brainsJust a few months after Nokia acquired Withings to make a big push into digital health, it has collaborated with Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine to support outpatient care and clinical trials, according to a company statement.Nokia Technologies and Helsinki University Hospital will launch a remote patient monitoring solution in the second quarter, the statement said. The collaboration is a first for Nokia Technologies, reflecting the company’s intent to enter the regulated healthcare space.
IBM's Watson Health and the American Diabetes Association have outlined a multi-year partnership to analyze clinical and research data to better manage diabetes.The partnership was outlined at the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) annual scientific powwow in New Orleans. The goal is to use data to build cognitive applications for doctors, researchers and patients.Watson Health and the ADA have been working together to analyze 300,000 patient records to model outcomes and the disease as well as manage care.
Deepak Chopra, a leading figure in the alternative health movement, is moving into the mobile app business with the launch of Jiyo.Chopra and his co-founder Poonacha Machaiah have been talking about Jiyo for a while, but today the app is generally available on iOS and Android.We got a quick demo yesterday, with Machaiah explaining that one of the goals is “no typing”. Using data from the sensors in your phone and other fitness devices, Jiyo gives you tips for brief tasks that are supposed to improve your well-being, like doing a stretch after a long flight, or meditations and other routines that might improve your sleep if you haven’t been sleeping well.
Here’s a surprising stat: Almost half of the American population suffers from chronic illness. Here’s an even more surprising stat: almost one in four Americans (approximately 75 million people) have multiple chronic conditions. And here’s an alarming one: chronic illness (ex: hypertension, respiratory diseases, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, dementia) is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S.
The good news: technology has enabled a burgeoning universe of digital solves to help patients manage their health. This universe, though still in its relative infancy, is huge: there are over 165,000 apps and digital services ranging from basic tools such as fitness trackers to research platforms connecting patients with doctors.
We’ve all heard about electronic health records, fitness apps for your smartphone, and wearable fitness trackers. Mobile health (mHealth) is no longer the new kid on the block. It’s here to stay, and now we’re moving into the phase where wearables are a part of the mainstream lifestyle.How many of your friends, family members or co-workers have a MapMyRun app on their phone, or are wearing a FitBit? Chances are, a lot of them. In fact, Forrester reported in 2015 that 20 percent of Americans have admitted to owning and using a wearable fitness device.
unit as acquisition of healthcare kit maker Withings closes.Nokia on Tuesday announced it has completed the acquisition of m-health device maker Withings and created a new Digital Health unit within its organisation as a result.The closure of the deal comes ahead of schedule. The Finnish equipment maker unveiled plans to buy Withings just over a month ago and at the time said it expected to complete the acquisition in the third quarter.The deal values France-headquartered Withings at €170 million, Nokia said in April."This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the history of Nokia Technologies as we extend our product portfolio to include a series of powerful digital health technologies," said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies, in a statement.
HIT Consultant Digital Health InnovationsAt HIT Consultant, we are always thinking about how digital innovation is impacting healthcare. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of innovations that have the potential to create greater change when it comes to the application and practice of healthcare in our series: HIT Consultant’s Selected Six Digital Health Innovations.Take a look at what we’ve chosen for May’s selected six, including a genomic search engine with fishy inspiration, a smartwatch that turns your skin into a touchscreen, and a thermometer 20,000 times smaller than a single human hair.
California-based Direct Urgent Care is using a digital stethoscope to integrate mHealth data directly into the medical record.A California-based chain of urgent care clinics is integrating data from a digital stethoscope into its electronic health record, giving clinicians instant access to heart and lung sounds.Direct Urgent Care, serving some 30,000 consumers in Berkeley, Mountain View and Oakland and soon expanding to San Francisco, is using the Eko Core Digital Stethoscope, which transmits data through a mobile app directly into the company’s drchrono EHR.
