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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...
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 — radically changing the learning...
A Real Solution for Medication Non-Compliance

A Real Solution for Medication Non-Compliance

The management of a relatively straightforward disease like hypertension requires multiple parties to work together to achieve a common goal of reducing a patient’s cardiovascular risk. The physician requires the necessary medical acumen to accurately diagnose hypertension and any underlying causes. But most importantly, it requires significant understanding and effort on the side of the...
Health 2.0 Seattle: Strategic Partnerships

Health 2.0 Seattle: Strategic Partnerships

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Health 2.0 Seattle Recap: Health 2.0 Seattle is hosted by digital product studio Substantial. Its mission is to establish Seattle as a leader in healthcare innovation by facilitating dialogue among professionals from the local technology, life sciences, and global health industries. February This month’s panel discussion focused on...
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...
Pernicious Moralising: When Public Health Fails

Pernicious Moralising: When Public Health Fails

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Wellthcare 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...