Wearable tech could quell opioid epidemic

“Quell is a device that aims to reduce the use of opioid pain medicine by stimulating the nervous system and activating natural pain blockers in the body. Dr. Shai Gozani of Waltham developed the technology and said his product can diminish the reliance on opioid pain medication users.”

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http://www.bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2018/09/wearable_tech_could_quell_opioid_epidemic

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New Digital Health Tech Accelerator Opens Up NHS To Cancer Specialists

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“Artificial Intelligence (AI) has long since left its science fiction roots behind and has become immersed in manufacturing, supply chain, retail, and business. However, one space where it is set to really make a tangible, life-saving impact is in healthcare. Already there are applications in place that are providing essential care to people in underserved or developing areas, improving patient data care and management, and transforming diagnoses and patient care.”

In the UK, the National Healthcare Institute has started the Digitalhealth.London. This is an accelerator program designed to initiate faster technology adoption by utilizing the lastes in startup and SME invention.

“One of the most recent additions to the accelerator program is Trustedoctor, a global digital healthcare platform that makes it easier for cancer patients to access specialist care. DigitalHealth.London will be supporting Trustedoctor in deploying a solution that could help alleviate the complexities that surround ongoing cancer care and support.”

“Using the accelerator, Trustedoctor will connect with NHS stakeholders, industry investors, patients and other healthtech innovators so it can continually adapt its offering to suit what the NHS actually needs. The AI-powered solution opens up a world of oncology specialists to people who have been diagnosed with cancer, are undergoing treatment and who need medical support that they can trust while mitigating some of the biggest challenges facing the NHS when it comes to patient care.”

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/insights-kpmg/2018/07/16/five-skills-auditors-need-to-succeed-today/#398135862356

As Hurricane Florence hits, USDA is leveraging GIS for better emergency communications

sat_image” As hurricane season hits the East Coast, public affairs officials at federal agencies grapple with how best to communicate with citizens in the path of the storm. One key way to deliver public safety information is through local media outlets. But how do they identify which news outlets best serve, for example, the broad stretch of coastline where Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall?

An enterprising communications coordinator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture says he’s identified a way to streamline this job using geographic information system (GIS) mapping.”

https://www.fedscoop.com/hurrican-florence-usda-gis-for-better-emergency-communications/

Apple Taking Public Health Strides

Health technology has the potential to enhance our public health system. Tech companies can improve how we monitor disease and potential health risks. Apple has stepped into the health tech field with the introduction of its new product the Apple Watch Series 4. The watch is equipped with features that measure abnormal heart activity and a built-in emergency response contact system. Not only can the user have a constant heart monitoring system, but also the stored information can be shared with the user’s physician. This is one of the first FDA approved consumer devices used for medical purposes.

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This opens the gateway for technology companies to partner with the healthcare system to develop healthcare interventions using consumer devices. These partnerships could potentially lead to increases in public awareness of health outcomes, improve medical data collection, and expand patients access to health information.  Is this the beginning of how we connect our healthcare system and improve public health?

Click the following link to know more about Apple’s venture into health tech:

https://www.geekwire.com/2018/apple-makes-huge-leap-health-tech-first-kind-heart-tracking-features-apple-watch/

Is technology the future of healthcare?

The goal of health technology is to assist in more efficient data collection, increase connectivity, and foresee market changes. A push for a more healthy lifestyle across the United States has lead to an increasing need for innovative ideas that can lead to healthy behavior changes. Even with governmental efforts, life expectancy in the United States has decreased, inequities in healthcare persist in rural communities and healthcare costs are still at an all time high. Developing partnerships between healthcare communities and business technology firms has the possibility to strengthen the development of evidence-based research and HIPAA-compliant clinical resources that can contribute to an improved population health in the United States. Using these firms can also establish  more reputable platforms, health analytics, and marketing expertise that could serve beneficial to the current healthcare issues.

Implementing technology into exercise devices has lead to success stories surrounding smart technology abound. Exercise using smart technology  has been shown to increase physical activity compared to traditional healthcare models. Access to healthcare is also an issue due to the US healthcare industry structure. This can be improved through the use of online applications geared towards connecting clinicians with patients. Through businesses engagement, assistance in the development of technology services that  increases access to low-cost care for patients in need is possible.

Innovative inventions in data collection would assist with patients having access to their own health information. This gives them the opportunity to make informed decisions about their own health. It also reduces redundant testing resulting in patients and clinicians saving time and money. Collaborating with businesses and technology firms on healthcare issues and projects could improve population health overall.

 

References

  1. Stey A, Kanzaria H, Brook R. How disruptive innovation by business and technology firms could improve population health [published online August 16, 2018]. JAMA.doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10782
  2. https://www.medicalbag.com/tech-talk/technology-disruption-improving-us-population-health/article/794210/

Wearable devices and mobile health technology—one step towards better health

With increasing efforts being made to address the current global obesity epidemic, wearable mobile health (“mHealth”) technology has been deemed a great tool for promoting physical activity and encouraging healthy habits. Current research also pinpoints the need for these new technologies that can serve best as part of a larger overall health plan, rather than working with individuals to encourage weight loss and nutrition.

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https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-08-wearable-devices-mobile-health-technologyone.html

Las Cruces-Area Group To Launch Data-Driven Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention Project​

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This community in New Mexico took the effort to combat childhood trauma to new heights. A group of  Dona Ana county agencies initiated a childhood trauma project using data on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). A high ACEs score can result in a child’s diminished capacity to learn in school, diminished work performance, or ability to establish healthy relationships. The project was in response to a community movement to end childhood trauma and maltreatment based on a real Protective Services Division of the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department Case.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Prevention Project launched on Aug. 8, with a series of events in Las Cruces.  The program includes a face-to-face classroom experience and five web-based lessons for participants to explore strategies for meeting the needs of families and preventing ACEs and trauma. The group believes through a data-driven citywide process, ACEs can be predictable and preventable.

 

 

http://www.krwg.org/post/las-cruces-area-group-launch-data-driven-adverse-childhood-experiences-prevention-project