63 Percent of Hospitals and Health Systems Surveyed Have Now Deployed SmartphonesOn Wednesday, Spyglass Consulting Group released its most recent healthcare study entitled Large-scale Smartphone-based deployments enable hospital-wide communications. Overall, the study shows that 63 percent of hospitals and health systems surveyed have deployed or plan to deploy a mobile communications platform supporting more than 500 Smartphones over the next 12 to 18 months.According to a news release, these deployments “address the mission- and patient-critical communications required by nurses and other mobile hospital workers across the enterprise.”
Adopting a digital transformation strategy in the face of tight budgets and cuts could save the NHS from becoming increasingly burdened and possibly collapsing as the healthcare service we know.Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has committed £4bn to invest in technology for the NHS, but the level of digital transformation and its maturity across 239 trusts is mixed at best. Achieving a data-sharing, paper-free NHS appears a little way off.However, it's not all doom and gloom. Solid projects have been undertaken recently to adopt more digital services over traditional on-premise IT systems in public healthcare.
From FitBits to Apple Watches, wearable tech is becoming part of our daily lives. But now that we can track our steps and how well we’re sleeping, what’s next? To find out, I asked 11 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question:
Just like in the presidential campaign, a new guard is rising up against the establishment in digital health — and healthcare in general. Entrenched interests, of course, are fighting back any way they can to retain their grip on the industry.At the American Telemedicine Association annual conference in Minneapolis this week, lots of telehealth and digital health companies, as always, were showing off their wares in the exhibit hall. Presenters in the 100 or so breakout sessions discussed practical applications of their technology.
If you think it's hard to keep up with all the new software and hardware innovations, imagine doctors trying to stay abreast of medical advances."While wonderful new medical discoveries and innovations are in the news every day, doctors struggle with using information and techniques available right now," writes Leo Anthony Celi, assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, in the Conversation commentary Improving patient care by bridging the divide between doctors and data scientists. "As a practicing doctor, I deal with uncertainties and unanswered clinical questions all the time."
bigstock-People-Talking-25125962Physicians say they prescribe apps far more than patients seem to think they do, if a survey carried out by Nielsen and commissioned by the Council of Accountable Physician Practices is anything to go by. MobiHealth News reported that Nielsen talked to 30,007 U.S. consumers and 626 U.S. physicians for the poll.More than 50 percent of physicians said they had recommended that patients use a fitness tracking app in the past 12 months. About 40 percent said they recommended wearables to their patients and 45 percent of doctors said they had recommended biometric tools to track things like sleep or heart rate. Yet there was a sharp contrast with consumer numbers, as MobiHealth News observed.
After Microsoft bought the Finnish corporation’s mobile division in 2014, the company formed Nokia Technologies, its “advanced technology and licensing business.” As the division’s President Ramzi Haidamus tells Digital Trends, Nokia Technologies will “rekindle the innovation spirit” with a consumer side, and will fund its projects with its patent and brand licensing business.
Health systems and hospitals that are taking financial risk for keeping people healthy aren't the only ones that want access to patient-generated data.Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are increasingly interested in how patient-reported information can be used to get their products to market faster and assess how they perform in the real world.At the Biotechnology Industry Organization's annual conference, familiar names in digital health were front and center in the program and exhibit hall. And for the first time, the Digital Health Summit held its annual summer meeting alongside the larger BIO conference.
Fitness trackers are great, but their applications could go far beyond simply tracking how many steps you take. For example, they could be used to seriously help people who need it — like children with autism.That’s the idea behind a new health tracker from a company called Awake Labs, which has just launched an Indiegogo campaign for the Reveal — a fitness tracker that’s aimed squarely at helping kids on the autism spectrum
A health-care innovation hub that will focus on developing digital technology for use in the delivery of medical services took its first turn in the spotlight Wednesday as Boston and state officials officially opened the center before an attentive throng at the Landmark Center near the Fens.“This is where we work with the business community to move Boston innovation forward,” Mayor Marty Walsh said at the event, according to posts on Twitter.“We have all of the elements here in Massachusetts to lead in digital health,” Gov. Charlie Baker said at the afternoon event. He said the state has “core elements” to lead the world in the technology.
