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Breaking Language Barriers in Healthcare Using Digital Technology

Breaking Language Barriers in Healthcare Using Digital Technology | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it

The non-English speaking patient population in the U.S. accounts for an estimated 30 million people. Navigating our health system is challenging enough for native speakers, but what about for those for whom English isn’t their first language?

Language barriers have been demonstrated to lead to a number of adverse health outcomes including:

Decreased patient satisfactionLack of preventive health servicesRepeat visits to the emergency roomLonger hospital staysNon-compliance with treatmentIncreased number and severity of medical errorsHowever, digital technology has opened an entirely new frontier for addressing communication problems. eCaring is one of the first health care technology companies to address the issue head on. Our copyrighted icon-based language was designed in mind for people with limited technology skill and for whom English may not be a first language. Our home care monitoring interface allows home care aides and patients, regardless of English literacy, to capture huge amounts of information about the real-time care and condition of patient’s at home, including clinical, behavioral measures as well as medication adherence information.MedCity News shares more about how eCaring’s unique icon-based program is breaking down language barriers in home health care, here. 

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Study reveals brain ‘takes out the trash’ while we sleep - ScienceBlog.com

Study reveals brain ‘takes out the trash’ while we sleep - ScienceBlog.com | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
In findings that give fresh meaning to the old adage that a good night’s sleep clears the mind, a new study shows that a recently ... Read more
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This study reveals the real benefits of a good night's sleep.

 

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“This study shows that the brain has different functional states when asleep and when awake,” said Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., co-director of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Center for Translational Neuromedicine and lead author of the article. “In fact, the restorative nature of sleep appears to be the result of the active clearance of the by-products of neural activity that accumulate during wakefulness.”

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Fireside chat with Dr Eric Topol and Vinod Khosla - YouTube

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These two gents provide us with this window into their fascinating  chat. When we listen to these thought leaders, we hear them advocate for technology because they genuinely believe new and emerging technologies will rapidly and radically change the future of healthcare.

 

Vinod Khosla challenges us to consider this: "One day human drivers of cars will be banned from driving, because humans can not drive a car as well as the driverless technology can.

 

So, if humans may be banned from driving because they can not drive as well as the driverless car technology can, when will Doctors be banned from practicing medicine because technology can make diagnosis earlier and with greater accuracy than humans?"

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"What's Your Story?" The Answer Might Make You Better - H2 SPARK

"What's Your Story?" The Answer Might Make You Better - H2 SPARK | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in heart forever.” – Native American Proverb A teenage boy, Cody, and a teenage girl, Madison, both get concussions heading soccer balls. Cody’s parents rush him to the pediatrician immediately, concerned because …
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A medical history is not simply a series of checks on a computer form.  It’s the story of the patient.

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Cities Should Think About Trees As Public Health Infrastructure

Cities Should Think About Trees As Public Health Infrastructure | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
Planting trees is an incredibly cheap and simple way to improve the well-being of people in a city. A novel idea: Public health institutions should be financing urban greenery to support well-being and air quality.
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Data shows people are moving from rural and suburban areas to the large cities around the world. Question: Do urban environments effect our health?  

 

When cities are well planned to include natures greenery those plans minimize overcrowding, air pollution, excessive noise, while they maximize access to nature which contributes to alleviating the  emotional and physical stress of urban life.

 

The attached article suggest the greening of our cities helps the all around health and wellness of the urban dweller and the beauty and resilience of the cities too.

 

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“We have to start talking about the systemic reasons why it’s so difficult for these sectors to interact–how the urban forestry sector can start talking to the health sector, and how we can create financial linkages between the two.”

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There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing we have to a miracle drug

There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing we have to a miracle drug | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
Aerobic exercise, which raises your heart rate for a sustained period, is "key for your head, just as it is for your heart," researchers say.
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We hear a lot about how superfoods and different exercises are like miracles guaranteeing wellness and long life. When you want a singular activity providing you with the most wellness benefits, start engaging in aerobic exercise on a regular basis.

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New Models of Care, Not Just Mobile Health Apps - Semantic Consulting

New Models of Care, Not Just Mobile Health Apps - Semantic Consulting | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
In order to envisage a better (i.e. more transparent, safe, accessible, sustainable and efficient) health system than we have today, we must lift our vision above the siloed mobile health app as the building block of future improvement.  Seen correctly, mobile apps are the current delivery channel of choice for new, digitally-enabled models of care, but not …
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The author offers a compelling argument.

 

Excerpt: "When talking about mobile health (also known as mHealth) apps, we need to be careful to understand that this is not the desired endpoint of digital healthcare."

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CNIL | Guide de la sécurité des données personnelles

CNIL | Guide de la sécurité des données personnelles | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
Pour aider les professionnels dans la mise en conformité à la loi Informatique et Liberté et au règlement général sur la protection des données, ce guide rappelle les précautions élémentaires qui d…

Via Market iT, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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The power of the BLOCKCHAIN is real and its practitioners and proponents will begin changing healthcare record keeping processes and practices near you soon, very soon! 

