Category Archives for "Big Data in Healthcare"

Jul 13

Apple to help manage health records, & more

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blog , Disruptive Innovation , Internet of Things , Machine learning , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare

In this week’s platter we meet the world’s first AI psychopath; we look at the promise of the Apple iPhone Health App; we consider results that show that value-based care is bending the cost curve; and finally, we look at the internet of cosmetics and beauty in the bathroom of the future. Enjoy
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Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI

It is often said that when it comes to machines, it is “garbage in, garbage out”. Researchers at MIT have developed the world’s first AI psychopath as an experiment on the dangers of Artificial Intelligence gone wrong when biased data is used in machine learning algorithms. The experiment proves that AI trained on bad data can itself turn bad. As AI continues to feature more and more in decision making – clinical and otherwise – it is imperative to ensure that cognitive, social and other biases are eliminated and not perpetuated in the data that we feed it.

Managing Your Health Records Should Be As Easy As Managing Your Money – and Apple wants to make it happen

The essence of the article is summarized in this quotation: “If you think about it, we as a society would never sit down and accept a situation where our banking information was possessed by others [and] could be tapped by us only intermittently and with great effort … And yet somehow we’ve lived with the fact that health records and health information were possessed really in a paternalistic way.” It could not have been said better…

Value-based care is bending the cost curve

Change Healthcare commissioned a national research study with ORC International to investigate the maturity of payers’ active value-based care programs. On average, payers reported an impressive 5.6% medical cost savings from their value-based care strategies. The data is in. Successful value-based care initiatives are driving real change across the nation. It’s time to get on board.
Download the executive summary or the complete research report here.

The bathroom of the future

Smart mirrors might advise the clueless what to wear in the morning, skin scanners might find the most effective beauty products, toilets might eliminate urine tests, and bioprinting might help cosmetics companies discontinue animal testing. Technology will significantly re-shape our sanctuaries for hygiene, and to see how it will happen, we looked at the latest trends. Here’s an overview of what the bathroom of the future will look like

May 28

9 weird predictions about the future of healthcare & more

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Machine learning , Spine Cloud Platter , Sub Category 1.3 , Value-Based Healthcare

In this week’s platter, we look at an AI-enabled digital platform which uses patient reported outcomes data to support patients through the recovery process; we consider the factors which indicate that Amazon may indeed dominate the healthcare sector; we consider the aspects which need to be developed before the mass adoption of blockchain in healthcare; we look at how Hurricane Harvey could be seen as a blessing in disguise for a Houston hospital; and, finally, we look take a peek at how healthcare may look like 100 years from now. Enjoy!

A Finnish startup founded by uni students has raised €4 million to revolutionise treatment

Already deployed in over 30 hospitals across across 5 countries in Europe, this digital platform ultimately seeks to reshape the whole healthcare system from being doctor-centred to patient-centred, and from transaction-based to value-based. This is achieved by combining patient-reported outcomes data and AI-assisted patient monitoring software to automate follow-up and support patients through treatment and recovery. Its algorithms screen for symptoms, alert care teams and trigger personalised instructions for patients. Future developments could even help to detect and treat additional health problems early on.

Why Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Might Just Dominate Another Trillion-Dollar Industry

Amazon this year announced a partnership with JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway to cut healthcare costs, characterizing the initiative as a Herculean effort that would require “talented experts, a beginner’s mind, and a long-term orientation.” Approaching things with a “beginner’s mind and long-term orientation” is how technology leaders create companies of sustainable value. So, how do company founders learn to lead like Bezos?

Blockchain in Health Care – from evolution to revolution

Health care is complex and data intensive. The industry has lots of players. Health care transactions are slow, cumbersome, and expensive. Constraints on access to critical data sets limit progress in research. Data privacy is a big deal. Data security can be a life-or-death matter. So what now…? Blockchain technology can address all of these.
Inasmuch as blockchain technology has major disruption potential, it will not disrupt health care overnight—or even over the next few years. This article presents the technology aspects that need to be developed before blockchain reaches tipping point in adoption and impact.

