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...
How Social Media is Disrupting Healthcare (And What to Do About It)

How Social Media is Disrupting Healthcare (And What to Do About It)

90 percent of respondents from 18-24 years of age said they would trust medical information shared by others on their social media networks. The initial point of proactive research that people are now doing online was christened the Zero Moment of Truth by Google, and it’s absolutely critical in today’s marketing environment. New technology is...
Where Are The Creative Doctors?

Where Are The Creative Doctors?

Just as we delight in how ancient kung-fu masters took  inspiration from movements of animals such as the praying mantis, the crane (panda?), I was amazed by how an Argentinean car mechanic was inspired from a tool used to pull wine corks out of a bottle to invent something entirely out of his field: a...
Turning Patients Onto Webcams

Turning Patients Onto Webcams

“Dear patient, you can now turn on your webcam” Video consultation startup, HealthQuo, presents a business model that is both customisable and scalable. Is this the start of a new era where going to your doctor means going online? The UK government has just announced plans for GP surgeries to open from 8am to 8pm...
3 Prominent Evangelists give their Insights into Quantified Self

3 Prominent Evangelists give their Insights into Quantified Self

  The following is an interview with Uwe Diegel, Beate Bartes and Homero Rivas who will be present at the 2014 Doctors 2.0 & You Conference.  Conference founder, Denise Silber told Medcrunch that she was very excited that we would blog about connected health which for her “pulls  together social media and community, apps and gamification...
Multi-language Communication with Canopy Medical Translator

Multi-language Communication with Canopy Medical Translator

In hospitals and clinics, language barriers often play a role in limiting the delivery of timely and accurate care. Patients may use limited english to communicate and be unable to tell a provider when they don’t understand. It makes for frustrating social interactions and ultimately unsafe medical decisions Last month, Canopy Apps launched a Canopy...
The Most Beautiful First Aid Kit

The Most Beautiful First Aid Kit

Put together by Best Made Company comes probably the best designed First Aid Kit out there. It’s available in small and large. Well, medicine apparently does not have to be ugly.  
When Old Tech Meets Medical Innovation - Meet Tinnitracks

When Old Tech Meets Medical Innovation – Meet Tinnitracks

Thankfully, some established, large companies out there understand the value of startups and how valuable  the combination of a prospering, young startup and a strong player in the market can be. One of them is Sennheiser. The other one is Tinnitracks, whereas the former is the big player and the latter is the startup –...
Cape Town Piloting Canadian Technology

Cape Town Piloting Canadian Technology

  I recently commented on a friend’s very interesting photo. It showed a group of doctors around a patient’s bed all holding iPad Mini’s while they digitally document their decisions. The photo caption mentioned how truly amazing this whole experience was for her. My friend is an Intern doctor at one of the most well...
All the Things Working

All the Things Working

“Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy.” – Louis CK We speak so often about all the things that need to be “disrupted” in the healthcare system in order for it to work more efficiently. It’s true, there are vast and critical areas that need improvement. EMRs, insurance, billing, communication, design, transparency, research methodologies, patient-clinician collaboration, pharmaceuticals,...
9 Pieces of Evidence Why Healthcare's Aesthetic Ambitions Must Change Immediately

9 Pieces of Evidence Why Healthcare’s Aesthetic Ambitions Must Change Immediately

Design in Medicine is apparently something  the Twitterati (Thanks IDEO, Thanks Dr. V) are interested in. We took a look at a variety of objects in medicine and healthcare and when looking at them it is clearer than ever that medicine lacks design. Here we go:        
Medicaid As A Catalyst For Community Change

Medicaid As A Catalyst For Community Change

In California, it’s a tale almost worthy of Hollywood.In 2008, Alex Briscoe, the Director of Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency, stood watching a demonstration against the police after the shooting of a young black man, Oscar Grant III, by a white police officer.  He was there with the Medical Director of the Emergency Medical...
10 Ways To Be A More Than Average Physician

10 Ways To Be A More Than Average Physician

We all know how routine the life of a physician can get, between catching up on paperwork, cramming in daily work outs and seeing patients, it’s important to keep sight of ways to stay not just on top of, but also ahead of the game. Medicine, not unlike any other career, falls privy to lapses...