Wearable health trackers and Smartphone apps have taken the world by storm in recent years. Around 20% of Smartphone users have one or more health apps on their device, and a 2014 report by Nielsen found 1 in 6 of us use wearable technology - such as fitness trackers - on a daily basis.
According to the authors of the American Heart Association (AHA) statement - including Lora E. Burke of the University of Pittsburgh, PA - the most popular self-monitoring devices and apps are those that track physical activity or heart rate. But do such technologies have a direct impact on heart health?
For their study, Burke and colleagues reviewed a number of meta-analyses and randomized clinical trials of mobile health technologies that had been conducted over the past 10 years.
They investigated how such technologies influenced improvement in risk factors for heart health, as determined by the AHA's Life's Simple 7: eating healthily, increasing physical activity, weight management, avoidance of tobacco smoke, reducing blood sugar, cholesterol control and blood pressure control.
Patient-generated health data - a new phenomenon that includes taking medical selfies, wearing body monitoring devices, and recording info on mobiles and health apps - has come under the lense of medical photographer and QUT PhD researcher Kara Burns.
Ms Burns, from QUT's Business Faculty, said the rise in patients taking their own medical selfies and tracking and documenting their health with devices like Fitbits was changing the doctor/patient relationship. "I am interested in how this affects clinical care and am researching a number of issues this new patient dynamic is creating such as whether patients prefer to take their own photos or have their doctors take them," Ms Burns said.
"Also I'm looking at whether they should be taken on a dedicated camera or a smartphone."
Ms Burns said her interest was piqued while working in hospital photography when she noticed that doctors and nurses were taking clinical images on their smartphones. "I did my honours research into the privacy and consent issues surrounding this phenomenon," she said. "I found clinicians were readily taking images on smart phones and that raised privacy and confidentiality concerns. I also noted patients were taking images on phones and bringing them into clinical consultations."
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Coupled with a digital pen, new models from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab can help detect dementia and other cognitive disorders earlier than ever before.For all of the advances in medical technology, many of the world's most widely-used diagnostic tools essentially involve just two things: pen and paper.Tests such as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) and the Clock Drawing Test (CDT) are used to detect cognitive change arising from a wide range of causes, from strokes and concussions to dementias such as Alzheimer's disease.What's disconcerting, though, is that, with dementia and other disorders growing in prevalence, most current diagnostic methods detect cognitive impairment only after it starts affecting people's lives. In Alzheimer's, for example, changes in the brain may occur 10 or more years before the cognitive change becomes noticeable, and no easily administered test can detect these changes at the very earliest stage.
Many studies have shown that women use the Internet more often for health-related information searches than men, but we have limited knowledge about the underlying reasons. We also do not know whether and how women and men differ in their current use of the Internet for communicating with their general practitioner (GP) and in their future intention to do so (virtual patient-physician relationship).
Some industry stakeholders from providers to investors to consumer device makers think something like Apple’s HealthKit could be the catalyst that finally brings the patient — and patient-generated data — into the healthcare ecosystem in a way that electronic medical records have persistently failed to do.
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