How Hurricane Harvey spurred a Houston hospital to rethink emergency care

An often-referenced adage states: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” This article details some the major interventions by the emergency department of a Houston hospital which permitted a sustained 7.5% surge in volume without increasing cost. Definitely worth close examination and replication.

 

9 weird predictions about the future of healthcare

This article shares the weirdest ideas about how healthcare might look a hundred years from now. Or even further down the road. Let’s peek into a dystopic future of healthcare.

May 21

Spine & Health Info Platter (21 May ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter, we take a comprehensive look at AI and then later at the challenges to overcome before mass adoption of AI in healthcare; then we pay attention to how real-world evidence could impact healthcare decision making; and, finally, we take a look at camera enabled goggles which, let’s just say, is very early in its development cycle.

Artificial Intelligence Promises a New Paradigm for Healthcare

Unease over AI is still common, and perhaps somewhat justified as researchers start to turn well-controlled pilots into commercialized deployments of diagnostic tools, clinical decision support systems, and workflow optimization aids. Many of these offerings must still earn the trust of clinicians, especially those who question the underlying integrity and potential biases of the data upon which these algorithms were trained.
Regardless of where any individual or institution falls along the enthusiasm spectrum, it is becoming increasingly clear that nothing is going to stay the same once the healthcare industry hits its AI event horizon – and that moment may be coming very soon…

Six Challenges To Tackle Before Artificial Intelligence Redesigns Healthcare

The potential of artificial intelligence for making healthcare better is indisputable. But integrating it successfully into our healthcare systems requires us to overcome some significant challenges. Despite this, we can be sure of one thing: artificial Intelligence will not replace physicians. Yet, medical professionals who use A.I. will replace those who don’t.

Real-world evidence: From activity to impact in healthcare decision making

Healthcare is rapidly transitioning to a new world of patient choice with a laser-like focus on outcomes and value. Indeed, healthcare systems that have traditionally focused on medical interventions driven via episodic interaction with the patient are now recognizing the need to fully understand exogenous factors (“real world evidence”) and deliver continual care. But how do we exploit this data to significantly improve healthcare decisions?

What is ‘Disruptive Diagnostics’ and How is it Changing Health Care?

Recent scientific advancements are spurring on innovation in disease diagnostics. Last month, a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore developed a tiny microfluidic chip that can detect minute biomolecules without lab equipment. The strides made in the automation of diagnostics will cause fundamental changes in medicine. The field is set to become more of an information science.

The Only Good Wearable Records Everything You Miss While Blinking Your Eyes

Camera-equipped goggles that record what you miss the moment you blink. That’s right!!! You be the judge . You just blinked…you’ve just missed a moment.

Apr 16

‘Disruptive diagnostics’: How it’s changing healthcare.

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter we pay attention to ‘disruptive diagnostics’; we look at an example of the novel use of technology to communicate with the deafblind; we consider 2 applications for cryptocurrency in healthcare; we look at what healthcare can learn from finance about data sharing; and, finally, we turn to insightful infographic on wearables. Enjoy!

What is ‘Disruptive Diagnostics’ and How is it Changing Health Care?

No keen observer of the healthcare sector can deny the massive innovation witnessed in various pockets of the health care value-chain in recent times – from the advent of all things digital to the shift in business models. Here we pay attention to innovation in disease diagnostics and we take a look at how far it has come in just a few years.

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Good Vibes – New app helps deafblind people communicate

How can deaf-blind people communicate with each other or with their care givers? Enter Good Vibes – a free app that uses haptic feedback and does not have a visible user interface. Developers say this is the “first time in history” that an effective tool has been created for two-way communication between those who are visually and hearing impaired. It can be downloaded for free on Google Play.

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Cryptocurrency’s digital health potential for data sharing, behavior incentives

Cryptocurrency has both advocates and critics in the financial sector. In digital health, the use of cryptocurrency is equally undefined, but it has a lot of potential. While the use of cryptocurrency in digital health is still in its infancy, some experts say this is only the beginning of a growing field. This article looks at 2 applications for cryptocurrency in healthcare – data for digital dollars and cryptocurrency as a behavorial incentive.

