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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...
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...
A Match Made In Heaven: How A British Health Tech Startup Combined With Qinec, A Practice Management Software (PMS) Provider

A Match Made In Heaven: How A British Health Tech Startup Combined With Qinec, A Practice Management Software (PMS) Provider

When booking an appointment for a health professional, there are different ways to go about it. The obvious, old fashioned way is to pick up the phone and call a healthcare practice to discuss with a receptionist possible appointment options. Everyone understands the inefficiencies of doing it this way. Not getting the appointment you want...
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...
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...
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...
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 treating chronic disease, medical care...
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 and who they receive it...
Transparent Medical Records And The P+P Relationship

Transparent Medical Records And The P+P Relationship

In the New England Journal Of Medicine last week, an article about increasing transparency in medical records caught my attention. It was a good idea. And a frightening one. At this era of EHR use, patients are generally excluded from the documentation process. We prefer to request documents directly from other providers or institutions and...
Collaboration on the Front Lines: Physicians and Coders Unite

Collaboration on the Front Lines: Physicians and Coders Unite

The role of physicians has evolved vastly over the decades, and physicians have worn many hats to reflect the changing demands for their services. But have they realized their full potential when it comes to harnessing technology? A hackathon I recently attended made me reflect on the role physicians have during disaster relief efforts and...