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The intersection between health and digital technology will herald a revolution for patients, healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical companies
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"The Healthcare revolution will not be televised"

My Presentation from Athens looking at 5 things digital can do to revolutionise pharmaceuticals (with a bit of Gil Scott Heron thrown in for good measure)

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Sophie Undreiner's curator insight, March 15, 2014 5:23 AM

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Vigisys's curator insight, November 2, 2014 5:10 AM

Une intéressante présentation (en anglais) qui aborde les principaux concepts qui seront fondateurs de l'e-santé à venir. Une belle inspiration pour le développement des futurs réseaux de santé numériques.

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How online patient portals are transforming health care

How online patient portals are transforming health care | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Patient portals — secure websites that give people access to medical information — now let you easily check doctor visit summaries, test results, prescriptions, and other personal data, all with a few clicks of a mouse. Some patient portals also give you the ability to directly email questions to your doctor, fill out necessary forms, pay bills, or schedule future appointments. Convenient!More and more health-care providers are beginning to offer patient portals. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), reports that 64 percent of hospitals had some type of online patient portal in 2014. Another survey found that, in 2016, 58 percent of health-care providers were offering portals.
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Denise Silber's curator insight, December 11, 5:16 AM
How inclusive is the data in that portal? (What % of the patient's data does it represent?).
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Augmented and Virtual Reality in Healthcare Market Detailed Study Analysis to 2025

Technological progress over the years have brought about a sea-change in the way in which patients are diagnosed and treated. They have also helped in improving the training procedure of medical practitioners. While CT scans and wearable technology are some of the new technologies that have already redefined the medical landscape, the futuristic technologies of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are well on their way to bring about further seismic shift in the domain.Put simply, augmented reality (AR) helps display real-time digital information and media, such as videos and 3D models, leveraging the camera view of smartphones, PCs, and tablets, or using wearable tech, namely wearable glasses and viewfinder. Virtual reality (VR), on the hand, builds a 3D world completely detaching the user from reality.
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5 areas of focus in the healthcare wearables ecosystem

5 areas of focus in the healthcare wearables ecosystem | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The proliferation of wearables for health and wellness, and the need for more data about the current and future condition of individuals and patients, are key factors propelling market growth. Future growth opportunities focus on the commercialization and embedding of wearables in skin patches, clothing, and electronic skins.Frost & Sullivan's research, "Future Wearables in Healthcare -- R&D Portfolio Areas and Technology Roadmapping," assessed market dynamics, research and development (R&D) opportunities, adoption drivers, technology trends, and challenges for healthcare wearable devices. It identified developers in diverse areas such as electronic skin, smart gloves, glucose sweat sensors, wearable stethoscopes, asthma monitoring patches, smart bandages, smart clothing, and electrocardiogram monitoring.
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mHealth Diabetes Study Proves That the Right Message Matters

mHealth Diabetes Study Proves That the Right Message Matters | Digital Health | Scoop.it
A new mHealth study of more than 1,000 people with diabetes finds that simple text messages work better than personalized messages in promoting care management – but the same can’t be said for avoiding hospitalizations.Anindya Ghose, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, reports that non-personalized SMS messages with general guidance about diabetes care proved 18 percent more effective in helping people reduce their blood glucose levels than personalized messages. But those targeted messages were more effective in reducing medical costs and hospital visits.In “Empowering Patients Using Smart Mobile Health Platforms: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment,” Ghose concludes that an effective mHealth program for diabetes care management involves multiple messages at different times. It also means the right message and format have to be used at the right time.
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Takeda & Cognition Kit: Results from Wearable Tech Study in patients with Depression (MDD)

Takeda & Cognition Kit: Results from Wearable Tech Study in patients with Depression (MDD) | Digital Health | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE, England, and DEERFIELD, Ill., Nov. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Takeda and Cognition Kit Present Results from Digital Wearable Technology Stud
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Apple Watch accurately detects hypertension and sleep apnea

