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Are A Doctors Religious Beliefs Her Privat Private Beliefs?

Are A Doctors Religious Beliefs Her Privat Private Beliefs?

Does it matter whether your doc believes in a god or not? Famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins posed this question during one of his many panel discussions between theists and atheists. The majority of people will argue that beliefs are something private and should not get mixed with a professional opinion. There may be physicists who...
It's All Just Data: On Similarities and Disparities in Global Digital Health

It’s All Just Data: On Similarities and Disparities in Global Digital Health

Inside the newsroom at Bloomberg News in San Francisco, hundreds of screens are flashing with updates from around the world. A perfect setting for a recent seminar on how mobile technology is improving worldwide access to healthcare information, and how collection and usage of health data varies in different regions. So what on Earth is...
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 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...
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...