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Convergence of science, technology, and social media in health care
Great to see Buddy helping others!
Ever talked to your dog and wished she would talk back? Well, now there are some seniors who are talking to their dogs and getting an answer. It’s all because of the hard work and dedication of an MIT Mechanical Engineer, now entrepreneur with a big idea.
GeriJoy is the brainchild of Victor Wang and it was born out of concern for his own grandmother. Alone, homebound and isolated from family and friends in Taiwan, Wang’s grandmother started talking about suicide. Wang started working.
Wang is no ordinary grandson. At the age of six, Wang was programming role-playing games for MS-DOS.. He received a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia, majoring in Mechatronics Engineering and minoring in Commerce, and was awarded the Wesbrook Scholar designation. After working in environmental research, aerospace manufacturing, particle physics, medical robotics, and being an officer in the military, Wang won the…
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Digital health, key for improved doctor patient communication!
The basic premise of the Accountable Care Organizations is simple enough. By incentivizing providers (physicians and hospitals) to assume financial responsibility for coordinating the health care of a defined patient population, it is possible to increase the quality of care while decreasing the cost of care delivery.
For ACOs to succeed, experts tell us that 3 things are required: 1) health information technology is needed to track and manage patient populations, 2) redesigned care delivery processes are needed to support patient care coordination, and 3) the right set of provider financial incentives must be in place.
The improvements in quality and cost effectiveness in large part are predicated upon providers being able to engage patients with the goal of changing their health behavior.
The problem is that most physicians lackthe patient-centered communication skills needed to engage patients in…
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Cracking the code of the venture capitalists’ vault of money is one of the enduring enigmas for about every entrepreneur at some stage of their existence. For many, the stress involved in securing funding can be completely overwhelming and many falter when they finally get some time in front of a VC. An evolving part of my work is helping to prepare start-ups for VCs as well as helping VCs to assess healthcare start-ups so today I’m going to share my top five tidbits of knowledge for health entrepreneurs to better understand venture capitalists. So let’s get going!
They might not be entrepreneurs necessarily like you but they are businesses like you. They want to minimise their risk and enhance their opportunity to make a profit. It might sound like common sense but many start-ups treat VCs as judge, jury and executioner. Always remember that they guys…
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Good info on the advantages and disadvantages of self-tracking.
The end of 2012 and the dawning of a new year brought with it a multitude of news reports and blogs on the phenomenon of the quantified self or using self-tracking tools for health promoting purposes. Much hype has been generated around ‘digital health’ or ‘mHealth’ technologies, or mobile digital devices such as smartphones and wearable materials with embedded sensors that are able to connect to device apps or websites and download the data collected. These technologies include thousands of health-related apps for smartphones, tablet computers and iPods that can keep track of the user’s food and alcohol consumption, physical activity, body weight, ovulation cycle, stress levels, mood, sexual activity and many other physical functions and habits. It has been argued that by using such apps the smartphone can become a ‘”soulmate device” that knows your body better than you know it yourself’.
There are also an increasing number…
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Yesterday, as I was completing my morning coffee and internet ritual, @le_feufollet broke the sad news to me of Aaron Swartz’s death. Aaron was a leader online, a brilliant coder and developer, and sadly a casualty in the fight for freedom of information. He was essential in the development of two tools I use every day (RSS and Reddit), and though his guerilla attempt to upload all papers on JSTOR was perhaps unstrategic, it was certainly noble enough in cause. Before his death Aaron was facing nearly 35 years in prison for his role in the JSTOR debacle, an insane penalty for attempting to share information. We don’t know why Aaron chose to take his life, but when @la_feufollet and I tried to brainstorm a tribute to him, my first thought was a guerilla PDF uploading campaign in honor of his fight for open access. I’m not much of an organizer, so I posted in one of…
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An interesting top twitter hashtag listing posted by RuderFinn during the week when the Consumer Electronics Show (the biggest event to ever be staged in Las Vegas) is hosting the “Digital Health Summit” featuring TV personalities such as CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, Dr Mehmet OZ from the Doctor OZ Show and the Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington: