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9 Digital Health Trends For 2014

9 Digital Health Trends For 2014 | Living Green | Scoop.it

Healthcare IT is surging with activity -- so much that it's hard to predict which trends are likely to have the biggest impact in 2014. That said, it looks like EHRs will take a back seat; breakthroughs in electronic documentation are not expected in the near future. Other applications and devices, particularly those related to mobile health and big data, are taking off.

With all that in mind, here are some trends worth watching in the New Year.

1. Wearable monitors
A Consumer Electronics Association surveyreleased this month found that 13% of US adults are interested in purchasing wearable fitness devices (versus 3% in 2012), and 9% of consumers actually own such devices.

Wearable devices are not being used much to manage chronic conditions, but that could change. A number of such devices have been developed, and some are being tested. For example, as part of the University of California San Francisco's Health eHeart study, iHealth's mobile blood pressure monitor is being used to measure flow-mediated dilation, a heart health indicator traditionally gauged by ultrasound tests.

Eric Topol, MD, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, predicted in a HIMSS keynote speech last winter that, over time, consumers will start wearing or using sensors to measure their activity and changes in their vital signs. But Jonathan Collins, principal analyst for ABI Research, said that, before that happens, physicians will need to accept and value physiological data generated by wearables and other mobile devices.

[Cognitive computing will drive dramatic improvements in healthcare, says IBM. Read more: IBM Predicts Next 5 Life-Changing Tech Innovations.]

2. Smart sensors
As the aging-in-place sector of the healthcare industry grows, smart sensors that track the locations, routines, and activity of elderly people at home and in assisted living facilities are being more widely used. This telecare branch of telehealth includes emergency response systems, geolocators, and other kinds of devices that use smart sensors.

"Sensors can alert family members, for instance, if the patient has not risen and walked around in the morning, or if the lights have not been turned on during expected hours," a recent CSC report said. "Integrated sensors built into the home and/or worn by patients can enable geo-fencing and location-based alerting."

A new AT&T emergency response system uses accelerometers, magnetometers, and gyroscopes to track users' daily activities. If an elderly person falls and can't push the emergency button on a pendant, the device can identify the fall as a break from the patient's routine and alert a monitoring center.

3. Telehealth
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has blazed a trail in telehealth that the private sector may follow as it tries to contain costs and increase access. In fiscal year 2012, nearly half a million veterans received care remotely from 150 VA medical centers and 750 outpatient clinics. That included remote consultations, home monitoring, and store-and-forward services. Nearly 150,000 veterans participated in virtual visits with physicians, and remote monitoring made it possible for 42,000 patients to stay at home rather than being institutionalized.

The private sector lags far behind the VA but is starting to catch up in remote consultations. This trend has been fueled largely by health plans, which pay telehealth services to connect physicians with patients who might otherwise visit an ER or an urgent care center. American Well, one of the leaders in this field, recently started selling its service directly to consumers.

One obstacle to these initiatives is a patchwork of state laws that are inconsistent and often obstruct telehealth providers. Proposed legislation in Congress aims to reduce this confusion by giving states some guidance on telehealth regulations.

 

4. Google Glass v. Kinect
Google Glass's potential in the operating room is generating excitement among surgeons. Philips and Accenture recently demonstrated a prototype of a system that allows surgeons to view vital signs on a head-mounted Google Glass display while performing operations. In a Birmingham, Ala., hospital,surgeon Brent Ponce used the camera built into Google Glass to beam images of a shoulder operation to a colleague in Atlanta, who used a Glass app to share observations with Ponce virtually. Similar experiments are likely in 2014.

Microsoft Kinect, a motion-sensing technology used in video games, has shown it can help surgeons manipulate images in the OR while preserving a sterile field. Kinect allows a surgeon to rotate or enlarge images on a screen without touching a keyboard and wasting precious time by having to scrub in again. A 2012 study validated that the system can discriminate between intentional and unintentional gestures most of the time. Could Glass and Kinect be somehow paired together?

5. Speech recognition
Natural language processing is still far from ready for use in EHRs, but progress is being made. For example, Intermountain Healthcare has been testing what it calls the industry's first speech-enabled mobile app for computerized physician order entry. The pilot started with commonly prescribed medications and is expected to progress to lab orders. Meanwhile, a growing number of EHR vendors are incorporating speech recognition into the mobile versions of their applications.

 

6. IBM Watson
Judging by IBM Watson's activities in healthcare this year, we're likely to see more and more applications and innovations powered by the learning-capable supercomputer. IBM and the Cleveland Clinic have developed big data analytic tools that use Watson. The MD Anderson Cancer Center is using Watson in its Moon Shots program to find cures for eight types of cancer. IBM and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have co-created an oncology adviser that helps physicians select the best treatments for particular patients. WellPoint is using two Watson-based products it developed with IBM to streamline the insurance company's utilization review and prior authorization processes.

