Join us on the 30th June in London for the Health Wearables & Monitoring Conference

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Catapult Digital Health Wearables & Monitoring

Join us on Tuesday 30th June 2015 (9.30am-4.30pm) at Digital Catapult’s Wearables & Monitoring Conference (a highlight of the London Digital Health Festival – eight events covering a range of topics from personal data to e-mental health).

Keynote topics/panels will include:

”Let the Subjects Rule: the New World of Clinical Trial Data”, “Challenges and Opportunities for Wearables & Monitoring Startups”, “IoT Showcase”, “Sharing is caring”, “The Cancer-sensing bra”, “Turning Smartphones into Advanced Medical Devices”, “The Future of Infant Health Monitoring”, “Legislating Health vs Wellness: the Importance of CE or FDA Rating”, “Healthcare Goes Mobile” and “The Role of Monitoring in Fighting HIV”.

Key speakers will include:

Raed Abd-Alhameed, EM & RF Engineering, University of Bradford
Laurenti Arnault de’ Medici, CEO, WT VOX
Jonathan Chevallier, Chief Executive, Oxehealth
David Doherty, CoFounder, 3G Doctor
Ross Fraser, CEO, HouseMark
Richard French, Legal Director, Digital Catapult
Kirsten Hancock, Founder, BlueMaestro
Daniel Honeywell, Managing Director…

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“Online doctor visits can be easy, but Congress thinks they increase costs”

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WashingtonPost Online Doctor Visits

This Washington Post article by Phil Galewitz (produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation) propagates some very basic misunderstandings about remote Doctor consultations that I think are worth highlighting.

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A woman sends blood pressure and pulse information to a doctor, who is visible on a monitor looking at aCT scan of the patient. (iStock)

Unless the video call tech doubles as a time machine (and could take you back 20 years to a time when CT scans were reviewed by Doctors after being printed onto Xray film) why would anyone pick such a ridiculous stock image?

Donna Miles didn’t feel like getting dressed and driving to her physician’s office or to a retailer’s health clinic near her Cincinnati home. For several days, she had thought she had thrush, a mouth infection that made her tongue sore and discolored…

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Mobile phone based interviews lead to more trustworthy and accurate answers than those given in more traditional spoken interviews

Great Thoughts — mHealth may well be the disruptive change our healthcare systems so desperately need

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Mobiles have redefined what it means to listen mHealth

As people increasingly communicate via asynchronous non-spoken modes on mobile devices, particularly text messaging (e.g., SMS), longstanding assumptions and practices of social measurement via telephone survey interviewing are being challenged. In the study reported here, 634 people who had agreed to participate in an interview on their iPhone were randomly assigned to answer 32 questions from US social surveys via text messaging or speech, administered either by a human interviewer or by an automated interviewing system… …The key question was how the interview mode affected the quality of the response data, in particular the precision of numerical answers (how many were not rounded), variation in answers to multiple questions with the same response scale (differentiation), and disclosure of socially undesirable information. Texting led to higher quality data-fewer rounded numerical answers, more differentiated answers to a battery of questions, and more disclosure of sensitive information-than voice interviews, both with human…

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JAMA Forum: Back to the Future: Volume as a Quality Metric

Interesting thoughts — Could Volume be a default quality metric — because we choose not measure quality more meaningfully ? Interesting arguement — but not very convincing


Image: Aubrey LaMedica/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (Image: Aubrey LaMedica/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

Recently, a group of leading academic institutions asked all hospitals to pledge to minimize the number of patients who undergo certain surgeries performed by surgeons and hospitals who seldom do those procedures. The “Take the Volume Pledge” campaign, initiated by 2 of the most respected experts on quality and safety in the nation, John Birkmeyer, MD, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, and Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Medicine, makes a lot of clinical sense. We know that when patients receive these surgeries at low-volume institutions or in the hands of low-volume surgeons, they tend to fare worse.

What’s remarkable isn’t that these leaders asked hospitals to focus on volume as a way to improve patient outcomes, but that they are doing it in 2015. And herein lies a story of volume as a quality…

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Something to Push Against

“We’ve been wrong about what our job is in medicine. We think our job is to ensure health and survival. But really it is larger than that. It is to enable well-being. And well-being is about the reasons one wishes to be alive.”

Great thoughts Indeed

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It is natural to seek out the roadblock, the check-point, the official approval gate: someone whose job it is to green light your idea, give you your next gig, say yes.

The search for something to push against, a hurdle to overcome, is also a chance to hide: to take small steps, to describe nothing more than the bit that could get an OK within the confines of how things work today.

At its worst, seeking out a “yes” can even  be a clever, acceptable way of being OK with a “no.” It’s a way to hide, to shift blame, to take on too little, to search for a wall to point to that we couldn’t break through.

“They wouldn’t let me do this” is often just another form of “I was afraid to see what would happen if I tried to pull this off without someone else’s cover.”

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TED Fellow Tal Danino programs bacteria to detect and treat cancer – and make art

Bacteria to detect and treat cancer — Interesting Read

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Did you know that bacteria can be programmed as though they were computers? Bioengineer and artist Tal Danino is working out how to instruct bacteria to enter cancerous tumors — where it can detect and treat the disease noninvasively. And when Danino isn’t tinkering with bacteria’s healing potential, he makes artwork with it.

With Danino’s TED talk posted just yesterday, he tells the TED Blog more about bacteria and how the artistic process drives his scientific research.

Tell us about your work in studying and programming bacteria.

There are two really interesting aspects to this. The first is that there’s this entire universe of bacteria inside of you, and in the last five to ten years, there’s been a revolution in figuring out what your microbiome does. It’s a really big part of your identity as well as a part of how you respond to and digest foods, how you develop certain diseases, allergies, and so on. Historically, we’ve…

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