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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...
NHS Choices - How can UK’s Biggest Health Portal Work with Innovators?

NHS Choices – How can UK’s Biggest Health Portal Work with Innovators?

The annual NHS Innovation Expo is always a hotbed of ideas. 2013, for example, saw the launch of the NHS App Library. The response after one year: Improvements in progress. It has been on the verge of closure, but equally appreciated for what the NHS does best: reliable advice. There’s no shortage of commitment in the...
Physicians Are the Smart Money

Physicians Are the Smart Money

Ever hear the notion that physicians are dumb investors?  It’s often rattled off as truth and yet it is totally false. Physicians, like everyone else, tend to do better with their investments when they invest in what they know. What do they know? They know medicine, and the “practice of medicine.”  They have a better...
Healthcare Lessons from the Data Sages at Strata

Healthcare Lessons from the Data Sages at Strata

This article was first published on Strata. By Bonnie Feldman (@DrBonnie360) and Ellen M. Martin Most healthcare clinicians don’t often think about donating or sharing data. Yet, after hearing Stephen Friend of Sage Bionetworks talk about involving citizens and patients in the field of genetic research at StrataRx 2012, I was curious to learn more. McKinsey points out...
Discussing South African Healthcare

Discussing South African Healthcare

Discussing healthcare in South Africa usually ends up in a heated conversation. It is generally divided into two area’s: private and public sector. Those exposed to private sector complain about exorbitant fees, and those in the public sector complain about the lack of staff, equipment and patient volume overload which then results in ridiculously long...
How Can Google Glass Transform Medicine?: An Interview with Accenture Connected Health Services

How Can Google Glass Transform Medicine?: An Interview with Accenture Connected Health Services

Accenture’s recent Digital Consumer Tech Survey 2014 revealed a growing interest in wearable technology. That’s endorsed by the plethora of new wearable devices on show at this year’s CES. Typical are smart watches and also wearable smart glasses – the pioneer here, of course, being Google Glass. Glasses are particularly interesting to us here at...
Mindfulness and Communication; Wearable Technology and Data Visualization

Mindfulness and Communication; Wearable Technology and Data Visualization

Vandrico is an unbiased 3rd party verifier and specialized R&D firm that investigates new technology to help businesses identify the true players on the map. It recently released a database composed of over 118 wearable devices. The site is interactive, enabling researchers to see how many devices have been designed for the chest versus the...
MySugr Secures Major Funding from Berlin's XLHealth Accelerator

MySugr Secures Major Funding from Berlin’s XLHealth Accelerator

MySugr, a start up from Austria, has just announced that it has raised an undisclosed amount from Berlin-based accelerator XLHealth. XLHealth is the venture vehicle of the CEO of CompuGroup Medical, the European market leader in physician IT software. The startup currently offers two apps, Companion and Junior, that aim to help diabetics track their...
Pernicious Moralising: When Public Health Fails

Pernicious Moralising: When Public Health Fails

The last few weeks have been exceedingly busy as we finalised the Wellthcare Manifesto, interviewed more Wellth Creators, and started work on what a meeting on ‘health creation’ might look like. One question has surfaced a few times and I wanted to reflect on it here: “How is Wellthcare different to public health?” Public health,...
The Medical Black Box

The Medical Black Box

A friend sent me  a podcast from RadioLab a few weeks ago. The topic was ‘black boxes’ and since he knew I was an anesthesiologist in the making, he thought I would find this one particularly interesting. I did. RadioLab Black Box Podcast How scientists and physicians have managed to put people to sleep or...
Health 2.0 Seattle: Drilling Into Local Industries For Healthcare Solutions

Health 2.0 Seattle: Drilling Into Local Industries For Healthcare Solutions

Since the inception of Health 2.0 by co-founders Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya, Health 2.0 local chapters have popped up all over the world. The chapters differ in location and objective, yet all provide networking opportunities and stimulating discussions for people involved or interested in how technology can be leveraged to systemically affect change in...
11 Insights of 2 E-patients

11 Insights of 2 E-patients

MedCrunch had the pleasure to speak to Kerri Sparling  and Marie Ennis both empowered and vocal epatients and active members of the Doctors 2.0 & You community. MC: Please give us three sentences about yourself in the context of health. Kerri: My name is Kerri Sparling, and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the...
Remote Patient Interaction With Google Chromebox

Remote Patient Interaction With Google Chromebox

Google just unveiled its internal meeting system as an actual product called “Chromebox”.   It says “for meetings” on the site but actually this could be an easy to setup and probably easy to use infrastructure physicians could use to interact with chronic patients in their homes. It works with basically any device, be it...