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10 sensor innovations driving the digital health revolution

10 sensor innovations driving the digital health revolution | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

This year IBM dedicated its Five in Five series (an annual list of five technologies that are likely to advance dramatically) solely to sensors.

 

Digital sensors of the touch, sight,hearing, taste and smell kind along with their potential are all profiled by IBM Sensor technology is going through a renaissance as companies develop smart and innovative new ways to track data using them.

 

Sensor innovation is in-part driving the Digital Health Revolution as digital health companies find ingenius ways to integrate them in to apps, devices and other peripherals. The smartphone will play an increasing important role in all of this as they go from having six built-in sensors currently to having sixteen in the next five years.

 

If these predictions are correct then the next five years will be half-a-decade of sensor proliferation meaning the Digital Health Ecosystem will grow exponentially. In the meantime though there are already a plethora of digital health sensors in use or in the pipeline that are helping people improve and, in some instances, save lives.


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Kristina Curtis's curator insight, April 18, 2013 10:34 AM

This will take the QS movement to another level...

Mitchell Planning's curator insight, June 28, 2013 2:21 PM

Peel and stick tatoo's taken to the next level.

David Vinson's curator insight, August 8, 2013 6:10 PM

You can't control it if you can't measure it!

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EUROPA - Press release - Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealth

EUROPA - Press release - Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealth | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

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Links to useful European strategy and green papers on eHealth

 

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Sven Awege's curator insight, April 10, 8:48 AM

he European Commission is today launching a consultation on #mHealth or mobile health, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.

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Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration

Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
In the course of one short week, no less than 3 different models have emerged for sharing big data in the pharmaceutical industry. The highest profile of these ‒ called Project Data Sphere (PDS here) ‒ was announced earlier today with the official opening of an online resource to share clinical trial data [...]
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Anatomy of a Patient Awareness Campaign That Drives Demand

Anatomy of a Patient Awareness Campaign That Drives Demand | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
An integrated patient awareness campaign for the ON-Q* medical device increases awareness and adoption for post-op pain relief with less narcotics.

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Anneliz Hannan's curator insight, March 17, 7:19 AM

Reaching out to the touch points for patient engagement

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Digital Health: Germany launches 1st prescribed app – Caterna Vision Therapy reimbursed by statutory health insurer

Digital Health: Germany launches 1st prescribed app – Caterna Vision Therapy reimbursed by statutory health insurer | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

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Is this the start of the flood of prescribed apps? Caterna demonstrates how to identify a need that wasn't being well met and builds a compelling solution aimed at engaging young children.

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Bettina Gifford's curator insight, March 25, 11:18 AM

An amazing App to facilitate and track eye exercises ..

Hélène Introvigne's curator insight, April 5, 4:24 AM

le début des prescriptions & remboursements des apps Santé

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Health apps: where do they make sense? A patient opinion-informed white paper

Health apps: where do they make sense? A patient opinion-informed white paper | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Conclusions of the first ever cross-stakeholder, pan-european seminar on health apps, held at the King's Fund on 28 October 2013.

 

Direct download from Alex Wyke's blog: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xt6oh78wpn4b1ef/MASTER%20A4%20WHITE%20PAPER%20PDF.pdf

 

The five key messages:

 

1. Overhauling healthcare systems–making them patient-centric

2. Engaging doctors in the prescribing of health apps
3. Overseeing quality standards for health apps
4. Ensuring that health apps remain of a high standard throughout their lifetime
5. Considerations for policymakers wishing to oversee health apps


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Andrew Spong's curator insight, March 18, 2:17 AM

My POV:

 

1. Lip-service has been given to this idea since time immemorial, but there are few examples of such change having not only been instantiated, but maintained, and used to drive strategic direction. This is a systemic problem which I don't think will be resolved until we accept that 'reskinning' existing structures is inadequate to the needs of truly patient-centred healthcare design.

