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Patients like active video games as fitness tools

Patients like active video games as fitness tools | Patient | Scoop.it

Most consumers believe that video games that force them to get up and move around can improve their health, a study from UnitedHealth Group suggests.

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Healthcare is getting better. Let's talk about what you can do to make it even better, faster.

Healthcare is getting better. Let's talk about what you can do to make it even better, faster. | Patient | Scoop.it

Healthcare is getting better. Let's talk about what you can do to make it even better, faster.

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Passive sensing with smartphones

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The opportunities, pitfalls, and ethical challenges associated with the increasing amount of passive data collection that is possible through the many different sensors we're already carrying around in our pockets.

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I'm thinking 'health' when reviewing this summary of course, and you will be too, I'm sure.

 

These questions will become increasingly important as more sensors are added to the devices we carry with us, but more significantly those static sensors in our lived environments that gather data about us -- overtly, and covertly.

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Walking to better health: the anatomy of ambulation

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Five engagements defining the future of health

Five engagements defining the future of health | Patient | Scoop.it

Engaging the whole patient.

Engaging social supports.

Engaging economics and anthropology. 

Engaging federal, state, and local governments.

Doctor-patient engagement

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The first, second, and fifth of these you'll be more than familiar with.

 

It's the third one that gets less attention, namely economics and anthropology. There's something of a tension between the two definitions as they appear in the article as I read it, with the former wishing to incentivise a positive, self-responsible individualism in health, and the latter (also the fourth item on the list) promoting the importance of institutions in supporting such an attitude, which could be said to contradict one another.

 

However, for all of its indeterminacy I'd argue that there are progressive ways to align these positions directly and indirectly; the theme merits more discussion.

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Self-disclosing conversations in patient communities

Self-disclosing conversations in patient communities | Patient | Scoop.it

Self-disclosing conversations in #patient communities http://sco.lt/... | CYHealthComms (HT @Colleen_Young) #hcsmeu

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What's eating health wearables? Ambient technology

What's eating health wearables? Ambient technology | Patient | Scoop.it

Wearables seem to have taken the world by storm. Yet, is there a storm brewing for wearables? Marc Andreessen said "software is eating the world." What is eating wearables? Ambient technology. We are moving quickly to a time where instead of wearing a new device - the sensors are in the spaces around us. The trend has already begun.

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One more time: the future of health self-management will be run by #NIAP: non-invasive, all pervasive sensors

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Eleven truths of digital health -

Eleven truths of digital health - | Patient | Scoop.it

Here are the first five:

 

“The single most broken thing in healthcare is communication.

Vocera CMO Dr. Bridget Duffy, MD on The Future of Delivery


“The healthcare industry missed the PC revolution, it missed the internet revolution, and it can’t afford to miss the mobility and cloud revolution.

Former Apple CEO John Sculley at HISUM 2013 Keynote


“As healthcare innovators in this room, we know that changing the system is a slog. We’re fighting an uphill battle sometimes. But we will all face healthcare crises in our lives. And when we do, I would encourage everyone to harness those opportunities to remind us why we’re in healthcare innovationto begin with.”

Wildflower Co-founder and CEO Leah Sparks on How My Healthcare Experience Inspired My Company

 

“Machine learning makes a much better doctor than Dr. House.”

Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla at HISUM 2012 Keynote

 

“Healthcare’s a fascinating market. It’s the only area where you wake up every day and you feel like you’re doing something for millions of people.”

Castlight Health Founder & CEO Giovanni Colella on Beyond the First Adopters: Digital Health at Scale

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I normally spare you thinly-veiled advertorials by default, but will make an exception for this well-chosen batch of provocative one-liners.

 

OK, one and two-liners ;)

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rob halkes's curator insight, July 24, 4:57 AM

In line with  Andrew Spong's  note: some great statements that bring a smile to health innovators.

But why the is the sloggy health system still the one industry that is so reluctant to their own need for change ..?


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75% of patients want to use digital health; poor quality services bigger barrier to adoption

75% of patients want to use digital health; poor quality services bigger barrier to adoption | Patient | Scoop.it

A recent poll finds patients want to use digital health services and, if they aren’t, it’s because of the poor quality of ones offered to them.


A recent survey by McKinsey Health asked 1,000 residents of Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom about their digital health preferences. MobiHealth Newsreports that 75 percent of those surveyed wanted to use digital health services in one form or another.

 

McKinsey analysts Stefan Biesdorf and Florian Niedermann write in a blog postthat patients often wanted digital services for “mundane” tasks. “Surprisingly, across the globe, most people want the same thing: assistance with routine tasks and navigating the often-complex healthcare system.

 
Andrew Spong's insight:

The analysis featured here is particularly revealing about our attitude to digital health.

 

Effective health management *is* mundane. We do it every day. It's another chose. And it also happens to be vital to our well-being.

 

Where digital health has the opportunity to succeed is to automate this processes and make them invisible (consider Withings wifi enabled scales and blood pressure monitor as a means of effortlessly tracking weight change and hypertension risk, for example).

