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Brain-controlled: the user interface of future health

Brain-controlled: the user interface of future health | Patient | Scoop.it

Brain-computer interfaces are quickly becoming more advanced and accessible, and some of the ways they're being used are truly mind-boggling.


Why toil with the pressing of buttons or tilting of joysticks when controlling something can be as simple as thinking about it? This kind of technology may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but in reality, it’s actually been around for decades. The development of electroencephalography (EEG) technology can be traced back to the 1920′s, but it wasn’t until recently that we figured out a way to use neurofeedback to control electronic devices. Nowadays, we can use brain-computer interfaces (BCI’s) to control everything from prosthetic limbs, to robotic arms, cars, and even things as simple as your computer’s cursor.


In the past couple years, BCI technology has expanded in leaps and bounds. Not only are sensor technologies becoming more advanced, but companies like Emotiv and NeuroSky are working to make BCI headsets more affordable and available to consumers. Software development kits are available for most major EEG headsets, which means developers everywhere can tinker with the technology and help to expand its uses. Here’s a look at some of the latest developments in the world of mind control, including many you can buy today:

 

HARDWARE

 

* MindSet (2007)

http://www.neurosky.com/Products/MindSet.aspx

 

* MindFlex (2009)

http://mindflexgames.com/

 

* Emotiv EPOC (2011)

http://www.emotiv.com/

 

* Necomimi headset (2011)

http://en.necomimi.com/

 

* Toyota PXP Bicycle

http://www.toyotapriusprojects.com/?p=692

 

* Board of Imagination

http://www.chaoticmoon.com/labs/chaotic-moon-labs-board-of-imagination/

 

* SWARM Extreme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hHRDyeV0TQ&feature=player_embedded

 

 

SOFTWARE

 

UpCake

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.personalneuro.upcake&hl=en

 

28 Spoons Later

http://store.neurosky.com/products/28-spoons

 

SubConch

http://www.subconch.net/more.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Fitbit's decision not to align itself with Apple's HealthKit is an intriguing one

Why Fitbit's decision not to align itself with Apple's HealthKit is an intriguing one | Patient | Scoop.it

Fitbit isn't eager to team up with Apple, because many popular apps -- including MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun, Walgreen's Balance Rewards, and Microsoft's HealthVault -- already pull data from its trackers. Fitbit's main app is a full-featured dashboard for tracking daily activity and connecting with friends.


In other words, the company has already constructed a mobile health ecosystem on its own, which would fall apart if HealthKit lures away those allies. Fitbit's app would also seem redundant if all of its health data appeared on Apple's Health app. If that happens, Fitbit could be reduced to a single fitness tracker without a mobile health ecosystem. Moreover, it would fragment its user base among iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users, since HealthKit only runs on iOS 8.

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My POV: Fitbit's decision is a prudent one.

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Social Media explained by patients

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A variation on a familiar meme from Jackie Cuyvers (@jackiecuyvers)

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Nine insights into building patient-centric presences

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Discussion points from the ENGAGE 'Innovation in Patient Engagement' Conference

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Some of these suggestions have utility, some of them don't ring true to me.

 

Principally, anything that describes itself as 'patient engagement' is seemingly predestined not to be. 

 

Actually, I've come to really loathe the term 'patient engagement'.

 

It makes people sound like unknowing participants in a social experiment, and is deployed in pitches, articles, and conversation with no clear idea as to what it actually means.

 

Trying to define what 'patient engagement' means to you is more than likely going to give you the uneasy feeling that if you described your observations to the very patients you're hoping to support, they wouldn't recognise themselves in your account as the people they are.

 

Your plan is in pieces before you've even developed it.

 

How can you overcome this?

 

By adapting, responding, and reiterating on a day-by-day basis.

 

This poses another problem: is your company capable of doing this? 

 

Probably not -- and you're not alone in this regard

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If this is what facebook's healthcare initiative is, it isn't going to work

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You may have seen a sketchy news item on the feeds this morning about facebook’s possible plan to make something approximating to a structured intervention into the millions of healthcare discussions that take place on its platform every day.

 

Currently, the social behemoth is very much on the outside of these discussions.

 

However, it would appear that facebook would like to turn this state of affairs around and become an active participant in the innumerable, vibrant interactions addressing every aspect of health in diverse languages across geographies on its platform.

 On the basis of what we know so far, it isn't going to work. 
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A strong reminder for everyone who researches or uses social media data to always be respectful and mindful of privacy – whether it’s the privacy of an individual or of an entire community

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Apple iOS 8 arrives and the HealthKit app already has a bug

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Even before the iOS 8 release has been downloaded by all users, there's a bug and this one is related to the HealthKit app.
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Here's a suggestion. Switch off your dodgy iPhone, and put it down. Leave your house or office. Go for an hour-long walk. Resume your day.

 

You'll have burned about 400 calories, reduced a number of health-related risk factors, and not have had to worry about your smartphone's flaky OS.

 

Digital health can be a complicating factor in what is really a series of simple, moment-to-moment micro-choices.

 

Don't devolve responsibility for your own health to a chunk of metal, glass, plastic, silicon and rare earths.

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 A simple but highly effective suggestion from Matthew Katz , MD (@subatomicdoc).

 

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


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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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Andrew Spong's insight:

I'm not sure *what* I think of this article, to be honest.

 

Is this generation (and for the record, I'm on its cusp) providing us all with a blueprint for effective health self-management, or is it merely further evidence of boomers failing to recognise their position as a generation who've held future generations' prospects hostage at the expense of their own?

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Patients need access to electronic data before, not during, a crisis, says Regina Holliday

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Art Jones's curator insight, October 16, 5:10 PM

There is nothing TABOO about using EMR to know who you really are, (health & wellness wise).

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"For those of us with chronic disease, the digital health revolution has failed so far"

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Anna McCollister-Slipp writes:

 

"The digital health revolution has failed... so far. The industry that has grown up around it -- to cheer it on and promote its potential -- is thriving. But while those who organize conferences, found coalitions and work as consultants gain acclaim, write books and give TED talks, patients and physicians wait for the promise of the digital health revolution to become a reality.

 

We're tired of waiting.

 

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Andrew Spong's insight:

I have a great deal of sympathy with Anna's position.

 

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"Healthcare on the Internet doesn't work" -- not by this definition of what 'real medicine' is, anyway

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Andrew Spong's insight:

Of interest here is not the speculation about a beta Google service that is a trial, and seemingly only available within google.com searches, but the insight into how short a distance the participatory medicine movement has travelled, and how much work there is to do.

 

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This is not a real description of 'real medicine' by any reasonable standards.

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Sensors in digital health: what do consumers want and need?

Sharing this nice deck from Maneesh Juneja (@ManeeshJuneja)

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Michael Seres's curator insight, October 14, 11:22 AM

Fascinating insight by @Maneesh Juneja the figures seem to correlate to much of the evidence out there

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Apple's HealthKit "an embarrassment"?

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This is the best Cupertino can do?
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It's early days and we should expect HealthKit -- or rather, the integrations that third party developers are creating for it -- to improve.

 

What I found interesting is that whilst the article -- entertaining though it is -- is a one-sided polemic, it's noteworthy that the comments to date have not elicited the sort of stalwart defence of Apple that pieces with such eye-catchingly inflammatory titles usually attract.

 

Most observers seems a little downbeat about HealthKit now that they've seen it, it appears.

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Art Jones's curator insight, October 3, 10:55 AM

Version 1.0 of anything can be underwhelming but we expect so much more from Apple.

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

 

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