The UK National Health Service is to trial an artificially intelligent (AI) medical application in place of its NHS 111 non-emergency helpline.The app comes from Babylon Health, a UK start-up specializing in remote healthcare applications. It enables users to type their symptoms into a chat box – much like texting – and the app will perform triage for urgent but non-life-threatening conditions.The trial is set to start at the end of January, meaning that for the next six months more than 1.2m people in north central London will be able to access the app, according to the FT.
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Although it's exciting to witness the explosion of personal "omics", wearables, connected devices and thousands of health-related apps, the impact may be a big "so what?" if the information isn't
made easily accessible, digestible and actionable. Few individuals, whether a healthy triathlete or a patient struggling to manage a chronic disease, want to wear and charge multiple devices, log in to and manage several apps, and be fed raw or fragmented information that is not easily understandable or actionable nor connected to their coaching or medical team.
Similarly, clinicians need to have access to their patients' data in a useful, absorbable and reliable way that integrates seamlessly with their clinical workflow. No cardiologist wants to be liable for monitoring streaming 24/7 ECGs that can flow from smart sticky plasters, nor does your nurse practitioner want to have to log into your Fitbit account to review your activity and heart-rate data.
In order for these new and emerging technologies to enable proactive healthcare, barriers need to be reduced so that:
They are easy to use, and reliably obtain accurate physiological data
The information flowing from them is delivered and presented to the clinician in a useful, actionable form
Machine learning and data analytics can be applied to extract the useful information and help make it actionable
Incentives are aligned, including reimbursement to providers for leveraging connected care
As we enter 2017, we will begin to move from a "Quantified Self" era, where the data has generally remained siloed on the devices and apps of the individual and not integrated into clinical care, to the emergence of "Quantified Health", where the data from common consumers' wearables, scales, BP cuffs, glucometers and even home lab data, will flow through consumer's smart phones (via Apple's HealthKit, and more recently via Google Fit and Samsung's S-Health) and integrate into electronic medical records (EMRs) of the clinician. This will bring feedback loops which can communicate back to individual patients, engaging and empowering patients along the way. More…
Researchers from Washington State University have come up with a diagnostic rig that can use a smartphone, a prism, and an ELISA plate to detect cancer. In the controlled settings of their lab, with the high-purity reagents they had to work with, the researchers were able to detect the cancer marker interleukin-6 (IL-6) with 99% accuracy.
We currently see highly varied uses of mobile solutions in healthcare, from clinical applications to managed health, and perhaps even more diversity in the users themselves and how they engage with mobile healthcare. Too often, these users are treated as monoliths that either do or do not use mobile health solutions. But in order to see true gains in mobile adoption, more precise segmentation and understanding of these users is essential.
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Healthcare providers see patient engagement tools as a means of better understanding each patient’s overall health and offering new pathways for predictive analytics, but many are still hesitant to steer patients towards certain technology.
More than two-thirds of respondents said technology can help support healthy behaviors among patients, according to a survey released by NEJM Catalyst. More than half said technology generates additional data for analytics.
But 67% of respondents also said they don’t know what tools to recommend to patients, and 42% said it’s still unclear how tools actually impact care.
Biometric devices, mHealth apps and texting were identified as the most effective patient engagement tools. Eighty-one percent of respondents said these tools were best used to manage chronic diseases. For example, a new online tool recently released by Anthem aims to help providers and patients better understand gaps in asthma care.
“AMA Survey Finds That Many Physicians Are Enthusiastic About Digital Health Tools, But Few Currently Use Them”; http://sco.lt/8b9r97
“Six Top Global Pharma Companies Establish New HCP Technology Standards Group”; http://sco.lt/820SMj
Psychosocial pain management interventions are efficacious for cancer pain but are underutilized. Recent advances in mobile health (mHealth) technologies provide new opportunities to decrease barriers to access psychosocial pain management interventions
Over the past year, MobiHealthNews has covered 36 devices that received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration. While connected blood glucose monitors and devices incorporating heart rate sensors dominate the list, we also saw more apps and software clearances, as the regulatory agency continues to evolve its position and expertise on how to regulate digital health tools.
Contrairement à leurs aînés, les étudiants français n’ont pas peur de la santé connectée. 90 % d’entre eux affirment qu’elle représente l’avenir.
C’est ce qui ressort d’un sondage SMEREP réalisé avec Withings, fabricant d’objets connectés. Ceux-ci sont plébiscités à la fois pour la prévention et une modification de l’hygiène de vie.
Car les jeunes le clament haut et fort : utiliser un objet connecté ou une application mobile les motive à adopter les bons gestes.
Mesurer ses comportements
La santé connectée, pour les étudiants, se manifeste à travers les différents modes d’usage. Ils citent principalement les accessoires intelligents, du type balance ou tensiomètre.
Les applications mobiles suivent de près.
La télémédecine, peu utilisée en France, n’arrive qu’en dernier dans les exemples cités.
La définition est un peu moins souvent mise en pratique : un étudiant sur deux utilise déjà une appli santé ou bien-être.
Il s’agit surtout de mesurer son activité sportive – y compris en comptant ses pas – mais aussi de suivre son sommeil ou d’améliorer sa nutrition. Conseils nutritionnels, aide au régime ou comptage des calories sont donc régulièrement sollicités ...
Paris, France and Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Voluntis, which makes companion software for medical devices or medications, has received both FDA clearance and the CE Mark for a type 2 diabetes management app called Insulia. The app, which is designed for people treated with basal insulin, is classified as a prescription-only medical device and will be available to patients and healthcare providers in the first half of 2017.
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