26.01.2018, 00:30 MedGizmo
DigiHealthBrief: Digital Health News for January 25, 2018
MedGizmo Daily Presentation Of News and Developments in Digital Health Technologies and Wearables. Here is our selection for January 25, 2018
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In the latest indication of Apple’s growing ambitions in the digital health market, the tech giant on Wednesday unveiled a new feature that would allow users to automatically download and see parts of their medical records on their iPhones.
The feature is to become part of Apple’s popular Health app. It will enable users to transfer clinical data — like cholesterol levels and lists of medications prescribed by their doctors — directly from their medical providers to their iPhones, potentially streamlining how Americans gain access to some health information.
High deductible plans and new technologies are turning patients into savvy healthcare consumers, with higher expectations around service and experience. Companies are positioning themselves to take advantage of this shift. Because of their expertise in building direct-to-consumer relationships and software proficiency, large tech companies are now seeing the opportunity in consumerizing healthcare.
According to Dr. Wachter, the digitization of health care was approached in the wrong way. Instead of appreciating that computerization needed to be approached as adaptive change, the medical field took a technical approach. “What we got wrong is that this is the mother of all adaptive changes—problems that require people themselves to change,” he said. He quoted from Harvard’s Ronald Heifetz, MD, who said that in adaptive change, “the people are the problem and the solution. Leadership is about mobilizing and engaging them with the problem, rather than trying to entice them to go off and solve it on their own.”
Nuance has launched a new edition of one of its clinical use speech recognition platforms. Aimed at smaller medical practices with 24 clinicians or fewer, Nuance’s Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 is designed to speed up the process of patient documentation, and features machine learning technology that Nuance says will enable it to adapt to changing contextual conditions in a given practice. New features of the fourth edition of Dragon Medical Practice include compatibility with Windows 10 device touchscreens, enhanced voice command functionality, and a quick-access icon bar in the user interface.
Chronic cough symptoms had impacts on multiple aspects of patients’ health and well-being. To try and combat these issues, forum users suggested a variety of treatments to one another, ranging from mainstream traditional therapies to odd alternative remedies. The provision of support and empathy were also prominent themes in discussion threads. Online forums themselves may provide increasing benefit to users through the addition of a moderator.
Developed by researchers at Spain’s Universitat Politècnica de València, FallSkip is a mobile app that runs on a special Android-based mobile device, which sits on a custom waistband. Doctors can enter the patient’s vitals into the app, and then use its in-built accelerometer and gyroscope to test them for balance and gait patterns, coordination, reaction time, and muscle strength. Once this test is completed, the patients are awarded a score which indicates whether they are a likely candidate to have a fall in the near future. That data can then be used to make informed decisions about their care.
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Smart contact lenses with embedded electronics just got a lot more practical. Korean researchers have designed a stretchable contact lens that can monitor glucose without distorting the wearer’s vision, according to a report published today in Science Advances. The device contains all the electronic components needed to wirelessly receive power, monitor glucose levels, and generate an LED display, while maintaining the soft, stretchable, and transparent qualities of a contact lens that people might actually be willing to wear.
With so many devices sharing the same basic goals and set of features, it can be hard to decipher which tracker is right for you. So with spring on the horizon and 2018 resolutions still holding strong, we've looked back at the fitness trackers we've reviewed recently and selected the best ones for all kinds of users.
Andrew Coats, senior director of engineering at Portal Instruments, will be exploring the possibilities in the upcoming Pharmapack 2018 presentation, “Needle-free injectors: considerations for adopting next gen technology.” Portal has developed a needle-free injector based off jet-injector technology, which is essentially a high-speed jet of drug that is much smaller than a needle and can deliver up to 1 mL to the subcutaneous space, the company reported.
People will be able to sell their (encrypted) genomic data to researchers for tokens, which they can cash out or use to buy services, such as disease risk reports. Marketplaces for buying and selling DNA data would be established by the creation of dedicated cryptocurrency “tokens”. People will be able to sell their (encrypted) genomic data to researchers for tokens, which they can cash out or use to buy services, such as disease risk reports. All transactions would be securely recorded on the blockchain.
Worldwide spending on blockchain solutions is forecast to reach $2.1 billion in 2018, more than double the $945 million spent in 2017, according to the inaugural Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC expects blockchain spending to grow at a robust pace over the 2016-2021 forecast period with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 81.2% and total spending of $9.2 billion in 2021.
The United States will see the largest blockchain investments and deliver more than 40% of worldwide spending throughout the forecast. Western Europe will be the next largest region for blockchain spending, followed by China and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan and China)(APeJC). All nine regions covered in the spending guide will see phenomenal spending growth over the 2016-2021 forecast period with Latin America and Japan leading the way with CAGRs of 152.5% and 127.3%, respectively.
Researchers from Vanderbilt University and Varian Medical Systems, a California-based medical device and software firm, looked at the implications of using blockchain technology to help healthcare organizations more securely and easily share data. Such information sharing between providers is a critical component of healthcare decision-making, according to experts. The team evaluated FHIRChain, a blockchain-based system designed to comply with the “Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap” put forth by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (IT). FHIR, pronounced as “fire,” is an acronym for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources.
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The Global Telemedicine Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.5% during the forecast period. Telemedicine or telehealth comprises of the distribution of health services and information electronically or via telecommunication technologies. The high potential of telemedicine is being eyed by a number of experts. For example, Nokia Technology President Ramzi Haidamus stated that future could lie with digital health. He supported Nokia's decision to invest in connected health. "We're looking at digital health domain, where we have not launched any products and is something that comes very natural to Nokia" he said in 2016.
Two mature companies in their respective healthcare spaces came together earlier this month to extend healthcare services where patients live and doctors work, via telehealth services. The first use case for which the two companies will collaborate will leverage Philips’ uGrow parenting app which tracks baby’s development and manages “connected baby” things: feeding bottles and air purification, among them. Each of these are part of the growing Internet of Baby Things. Each of them generates data managed through the uGrow app and feeds back insights and advice to parents.
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In an effort to provide Canadians with a platform rooted in evidence-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), a web and mobile app BEACON, is available for those who struggle with mental health illnesses.
Founded by Dr. Peter Farvolden and Sam Duboc, and developed by Canadian clinicians, BEACON and the e-therapist assisted CBT available, helps change negative and anxious thoughts and behaviours, so a person can function better in their life.
Affective computing humanizes digital interactions by building artificial emotional intelligence. It is the ability for computers to detect, recognize, interpret, process, and simulate human emotions from visual, textual, and auditory sources. By combining facial expression data with physiological, brain activity, eye tracking, and other data, human emotion is being evaluated and measured in context. Deep learning algorithms interpret the emotional state of humans and can adjust responses according to perceived feelings.
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The cyber-attack against Norway’s largest health authority could be one of the biggest of its kind in healthcare, sources have told Digital Health News.
The attack appears to have been a concerted highly professional effort to target electronic patient data, connected to a Nato exercise scheduled for later this year. The attach may have originated with a foreign state’s spy agency
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