Google seems to be getting smarter all the time. It’s already a sort of virtual encyclopedia. Now, for at least some users, it’s behaving like a wise, caring parent that will not only tell you to see a doctor but will actually make it happen.
Developer Jason Houle noticed an interesting feature when he googled “knee pain” on an Android device recently: Google was offering him to “talk with a doctor now” through a video chat. He posted a screenshot to Reddit on Friday, and Engadget confirmed yesterday that Google was indeed testing the feature.
The extraordinary aspect of the feature is that it suggests Google does actually harbor major ambitions for its expert-chatting feature, Helpouts, specifically in the domain of health care.
Integrating data from mobile health applications and other sources with a patient's electronic health record (EHR) offers more data and greater patient engagement, but industry leaders encourage providers to carefully consider what--and how much--information to collect to ensure the information is useful to both providers and their patients.
When a helicopter rushed a 13-year-old girl showing symptoms suggestive of kidney failure to Stanford’s Packard Children’s Hospital, Jennifer Frankovich was the rheumatologist on call. She and a team of other doctors quickly diagnosed lupus, an autoimmune disease. But as they hurried to treat the girl, Frankovich thought that something about the patient’s particular combination of lupus symptoms — kidney problems, inflamed pancreas and blood vessels — rang a bell. In the past, she’d seen lupus patients with these symptoms develop life-threatening blood clots. Her colleagues in other specialties didn’t think there was cause to give the girl anti-clotting drugs, so Frankovich deferred to them. But she retained her suspicions. “I could not forget these cases,” she says.
Back in her office, she found that the scientific literature had no studies on patients like this to guide her. So she did something unusual: She searched a database of all the lupus patients the hospital had seen over the previous five years
This section continues Apple’s trend for using human curation in the App Store by highlighting 14 apps which take advantage of iOS 8’s Health app by bringing health and fitness data into one centralized apps for access by users.
Researchers at Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom find that a mobile health application risk assessment model and a framework for supporting clinical use is needed to ensure patient safety and physician reputation. They outline risks associated with mobile health apps and variables that affect such risk factors. FierceHealthIT, Journal of Medical internet Research.
Google launched a preview software developers kit (SDK) for the Google Fit fitness app platform at Google I/O earlier this year. Similarly, Apple launched their new Healthkit API at Apple’s WWDC 14 — and clearly healthcare will be a big focus for Apple with their Apple Watch. Developers are now able to create and test health and fitness apps for Android and iOS 8.
mHealthWatch was recently privy to new details of the freshly-forged partnership involving Microsoft, TracPhone, and Health Choice Network. Working together, the three will provide the technology, smartphone apps, and access to healthcare that individuals in underserved populations need desperately today.
Future versions of the Apple Watch will include "richer health features and additional sensors," according to a new report from Reuters. Though the Apple Watch was only unveiled on Tuesday, the site says that some healthcare professionals who were hoping for "groundbreaking health features" were left disappointed with the watch's fitness capabilities.
Observers say there is little evidence for now that the device's fitness capabilities surpass the competition. Others, hoping for groundbreaking health features from a company whose Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook spoke of how sensors are "set to explode," were left wondering what's in store for the product.
Two people familiar with Apple's plans told Reuters the company is planning to unveil richer health features and additional sensors in later versions, the first iteration not hitting the market until early 2015.
Philips and a Dutch university have built a wearable that will help patients with a chronic illness and their doctors track their health. Philips teamed up with Salesforce to get the data from its cloud into apps.
Desktops are near universal in UK doctors' offices, and smartphones have also become a part of most physicians' jobs. More than 80% of doctors in the country now use a smartphone regularly for profession-related reasons while at work. Physicians in the UK have also jumped on the social media bandwagon, with almost two-thirds accessing sites such as Wikipedia and YouTube for professional purposes.
In a recent exposé, The New York Times revealed the appalling conditions that surround end-of-life care in New York City and the perverse incentives that perpetuate the system. The piece—tragic, enraging, and, one hopes, change-inducing—exemplifies the real, meaningful value that the best journalism creates for a society.
The story moved me, and because the doings of the tech industry are my daily bread, it made me think: why isn’t this the kind of problem Silicon Valley is trying to hack?
iHealth was the first company to sell a medical device through Apple, so it's only natural it's also the first to fully integrate its products with Apple's HealthKit. That means all the data iHealth's connected monitors and trackers collect not only gets sent straight to the app, it's also automagically logged in your electronic health record.
As promised, Jawbone has released a new health and fitness-tracking app for iOS 8 that accepts data from a bevy of different devices and services.
The new offering is simply called UP, which is, rather confusingly, the same name Jawbone gave to its previous iOS app. The broader fitness platform is possible because of Apple Health and HealthKit, the latter of which allows developers to easily share and import data from different sources.
Evidence-based mobile mental health technologies could boost patient self-care and reduce the increasing demand for one-on-one psychological intervention, but such mHealth tools would do well to adhere to specific development guidelines, according to a new research study.
Apple’s iPhone 6, which went on pre-order at 12:01 a.m. PST on Friday, is big. It’s bulky. It’s loaded with new health and fitness apps.
And that might make it perfect for doctors — who are notorious Apple iPhone fans to begin with.
“Doctors love their iPhones,” says Dr. Nate Gross, the co-founder of Doximity. (Doximity’s essentially a LinkedIn for doctors.) “We’ve seen them take screenshots of their favorite iPhone apps, like medical calculators, to share and compare.”
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