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Innovation in Health
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Invisibles, Not Wearables, Will Profoundly Change Health Care

In the near future, invisible health-tracking technology will replace wearables, like the Apple Watch, available now.
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Apple's Latest Acquisition Could Be Medtech Game Changer | Qmed

Apple's Latest Acquisition Could Be Medtech Game Changer | Qmed | Innovation in Health |

Recently acquired 3-D sensing technology could make computing giant Apple an even more disruptive force when it comes to healthcare technology.

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Biosensor patch monitors brain, heart, muscle signals

Biosensor patch monitors brain, heart, muscle signals | Innovation in Health |
Bio-patch (credit: KTH The Royal Institute of Technology) The future of health care could be found in a tiny, paper-thin skin patch that collects vital

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petabush's curator insight, May 20, 2013 10:30 AM



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10 sensor innovations driving the digital health revolution

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

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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Sensors for gaming and health

Sensors for gaming and health | Innovation in Health |
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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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 |
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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How Sensors Are Transforming the Life Sciences Industry Landscape

How Sensors Are Transforming the Life Sciences Industry Landscape | Innovation in Health |

How sensors are having a major impact on innovation and the competitive landscape for the life sciences industry (medical devices, diagnostics and pharma)..


Smartphones, with their portable computing power, built in sensors and always-on internet connectivity are continuing on their path to ubiquity, with over 56% of the US adult population now having smartphones, and over 500,000 new smartphone users being added every month.   Sensor technology has continued to get cheaper, smaller and more sophisticated, with different types of sensors being combined to capture an increasing array of physiological measures.These sensors can be connected to smartphones via miniaturized, low energy via low energy wireless technologies such as low energy Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC).


As the world population ages and more


Continuous Monitoring

Lightweight, wireless enabled sensor networks connected via smartphones to cloud/server based storage and applications make it feasible to continuously monitor physiological measures.  This is enabling  “aging in place” for the world’s rapidly aging population, allowing more older adults and individuals with chronic conditions to remain in the home environment while they are remotely monitored for safety.


Early Detection and Prevention

Data from continuous real time monitoring can be analyzed to provide early detection or in some cases prediction of changes in health status.   This approach is being applied across a wide variety of conditions, including heart disease, epilepsy, parkinsons disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer.  

Extending Therapies from Clinical Settings to the Home

Sensors capturing movement data can be particularly useful for home-based rehabilitation, often leveraging both wearable and ambient sensors to provide augmented feedback. 

Improved Adherence

MedSnap’s Medical App To Improve Medication Safety for Patients

Medication and therapy regimens are only effective if patients adhere to them. Sensors can be applied to monitor adherence and provide inputs to systems designed to improve adherence through alerts, reminders, persuasive design and gamification techniques for patients, caregivers and therapists.

Management of Chronic Conditions

Wearable and ambient sensors can be an important part of an overall system to manage chronic conditions.

The number of wearable physiological sensors connected to smartphones are expected to grow significantly over the next 5 to 10 years.  As the healthcare industry faces increasing pressure to improve outcomes while lowering costs, the ability to combine data from these sensors with data from other systems to measure treatment effectiveness will become more important, not just in clinical trials, but in the context of managing population health.


Companies that are proactive in using sensor technology together with other techniques to create and demonstrate superior effectiveness will reap significant rewards in this environment.

 To see examples in each of the categories visit :
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Mary Jo Gehrking's curator insight, September 18, 2013 1:27 PM

Lightweight and wireless, wearable and ambient sensors can be an important part of an overall system to remotely manage chronic health conditions via cloud-based storage and applications. While this enables aging and chronically ill adults to to remain in their home environment, there also needs to be ongoing training and tech support for the users, which is often where the funationality of this concept fails.

Richard Platt's curator insight, February 2, 2014 12:14 PM

Sensors - the eyes and ears of the WBAN (Wireless Body Area Network) for healthcare applications, and there are so many others for many other applications

Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 28, 2014 10:40 PM

New sensor technology enables seniors to stay independent longer.

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Making sense of medical sensors - MIT News Office

Making sense of medical sensors - MIT News Office | Innovation in Health |
Computer scientists and electrical engineers are devising algorithms that look for useful new patterns in data produced by medical sensors.

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Good examples of how medical sensors can be used in new ways.

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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.

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..;-)