it thinks you might be headed to some repeated-motion injuries like tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
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MIT Hacking Medicine group forms nonprofit to tackle digital health efficacy

MIT Hacking Medicine group forms nonprofit to tackle digital health efficacy | Digital Health | Scoop.it
MIT’s Hacking Medicine program, which has organized medical hackathons since 2011, has launched a new spin-off: the Hacking Medicine Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit with a slightly different mission. The new organization will assess whether digital health products and services really work and, if they do, help them to prove their efficacy to consumers, doctors, and insurers.

“There’s so much hype now,” Zen Chu, MIT senior lecturer and faculty director of Hacking Medicine told the Wall Street Journal last week. “It’s great, in a way. It’s early stages, and there are so many startup companies. But they’re all having the same trouble. What’s actually working, and how do you prove that?”
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The FDA doesn’t want to regulate wearables, and device makers want to keep it that way

The Food and Drug Administration doesn't want to take away your Fitbit.That was the philosophy the FDA broadcast earlier this year when it unveiled its "draft guidance" for low-risk medical devices, a non-binding proposal that described the agency's thinking on regulation of devices like wearable fitness trackers. The guidance effectively suggests the agency won't vigorously regulate devices as long as they're not harmful and generally encourage healthy habits. Many devices with less-than-stellar track records for accuracy — such as calorie counters — would likely not be covered under the guidance. "Basically [we are] being transparent in where the FDA is focusing their enforcement efforts," says Bakul Patel, associate director for digital health at the FDA.
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Richard Platt's curator insight, June 25, 1:27 PM

The FDA's draft guidance, "General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices," describes which devices the agency believes it should focus on regulating. That includes "general wellness" products, which are described in two ways. First, the products that either have "an intended use that relates to maintaining or encouraging a general state of health or a healthy activity," such as a device that helps "log, track, or trend exercise activity." The devices may also have "an intended use claim that associates the role of healthy lifestyle with helping to reduce the risk or impact of certain chronic diseases or conditions" when the science clearly shows a healthy lifestyle can have an impact. (The FDA already considers something a "medical device" if it's used to diagnose or treat a disease.) "Low risk" products, according to the guidance, are non-invasive and generally do not "pose a risk to a user’s safety if device controls are not applied." 

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What Aetna’s $37B acquisition of Humana could mean for digital health

What Aetna’s $37B acquisition of Humana could mean for digital health | Digital Health | Scoop.it
iTriage iOS appAfter weeks of rumors, this morning health insurance company Aetna announced that it is acquiring rival Humana for $36 billion in cash and stock. The news follows smaller health insurance company Centene’s $6.3 billion plan to acquire health insurance company Health Net, which would make that company the biggest private administrator of Medicaid programs in the US. Aetna’s absorption of Humana nets it 14 million customers across its commercial, Medicare and Medicaid programs.As has been expected for some time, this deal could set off a flurry of M&A activity among the health insurance companies in the US. Among many other important considerations, such consolidation brings with it fewer potential customers for those working to gain traction for their digital health offerings, which have long counted payers as an important customer.
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FDA expands Proteus Digital Health’s clearance to include measuring medication adherence

FDA expands Proteus Digital Health’s clearance to include measuring medication adherence | Digital Health | Scoop.it
ProteusProteus Digital Health has received an update to its FDA 510(k) clearance for its digital medicine platform, adding a new indication to the clearance. The system is now, to the company’s knowledge, the first technology to have an indication in its FDA clearance for measuring medication adherence.“We are delighted that our collaborative work with the FDA continues to enable positive progress,” Proteus cofounder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. George Savage said in a statement. “We believe that ingestible devices have the potential to speed clinical trials and improve the real-world effectiveness of medicines in community settings.”
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Quest Diagnostics, HealthTap Launch Virtual Diagnostic Testing for Healthcare Consumers

Quest Diagnostics, HealthTap Launch Virtual Diagnostic Testing for Healthcare Consumers | Digital Health | Scoop.it
HealthTap announced on Tuesday a new collaboration with Quest Diagnostics that will enable doctors to order diagnostic testing services for patients through HealthTap’s virtual care platform.


