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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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Jeremy Hunt says that hospital food standards aren't needed. Take action today to tell him he's wrong.
What do you think of hospital food? Amazingly, I've always found it to be really good. Of course, I was never on a liquid/bland diet either.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has revealed the 40 percent growth of the digital health footprint at the 2014 International CES. Produced in partnership with Living in Digital Times (LIDT), the Digital Health Summit, a market-specific TechZone focused on the intersection of technology, health and wellness, will showcase more than 65 exhibitors with solutions for diagnosing, monitoring and treating a variety of illnesses. The 2014 CES will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.According to CEA’s 2014 5 Technology Trends to Watch, as the aging Baby Boomer population requires more health care and support, devices that can monitor their health and safety are garnering attention and growing capital investment. A 2013 CEA survey found that one-third (33 percent) of mobile device owners have used their devices to track some aspect of their health in the last 12 months. In 2014, the Digital Health Summit will focus heavily on consumers' growing demand for high-tech health services as they play an increasingly more participatory role in their own health. Notable Digital Health Summit exhibitors include: ANT+, InteraXon, Masimo, Omron Healthcare,Qardio Inc. and UnitedHealthcare. The TechZone will be located in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC).
This year, Sony filed a patent for what might seem to be a silly idea for a wearable device with built-in vital sign monitoring — a “SmartWig”.
The SmartWig is meant to cover ”at least a part of a head of a user” and the patent offers use cases for the wig that span from general health tracker to a presentation aid.
Because the technology is on the head, Sony plans for it to monitor health factors such as brain waves, temperature, pulse, blood pressure, sweat. The company also wants the SmartWig to track environmental information like image, sound, humidity, temperature, and density of CO2. Sony specifies that the wig could also help blind people with navigating and understanding when there is an obstacle behind them.
Online networks can offer support but can be a source of added stress, too.
57 percent of seniors are seeking digital health options for managing their health services remotely, according to a new survey by Accenture.
Earlier this month the Personal Genome Project UK (PGP-UK) was launched in an effort to find 100,000 volunteers willing to allow their DNA information to be added to a new publicly accessible database. Volunteers are being asked to waive their privacy rights in return for what the programme operators say would be their "valuable and lasting contribution to science".
The PGP-UK initiative was one example of the attempt to improve the accessibility of health information to scientific researchers and added that growing the amount of data available and improving the tools for analysing the information would have health benefits.
People must improve their digital skills and confidence to interact online in order to manage their health, writes the Chief Executive of the Tinder Foundation.
An interesting idea. I'd like to know more about the funding and business model.
Digital health offers the integration of genomic, physiologic, behavioral, social, and environmental data to achieve not just descriptive, but ultimately predictive and perhaps prescriptive information for patients and providers.
Shafiq Rab, CIO of Hackensack UMC, said healthcare can’t forget about the patient. “We can buy from Amazon at 2am but we can’t talk to our physician. That has to change.”
Patients expect better efficiency, said Rab, which is coming to healthcare for the first time.
To be truly empowered patients, we have to give ourselves permission to say what we really mean.
Panelists at Mayo-hosted Health Care Social Media Summit discuss how social media has helped them, their families and their peers.
It was hard to miss one recurring theme at the Health Care Social Media Summit, which began Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Rochester and wraps up today: The patient experience is at the center of health care social media efforts. And if it isn't, it should be.
Social media has given a voice to patients who want to talk about their illnesses and health care experiences. "It allows everyone to be a journalist," says Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. Aase hosted a panel of presenters who were at the summit specifically to share their inspiring stories and talk about why patients blog, Facebook, tweet and pin about their experiences. Each of the presenters had a unique story to tell and was there "on the house" after winning a scholarship essay contest.
patient, comfort, social media,
Michael Seres (@mjseres) writes:
Our device started life on a hospital transplant ward. I woke up went to feel my stomach and came across my stoma bag. As part of my bowel transplant I had to have an ileostomy. It took me about 3 weeks to actually look at my stoma and then another week to pluck up the courage to change the bag.
Once that was accomplished I got used to emptying and changing by bag/pouch. However I soon realised that it wasn’t quite as simple as pressing a call bell and asking a nurse to help. Output would occur without much notice and that led to leaks and even overflows especially at night. In addition my transplant team wanted me to track the volume of output and the timing. All of this led to 2am showers due to overflows and emptying my bag in to measuring jugs.
There had to be an alternative way except I could not find it. So with the help of the internet I started buying a few spare parts and working out how I could improve my own life.
