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Sports apparel maker Under Armour snaps up MapMyFitness for $150m

Sports apparel maker Under Armour snaps up MapMyFitness for $150m | Digital Health | Scoop.it

 US-based sports apparel maker Under Armour has agreed to buy the health and fitness app MapMyFitness for $150m.

With the purchase, Under Armour intends to “add depth to its digital capability, offering athletes an elevated training experience through new digital products and platforms”, the company said in a statement.

 
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Walker Fuller's curator insight, November 14, 2013 6:18 PM

This is crazy!  They totally copied nike!  That is not the kind of stuf I would do if I were them. They should think outside of the box!  That is not okay to me.

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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 :-)
Sophie Undreiner's curator insight, March 15, 2014 5:23 AM

@TedMed par Alex Butler

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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ResarchKit: 7 Implications For Developers

ResarchKit: 7 Implications For Developers | Digital Health | Scoop.it

ResearchKit has finally arrived for iOS devices. Back at the launch of the Apple Watch and the new Macbook Apple also announced a new open source platform for Medical research called ResearchKit. They spoke about the possibilities and how this would be a true step forward in Medical Research, however the details of how this would come together were few and far between (read our post ReasearchKit: 3 Reasons For Pharma to be Optimistic)

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Tablet app reduces CHF patient readmissions by 53 percent

Tablet app reduces CHF patient readmissions by 53 percent | Digital Health | Scoop.it

New York City-based Health Recovery Solutions announced that its tablet-based program reduced the 30-day readmission rate for 130 congestive heart failure (CHF) patients at Penn Medicine’s Penn Care at Home program by 53 percent.


Health Recovery Solutions looked at Penn Care at Home’s data between July 2014 and February 2015. During this time, the readmission rate fell from 8 percent to 3.8 percent.


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Ford Grapples With Wearables and the Future of IoT

Ford Grapples With Wearables and the Future of IoT | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Ford Motor Co. is trying to figure out how to accommodate a bevy of new Internet-connected devices such as fitness bands and smartwatches in its vehicles. The automotive giant said that these new devices could lead to efforts to increase safety and promote good health behind the wheel. “Now the car is becoming the ultimate technology product, and we are becoming more of an information company,” Ford CEO Mark Fields told CIO Journal.

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5 Reasons Pharma Should Care About Apple Watch

5 Reasons Pharma Should Care About Apple Watch | Digital Health | Scoop.it

For months and months speculation was rife about the Apple Watch (or iWatch as was the expected moniker) and the possible implications and applications for healthcare. Then we had the 9th March launch event in San Francisco and theApple Watch seemed to sink like a lead balloon in the minds of health technology enthusiasts. This was aided by articles such as the one in the Wall Street Journal that claimed much of the exciting health sensor technology had been scrapped and asked: What Exactly Is an Apple Watch For? (Subscription required)


I believe that technology only becomes socially interesting when it becomes technologically boring. We can only really impact health at scale when we utilise technology that has true mainstream reach. However I feel there are still a number of key reasons the Apple Watch is worth thinking about for healthcare broadly, and pharmaceutical companies specifically. Here are five reasons pharma should care as we approach the April 24th Apple Watch launch date

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Jennifer Grech's curator insight, April 7, 5:57 AM

Are we (pharma) listening?

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Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data

Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The development and availability of wearables is running hand in hand with the exploding interest in the digital health space. Managing our health via apps and devices is slowly becoming the norm. And patients that need to monitor their condition day-to-day have even more to benefit from this powerful combination. Startups are of course entering this space in droves.


The latest is a startup which launches out of stealth today: MyHealthPal, an iOS app and analytics platform that enables people with long-term health conditions to manage their condition, is initially focusing on Parkinson’s Disease, but could be applied similar diseases.


