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89% of US physicians would recommend a health app to a patient

89% of US physicians would recommend a health app to a patient | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 16, 2013 3:05 PM

Yes, this is where we are headed. Anything that can reduce costs and increase quality of care I am all for. 

eMedToday's comment, April 9, 2013 5:09 PM
A key target market for Pharma marketing are doctors and their medication strategy. Doctors are recommending mobile app for medication adherence which should attract Pharma attention to this mobile app area. What are the best medication apps?
Sven Awege's curator insight, May 3, 2013 12:44 AM

There is still much debate needed around what the role of Pharma is here. My cut is that we need to get involved to understand the dynamics and fine our place.

Clearly some elements will be huge barriers, such as linking adherence apps to EHR (I can't see Pharma going that far for at least the next couple of years - the task is mamouth and fraut with regulatory questions that the pack of nay-sayers will jump on!), but with 93% of doctors valuing this there might actually be a nugget here to dig up!

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Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here

Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

 

Editor's note: Make, Create, Innovate is a new science and technology series that tells the stories behind the inventions and technological breakthroughs that are reshaping our world.

(CNN) -- Smartphone mapping features are great for getting directions, until you lose signal. But you could avoid getting lost in the woods with a guiding system embedded in your body.

Electronic engineer and biohacker Brian McEvoy has designed the first internal compass, and will be the first test subject. The 'Southpaw' -- inspired by the North Paw bracelet - works by sealing a miniature compass inside a silicon coat, within a rounded Titanium shell, to be implanted under the skin. An ultra-thin whisker juts out, which is activated when the user faces north, to lightly brush an alert on the underside of the skin.

"For a disc shape, it would be best located near shoulder", says McEvoy, ahead of the procedure. "I don't foresee any safety issues". Materials and shape have been chosen for the body's tolerance of them, but the Minnesota biohacker is working with experts to minimize risk before going under the knife.

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Although McEvoy alone will take the implant, Southpaw has been a collaborative project, developed through the leading forum Biohack.me, that draws on the shared knowledge of citizen science labs around the world. For these dedicated blue-sky enthusiasts with stated goals that include eternal life and learning to fly, the paradigm for technology has gone beyond wearable, to implanted.

Magnets and microchips are standard for community members, often for aesthetic or novelty value. But the implants are growing in sophistication to offer practical applications, such as the 'Circadia' micro-computer developed by Biohack.me offshoot company Grindhouse Wetware, which CEO Tim Cannon embedded in his arm last year, and was able to collect and transmit temperature data via Bluetooth.

Another of the forum's stars, Rich Lee has pioneered the use of magnets. With one embedded in each ear he can listen to music through them, via a wire coil he wore around his neck, that converts sound into electromagnetic fields, creating the first 'internal headphones'.

But his experiments go far beyond sound. "It is a sixth sense", says Lee. "The implants allow me to detect different sensors, so I can 'hear' heat from a distance. I can detect magnetic fields and Wi-Fi signals, so much of the world that I had no awareness of."

There is a practical purpose to Lee's experiments, as he suffers deteriorating eyesight and hopes to improve his orientation through greater sensory awareness, and is learning to navigate through echolocation. But he sees his self-hacking as a voyage of discovery rather than a medical trial.

"It's almost erotic when you feel something totally unexpected when there was no sensation before. You want to enquire and learn more. This is an adventure for me."

Appropriately enough, a priority among Lee's 130 projects are 'adult industry' implants for erogenous zones to maximize pleasure, for which he anticipates major commercial interest. Another device for the nose would aim to control the body temperature, which could increase endurance and physical capacity.

Lee is convinced that improving implants equate to a better body and a better life, and puts no limit on what procedure he would undergo. "If better models come out every 18 months I would buy them. The way people are with cellphones, I feel the same way about implants."

Availability looks set to improve. Writer and biohacker Frank Swain, who with degenerative hearing, has secured commercial backing for a new type of implant that would convert environmental data -- such as Wifi signals, into sounds that allow the user to orientate themselves. A prototype will be unveiled this fall.

On a larger scale, several hundred RFID tags are being shipped around the world to backers of a successful crowd funding campaign. Amal Graafstra, an implant enthusiast who received his first tag in 2005, launched the campaign through his start-up Dangerous Things and claims it is the largest non-medical implantation program yet.

It's almost erotic when you feel something totally unexpected when there was no sensation before.
Implant pioneer Rich Lee

"We're the first to put near field communication (NFC) compliant implants on the market like this", says Graafstra, adding that recent breakthroughs have facilitated chips with greater memory and potential. "There are 880 bytes of space, relative to 97 in the previous generation, so before you could keep a name and phone number but now it has far greater capacity."

Graafstra already uses his implants as universal passwords, unlocking physical and electronic barriers. Similar technology is already widely used in contactless card payment systems and clothing tags, and Motorola are developing an RFID-activated 'password pill' that a user can swallow and access their devices without the hassle of remembering them.

Graafstra recommends the people buying his tags have the procedures professionally implanted through vetted specialists, but includes a DIY guide for those who insist on going it alone. "I mainly got into this to encourage safety standards", says Graffstra. "When I first started people were using the wrong equipment and having horrible accidents, this is a step to standardizing procedures."

In the US and across much of Europe, professional medics would be forbidden from implanting the device, and there is widespread distrust of biohackers. "Anyone doing this to themselves should stop", says Dr. Anthony Guiseppe-Elie, professor of bioengineering at the University of South Carolina, and editor of 'Bioengineering' journal, stressing the medical principle to solve problems rather than enhance healthy people.

Yet Guiseppe-Elie accepts the biohackers could be drivers for public acceptance of emerging technologies such as cochlear and retina implants, that have had dramatic successes in improving the conditions of hearing and sight-impaired people.

Wave to unlock doors: Dangerous Things sells a password tag for implanting at home.Courtesy Dangerous Things

"Public perception has been the main barrier -- implants make people uncomfortable", says Guiseppe-Elie. "But we have seen that they can have a huge impact." RFID implants are also of proven value with Alzheimer's patients, he adds, and their use could be extended.

To minimize the invasiveness, Guiseppe-Elie suggests two major considerations. "They must be small, and easily powered, so that repeat operations are not necessary." For the latter consideration, induction coils and biofuel cells that use the body's energy are evolving solutions.

Anyone doing this to themselves should stop.
Dr. Anthony Guiseppe-Elie, professor of bioengineering

A further direction, which his team is researching, are "electronic tattoos" equipped with sensors that sit on the skin and can measure vital signs without invasive surgery, and transmit them via wireless technology. The tattoos have been a popular concept and are in commercial development, marketed for versatility -- they can be applied on the body, as well as relatively casual use -- they could be applied by patients themselves.

The tattoos could also be applied to the head to read brainwaves, although the distance would limit accuracy. Implants for the brain could tell more, but represent the highest risk as well as reward. Should the body reject any material it could kill the patient.

Yet the Wellcome Trust in the UK has begun a trial with Alzheimer's patients carrying a silicon chip on the brain itself, to predict dangerous episodes, and able to stimulate weakened neurons. Military researchers Darpa are also experimenting with a chip implant on humans to help control mental trauma suffered by soldiers.

This latter case challenges the medical principle against using implants to do more than return to humans their natural faculties, as Darpa believe their chip could eventually condition soldiers to battle-readiness through improvements such as awareness, memory and mood. Whether it is industry or enthusiasts pushing the limits, it seems 100% is no longer enough, as the add-ons become available and increasingly powerful.

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Social medi(c)a(l): how the health conversation is moving online

Social medi(c)a(l): how the health conversation is moving online | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Social Medi(c)a(l): how the health conversation is moving online

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Andrew Spong's curator insight, April 23, 7:54 AM

Undated, but the text references April 2014. Hence, one assumes (you know how I just *love* to do that :-/), derived from current data. However, sources are only cited partially, so treat with caution.

rob halkes's curator insight, Today, 4:37 AM

Read Andrew's comment, indeed to handle with caution.

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A wearable epilepsy sensor that predicts seizures

A wearable epilepsy sensor that predicts seizures | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
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This wearable design concept helps epilepsy sufferers manage symptoms, predict potential seizures and alert passersby or loved ones when having a fit (+ slideshow).

The Dialog device can be worn as a patch or clipped into watch-like bracelet

The Dialog device, developed by American technology company Artefact, would use a wearable sensor and an iPhone app to help monitor patients' vital signs and keep a log of conditions leading up to, during, and after a seizure.

"There are currently three million epilepsy sufferers in America, and it is the third most common neurological disorder after Alzheimer's and stroke," said Matthew Jordan, the project leader.

Current solutions, according to Artefact, only focus on detection, alert or journaling and don't address the whole experience of living with the condition.

The Dialog would deal with the problem by creating a digital network that connects the person living with epilepsy to caregivers, doctors, and members of the public who have installed the Dialog app with data and instructions on how to give assistance.

The user attaches a nodule to the skin, which can be done either using transparent adhesive paper or by wearing it in a bracket that looks like a watch.

The app alerts carers or bystanders about a seizure and gives instructions so they can help

Using a series of sensors that monitors hydration, temperature, and heart rate, it gathers information on the wearer and stores the data on a smartphone.

Additionally, the sensor would prompt the wearer to take medication and record mood through the sensor's touchscreen, and logs information about local climate conditions that could increase the likelihood of a seizure.

The log helps the wearer reorientate themselves after a seizure

In the event of a fit, the wearer simply grasps the sensor, which alerts a caregiver and anyone within close proximity of the sufferer who has downloaded the app.

"It helps possible first responders be notified that a patient who is nearby is having a sustained seizure, directs the bystander to the patient, gives instructions on how to help the patient through the emergency, and affords a direct line of communication to the family caregiver," said Jordan.

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When the seizure ends, information about the length of the seizure, along with other contextual information, is displayed on the user's smartphone to help reorient themselves.

Data collected over time can help the wearer identify triggers and patterns

With the information generated by wearing the sensor, the app will then be able to learn what conditions or vital signs could indicate a potential seizure is imminent and alert all parties. It would also give time for the wearer to take preventative action.

