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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 1:34 PM

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

Mitchell Planning's curator insight, June 28, 2013 5:21 PM

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

David Vinson's curator insight, August 8, 2013 9:10 PM

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

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UK's health: could do better

UK's health: could do better | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Six decades of universal free health care, the introduction of widespread public health initiatives (e.g., tobacco control, cancer screening, and immunization), and substantial increases in health expenditure have failed to improve the UK's health...
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Despite efforts to improve health in the UK, there are still significant improvements to be made, particularly in the leading causes of death - ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD), stroke, lung cancer, and respiratory infections.

 

This means there are big opportunities to develop new products in these areas.

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European digital healthcare trends 2013

At the start of each year our US colleagues take a look at the key trends in the digital landscape and the opportunities they present in healthcare. For 2013,

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Great overview of the key digital trends emerging this year.

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Sven Awege's curator insight, February 25, 2013 4:41 AM

Very nice presentation for us Europeans. Most concepts are already out there and well discussed. Nice to have this presentation to bring some of that together in a good read. useful couple of slides for helping senior management wake up to digital as part of Multichannel in Pharma.

Thanks Inventiv Health. Click to view presentation.

Dan Baxter's curator insight, April 18, 2013 5:54 PM

Great roundup, fav quote.....

 

'tell stories, be relevant'

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The Patient Engagement Framework | National eHealth Collaborative

The Patient Engagement Framework | National eHealth Collaborative | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Via Giuseppe Fattori
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Co-creation is a key trend in product development. In healthcare, this usually means getting patients involved. This is an excellent framework to help understand the process from informing patients to actively involving them in managing their health.

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Innovation Excellence | Healthcare Kiosks are Coming

Innovation Excellence | Healthcare Kiosks are Coming | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Walk-in kiosks for retail settings are coming and promise to deliver healthcare on the spot via telemedicine.
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One of the big trends in healthcare is self-management, and these kiosks will certainly help people help themselves. But might they encourage a rise of the 'worried well'?

 

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Sensors for gaming and health

Sensors for gaming and health | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
The patent wars are continuing as we speak. With the proliferation of cheap sensors people are talking about putting them everything. We use them in our cars to see if the tire pressure is correct and washroom etc.
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Sensors are proliferating in our lives. From the fairly useless (like identifying when our shoes have worn out) to the futuristic Neuroheadset from EPOC, able to read your brain activity and translate it into actions. IT was designed for gaming, but there are huge opportunities in the health field for disabled people, e.g. to control their wheelchairs.

 

The age of sensors is dawning

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5 Innovations That Could Change The World Of Breast Cancer Treatment

5 Innovations That Could Change The World Of Breast Cancer Treatment | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard the statistics: One in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer death rates for women in the U.S. are higher than for any other cancer except lung cancer.

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E-Health: Why Innovation and Connectivity are Vital for our Future Wellbeing

E-Health: Why Innovation and Connectivity are Vital for our Future Wellbeing | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Technology has improved our lives in many ways but one area that we are only just starting to scratch the surface of and where there is perhaps the biggest potential in the coming years is healthcare.

Ageing populations in developed countries, rapid population growth in the developing world and issues such as rising obesity rates mean the burden on healthcare systems worldwide will continue to push them to breaking point if it is not addressed. Among the EU member states public health spend has risen from an average of 5.9% of GDP in 1990 to 7.2% in 2010 and that's expected to hit 8.5% in 2060. Especially in these times of economic austerity that kind of growth isn't sustainable.

The potential for technology to ease this burden and both improve healthcare for patients and boost the efficiency of doctors and nurses is huge. Anecdotal evidence shows IT adoption in healthcare lags a decade behind virtually every other sector so there is a lot of catching up to do.

But the market for these technologies is growing. Spend on global telemedicine has grown from $9.8 billion in 2010 to $11.6 billion in 2011 and is forecast to rise to $23 billion by 2015, according to a BCC Research study. 

And, as seen by the gadgets at the CES trade show in Las Vegas earlier this month, there is rapid growth in health and fitness related mobile applications, devices and sensors - everything from wristbands that monitor activity levels and calories burned to heart and diabetes monitors that can report back to your doctor.

Mobile and so-called 'm-health' has a huge role to play in delivering these often life-saving benefits. Here at EE a report we commissioned by Arthur D Little on the benefits of 4G found an example of a hospital in Germany using a 4G-enabled ambulance to send live high resolution CT scans of stroke patients to specialists on route to the hospital, resulting in a 54% reduction in alarm to therapy times during the trial. 

The European Commission has just issued its eHealth Action Plan, outlining goals to support the adoption of better technology-enabled healthcare across the EU by 2020 and Neelie Kroes, Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, said: "Europe's healthcare systems aren't yet broken, but the cracks are beginning to show. It's time to give this 20th Century model a health check. The new European eHealth Action Plan sets out how we can bring digital benefits to healthcare, and lift the barriers to smarter, safer, patient-centred health services."