It’s now secured an initial seed funding of £500,000, and launched a trial with the highly respected Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

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Sarah Palmer's curator insight, March 27, 12:40 PM

#innovate #healthcare

Courtney Bonner's curator insight, March 28, 8:01 PM

This is a great idea for those patients who are forgetful about taking their medications

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23AndMe Wants to Turn Its DNA Data into New Drugs

23AndMe Wants to Turn Its DNA Data into New Drugs | Digital Health | Scoop.it
DNA testing startup 23andMe has been doing brisk business collecting genetic samples from over 800,000 customers. But the company just announced a new plan that'll launch it into the big pharma world: 23andMe is going to invent its own pharmaceutical drugs using the data it collects from customer DNA.
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Courtney Bonner's curator insight, March 25, 1:05 PM

This has the potential to be big. If drugs are made from samples from 800,000 customers, it could prevent big epidemics and other super-infections from even happening.

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Apple ResearchKit: Three Reasons For Pharma To Be Optimistic

Apple ResearchKit: Three Reasons For Pharma To Be Optimistic | Digital Health | Scoop.it
At Apple’s much-anticipated Watch launch event in San Francisco yesterday they delivered what was largely a surprise announcement. For months there has been speculation about the Watch and its possible implications and applications for health. Recently these expectations had been diminished by leaked reports of greatly scaled back integrated sensor technology..
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The FDA is finally embracing health tech -- that's both good and bad news

The FDA is finally embracing health tech -- that's both good and bad news | Digital Health | Scoop.it
23andMe was built on the idea that consumers are smart enough to handle their own health-care information and guide their own care. Now, apparently, the FDA is starting to agree.
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Facebook rolls out new tools to help prevent suicides

Facebook rolls out new tools to help prevent suicides | Digital Health | Scoop.it
With over a billion users, Facebook plays an important role in keeping people connected. It serves as a place to share good news, but also provides a platform for users to request support from their digital peers.


The company is keenly aware that it can assist users when there is a cry for help, which is why it rolled out an (lengthy) way to flag suicidal content back in 2011. Now, it's taking that one step further by introducing new tools to boost its suicide prevention efforts

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Microsoft Band Gets Major Features and SDK in Update

Microsoft Band Gets Major Features and SDK in Update | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Microsoft’s quirky amalgamation of fitness tracker and smartwatch, the simply namedBand, is about to get more powerful; the company is launching a series of updates for the tracker, as well as introducing an SDK for developers.


Users on a desktop can now check their fitness information more easily with a new Web dashboard for Microsoft Health, which expands on the features available on the mobile Health app. You can now see extended data views and more detailed charts on your health stats.



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5 imperatives of user experience design in mobile health technology

5 imperatives of user experience design in mobile health technology | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The Wiki definition of UX design is “the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, ease of use and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product.” UX design success in mobile health technologies depends upon the achievement of including the best in reliability, usability, privacy and safety, content and pleasurable experience. I will discuss what I think are five important issues in achieving the ideal mobile technology user experience, specifically for those technologies hoping to enter thehealthcare (vs. consumer) market.
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The latest Nike+ FuelBand is actually your iPhone

The latest Nike+ FuelBand is actually your iPhone | Digital Health | Scoop.it

No fitness tracker, no problem! Just use your iPhone and the newly updated Nike+ Fuel app.


The Nike+ Fuel app for iPhone now supports Apple's HealthKit. As a result, this means you don't actually need a FuelBand for the app to track your movements and earn points and trophies — the sensors on your iPhone do all that for you.


The update comes nearly a year after Nike jettisoned its FuelBand team, opting instead to focus on a larger software partnership with Apple,

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Denmark Leads in European Mobile Health Market

Denmark Leads in European Mobile Health Market | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The mobile health market will be growing across the globe over the next several years, as it isexpected to reach $32 billion by 2019. The US is not the only country leading in mobile health adoption, as Denmark is a leading nation in Europe advancing in the mobile health market, according to a survey published by market research company Research2Guidance.


The results are based on the 2015 mHealth App Developer Economics study, which is the largest mobile health study completed by HIMSS and Research2Guidance. Denmark was the first in mHealth adoption among 25 European nations.

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IBM teams with Apple on artificial intelligence health program

IBM teams with Apple on artificial intelligence health program | Digital Health | Scoop.it

IBM on Monday announced alliances with Apple and others to put artificial intelligence to work drawing potentially life-saving insights from the booming amount of health data generated on personal devices.