Apple Watch accurately detects hypertension and sleep apnea | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Researchers studying the healthcare implications for modern wearable devices have found that wrist-worn gadgets like Apple Watch and Fitbit can be used to accurately detect hypertension and sleep apnea.The research claims that data from wearable heart rate sensors, when combined with machine learning algorithms, can surface hidden patterns that predict whether a person is at risk for certain health problems.The study was conducted by health startup Cardiogram and UCSF and followed more than 6,000 subjects, some of whom had diagnosed hypertension and sleep apnea.
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Humana, J&J launch digital health challenge competitions

Humana, J&J launch digital health challenge competitions | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Humana and Johnson & Johnson have each announced a new challenge competition for digital health students and entrepreneurs. The former seeks novel approaches to easy and understandable EHR management with a focus on Medicare-compatibility, and will award up to $10,000. The latter is offering up to $50,000 for new skin care strategies potentially incorporating tracking devices, adherence strategies, and consumer education.
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New HIMSS CEO talks innovation, consumerization, and the importance of 'and'

New HIMSS CEO talks innovation, consumerization, and the importance of 'and' | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Hal Wolf, the new CEO of HIMSS, thinks adding a three letter word to his organization’s mission statement will go a long way toward positioning HIMSS for the future. Instead of the old tagline “transforming health through information technology”, Wolf wants it to read “transforming health through information and technology”.“My experience is there’s nothing that’s actually a technology project,” Wolf told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview on the sidelines of HIMSS Media’s Big Data and Healthcare Analytics forum. “They’re all business projects, but they’re enabled inevitably through technology. When you think about the end users of the technology, what are they using? In the end they’re using information, especially in healthcare.”
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Fitbit data to be used in NIH’s precision medicine research

Fitbit data to be used in NIH’s precision medicine research | Digital Health | Scoop.it
All of Us, the precision medicine research program run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will utilize data from the popular consumer wearable Fitbit, with 10,000 of the devices being provided to volunteers for one year.The devices used will be the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Alta HR devices.“The Fitbit devices selected track a combination of physical activity, sleep, and heart rate parameters,” said Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. “The popularity of Fitbit devices among millions of Americans, combined with their ease of use, including multi-day battery life and broad compatibility with smartphones, made Fitbit a natural choice for this pilot program.”
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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 14, 11:04 AM

The precision medicine research program run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will utilize data from the popular consumer wearable Fitbit, with 10,000 of the devices being provided to volunteers for one year.The devices used will be the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Alta HR devices.“The Fitbit devices selected track a combination of physical activity, sleep, and heart rate parameters,” said Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. “The popularity of Fitbit devices among millions of Americans, combined with their ease of use, including multi-day battery life and broad compatibility with smartphones, made Fitbit a natural choice for this pilot program.”

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There are health-tracking wearables for babies, too

There are health-tracking wearables for babies, too | Digital Health | Scoop.it
In their Atlanta home, 6-month-old Avery giggled and rolled on his piano mat, kicking his tiny feet into the air, while his mother, Crystal King, quietly checked his temperature on her cell phone.Using her tablet, she could also monitor his breathing, body position, skin temperature and sleeping schedule, and an app notified her that it was time for Avery's next bottle feeding.
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Researchers to develop NIH-funded HIV prevention app for transgender women

Researchers to develop NIH-funded HIV prevention app for transgender women | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Researchers at Portland State University have teamed up with Oakland, California-based dfusion, a health tech startup focused on behavior change research, to develop a mobile app for HIV prevention among transgender women.The app, which will be called Transwomen Connected, will also be designed as a resource for transgender women to speak with a network of supportive peers. The project is funded by a recently awarded NIH grant.
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Could Fitbit detect cardiovascular condition atrial fibrillation?

Could Fitbit detect cardiovascular condition atrial fibrillation? | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Last week, at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, researchers from Fitbit presented some data that didn’t get as much attention as they should have. Part of that was due, perhaps, to how the study was presented—not in a high-profile, main-stage session, but rather on a sheet of cardboard during the meeting’s “poster session.” That’s where you typically find hordes of post-doctoral researchers desperately searching for an audience for their work, as conference-goers mill around between panel discussions. Still, this is where you’ll often find some of the best stuff at medical meetings.
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Isa SIMON's curator insight, November 2, 3:41 AM
La conférence de Boston n'a pas rencontré un franc succès à ce sujet. Pourtant, il y a peut-être une avancée pour la cardio?