 

The abandon the idea that there's something glamorous, exciting, or aspirational about digital health, the better.

 

It is at its most useful when for the most part we're not even conscious of it being there.

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Ali's comment, July 31, 5:29 AM
have you seen Babylon? I went to TEDMed in London this year and saw a guy speak about it. very interesting. I have it downloaded tho not used it much... mainly because I have good access to my specialist. I did suggest he get on there tho!
Michael Seres's comment, August 1, 1:12 AM
Thanks Ali, will definitely check it out now
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A new smartphone-based system to support better patient outcomes in mental health

A new smartphone-based system to support better patient outcomes in mental health | Patient | Scoop.it

New technology developed by researchers at Tel Aviv University is poised to transform the way in which patients with mental illnesses are monitored and treated by clinicians.


Dr. Uri Nevo, research team engineer Keren Sela, and scientists from TAU's Faculty of Engineering and Sagol School of Neuroscience have developed a new smartphone-based system that detects changes in patients' behavioral patterns, and then transmits them to professionals in real time. It has the potential to greatly improve the response time and efficacy of clinical psychiatrists.


By facilitating patient observation through smartphones, the technology also affords patients much-needed independence from hospitals, clinicians — and even family members.

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Bettina Gifford's curator insight, July 15, 1:23 PM

reducing suicide by behavioural tracking of phone calls, really interesting concept...

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How Ben Munoz built online rare disease patient community Ben's Friends

How Ben Munoz built online rare disease patient community Ben's Friends | Patient | Scoop.it
Ben Munoz launched Ben’s Friends in 2007. The site, which partners with Crowdtilt Open, offers over 30 community forums dedicated to rare diseases.
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The coming of the health selfie: smartphone peripheral measures cholesterol, Vitamin D levels

The coming of the health selfie: smartphone peripheral measures cholesterol, Vitamin D levels | Patient | Scoop.it

A new smartphone-enabled Cornell University device  sees users drop a blood sample on a test strip which they subsequently take a picture of.

 

The device processes the image of the blood reacting to the test strip, determines cholesterol or vitamin D levels from that image, and displays the results.

 

The technology also works with drops of saliva or sweat.

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The digital behaviours of patients: an infographic

The digital behaviours of patients: an infographic | Patient | Scoop.it
Patient digital behaviours
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Over half of currently available diabetes apps only have one function

Over half of currently available diabetes apps only have one function | Patient | Scoop.it

iMedicalApps describes a recent survey that discovered 54% of diabetes apps were limited to one function, with documentation (via glucose log) being the most common feature, being found in 348/656 (53%) of total apps.


Most apps required manual data input, although researchers did find a small selection of apps (30/656, 4.6%) that synchronized with online platforms or via Bluetooth. Regarding target users, an overwhelming majority (630/656, 96%) of the examined apps were designed specifically for patients, with 24/656 (3.7%) supporting both patients and qualified health personnel. The study found 50/656 (7.6%) apps were designed specifically for qualified health personnel.

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Apple HealthKit: watches, health sensors and more

Apple HealthKit: watches, health sensors and more | Patient | Scoop.it
Apple has filed for HealthKit trademarks in the U.S. and Europe, with mention of watches, fitness sensors and more
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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, August 6, 8:02 AM

I would love to have this little item. With COPD, I'm monitoring 02 and Heart Rate quite often. On the treadmill, it's constant monitoring. 


And when taking a walk or working around the house, if I'm not wearing 02-- I'm monitoring the need for it. 


When you have an illness of any sort, monitoring vitals is definitely important.  And the ability to send a quick message to friend or family member for help when trouble arises-- is imperative. http:///ginghamcountry.com/living

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Patient engagement: a defence against harm in health care

The number of preventable deaths in Canada has not changed in the last ten years.

 

"We have made progress, but we haven't achieved what we hoped we would, which is to substantially reduce risk," says Ross Baker, the author of the 2004 research and Lead Researcher on CFHI-funded Patient Engagement Research Projects. "We need to invest much more in designing health care as a complete experience."

 

"Until we engage patients and families in conversation, we will miss the true extent of the harm that's happening across the health care system," adds Jim Conway, former COO, Dana Farber Cancer Centre and an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and a foremost authority on patient safety

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Pact app pays cash for living healthily, provided by members who don't

Pact app pays cash for living healthily, provided by members who don't | Patient | Scoop.it

Pact uses cash incentives to help successful users achieve health goals, paid for by members who fail to observe their commitments.

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I can't decide whether Pact's proposition is akin to a pyramid selling scheme in a health setting, or whether its stimulation of the most primitive of instincts (for example greed, or the fear of losing face) can be drivers of health behaviour change.

 

I'd suspect that it will merely reward those who already observe good health habits, and penalise those willing to pay to discover that willpower cannot be outsourced.

 

It'd be interesting to see the emergence evidence around its health impact, however, particularly with reference to the ability to change health behaviours rather than merely reinforce existing ones.

