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NextIT Develops Virtual Personal Assistant for Healthcare (VIDEO)

NextIT Develops Virtual Personal Assistant for Healthcare (VIDEO) | Stuff | Scoop.it
As physicians increase their patient panels, it is understandably difficult to devote large amounts of time to one patient. Using technology in medical practice can alleviate some of the time pressures that stretched-thin physicians face.
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MediNuggets • The Third Space…..How to perform BETTER!

MediNuggets • The Third Space…..How to perform BETTER! | Stuff | Scoop.it
The Third Space…..How to perform BETTER!
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Startup Toolkit: The Best Tools for Entrepreneurs

Startup Toolkit: The Best Tools for Entrepreneurs | Stuff | Scoop.it
Today, we’re gonna list all greatest tools for entrepreneurs and startups.
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Telescopic Contact Lens System for AMD Allows Switching Between Normal, Zoom Modes

Telescopic Contact Lens System for AMD Allows Switching Between Normal, Zoom Modes | Stuff | Scoop.it
Five views of the switchable telescopic contact lens. a) From front. b) From back. c) On the mechanical model eye. d) With liquid crystal glasses. Here, the glasses block the unmagnified central portion of the lens.
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Qardio iOS ECG, BP Cuff for Easy Monitoring of Heart Health

Qardio iOS ECG, BP Cuff for Easy Monitoring of Heart Health | Stuff | Scoop.it
Qardio, a startup out of San Francisco, CA, unveiled two new products aimed at keeping track of one’s cardiovascular health.
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Team explores using Google Glass for remote patient diagnosing

Team explores using Google Glass for remote patient diagnosing | Stuff | Scoop.it
New ArrtGlass App Allows Remote Diagnosis of patients through Google Glass.
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MedBuddy from eHealthMe.Com Helps Patients Analyze Symptoms (Android App)

MedBuddy from eHealthMe.Com Helps Patients Analyze Symptoms (Android App) | Stuff | Scoop.it
It has been said there may be good, but no exquisite, marriages. However, there is an interesting consumer health app that marries individual health questions with ‘big data’ that might contradict this statement.
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The Avatar Will See You Now: Medical Centers Are Testing New, Friendly Ways To Reduce Office Visits

The Avatar Will See You Now: Medical Centers Are Testing New, Friendly Ways To Reduce Office Visits | Stuff | Scoop.it

Most patients who enter the gym of the San Mateo Medical Center in California are there to work with physical therapists. But a few who had knee replacements are being coached by a digital avatar instead.

 

The avatar, Molly, interviews them in Spanish or English about the levels of pain they feel as a video guides them through exercises, while the 3-D cameras of a Kinect device measure their movements. Because it’s a pilot project, Paul Carlisle, the director of rehabilitation services, looks on. But the ultimate goal is for the routine to be done from a patient’s home.

 

“It would change our whole model,” says Carlisle, who is running the trial as the public hospital looks for creative ways to extend the reach of its overtaxed budget and staff. “We don’t want to replace therapists. But in some ways, it does replace the need to have them there all the time.”

 

Receiving remote medical care is becoming more common as technologies improve and health records get digitized. Sense.ly, the California startup running the trial, is one of more than 500 companies using health-care tools fromNuance, a company that develops speech-recognition and virtual-assistant software. “Our goal is basically to capture the patient’s state of mind and body,” says Ivana Schnur, cofounder of Sense.ly and a clinical psychologist who has spent years developing virtual-reality tools in medicine and mental health.

 

Using Sense.ly’s platform, patients can communicate their condition to an emotionally reactive avatar through their phone, desktop, or TV. The avatar asks the patient simple questions, and if programmed by a doctor, it can answer questions too—such as what a diabetes patient with high blood-sugar readings should eat that day. The software also collects data from other medical devices that a patient uses, such as a glucose meter, and can capture gestures with a Kinect. The reports sent to the doctor include red-flag notifications to act on right away; charts, graphs, and analytics tracing the patient’s progress over time; and a transcript of the voice interaction.

 

“A physician’s time is always limited,” says Benjamin Kanter, chief medical information officer at Palomar Health in San Diego. “For a long time, we’ve had the challenge of just getting information into the system. Now the system is starting to actually help me.”

 

Schnur says one real advance is the avatar itself, which is important in helping both patients and doctors to trust the interactions. Molly, still a work in progress, can modulate her tone of voice and facial expressions. Schnur says that sometimes patients are more willing to share sensitive information with a nonjudgmental avatar than with a doctor.

 

Patients in San Mateo seem to like the interaction, Carlisle says, and he does too: “I’ve gotten used to the avatar. I look forward to seeing it when it comes online.”

 

The Sense.ly software, currently in beta, is also being tested at an addiction and detox clinic in California, doing patient intake and assessment in a crowded waiting room. Schnur hopes the system will eventually be used for even more complex tasks. The company, a product of the French telecommunication company Orange’s Silicon Valley incubator program, is working to include additional features, such as the ability to interpret and respond to a patient’s facial expressions.