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What can healthcare learn from finance about data sharing

Both financial data and health data require the highest levels of security and privacy. But the experience of that safe and secure data exchange, between healthcare and finance, is dramatically different. Banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions are able to navigate these barriers to talk to one another, making it easier for customers to coordinate payments and understand their overall financial wellbeing. So why can’t patients, doctors, payers and insurance providers do the same for health data? … It is time redesign the way that healthcare ecosystems communicate…

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Infographic: Wearable Healthcare Technology

And finally, we pay attention to an infographic which provides examples of a wide range of healthcare wearables, the most popular types of healthcare apps and insight into healthcare wearable trends. Enjoy!

Image Credit: Vivian Abagiu/University of Texas at Austin

Apr 06

3 healthcare delivery problems will be solved by disruptive innovation

By Kanwal Sood | Big Data in Healthcare , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare

In this week’s platter, we turn our attention to the indicators of true innovation in healthcare delivery, we look at arguments for the migration towards value-based payment model for providers; then we consider U.S. healthcare through an investor’s lens; and finally, we pay attention to Apple’s updated EHR solution. Enjoy!!! Let us know of your thoughts on our facebook page

Catching disruption in the act: 3 problems that innovation will solve in healthcare delivery

This brilliant article by Rebecca Fogg makes a clear distinction between sustaining innovations (which ultimately drive higher prices) and true disruptive innovations. The author lists 3 innovation design problems which market watchers keen to spot disruption in healthcare delivery should keep an eye on.

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3 reasons to let go of fee-for-service payment models

Health care payment models remain in flux, with the pace of movement from fee-for-service toward value-based payments continuing to be unclear in the context of changing federal and state policy decisions and significant local market variation. In the face of this uncertainty, health care providers can feel trapped, fearful of “having a foot in two canoes,” straddling the two divergent payment models.
In this article, Dr. Gary S. Kaplan presents 3 compelling reasons to why physician organisations should quit resisting payment model changes and embrace value-based payment.

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Understanding the Value-Based Reimbursement Model Landscape

Much is being said about the migration to value-based reimbursement – but what does this mean for providers and how do these options impact potential revenue?

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Health Care Is an Investment, and the U.S. Health Care Is an Investment, and the U.S. Should Start Treating It Like One

The U.S. invests billions of dollars each year in medicines, new technologies, doctors, and hospitals — all with the goal of improving health, arguably the most prized commodity. Yet, investments in the U.S. health care system woefully underperform relative to those made in health care in other countries. So if we want to see better outcomes, we need to start to think like investors…

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Apple Health Records Solution Spreads to 39 Health Systems

Just two months after Apple announced its Health Records solution that allows consumers to see their medical records right on their iPhone, 39 health systems have signed on to launch the feature, the tech giant announced this week.
The updated Health Records section helps consumers see medical information from various institutions organized into one view and receive notifications when their data is updated. This information can help patients better understand their health history, have informed conversations with physicians and family members, and make future healthcare decisions.
This is a beautiful product at the intersection of digital technology and customer centricity.

Mar 31

How could digital technology make an impact on primary care?

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter, we look at what PCPs think of digital tech, we consider an innovative development in drug delivery; we look at wearables in the mouth; we consider a tele-ultrasound system; and, finally, we pay attention to stunning 3D insights of the human brain… Enjoy!

 

Managing back pain without addiction risk

Everybody occasionally experiences pain. Generally, pain is manageable with over-the-counter medications, or no medication at all. But when pain is acute and severe, such as after an injury or surgery, stronger pain medication may be required. And for chronic pain, such as from neck and back disorders, the long-term use of opioids to subdue pain can become addictive.
In light of the above, three University of Virginia researchers are working toward an innovative solution for treating lower back pain after surgery and for chronic back pain. They are developing drug delivery patches that would be worn on the skin, like a bandage, to deliver non-addictive pain medicine directly to the site of pain, rather than systemically via pills or injections.

