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Teaching doctors how to engage more and lecture less - Washington Post

Teaching doctors how to engage more and lecture less - Washington Post | Technology in Healthcare | Scoop.it
Once known as having a “good bedside manner,” showing empathy benefits patients and physicians.
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Prediction: Health wearables to save 1.3 million lives by 2020 | mobihealthnews

Prediction: Health wearables to save 1.3 million lives by 2020 | mobihealthnews | Technology in Healthcare | Scoop.it

Smart wearable devices may help save 1.3 million lives by 2020, according to a prediction made by Switzerland-based firm Soreon Research. According to the analyst group: “Smart wearables, a set of sensors attached to the body with a direct link to smart devices, are the most industry-disrupting innovation as well as a major opportunity to transform the healthcare system.”

The firm’s lives saved number is mostly accounting for reduction in mortality thanks to wearables employed for in-hospital monitoring, which will likely help save about 700,000 lives of the 1.3 million.

“New wearable technology can easily extend monitoring functions beyond the intensive care unit and alert medical professionals to any follow-on medical problems a patient may develop. Hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved as a result,” Pascal Koenig, Research Director at Soreon said in a statement. “Two other areas where innovative wearable healthcare products could have major benefits are cardiovascular conditions and obesity.”

Monitoring cardiovascular diseases with wearables could prevent 230,000 deaths, while obesity related deaths could be reduced by 150,000. 

“Smart wearables are in a fast-paced, exploratory phase, where the breadth of available solutions reflects their market potential,” Koenig said in the statement. “Soon patients with all different disorders will be using wearables for personalized diagnostics and full-time monitoring. Along with organizing their everyday lives, health data will be handled conveniently via a mobile device. Compared to existing health tracking options, these devices will be life guardians and their adoption rate will be enormous.”

Soreon believes that patients with chronic conditions will help drive the smart wearables market from $2 billion today to $41 billion by 2020.

Another separate report this week from TechNavio predicts that the global location-based services market for the healthcare industry will grow about 31 percent over the next four years.

The firm notes that real-time performance monitoring has become more popular in healthcare to increase hospital efficiency. Doctors, staff, and patients are using all kinds of wearable devices: pedometers, smart watches, and health monitors.

“In 2014, around 10 million units of wearable devices were sold worldwide and this number is expected to grow nearly tenfold in the coming years,” Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of TechNavio said in a statement. “The constant use of wearable devices in the healthcare industry is anticipated to reduce hospital costs by a significant amount over the next six years.”




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10M wearables sold in 2014, i.e $2b moving to $41b by 2020, making preventive medicine soon a reality

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Bionic Pancreas: Automated Care to Those With Diabetes

Bionic Pancreas: Automated Care to Those With Diabetes | Technology in Healthcare | Scoop.it
When people think of “wearable technology” they often envision an entertaining gadget designed to deliver general information. But one of the most important frontiers of ...
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Patients flock to free clinics despite ACA - MiamiHerald.com

Patients flock to free clinics despite ACA - MiamiHerald.com | Technology in Healthcare | Scoop.it
Patients flock to free clinics despite ACA
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“We had 8,016 patient encounters last year and don’t expect a change any time soon. We’re looking to expand,” Lozano said.

The nonprofit clinics, which are run largely by volunteers, provide healthcare to uninsured people with incomes up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The ACA should provide an alternative for many of their patients, but it’s not playing out that way so far, at least in South Florida.


Some of the clinic patients don’t earn enough to qualify for a tax credit that would help them afford insurance premiums. Others lack the required immigration status. Still others are caught in lags between charitable and other coverage. Clinic staff members say that as long as Florida doesn’t expand Medicaid, their services will be in demand.

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Ann Smith awarded OAM for her advocacy work for mental health patients - HeroBuzz @1OHWW

Ann Smith awarded OAM for her advocacy work for mental health patients - HeroBuzz @1OHWW | Technology in Healthcare | Scoop.it
Ann Smith awarded OAM for her advocacy work for mental health patients Courier Mail "I ended up as a patient with the Mental Health Service." Once recovered, Mrs Smith decided to sit on the Mental Health Service Advisory Community in 1990, where...
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Berkeley boy honored for helping lost Alzheimer's patient - #1OHWW

Berkeley boy honored for helping lost Alzheimer's patient - #1OHWW | Technology in Healthcare | Scoop.it

A Berkeley boy who alerted police to the whereabouts of a missing Alzheimer's patient was heralded as a hero at his elementary school on Thursday, authorities said.

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Brandon Coleman was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the Berkeley police for helping locate the man last week.


The 10-year-old said he saw a picture of the man on an alert that came to his mother’s cell phone. He then saw him on the street and insisted his mother call the police. “I looked at the guy who was passing by me and I was like ‘That’s him!’’ he said.


Police had been searching for the man but could not locate him. Coleman said it was “pretty cool” to help get the man reunited with his family.

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24 years on - snatched girl meets her mum's hero cop - Gazette Live

24 years on - snatched girl meets her mum's hero cop - Gazette Live | Technology in Healthcare | Scoop.it
Gazette Live 24 years on - snatched girl meets her mum's hero cop Gazette Live Alex was just 36 hours old when she was abducted by unemployed nurse Janet Griffiths – no relation – who took her from her mother's arms at St Thomas' Hospital in...
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Why the GMC should set up a central registry of doctors’ competing interests | #1OHWW

Why the GMC should set up a central registry of doctors’ competing interests | #1OHWW | Technology in Healthcare | Scoop.it
NotesCite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g236 (RT @bmj_latest: Open letter calling for the UK GMC to set up a central registry of doctors’ competing interests http://t.co/vjbij6hXiv)...
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