A doctor can would be able to access all of the data generated by the app and make changes to medication or offer insights into causes and symptoms.

"At this point, the device is a concept, but we designed it with technologies and components in mind that are currently in development or being tested in labs and research centres," said Emilia Palaveeva, another member of the Dialog team.


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"The Dialog would deal with the problem by creating a digital network that connects the person living with epilepsy to caregivers, doctors, and members of the public who have installed the Dialog app with data and instructions on how to give assistance."

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IBM's Watson Supercomputer May Soon Be The Best Doctor In The World

IBM's Watson Supercomputer May Soon Be The Best Doctor In The World | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Most people know Watson as IBM's answer to Jeopardy star Ken Jennings. But IBM's aspirations for its artificially intelligent supercomputer are now less quiz show champion and more medical genius.

"Watson, the supercomputer that is now the world Jeopardy champion, basically went to med school after it won Jeopardy," MIT's Andrew McAfee, coauthor of The Second Machine Age, said recently in an interview with Smart Planet. "I’m convinced that if it’s not already the world’s best diagnostician, it will be soon."

Watson is already capable of storing far more medical information than doctors, and unlike humans, its decisions are all evidence-based and free of cognitive biases and overconfidence. It's also capable of understanding natural language, generating hypotheses, evaluating the strength of those hypotheses, and learning — not just storing data, but finding meaning in it.

As IBM scientists continue to train Watson to apply its vast stores of knowledge to actual medical decision-making, it's likely just a matter of time before its diagnostic performance surpasses that of even the sharpest doctors.

Back in 2011, McAfee wrote on his blog about why a diagnosis from "Dr. Watson" would be a gamechanger:

It’s based on all available medical knowledge. Human doctors can’t possibly hold this much information in their heads, or keep up it as it changes over time. Dr. Watson knows it all and never overlooks or forgets anything.

It’s accurate. If Dr. Watson is as good at medical questions as the current Watson is at game show questions, it will be an excellent diagnostician indeed.

It’s consistent. Given the same inputs, Dr. Watson will always output the same diagnosis. Inconsistency is a surprisingly large and common flaw among human medical professionals, even experienced ones. And Dr. Watson is always available and never annoyed, sick, nervous, hungover, upset, in the middle of a divorce, sleep-deprived, and so on.

It has very low marginal cost. It’ll be very expensive to build and train Dr. Watson, but once it’s up and running the cost of doing one more diagnosis with it is essentially zero, unless it orders tests.

It can be offered anywhere in the world. If a person has access to a computer or mobile phone, Dr. Watson is on call for them.

An April study estimated that as many as 1 in 20 U.S. adults are misdiagnosed by their human doctors each year, so it's an area ripe for improvement and competition.

That's one reason IBM has been pumping Watson full of medical knowledge — a subject area that's actually significantly more contained than "all the world's general knowledge," which is what Watson tried to learn for Jeopardy. 

Watson has "read" dozens of textbooks, all of PubMed and Medline (two massive databases of medical journals), and thousands of patient records from Memorial Sloan Kettering. All together, "Watson has analyzed 605,000 pieces of medical evidence, 2 million pages of text, 25,000 training cases and had the assist of 14,700 clinician hours fine-tuning its decision accuracy," Forbes reported in 2013. 

And it's getting "smarter" every year. So how would Dr. Watson work in practice? Here's how IBM describes the process:

First, the physician might describe symptoms and other related factors to the system. Watson can then identify the key pieces of information and mine the patient’s data to find relevant facts about family history, current medications and other existing conditions. It combines this information with current findings from tests, and then forms and tests hypotheses by examining a variety of data sources—treatment guidelines, electronic medical record data and doctors’ and nurses’ notes, as well as peer-reviewed research and clinical studies. From here, Watson can provide potential treatment options and its confidence rating for each suggestion.

The supercomputer's potential is huge, but — as The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year — currently "just a handful of customers are using Watson in their daily business," and it's far from performing at the level and in the range of domains that should be possible in the future.

So far, IBM's most high-profile AI partnerships are with MD Anderson Cancer Center, where Watson helps recommend leukemia treatments, and WellPoint, where Watson helps the insurer evaluate doctors' treatment plans. 

Wellpoint, currently the exclusive reseller for Dr. Watson, has claimed that the system is already significantly better than human doctors at diagnosing lung cancer.

Watson is not yet able to leverage all the information it has absorbed, so it still has a ways to go before it catches up with our best human diagnosticians, whose versatility and agility is difficult to match. But Watson's ability to learn, analyze, and apply knowledge suggests that it will get there — eventually.

"If and when Dr. Watson gets as good at diagnosis as Watson is at Jeopardy! I want it as my primary care physician," McAfee wrote, back in 2011.

That day may come sooner than we imagined.

h/t @ Alex Howard


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90% of 18 to 24-year-olds trust medical info shared by others in their networks

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Social media is one of the most talked about disruptions to marketing in decades, but how is it impactful for the health care industry? In a generation that is more likely to go online to answer general health questions then ask a doctor, what role does social media play in this process? Let’s dive into some meaningful statistics and figures to clearly illustrate how social media has impacted health care in the last few years.

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1. More than 40% of consumers say that information found via social media affects the way they deal with their health. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: Health care professionals have an obligation to create educational content to be shared across social media that will help accurately inform consumers about health related issues and out shine misleading information. The opinions of others on social media are often trusted but aren’t always accurate sources of insights, especially when it comes to a subject as sensitive as health.

2. 18 to 24 year olds are more than 2x as likely than 45 to 54 year olds to use social media for health-related discussions. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: 18 to 24 year olds are early adopters of social media and new forms of communication which makes it important for health care professionals to join in on these conversations where and when they are happening. Don’t move too slow or you risk losing the attention of this generation overtime.

3. 90% of respondents from 18 to 24 years of age said they would trust medical information shared by others on their social media networks. (source: Search Engine Watch)

Why this matters: A millennial’s network on social media is a group of people that is well trusted online, which again, presents an opportunity to connect with them as health care professional in a new and authentic way.

4. 31% of health care organizations have specific social media guidelines in writing. (source: Institute for Health)

Why this matters: It is crucial to have social media guidelines in place for your health care facility to ensure everyone is on the same page, your staff is aware of limitations to their actions on social media and that a systematic strategy is in place for how social media should be run across your organization.

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5. 19% of smartphone owners have at least one health app on their phone. Exercise, diet, and weight apps are the most popular types. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: This drives home the need for your health care organization to look into possibly launching a health related app focused on your specialty. This statistic doesn’t mean every health care facility should have their own app, but they should have a strong mobile focus across their marketing no matter their size.

6. From a recent study, 54% of patients are very comfortable with their providers seeking advice from online communities to better treat their conditions. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: If the context of a group or community online is high quality and curated, then many trust that crowd sourcing of information from other like mind individuals is reliable. This shows how people perceive the Internet to be beneficial for the exchange of relevant information, even about their health.

7. 31% of health care professionals use social media for professional networking. (source: MedTechMedia)

Why this matters: This helps shine a stronger emphasis on the many applications and benefits of social media, one of which being professional development for health care workers from networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

8. 41% of people said social media would affect their choice of a specific doctor, hospital, or medical facility. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: This statistic shows that social media can be a vehicle to help scale both positive and negative word of mouth, which makes it an important channel for an individual or organization in the health care industry to focus on in order to attract and retain patients. Consumers are using social media to discuss everything in their lives including health and it is up to your organization to choose whether it’s time to tune in.

9. 30% of adults are likely to share information about their health on social media sites with other patients, 47% with doctors, 43% with hospitals, 38% with a health insurance company and 32% with a drug company. (source: Fluency Media)

Why this matters: Social media is slowly helping improve the way people feel about transparency and authenticity, which will hopefully lead to more productive discussions and innovations regarding an individual’s health.

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10. 26% of all hospitals in the US participate in social media. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: If your hospital isn’t using social media, then you’re way behind the learning curve. Social media is really important for hospitals to communicate with past, present and future patients, despite the many regulations to what can and can’t be said on behalf of the hospital.

11. The most accessed online resources for health related information are: 56% searched WebMD, 31% on Wikipedia, 29% on health magazine websites, 17% used Facebook, 15% used YouTube, 13% used a blog or multiple blogs, 12% used patient communities, 6% used Twitter and 27% used none of the above. (source: Mashable)

Why this matters: Understanding where a majority of consumer health information comes from is important way of knowing of its value, credibility and reliability. It is important to differentiate sources of quality content from other less desirable sources of info.

12. Parents are more likely to seek medical answers online, 22% use Facebook and 20% use YouTube. Of non-parents, 14% use Facebook and 12% use YouTube to search for health care related topics. (source: Mashable)

Why this matters: Parents are more concerned about the well-being of their children then they were before having children, therefore they often source more information about a loved one’s health on social media and online more then ever before.

13. 60% of doctors say social media improves the quality of care delivered to patients. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: This statistic is important because it shows that many doctors believe that the transparency and authenticity that social media helps spur is actually improving the quality of care provided to patients. Lets hope this is a continuing trend among the industry for patients at all levels.

14. 2/3 of doctors are use social media for professional purposes, often preferring an open forum as opposed to a physician-only online community. (source: EMR Thoughts)

Why this matters: It is interesting that a majority of doctors chose a more open forum as opposed to discussion in a health care specific community online. It is a fascinating statistic because it feeds into the same premise that a certain level of transparency spurred by social media is taking ahold of the entire industry.

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15. YouTube traffic to hospital sites has increased 119% year-over-year. (source: Google’s Think Insights)

Why this matters: Video marketing converts to traffic and leads much more easily than other forms of content because it more effectively gets across the point, shares a human element and is able to highlight the value of the facilities more quickly. Other hospital facilities should look to create video content based around interviews, patient stories and more.

16. International Telecommunications Union estimates that global penetration of mobile devices has reached 87% as of 2011. (source: mHealth Watch)

Why this matters: Once again, it’s time to think mobile first, second and third for your healthcare facility. With mobile penetration reaching an all time high, an age of connected devices is on the horizon for many healthcare facilities and it is time to develop a plan.