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Tooth-mounted sensors track your diet and health from inside your mouth

High-tech wearables are everywhere, from our wrists to our pets to our … mouths?
Engineers at Tufts University have created tiny sensors that attach to teeth. It’s not a fashion statement, though it could very well someday become one! Instead, the wireless sensors are designed to monitor health and dietary habits, relaying data about sugar, salt, and alcohol intake to a wearer’s mobile device. It’s like a little nutritionist in your mouth that keeps tabs on every time you cheat on your diet.

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How Could Digital Technology Make An Impact On Primary Care?

Healthcare is on the verge of a paradigm shift due to digital technologies. Trends and research suggest that in the next few years, medicine will shift from a reactive to a proactive discipline. With the help of digital technologies, such as portable diagnostics, wearables, sensors, the patient will become the point of care instead of hospitals, clinical labs or other medical facilities. Moreover, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, various targeted therapies and precision medicine place the individual in the center of care instead of large populations. But how does all this impact primary care?
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Philips Unveils First Live Tele-Ultrasound System

Philips, in a partnership with Innovative Imaging Technologies, a company out of Canada, is releasing the first telemedicine system that transmits live ultrasound images during scans performed by a paramedic or nurse to a physician’s smartphone, tablet, or computer. Audio and video are shared as well, allowing physicians to have a clear sense of the context, how the ultrasound is positioned and used, and what the on-site person is seeing.
This is very useful development, but let’s hope that those transmitting live images have ready access to broadband…

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New tissue technique gives stunning 3D insights into the human brain

Imperial researchers have helped develop a breakthrough imaging technique which reveals the ultra-fine structure of the brain in unprecedented detail. Enjoy!!!

Image Credit: EntrepreneurCountry Global

Mar 22

Full-body exoskeletons to minimise occupational injuries?

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter , Videos , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter, we get introduced to industrial exoskeletons; we look at UAE’s adoption of digital health solutions; we see the smartwatch come of age; and we pay attention to innovations in the pharma supply chain. Enjoy!

They say that prevention is better than cure – so let the robot lift…

Backaches as a result of poor lifting techniques may soon be a thing of the past.  Sacros Robotics, a global leader in the production of robots that combine human intelligence and dexterity with strength, is working with industry groups to identify key performance and safety requirements necessary to bring powered and quasi-passive, full-body industrial exoskeleton systems to the work force.  This will surely improve efficiency and reduce occupational injuries and especially the proverbial lower back pain (yay!!!).  See demonstration of this highly dexterous machine here and here.  Who wants to bet that we see surgical robots evolve to surgical exoskeletons…?

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Saved by the watch

The Apple Watch smartwatch has been found to be pretty accurate when it comes to detecting abnormal heart rhythms. A continuing study (see journal article here) on the potentials of wearables has identified that the watchOS device has a 97 percent accuracy rate in determining abnormal heart conditions.  We can be sure that the phone will inform your cardiologist before you even know it. This development is enough to make my heart skip a beat…

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UAE adopts virtualization of care through digital health solutions.

Residents in the UAE will soon be able to access real-time medical data, ascertaining the continuity of care when patients move from one hospital to another.

The project for unified medical records ‘Riayati’ will connect public and private sector healthcare providers across the country, in order to create a secure way to access and share the right health data with the right people in real time. That’s right – in real time… Complications arising due to unavailability of reliable medical information during emergencies will soon be a thing of the past.

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Robotics, A.I. and Blockchain Redesign The Pharma Supply Chain

Exoskeletons will aid pharma factory workers. 3D printing will allow pharmacies to produce drugs on the spot. Blockchain technologies will help fight counterfeit drugs. These are just bits and pieces, but the entire process of the pharmaceutical supply chain will be affected by disruptive technologies. Let’s look at a comprehensive overview of how innovations will make the supply chain more efficient, faster and cheaper than ever before.