 

2. Unenforceable, but necessary. A paradox that may only be resolved through cross-constituency digital peer-review (imagine the degree of insight and involvement if there were a '#FOAMed meets #bcsm' for every disease area)

 

3. See above. 'Regulation' as we understand it will neither be viable, nor enforceable. Whether we want a 'top layer' of heavy-hitting health faculty acting as a secondary filter before content enters the App Store (Apple) and Play (Google) is another question. I'm not sure if it's even a good idea (re-replacing 'evidence with eminence' again) unless it's largely automated using a Watson-like AI with a complete picture of the existing gold standard in all evidence.

 

4. Predicated upon the expectation that they're of a high standard at launch, which simply isn't the case.. The majority of health-related content available as apps is of low quality and relevance.

 

5. Re. the first paragraph of the synopsis of this section: 'The consensus at the seminar was that the adoption of smartphone technology will not create health inequalities, but rather can increase healthcare sustainability'. I strongly agree with this line of reasoning, and feel that the 'digital divide' debate needs to be answered once and for all.

 

My answer to this last point: principally, this is a period of transition, and no plans should be made to accommodate perceived (and usually unsubstantiated) inequalities in terms of access to health information which will diminish over time -- although NB levels of health literacy are another matter. Where digital exclusion exists (and such conclusions often overlook the 'one step removed' access to digital health via family members, friends, and carers) the savings made from the efficient implementation of lower-cost digital health initiatives (and there really should be some; if there aren't, questions need to be asked about the organisation under review) should be reinvested in targeting hard-to-reach communities in an offline setting.

rob halkes's curator insight, March 18, 3:25 AM

Great Read!

Marisa Maiocchi's curator insight, March 21, 11:55 AM

Aportes y conclusiones del primer seminario pan-europeo sobre apps de salud. Muy interesante.

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Surviving and Thriving With Cancer Using a Web-Based Health Behavior Change Intervention: Randomized Controlled Trial

Surviving and Thriving With Cancer Using a Web-Based Health Behavior Change Intervention: Randomized Controlled Trial | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of a six-week Web-based multiple health behavior change program for adult survivors.


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Deborah Fenlon's curator insight, February 26, 4:45 PM

We based intervention can improve sleep and exercise in cancer survivors, but may not affect dietary behaviour.

 

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Results: In total, 303 survivors completed the follow-up survey (six months after completion of the baseline survey) and participants in the Web-based intervention condition had significantly greater reductions in insomnia and greater increases in minutes per week of vigorous exercise and stretching compared to controls. There were no significant changes in fruit and vegetable consumption or other outcomes.

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Including patients in digital health design: Two startups share how they've done it

Including patients in digital health design: Two startups share how they've done it | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

During a Stanford MedX Live panel on healthcare entrepreneurship Tuesday night, someone on Twitter posed an important question: How can we better incorporate the patient’s voice into the development of healthcare IT?


Adrian James is co-founder of Omada Health, a venture-backed digital health company that designed a 16-week diabetes prevention program to help at-risk people develop healthier habits through social support, data tracking, personalized coaching and structured learning. It’s based on the Diabetes Prevention Program, which was tested in a 3,200-subject study and demonstrated that people with pre-diabetes could cut their risk of disease progression by losing weight through exercise and diet changes.


The former designer at IDEO explained that one of the first steps in creating Omada Health was getting user feedback, even before there was a product.


“We literally went out with a single printed piece of paper – it was this concept that we might be able to match people with pre-diabetes into small groups and usher them, in a virtual setting, through this clinical trial,” he said.


Read more: http://medcitynews.com/2014/02/bringing-patients-design-process-heres-two-digital-health-startups/


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PatientView's curator insight, February 26, 9:11 AM

Not only there should be patients supplying user feedback but they should also be incorporated in helping in design and decision making itself - patient co-creation is the wave of the future in healthcare 

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Infographic: 7 Reasons to Engage Patients Before Their Appointments

Infographic: 7 Reasons to Engage Patients Before Their Appointments | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
This infographic provides 7 ways to boost patient engagement prior to their appointments.