17. 28% of health-related conversations on Facebook are supporting health-related causes, followed by 27% of people commenting about health experiences or updates. (source: Infographics Archive)

Why this matters: This statistic supports and highlights two common uses of Facebook related to your health like sharing your favorite cause or interacting with others recovering. Social media has penetrated our society very deeply to the point where it has become a place where we share our interests and give support to others. This could be one of the many factors affecting why many trust the information found on social media about healthcare. The masses are continually accepting social media as a part of their everyday life, it is time your healthcare facility incorporated this marketing medium as part of your culture as well.

18. 60% of social media users are the most likely to trust social media posts and activity by doctors over any other group. (source: Infographics Archive)

Why this matters: Doctors as respected members of society are also highly revered for their opinions when they are shared on social media, which is even more reason to help boost your reach as a healthcare professional and actively use social media to discuss the industry.

19. 23% of drug companies have not addressed security and privacy in terms of social media. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: This is an unsettling statistic about privacy concerns with drug companies that drastically needs to be addressed in order to guarantee that sensitive data is not accidentally released to the public on social media. It shows how many companies in health care still don’t know the first thing about the use of social media. This can be corrected by creating clear and concise guidelines on how social media should be used by the organization and its staff.

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20. The Mayo Clinc’s podcast listeners rose by 76,000 after the clinic started using social media. (source: Infographics Archive)

Why this matters: This is a clear cut example of how to successfully bolster the reach of your organization’s messaging by echoing it appropriately on social media. Mayo Clinic already had a regular podcast that they helped grow by effectively using social media to share content and chat with their audience. Don’t get left behind in the digital age, take this example and run with it.

21. 60% of physicians most popular activities on social are following what colleagues are sharing and discussing. (source: Health Care Communication)

Why this matters: Many people on social media are passive participants since they aren’t creating or commenting on content, but instead reading and observing the content and conversations of others in their network. This is also true for many doctors that find value using social media to exchange information but don’t always choose to join the conversation. Many doctors are seeing the value of social media, regardless if they are a participant or an observer.

22. 49% of those polled expect to hear from their doctor when requesting an appointment or follow-up discussion via social media within a few hours. (source: HealthCare Finance News)

Why this matters: This is a surprising statistic because of how many people are comfortable with connecting with their doctor on social media, as well as how quickly they expect their doctor to personally respond to their outreach. This is a telling sign that the way in which we typically book appointments and handle follow-up conversations after an appointment, will continue to be disrupted by the use of social media in the process.

23. 40% of people polled said information found on social media affects how someone coped with a chronic condition, their view of diet and exercise and their selection of a physician. (source: HealthCare Finance News)

Why this matters: The opinion and viewpoints of the people in our social circles online are continuously influencing our decision making even it when it comes to our opinion on healthcare options. Health care professionals should take note of this fact by using social media in an impactful way to ensure they become a part of the process of forming an opinion of a person’s health care options.

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24. Of more than 1,500 hospitals nationwide who have an online presence, Facebook is most popular. (source: WHPRMS)

Why this matters: The fact that most hospitals use Facebook over other social media channels is important to note because time, staff and budget are always limited and your efforts with social media should be targeted and focused to where your organization can make the most impact.

 

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Social media is one of the most talked about disruptions to marketing in decades, but how is it impactful for the health care industry? In a generation that is more likely to go online to answer general health questions then ask a doctor, what role does social media play in this process? Let’s dive into some meaningful statistics and figures to clearly illustrate how social media has impacted health care in the last few years.

1. More than 40% of consumers say that information found via social media affects the way they deal with their health. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: Health care professionals have an obligation to create educational content to be shared across social media that will help accurately inform consumers about health related issues and out shine misleading information. The opinions of others on social media are often trusted but aren’t always accurate sources of insights, especially when it comes to a subject as sensitive as health.

2. 18 to 24 year olds are more than 2x as likely than 45 to 54 year olds to use social media for health-related discussions. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: 18 to 24 year olds are early adopters of social media and new forms of communication which makes it important for health care professionals to join in on these conversations where and when they are happening. Don’t move too slow or you risk losing the attention of this generation overtime.

3. 90% of respondents from 18 to 24 years of age said they would trust medical information shared by others on their social media networks. (source: Search Engine Watch)

Why this matters: A millennial’s network on social media is a group of people that is well trusted online, which again, presents an opportunity to connect with them as health care professional in a new and authentic way.

4. 31% of health care organizations have specific social media guidelines in writing. (source: Institute for Health)

Why this matters: It is crucial to have social media guidelines in place for your health care facility to ensure everyone is on the same page, your staff is aware of limitations to their actions on social media and that a systematic strategy is in place for how social media should be run across your organization.

5. 19% of smartphone owners have at least one health app on their phone. Exercise, diet, and weight apps are the most popular types. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: This drives home the need for your health care organization to look into possibly launching a health related app focused on your specialty. This statistic doesn’t mean every health care facility should have their own app, but they should have a strong mobile focus across their marketing no matter their size.

6. From a recent study, 54% of patients are very comfortable with their providers seeking advice from online communities to better treat their conditions. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: If the context of a group or community online is high quality and curated, then many trust that crowd sourcing of information from other like mind individuals is reliable. This shows how people perceive the Internet to be beneficial for the exchange of relevant information, even about their health.

7. 31% of health care professionals use social media for professional networking. (source: MedTechMedia)

Why this matters: This helps shine a stronger emphasis on the many applications and benefits of social media, one of which being professional development for health care workers from networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

8. 41% of people said social media would affect their choice of a specific doctor, hospital, or medical facility. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: This statistic shows that social media can be a vehicle to help scale both positive and negative word of mouth, which makes it an important channel for an individual or organization in the health care industry to focus on in order to attract and retain patients. Consumers are using social media to discuss everything in their lives including health and it is up to your organization to choose whether it’s time to tune in.

9. 30% of adults are likely to share information about their health on social media sites with other patients, 47% with doctors, 43% with hospitals, 38% with a health insurance company and 32% with a drug company. (source: Fluency Media)

Why this matters: Social media is slowly helping improve the way people feel about transparency and authenticity, which will hopefully lead to more productive discussions and innovations regarding an individual’s health.

10. 26% of all hospitals in the US participate in social media. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: If your hospital isn’t using social media, then you’re way behind the learning curve. Social media is really important for hospitals to communicate with past, present and future patients, despite the many regulations to what can and can’t be said on behalf of the hospital.

11. The most accessed online resources for health related information are: 56% searched WebMD, 31% on Wikipedia, 29% on health magazine websites, 17% used Facebook, 15% used YouTube, 13% used a blog or multiple blogs, 12% used patient communities, 6% used Twitter and 27% used none of the above. (source: Mashable)

Why this matters: Understanding where a majority of consumer health information comes from is important way of knowing of its value, credibility and reliability. It is important to differentiate sources of quality content from other less desirable sources of info.

12. Parents are more likely to seek medical answers online, 22% use Facebook and 20% use YouTube. Of non-parents, 14% use Facebook and 12% use YouTube to search for health care related topics. (source: Mashable)

Why this matters: Parents are more concerned about the well-being of their children then they were before having children, therefore they often source more information about a loved one’s health on social media and online more then ever before.

13. 60% of doctors say social media improves the quality of care delivered to patients. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: This statistic is important because it shows that many doctors believe that the transparency and authenticity that social media helps spur is actually improving the quality of care provided to patients. Lets hope this is a continuing trend among the industry for patients at all levels.

14. 2/3 of doctors are use social media for professional purposes, often preferring an open forum as opposed to a physician-only online community. (source: EMR Thoughts)

Why this matters: It is interesting that a majority of doctors chose a more open forum as opposed to discussion in a health care specific community online. It is a fascinating statistic because it feeds into the same premise that a certain level of transparency spurred by social media is taking ahold of the entire industry.

15. YouTube traffic to hospital sites has increased 119% year-over-year. (source: Google’s Think Insights)

Why this matters: Video marketing converts to traffic and leads much more easily than other forms of content because it more effectively gets across the point, shares a human element and is able to highlight the value of the facilities more quickly. Other hospital facilities should look to create video content based around interviews, patient stories and more.

16. International Telecommunications Union estimates that global penetration of mobile devices has reached 87% as of 2011. (source: mHealth Watch)

Why this matters: Once again, it’s time to think mobile first, second and third for your healthcare facility. With mobile penetration reaching an all time high, an age of connected devices is on the horizon for many healthcare facilities and it is time to develop a plan.

17. 28% of health-related conversations on Facebook are supporting health-related causes, followed by 27% of people commenting about health experiences or updates. (source: Infographics Archive)

Why this matters: This statistic supports and highlights two common uses of Facebook related to your health like sharing your favorite cause or interacting with others recovering. Social media has penetrated our society very deeply to the point where it has become a place where we share our interests and give support to others. This could be one of the many factors affecting why many trust the information found on social media about healthcare. The masses are continually accepting social media as a part of their everyday life, it is time your healthcare facility incorporated this marketing medium as part of your culture as well.

18. 60% of social media users are the most likely to trust social media posts and activity by doctors over any other group. (source: Infographics Archive)

Why this matters: Doctors as respected members of society are also highly revered for their opinions when they are shared on social media, which is even more reason to help boost your reach as a healthcare professional and actively use social media to discuss the industry.

19. 23% of drug companies have not addressed security and privacy in terms of social media. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: This is an unsettling statistic about privacy concerns with drug companies that drastically needs to be addressed in order to guarantee that sensitive data is not accidentally released to the public on social media. It shows how many companies in health care still don’t know the first thing about the use of social media. This can be corrected by creating clear and concise guidelines on how social media should be used by the organization and its staff.

20. The Mayo Clinc’s podcast listeners rose by 76,000 after the clinic started using social media. (source: Infographics Archive)

Why this matters: This is a clear cut example of how to successfully bolster the reach of your organization’s messaging by echoing it appropriately on social media. Mayo Clinic already had a regular podcast that they helped grow by effectively using social media to share content and chat with their audience. Don’t get left behind in the digital age, take this example and run with it.

