The buzz term “big data” has made a rapid entry onto the healthcare scene in the past couple years with promises of improving healthcare, but there are still many who are trying to figure out how exactly it will accomplish this. Efforts were made to explain big data and its application to healthcare at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meetings earlier this year.
Un beau dessin vaut souvent mieux qu'un beau discours, dit-on. Ce précepte s'applique aussi à la visualisation des big data. Pour représenter les relations entre un grand nombre d'entités, les graphes s'avèrent un outil précieux.
Si conservar las fotos de las vacaciones es una lata, imagine los 600 GB que ocupa el genoma de una persona. Aquí entra en juego Made of genes, que se encarga de generar una 'enciclopedia' personal que el paciente pueda 'consultar' durante el resto de su vida cuando sea necesario. El cofundador y CEO de la empresa, Óscar Flores, resume a Teknautas su tarea: "Secuenciamos el genoma, lo guardamos en la nube y desde ahí te damos acceso a un 'marketplace' de aplicaciones para que puedas solicitar servicios sobre estos datos generados". El emprendedor nos atiende por teléfono desde Boston, hasta donde ha viajado tras ser seleccionado por la revista 'MIT Technology Review' como uno de los jóvenes más innovadores de España.
New research shows that patients with lower health literacy are less likely to use different forms of digital health tools than those with high health literacy.Patients with high health literacy are more likely to use digital health tools than those with lower health literacy, finds a new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.The study of nearly 5,000 adult patients first tested patient health literacy using the Newest Vital Sign measure for health literacy. Patients then answered questions regarding their relationship with digital health, including whether or not they had used fitness and nutrition apps, activity trackers, or patient portals.
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Malgré leurs nombreuses limites, Big Data et machine learning promettent de nous calculer, de nous analyser, de nous prédire… de deviner avec toujours plus d’acuité nos comportements à venir. Pour autant que nous puissions prendre ces promesses au sérieux, il y a un fossé entre la prédiction et l’intervention, entre inférer quelque chose et opérer une réponse. Un fossé d’autant plus béant que peu de monde semble s’y intéresser.
Des modèles prédictifs psycho-solutionnistes !
Il ne se passe pas un jour sans qu’une étude propose une nouvelle solution prédictive, en construisant un modèle depuis de nouveaux ensembles de données. Déroulons un exemple récent… pour bien comprendre.
Wearables. A growing trend with very soon to have their “moment in the sun” but I am a firm believer that wearable technology is simply a transition technology. Technology must and will soon move from existing outside our bodies to residing inside us. That is the future of wearables, the next big frontier, implantable wearables. […]
"Proscia, a digital pathology cloud system provider based in Baltimore, Maryland, is now offering a new set of cancer research tools on its platform. The Proscia Pathology Cloud allows users to harness the power of parallel computing to process large amounts of tissue samples in a browser-based interface that’s easy to login to and use. Everything being online and in the cloud allows researchers to analyze and share whole slide imagery and corresponding information.
The new tools utilize deep learning neural network techniques to automatically analyze and quantify various tissue characteristics, cells, and biomarkers. Whole data sets can be processed without having to work through individual images, allowing for more efficient research".
Technology enabled care provides practices with opportunities to improve the quality of care their patients receive, as well as reducing costs and demands on their services.
In Stoke-on-Trent we believe that practices should commit to using social media as one of their modes of technology enabled care. So not only are patients in 20 or so of our 52 practices using social media now, but they are also chatting to each other about health related issues online. This may range from positive discussions about leisure and health services that are running in their area or complaints about local hospitals or GP access.
Why Facebook? So to influence the conversations they are having we can’t do that if we are sat outside looking in – our GPs and practice teams have to be part of it. Although we may be nervous about our practice having a Facebook page, the fact that any one of our patients can already comment on us online –for instance NHS Choices- that can be seen by other patients makes whether we want to use the internet or not, irrelevant. With this in mind our CCG supported practices to take the plunge with social media 18 months ago, and we have not looked back since.
We started small – just eight practices – and sought the help of an external social enterprise organisation to help us set up and build our audience. Once we were up and running, word got round other practices and more of them have joined in too. Who’s using it? Facebook has invariably become the channel of choice in the 20 or so practices that are actively participating, regardless of whether or not they use it in their private lives.
A 2014 Ofcom report noted that Facebook remains the default social networking site for almost all UK adults who are online – 96%. The figures are staggering with between 30-33 million people using Facebook in the UK. When we have delved further into our data for Stoke-on-Trent practices we found that 86% of users are female and 65% aged between 35-65 years. More patients are engaging with us on Facebook aged over 55 years than under 25 years. Any claims that Facebook is for younger people are not supported by our data. So it makes sense to use this channel to share important health messages as well as information relating to our practices.
The impact is impressive too. A video promoting the services available in one practice with a 10,000 list size, reached over 12,000 people, had 2,400 views and was shared by over 100 patients.
Facebook for wight management The idea for a Facebook weight management group came from practice nurses themselves. The purpose of the group was to enable nursing staff to provide valuable information and self help tips to patients, whilst creating online communities of likeminded patients to support each other. Messages posted to patients vary and range from exercise routines and diet advice to information on other services available. Key differences between the Facebook pages and groups we run is that every patient in the group will receive the post, whereas not every person who likes a page will get the update. So once we had agreement from patients to join the group we had a captive audience ready to receive our information.
Getting through to our patients The beauty of using social media is that it provides direct access into the homes of our patients. It isn’t without its risks, which is why we’ve managed it carefully. Practice staff have been trained and supported and we’ve developed a helpful social media toolkit for staff.
What next? Our challenge is now to double the number of practices actively using social media in Stoke-on-Trent to over 40. Then we firmly believe we’ll reach a tipping point where the remainder will want to participate in social media too and learn from the wealth of knowledge and experience amongst existing practices.
From fitness trackers to medical devices that track specific conditions such as Huntington's disease or asthma, technology and healthcare companies are increasingly joining forces to utilize the Internet of Things to better monitor patients' health and help prevent diseases. The possibilities for both device makers and Big Pharma to collaborate with tech companies are vast, which is no surprise given that more than $3 trillion was spent on healthcare in the U.S. in 2014, and likely even more than that in 2015, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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Tristan Debove, Country Sales Manager chez InterSystems, a répondu à quelques questions relatives aux objets connectés dans le milieu de la santé. Il nous livre des pistes d’utilisation concrète et revient sur les solutions développées par les partenaires Intersystems, mais également par l’éditeur lui-même.
Also known as software-as-a-drug, the mHealth platform incorporating both apps and devices is poised to become a $6 billion industry in just five years.A relatively new mHealth platform known as digital therapeutics is poised to take healthcare by storm.Also commonly known as software-as-a-drug, the industry currently consists of a few dozen startups and about $500 million in business, but Psilos Group Managing Partner Joseph Riley says the market stands to blossom to a few hundred companies and some $6 billion in business in five years.
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SOURCE NoNovember 11, 2015 The common method for diagnosing Parkinson's disease is a 60-question test, with answers rated on a scale of 1 to 5. "Pass" the test, and you've got Parkinson's mHealth is going to change that. Intel and the Michael J. Fox Foundation are joining forces on a project to collect and analyze data from Parkinson's patients through wearable devices – more specifically, a Pebble watch. The idea is that a wrist-borne monitor will give researchers more insight to the debilitating disease than any Q&A. TO CONTINUE, GO TO mHEALTH NEWS
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