Category Archives for "Internet of Things"

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

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

Jan 26

Spine & Health Info Platter 26 Jan ’18

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Internet of Things , Spine Care , Value-Based Healthcare , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter, we look at a simple guide for organisations interested in utilizing blockchain technology; we look at the interesting intersection of medical training and urban design; and finally, we look at some trend predictions for 2018. Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy:


Blockchain Technology is Ready to Restructure the Healthcare Industry

As cryptocurrencies grow in popularity and value, there is an emerging consensus that the technology that powers them may bring long-awaited changes onto various industries. In this article, we take a look at 3 of the blockchain-based applications prepared to make a tangible impact on the healthcare industry.

Blockchain—A new model for Health Information Exchanges

This report presents a simple guide for organisations interested in utilizing block chain technology. While the report recognizes that blockchain technology is not the panacea for all system integration challenges, the benefits of the technology are numerous.


These Future Doctors Are Learning How to Influence Urban Design

The built environment itself can influence both physical and mental health. Researchers have even found that heart rates will go down when people simply walk past green space that have been added and blight cleaned up. The built environment is as much a public health concern as it is an infrastructure need.

Here we learn how JeffDESIGN, a hybrid university program that combines medical training with design classes, seeks to change the way doctors think and influence public health in cities by equipping them to influence the way cities are built or retrofit.


Value-Based Purchasing Tops List of Health Benefit Trends to Watch in 2018

The pursuit of value-based purchasing arrangements tops the list of employer health benefit trends to watch in 2018, according to the National Business Group on Health. The Washington-based employer health coalition released a list of nine employer health benefit trends to watch to this year. Not surprised to see “engagement platforms” listed as number 3 – sign-up and join our network!!!!


What To Expect From Digital Health In 2018?

2017 was a year full of marvelous advancements in healthcare. So what’s next? This article takes a sneek peek at the crystal ball (assuming one even exists) to look at what 2018 will mean for digital health

Dec 27

Spine & Health Info Platter (27 Dec ’17)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Internet of Things , Spine Care , Value-Based Healthcare , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter, we look at smart bandages, physicians who are prescribing mobile apps to their patients, the power of a humble spreadsheet, AI and 10 healthcare IT predictions for 2018. Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy:

Five major shifts in the transformation of healthcare (MaRS)

Healthcare in the developed world is undergoing a transformation. This infographic does a great job of capturing at least 5 of the major shifts.

Smart bandages for monitoring and treatment of chronic wounds

Researchers from 3 academic institutions in the USA have designed a smart bandage that could eventually heal chronic wounds or battlefield injuries with every fiber of its being. The bandage – the first of its kind that is capable of dose-dependent drug release – consists of electrically conductive fibers coated in a gel that can be individually loaded with infection-fighting antibiotics, tissue-regenerating growth factors, painkillers or other medications. A microcontroller no larger than a postage stamp, which could be triggered by a smartphone or other wireless device, sends small amounts of voltage through a chosen fiber. That voltage heats the fiber and its hydrogel, releasing whatever cargo it contains.

Elsewhere, researchers in Saudi Arabia have developed a smart bandage for real-time wirelesss monitoring of chronic wounds. This technology solves the problem of wound monitoring by offering a low-cost wearable smart bandage that detects early signs of wound infection such as bleeding and pH variations and can measure external pressure on the wound. This simple bandage strip can remotely send wound progression data and issue early warnings to patients, as well as remote medical staff, regarding the need to change the dressing. See description here

Dear Patient, please don’t forget to download your prescription (YouTube)

Someone once said that if we were told that the brain were a mobile app, we would surely us it more! That just goes to demonstrate the ubiquity of mobile computing in our age. This short clip introduces a digital medicine-centric care delivery system that enables physicians to digitally prescribe mobile health apps to patients.
But as with everything new, some of these innovations are treated with a dose of healthy skepticism as they lack evidence to suggest that they work, or more gravely, that they don’t cause harm. Another big challenge will be to ensure that the tech projects are compatible with each other (…hear the cry for Open Standards…)
Pharma and apps – never would have imagined that…

How do we heal medicine? (TEDTalk)

Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawade explores how doctors can dramatically improve their practice using approaches as simple as … a checklist – or coaching
Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine — with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.

Five AI breakthroughs that could change the face of science (Imperial College)

Barely a week has gone by in 2017 without warnings in the media about how Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics is threatening to make all human workers redundant.
AI techniques, such as machine learning, represent a complete step-change in ability.
We take a look at five stories this year where scientists used AI in completely new ways

10 Health IT predictions for 2018: Al, blockchain, robotics and a $100 million class-action suit (Healthcare IT News)

And finally, we let’s take a peek into 2018 and see which emerging technologies will start to gain some firmer footing in the year ahead.

Happy new year everybody!

Nov 20

Spine & Health Info Platter (20 Nov ’17)

By admin | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Internet of Things , Low Back Pain , Spine Publications , Wearable Tech

This week’s health & spine platter covers space travel & spine health, the role of blockchain, big data in healthcare & the Internet of Things (IoT) in clinical trials.   Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy:

Blockchain in Health Care: Decoding the Hype (Massachusetts Medical Society)

The excitement around using blockchain technology in health care is growing. Proponents point to blockchain’s potential to liberate data from entrenched silos, empowering patients to securely “own” their data. Critics argue that it is all hype — a technological hammer looking for a nail — and that the complexities of health information prevent practical use of blockchain technology. So, is it all hype?

What does space travel have to do with spine health? (NASA)

So space travel has always been fascinating for physicists, astronauts (of course), physiologists, biologists and many other scientific disciplines (ask anyone about the shape of the candle flame is space and you are bound to have even the most timid persons talking). But what interest do primary spine providers have with space travel? Well, observations on NASA crewmembers reveal lumbar spine paraspinal muscle atrophy after long-duration spaceflight. This observation will surely play a critical role in the promotion of spine health and prevent spinal injury during space missions… and ultimately here on earth.

Internet of (Medical) Things in clinical trails – what are the issues?

We’ve seen the Internet of Things applications in healthcare. Connected devices increase access to providers, improve the quality of care thanks to more accurate patient information, and allow patients to take more control over their overall health. Yet, in clinical trials, we see limited application of IoT. What are the issues?

Big data – whose data is it anyway? (Massachusetts Medical Society)

Traditionally, doctors collected and protected patients’ health information. As health care has become more complex and information has been shared between doctors and other health care workers, among institutions, and sometimes between countries, the legal and ethical framework securing that information has also grown increasingly complex. Add into that mix patient privacy and things become even more interesting. Who then should have ownership of the patient’s data – the patient themselves, the doctor, the government?

Big data in healthcare – the pain and the gain (Procedia Computer Science)

Limitless opportunities are offered for big data to drive health research, knowledge discovery, clinical care, and personal health management. However, there are a number of obstacles and challenges that impede its true potential in the healthcare field, including privacy and data security issues. Medical records have proven to be vulnerable to cyber attacks, and these are set to increase as data sharing increases. The healthcare industry will have to think long and hard about how to protect patient data. This paper discusses some existing approaches and techniques for achieving security and privacy in which healthcare organizations are likely to find highly beneficial.