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A HealthBeat 2014 Report: To Make Sense of the Sensors

A HealthBeat 2014 Report: To Make Sense of the Sensors

What do you do when you know you’ve slept for five hours? What do you do with that data? Matt Marshall, founder and CEO of technology innovation news site VentureBeat, started off HealthBeat 2014 with the question that the participants spend two days eagerly trying answer. How do we make...
Wireless Power: How Will It Benefit The Medical Sector?

Wireless Power: How Will It Benefit The Medical Sector?

Wireless Power: How will it benefit the medical sector Wireless power is not a new concept – the idea has been around for over 100 years. However it is today that we actually see mankind make use of the technology to help our everyday lives. Although already proved popular with...
Fertility Trackers Cut Infertility Costs

Fertility Trackers Cut Infertility Costs

Fertility trackers are hot right now. Reports of major investment in fertility applications abound, and as other applications and wearable devices report faltering engagement statistics or a fall-off rate that suggests tremendous need for improvement, fertility application consumers are addicted. Ovuline investor Bill Pescatello of Lightbank states in a TechCrunch article that Ovuline numbers are “almost...
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...
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...
A Virtual History: Connecting With Realities Of Healthcare

A Virtual History: Connecting With Realities Of Healthcare

Every Virtual Reality (VR) fan knows the story of how in the mid 1950s a cinematographer Morton Heilig built the Sensorama that tried to embed movie-goers into the environment of the movie by using various theatrical equipment (moving chairs, fans, aroma emitters.) Concepts of interactivity, immersion, and representation are part of the core of VR...
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,...