The term innovation belongs to that congregation of clichés that can be lazily used to evoke a sense of modernity and progression, often within industries or professions better known for conservatism and resistance to change. What actually is innovation? There are hundreds of definitions available, with the consensus describing innovation as the creation of better solutions to new or existing problems or needs that can take the form of products, processes, services or technologies. On the face of it medicine and technology rely on innovation and Pharma relies on both in order to survive. It should be a marriage made in hesThe term innovation belongs to that congregation of clichés that can be lazily used to evoke a sense of modernity and progression, often within industries or professions better known for conservatism and resistance to change. What actually is innovation? There are hundreds of definitions available, with the consensus describing innovation as the creation of better solutions to new or existing problems or needs that can take the form of products, processes, services or technologies. On the face of it medicine and technology rely on innovation and Pharma relies on both in order to survive. It should be a marriage made in heaven...
Two years ago we embarked on a mission to develop the most sophisticated mobile application in respiratory care, the aim being to clinically improve outcomes for asthma patients by being truly connected, clinically relevant and contextual. We found ourselves working off the map at the interface of science, medicine, technology and the consumer experience. Being truly innovative in the highly regulated and often conservative environment of pharmaceuticals. And breaking new ground in the process.What does it take to make this happen? We take inspiration from one of the worlds great innovators David Bowie to tell our story, using his approach to life as a framework for what we have achieved through taking a diverse source of inspiration, always looking to collaborate and always staying current and curious. The result is a new application for asthma patients, it is also a new philosophy and way of designing patient support services that will reach across disease areas and into the realms of real world evidence and clinical trials.
There’s billions of dollars pouring into health startups and digital health technologies around the world. So will technology take over the healthcare industry?I recently discussed the future of health innovation with serial entrepreneur and research Fellow at Stanford and Duke University, Vivek Wadhwa who says “we’re basically wasting 80–90% of the money and energy in Silicon Valley by focusing on the wrong problems.” The good news, says Vivek, is that “technology has advanced to the point anyone, anywhere can solve a big problem.”
Tim Cook has hinted that the Apple Watch will get even greater at monitoring your health and fitness. Speaking at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today, the Apple CEO said the company’s wearable may one day tell you when it’s time for a checkup.Your Apple Watch already wants you to keep fit. It reminds you when it’s time to stand, it sets exercise goals you can work towards each day, and it tracks all kinds of data that lets you keep an eye on your progress. But it could do more.
The tech world is built and rewarded on hockey-stick growth, wild valuations, beta launches and speed: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Uber. The faster, the better. This culture collides with mobile health; the Zuckerberg mantra “move fast and break things” is great for social media, but in medicine when we move fast, we break people.
While countless companies have emerged with important missions that are solving real problems, there could be serious implications when these technologies and businesses are not vetted properly. Plenty of companies have rushed to market — claiming to screen for cancer or decrease depression, only to be proven wrong or inconsistent — using unverified methods or a loophole to make claims that the technology can’t back up.
Among the keynote speakers at this year's symposium was Academy Member Ambuj Tewari, PhD, of the University of Michigan, who gave a talk on "Personalized Mobile Health Interventions." In particular, his talk focused on the potential for mobile health interventions-things like smartphone apps that help patients with cardiac issues or diabetes to manage their health-to meet the health needs people living in developing countries. In much of the developing world, where cell phones (and increasingly smartphones), are widely used, Tewari believes that mobile health interventions might help increase access to certain kinds of healthcare when the number of doctors and medical professionals remains very low.
Back constantly playing up? Prone to frequent headaches or stiff joints? If you're nodding in agreement, then you're far from alone. Just over one third of the UK population live with chronic pain and it's a similarly big issue Stateside and in other parts of the world.While conventional medications may dampen down the symptoms for many people, sufferers are always on the lookout for ways to calm their aches that don't involve nasty side effects or a risk of dependence.
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