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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...
Changing Cancer Diagnostics in South Africa

Changing Cancer Diagnostics in South Africa

Technology In March 2013 I was working in Steve Biko Academic Hospital (SBAH) in Pretoria. One of my patients had just been diagnosed with Lung Cancer and the professor who is the head of our unit asked me to book a PET-CT scan. I had no idea what that was but assumed that if I...
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...
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...