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Wikipedia, Twitter, facebook, and YouTube: uses in health

Wikipedia, Twitter, facebook, and YouTube: uses in health | Patient | Scoop.it
Wikipedia, Twitter, facebook, and YouTube: uses in health
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ChemaCepeda's curator insight, July 31, 6:09 AM

¿Qué usos podemos dar a cada red social aplicados a la salud? Interesante gráfico con las ventajas y desventajas de cada una

rob halkes's curator insight, August 1, 12:35 AM

Great overview !

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The app will see you now: smartphones as diagnostic devices

The app will see you now: smartphones as diagnostic devices | Patient | Scoop.it
The market for healthrelated smartphone applications apps is rapidly expanding, with an estimated 100,000 healthrelated apps currently available on app marketplaces.
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Security, privacy, and patient use of social media in hospital settings

Security, privacy, and patient use of social media in hospital settings | Patient | Scoop.it

As a non-profit organisation, the NHS should follow the same principles behind open-source: sharing knowledge and standardising procedures to help all patients. And in the same way that the software industry benefits from sharing source code with the public – fostering a community of users and developers, recruiting free testers – the NHS and private medical companies could also benefit from sharing their knowledge.

Andrew Spong's insight:

Interesting article, but I'm not sure bespoke open source software described is likely to supplant the existing networks that patients participate in, nor does it address other issues the piece raises such as the unauthorised sharing of images taken in a clinical setting.

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, July 24, 6:12 PM

I think this will gradually be much more important than it is even today.

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21st century patient-centred care: a digital citizenship contribution

21st century patient-centred care: a digital citizenship contribution | Patient | Scoop.it

Before we embark on this new era of healthcare, are we clear about our shared purpose: the end goal of co-creating 21st Century Patient Centred Care?

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Better-informed patients have higher expectations of doctors and are making more complaints

Better-informed patients have higher expectations of doctors and are making more complaints | Patient | Scoop.it

A report published by the UK GMC said patients are now better informed about their health, have higher expectations of doctors and tend to treat them with less deference than they used to.

 

It said social media also had a role to play in the rise in complaints because it encouraged people to discuss their experiences of the medical profession in public forums and allowed information to be more easily accessed and shared.

 

Negative press coverage could be "chipping away" at the medical profession's reputation, the report said, resulting in more people making "me too" complaints to the GMC.

Andrew Spong's insight:

It has been estimated that there are between 840 and 40,000 preventable deaths in the UK every year (http://bit.ly/Mlx9De), so patients have every right to demand better, safer care.

 

However, patients have responsibilities as well as rights.

 

A commitment to the life-long self-management of one's health and the maintaining of a healthy lifestyle with a view to optimal disease prevention in the long term is a good place to begin this pact.

 

Also, no-one wants the hegemony of dictated medicine to be replaced by the dictatorship of the patient within the participatory medicine paradigm.

 

Co-created care has to be undertaken on an equal basis between patients and their care team.

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Exploring patient engagement through communities, advocacy groups, registries and more

Exploring patient engagement through communities, advocacy groups, registries and more | Patient | Scoop.it

Jerry Matczak reflects on what he learned about what patient engagement really means at the 50th Annual Drug Information Association (DIA) Annual Meeting. 

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I couldn't be more pleased to see this on the Lilly Clinical Innovation blog, particularly as it features Regina Holliday's Walking Gallery, which I am very proud to be a part of.

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OMsignal raises $10M for health-sensing clothing line

OMsignal raises $10M for health-sensing clothing line | Patient | Scoop.it

OMsignal manufactures clothing embedded with various health sensors. The shirt captures ECG, activity, breathing patterns and “emotive” states on a continuous basis. A small device that the user must clip on to the shirt sends data from the shirt’s sensors to a companion smartphone app via Bluetooth. Users can then view all of their metrics from the smartphone app. The shirts come in long sleeve, short sleeve, and sleeveless options.

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A patient's perspective on the power of community

A patient's perspective on the power of community | Patient | Scoop.it

Clarissa Schilstra (@Ms_Clariss) writes:

 

"The diagnosis a serious illness, whether it is acute like cancer or chronic like Type 1 diabetes, can leave a person feeling isolated and lost. You wonder why it has happened to you.


Fortunately, through a variety of social media and online resources, I found a way to cope with those challenges after I was given a life-threatening diagnosis..."

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Bettina Gifford's curator insight, July 1, 2:38 PM

Social media and online resources helping patients 

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Google, Apple, Samsung: the big three data hubs and digital health's next phase

Google, Apple, Samsung: the big three data hubs and digital health's next phase | Patient | Scoop.it

Tech writers are on the hunt to find out which spaces in the digital health arena are most likely to be seriously impacted by (the article uses provocative language like 'steamroll[ered]' and 'crushed' by Apple, Google and Samsung's entry into the digital health space. 

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Refinements in motorised exoskeletons to enhance the mobility of people living with lower body paralysis

Refinements in motorised exoskeletons to enhance the mobility of people living with lower body paralysis | Patient | Scoop.it
ReWalk Robotics, previously known as Argo Robotics got FDA clearance for their motorized exoskeleton to help people with lower body paralysis walk.
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