IBM is collaborating with Apple, Medtronic, and Johnson & Johnson to use its Watson artificial intelligence system to give users insights and advice from personal health information gathered from fitness trackers, smartphones, implants or other devices.


The initiative is trying to take advantage of medical records increasingly being digitized, allowing quick access for patients and healthcare providers if the information can be stored and shared effectively. IBM wants to create a platform for that sharing.


"All this data can be overwhelming for providers and patients alike, but it also presents an unprecedented opportunity to transform the ways in which we manage our health," IBM senior vice president John Kelly said in a news release

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Stephanie Battista's curator insight, April 14, 1:53 PM

#Health #IBM #Apple #ArtificialI Intelligence

Joanne Stanley's curator insight, April 16, 4:44 AM

I spoke with a colleague yesterday at the IBM Sellers University in Salou. He told me about a test his brother had done in Australia for Sleep Apnea - the test cost $6000 in Sydney 10 years ago............Now your GP will recommend an iPhone App that goes under your pillow and monitors your movement over night giving you the results in the moring...... costs about $3.99  - one small example of where this technology is taking us.

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Most smartphone users tap into health features

Most smartphone users tap into health features | Digital Health | Scoop.it
More than half of today's smartphone users, 62 percent, are using their devices to get health information, according to Pew Research Center's new report, "U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015." The report is based on surveys conducted by the center in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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Using Patient Data to Democratize Medical Discovery

Using Patient Data to Democratize Medical Discovery | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Steven Keating, a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab and a brain cancer survivor, was the subject of an article this week, presented as a super data cruncher of his own patient information.

The young scientist’s collection and analysis of his own data makes him an extraordinary exception today, but physicians and health care experts say he is a sprinter along a path others are walking — toward consumers taking a more active interest in gathering, studying and sharing their medical data. Better-informed patients, they say, are more likely to take better care of themselves, comply with prescription drug regimens and even detect early-warning signals of illness, as Mr. Keating did.


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FDA 'Taking a Very Light Touch' on Regulating the Apple Watch

FDA 'Taking a Very Light Touch' on Regulating the Apple Watch | Digital Health | Scoop.it

With Apple Inc. and fellow Silicon Valley companies edging further into health care, the U.S. agency in charge of oversight says it will give the technology industry leeway to develop new products without aggressive regulation.


Bakul Patel, who oversees the new wave of consumer-focused health products at the Food and Drug Administration, said most wearable gadgets such as the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch and health-focused applications for smartphones have a way to go before warranting close scrutiny from the agency.

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Inside Apple's Top Secret Apple Watch Fitness Lab

Inside Apple's Top Secret Apple Watch Fitness Lab | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Apple, known for keeping its product developments under the strictest of lock-and-key, gave ABC News exclusive access into its top secret health and fitness lab, where only Apple employees became test subjects for the new Apple Watch.

Apple engineers, managers and developers have been secretly volunteering for the past year in this state-of-the-art lab to participate in rowing, running, yoga and many more fitness activities in order to collect data for the Apple Watch’s inner workings.

“[The employees] knew they were testing something, but they didn't know it was for the Apple Watch,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations. “We hooked them up with all the masks and so forth, but we would put on an Apple Watch covered up.”

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UCanRow2's curator insight, March 25, 12:32 PM

So cool to see them using rowing as one of the exercises to test this new product!

Denise Silber's curator insight, March 25, 7:49 PM

All is top secret at Apple

 
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Tim Cook names health as the biggest frontier for Apple

Tim Cook names health as the biggest frontier for Apple | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Apple CEO Tim Cook phoned in to Jim Cramer, the star host of CNBC's "Mad Money," and shared what he thinks are the next big three frontiers for Apple.


When Cramer asked Cook if he sees the car and the home as the next big frontiers for Apple, Cook responded, "I think those are the two big ones."

Then he continued, "I think health may be the biggest one of all."

He continued, "Because for years — people have depended on strictly somebody else to determine their health. And now these devices in essence, empower people to manage and track their own health and fitness. And so I think that market is probably significantly underestimated."

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Jim Murphy's curator insight, March 13, 7:29 AM

Excited to say that we will soon have an announcement in this area. 

