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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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

WHO vaccinates citizens of Congo, Researchers hopeful that mapping will stop the recent Ebola outbreak.

The second Ebola outbreak in eight months is happening in Congo. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION is currently vaccinating citizens of the Republic and are hopeful that mapping strategies can help stop the outbreak. The first outbreak of Ebola was discovered in 1976, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As far as mapping the premise, researchers seek to receive help from the community and partnering    organizations.

MAPPING helps researchers find boundaries and different forms of  everyday activity, (i.e. traffic, health centers, outbreak zones).The data will help health care worker’s understand and prevent disease. The data will also give information on those susceptible by location and those recently vaccinated, to compare to other populations by utilizing GIS services.

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https://www.voanews.com/a/ebola-prevention/4534422.html

Data Scientist, 2020’s job with little people, and a lot of money.

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In less than five years there will be over 500,000 Data Scientist jobs with only 200,000 people to fill these positions. Out of the global companies used to gather this data, 63% of the companies ,currently,  pay for these practices to be taught to their employees. WITH Facebook’s 200 million photos in 24 hours and Twitter’s a billion tweets in three days, the demand for Data Scientist is growing as individuals get acclimated to the technological advances of the 21st Century. SQL, R Programming, and Python are essentials that one who seeks to make a living in this lucrative field should possess. If you are an effective communicator, analytical problem solver, or posses curiosity in intellectual properties consider making this your breadwinner or trade of the 21st Century. Screen Shot 2018-08-22 at 3.11.55 PM

https://insidebigdata.com/2018/08/19/infographic-data-scientist-shortage/

http://www.ibmbigdatahub.com/infographic/what-makes-data-scientist