21. 60% of physicians most popular activities on social are following what colleagues are sharing and discussing. (source: Health Care Communication)

Why this matters: Many people on social media are passive participants since they aren’t creating or commenting on content, but instead reading and observing the content and conversations of others in their network. This is also true for many doctors that find value using social media to exchange information but don’t always choose to join the conversation. Many doctors are seeing the value of social media, regardless if they are a participant or an observer.

22. 49% of those polled expect to hear from their doctor when requesting an appointment or follow-up discussion via social media within a few hours. (source: HealthCare Finance News)

Why this matters: This is a surprising statistic because of how many people are comfortable with connecting with their doctor on social media, as well as how quickly they expect their doctor to personally respond to their outreach. This is a telling sign that the way in which we typically book appointments and handle follow-up conversations after an appointment, will continue to be disrupted by the use of social media in the process.

23. 40% of people polled said information found on social media affects how someone coped with a chronic condition, their view of diet and exercise and their selection of a physician. (source: HealthCare Finance News)

Why this matters: The opinion and viewpoints of the people in our social circles online are continuously influencing our decision making even it when it comes to our opinion on healthcare options. Health care professionals should take note of this fact by using social media in an impactful way to ensure they become a part of the process of forming an opinion of a person’s health care options.

24. Of more than 1,500 hospitals nationwide who have an online presence, Facebook is most popular. (source: WHPRMS)

Why this matters: The fact that most hospitals use Facebook over other social media channels is important to note because time, staff and budget are always limited and your efforts with social media should be targeted and focused to where your organization can make the most impact.

 

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Social media is one of the most talked about disruptions to marketing in decades, but how is it impactful for the health care industry? In a generation that is more likely to go online to answer general health questions then ask a doctor, what role does social media play in this process? Let’s dive into some meaningful statistics and figures to clearly illustrate how social media has impacted health care in the last few years.

1. More than 40% of consumers say that information found via social media affects the way they deal with their health. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: Health care professionals have an obligation to create educational content to be shared across social media that will help accurately inform consumers about health related issues and out shine misleading information. The opinions of others on social media are often trusted but aren’t always accurate sources of insights, especially when it comes to a subject as sensitive as health.

2. 18 to 24 year olds are more than 2x as likely than 45 to 54 year olds to use social media for health-related discussions. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: 18 to 24 year olds are early adopters of social media and new forms of communication which makes it important for health care professionals to join in on these conversations where and when they are happening. Don’t move too slow or you risk losing the attention of this generation overtime.

3. 90% of respondents from 18 to 24 years of age said they would trust medical information shared by others on their social media networks. (source: Search Engine Watch)

Why this matters: A millennial’s network on social media is a group of people that is well trusted online, which again, presents an opportunity to connect with them as health care professional in a new and authentic way.

4. 31% of health care organizations have specific social media guidelines in writing. (source: Institute for Health)

Why this matters: It is crucial to have social media guidelines in place for your health care facility to ensure everyone is on the same page, your staff is aware of limitations to their actions on social media and that a systematic strategy is in place for how social media should be run across your organization.

5. 19% of smartphone owners have at least one health app on their phone. Exercise, diet, and weight apps are the most popular types. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: This drives home the need for your health care organization to look into possibly launching a health related app focused on your specialty. This statistic doesn’t mean every health care facility should have their own app, but they should have a strong mobile focus across their marketing no matter their size.

6. From a recent study, 54% of patients are very comfortable with their providers seeking advice from online communities to better treat their conditions. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: If the context of a group or community online is high quality and curated, then many trust that crowd sourcing of information from other like mind individuals is reliable. This shows how people perceive the Internet to be beneficial for the exchange of relevant information, even about their health.

7. 31% of health care professionals use social media for professional networking. (source: MedTechMedia)

Why this matters: This helps shine a stronger emphasis on the many applications and benefits of social media, one of which being professional development for health care workers from networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

8. 41% of people said social media would affect their choice of a specific doctor, hospital, or medical facility. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: This statistic shows that social media can be a vehicle to help scale both positive and negative word of mouth, which makes it an important channel for an individual or organization in the health care industry to focus on in order to attract and retain patients. Consumers are using social media to discuss everything in their lives including health and it is up to your organization to choose whether it’s time to tune in.

9. 30% of adults are likely to share information about their health on social media sites with other patients, 47% with doctors, 43% with hospitals, 38% with a health insurance company and 32% with a drug company. (source: Fluency Media)

Why this matters: Social media is slowly helping improve the way people feel about transparency and authenticity, which will hopefully lead to more productive discussions and innovations regarding an individual’s health.

10. 26% of all hospitals in the US participate in social media. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: If your hospital isn’t using social media, then you’re way behind the learning curve. Social media is really important for hospitals to communicate with past, present and future patients, despite the many regulations to what can and can’t be said on behalf of the hospital.

11. The most accessed online resources for health related information are: 56% searched WebMD, 31% on Wikipedia, 29% on health magazine websites, 17% used Facebook, 15% used YouTube, 13% used a blog or multiple blogs, 12% used patient communities, 6% used Twitter and 27% used none of the above. (source: Mashable)

Why this matters: Understanding where a majority of consumer health information comes from is important way of knowing of its value, credibility and reliability. It is important to differentiate sources of quality content from other less desirable sources of info.

12. Parents are more likely to seek medical answers online, 22% use Facebook and 20% use YouTube. Of non-parents, 14% use Facebook and 12% use YouTube to search for health care related topics. (source: Mashable)

Why this matters: Parents are more concerned about the well-being of their children then they were before having children, therefore they often source more information about a loved one’s health on social media and online more then ever before.

13. 60% of doctors say social media improves the quality of care delivered to patients. (source: Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group)

Why this matters: This statistic is important because it shows that many doctors believe that the transparency and authenticity that social media helps spur is actually improving the quality of care provided to patients. Lets hope this is a continuing trend among the industry for patients at all levels.

14. 2/3 of doctors are use social media for professional purposes, often preferring an open forum as opposed to a physician-only online community. (source: EMR Thoughts)

Why this matters: It is interesting that a majority of doctors chose a more open forum as opposed to discussion in a health care specific community online. It is a fascinating statistic because it feeds into the same premise that a certain level of transparency spurred by social media is taking ahold of the entire industry.

15. YouTube traffic to hospital sites has increased 119% year-over-year. (source: Google’s Think Insights)

Why this matters: Video marketing converts to traffic and leads much more easily than other forms of content because it more effectively gets across the point, shares a human element and is able to highlight the value of the facilities more quickly. Other hospital facilities should look to create video content based around interviews, patient stories and more.

16. International Telecommunications Union estimates that global penetration of mobile devices has reached 87% as of 2011. (source: mHealth Watch)

Why this matters: Once again, it’s time to think mobile first, second and third for your healthcare facility. With mobile penetration reaching an all time high, an age of connected devices is on the horizon for many healthcare facilities and it is time to develop a plan.

17. 28% of health-related conversations on Facebook are supporting health-related causes, followed by 27% of people commenting about health experiences or updates. (source: Infographics Archive)

Why this matters: This statistic supports and highlights two common uses of Facebook related to your health like sharing your favorite cause or interacting with others recovering. Social media has penetrated our society very deeply to the point where it has become a place where we share our interests and give support to others. This could be one of the many factors affecting why many trust the information found on social media about healthcare. The masses are continually accepting social media as a part of their everyday life, it is time your healthcare facility incorporated this marketing medium as part of your culture as well.

18. 60% of social media users are the most likely to trust social media posts and activity by doctors over any other group. (source: Infographics Archive)

Why this matters: Doctors as respected members of society are also highly revered for their opinions when they are shared on social media, which is even more reason to help boost your reach as a healthcare professional and actively use social media to discuss the industry.

19. 23% of drug companies have not addressed security and privacy in terms of social media. (source: Mediabistro)

Why this matters: This is an unsettling statistic about privacy concerns with drug companies that drastically needs to be addressed in order to guarantee that sensitive data is not accidentally released to the public on social media. It shows how many companies in health care still don’t know the first thing about the use of social media. This can be corrected by creating clear and concise guidelines on how social media should be used by the organization and its staff.

20. The Mayo Clinc’s podcast listeners rose by 76,000 after the clinic started using social media. (source: Infographics Archive)

Why this matters: This is a clear cut example of how to successfully bolster the reach of your organization’s messaging by echoing it appropriately on social media. Mayo Clinic already had a regular podcast that they helped grow by effectively using social media to share content and chat with their audience. Don’t get left behind in the digital age, take this example and run with it.

21. 60% of physicians most popular activities on social are following what colleagues are sharing and discussing. (source: Health Care Communication)

Why this matters: Many people on social media are passive participants since they aren’t creating or commenting on content, but instead reading and observing the content and conversations of others in their network. This is also true for many doctors that find value using social media to exchange information but don’t always choose to join the conversation. Many doctors are seeing the value of social media, regardless if they are a participant or an observer.

22. 49% of those polled expect to hear from their doctor when requesting an appointment or follow-up discussion via social media within a few hours. (source: HealthCare Finance News)

Why this matters: This is a surprising statistic because of how many people are comfortable with connecting with their doctor on social media, as well as how quickly they expect their doctor to personally respond to their outreach. This is a telling sign that the way in which we typically book appointments and handle follow-up conversations after an appointment, will continue to be disrupted by the use of social media in the process.

23. 40% of people polled said information found on social media affects how someone coped with a chronic condition, their view of diet and exercise and their selection of a physician. (source: HealthCare Finance News)

Why this matters: The opinion and viewpoints of the people in our social circles online are continuously influencing our decision making even it when it comes to our opinion on healthcare options. Health care professionals should take note of this fact by using social media in an impactful way to ensure they become a part of the process of forming an opinion of a person’s health care options.