Much of the work outlined in that action plan will focus on reducing the interoperability and regulatory barriers to implementing ehealth services as well as addressing legal issues such as patient privacy around personal health data and records.

Technology will continue to augment our lives in many wonderful ways over the coming decades. It brings with it the potential for greater life expectancy and quality of life through better monitoring and earlier medical intervention, faster and more cost effective treatment and improved communications and management. If the right people make the right decisions, with the right direction and investment, the well-being of citizens in both the developed and developing world could be dramatically improved.


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National Telehealth and Telecare Delivery Plan for Scotland

National Telehealth and Telecare Delivery Plan for Scotland is published

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The Scottish Government, CoSLA and NHS Scotland set out the vision and direction for a Scotland in which the use of technology, which plays an increasing role in our everyday lives, will be integrated into service development and delivery, transforming access to and availability of services in our homes and communities and more acute settings. This Delivery Plan sets out 6 workstreams, each with specific actions to be delivered by 2015.

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Infographic: Cost Saving Opportunities in the U.S. Healthcare System « Healthcare Intelligence Network

Infographic: Cost Saving Opportunities in the U.S. Healthcare System « Healthcare Intelligence Network | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

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Top line ideas where there is still room for improvement

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Heads up startups: GE and StartUp Health launch program for healthcare entrepreneurs

Heads up startups: GE and StartUp Health launch program for healthcare entrepreneurs | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Consumer health entrepreneurs are getting a boost as part of a three year program by GE and StartUp Health to invest in and grow early stage companies in consumer health.

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iPhone Changes the Way Consumers Get Medical Information [Infographic]

iPhone Changes the Way Consumers Get Medical Information [Infographic] | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Apple takes top three #mhealth devices and 41% total mobile medical traffic http://t.co/mJ605kxW...

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Big Data, EHR Driving Healthcare IT Innovation

Big Data, EHR Driving Healthcare IT Innovation | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Deploying electronic health records remains a top short-term priority for healthcare organisations, but it's the promise of robust analysis of the data within EHR systems -- not to mention BI, ERP and financial apps -- that's motivating longer-term investments, according to Gartner.

 

Gartner says that EHR adoption is a "trigger" for data analytics, improved care management and other innovations. However, these initiatives will take time, the analyst firm notes in a recent report, "Hype Cycle for Healthcare Provider Applications and Systems."


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Visualizations | Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Visualizations | Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
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Great site with visualisation tools to personalise health metrics and create excellent graphics on Global Burden of Disease statistics

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91.01.ChangeMedicine.pdf

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Eminently sensible insight from Eric Topol, M.D., professor of genomics and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine.

 

The suggestions are based on a theme of getting away from mass testing/treatment to looking at the patient as an individual, and basing treatment on what approach will best suit that person, depending on their condition and biology.

 

It also makes a case for overuse of expensive tests, suchs as CT scans. Not only do they cause distress through misdiagnose or finding other minor spots that need further testing, but overuse of irradiation is apparently linked to 2% of cancers in the US.

 

An interesting read!

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Microsoft Kinect could undercut telemedicine systems

Microsoft Kinect could undercut telemedicine systems | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Explorations of the health potential of Microsoft's Kinect gaming system have so far tended to focus on how it could be used to help rehabilitate patients.

 

But a new study suggests the Kinect could make a major impact in telemedicine, potentially cutting healthcare costs and reducing patients' hospital visits – and consequently the associated risk of infection.

 

The study's headline claims focus on the cost-saving benefits of the Kinect, which uses sensors to track body movements and register voice commands, but the technology could have wider-reaching benefits over existing telemedicine systems.

 

Writing in the International Journal of Electronic Finance, University of Arkansas' Janet Bailey and Microsoft's Bradley Jensen said gaming technology could be used to "teleport" the knowledge and skills of healthcare workers to where they are needed.

 

"The Kinect allows doctors to control the system without breaking the sterile field via hand gestures and voice commands with a goal of reducing the direct cost of healthcare associated infections to hospitals and patients," they wrote.

 


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Fabrice Vezin's curator insight, February 20, 2013 7:29 AM

pour en savoir plus sur l'investissment de Microsoft dans la santé, consultez cet article :http://lemondedelaesante.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/microsoft-a-loffice-pour-notre-sante/

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Quantifying the digital health revolution

A presentation delivered by Stephen Davies at the Fitness Writers' Association in London, UK


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Now is the time of biology, technology and big data! Great overview to show how we are now able to measure billions of datapoints about ourselves, track, analyse and take action accordingly.

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John Worth's curator insight, January 25, 2013 6:49 AM

Digital health revolution.... great technological developments!  But raises a lot of questions, like how do we match this tech revolution to the challenges of dealing with paternalistic health systems? How do we integrate it?

 

Problem is that, right now, digital health can be effective for the 'already engaged', but what about the majority for whom a meaningful and sustainable engagement with their health is challenging because they lack the skills knowledge and confidence to engage in ways that make them feel good about their health - and are perhaps dependent on the paternalistic approach and prefer it?

