Kiwi Move is a daring pioneer in the consumer-grade wearable technology space. It's a small (1.6 by 1.2 inches) computer that can track all facets of your life, automate appliances in your home, and collect other data, if you (or a kindly app developer) can program it to do so. It could be a fitness tracker, but it's more than that. And it's kind of like a smartwatch, but much smarter.
With a microphone and motion technology, Kiwi Move can respond to voice commands and gestures. With these prompts, you can set up automations of "if this, then that" variety, such as, "If I draw a circle in the air [while wearing Kiwi Move on my wrist], then turn on the microphone, listen to the song that's playing, launch the Shazam mobile app on my phone, and tell me the name of the song. Oh, and while you're at it, add the song to my playlist."
In our continuing look at applications for iBeacon, we're honing in on specific industries that have great opportunities to implement the technology for multiple uses.
I think that it could provide support for automatic collection of re-admissions. Instead of going back to all the paper-work to sort something like that out, it could make hot spotting more easy to implement.
It’s expected that 2014 is when we will start to see wearables really gaining traction. Analysts are expecting to see the global annual wearable device unit shipments next year to cross the 100 million milestone, with 300 million units five years from now.
“In the past, the scientific, technological and digital pieces did not in exist to assemble the whole,” Soon-Shiong says. “Now they do. I like to look for patterns, in science and life. It’s what I do.” Only an interconnected, instantaneous, molecule-to-manufacturer managed care system can tap science and save money, he insists.
I often attend medical conferences and hear about the best practices applied within medicine, but I rarely hear about best practices applied to the medical conference itself. In a world of often shrinking budgets and limited bandwidth, we must choose carefully which conferences we should attend. Embracing some of the suggestions below can make an event a must attend inspirational and renewing moment in our lives and careers.
The lesson from the TASTE study is that we should implement registries throughout the US and Canadian health care systems and use them to run quick and efficient clinical trials. That will help us adapt our way to a health care system that works well at an affordable cost.The current NEJM has published a clinical trial with a statistical commentary that is really exciting. (How is that for a sentence that you never expected to
The future sustainability of health systems will depend on how well governments are able to anticipate and respond to efficiency and quality of care challenges. Bold action is required, as well as willingness to test innovative care delivery approaches.
The greatest promise for transformational change is in applications that encourage new, ubiquitous, participatory preventive and personalised smart models of care. A whole new world of possibilities in using mobiles and the Internet to address healthcare challenges has opened up. The potential of mobile devices, services and applications to support self-management, behavioural modification and "participatory healthcare" is greater than ever before.
A key hurdle is, however, the big data challenge, dealing with the exponentially accelerating accumulation of patient data – all of which must be mined, stored securely and accurately, and converted to meaningful information at the point of care. In order to fully exploit the new smart approaches to care, acceptance, privacy and usability issues will also have to be carefully considered.
With a new smartphone device, you can now take an accurate iPhone camera selfie that could save your life – it reads your cholesterol level in about a minute. Forget those clumsy, complicated, home cholesterol-testing devices.
I find Life Saving Selfies quite a neat marketing line for digital health. The technology is getting more and more populized. The moment that mhealth provides clinical effectiveness evidence, we will see some really interesting tranformations of the healthcare system.
eHealth Forum 2014 brings together the High-Level Conference on eHealth and Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing, associated events and Exhibition, the eHealth Network Meeting of senior policy makers and state secretaries, the 4th EU-US eHealth Marketplace and more, aspiring to become a true forum for the exchange of experience, mutual support and good practices.
eHealth Forum 2014 offers the opportunity to bring together the international actors and stakeholders by investing in multi-sector partnerships and eHealth ecosystems.
The effective use of innovative technologies in the health sector is a big challenge and at the same time an opportunity towards an efficient and sustainable healthcare system. The eHealth Forum 2014 aims at demonstrating that investing in Health IT is the most cost-effective solution for managing healthcare systems.
Second Sight and its government partners are working toward a device that would allow patients to see well enough to recognize faces — and, potentially, as the technology improves, better even than people with 20/20 vision. Increased accuracy requires more electrodes in the implant, and the challenge is in keeping it tiny.
Central to the ambition of the NHS England is to place the patients and the public at the heart of everything that it does. To do this successfully, it will be necessary to listen to the views and experience of patients and citizens.
The dashboard is a beta tool which for the first time gathers the various sources of data which:
- describe what patients are telling the NHS about their experience of hospital services - provide an indication of the views of citizens about the NHS and health more generally
Feedback provided on this beta tool will inform further development of this product with a formal public launch in the autumn, and then updated weekly thereafter.
The iPhone app created for the iLimb allows users to program and train the hand themselves, thereby relieving those who travel hundreds of miles to see their prosthetist to adjust their grip. The app gives users the ability choose which of the 24 grip patterns they want available. The ability to adjust the grip is another plus as changes in the environment, such as heat and humidity, can affect how strongly muscles (which are used to control the prosthetic limb) contract.