24. Of more than 1,500 hospitals nationwide who have an online presence, Facebook is most popular. (source: WHPRMS)

Why this matters: The fact that most hospitals use Facebook over other social media channels is important to note because time, staff and budget are always limited and your efforts with social media should be targeted and focused to where your organization can make the most impact.

 

Want to learn more?

Check out our weekly blog roundup on Medcity News (18 high quality healthcare guides that will teach you about marketing, seo, technology, and more.)

 

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Health-tech startup Omada Health promises to help people with health issues change their behavior. And it’s starting out with a program to help diabetes sufferers.

“It is a digital therapeutic, and they deliver weight loss over an Internet connection,” Balaji S. Srinivasan, a partner at investor Andreesen Horowitz, told VentureBeat in an interview.

The company, which is announcing a hefty $23 million in new funding today, takes landmark behavioral science research and turns it into programs that use various digital technologies to help people who are at risk for or suffering from a particular health issue.

Its first program, named Prevent, aims to help people at risk of Type II diabetes through weight loss, a proven way to prevent or reverse the disease in many cases.

The 16-week program is based on the Center for Disease Control’s National Diabetes Prevention program, and consists of an online portal as well as a digital scale containing a cell chip (meaning it doesn’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi). At the beginning of the program, participants are put into cohorts of 12 or so peers and are given a health coach. They receive resources, advice, and notifications through the online portal and app, and use the digital scale to report their weight regularly.

The company is “using software to put people out of their bad habits and put them in a group with good habits,” said Srinivasan.

Using technology to apply behavioral science on a large scale is really at the core of Omada Health. And that’s not an easy challenge, according to Omada chief executive Sean Duffy. If you think of all the ingredients you need to really help someone, “its really hard to scale up face-to-face programs for the millions of people that need them,” he said in an interview with VentureBeat.

The company has already been testing its Prevent program with partnering organizations such as hospitals and health insurance providers, but it plans to use its new funding to double down on its sales to make the program available more widely, as well as to begin working on some potential future health areas, though it has yet to pick its next one.

‘Fitness as a drug — how would you be able to deliver that?’

Andreesen Horowitz led this second round of funding for Omada, with Kaiser Permanente Ventures and existing investors such as U.S. Venture Partners and The Vertical Group also chipping in. Srinivasan will be joining the company’s board.

This deal is actually Andreesen Horowitz’s first major investment in a health-tech company, according to both Duffy and Srinivasan.

Srinivasan joined the venture capital firm this past December and said he was quickly overwhelmed by health-tech company pitches. However, Omada caught his eye.

Historically, weightloss has been a very difficult challenge, so if it can be achieved through software (and a digital scale), so much more can be possible, he said.

Beyond that, data science can also come into play in Omada’s products — once a participant reaches 25 percent of their weight loss goal, a data scientist can figure out what it would take to get them to reach 50 percent, he said.

“It’s opening all sorts of quantified self things down the line,” he added.

Omada Health was founded in 2011 and is based in San Francisco. It participated in health accelerator Rock Health’s first batch. This new round brings its total funding to $28.52 million.

 


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Wearable Devices Won't Succeed On The Mass Market Until More Apps Become Available

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Wearable Devices Won't Succeed On The Mass Market Until More Apps Become Available

 

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Despite all the new wearables on the market, there still aren't many apps in these devices' app stores. And without apps, there's not a great reason for mainstream consumers to adopt the devices. 

The wearable app ecosystem's immaturity is largely a result of platform fragmentation. The smartphone market is dominated by Android and iOS. Developers can choose to create apps for either one of these platforms knowing that they are reaching a wide swath of the smartphone market.

Not so for the wearables market. It isn't just that there's no dominant platform yet, the devices are also in the hands of far fewer users (compared to smartphone brands), creating an even greater disincentive to create apps for any one wearable device.

However, development isn't completely stymied. The outlines of some general concepts for wearable app development have begun to emerge, and will become clearer now that Google has released "Android Wear," its platform for wearable devices. 

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we make sense of the current wearable apps landscape, look at why app ecosystems are so minimally stocked, explore the types of wearables that are likeliest to take off, and try to pinpoint a few "killer apps" that could make the devices truly compelling. We also look at the strong potential for Google or Apple to instantly take over the app market.  

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Here is some key information about the current state of wearable apps:

The entire wearable apps ecosystem is highly fragmented, and this is a big reason why there are so few wearable apps right now. All of the prominent wearable devices on the market run on different platforms, which has made it difficult for developers to create apps for all of these environments. Wearables will create fundamentally new use cases. The apps need to break away from the model of extending smartphone and tablet experiences, and do things that no smartphone app can do. An early example might be the Allthecooks Google Glass app that allows for hands-free cooking while recipe instructions are visible at eye-level. App developers would be wise to focus on wrist-worn devices in attempts to break into the wearable app markets. We believe smart wrist wear will make up 70% of wearables shipments throughout the next five years.On wrist-worn devices, we believe the health and fitness category will produce the killer apps. The whole field of personal fitness and health apps will boom as the hardware matures and adds more advanced sensors. Dieting apps, workout apps, and medical apps will try out different approaches — e.g., gamification, social media integration, and data visualization — to see what sticks.Apple and Google have all the pieces in place to dominate the wearables market. If they can make it easy for developers to translate their phone and tablet apps into wearable apps, these two companies will leap far ahead in the wearables race. Google has already jumped ahead with the debut of its wearables-optimized platform, Android Wear.

In full, the report:

Navigates through the current state of wearable apps markets and the devices surrounding them.Examines the successes and failures developers have faced in early wearable app development.Identifies some of the most popular mobile apps and outlines their wearable crossover potential.Pinpoints wrist-worn devices and their companion health and fitness apps as early leaders in the space. Considers the scale of Apple's and Google's existing mobile platforms and qualifies their potential to take over the entire wearables market.

For full access to all BI Intelligence's charts, data, and analysis on the mobile industry sign up for a free trial subscription today.

 

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Neelie Kroes: mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals

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Open Data : ouverture des données publiques de santé | Modernisation

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Etalab publie une cartographie des données publiques de santé et lance une consultation publique en ligne. Une première en France.

Etalab, la mission du SGMAP en charge de l’ouverture des données publiques, publie aujourd’hui une cartographie des données publiques disponibles dans le domaine de la santé. Plus de 260 bases ou jeux de données ont été recensés.

Ce travail de recensement intervient dans le cadre du débat sur l’ouverture des données publiques de santé décidé lors du CIMAP du 17 juillet 2013 et lancé par le ministère des Affaires Sociales et de la Santé en novembre 2013.
Une première en France

Etablie à partir de nombreux entretiens et ateliers de travail avec les acteurs de la santé et d'une analyse de leurs portails d'information, cette cartographie regroupe, pour la première fois en France, l’ensemble des bases ou séries de données existantes ou extraites des systèmes d'information de santé. Ce répertoire, le plus complet possible, fournit également des indications relatives à la source de ces données, à leur gestionnaire, à leur contenu ainsi qu'une évaluation de leur statut et degré d'ouverture.
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Pour compléter ce recensement, une consultation publique en ligne est lancée sur le sujet. Les Français y sont invités à se prononcer sur les jeux de données qu’ils souhaiteraient voir ouvrir, sur les raisons qui motiveraient cette ouverture et sur les jeux de données existants ou utiles qui n'auraient pas été identifiés dans la cartographie actuelle.

Les résultats de cette consultation, ouverte jusqu'au 28 avril 2014, nourriront les conclusions des travaux de la commission en charge du débat sur l’ouverture des données publiques de santé.

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Etalab publie une cartographie des données publiques de santé et lance une consultation publique en ligne. Une première en France.

Etalab, la mission du SGMAP en charge de l’ouverture des données publiques, publie aujourd’hui une cartographie des données publiques disponibles dans le domaine de la santé. Plus de 260 bases ou jeux de données ont été recensés.

Ce travail de recensement intervient dans le cadre du débat sur l’ouverture des données publiques de santé décidé lors du CIMAP du 17 juillet 2013 et lancé par le ministère des Affaires Sociales et de la Santé en novembre 2013.

Une première en France

Etablie à partir de nombreux entretiens et ateliers de travail avec les acteurs de la santé et d'une analyse de leurs portails d'information, cette cartographie regroupe, pour la première fois en France, l’ensemble des bases ou séries de données existantes ou extraites des systèmes d'information de santé. Ce répertoire, le plus complet possible, fournit également des indications relatives à la source de ces données, à leur gestionnaire, à leur contenu ainsi qu'une évaluation de leur statut et degré d'ouverture.

Donnez votre avis !

Pour compléter ce recensement, une consultation publique en ligne est lancée sur le sujet. Les Français y sont invités à se prononcer sur les jeux de données qu’ils souhaiteraient voir ouvrir, sur les raisons qui motiveraient cette ouverture et sur les jeux de données existants ou utiles qui n'auraient pas été identifiés dans la cartographie actuelle.

Les résultats de cette consultation, ouverte jusqu'au 28 avril 2014, nourriront les conclusions des travaux de la commission en charge du débat sur l’ouverture des données publiques de santé.

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Majority track health with apps, but few share with docs

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Majority track health with apps, but few share with docsLaura PedulliApr 19, 2014

The majority of people use mobile apps on a daily basis to track calorie intake and monitor physical activities, however only 40 percent share such data with their physicians, according to a study from mobile engagement provider Mobiquity.

The company commissioned independent research firm Research Now to survey 1,000 consumers who use, or plan to use, health and fitness mobile apps. The study was conducted in March 2014.

Mobiquity's "Get Mobile, Get Healthy: the Appification of Health & Fitness" study revealed that 34 percent of mobile health and fitness app users said they would increase their use of apps if their doctors actively recommended it. As such, ample opportunity exists for providers to leverage mobile apps to encourage healthier behaviors and improve outcomes, according to the study.