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Could Digital Health Make Most Medical Devices Obsolete? | Qmed

Could Digital Health Make Most Medical Devices Obsolete? | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

A recent keynote address at MD&M West suggested that digital health technology could end up displacing half of traditional medical devices. That figure might even be an underestimate, says regulatory expert George Samaras of Samaras & Associates Inc. (Pueblo, CO). In an email, which we summarize below, Samaras stressed the importance of first distinguishing between sales numbers or the number of types of medical devices in determining the scope of potential upheaval:

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StrokeApp aims to deliver context-dependent patient information

StrokeApp aims to deliver context-dependent patient information | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

A new patient-facing educational app for stroke patients is due to start proof-of-concept testing in hospitals next month.


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Smart jewelry could save your life someday

Smart jewelry could save your life someday | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Women facing imminent danger when walking down the street or getting into their cars will soon have new safety options in the booming wearables space.

 

Sense6, a five-member startup based in San Francisco, is unveiling jewelry pieces that sync to a user’s cellphone to alert authorities when the wearer encounters danger.

 

The device, which syncs via Bluetooth, simultaneously sends geolocation alerts to the phones of family members and loved ones at the touch of a button. Sense6′s smart jewelry also contains voice recorders that activate automatically and send the data in real time to the cloud.

 

more at http://venturebeat.com/2014/02/16/smart-jewelry-could-save-womens-lives/

 


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Laureen Turner's curator insight, February 17, 3:12 PM

I love this idea 

 

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Could electronically controlled drugs reduce side effects?

Could electronically controlled drugs reduce side effects? | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Researchers say they can zap implants with electrical currents to release specific amounts of medication to targeted areas of the body.


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Christian Yamashiba Kasongo's curator insight, February 9, 6:35 AM

Could electronically controlled drugs

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By Us, For Us: The power of co-design and co-delivery | Nesta

By Us, For Us: The power of co-design and co-delivery | Nesta | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
This report brings together our practical learning and evidence on using co-design and co-delivery to create a health system driven by the people within it.
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Six futures for health data | Nesta

Six futures for health data | Nesta | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
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Future scenarios of how personal data from wearables might be utilised. Interesting that some groups imagined a cash value.

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9 Ways Medical Devices Fail | Qmed

9 Ways Medical Devices Fail | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Qmed (formerly Medical Device Link) is the world's first completely prequalified supplier directory and news source for medical device OEMs. Find medical device suppliers and IVD suppliers who are FDA-registered, ISO 13485- and ISO 9001-certified. Qmed is also the home of Medical Product Manufacturing News and the most relevant breaking news for the medical device industry.
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This is a a great article, which highlights that medical devices often fail because the companies have not taken account of basic requirements right at the start of the innovation process. One key one is gathering input from all the stakeholders, not just your immediate customer. This means speaking to clinicians, patients, family and carers:

*  How are they using or misusing the current alternative?

*  Where do they store it? How do they dispose of it? Think about the whole life cycle of the product in use.

*  What are the unmet needs? Issues? Niggles? Pain points?

 

Dive deep to really understand. And then focus on delivering value.

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Top 5 emerging medical technologies to watch in 2014 | Impact Lab

Top 5 emerging medical technologies to watch in 2014 | Impact Lab | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Robotic check-ups Medical technology companies are focusing more than ever on products that deliver cheaper, faster, more efficient patient care. They are
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Self-Assembling DNA Cages Could Transport Medicine Inside Your Body

Self-Assembling DNA Cages Could Transport Medicine Inside Your Body | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Straight out of a science fiction novel, comes a new scientific breakthrough from Harvard’s Wyss Institute. Small, just got smaller but with a bigger potential to deliver life-saving medicine from inside your body. The cages, or DNA structures, are considered the most complex structures constructed entirely from DNA. And, in a complete [...]
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3-D printer creates transformative device for heart treatment

3-D printer creates transformative device for heart treatment | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Igor Efimov, PhD, at the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis and an international team of biomedical engineers and materials scientists have created a 3-D elastic membrane made of a soft, flexible, silicon material that is precisely shaped to match the heart's epicardium, or the outer layer of the wall of the heart.