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The Five Foundations of Digital patient Support programmes

The Five Foundations of Digital patient Support programmes | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The term ‘digital’ in 2015 is a dangerous one. We all live in a complex mixed reality where the confines of digital and non-digital channels are blurred. The focus is rightly on integration with and augmentation of the human experience. That being said, when we look at health, people turn to digital channels first when seeking help and when looking for on going support, digital and especially mobile, are the future of interventional relationships between healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies and patients. When designing patient support programmes with a digital element these are the 5 key foundations you need to bear in mind...

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How Google's using big data and machine-learning to aid drug discovery

How Google's using big data and machine-learning to aid drug discovery | Digital Health | Scoop.it

From answering heath-related questions in its search results to a fitness data platform for developers, Google is becoming increasingly ingrained in the fabric of our daily health-and-wellbeing habits. But behind the scenes, the Internet giant is also working to expedite the discovery of drugs that could prove vital to finding cures for many human ills.


Working with Stanford University’s Pande Lab, Google Research has introduced a paper called “Massively Multitask Networks for Drug Discovery,” [PDF] which looks at how using data from a myriad of different sources can better determine which chemical compounds will serve as “effective drug treatments for a variety of diseases.”


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Healthcare Providers warming up to mobile health

Healthcare Providers warming up to mobile health | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The use of electronic health records has come a long way since 2010, but EHRs cannot stand alone, warns a PwC report. The next challenge is integrating mobile health devices into the EHR and the provider–patient relationship.


The consulting company interviewed 1,000 physicians and physician extenders—nurse practitioners, physician assistants—to discover how they use digital technology and some of the concerns they have about incorporating it into clinical practice (http://tinyurl.com/digital-study).

The number of providers using smartphones and tablets is increasing. For example, in 2010, about 1 in 8 (12%) used mobile devices to check medical records. In 2014, the survey found that almost half (45%) do.

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Jenna Collins's comment, March 25, 11:28 AM

Using electronic records is so much more efficient than the old style of millions of folders and files. While it is much easier to search and find specific files electronically, there is also the possibility of losing records or being hacked.
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New App Store for Health Professionals Planned

New App Store for Health Professionals Planned | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Epic Systems Corp. recently divulged plans to launch its own app store for healthcare professionals.

Such a move could invite developers and companies to produce countless new apps compatible with Epic’s electronic health records systems.

According to published reports, the app store will launch in a few weeks.

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Jenna Collins's comment, March 25, 11:17 AM
An app store such as this would be greatly beneficial to the healthcare professionals, enabling better communication and ways of sending and receiving data on the go.
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Silicon Valley Turns Smartphones Into Mobile Health Clinics

Silicon Valley Turns Smartphones Into Mobile Health Clinics | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley companies are creating more mobile health apps and getting more financial backing than ever before. You can now use your phone to help diagnose an ear infection, and even monitor a diabetic child's blood sugar.

"It's the next big thing, no question about it,” Vital Connect CEO Nersi Nazari said of mobile health. Vital Connect in Campbell just launched the HealthPatch MD. It’s a patch that sticks onto the skin and provides constant heart monitoring and tracks pulse, respiratory rate, and other health metrics. It’s the first device of its kind and available for doctors or loved ones to track someone with a heart condition.

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Courtney Bonner's curator insight, March 25, 1:01 PM

This is a great idea because sometimes people can not find time in their busy schedules to go over to a clinic for care. 

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Test for HIV in just 15 minutes with this $34 smartphone dongle

Test for HIV in just 15 minutes with this $34 smartphone dongle | Digital Health | Scoop.it

A dongle created by Columbia University researchers can turn any smartphone (whether iPhones or Android devices) into an HIV and syphilis tester. Even better, it only takes 15 minutes and a tiny drop of blood to get a result -- the device doesn't even need a battery to work. According to the paper the researchers published in Science Translational Medicine, the dongle performs enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect HIV antibody, treponemal-specific antibody for syphilis, and non-treponemal antibody for active syphilis infection. Labs don't currently offer the three tests needed to detect those in a single format. ELISA machines, by the way, cost around $18,000, but each of these dongles only cost around $34 to manufacture.

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