In other findings:

73 percent of people claim to be healthier by using a smartphone and apps to track their health and fitness53 percent discovered they were eating more calories than they realized once they started using health apps63 percent intend to continue, and even increase, their mobile health tracking in the next five years55 percent of mobile health app users plan to introduce wearable devices like pedometers, wristbands and smartwatches to their health monitoring in coming years.69 percent reported that using a smartphone to track their health and fitness is more important to them than using their phone for social networking

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Infographic: The Appification of Mobile Health and Fitness

Infographic: The Appification of Mobile Health and Fitness | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
73 percent of people claim to be healthier by using a smartphone and apps to track their health and fitness, according to a new study released by mobile engagement provider Mobiquity, IncWorking with an independent research firm, Mobiquity’s “Get Mobile, Get Healthy: the Appification of Health & Fitness” study reveals the opportunity for healthcare professionals and organizations to leverage mobile to drive positive behavior change and healthier patient outcomes.In fact, 34 percent of mobile health and fitness app users said they would increase their use of apps if their doctors actively recommended it. The infographic shown below illustrates these findings on the appification of mobile health and fitness.

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Let's keep that in mind as a baseline... With multiplication of data point tracking and better data management, adoption and usage should increase...

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Deloitte prédit 10 innovations de rupture dont les objets connectés liés aux services. | DOMOCLICK - L'innovation dans l'habitat

Deloitte prédit 10 innovations de rupture dont les objets connectés liés aux services. | DOMOCLICK - L'innovation dans l'habitat | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Parmi les dix ruptures technologiques qui s’imposeront dans les dix-huit mois, Deloitte place aussi l’engagement omnicanal qui se crée entre une marque et ses clients. L’étude « Tech Trends » de Deloitte identifie tous les ans 10 tendances technologiques qui transforment les modèles économiques. Cette année, elle voit le DSI se muter en capital risqueur, le crowdsourcing s’industrialiser et envisage les déclinaisons professionnelles des objets connectés injectés dans les services. Pour rester en veille sur ce marché des objets connectés au domicile et à l’habitat, plus largement, Domoclick.com peut vous alerter : il vous suffit de communiquer votre courriel à domoclick(at)icloud.com

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Deloitte fait un point régulier sur les tendances technologiques qui montent en puissance et devraient avoir un impact sur les entreprises dans les douze à dix-huit mois. L’an dernier, le cabinet avait déjà prévenu que le DSI devrait accompagner les métiers vers l’ère post-numérique. Cette année, dans son rapport « Tech Trends 2014, Inspiring Disruption », il distingue cinq tendances de rupture et cinq accélérateurs qui doivent aider à mieux appréhender ces mutations. Les équipes de Deloitte France ont accompagné cette étude, présentée cette semaine à Paris, en présence de Mark White, CTO du groupe. Eric Delgove, associé responsable des activités Technology, souligne que cet observatoire s’appuie sur des exemples concrets identifiés chez les clients.

1 – Le DSI en capital risqueur

La 1ère tendance de rupture, très intéressante, donne au DSI un profil d’investisseur en capital risque. Le patrimoine IT de l’entreprise est considéré comme un capital qu’il doit gérer. « Le DSI va prendre des risques pour ajouter de la valeur à ce portefeuille et pour répondre à l’évolution des métiers », explique Eric Delgove en rappelant par ailleurs la pression sur les coûts subie par cette direction informatique. Aujourd’hui, les investissements stratégiques destinés à transformer le métier sont limités par les obligations liées à la maintenance de l’existant. La DSI va donc procéder à des investissements mesurés sur de nouvelles technologies en adoptant la démarche d’un capital risqueur. Tisser des réseaux de partenaires pour co-créer ou installer des accélérateurs de start-ups sont deux voies empruntées pour le réaliser. Dans ces domaines, Deloitte France cite d’une part l’exemple de Crédit Agricole et de sa plateforme ouverte d’apps bancaires CA Store et d’autre part les initiatives d’Orange et de Telefonica du côté des start-ups avec Orange Fab et Wayra.

2 – L’analyse cognitive au service des métiers

L’analyse cognitive est la 2ème tendance de rupture décrite par Deloitte. Elle consiste à chercher à s’inspirer du mode opératoire du cerveau humain pour faciliter le raisonnement. Au-delà de l’analytique classique, il s’agit d’apprendre à partir des expériences, par exemple pour améliorer le diagnostic médical. Parmi les exemples déjà mis en oeuvre, l’assurance maladie WellPoint fait des recommandations sur les traitements de patients qui permettent de réduire radicalement les délais de pré-approbation de leurs dossiers. « Cette tendance nous dit qu’il faudra enrichir les équipes informatiques de façon transverse », souligne Eric Delgove.

3 – Le crowdsourcing industrialisé

La 3ème tendance dégagée par Deloitte porte le crowdsourcing industrialisé, ce partage de connaissances collaboratif qui consiste à « faire appel à la foule »pour résoudre des problèmes fastidieux. « Je fais de la co-création avec des personnes que je ne connais pas, je partage du savoir », décrit Sébastien Ropartz, associé responsable Conseil chez Deloitte France en rappelant que cette démarche a commencé dans le secteur public avant de passer dans le secteur privé. Il cite en exemple de la ville de Plouarzel, l’une des premières à avoir participé à l’initiative Open Data. La commune bretonne a sollicité ses habitants (un peu plus de 3 000 personnes) pour dresser la dernière version de la carte communale sur le logiciel de cartographie libre OpenStreetMap. Autre exemple, cette fois dans la grande distribution, avec Quri qui collecte des informations sur les produits en magasin (prix, qualité, ruptures…) grâce aux utilisateurs et une app mobile. Ou encore General Electrics qui est parvenu à obtenir un algorithme de prédiction des horaires des vols aériens à la suite d’un concours sur sa plateforme Kaggle. Cette évolution vers le crowdsourcing nécessitera sans doute une ouverture des sytèmes, fait remarquer Deloitte.

4 – L’engagement omnicanal entre les clients et les marques

Si la 4ème tendance est moins technologique, elle doit néanmoins être considérée compte tenu de l’importance qu’elle prend. Il s’agit de l’expérience utilisateur transformée par la numérisation des usages. « C’est l’engagement entre le client et la société qui va lui vendre produits et services », dépeint Eric Delgove. Les données récupérées par le web marketing permettent aux entreprises de faire du push, mais il y a une saturation du côté du consommateur. « Toutefois, l’internaute est prêt à partager davantage de données moyennant un contrat, en échange de contenus pertinents et personnalisés, s’il n’est pas harcelé ». Le monde du CRM va être bouleversé, les clients s’attendant à une relation « sans couture » entre les différents canaux qu’ils utilisent. « L’omnicanal devient une exigence de l’utilisateur », souligne l’associé de Deloitte.

5 – Les objets connectés injectés dans les services

 

La 5ème tendance mise en évidence par le cabinet concerne les vêtements et accessoires connectés : montres, lunettes, bracelets capteurs du rythme cardiaque… « Aujourd’hui, ces objets passent du grand public vers le monde des services », note Eric Delgove. Il convient d’explorer les débouchés possibles pour les métiers. Outre l’utilisation de lunettes connectées (telles les Google Glass) dans l’industrie, par les opérateurs logistiques des entrepôts par exemple, il pointe surtout le secteur de la santé avec la surveillance de patients, permettant notamment de réduire les dépenses. D’un point de vue technique, ce suivi en temps réel aura un impact sur la gestion de la bande passante. « Mais nous sommes aussi dans la gestion de la vie d’autrui. Or, beaucoup de sociétés ont outsourcé une partie de l’infrastructure. Qui dès lors va accepter la responsabilité de monitorer la vie humaine », questionne-t-il.

Dans son étude « Tech Trends 2014, Inspiring Disruption », Deloitte décrit aussi cinq accélérateurs qui permettront d’aborder ces cinq évolutions.

6 – S’attaquer à la dette technique

Le premier, déjà bien connu, est la prise en compte de la dette technique, c’est-à-dire du coût du code historique présent dans les systèmes d’information. Moins performant, il freine l’entreprise dans ses nouveaux développements. Cette dette technique est estimée à 2,62 euros par ligne de code. Pour avancer, il faut réduire ce passif, amorti comptablement et dont la non-qualité pèse sur l’organisation. C’est devenu de plus en plus prégnant parce que lorsque l’on s’attaque au fond des applications de back office pour réaliser certaines évolutions, notamment pour la mobilité, on part dans des cycles de développement auxquels on ne s’attendait pas du tout, souligne Deloitte France. « Si on ne prend pas la mesure de cette dette technique, on risque de louper le virage du digital et nous pensons que la DSI doit avoir ici un discours transparent », estime Sébastien Ropartz, associé, responsable Conseil. Il cite la NASA qui a fait le choix de réécrire 3,5 millions de lignes de code, plutôt que les déboguer, pour être en mesure de lancer plus vite une autre mission sur Mars.

7 – Prendre appui sur les réseaux sociaux

Exploiter les réseaux sociaux constitue un 2ème accélérateur, par exemple en s’appuyant sur des communautés existantes pour promouvoir un produit. Il ne s’agit plus seulement « d’écouter » ce que l’on dit de la marque sur ces médias, mais d’une démarche proactive qui conduira, par exemple, à transformer certains clients en ambassadeurs de la marque. C’est une notion déjà promue depuis un certain temps par les spécialistes du marketing. Cela peut passer par la création d’une communauté autour d’une thématique, comme l’enseigne de bricolage Castorama l’a fait avec les Troc’Heures qui permettent l’échange de services et conseils.

8 – Connecter les services clouds entre eux et au SI

L’orchestration des offres cloud est un 3ème accélérateur. Avec la multiplication des solutions SaaS (software as a service) se pose la question de la réintégration de l’information dans le SI. On aborde cette fois le domaine du middleware qui s’étend jusqu’aux problématiques de sécurisation des données. De nouveaux modes d’intégration se mettent en place, de cloud à cloud, du cloud au SI centralisé.

9 – Le in-memory comme levier d’optimisation des processus

Autre accélérateur, la révolution in-memory. « Nous voyons de plus en plus de clients s’intéresser à cette puissance de traitement et de plus en plus d’appétence à tester ces nouvelles technologies », souligne Eric Delgove, associé de Deloitte. Ils s’y intéressent par exemple pour la planification de la production. En France, les entreprises comprennent et testent la technologique sur leur système d’information décisionnel mais elles attendent un peu plus de maturité sur le produit pour le faire sur le transactionnel, par exemple sur la supply chain, remarque Deloitte France.