We’re told that this is the first ever partnership between a major national medical laboratory provider and an end-to-end virtual care company.
The end result? The effort will enable doctors and consumers to access a broad range of diagnostic service options to help care for patients in a virtual setting.


“Our mission is to help billions everywhere live healthier, happier lives,” a provided statement reads. “Today we pass a significant milestone in enabling the most comprehensive access to health-related information available, including lab testing, results, and doctor evaluations, right from the convenience of a mobile device or personal computer”


Through the collaboration, HealthTap’s network of doctors will be able to order laboratory testing for patients who seek virtual consults via HealthTap.

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Watson’s next feat? Taking on cancer

Watson’s next feat? Taking on cancer | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Story by Ariana Eunjung Cha Published on June 27, 2015HoustonCandida Vitale and the other fellows at MD Anderson’s leukemia treatment center had known one another for only a few months, but they already were very tight. The nine of them shared a small office and were always hanging out on weekends.But she wasn’t quite sure what to make of the new guy. Rumor had it that he had finished med school in two years and had a photographic memory of thousands of journal articles and relevant clinical trials. When the fellows were asked to summarize patients’ records for the senior faculty in the mornings, he always seemed to have the best answers.“I was surprised,” said Vitale, a 31-year-old who received her MD in Italy. “Even if you work all night, it would be impossible to be able to put this much information together like that.” brain is everybody everywhere. It “the I’vehad.”)
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Google health wristband is more than a "me too" wearable

Google health wristband is more than a "me too" wearable | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Google announced last week that they’ve developed a clinical grade health tracking wristband for use in medical research and clinical trials. In other words, the Google health wristband won’t show up on Amazon or in Walgreens. And that’s one of the most interesting things about it.

News of the device has been widely reported, generally with enthusiasm. Details on the device, developed out of the Google X group, are still scant however and it seems to be in relatively early phases of validation. According to Bloomberg, the device will measure heart rate, heart rhythm and skin temperature. It will also capture environmental information like light exposure and noise levels.
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Google has competition in crowdsourcing public health

Google has competition in crowdsourcing public health | Digital Health | Scoop.it
BuzzFeed, that ridiculously profitable bastion of clickbait and quizzes all your Facebook friends annoy you with actually has real journalists and an investigative division, and once in a while, along comes something that’s truly newsworthy. Friday was one of those times.In a thoughtful article, BuzzFeed discusses how analysis of social media and Internet search habits has proven so useful in identifying public health outbreaks and other trends.Google Flu Trends is well-known already, though it’s clearly far from perfect, as MedCity News has reported. Newer entrants build upon this, going beyond search to mine social media.For example, mobile app Sickweather issues geographically targeted alerts about clusters of infectious diseases, based on tweets and other indicators on social media. BuzzFeed said that Sickweather publicly noted the start of flu season before the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention did and “beat Chicago media” in reporting on an outbreak of whooping cough.
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Why Samsung Is Partnering Up With Medtronic

Why Samsung Is Partnering Up With Medtronic | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Consumer electronics juggernaut Samsung Electronics Co. (NASDAQ Other:SSNLF) and medical device powerhouse Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) have been in the news recently after they announced a joint partnership at the American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions. The goal of the partnership is to combine each of their areas of expertise to make it easier for people with diabetes to successfully manage their disease. The companies have stated their intentions to develop a range of future solutions that will allow for patients with diabetes to have easier access to viewing their data, with the ultimate goal of fully integrating mobile and wearable devices into a complete diabetes management system.
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Conductive ink ushers in the next generation of wearable technology

