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The future of health care: Apps that make people care about health

The future of health care: Apps that make people care about health | Digital Health | Scoop.it
As consumers take more and more of their health-care needs into their own hands, developers can profit by helping them take control of their health and wellness through apps and mobile services, Rock Health's CEO told GigaOM's Mobilize conference.
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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Is the term e-patient outdated and even counter-productive for digital health in 2012?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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TanyaDok Gives Patients a Consultation Room with Doctors Without Borders - Tech in Asia

TanyaDok Gives Patients a Consultation Room with Doctors Without Borders - Tech in Asia | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Until now, the number of consultations given are in the tens of thousands, either via email or social media. Every day the doctors serve around 20 to 50 consultations. I chatted with Dr. Bimantoro about TanyaDok as a virtual health consultation room, medical ethics, monetization, and lots more.

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InCrowd Raises $2.2M From Nauta Capital So That Your Doctor Can Take Marketing Surveys In Real-Time | TechCrunch

InCrowd Raises $2.2M From Nauta Capital So That Your Doctor Can Take Marketing Surveys In Real-Time | TechCrunch | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Now, I don't pretend to know very much about the relationship between big pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals, except that I do know it's complicated.
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More Push Ups, Less Sick Days: HeiaHeia’s Social Exercise Platform Sees UK Launch | TechCrunch

More Push Ups, Less Sick Days: HeiaHeia’s Social Exercise Platform Sees UK Launch | TechCrunch | Digital Health | Scoop.it
HeiaHeia is a startup that's been flying somewhat under the radar outside its native Finland. But today that's set to change as the social exercise platform sees its official UK launch.
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The Social Moon

The Social Moon | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The Social Moon exists to provide the highest quality digital marketing in healthcare, by people who have a proven record of success.

 

We can help you to understand and integrate the highest quality digital marketing with your business strategy and marketing objectives. We are here to help you build digital solutions that deliver sustainable results for your business, perfectly positioned in the competitive landscape while meeting real customer needs.

 

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More Than 50 Million Patients Use Medical Startup Practice Fusion, And It's Saved At Least One Life

More Than 50 Million Patients Use Medical Startup Practice Fusion, And It's Saved At Least One Life | Digital Health | Scoop.it

 We caught up with Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion, to find out where they are today. Here's what we learned:

 

• More than 50 million patients have data stored in Practice Fusion in the United States. Howard expects that number to hit 70 million by the end of the year when they start rolling out consumer-oriented products.


• Soon, developers will be able to build apps that tap into that data. There are already a number of beta apps that are well-funded and on track to take advantage of it. One app, for example, is supposed to accurately predict how long you have to live.


• Because it's Web-based, Practice Fusion has a cost edge on on-premises medical-record solutions. Most solutions cost around $50,000 to deploy. Practice Fusion cuts that cost to almost nothing. And you can access the data anywhere, so it makes it easier for doctors to share data amongst themselves.


• Because it's easier to share data, it's easier to save lives. Around 200,000 people die every year because there isn't adequate access to data. Howard says he has a number of stories about how having access to patient data has kept doctors for accidentally setting off negative reactions.

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A New Era is Beginning… | The Social Moon

A New Era is Beginning… | The Social Moon | Digital Health | Scoop.it

We are living through amazing times, the blink of an eye that was the age of computers has already given way to an age of almost limitless communication and connectivity. Computers have changed the world but in many ways it is not the technology that now defines 21st century but you and me. It is the connection we make with each other.

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The next step for IBM’s Watson: Diagnosing illness?

The next step for IBM’s Watson: Diagnosing illness? | Digital Health | Scoop.it
TSince the beginning, IBM also mentioned that Watson could be a useful tool for the healthcare industry, especially when it comes to making diagnoses. (The company also formed a research partnership with Nuance last year to help prepare Watson for health care purposes.) Going mobile would further Watson’s usefulness for doctors and patients alike.
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NHS patient records to revolutionise medical research in Britain

NHS patient records to revolutionise medical research in Britain | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Scientists to hunt for lifesaving information buried in cradle-to-grave data collected by GPs and hospitals...
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6 Ways to Make Pinterest Work for Healthcare Organizations | Social Media Today

6 Ways to Make Pinterest Work for Healthcare Organizations | Social Media Today | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Have you considered using Pinterest for your healthcare practice? Perhaps you don’t think you have anything interesting to offer on such a visual platform. Wrong!