That was how Ostom-i™was conceived and a proto type developed. From the hospital bed to this point has taken a great deal of hard work but I am proud of what we have achieved. I hope that our device helps make your life as an ostomy patient that little bit easier.
...and another reason why patient campaigner and entrepreneur Michael Seres is a special guy
A small diagnostics company in Georgia is challenging the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to regulate health data breaches in a dispute that could shape the future of federal health privacy regulation.
In 2008, the Atlanta-based LabMD was contacted by an IT security firm, Tiversa, that said it accessed the lab’s billing information online, after an employee violating company policy used the peer-to-peer file-sharing software Limewire to listen to music.
Tiversa told LabMD it was able to obtain a file through Limewire with the personal data of about 9,300 LabMD customers, including their Social Security numbers, and then sought a service agreement with the lab, according to LabMD's court filings.
When LabMD turned down that offer, the company maintains that Pittsburgh-based Tiversa brought the file to the FTC, which has been investigating the incident ever since and, after failing to secure a consent agreement with the lab, launched an administrative complaint in August.
Heapsylon’s Sensoria smart socks are a little different to the average quantified self peripheral, and may provide a clue to the future: will more fitness trackers and health sensors be embedded in clothing or attached to the skin?
The company affixes textile sensors to each stocking, fore and aft. These sensors record foot pressure, heart rate, and body temperature and relay the data to a horseshoe-shaped device magnetically attached to the sock’s cuff
A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that 45% of U.S. adults report that they live with one or more chronic conditions. How does this important gro...
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Gaming in healthcare is a rapidly developing industry within the digital health space, which aims to bridge the gap between medicine, entertainment, technology and education.
The 2013 Cybercitizen Health US Study conducted byManhattan Research, a pharmaceutical and healthcare market research firm, helps healthcare marketers understand how patients and caregivers use their smartphones to find health information.
The study surveyed 8,600 adults in the US.
It estimates that 95 million Americans, up 25% from last year, used their smartphones to find health information. Adoption of mobile solutions varied among patient groups.
The study ranked the top ten patient groups that reported using mobile health solutions:
The prominence of chronic conditions on the list was expected, though the absence of conditions such as diabetes, asthma and sleep disorders was surprising. In its summary of the study, Manhattan Research states that “while adoption of mobile health apps from pharma companies is so far low, they are strongly influential for those users” and also indicate the importance of pharmaceutical websites optimized for mobile viewing.
No diabetes? No RA? No lupus?
Also, breast cancer, lung cancer, and brain tumour conversations are seldom out of the Symplur Healthcare Hashtag top 10, and it's surprising to find none of these in this data either.
I am surprised that cancer, HIV/AIDS, and many neurological conditions are not on the list -as this is our experience from talking to patient groups http://bit.ly/IaLiBj. On the other hand what is interesting is -and presuming the sample of 8,600 adults is random- that rarer conditions dominate the list, which says a lot about the treatment of rare diseases- or lack of it,
Coincido totalmente con la reflexión que añade Andrew Spong al final del artículo:
No aparecen enfermedades como la Diabetes, artritis reumatoide, cancer de mama, de pulmón a pesar de que otras fuentes de información nos demuestran que generan gran cantidad de búsquedas.
¿El hecho de que el articulo hable de móviles exclusivamente las excluye?
Suprised buy delighted that #crohns makes it to the top 10. never understimate value of peer 2 peer
(2:30) What a great short movie this is from @DrLeslieSaxon. Dr. Saxon covers an awful lot of ground, and is well worth 3:43 of your time. A new follow for me.
Michael Seres writes:
"It hits all us bowel transplant patients very hard when one of the family doesn’t make it. You see, because there are so few of us we are a family. We share the successes and collectively feel the pain. That family feeling doesn’t though just apply to fellow patients.
Right in front of my eyes I was seeing the pain and upset felt by the transplant team and my surgeon.
Nothing that anyone could have done could have prevented this tragedy. This patient was just the bravest person you could ever wish to meet.
There standing in front of me was a person who not only felt his own pain but felt the pain of every single one of us and also the pain that this patient’s family were going through.
He was devastated.
I tried to explain that we all know the deal when we go through this surgery. We know the risks. We also know that he cannot be at our bedside 24hrs a day. I told him that he also has a family and a life and that there is no other person or surgeon that we would want in our corner than him.
Those were not empty words they were the truth. I mean it, we all mean it – he is simply the best.
A powerful piece of writing from one of the most inspirational and focused patient opinion leaders you're ever likely to encounter.
