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Digital doctors: how mobile apps are changing healthcare - Telegraph

Digital doctors: how mobile apps are changing healthcare - Telegraph | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Mobile apps that enable doctors to quickly reference medical research are paving the way for a digital revolution in healthcare
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An Aid Group is 3D-Printing Medical Supplies in Haiti

An Aid Group is 3D-Printing Medical Supplies in Haiti | Digital Health | Scoop.it
It's been three years since a massive earthquake ravaged Haiti, and the island nation is still recovering. One large and pervasive obstacle is a lack of supplies--specifically, medical supplies.
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Key Principles Of Digital Health

Key Principles Of Digital Health | Digital Health | Scoop.it
As you listen to the rigorous discussions that occur within these programs, and witness the passion of the participants, you come away with the sense that while the challenges ahead are significant, the need is great, the opportunity is...
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Medicine isn't a science yet, Vinod Khosla says -- but data will make it so

Medicine isn't a science yet, Vinod Khosla says -- but data will make it so | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The legendary investor isn't backing down from his claim that most doctors could be replaced by technology. In his upcoming fireside chat at the DataBeat/Data Science Summit, Khosla is going to foc...
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Khosla is a true believer in the data-driven, patient-centric model of health care. Something pretty cool to believe in and certainly is the future - just the 'when' and 'how' we are not yet clear on. 

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WorldWideExperience's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:11 AM

Sounds a little futuristic..but then they said that about the Internet!

Michel Mazuez's curator insight, November 26, 2013 12:48 PM

Les développeurs sont toujours plus optimistes que de raison : il est vrai qu'ils n'ont affaire qu'à des machines . Contentons nous d'imaginer que les data vont améliorer la pertinence de nos prises en charge!

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If Inaccuracy Were Illegal, The FDA Would Have To Regulate Most Health Gadgets

If Inaccuracy Were Illegal, The FDA Would Have To Regulate Most Health Gadgets | Digital Health | Scoop.it

I wore a calorie counter armband from BodyMedia that told me I was burning over 3,000 calories a day. If that were true, I would be emaciated enough to play Gollum in the nextLord Of The Rings sequel.

The accuracy of consumer health gadgets varies widely across the spectrum, yet this hasn’t stopped the FDA from suspending popular genetic testing company 23andMe over concerns about the quality of their diagnostics. 23andMe may be at fault, but so is a large part of the entire health tech industry.

 

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An interesting if slightly ill informed artcicle on regulation of health applications. Think that the rigour needed to produce high quality and sustainable health apps is great opportunity for pharmaceutical comanies who are used to regulatory environment. 

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24 Outstanding Statistics on How Social Media has Impacted Health Care

24 Outstanding Statistics on How Social Media has Impacted Health Care | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Communication has been disrupted through social media but how has the health care industry faired? Dive into an analysis of 24 statistics on the subject.
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Cathy's curator insight, November 23, 2013 10:47 PM

Social media does great changes in XXI

Dr Martin Wale's curator insight, December 3, 2013 1:08 AM

American perspective, but some interesting stuff.

 

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Ron Gutman's HealthTap Seeks to Be the First Global Mobile Health Brand

Ron Gutman's HealthTap Seeks to Be the First Global Mobile Health Brand | Digital Health | Scoop.it

“My vision is to give people immediate gratification in healthcare,” says Ron Gutman the high-energy and affable founder and CEO of HealthTap, a mobile health platform that connects customers with trusted health information and doctors in near real-time at any given time of day or day of the week from a network of over 50,000 U.S.-licensed doctors. “We call people ‘patients’ but they are anything but patient when they are in pain or desperate to talk to a doctor in the middle of the night,” continues Gutman.  In creating a customer–focused health information service, Gutman sees the opportunity to build the world’s first global mobile health brand

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Robots Let Doctors 'Beam' Into Remote Hospitals

Robots Let Doctors 'Beam' Into Remote Hospitals | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam" themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies.
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Art Jones's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:06 PM

#ROBOTICS

Emma Sands's curator insight, November 19, 2013 4:49 AM

Una opción efectiva para maximizar el "expertise" de los especialistas sin las barreras del mundo físico. Pero, ¿qué otras barreras habría que solucionar? ¿Contractuales? ¿Legales? ¿Costes iniciales?