7. M-health apps
If the market for mobile health apps is ever going to take off, consumers and providers must have some way of distinguishing among the tens of thousands of apps on the market. The most comprehensive initiative in this area wasrecently unveiled by IMS Health, a research firm best known for its data on the pharmaceutical industry. IMS is offering ratings on all the 40,000-plus m-health apps in the Apple Store (or at least the 16,000 that are really health-related and consumer-oriented). It is also marketing a system for creating m-health "formularies" and prescribing these apps to patients.

HealthTap and Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health have created m-health curation offerings on a smaller scale. Happtique recently withdrew its m-health ratings program but may soon return to the fray. Competition in this area seems likely to heat up in 2014.

8. Cloud-based EHRs
There's nothing new about these products, formerly known as ASP-model EHRs. But a recent Black Book survey indicated that many independent physician practices are migrating to the cloud for integrated EHR/practice management systems. One reason is that these systems require a much smaller initial investment than client/server systems -- a benefit especially important when practices are switching EHRs to meet the Meaningful Use requirements. In addition, some groups use cloud vendors to outsource their revenue cycle management. The exemplar of this approach is Athenahealth, which beat out several bigger EHR vendors in a KLAS survey that ranked the usability of their products.

9. HISPs
Secure clinical messaging using the Direct protocol is expected to spread rapidly in 2014, mainly because of the information sharing requirements of Meaningful Use stage 2. As Direct grows, so will the number of health information service providers (HISPs), which are required to move messages and attachments securely between providers.

One key barrier to the development of this network is the inability of many HISPs to exchange information with one another. This is not a technical issue; it stems from a lack of trust among HISPs. DirectTrust, a nonprofit trade association, is addressing this problem by accrediting HISPs. The next step will be to create a national provider directory that lets providers use one HISP to locate the Direct addresses of providers that use other HISPs.


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It’s Raining Organic

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Trends: With a growing awareness of the benefits of making organic a way of life, most localities in Bangalore now boast an organic store, sometimes even more than one, finds Bhumika K.

It’s there in your vegetables, it’s there in your spices, your tea, even in your sambar powder. It’s in your jam, dal, millet-bread, atta…it’s in your clothes too. But more than ever it’s on your mind. And it’s a word called ‘organic’ that’s becoming a whole new way of life — of benefitting from going back to your roots.

Bangalore is seeing a quick sprouting of organic stores, not just in its large shopping hubs, but also in smaller localities and neighbourhoods. A lot more people seem to be catching on to the organic mantra each day, and as word spreads, and demand increases, there’s a store at an arm’s reach for most people in the city. In late 2012, International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) stated that Bangalore had 68 retail shops selling organic produce — including dedicated outlets as well as those which have sizeable space earmarked for organic produce. See any supermarket and you will be sure to find a section dedicated to organic. Even online stores have a separate section of organic products.

While earlier, people only had a Namdhari’s Fresh to turn to for organic veggies, now a lot more effort is going into making daily living as natural and therefore as healthy as possible, turning life safe and chemical-free, leaving a minimal carbon footprint, about caring for the earth that gives you so much. So much so that most daily usage products are turning organic — from milk and meat, to washing powders and floor cleaners. Smart entrepreneurs are using organic ingredients to make readymade food mixes — an organic imagination has taken wing and there’s no end to creatively exploring possibilities of what comes out of the organic magic-bag.

 

“A lot more people are making organic a part of their routine — they know it’s good for them and the planet,” confirms Ami Patel, category head-home, Mother Earth. At their Domlur store, where they have stocked organic products since 2009, food, specially staples, are pretty popular. “Some regular clientele buy their monthly groceries from us, while many others look for specifics.” They have a range of around 200 food products, but they have around 100 non-food products, including house cleaning and personal care items like lotions and shampoos. It’s a slowly, but steadily catching up trend. Vijay Grover, co-founder of Bangalore Organic Store, talks of how they have now diversified into organic clothing, specially innerwear. “People with allergies seem to prefer organic clothing. We have also begun to stock t-shirts,” he says. They initially set up an online-only store. But the demand was such that they had to open up a retail nook as well in Cox Town.

“We realised there is a demand here in Bangalore, among the IT crowd. The younger generation, specially pregnant women and young mothers, are willing to spend on organic products. So we concentrated a lot on baby food and oatmeal,” says Grover. He also points to another trend in the organic market: “People are willing to pay more for branded products because they are certified organic, rather than unbranded, though we source from trusted growers.” People are also suspicious of adulteration in cooking oils, and so cold-pressed organic cooking oils have caught people’s imagination, he offers. A lot of new customers come looking for organic foods, based on a dietician’s recommendations.