A directory of peer and patient-association recommended mobile health apps. Created by Patient View
Some insight into whether the recommending bodies are associated with the apps in any way would be helpful -- particularly for those apps that are not free. Update: a clarification from my health apps here: https://twitter.com/my_health_apps/status/403140594886668288
So we can live healthier lives—with the help of our smartphones
} All of the initial 307 apps appearing on the myhealthapps.net site have been selected by 456 distinct patient groups, disability groups or empowered consumers as their favourite apps. The reviews from these groups are supplied for each app, as well as weblinks to the groups themselves.
} myhealthapps.net unique ‘heart’-rating system. The health apps on the site have been allocated ‘heart’ ratings, according to the extent that each app exhibits 5 consumer/patient needs (weighted according to level of importance). These 5 qualities are attributes that patients and the public look for from their health apps, as determined by a 2013 PatientView study of 250 patient, disability and consumer groups from 16 countries around the world. People’s requirements from health apps are: • Give people more control over their condition (or keep them healthy) • Easy to use • Can be used regularly • Allow networking with other people like them (or with people who understand them) • Trustworthy. 27 of the 307 health apps included in the initial version of the website gain a top ‘heart’ rating of 5 out of 5.
} myhealthapps.net is opening with 307 featured apps. This number will be increased every six months by several hundred other favourite apps from patient groups, disability groups or empowered consumers (press release to be available at the time).
only 1 single app for vaccination, by a spanish IT company. Still a place for a European initiative from us....
Global health service company Cigna and the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile devices,Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., have signed a multi-year agreement to co-develop health and wellness related features built into Samsung’s S Health on Samsung’s major smart mobile devices.
S Health is a Samsung platform initiative that will collect and integrate health information for consumers from smartphones and personal health devices. The S Health app will provide easy to use features in a mobile dashboard to help make health improvement an engaging part of everyday life. Cigna will provide the content, experience and engines for valuable clinical insights.
This could prove to be really interesting #TheFutureofHealthcare
As the healthcare industry responds to patients expectations for better communication & information by integrating digital technology, some unintended challenges are unfolding.
Yes, patients need technology and progressive medical devices to manage their health. But they also need to be seen, listened to, and cared for (physically) by other people, including doctors, nurses and caregivers. Empathy and compassion – a warm smile, a kind word, or a re-assuring tone are equally important in bringing about health and wellness.
While we can all agree that significant advantages are being realized through ehealth products and services, we also have to admit that these technologies mostly benefit those who have access to greater resources.
In fact a 2007 study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine warned that significant challenges must be addressed by the research community to assure that advances in e-health will help eliminate, not intensify health disparities.
3. Information overload
Today, patients are more empowered. They have access to information that can help them make better decisions about their health – in an ideal world.
But as the volume of personal health and wellness data from medical devices, smartphone apps, and even EMR’s increases, patients will be faced with information overload and some may find it hard to act upon.
For passive patients in particular, having too much information at their disposal might actually lead to inaction rather than action, because they’re used to simply following doctor’s orders. In addition to being sick they now have the added burden of figuring out what their health data means and what to do about it.
Great points, the key will be adapting in such a way to capture the benefits of both worlds going forward. Thanks for a thoughtful article.
A month ago I saw a video on Youtube about creating modular smartphones, created by Phonebloks. Phoneblok puts forth their idea that such a product could reduce waste, and allow highly customizable products for smartphone users who utilize their phone for different purposes. In essence, this platform moves beyond a modifiable user interface that focuses on apps, and focuses on a system with modifiable hardware to supplement those apps.
While the premise was interesting, I did not give it much thought due to the fact I could not envision any smartphone developer investing into such a product. Needless to say, I was wrong since Motorola hasannounced it will be creating modular smartphones with its Project Ara. Motorola’s idea is to create an endoskeleton that will provide the key components of a phone with modules that may be attached.
Such a modifiable phone would allow users to create a phone that will be tailored to their primary user preferences. For instance, someone who may like to take pictures with their phone could invest into a better camera module and more storage to keep the pictures.
This may be a stopping-off point on the journey to a future health scenarion dominated by NIAP (non-invasive, all-pervasive) sensors, but it certainly isn't the destination. More: http://stwem.com/2013/03/16/next-looking-beyond-the-device-in-digital-healt/
Nitric oxide (NO) is one of the most important signaling molecules in living cells, carrying messages within the brain and coordinating immune system functions. In many cancerous cells, levels are perturbed, but very little is known about how NO behaves in both healthy and cancerous cells.
“Nitric oxide has contradictory roles in cancer progression, and we need new tools in order to better understand it,” says Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. “Our work provides a new tool for measuring this important molecule, and potentially others, in the body itself and in real time.”