Following Google to the Emergency Room
A study has shown health related Google searches double the week before a patient visits an emergency room and 50% would be willing to share search history with providers. This could lead to predictive and preemptive care, directing patients to the right treatment earlier.
Voice Applications are getting Louder in Healthcare
Cedars-Sinai are testing Alexa, allowing patients to make requests, e.g. turn out lights or control their TV. Mayo Clinic are expanding voice capabilities across 50 health related topics to help patients better manage disease
Technology attempts to put the Black Dog of Depression on a leash
A study has found ‘Brain Training Apps’ could help depression patients. And mood predicting tech may be able to stop depressed moods before they arise. Researchers are talking about bringing clinical grade brain-stimulation for depression into the home. And consumer devices are also in development
An Anti-Viral Shot for the Anti-Vaxxers
After sustained public pressure, major social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, You Tube & Pinterest, have taken steps to reduce the visibility of anti-vaccination content. This hazardous spread of ignorance has been linked to low vaccination rates and subsequent disease outbreaks
Apples and Gravity
Blindness in the Sights of Digital Health
Implantable tech is fighting blindness. An Australian collaboration is working on a less surgically invasive system to restore sight to people with genetic blindness. And a British woman is the worlds 1st to undergo gene therapy for the most common form of blindness
We Love Tech….but not Tech Companies
More consumers are using digital health to manage complex health conditions according to a Rock Health survey. But only 11% of consumers willing to share data with tech companies, Google the best of a bad bunch and Facebook perhaps unsurprisingly towards the bottom of the league
Going off Half-Hancocked?
UK health secretary Matt Hancock was labelled dumb for a knee jerk call to ditch ‘archaic’ pagers. Pagers save lives where mobile phones can’t go, e.g. zero reception spots. This ‘aversion’ to old stuff is just as bad as the ‘craving’ for the shiny new. But focusing on tech grabs headlines rather than boring stuff like er… the patient and their entire journey
A Data Dump for your Heart – How about monitoring your heart health, with toilet seat sensors?
What the UK NHS needs to do in Digital Health, from the Eric Topol report
Facebook receives sensitive personal health data from apps
23andMe wants to become a drug company, it has 13 drugs in its pipeline