Last Month In Digital Health (April 2019)

Are Health Apps Just Data Sucking Parasites?

One study showed that 79% of health apps share our data with minimum transparency and another study of Mental Health Apps showed that only 14% have any evidence of clinical efficacy 🤔

Is Apple as accurate AF when it comes to monitoring your heart?

The huge study of 419,093 participants showed 0.5% received an irregular heartbeat notification. Some hailed the results as a great success while others questioned the accuracy,

Is Tech the Enemy or Savior of our Mental Health?

After the long running debate on how much screen time is too much a study implicated Social Media in Youth Depression. Yet technology is being used as a solution, video games are being touted as a way of alleviating depression and anxiety, with an increasing evidence base. 1.3% of one chatbot’s users expressed suicidal thoughts, showing that it is sometimes easier to speak to a non-human without stigma. Companies are working to provide empathy in virtual coaching and counseling. Artificial Intelligence is helping human therapists provide better treatment. Technology platforms are being increasingly used to support workplace metal health

Is the FDA being NICE to Pharma?

A PwC report highlighted 4 potential opportunities for Pharma and Medical Device companies, in the FDA’s evolving digital health guidance. NICE (UK) updated its evidence standards for implementing digital health technology in the NHS and gaining reimbursement

Is Healthcare in the Workplace Evolving?

In a growing trend Walmart cut out the health insurers. Funding activity shows an increase focus on workplace mental health

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Last Month In Digital Health (March 2019)

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  

The Road to Recovery Now Has a Map – Google are to show opioid disposal sites in map searches and (Verily) are building a rehab campus to combat opioid addiction

Apples and Gravity

Johnson & Johnson CEO predicted their Apple Watch collaboration will save lives. Hyperbole? Well in other news the Apple Watch fall detection feature saves the life of a man in Norway

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? 

And finally…

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