 

Current technology is two-dimensional and cannot cover the full surface of the epicardium or maintain reliable contact for continual use without sutures or adhesives.


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MedTech Breakthroughs: February 2014 Edition | Qmed

MedTech Breakthroughs: February 2014 Edition | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

When it comes to medical device innovation, 2014 started out with a bang—or more precisely with the thump of a beating heart.

University of Illinois-Champaign researchers announced they have created a super-thin silicone-encased, bendable energy harvester that can be affixed to a beating heart. Meanwhile, Google said that it is engaged in medtech innovation as it develops a glucose-reading contact lens.

If the rest of the year is like January and February, 2014 could be a memorable year indeed for medical device innovation. Read on to find out about five medtech breakthroughs that have already made news this year.

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In-Depth: A brief history of digital patient engagement tools

In-Depth: A brief history of digital patient engagement tools | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Without a doubt patient engagement is one of the more important trends in healthcare and health IT right now. Over the past few years the tools that look to enable patient engagement between providers and patients have changed markedly. It is important to note, however, that the tools themselves are just a small part of the story — they can go a long way toward improving patient engagement, though. The drivers of the patient engagement buzz are varied, but one big one is the federal government’s Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) Meaningful Use (MU) program, which is beginning to include requirements for very basic patient engagement services. 


ONC’s MU Stage II requirements include at least three patient engagement related deliverables of providers. To meet Stage II, providers must give patients clinical summaries after each visit. They must use electronic secure messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information with a minimum of 5 percent of their patients during the review period. They must also provide patients with the ability to view online, download and transmit information about a hospital admission and give them access to any health information about that patient the providers receives — within four days of receiving it.


Read more: http://mobihealthnews.com/29985/in-depth-a-brief-history-of-digital-patient-engagement-tools/


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4 Tech Trends That Will Increase Patient Engagement in 2014

4 Tech Trends That Will Increase Patient Engagement in 2014 | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Improvements in healthcare information technology in the last decade have led to a fundamental shift in the way healthcare providers operate. The use of electronic health records is now widespread and healthcare professionals have access to immense amounts of data. While technology has improved clinical performance in many ways, patient engagement has certainly suffered a setback.


Today’s healthcare professionals are tied to technology. Whether documenting care at a computer terminal or looking up patient history on a tablet, clinicians are left with less time to engage directly with patients. In fact, data entry can take up to one-third of a clinician’s day.


Clinicians want to spend more time interacting with patients versus engaging with technology, and patients deserve it. By increasing the time spent working with and educating patients, clinicians can improve patient satisfaction, increase Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS®) survey scores, and provide a better overall patient experience.


Read more: http://hin.com/blog/2014/02/13/guest-post-4-tech-trends-that-will-increase-patient-engagement-in-2014/


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How Chronic Cancer Patients Use Social Media to Stay Informed

How Chronic Cancer Patients Use Social Media to Stay Informed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Social media has drastically changed the idea of patient empowerment. Patients all over the world can connect, educate themselves and their family members, network, and instruct and educate others. And they are doing just that.

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[The Big Question] Innovations transforming medicine (Wired UK)

[The Big Question] Innovations transforming medicine (Wired UK) | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

"Customisation in medical devices may be addressed, at least in part, by an increased push towards rapid manufacturing. But, as patients change, so our devices must also be dynamic"


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A Smart Toilet That Aims to Correct Poor Posture, and Even Detect Pregnancy and Disease

A Smart Toilet That Aims to Correct Poor Posture, and Even Detect Pregnancy and Disease | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
With this tool, a trip to the loo could get even more personal in the future.
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Just had to share this. It may seem outlandish, but it is a continuation of the trend for biometric sensors and feedback.

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Can we predict Alzheimer's a decade before symptoms?

Can we predict Alzheimer's a decade before symptoms? | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Researchers are looking to see if they can test the retina for signs of Alzheimer's, even before symptoms.
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