MedCrunch

A new kind of online magazine covering health, medicine, entrepreneurship and technology all centered around new trends and the challenge of being a physician

Re-Inventing The Medical School Classroom

Re-Inventing The Medical School Classroom

Much has been written about medical education in the last 10 years. There are exciting thoughts being communicated — many by leaders within the medical community. There is a missing link however in that within the current structure of education, few movements have been made to bring thoughts into action...
Hacking The Medical Care of Chronic Disease

Hacking The Medical Care of Chronic Disease

The medical world has done an astounding job of treating and curing acute disease. Heart attacks, strokes, gun shot wounds, infections and broken bones can all threaten your life; yet, with our level of complex care and diagnosis, your chances of survival are very high. However, when it comes to...
The Most Important Person in Primary Care Today... Ain’t a Doctor!

The Most Important Person in Primary Care Today… Ain’t a Doctor!

One of the highlights and first deliverables of the data-driven revolution in the NHS is the five star ratings and feedback system at NHS Choices, which allows patients to rate their experiences with GPs surgeries. In theory it should allow everyone to make informed choices about the care they receive...
Two Ways Google is Going To Increase Our Lifespan

Two Ways Google is Going To Increase Our Lifespan

As if Google hasn’t done enough for society, they are now encroaching into medicine, with two large announcements this past year that are sure to be game changers: Calico and smart contact lenses. Calico Standing for “California Life Company”, Calico is taking on one of humanity’s most perplexing and universal...
Gamification: Is this the next horizon for fitness motivation? - A review of the Goji Play system

Gamification: Is this the next horizon for fitness motivation? – A review of the Goji Play system

We all love when two ideas that seemed so widely unrelated come together and form something completely new and revolutionary. Have you ever spent hours and hours on a video game, deeply immersed only to realize that it’s 3 am and you have to work in the morning? Wouldn’t it be great to channel this...
Advice for Incoming Medical Interns

Advice for Incoming Medical Interns

Being one week away from completing my internship year is one of the most exciting feelings. A lot has changed in the last 5 years to make internship more bearable. While it is a challenging year no matter what you are specializing in, it is a year that will go faster than you think.  ...
The UK wants Digital Health Now! The King’s Fund International Digital Health and Care Congress

The UK wants Digital Health Now! The King’s Fund International Digital Health and Care Congress

On September 10-12, The King’s Fund invites international stakeholders to UK’s healthcare industry table for the “International Digital Health and Care Congress”, in order to teach how big the opportunity for digital health really is. The event’s focus on innovations in digital health, mobile health, telehealth and telecare comes at a time when large tech corporates decide...
Doctors 2.0 & You - 2014: “Getting Technology Out of the Way.”

Doctors 2.0 & You – 2014: “Getting Technology Out of the Way.”

400 people, 91 speakers, 11 580 (+55%) tweets, 1 million steps. Over two sun-filled days at Paris’ Cité Internationale Universitaire, Doctors 2.0 2014 provided a state-of-the-digital health nation by some of the world’s leading voices in healthcare social media.  A choice of more than 20 parallel sessions called for tough decisions, while Day 2’s plenary left...
Mind Yourself! An App For Mental Health In Youth

Mind Yourself! An App For Mental Health In Youth

In October, SpunOut, Facebook and CoderDojo teamed together to host a hackathon at Facebook’s European Headquarters in Dublin where over 40 young developers and designers from across Ireland teamed together to come up with an idea for a mental health app. The aim of the hackathon was to make an app for youth by youth....
How Doctors' Failures Will Lead To Social Unrest

How Doctors’ Failures Will Lead To Social Unrest

The cost of health care is contributing to the social unrest we’re seeing all around the world and doctors are utterly failing to respond. Those were the two things I learnt last week at the biennial gathering of people working in the health insurance industry, a meeting that I was lucky enough to speak at.Industrialised nations have a record...
How Audio & Visual Mnemonics Are Transforming How We Learn

How Audio & Visual Mnemonics Are Transforming How We Learn

Medical school is the best, worst learning environment. Medical students around the country are completely overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information they need to master in just a short amount of time. This burden of conquering vast amounts of information and accepting an inordinate amount of responsibility quickly causes all kinds of problems for...
Bringing South Africa Out Of Darkness

Bringing South Africa Out Of Darkness

During my rotation in Opthalmology at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the Pretoria Eye Institute in South Africa, I noticed that a large percentage of the patients that were operated on as well as those seen in the clinics were suffering from cataract-induced blindness. My thought about how detrimental such a disease is for patients:...
Health 2.0 Seattle: Building For Healthcare and Transformational Marketing

Health 2.0 Seattle: Building For Healthcare and Transformational Marketing

Recap: Health 2.0 Seattle is hosted by digital product studio Substantial. Its mission is to establish Seattle as a leader in healthcare innovation by facilitating dialogue among professionals from the local technology, life sciences, and global health industries. March: How to Build Solutions In Healthcare In March, Health 2.0 Seattle invited Howard Mahran, CEO & Founder of Deep...
An Electronic Medical Record System Tool for Homeless, With Check List

An Electronic Medical Record System Tool for Homeless, With Check List

Everything is going electronic these days.   Most hospitals and community clinics are switching over to electronic medical record (EMR) systems for patient charts as well as other administrative management in the health system. Ritika Goel, a family physician working at the Inner City Health Team in Toronto, Canada, has been pouring efforts into developing...
How Fred Wilson’s Megatrends Are Transforming Healthcare

How Fred Wilson’s Megatrends Are Transforming Healthcare

In 2010, eight nerdy college students took a simple card game they created (now known as Cards Against Humanity) to a platform called Kickstarter. They set a goal of raising $4,000 – hoping to make just enough to create professional prints of their game to sell. They surpassed their goal by more than $10,000 and...
Creating A Parallel System To Healthcare

Creating A Parallel System To Healthcare

This week I’ve despaired at how the needs of the few always seem to trump those of the many, especially when it comes to health. It made me feel nervous — if not plain over-awed — about the challenge ahead of us. Luckily, two courageous leaders have restored my hope.My despair arose in the National...