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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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iOximeter monitors your heart-rate, is powered by your phone's headphone socket

iOximeter monitors your heart-rate, is powered by your phone's headphone socket | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Connecting health-monitoring hardware to smartphones is a no-brainer. The phone does the heavy processing, offers up power and screen, and thus makes the hardware cheaper and more importantly , smaller. However, you still need to power the thing, which can be tough when you're trying to gauge vitals overnight or longer.

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Paging Doctor Siri: A Hands-Free Way to Ask All Your Medical Questions

Paging Doctor Siri: A Hands-Free Way to Ask All Your Medical Questions | Digital Health | Scoop.it
A new app called TalkToDocs answers your medical questions without making you lift a finger.
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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 7, 2013 8:10 PM

It is called "TalkToDocs" and is available for $0.99 on iOS and Android. Can't go wrong for 99 cents, can we?

RUDER FINN's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:59 AM

This is a cool little app (paid for with a cost of ($0.99) which allows users to ask medical questions aloud just as on siri. The app is called TalkToDocs and the answers are from a database of 50,000 doctors.

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Gamify Vision Screening with EyeSpy 20/20

Gamify Vision Screening with EyeSpy 20/20 | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Learn how EyeSpy 20/20, a gamified vision screening software is able to scale easily while producing accurate, reliable results.
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How Jawbone is using big data to lead the personal fitness-wearable industry

How Jawbone is using big data to lead the personal fitness-wearable industry | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Jawbone's significant share of a growing market gives it quite a lot of data to mine. According to vice president of data Monica Rogati, the company collects the equivalent of 60 years of sleep dat...
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How to revolutionize healthcare: get data scientists and app developers together

How to revolutionize healthcare: get data scientists and app developers together | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Healthcare is a massive amount of invaluable data waiting to be unearthed. This is why an application developer is a data scientist's best friend: to put data the hands of the people who make every...
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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, December 3, 2013 8:31 PM

I disagree... the REAL revolution would be to bring back home visits by your family doctor who nactually knows you. He/she could be decked out with the latest technology, of course.

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Drug detectives: scientists want to crowdsource the discovery of new antibiotics

Drug detectives: scientists want to crowdsource the discovery of new antibiotics | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The last time we caught up with Josiah Zayner, he was busy devising a musical instrument that produces melodies based on the reactions of plant proteins to light. Now Zayner, a biophysicist and incoming synthetic biology fellow at NASA, has set his sights on a project with the potential for greater public impact: one that aims to rapidly accelerate the discovery of new antibiotic compounds..

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Spanish health authority cuts costs with Xbox consultations

Spanish health authority cuts costs with Xbox consultations | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Accenture has been working with the health authorities in Spain’s Basque Country to reduce the costs associated with caring for people with chronic diseases through technology developed for Microsoft’s Xbox games console.
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eMedToday's curator insight, November 29, 2013 9:47 PM

A total of 18% of interactions between patients and healthcare professionals now take place over the telephone with the multi-channel centre, which Teki is part of, fielding more than 100,000 calls for medical advice in the past 12 months. 

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This company tracks your kids online — and tells you about their mental health

This company tracks your kids online — and tells you about their mental health | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Prevention is the new focal point of modern health care. But while doctors worldwide are doing a better job of stopping diseases like HIV/AIDS before they take root in our bodies, they’ve been slower to bring such care to mental health.

 

Mevoked aims to change that.

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Another interesting example of behavioural tracking in mental health. With the work underway in schizophrenia and recovery from brain injury this is an area ripe with innovation. You can imagine the sensationalist headlines if you wanted to mis-represent stories such as this though...

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The FDA Wants 23andMe To Stop Selling Its Genetic Testing Kits

The FDA Wants 23andMe To Stop Selling Its Genetic Testing Kits | Digital Health | Scoop.it

The Food and Drug Administration is ordering 23andMe to stop selling its saliva collection kits for its personal genome service.