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Who should be included in health care conferences?

Patients, just by having a presence, can make conversations more real. They speak a language earned by experience, not by degree. And they force researchers to be more deliberate in their own choice of words, to communicate their research in a way that makes it accessible, and meaningful, to a wider audience.
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Making the case for more patients to be asked to be present and participate in more medical conferences.

 

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Patients, just by having a presence, can make conversations more real. They speak a language earned by experience, not by degree. And they force researchers to be more deliberate in their own choice of words, to communicate their research in a way that makes it accessible, and meaningful, to a wider audience.

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Community

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Collaborating to Co-Create the future of wellness & healthcare.

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Taking the lead.

Brilliant idea!

 

Excerpt: CATALYST HTI MISSION

Catalyst HTI will create a community of healthcare innovation professionals and businesses in order to quicken the pace of industry advancement by providing a welcoming, healthy, and informative environment where thought leaders can collaborate and innovate, together.

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Microbiome: Gut Bugs and You | Warren Peters | TEDxLaSierraUniversity - YouTube

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For about 10 years now we have been able to learn all the details of our very own genome. This genomic info was once only available to scientist in labs. Today we can swab the inside of our cheek, put the swab into a vial, send it away to a company like 23andMe or Ancestry.com, and in about 4 to 6 weeks viola we receive a chart chock full of amazingly detailed information.

 

Now, gaining access to the information cached in our BIOME has taken center stage. Now each of us has the opportunity to discover details about our microbiome (occasionally called affectionately called Gut Bugs). Modern humans now has volumes of data available to us because of mail order genome and biome testing.

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Instagram Can Diagnose Depression "Better Than Doctors"

Instagram Can Diagnose Depression "Better Than Doctors" | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it

Research suggests the way we use social media can predict the decline of wellbeing in young people Instagram can be used to diagnose depression more accurately than doctors, according to researchers from the University of Vermont and Harvard University. 

 

Via Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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How we do anything means everything, is the theme shared in a great book titled HOW by author Dov Seidman. 

 

This article suggests HOW we use social media is a powerful indicator of our mental health. 

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The great nutrient collapse

The great nutrient collapse | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.
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Eating every day provides our bodies with the natural chemicals we require to survive. Food is the body's chemical delivery system. 

 

What would happen if the foods we eat no longer contained the proper levels of nutrients our bodies require? You might answer, we would simply need to increase portion sizes? Well, not so fast. A mathematician Dr. Loladze, is fascinated with this subject has made finding answers his life's work. 

 

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“Every leaf and every grass blade on earth makes more and more sugars as CO2 levels keep rising,” Loladze said. “We are witnessing the greatest injection of carbohydrates into the biosphere in human history―[an] injection that dilutes other nutrients in our food supply.” 

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Amazon's Alexa now offers health advice from the Mayo Clinic

Amazon's Alexa now offers health advice from the Mayo Clinic | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
Basic health information and advice provided by the Mayo Clinic is now available on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. Owners who have downloaded the Mayo Clinic First Aid skill (Amazon’s version of apps) need only voice their concerns to receive answers to dozens of everyday health issues or other self-care instructions.
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Mobile Health looks toward becoming ubiquitous via Amazon's Alexa.

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The future of medical technology - YouTube

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Mark Rober is a YouTuber with 2,100,000 subscribers. Mark produces videos to answer questions we all have about science.

 

He created this video to provide his subscribers to share with them a glimpse of how technology is ushering in a brave new world of how we will manage our wellness and health care in the near future.  

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Loneliness may be a greater public health hazard than obesity — and experts say it's getting worse

Loneliness may be a greater public health hazard than obesity — and experts say it's getting worse | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
Research is increasingly finding that loneliness is an epidemic in many countries around the world, and technology is partly to blame.
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Winston Churchill said "We shape our buildings, then they shape us."

 

Sherry Turkle educator & author wrote the book Alone Together where she outlines how we've built technologies to serve us and how those very same technologies have begun to change society  are beginning to shape us. 

 

Ms. Turkle writes "Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we face a moment of temptation. Drawn by the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, we conduct “risk free” affairs on Second Life and confuse the scattershot postings on a Facebook wall with authentic communication. And now, we are promised “sociable robots” that will marry companionship with convenience."

 

The attached article suggest we are experiencing a global epidemic of loneliness which has become a public health hazard. Perhaps the answer is for everyone to spend less time with technology and to invest more time holding hands while looking into the eyes of another human. #communicate #adapt

 

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"Indeed, many nations around the world now suggest we are facing a 'loneliness epidemic,'" Holt-Lunstad said in a statement. "The challenge we face now is what can be done about it."