Image Credit: Utah Business

Feb 23

Spine & Health Info Platter (23 Feb ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Value-Based Healthcare

In this week’s platter, we consider some of the issues related to the migration towards value-based programmes; we look at an executive’s guide to AI; we learn about the FDA approval for AI-enabled stroke alert app; we learn about the deployment of DNA nanorobots in the fight against cancer; and, finally, a treatise of blockchain technology and what it means for healthcare and pharma. Enjoy…

Most healthcare execs say value-based programs led to positive financial results

HFMA and AAFP reports found that nearly three-quarters of executives surveyed said their organizations achieved positive financial results, including return on investment, from value-based payment programs. Despite the benefits associated with the fee-for-value payment models, the report found that barriers to value-based payments persist: such as lack of resources, inconsistencies among payers, lack of physician alignment and support, lack of staff time, lack of standardization of performance measures and uniform performance reports from payers.
The move into value-based payments is just beginning…

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An executive’s guide to AI

With the accelerating artificial-intelligence race, executives have to make nimble, informed decisions about where and how to employ AI in their business. Management consultant McKinsey & Co. present AI essentials for executives in this interactive guide.

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FDA OKs marketing of AI-enabled stroke alert for providers

We’ve seen the FDA approve prescription apps for substance abuse and digital pills that track when patients take it, and now we learn of the approval of clinical decision support software which analyzes brain scans and alerts clinicians if a patient is at risk of a stroke. During the FDA review, real world evidence was used to show that the app could alert a neurovascular specialist sooner than a clinician in cases where a large vessel blockage was seen. Incremental improvement, but improvement nonetheless…

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Power Source Inspired by Electric Eels to Energize Medical Implants

Last week we learnt about the development of spine-like battery to power flexible electronics. Here we learn of a power source inspired by electric eels to energize medical implants. This is a significant development as the power source would overcome the limitations of batteries: it will remain inside the body (no need to remove/replace), no need for the introduction of toxic materials into the body, and – stating the obvious – completely alleviate the need to use batteries for implants.

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Nanomachines Create Clots Inside Vessels Feeding Cancer Tumors

Researchers from Arizona State University and National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a remarkable new way of killing tumors. They’ve developed robot-like nanoscale devices that cling to the walls of tumor vessels, release a clotting agent, and block the tumor from receiving nutrients. This article reports that the technology was applied to mice with a variety of tumors, including breast cancer, ovarian, melanoma, and lung cancer. It worked in all the tumor types, to different degrees, but quite well. Inasmuch as there is a lot of work still to be done even before clinical trials can begin, the expanding of the possibilities of this new technology is exciting…

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What Is Blockchain And What Does It Mean For Healthcare And Pharma?

This article presents a treatise on blockchain technology; and argues the immense potential in both healthcare and pharma.

Feb 18

Spine & Health Info Platter (18 Feb ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter, we look at how the earth’s most customer-centric company (…Amazon) could disrupt healthcare; we learn how FitBit is enabling providers to better support patients beyond the walls of the clinical environment; we pay attention to an application of blockchain technology that promises to lower drug costs; we consider the importance of cybersecurity given the advent of EHRs; we look at how technology imitates nature; and finally, we pay attention to the application of machine vision for spinal navigation. Enjoy!

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What could Amazon’s approach to healthcare look like?

It is clear from some of its recent moves that Amazon sees the 18% of U.S. GDP dedicated to health care as fertile ground for expansion. The challenge is formidable. As many critics have noted, employers have banded together before to address health care costs and failed to make much of a dent in health care spending. How will this effort be different? If Amazon succeeds in changing health care, how might it do so? This article presents four key strengths that Amazon will have to exploit to bank this opportunity.
Suffice to say that for existing health care companies, the operative words in their mandates have been “health care”; for Amazon, the operative words likely are “service that needs to be delivered to a customer.” Is this the disruption that the healthcare industry has been waiting for?

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Fitbit digs into healthcare industry with acquisition of personal coaching platform Twine Health

On Tuesday, the wearables manufacturer announced plans to purchase Twine Health, a Boston-based company that combines artificial intelligence with personalized coaching to assist patients with diseases like diabetes and hypertension. This is in pursuit of helping healthcare providers to better support patients beyond the walls of the clinical environment, which can lead to better health outcomes and ultimately, lower medical costs.

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Cambridge Consultants creates blockchain-based platform to help manage drug costs

Development firm Cambridge Consultants has designed an open market trading platform for drug price negotiation that’s based on a public blockchain. The company says it’s an effort to help fix the lack of transparency around how drug prices are set – that by creating a set of so-called smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain, it will enable a trust-based mechanism for the trading of drug products as if they were commodities. By moving to an open market that creates price competition and improves access, one can expect that drug prices will taper and could eventually decline.