 

Many healthcare organizations such as yours are already using Pinterest with amazing results. A good example is Dayton Children’s Medical Center.

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Data Science and the Health Care Revolution - Forbes

Data Science and the Health Care Revolution - Forbes | Digital Health | Scoop.it
In the early days of the 20th century, department store magnate John Wanamaker famously said, “I know that half of my advertising doesn’t work. The problem is that I don’t know which half.”
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Coming Next: Doctors Prescribing Apps to Patients

Coming Next: Doctors Prescribing Apps to Patients | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Apps that can assess data like blood glucose levels, diet and drug regimen — and can be reimbursed by insurance — will soon be prescribed by doctors to help treat patients.
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Health and life sciences get a healthy dose of big data

Health and life sciences get a healthy dose of big data | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Researchers are using big data analytics to help improve the quality of life of multiple sclerosis patients. To improve health care, researchers are using big data analytics to bring advances to the medical field. For example, at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo researchers are using data from patients with multiple sclerosis to analyze the effectiveness of current drugs and treatments alongside the individual’s personal health records and the progression of the disease. .

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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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Using big data to reinvent health care

Using big data to reinvent health care | Digital Health | Scoop.it
In this analyst roundtable discussion, our experts will discuss how big-data analytics are being applied today to better utilize resources in health care.
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California researchers create apps for health studies

California researchers create apps for health studies | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Does oversleeping make you depressed? Do certain types of patients do better on new medication?  Which streets worsen asthma symptoms? ...
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Great News: HealthIT is terrible and expensive

Great News: HealthIT is terrible and expensive | Digital Health | Scoop.it
“Established technology is being given a federally funded new lease on life,” athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush said.
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Health in an age of information | The Social Moon

Health in an age of information | The Social Moon | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Should we look to develop an information strategy, rather than a siloed comms and marketing plans?

 

It is surely a cliché to say we are now living in the information age, people having been calling it the information age for over 50 years. In many ways it is more accurate to say that the whole of human civilisation has been the information age, it is what binds us together.

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Digital Health Needs Courageous Investors -- and Other Lessons From The Khosla Controversy

Digital Health Needs Courageous Investors -- and Other Lessons From The Khosla Controversy | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Digital health can redefine medicine -- but will benefit from a wider ranger of investors, including those with deep healthcare expertise

 

Khosla claims that Google’s development of a driverless car is a challenge “two orders of magnitude more complex” than providing the right diagnosis. To me, this highlights what I see as the underlying disconnect — the mischaracterization of the fundamental problem to be solved.

 

Medicine isn’t (only) about inputting symptoms and receiving a diagnosis, it’s about trying to elicit symptoms, to understand why a patient is worried or concerned, to appreciate how a particular treatment approach is likely to work in the real world, to provide encouragement as a patient tries to deal with chronic illness.

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Watsi Is Using Crowdfunding To Treat The 1B+ Worldwide Without Access To Medical Care | TechCrunch

Watsi Is Using Crowdfunding To Treat The 1B+ Worldwide Without Access To Medical Care | TechCrunch | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs are inherently risk-takers. But, the tech industry today needs more of the type of risk-takers who go against the grain by actually tackling big, difficult problems.
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Pharma To Launch Industry’s First Social Game

Pharma To Launch Industry’s First Social Game | Digital Health | Scoop.it

John Pugh, Director of Digital for Boehringer Ingelheim, talks about driving innovation in his large organization with the forthcoming game Syrum 

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Could Technology Help Stem the Spread of Whooping Cough? - Forbes

Could Technology Help Stem the Spread of Whooping Cough? - Forbes | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Improving the exchange of information between doctors and public health officials could help stem outbreaks of diseases such as whooping cough and tuberculosis.
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Wikipedia and Pharma | DigitallySick

Wikipedia and Pharma | DigitallySick | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Wikipedia and Pharma, how can pharma work with the most imortant and powerful source of health information in the world? Can it afford to stick it's head in the sand? Andrew Spong, Faisal Ahmed and Alex Butler discuss in the pod.

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5 personal data tracking innovations to watch

5 personal data tracking innovations to watch | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The quantified self movement is seemingly out of its infancy, but an embracement of personal data tracking by a broader population still seems far off. The most committed loggers are willing to invest in multiple devices and apps, tracking everything from their sleep cycles and running paths to their changing temperament and every bite of food.
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