Conductive ink ushers in the next generation of wearable technology | Digital Health | Scoop.it
In the tech industry, we throw around the term “revolutionary” relatively often to describe new developments in the industry. But every once in awhile, something comes along to truly deserve the title. Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a new conductive ink that would allow electronics to be printed on stretchable fabrics, which means that one day, printing a conductive shirt might be as easy as screen printing a design. While the wearables universe is admittedly already one of the most advanced in the industry, with new gadgets and gizmos released nearly every day, this latest development could actually change the face of the industry, streamlining the process of creating technologically advanced clothing.
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DIGITAL HEALTH & CARE: Europe seeks the code for digital health

DIGITAL HEALTH & CARE: Europe seeks  the code for digital health | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The linkage between informationSince computer technology can nowadays find you the best restaurant or the quickest route home, keep you in touch with friends around the globe, and help you in a job search, it seems common logic that it should become a routine part of the health care scene, too.Though only up to a point, as it turns out. The logic is impeccable. The logistics are less evident.At its simplest, if your app directs you to a bad restaurant, or chooses the wrong route, the worst outcome may be no more than mild indigestion or a few minutes delay. But it’s not the same with a metering app that is supposed to warn a diabetic of dangerous glucose levels or advise remedial action for someone with a heart condition. If digital technology slips up on measuring a vital sign or transmitting critical symptoms, the consequences may be grave — in every sense of the word. and computer technologies inspired new hopes — and fears.
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Google partners with Harvard and MIT researchers to delve into genomics research

Google partners with Harvard and MIT researchers to delve into genomics research | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Google could one day cure cancer. That is, Google and the brilliant minds at Harvard and MIT in a partnership with the Broad Institute, a biomedical and genomic research center based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Between Google’s enormous database of DNA analytics and the powerful research capabilities housed in the Broad Institute, the possibilities for medical breakthroughs are potentially endless.

In a blog post released Wednesday, Google noted, “In order to scale up by the next order of magnitude, Broad and Google will work together to explore how to build new tools and find new insights to propel biomedical research, using deep bioinformatics expertise, powerful analytics, and massive computing infrastructure. Collaboration between the world’s premier genomics and biomedical research center and the most advanced computing infrastructure can help develop a new generation of tools and services that will enable scientists — from large academic institutions, commercial organizations, or small research labs in remote corners of the world — to uncover a wealth of biological insight.”
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D-Lab and Tata Center team wins $100K Vodafone award for mobile stethoscope

D-Lab and Tata Center team wins $100K Vodafone award for mobile stethoscope | Digital Health | Scoop.it
MIT research scientist Rich Fletcher and graduate student Dan Chamberlain, in collaboration with the Chest Research Foundation (CRF) in India, have won the $100,000 third prize in Vodafone’s annual Wireless Innovation Project awards program. Three awards are given annually to the top wireless innovations applied to social benefit around the world.


Fletcher’s team, based at MIT D-Lab and at the Tata Center for Technology and Design, received the award for developing a low-cost mobile platform for diagnosing pulmonary disease. Approximately one-fifth of the world’s population suffers from some form of pulmonary disease, which includes asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer. Pulmonary diseases such as COPD are responsible for over 14 percent of deaths worldwide.

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a leap jump in daignosis of heart and lung disease
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High hopes for mobile health

High hopes for mobile health | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Buoyed by new technology that reduces manufacturing costs and improves output, the mobile health industry is enjoying some sustained growth right now. Whether it's a smartphone equipped with more accurate sensors or a wearable that gives clinicians the healthcare data they need to improve the wearer's life, consumers and providers alike are starting to see the value in mHealth tools and platforms.The New Jersey Institute of Technology's Online Master of Science in Computer Science program has created this infographic to illustrate what the market looks like now:

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Google jumps into medicine with wearable health tracker

Google jumps into medicine with wearable health tracker | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The same company that gave us Google Glass is now working on another kind of wearable: a health trackerGoogle has developed a wristwatch-like device that can track your pulse, activity level, heart rate and skin temperature. The big difference between this new device and the company's Android Wear platform is that the new tracker is intended for medical use. The idea is to track the wearer's health data, such as heart rate, continuously.
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