10 – Accélérer la mise en production avec DevOps

Enfin, le dernier accélérateur identifié par le cabinet pour favoriser l’adoption des technologies de rupture se rapporte aux méthodes de développement des équipes informatiques. Issue du mouvement Agile, la démarche DevOps permet la collaboration entre les développeurs, les équipes IT opérationnelles et le service qualité pour accélérer la mise à disposition d’environnements. Typiquement, elle s’adresse aux organisations qui doivent faire des adaptations dans leur code en ligne très rapidement, rappelle le cabinet. « Parfois jusqu’à 10 changements par jour dans le code », évoque Deloitte France.

La démarche DevOps fait travailler ensemble des équipes ayant a priori une vue antinomique, l’une garantissant la stabilité de l’application, l’autre misant sur l’innovation. Elle permet une mise en oeuvre rapide du nouveau code, rapidité imposée par l’évolution des environnements numérisés. Pour illustrer ce cas de figure, Deloitte cite le site web la Fnac.com qui doit réagir très vite pour constituer des offres de produits packagées en fonction du marché.

EN SAVOIR PLUS :
-L’étude « Tech Trends 2014, Inspiring Disruption » de Deloitte/
http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-France/Local%20Assets/Documents/Tech%20Trends%202014/Deloitte_TechTrends2014_0314.pdf


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What are the three main gaps in digital health?

What are the three main gaps in digital health? | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Arlen Meyers (@ArlenMD) presents a short video offering his view as to what the three main gaps are in digital health.


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I agree with #1.

 

From my POV, #2 is a red herring (few are more than one degree away from HIT; we're in a transitional era; use savings from effectively deployed HIT to target hard-to-reach groups by other means)

 

#3 is only a 'digital health gap' insofar as it is an internal, structural issue exacerbated by legacy organisations' inability to reform, adapt, and redeploy resources. If they can't manage this, they'll perish anyway.

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Will mHealth Empower the Patient?

Will mHealth Empower the Patient? | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

 

Will mHealth Empower the Patient?

Health care in the United States certainly is experiencing a transformation. The rising costs and the decline of quality of care demand it.

Think about it…

Can you name another industry where costs to consumers are rising while the quality of the product or service is getting worse?

Automobiles? Banking? Technology? Publishing? Entertainment?

Nope.

In all these markets, the costs are decreasing and quality of the product and service in genereal has improved.

Mostly due to demand from consumers and the use of technology.

Mobile technology continues to march forward. Mobile puts massive amounts of information in the pockets of consumers. The ability of consumers to access data anywhere at anytime changes how business is transacted.

Consider Google’s two projects:

Google Glass (Hey, did you pick up a pair on Tax Day at $1500?  No worries… Google hopes to make Glass available later this year) 

And…

Project Aria- Google version of a modular smartphone. Rather than needing to upgrade your entire phone, you simply replace component parts.

Yes, both these technologies are in the beta phase, but they provide the promise for consumers that access and the ability to use information will continue to become easier.

So, the technology is available for consumers to demand a market change.

Is the desire and will present for patients to force healthcare to change?

Dr. Joon Yun thinks so.

In this short Forbes article, Dr. Yun minces no words about why patients will control trhe future of healthcare.

“… consumers—rather than doctors, government, insurers, hospitals, or healthcare companies—will own the Healthcare Century. Any healthcare institution that ignores this trend does so at its peril.”

Consumers armed with smartphones now can:

Access their own medical records.Store medical test results.Capture real-time, self-gathered health data.Tap online medical communities.Research FDA clinical trial sites.Share medical bills online.Participate in health innovation.

This access to data empowers the patient.

Rather than the doctor directing healthcare, now the patient and doctor collaborate on healthcare on a more equal playing field. The mystery of medicine is unlocked and the consumer is enlightened with new knowledge.

One BIG question remains…

Will patients seize this opportunity and take control of their own healthcare?

Patients need to realize the value of having the power of data in their pockets when entering the healthcare system. It will demand proactive, responsible individual action.

And it presents a marketing opportunity.

Educating, engaging, inspiring patients presents an opportunity for mHealth App firms.

The collective voice of the empowered patient can bring a revolution to healthcare.

Each and every mHealth app that puts data in the patients pocket, every wearable that makes accessing personal health data easier, arms the patient with “The Force”to slay the “Darth Vadar” of an often “evil” healthcare system.

Will your business empower patients as “Heroes” in their Journey as they seek a better, healthier future?


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Smartphone apps to help patients take their meds

Smartphone apps to help patients take their meds | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Smartphone apps to help patients take their meds0Share to FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInAdd to PersonalPostShare via EmailPrint ArticleMoreBy Associated Press, Published: April 16

Several smartphone apps are available to help patients take their medications as prescribed. Here’s a sampling of several free apps, noting some of their special features:

1. MedCoach. Includes feature to connect to your pharmacy to order refills.

2. RxmindMe. From Walgreens. Offers the ability to easily export prescription information.

3. Pill Monitor. Enables you email a log of prescriptions taken.

4. Care4Today. From a unit of Johnson & Johnson. It includes options to monitor the medication use of loved ones and to donate to a charity each day you take all medicine on time.

5. Med Helper. Enables you to export results to doctors, nurses and caregivers.

6. Pill Reminder. From the Drugs.com website. Enables users to set up accounts for multiple family members.

7. Medisafe. Supports Spanish, French, German, Russian and Danish languages, as well as English.

If you don’t have a smartphone, there are services to just get reminders:

1. Snoozester.com. Sends automated calls or texts to a cellphone or landline for free.

2. VSReminder, at vinade.com. Sends free text or email reminders, for medication use and events, and supports 130 cellphone service providers.

3. OnTimeRx.com. Sends reminders via text, phone call or email. Charges a small fee.

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Only 9% of European hospitals allow patients to access their electronic health records

Only 9% of European hospitals allow patients to access their electronic health records | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Some nice stats from two new Europa reports on the state of digital health in Europe:

 

According to two surveys in acute care hospitals (those intended for short-term medical or surgical treatment and care) and among General Practitioners (GPs) in Europe, the use of eHealth is starting to take off, with 60% of GPs using eHealth tools in 2013, up 50% since 2007. But much more needs to be done.

 

The main findings of the surveys include:

 

* Top performing countries for #eHealth uptake in hospitals are Denmark (66%), Estonia (63%), Sweden and Finland (both 62%). Full country profiles are available by clicking through on the title link above, then the embedded text in the second bulleted paragraph.

 

* eHealth services are still mostly used for traditional recording and reporting rather than for clinical purposes, such as holding consultations online (only 10% of GPs hold online consultations.

 

* When it comes to digitising patient health records, the Netherlands take the gold with 83.2% digitisation; with silver medal for Denmark (80.6%) and the UK taking home bronze (80.5%).

 

* However, only 9% of hospitals in Europe allow patients to access online their own medical records, and most of those only give partial access

 

* When adopting e-health, hospitals and GPs experience many barriers ranging from lack of interoperability to lack of regulatory framework and resources. 

 

 


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In Greece, patients have legally the right to consult their medical record but many hospital administrations put obstacles. Lack of Interoperability is another ailment.

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Samsung's latest smartphone monitors your heart

Samsung's latest smartphone monitors your heart | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
News Technology Smartphones Samsung's latest smartphone monitors your heartKorean company's new flagship Galaxy S5 packs a heart rate monitor and will track your motions and monitor your steps Share 131 1inShare31EmailSamuel GibbsThe Guardian,Sunday 13 April 2014 22.00 BSTA customer gets to grips with his new Samsung Galaxy S5 in Jakarta. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters

• Samsung's last smartphone watched your eyes; its new one will also listen to your heart. The Korean company's new flagship Galaxy S5 packs a heart rate monitor and will track your motions and monitor your steps, as part of a push into the health and fitness market. The innovation comes after Samsung introduced eye-tracking technology last year to pause your phone when you looked away. Samsung's new Gear smartwatches will also measure your heart rate and order you to step up the pace when out for a run. The future, it seems, will not only be watching us closely but will also be nagging us into better health.

• Recharging your smartphone could stop being an overnight process and become a sub-minute one. Israeli startup StoreDot has demonstrated a charger the size of a laptop power supply capable of fully juicing a smartphone in just 30 seconds, and reckons it will be able to offer a $30 (£20) charger in just three years.

• In the spirit of making everything tech smaller or faster, the desktop printer has not been pronounced dead: mini-robot printers are the future. A little bot from Zuta Labs looks like a small puck shuffling across a piece of A4 leaving a trail of ink, but will autonomously print a full page in about 40 seconds. It takes its orders from an iPhone over Bluetooth and costs £120 from Kickstarter.

• Hearing aids have become smart. The ReSound Linx hooks up to an iPhone and will not only pipe the phone's audio from calls, music, navigation and videos to the hearing aid, but also allows users to tweak their audio settings. Bass, treble and volume can be altered and associated with a specific location so that it automatically adjusts to the right settings as a user enters their favourite coffee shop.

• The end of struggles with wrong-way-up USB connectors is nigh. A new reversible USB plug is on its way. It is identical at both ends, so it does not matter which way up it is or which end goes in where. The new "Type-C" connector the one connector to rule them all, eventually.


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iWatch cost could be subsidized by health insurers, analyst suggests

iWatch cost could be subsidized by health insurers, analyst suggests | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

(iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton)

Apple could be planning to subsidize the cost of its upcoming wearable product through health insurers, Cowan & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri speculates.

“We continue to believe it is possible the product (iWatch) is backstopped by some sort of insurance subsidization model similar to the carrier subsidization model for iPhone.”

The report, which believes Apple will announce the fitness-related device in September and launch ahead of the holidays at an average selling price of $250, says Apple will position the iWatch as a device that makes customers more health conscious.