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Four #digitalhealth trends in global clinical trials

Four #digitalhealth trends in global clinical trials | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Could ‘digital health’ be the next worldwide phenomenon? As advanced technology continues to evolve for health information purposes, it’s important to understand what digital health is and how its adoption is likely to impact end users.Digital health encompasses a few technologies: mobile health (mHealth), health information technology (HIT), wearable devices, telehealth, telemedicine and personalised medicine, for example. But only recently have we seen healthcare providers move from experimenting with these solutions to fully deploying them. This is paving the way for early adoption across developed and developing nations, ensuring that a patient’s data and services are kept consistent.
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Advanced technology poised to help millions of COPD sufferers

Advanced technology poised to help millions of COPD sufferers | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition with a significant burden on patients, as well as the economy and society. It is one of the most costly inpatient conditions that the NHS treats, with a direct healthcare cost of COPD estimated at over £800 million a year.COPD describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because the airways have been narrowed. This causes breathlessness, frequent chest infections, persistent wheezing and a stubborn chesty cough. In the UK alone 1.2 million people live with diagnosed COPD yet millions of people still remain undiagnosed – the ‘missing millions’ range between 1.8 – 2 million in the UK alone.
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RespiraSense receives NHS Innovation Accelerator backing

RespiraSense receives NHS Innovation Accelerator backing | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The UK's National Health Service has announced a fresh range of wireless sensors and apps will join its Accelerator programme, including a wearable breathing monitor.RespiraSense, which comprises of a six-inch adhesive sensor that sticks onto the side of the user's rib cage, measures breathing through the chest and abdomen, while also processing and transmitting the data through a plastic capsule.
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Virtual Reality Used To Treat Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Virtual Reality Used To Treat Cystic Fibrosis Patients | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Virtual reality headsets are being used to help people going through treatment for cystic fibrosis.The first trial of its kind in the UK is being carried out at Llandough Hospital in Vale of Glamorgan.Patients are immersed in a safari experience and can explore their surroundings as a distraction therapy.Beth Clarke from Cardiff, who trialled it, said: "I was really pleasantly surprised. Any distraction from being in hospital is welcome."Cystic fibrosis is an inherited, life-long and life-threatening genetic disorder where the lungs and digestive system can become clogged with thick, sticky mucus.Treatment for cystic fibrosis is wide-ranging and includes medication and special techniques to clear people's airways.It affects about 400 people in Wales and the trial at the Wales Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre aims to reduce pain levels and anxiety among sufferers.Ms Clarke said: "It really does take you to somewhere else for a few minutes. A hospital stay is never going to be enjoyable, the staff here are brilliant, but who's going to enjoy being in hospital? So it's great to just get out and get taken to another place for just a short period of time."
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Uptake of Digital Health Rises As it Lowers Human Medication Errors

Uptake of Digital Health Rises As it Lowers Human Medication Errors | Digital Health | Scoop.it
A recently added report by TMR Research, titled, “Digital Health Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017– 2025,” brings to the fore crucial information pertaining to the market such as its size, competitive dynamics, and growth prospects. The report begins with basic definitions and a lowdown on classifications and applications. It studies the development history of the market along with its current competitive landscape.The report finds that the ability of digital health to eliminate human medication errors and provide effective communication between patients and healthcare professionals and hence facilitate an improved, coordinated care, has led to its swift uptake. Digital health serves to better the quality of care by providing access to lab results and information on drugs to thwart harmful drug interactions by doctors. This is how it steals a march over traditional healthcare technology.
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Proteus Digital Health CEO talks about significance of FDA’s digital pill approval

Proteus Digital Health CEO talks about significance of FDA’s digital pill approval | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The FDA's approval of Abilify Mycite, which is expected to come to market early next year marks a milestone for mental health patients but also raises some interesting questions about how the healthcare industry will respond to the digital pill tech.
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Digital pill: A first step towards e-therapy. How pharma will integrate this transformation?