 

23andMe is a health and ancestry DNA startup, founded by Anne Wojcicki in 2006. For $99, you receive a spit kit, provide 23andMe with a saliva sample, and send in your results.

Within a few weeks, you receive a bunch of information about what your DNA says about you.

But now the FDA is accusing 23andMe of violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, it recently stated in a warning letter addressed to 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki. In the letter, the FDA claims that 23andMe marketed its saliva collection kit and personal genome service without clearance or approval.

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These Vein-Spotting Smart Glasses Will Give Medics X-Ray Vision

These Vein-Spotting Smart Glasses Will Give Medics X-Ray Vision | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Few medical instruments evoke the stomach-churning dread that needles do, especially when finding the vein takes multiple stabs.
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Calico enlists a genetics A-Team for its mysterious anti-aging venture

Calico enlists a genetics A-Team for its mysterious anti-aging venture | Digital Health | Scoop.it
This week, Calico's chief executive Art Levinson revealed that he is beginning to recruit a superstar genetics team.
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IBM Will Soon Let Developers Run Apps On Watson, Its Smart-As-A-Human Computer

IBM Will Soon Let Developers Run Apps On Watson, Its Smart-As-A-Human Computer | Digital Health | Scoop.it

IBM will open up Watson to app developers in 2014, the company announced on Thursday.

Watson is a supercomputer that thinks and speaks like a human. It's the computer that won Jeopardy in 2011.

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Scanadu Raises $10.5 Million to Help Make Its Medical Tricorder a Reality

Scanadu Raises $10.5 Million to Help Make Its Medical Tricorder a Reality | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Backers include Relay Ventures, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and Zappos founder Tony Hseih.
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Talk to Docs Quickly Answers Your Common Health Questions

Talk to Docs Quickly Answers Your Common Health Questions | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Android and iOS: While you generally don't want to turn to the internet for help fixing your body, if you can connect with an actual doctor you can get usable advice. Talk to Docs offer just that, allowing you to ask a question aloud and receive an answer just moments later.

 

Talk to Docs provides a very simple interface at the start. You can type your question, but it seeks to simplify the process by listening to you speak and then turning that question into text on your behalf. Once it detects the question you've asked, you get a series of related responses from actual doctors. In many cases, those responses were vetted by other doctors so you have multiple opinions. While a brief answer can't replace actual medical treatment, when you want to try and figure out what might be wrong with you in a hurry it's nice to get a quick answer.P

Talk to Docs 

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Dr Martin Wale's curator insight, December 3, 2013 1:14 AM

US-focused product, just $0.99 from the App Store.

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The Obsession With Medical Costs Will Turn Mobile Health Apps And Devices Into A Major Growth Industry

The Obsession With Medical Costs Will Turn Mobile Health Apps And Devices Into A Major Growth Industry | Digital Health | Scoop.it

In the United States alone, health spending places the domestic health care industry among the five or six largest economies in the world.

To lower skyrocketing costs, consumers and the health care industry are looking at a variety of solutions. Increasingly, apps and mobile devices that allow consumers to take charge of their own treatment are seen as ways to start bringing down costs. They are taking health care out of hospitals and doctor's offices, and putting more power in consumer hands.

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Ranjit Kovilinkal's curator insight, November 16, 2013 11:16 PM

Customised healthcare solutions are the key...

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Patients, families find comfort and help by sharing stories via social media

Patients, families find comfort and help by sharing stories via social media | Digital Health | Scoop.it

Panelists at Mayo-hosted Health Care Social Media Summit discuss how social media has helped them, their families and their peers.

 

It was hard to miss one recurring theme at the Health Care Social Media Summit, which began Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Rochester and wraps up today: The patient experience is at the center of health care social media efforts. And if it isn't, it should be.

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Louise Botha's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:44 PM

If organisations commit to social media they can certainly gain valuable information from patients and families and identify gaps within current processes