Ridhima Peravali, who works for a non-profit organisation, has been in Bangalore two years. She used organic products even while she lived in the U.S.A for three years. “Earlier I shopped at Era Organics near my home in Dollar’s Colony and now I shop at Buffalo Back in Malleswaram, which is on my way back from my workplace. The only thing I find difficult to find on a consistent basis here in India is organic vegetables. They are available only select days a week, and there is actually a queue for them!” Her parents come from an agricultural family in Bihar and they were aware of what kind of pesticides go into crops; she also buys organic sugar because it’s sulphur-free. “Moreover, in India, organic products cost only 1.5 times more than non-organic, while in the West, prices are almost thrice as much.”

The reasons for consumers to go organic may be many. Manjunath Pankkaparambil, owner of Lumiere, an organic restaurant and store in Marathahalli, gives credit to Aamir Khan’s episode on organic food in the Satyameva Jayate TV series, as well as events like BioFach organic exhibitions, in raising consumer awareness about the advantages of consuming organic. “It is not just fashionable to be organic, people are understanding it.” There are many newcomers each day at his store who come on friends’ recommendations. Manjunath says a lot of older customers have the time to understand the concept of organic and have tasted the goodness of it before. Apart from fresh vegetables grown on their own organic farm, Lumiere also sells organic chicken and eggs from their organic poultry farm. They also take orders online — about 50 people order over the weekend.

The Jaivik Krishik Society runs perhaps what is one of the oldest outlets in the city selling organic (since 2006) — surprisingly, it’s a state-run enterprise. It’s an offspring of the State’s horticulture department, with a supply network of over 300 farmers. It also has the advantageous location of being in Lal Bagh. Harish, senior manager at the Jaivik Mall, says their footfalls total 50 every day, mostly from the early morning walkers in the park. “We have a whole variety of rice, wheat, dals, millets and pulses grown all over Karnataka. On Friday and Saturday we have vegetables too. Because it’s grown locally and we purchase directly from farmers, our products are priced much lesser than other branded ones. Yet, new customers ask us why organic is priced so high. But they are convinced when we tell them about the way yield drops when a farmer starts organic cultivation, and how much more effort it takes to raise such a crop.”

 


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Organics-R-Us Introduces Natural Pet Products

Organics-R-Us is an online retailer of organic and natural products including supplements, food and beverages. The company is now introducing natural pet products that will help pets and their owners live healthier and happier.

 

More and more consumers are making the decision to switch to natural and organic products. Organics-R-Us, an online retailer of organic products including food, beverages, supplements, remedies and baby care products, is now taking this health-consciousness one step further by introducing an array of natural pet products.

 

Pets, just like their human counterparts, require specific amounts of vitamins, minerals and protein to stay healthy. Pets also benefit from using natural and organic products that leave out artificial colors and flavors as well as toxins and other chemicals that can be harmful when ingested. Organics-R-Us offers a large selection of natural or organic cat treats, dog treats, pet supplements, salves and sprays, shampoos and more as seen at http://www.organics-r-us.com/pet-203 . For example, Petguard Organic Catnip contains a substance that elicits a “catnip response” while remaining free of toxic fertilizers, pesticides and sprays, keeping cats safe from any unwanted chemical effects.

 

Dogs require a large amount of protein in their diets and little to no grain, however many types of dog treats and foods contain wheat and other by-products. Organics-R-Us sells healthier alternatives for dogs as seen at http://www.organics-r-us.com/pet-203/dog-treats-225 such as Zuke’s Jerky Naturals, Zuke’s Super Berry Blend Treats, Zuke’s Z Filets and Zuke’s Lil’ Links. Made with all natural ingredients and antioxidant-rich herbs, these treats will keep any pet healthy and happy.

 

Shampoos and other grooming products can leave cats and dogs with dried out skin and an unhealthy coat as well as allowing toxins and other harmful chemicals to be absorbed into their skin. Utilizing organic products such as Ark Naturals Neem Protect Shampoo, Natural Chemistry Waterless Bath and PetGuard Shampoo and Conditioner for Dogs will ensure pet owners that their pets have a healthy coat without absorbing any unwanted toxins or chemicals.

 

Organics-R-Us continues to supply natural and organic products to consumers who want ecologically-sustainable household and personal care products for themselves and their pets. For more information or to purchase any of these natural pet products visit http://www.organics-r-us.com/

 

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Organics-R-Us is committed to being the online leader in supplying customers with the finest in natural supplements, food, beverage, baby care, pet care, and natural remedies. This company also supplies customers with household and personal care products that are ecologically-sustainable.

 

For More Information:
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