 

Of course, doctors see some risks in such approaches, especially if the software makes an error or misinterprets an interaction. Kanter points out that although electronic systems often reduce errors, any errors that occur can propagate more quickly than those made only on paper.

 

Carlisle, who will enroll 50 to 60 patients by the time the study is done, is looking forward to getting more data. Over time, he hopes, not only will he improve the care of individual patients in their home environments, but what he learns from the data will improve therapy for everyone.

 


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Rock Health Announces Fifth Class of Digital Health Startups

Rock Health Announces Fifth Class of Digital Health Startups | Stuff | Scoop.it
This morning, San Francisco-based digital health accelerator Rock Health announced its newest class of 11 startups. The winners are:
Amplify Health builds population management tools for at risk provider groups.
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Titanium Dioxide Coupled with Carbon Nanotubes for Next Generation Glucose Testing

Titanium Dioxide Coupled with Carbon Nanotubes for Next Generation Glucose Testing | Stuff | Scoop.it
Non-invasive blood glucose testing remains a holy grail of medical technology, potentially revolutionizing the way diabetics manage their disease.
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Amazon Staff Meetings: "No Powerpoint"

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"We have study hall at the beginning of our meetings." says Jeff Bezos. Staff meetings at Amazon begin with 30 minutes of silent reading. Powerpoint is easy for presenter, hard for audience "The tr...
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Donation after circulatory death: current status : Current Opinion in Anesthesiology

Donation after circulatory death:  current status : Current Opinion in Anesthesiology | Stuff | Scoop.it
Purpose of review: Donor shortage has forced transplant teams to explore new methods to increase the potential donor pool.
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10 Ways Google Glass Will Change Us — Whether We're Ready Or Not

10 Ways Google Glass Will Change Us — Whether We're Ready Or Not | Stuff | Scoop.it
From law enforcement to online dating, the changes will be massive and unprecedented.
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The robot will see you now: Next IT launches virtual personal assistant for healthcare

The robot will see you now: Next IT launches virtual personal assistant for healthcare | Stuff | Scoop.it
Alme for Healthcare is a virtual health assistant that understands medical language and can have conversations with patients.
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GoSoapBox: Hear What Your Students are Thinking

GoSoapBox is a web-based clicker tool used by educators around the world to keep students engaged and gain real-time insight into student comprehension.
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Magnetically Controlled Microrobots for Minimally Invasive Eye Surgeries

Magnetically Controlled Microrobots for Minimally Invasive Eye Surgeries | Stuff | Scoop.it
Today’s ophthalmic surgeons continue to rely on on bulky, manually operated tools that can be quite invasive while being limited as to what can be done with them.
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iDevice Manufacturer Foxconn Shows Off Prototype Smartwatch With Health Sensors

iDevice Manufacturer Foxconn Shows Off Prototype Smartwatch With Health Sensors | Stuff | Scoop.it
Hon Hai Precision Industry, aka Foxconn, may be popularly known as the contract manufacturer of the iPhones and iPads.  However, the Chinese company recently revealed its own design for a prototype smartwatch that can help improve one’s health.
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Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week » Paediatric Anaesthetic Emergencies Part 1(287)

Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week » Paediatric Anaesthetic Emergencies Part 1(287) | Stuff | Scoop.it
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Glooko’s 2nd Version of Diabetes Management System Released

Glooko’s 2nd Version of Diabetes Management System Released | Stuff | Scoop.it
Glooko, Inc has released a new version of its Glooko Diabetes Management System, having received FDA clearance for the product recently.
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Operation: Integrate all the things!

Operation: Integrate all the things! | Stuff | Scoop.it
A few nights ago, I was sitting on my couch about to get down with a bottle of wine and some Netflix. I grabbed my phone and opened the XBox SmartGlass app, which basically works like a virtual game-slash-remote controller.
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Microsoft’s Moving Touchscreen Helps Navigate Radiological Images

Microsoft’s Moving Touchscreen Helps Navigate Radiological Images | Stuff | Scoop.it
Results of medical imaging are typically displayed on two dimensional computer screens. When navigating through 3D volumes and cross-sectional slices, the relative depth of things can seem distorted.
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AugMI Labs Seeks to Digitalize the Physical Exam, Wins Coveted Prize

AugMI Labs Seeks to Digitalize the Physical Exam, Wins Coveted Prize | Stuff | Scoop.it
Last year we covered the Glove Tricorder, a non-invasive, glove-based technology developed by AugMI Labs (Augmented Medical Intelligence Labs).
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Simple Rules for Effective Meetings

Simple Rules for Effective Meetings | Stuff | Scoop.it
Here's a new rule for people who wish to create a meeting: Al Pittampalli asks "What difference could you make that requires no one’s permission other than your own?"  Do that first.  Don't call th...
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The Best Curation Tools for Education and Learning

The Best Curation Tools for Education and Learning | Stuff | Scoop.it
Curation tools and web services designed to create learning paths, curriculums, thematic collections and PKM portfolios

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Comment on Information overload by ALiEM – Academic Life in Emergency Medicine – Filter it: Keeping up with digital information overload

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