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Innovations in heart tech: 5 things standing between now and better medical technology

Innovations in heart tech: 5 things standing between now and better medical technology | Digital Health | Scoop.it
From pocket-sized electrocardiograms to watches that measure blood glucose levels, the field of medical technology is rapidly evolving. But these innovations, though oftentimes successful, aren’t necessarily living up to what scientists want them to be, according to presenters at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017.A group of doctors who deal with technology and innovation in the medical landscape spoke to both the strengths and weaknesses of device development in a field that’s more demanding of its researchers and engineers than ever before, expanding on ways we can eliminate current barriers and advance medical technologies to better serve patient—and provider—populations.
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Google’s new accelerator focuses on AI health startups

Google’s new accelerator focuses on AI health startups | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Google’s growing focus on healthcare artificial intelligence has been crystalized through its new accelerator program. The scheme is aimed at fostering startup enterprises that are set to introduce technological solutions for healthcare.The new Google venture is called the Launchpad Studio and it was unveiled in November 2017. The aim is to provide a new health-orientated artificial intelligence access path to Google experts for start-up companies to take advantage of.The service, PharmaPhorum reports, also aims to assist new ventures via product validation and also to give them feedback with their new projects and to help to nurture them into commercially viable healthcare solutions. As part of this process, Google will give eligible new ventures $50,000 in funding plus full access to business focused Google products, such as Google Cloud.Read mostartups/article/507457#ixzz4yIhR3pvG
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Ada Health announces £35 million private funding

Ada Health announces £35 million private funding | Digital Health | Scoop.it
An artificial intelligence driven app which aims to provide a ‘doctor in your pocket’ has announced it has received £35 million funding from a number of private investors.Ada Health launched in 2016 with the aim of offering new levels of personalised care and treatment by combining artificial intelligence (AI) with the medical insights of doctors.The app works by asking relevant, personalised questions based on the information provided and suggesting possible causes for symptoms and helps users to make informed decisions about their health.The company has now announced it has received £35m in funding from a number of private investors.Daniel Nathrath, CEO and co-founder of Ada Health told Digital Health News that he describes the app as a ‘doctor in your pocket’
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Report: With today's technology, digital health could save US $7 billion

Report: With today's technology, digital health could save US $7 billion | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Existing digital health products, if deployed comprehensively across the country, could save the US $7 billion a year in healthcare spending, according to a new report from IQVIA, which until yesterday was known as Quintiles/IMS Health.“For the first time we’ve sought to create a model that looks across five different patient population groups where there’s been a proven reduction in acute care utilization, typically hospitalization, when consumer mobile apps are used,” Murray Aitken, executive director of the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, said in a conference call with press about the new report. “Diabetes prevention, diabetes care, asthma, cardiac rehabilitation, and pulmonary rehabilitation — in each of those five areas we took the results from published research and modeled that to estimate that if these available apps today were used by all patients who could benefit from them, the US healthcare system could save $7 billion per year. So that’s just for five areas. If that level of savings was achievable across all disease areas, we’re looking at annual savings of something like $46 billion.”
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Wearable Tech Emerging For Chronic Pain Relief

Wearable Tech Emerging For Chronic Pain Relief | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Some think that wearables are a pain, like Alan Tyers who wrote "why I hate wearable technology" for The Telegraph. But how about wearables that can actually relieve pain?
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Global digital health funding rebounds, will hit $7 billion in 2017

Global digital health funding rebounds, will hit $7 billion in 2017 | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Venture capital and other investments in digital health companies are projected to reach as much as $7 billion globally in 2017, according to new analysis from Accenture. That’s after the sector sunk from that same $7 billion range in 2015 down to $6.4 billion in 2016. Accenture noted that investments in digital health rose faster than it previously anticipated as companies are investing later in the startup lifecycle and focusing on affordability, access and care quality.
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Technology revolutionising behavioral and mental health care

Technology revolutionising behavioral and mental health care | Digital Health | Scoop.it
There is currently tremendous innovation happening in the behavioral and mental health care space with many digital health startups and initiatives using technology to try to address one of society’s most pressing issues.For healthcare providers and those in the mental health industry, there is a critical need for innovation, given the ongoing challenges of bringing behavioral and mental health into the care continuum. According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one in five Americans have a diagnosable mental disorder, or roughly 43 million people. And, nearly 10 million Americans have serious functional impairment due to a mental illness, such as a psychotic or serious mood or anxiety disorder. What’s more, NIMH also estimates that serious mental illness costs America $193 billion in lost earnings per year.
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