 

How do we help people cross that chasm so they can benefit from this excellent technology?

 

Was it Rock Health who said that 80% of health apps are deleted within 10 days of download? Digital health will provide powerful tools in a box of tools for health systems. They can act as enablers, facilitators, perhaps even glue - but only if the context is right for the individual person/patient.

 

It seems that when we talk about digital health we sometimes forget to discuss the chasm - it's one that PR and marketing alone will not bridge.

Camilo Erazo's curator insight, January 25, 2013 7:35 AM

Doctors will have to deal with a minority of 'super-engaged' patients who attempt to control their bodies through data gathering, analysis and visualization. Are they ready for it?

rob halkes's comment, January 25, 2013 8:39 AM
Personal communication styles have always been around. My hypothesis is that the higher the impact of the health condition and the more vulnerable therapy compliance is (e.g. in (breast) cancer, HIV), the more motivation for patients to tend to issues in coping with their conditions. So, let's not desire to 'connect' all patients, but start to try and learn. Culture and styles of doing care is a learning process..;-)
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Tangent Medical Wins Innovation Award

Tangent Medical Wins Innovation Award | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
The NovaCath™ Secure IV System is the next generation IV catheter.
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Tangent Medical named most innovative company for the 2013 business excellence awards for its IV Catheter NovaCath, which is the result of extensive clinical immersion and research into the needs of clinical staff and patients.

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The evidence behind mHealth gamification

The evidence behind mHealth gamification | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
The application of gamification for patient health may have implications in the future. However, how can this be applied and with what objectives?

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Great article exploring some of the ways gaming can improve our health, whether it is through reward or (cunningly) actually involving the patient more in their care and treatment

 

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Robodocs and tricorders: a telemedicine-informed future for health

Robodocs and tricorders: a telemedicine-informed future for health | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Aside from the rise of sensors, expanded broadband access and the ubiquity of connected and mobile devices among patients and doctors, several health-specific trends are making remote care more of a reality. More patients are coming online, meaning that fewer doctors will be needed to serve more patients; payment models are shifting from fee-for-service to managed care approaches that emphasize patient outcomes; and hospitals are under more pressure to keep re-admission rates down. Remote monitoring and communication technology could play a critical role in addressing each of those issues.

 

Some telehealth innovations, like the iRobot that lets doctors visit  a patient’s bedside via an electronic avatar and 15-inch screen, seem like the stuff of science fiction. San Francisco-based Scanadu is developing handheld tools that have been likened to the StarTrek “Tricorder.”  A recent product lets you check your temperature, blood oxygen levels, pulse and other vitals by holding the device close to your body. Then it sends the information to your smartphone, where it can be sent on to your doctor. To encourage more innovation in sensor-based mobile technology, the X Prize Foundation even developed the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize competition (in which Scanadu is a participant). A “Magic Carpet”developed by researchers at GE and Intel, uses sensors in home carpets to monitor seniors’ activity and then predict and detect falls.

 

 


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Big data and the future of healthcare

Big data and the future of healthcare | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

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Lauri Eloranta's curator insight, January 24, 2013 6:04 PM

Over-simplistic and unrealistically positive picture of big data in healthcare. I wish it would be this easy.

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Richard Branson on Business Ideas in the Growing Health-and-Wellness Industry

Richard Branson on Business Ideas in the Growing Health-and-Wellness Industry | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
The health and wellness sector is growing, the famous entrepreneur explains why you should get on board.
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A growing awareness of the need to take control of our health and lead a healthier lifestyle, coupled with the cababilities new technology offers are the two main drivers in the burgeoning helath and wellness sector.

 

In this article, Richard Branson voices his views on this growing opportunity for innovative new products.

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Reducing The Time To Diagnosis By Measuring Genomic Response To Infection

Reducing The Time To Diagnosis By Measuring Genomic Response To Infection | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Duke researchers are looking to genomic technologies - not the isolation of bacteria or viruses - to quickly detect and diagnose infectious diseases such as the flu and staph.Two studies
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Not all illnesses can be prevented. But the sooner we detect illness, the more likely a faster cure can be effected. Scientists have discovered a way to shortcut the time to diagnose infection by means of genomics, which will potentially lead to new diagnostic products.

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Top 10 Innovations for 2013 Medical

Top 10 Innovations for  2013 Medical | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
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Which are the up-and-coming technologies and which will have the biggest impact on healthcare in 2013

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Nanostructured fabric could protect women against pregnancy and HIV

Nanostructured fabric could protect women against pregnancy and HIV | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Scientist have created a dissolvable fabric that could be used by women for protection against unwanted pregnancies and HIV.
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Textiles have a growing role to play in the healthcare and wellness sector. They can be readily adapted with new materials, weaves (or non-woven), coatings and additions (such as sensors). This nanostructured fabric is just one indication in this growing field.

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