 

While its unclear if Arcuri’s healthcare subsidy prediction holds any merit (his production and price estimates are based on conversations with companies in the supply chain), it is evident that Apple’s anticipated wearable entry will have a strong emphasis on health and fitness.

Earlier last month, we shared Apple’s upcoming health and fitness app in-detail dubbed Healthbook and aimed at a future version of Apple’s iOS mobile software.

The app illustrates Apple’s interest in collecting and presenting extensive health data including respiratory rate, heart rate, hydration, blood sugar, and more. We’ve also reported on several of Apple’s health and fitness-related hires as well as on the iWatch’s sensor-laded potential in development.

Earlier this week, KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released his 2014 prediction timeline for Apple’s product launches which included an iWatch in two sizes in Q3 with one model potentially priced at the several thousand dollar price point.


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We need to start taking care of our health data

Read my previous post to see why our health depends mostly on our involvement and not on the health care institutions.

Did you tell everything about your condition, the last time you visited your physician? Maybe you skipped something? Or maybe it was something else which had happened months or years ago but you thought it was totally unrelated to your current condition?

Maybe you did tell everything.

But maybe next time you’ll have to visit another specialist, in another institution. And the specialist you’ve visited before could have used one EHR software (e.g. DrChrono), and the new specialist could be using another (e.g. Practice Fusion). And things can get really messy (EHR compatibility and connectivity: two obstacles to patient care):

If a patient needs to go to a specialist outside his or her provider network, or to an emergency room outside the network, access to the patient’s records can regress from a click of a button to a series of phone calls, faxes, and piles of paper, even when both facilities have EHR systems. That’s because there is often little consistency between such systems, and patients have to rely on a busy human being to pull all the pertinent electronic data and get it to the requesting physician in a format he or she can read: usually, paper.

Maybe the problem won’t be in the EHR software compatibility but in the different attention to detail of the two specialists, or in the different things, which they consider important.

Too many maybes but the result could be that you end up having inconsistent health records or missing information in your health records, and this could be a real problem and in some situations it could be even dangerous.

The Solution?
As with many other similar problems related to organizing personal data, the first step towards a working solution is not some magical tool but it’s in changing our mindset.
We need to change our mindset and consider our personal health data most important to us and not to the doctor who’s normally taking care it. It is us who can provide the most extensive details and it is us who will benefit the most from having our health data complete and well organized.

The natural question to ask is: won’t it take too much time and effort to achieve this on our own?
And here is where the tools may come really handy.

Update: Read my next post to see how Healee can help with organizing your health data.



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Apple vs. Google. The battle for digital health begins #hcsmeu #hcsmeues #hcsmeufr

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It’s an exciting time in digital health right now. The industry is going mainstream, becoming more consumer focused and large well-known multinational corporations are beginning to put the necessary infrastructure in place to capitalize on the oncoming digital health revolution.

 

These are the cash-rich forward-thinking companies that, over the last fifteen years, have changed the way we interact with technology and, perhaps more importantly, change the way we live our lives forever. They’re about to do the same all over again but in a deeper and more personal way.

Which companies am I describing? Apple and Google of course.

Both tech giants have been on a hiring and acquiring spree in the last couple of years and both are bringing in the necessary talent, expertise and IP to take digital health in to the home and the body. Both Apple and Google and their iOS and Android mobile operating systems stand to benefit from digital health profoundly so it’s little wonder why both companies are investing in this space.

They aren’t the only tech companies investing in digital health of course but Apple and Google are investing in it in a much deeper way, particularly Google that has made a string of acquisitions in the last year. Before we look at these though, let’s take a look at the movements in digital health among other well-known consumer companies.

Sony has partnered with Japanese medical company, M3, and genetics company Illumina to create a “genome information platform business” which focusses on genome researchSamsung has recently received FDA approval for its S-Health fitness tracking appXbox Fitness, a fitness service for the Xbox One, has 1.5m users and may be going mobile according to MobileHealthNewsNintendo announced in January 2014 that it plans to move in to healthcare according to the New York Times

While it’s great to see the technology behemoths above looking at digital health seriously they fade in to comparison in terms of what Apple and Google are doing in the space. Let’s take a look at both companies. 

Google

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April 2012 – Announces the long-rumoured Google Glass project - a head-mounted wearable technology device with camera, display and touchpad. It’s been speculated that Glass can – and will – be used in a number of digital health related activities and Dutch technology company Philips is looking at how it can be used in the operating theatre.

Dec 2012 – Hires author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil to assist with machine learning and language processing. Kurzweil is synonymous with transhumanism and the Singularity and is a well-known author, speaker and thinker on both topics.

Sept 2013 – Announces newly formed Calico, a new company that will focus, according to Google co-founder, Larry Page, “on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.”  Calico is headed up by Arthur D. Levinson who is also chairman of Genentech and Apple.  

Dec 2013 – Acquires Boston Dynamics, a robotics design company best known for the development of BigDog, a dog-like robot that is capable of walking over difficult terrain and has an arm that can pick up and throw heavy objects. 

Jan 2014 – Acquires UK startup, DeepMind Technologies, for a reported $400m/$500m. DeepMind focusses on artificial intelligence and ‘deep learning’ machines which have a human-like understanding of our environment.

Jan 2014 – Announces in January that it is testing a smart contact lens that can measure glucose levels. Google said on its blog “It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype.”

Jan 2014 – Acquires Nest Labs, the maker of a learning thermostat and smoke detector. While not directly related to digital health, this is Google’s venture in to the ‘smart home’ market. How the home monitors your health will be an important part of this market and how new connected home appliances will be tracking and advising us on making better lifestyle decisions.

Apple

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Feb 2013 – Files patents for wearable technology and “movement monitor devices.”

July 2013 – Hires Michael O’Reilly from digital health company, Massimo, which has developed a pulse oximeter for the iPhone (reviewed on Bionicly here)

July 2013 – Hires Paul Deneve, CEO of luxury fashion company, Yves Saint Laurent, to work on “special projects.” Could this be Apple bringing in expertise on how to make wearable technology for the fashion conscious?

Oct 2013 – Announces hiring of Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, who joins the company in the middle of this year as head of retail and e-commerce. Or perhaps to assist with bringing wearable technology (including wearable clothing) to the masses?

Nov 2013 – Acquires Israeli based motion sensor company, PrimeSense, for a reported $360m. PrimeSense makes technologies for a range of industries including healthcare and Microsoft’s Kinect is notably made by the company.

Jan 2014 - Hires hardware engineer Nancy Daugherty from digital health company, Sano Intelligence.

Jan 2014 - Apple executives meet with the FDA allegedly to discuss the forthcoming new app in iOS 8 called Healthbook that monitors health, fitness and workout information, via the iWatch.

Feb 2014 – Hires sleep research expert Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips who is thought to be helping with the introduction of the iWatch.

Conclusion. Or who’s your money on?

Both companies have their own agenda and it’s easy for outsiders to speculate who’s doing what correctly. Apple’s movements in digital health seem very much aligned and specific to the hotly anticipated iWatch. Google on the other hand seem to have their fingers in a number of pies and have diversified their digital health investment somewhat.

My conclusion is that both will be equally successful but in different ways. The iWatch will be a huge success and will be the next evolution of the iPhone and Apple will continue to reap the rewards it has done for bringing to the market products that consumers want to buy.

Google on the other hand seems to be thinking much more broadly and, dare I say it, more innovative. The rewards are bigger but so are the risks and no doubt some of its investments will not come to fruition. Some will however and Google will move further in to the home and further in to the human body itself. As a bold prediction, I can see Google acquiring the innovative sensor company, MC10, to make this happen.

Agree or disagree?

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App-Using Patients Less Likely To Be Readmitted

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The Mayo Clinic has found cardiac rehab patients who use apps to monitor their health were less likely to be readmitted

According to the Mayo Clinic, results of a three-month study show cardiac patients who used a health app designed by the researchers were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital. Use of this smartphone app led to a 40 percent reduction in admissions, and only 20 percent of participants were admitted to the ER within 90 days. In the control group, 60 percent of participants were readmitted in the same timeframe.

“The takeaway is that digital health, mobile health, can be used for cardiovascular disease prevention, especially in a high risk group,” lead researcher Dr. R. Jay Widmer told MobiHealthNews. “But the success of an intervention does depend on the use and the amount of use. This is something that can be used to reduce disease burden across the healthcare system at times when paying for value is going to be at a premium.”

“We know from studies that patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation lower their risks significantly for another cardiac event and for rehospitalization,” says Amir Lerman, M.D., Mayo Clinic cardiologist and senior study author. “We wanted to see if offering patients a smartphone app, in addition to their cardiac rehab, would increase their ability to reduce their risk even further. We know that people use their mobile devices all day, and we hoped using it for cardiac rehab would help them in their recovery.”

Researchers also found patients using the app saw other benefits as well. According to iHealthBeat, app users weighed an average of nine pounds less than those in the control group and also had an average blood pressure around 8 mmHg lower than the control group.

“Patients who had a more frequent number of logins and the amount of time they logged in, as that increased, the patients’ blood pressure dropped more precipitously,” said Widmer. “So there was a dose-response [relationship] between the use of the intervention and the secondary measures of cardiovascular disease we examined. Patients were less stressed as they used the application more and had a better diet and more physical activity as they used the application more.

“Results of this study reinforce the importance of cardiac rehab. There are multiple versions of cardiac rehab, and this is just one more option in our technological age. We hope a tool like this will help us extend the reach of cardiac rehab to all heart patients, but, in particular, it could help patients in rural and underserved populations who might not be able to attend cardiac rehab sessions.”


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.... so yes,  going the extra mile with the CE can be worth it!

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Take 2 iPhone apps, three times a day.

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Green Paper on mobile health ("mHealth")

The objective of this Green Paper, announced in the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020, is to launch a broad stakeholder consultation on existing barriers and issues related to mHealth deployment and help identify the right way forward to unlock the mHealth potential. The consultation will be open from 10 April until 3 July 2014 12:00h.Related Documents: 
Green Paper on mobile health
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