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The Importance of Storytelling in Medicine

The Importance of Storytelling in Medicine | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
“Medicine is not your life. Your identity is more than just being a doctor,” he advises. Every person has a story to tell. “There’s not a story that’s not worth telling,” Zeeshan affirms. It’s worth sharing yours.
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Most often when we think of storytelling we thing of an author or movie director we enjoy. Today you are just as likely to hear story talk about in a business context example: brand storytelling. This post is none of those.

 

This post presents story as a vehicle for medical practitioners to navigate the trials and successes experienced daily in their profession.  

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10 Reasons Why Healthcare Brands Need Social Media - Social Media and Healthcare

10 Reasons Why Healthcare Brands Need Social Media - Social Media and Healthcare | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
Healthcare brands have started hopping on these social media bandwagons and are already reaping the many benefits. Social Media and Healthcare

Via Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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The power of social media is undeniable. We understand the “fear” Pat Quinn speaks of comes from multiple places – but its roots are very simple. A lack of understanding of what social media is and how it’s used often trumps the potential gain Healthcare brands could achieve from actually utilizing it. 

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Can a vegetarian diet lower cancer risk?

Can a vegetarian diet lower cancer risk? | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
While no diet choice will guarantee that you won’t develop cancer, cutting meat can help you lower your cancer risk.
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Whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan the threat of cancer looms over your wellness. However, can we lower the risk of inducing cancer by making different dietary choices? The authors of this article say, yes.

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The Imminent Digital Health Revolution

The Imminent Digital Health Revolution | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
Preventative and therapeutic care will be driven by predictive analytics, but engineers must first transform the complex data into beneficial insights.

Via Florian Morandeau, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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The Future of Healthcare is the aggregation of big data, the blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, mobile devices and of course, in the near term, humans have a roll in the process too.

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Digital health: The challenges of transforming complex data into beneficial insights.

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'Bring your own data' is the next trend in healthcare

'Bring your own data' is the next trend in healthcare | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
Clinicians need new skills as more patients carry their own health information into appointments.
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Will more patient data streaming into healthcare and wellness conversations require new technology to integrate it all? Will more patient data require practitioners to learn new skills for interpreting the mounds of real time patient data?

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4 Tech Trends Dominating the Current Healthcare Landscape

4 Tech Trends Dominating the Current Healthcare Landscape | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
When you look at healthcare, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that IT will dominate the landscape for the foreseeable future. For hospitals, medical facilities, and even private practices, staying on top of these trends will prove to be critically important.
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Blockchain has the potential to resolve the longstanding challenges standing in the way of establishing one universal for medical records. 

 

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3. Blockchain

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, the blockchain is essentially an incorruptible digital ledger of activity and transactions that can be accessed by anyone from anywhere.

 

In 2018, look for health and life insurers to rely more on blockchain in an effort to improve record keeping and establish more accuracy and transparency with stakeholders.

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Convenience stores have the opportunity to offer healthier options

Convenience stores have the opportunity to offer healthier options | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
Meeting consumer needs
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When you are relegated to shopping for food at your local convenience store chances are  you are living in a FOOD DESERT.

 

A food desert is devoid of fresh produce in the same way a desert lacks fresh water. When you live in a food desert you are probably doing your grocery shopping at your local convenience store where hot dogs on rollers, microwavable burritos and day old donuts are standard fare.

 

Tis article suggest 160,000,000 americans shop at a convenience store every day. Another shocking stat is most of the food purchased at a convenience store is consumed within an hour of purchase. Thus there is no surprise why Americans struggle with OBESITY

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The Patient Doctor Tango | Sarah Krüg | TEDxBrussels - YouTube

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A compelling presentation illustrating the importance of those who embrace the role of patient advocacy.

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Prevention and Wellbeing – I/O (dotislasho) – Medium

Prevention and Wellbeing – I/O (dotislasho) – Medium | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
There needs to be a seismic shift in the way healthcare is perceived and delivered. Ever-increasing demands on healthcare provision, due largely to ageing populations and the increasing impact of non…
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With more people migrating to live in the urban centers of the world healthcare is in the process of finding new ways to serve these massive urban communities. What makes the pivot even more daunting is the new consumer reality where the expectation is wellness and healthcare services can be delivered as easily as food is served in a fast casual food establishment in some cases the delivery expectation is more aligned with the way urban dwellers have groceries or dinner delivered same day to their door via mobile app. The urban lifestyles and expectations consumers make finding solutions to creative and innovative care models a challenge however there are many smart people working to turn those challenges into opportunities.
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Automated telemedicine is coming, for everyone

Automated telemedicine is coming, for everyone | The Future of Wellness & Healthcare | Scoop.it
The irony of strict regulation is that while it drives up the quality of care, it also drives up costs, making it unreachable for those without health..
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Improvements in telemedicine:

 

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While the automation powering these apps is not yet accurate enough for clinical diagnosis, their power lies in screening. Those facing financial difficulties may affordably check their symptoms or obtain standard prescriptions without signing up for an expensive health plan. The technology could sweep a large portion of patients away from emergency room doors, and perhaps even slow the spread of infectious diseases.

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