There are some schools including medical schools that ban gadgets especially inside a classroom. In these cases, gadgets are believed to be a distraction as there
There are some schools including medical schools that ban gadgets especially inside a classroom. In these cases, gadgets are believed to be a distraction as there is the fear that students might be texting, surfing the net, or opening some entertaining apps instead of listening to a lecture, performing an experiment, accomplishing an exercise or studying. Gadgets might also lead to class disruption.
It’s hard to know where to start with this article as it’s peddling so many myths but a key thing to appreciate is that Apple’s ResearchKit endeavours are coming with ratings.
“This past April, Apple launched ResearchKit – a framework used to develop apps that allow patients to participate anonymously in medical research studies. While these apps have the potential to advance medical research, there are concerns about privacy and security. In addition, the accuracy and integrity of the data being provided by participants is being questioned”
I can’t understand why anyone thinks that a key feature of Researchkit is that medical research volunteers will want to be anonymous? I thought the opposite would be true eg. treat me like a statistic but if the efforts I go to help University College Hospital find the cure for cancer, or Oxford University understand depression so that thousands of lives aren’t lost to suicide every year I want my name in the history books thank you very much.
La HAS publie un guide concernant les demandes de prise en charge dérogatoire d’un produit ou d’un acte innovant et met en ligne un espace dédié au forfait innovation. Cette démarche prolonge la loi de financement de la Sécurité Sociale 2015 qui entend rendre ce dispositif plus réactif. L’objectif est de faciliter un accès rapide des patients aux progrès de la médecine.
We are in the midst of the digital health movement, it's the topic taking up columns of media space, seminars across cities are headlining the topic and digital health start up investments during Q1 have already surpassed $600m in the US alone. As we witnessed the media frenzy regarding the Apple watch launch and its range of health applications, we now eagerly wait to see if the health revolution is really upon us and whether we will see a real shift in power from physician to patient?
Furthermore, what will this mean for pharma? Will a new patient segment emerge that is truly in control of their healthcare decisions, selling their health data to eagerly waiting research agencies and driving payer treatment decisions? Will chronic health patients finally have a support mechanism through digital technology which informs and helps them on a daily basis?
The truth is, we just don't know, it is likely the above scenario is some time away but one thing we do know is that primary care physicians are concerned with what this new digitally empowered patient segment will bring. The healthcare systems across Europe are already feeling the burden of patient numbers and whilst physicians acknowledge this shift, it is difficult to say whether digital health will bring more help or harm to the current patient–physician paradigm.
Tracking the physician perspective
The Ipsos Healthcare Digital Doctor tracker aims to keep abreast of the physician activity and perception on digital health. Our data shows physicians across Europe are comfortable using the conventional technology options such as websites (61% visited a non-pharma and 46% a pharma website to obtain information on a specific drug) and online discussion forums (32% recommended these to their patients, and 34% use these platforms themselves to discuss with other HCPs). However, we are not yet seeing a strong engagement with new technologies such as app based services, with only 26% recommending a health and lifestyle app to a patient during consultation.
Physicians are in agreement health and lifestyle apps will play a strong role in the future, with a possibility they will form part of treatment plans for certain health conditions (57%). Conversely a similar proportion of physicians also believe apps will cause more conflict between themselves and patients (48%). This is where the complexity lays, whilst many are excited about the digital health revolution, healthcare professionals are troubled by the potential areas of conflict that will occur. There is a reluctance to fully embrace this new world and to push patients in the direction of digital health technologies.
How can the gap be met?
Interestingly, conflict has always driven curious minds to the path of innovation; there is little doubt somebody (most likely a non-healthcare company) will bridge the gap and find a solution which enables the patient-physician consultation rather than hamper it. So, what will the ultimate solution be and what are the challenges which need to be overcome?
In order to truly engage physicians and empower patients, digital health solutions will need simplicity at the heart of them; there will need to be absolute confidence that the data is accurate and agreements are in place for data to be integrated with electronic medical records.
For pharma and healthcare providers this is an opportunity to support innovation at the grassroots level, through engaging with start-ups and non-traditional partners, thus allowing providers to play a role in shaping the future of digital health solutions. Providers need to be positive catalysts in this time of change, it is important they use their experience and knowledge to foster the patient-physician relationship and have an openness to walk the road less travelled. After all, without deviation from the norm, progress is impossible.
The hype behind the Internet of Things (IoT) appears well-founded. According to the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills the world market for smart city technology services will be more than £250 billion by the end of the decade.
Products, however, that come with fanfare means there is always a lot of space for disappointment. The ludicrous launch of Google Glass and the mounting desperation of smart people at a smart company when showing off an unfinished product was an early mistake.
Even earlier was the overused example of the ‘internet fridge’ that was supposed to transform grocery shopping and still hasn’t reached critical mass. We also have the latest anticlimax; sales of the Apple Watch are alleged to have been underwhelming and it may take a new version to catch consumer attention.
The IoT’s dazzling future appears to trailing a little behind, but there is one area where the hyperbole is justified and that is in the field of healthcare. The IoT is going to influence, even dominate, the way humanity will exist.
Digital health is booming on social media, whether it be talking to doctors online or finding out how Twitter can help explain sleep disorders, but what about Instagram?
People who have rare diseases or try to raise awareness share their thoughts through the photo sharing mobile app, but it looks like doctors are stepping up their game in the photo-sharing industry with an app called Figure 1, recognized as the “Instagram for doctors.”
Physicians worldwide can upload anonymous photos to Figure 1 that show important and confounding medical cases in an effort to reach the rest of the medical community for advice and information.
Connaître son destin fascine les êtres humains depuis longtemps. Chez les Romains, les devins cherchaient la réponse dans les entrailles des animaux. De nos jours, on interroge le génome. Porteuse d’une mutation de gènes prédisposant au cancer du sein et des ovaires, l’actrice Angelina Jolie a largement médiatisé cette possibilité, en annonçant en mars dernier avoir choisi une ablation préventive des ovaires par crainte du cancer. Voilà deux ans, la star avait déjà subi une ablation des seins à l’issue d’une analyse de son génome.
À l’heure où les outils numériques sont en train de transformer notre société, qu’en est-il pour l’offre de soins ? Le point de vue de Jean Debeaupuis, directeur général de l’offre de soins (DGOS).
En quoi le numérique peut-il aider à la transformation de notre système de santé ?
Les enjeux de la transformation de notre système de santé pour les années à venir sont importants : améliorer la coordination des parcours de soins, entrer dans le « virage ambulatoire », anticiper des épidémies grâce au big data, garantir l’égalité d’accès aux soins pour tous… Nombreux sont les défis auxquels notre système de santé peut faire face grâce aux nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication. Il faut que les outils numériques soient au bénéfice direct à la fois des professionnels de santé dans leur pratique quotidienne et, naturellement, des usagers. Les pouvoirs publics doivent favoriser un environnement qui permettra l’émergence d’innovations fortes au service des politiques publiques. Des innovations qui doivent être rapidement industrialisées pour être généralisées et accessibles à tous : c’est d’ailleurs dans cet esprit qu’a été lancé le programme Territoire de soins numérique, véritable prototype des solutions technologiques de demain pour une coordination nouvelle des soins.