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Tennessee Hospital’s EHR Hacked by Cryptocurrency Malware

Decatur County General Hospital, a 40-bed hospital located in Parsons, Tennessee, has informed its patients about a security incident in which is electronic medical record (EMR) system was hacked, impacting 24,000 patients’ records.
As per classic PR, the hospital alleges that, at this time, there is no evidence that patient information was actually acquired or viewed by an unauthorized individual and officials investigating the incident do not believe that patient health information was targeted. Nonetheless, this incident highlights the risk associated with digital EHRs on a network

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Lithium-ion battery shaped like spine could power flexible electronics

Scientists are developing a lithium-ion battery shaped like the human spine to power wearable electronics in the future. Researchers from Columbia University in the US were inspired by the suppleness of the human spine, and used the spine model to design a battery with a similar structure as that of the spine. The battery allows remarkable flexibility, high energy density and stable voltage no matter how it is flexed or twisted, researchers said. The solution to some of our problems is found in paying attention to what has already been created…

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Machine-Vision Image Guided Surgery: Cost-Effective & Radiation-Free (YouTube)

The 7D Surgical System is an impressive Machine-vision Image Guided Surgery (MvIGS) platform. The system delivers on the promise of image guided surgery (IGS) and allows surgeons to perform fast, cost-effective, radiation-free IGS. Unlike conventional IGS systems that rely on time-consuming intra-operative radiation emitting devices or laborious point matching techniques, MvIGS uses only visible light to easily register patients in less than 20 seconds. Have a look…

Feb 09

Spine & Health Info Platter (9 Feb ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter

In this week’s platter, we look at curing disease through big data; then we pay attention to the early applications of virtual reality technology in healthcare; we look at how a simple tweet about your cough could help reduce the impact of a pandemic; we consider the rise of ‘digiceuticals’; and finally, and frankly ironically, we turn our attention to the lobby against digital addiction.            Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy!

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Medichain – saving lives with blockchain

MediChain is a Medical Big-Data Platform that allows patients to control all their medical data with complete privacy and at no cost to themselves, the doctors, or hospitals using the system. The platform is unique in that it that stores the anonymised data in such a way that patients can opt to let researchers use it in developing cures for every possible disease or illness that occurs in the population. So your data can actually be used to save the life of others. This is a fine example of curing disease through big data.
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Where is the business case for medical VR?

Proponents of virtual reality (VR) technology believe VR offers a valuable new addition to the clinical toolkit, with potential applications ranging from education and training to rehabilitation, pain reduction and even treating anxiety and depression. But is there evidence supporting the use of VR in the treatment of medical conditions? This article answers in the affirmative, and suggests that VR could even find application in cognitive behavioral therapies.

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Fighting the flu with code

Early detection and prediction of disease outbreak is critical because it can provide more time to prepare a response and significantly reduce the impact caused by a pandemic. Multiple researchers are harvesting data from social media platforms to estimate current (real-time) influenza activity and determine hot spots of transmission.
This represents a big leap because such predictions provide actionable insights for public health that can be used for planning, resource allocation, treatments and prevention. So, the next time you tweet ‘Oh, I’m coughing,’ you may just be helping the authorities determine to where to focus their resources. Was that a cough I just heard…?

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Don’t worry, be appy

LUANN STOTTLEMYER has had diabetes for 23 years, but it was only in 2016 that her doctor prescribed a treatment that changed her life. It has allowed her to bring her blood-sugar levels under control and lose weight. Yet this miracle of modern science is not a new pill. It was a smartphone app (a “digiceutical” for those who are into the lingo).

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Social media pioneers will now fight what they helped build

With the advent of digital solutions/apps for just about anything, a lobby group has been formed to highlight the dangers of excessive smartphone use has on the mental health of the users. Ironically, the lobby group is spearheaded by the very same people who helped create these ubiquitous social media platforms. What was once a solution is now becoming a massive problem…

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