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 [...]
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
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.
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:
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.
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Rowan Norrie's insight:
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.