Category Archives for "Spine Cloud Platter"

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!!!

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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.

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Mar 14

What is the next big opportunity in healthcare?

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter, we pay attention to the next big opportunity in healthcare; we consider strategies to prepare for the migration from fee-for-service to fee-for-value; we look at the application of design thinking in healthcare; and, finally, we look at the case for the return of the primary care physician. Enjoy.

The next big opportunity in healthcare lies at the intersection of women’s health and digital health

The signs were there – 80 percent of household healthcare spending is done by women; 50 percent of global healthcare customers are women; 80 of healthcare professionals are women – and intersect that with the rise of the “she economy” (the rising buying power of women), the increasing focus on gender-specific medicine and the ubiquity of digital health and you get…”femtech!” “Femtech” is software, diagnostics, products and services that use technology to improve women’s health. Although still believed to a niche sector (perhaps there is a need to redefine the word ‘niche’), “femtech” is tipped to be a $50 billion market by 2025. The overlap between women’s health and digital health is increasing by the day and it is imperative for companies to cater to unmet needs in the industry.

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Migration from volume to value – how does one prepare?

While most stakeholders agree the shift toward value-based care is imminent, the growth of physician participation in value-based payment models has been slow. This article presents five strategies leaders identified during the discussion to strengthen their organization’s financial operations to better position them for value-based care.

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Azar Emphasizes Administration’s Plan around Value-Based Care, Creation of “True Healthcare Market”

At a speaking event in Washington, D.C., Alex Aza, (the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) Secretary, confirms that the value-based transformation of the entire healthcare system as one of the top four priorities for his department. He acknowledges that the transformation will present some challenges – some which will require “uncomfortable” federal intervention – but that there is no turning back to an unsustainable system that pays for procedures rather than value.
These are seismic reverberations which cannot be ignored…

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Design thinking in healthcare

Fueled by the desire to find human-centered solutions to healthcare problems, researchers from IDEO and Verily Life Sciences discuss the application of design thinking methodologies to generate and test lots of ideas to find more innovative, far-reaching solutions to healthcare challenges. In this article (podcast), they speak about the application of design thinking to a schizophrenia case and they conclude with a an analysis of three mindset shifts that are currently moving healthcare in a more human-centered direction.
For a short treatise on design thinking in healthcare, with an associated case study, see here.

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Contact Lenses That Deliver Drugs Directly To The Eye

In an attempt to improve patient compliance, a team from a Havard Medical School affiliate has developed contact lenses that deliver medications directly to the eye over days or weeks. Made from FDA-approved materials, the lens delivers medication in a controlled, sustained release and does not interfere with the wearer’s vision.
Eye drops are the traditional treatment method, but they can be ineffective, as the liquid drips out of the eye or patients may stop treatment. Moreover, the lenses can effectively deliver drugs to the back of the eye to treat macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, and other diseases that today require in-office injections.

‘No eye drops, no injections – just one lens’ -> this is design thinking…

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Why do we need help buying and using healthcare? It’s complicated.

This post laments the lack of support that today’s predominant care delivery paradigm affords to patients facing the myriad of complex and often expensive health improvement processes and clinical interventions and self-care regimes. The authors then argue for the return of the primary care physician (a.k.a “health coach”) to offer coordinated, multidisciplinary support throughout the care continuum. Well, look no further than our PSP programme to respond to this need. Sign up here.

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Mar 01

Spine & Health Info Platter (1 March ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare

In this week’s platter we look at how AI looks at the eye to predict heart disease risk, then we pay attention to an interesting statistic related to EHR, we consider 3 insightful takeaways from the Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit, and we probe the true health risks related to the Brexit negotiations. Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy!

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The eye is no longer just the window to the soul, as it may actually now save your life

A new study by Google and its health-focused Alphabet-sibling, Verily Life Sciences, has shown that deep-learning algorithms can accurately predict heart disease by analyzing photographs of an individual’s retina.

Given that the algorithm could accurately predict risk factors, the scientists also trained the algorithm to predict the onset of a major cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack within five years.  The technical journal is found here 

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Study: In Family Practice Visits, EHR Time Exceeds Face-to-Face Patient Time

A Time-Motion Study reveals that primary care physicians in the US spent more time working in the electronic health record (EHR) than they spent in face-to-face time with patients in clinic visits.  This is in contrast to a recent study in the UK which found the inverse to be true.  There is a need for serious introspection here (read disruption…).

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3 thoughts that emerged from the Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit

The recent Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit sought to bring money to the forefront of the conversation by asking a central question: Why does healthcare cost so much and what can we do about it?

Here are three takeaways that came out of the summit.

  1. There’s a lot of unnecessary care that’s amping up costs
  2. Implementing value-based care is still a work in progress
  3. America’s broken political system is a threat to the future of healthcare

Simple yet insightful.

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When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers – the case of Brexit as a healthcare risk…

Public health leaders have warned that health risks are being forgotten in Brexit negotiations, potentially delaying the availability of new medicines and imposing large costs on manufacturers.  According to this article, a ‘hard Brexit’ would pose the greatest disruption for the European healthcare sector and patients, particularly if there is no mutual recognition agreement on clinical trials, batch testing and diagnostics.

It is said that history repeats itself, but this unfortunately does not have the “undo” button.  This is definitely a development worth following closely….

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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…

Feb 04

Spine & Health Info Platter (4 Feb ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Care , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare , Videos , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter we consider whether remote patient monitoring technologies translate into improved patient health; we look at the 3 industry tycoons who want to fix health care in the US; we study the application of artificial intelligence in big pharma; we look at Apple’s lesson for healthcare innovation; and finally, we get introduced to DNA portraits. Enjoy!
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Remote patient monitoring: From hype to reality

Enthusiasm for remote patient monitoring (RPM) is growing, and it’s no wonder. The latest wave in health data collection uses non-invasive devices (think smart watches, smart phones, and other wearables) to automatically transmit data to a web portal or mobile app for patient self-monitoring and/or health provider assessment and clinical decision-making. Could the use of these exciting technologies actually translate into improved patient health? Researchers found that RPM could be impactful—so long as it was coupled with interventions that integrated new experiences, such as personalized health coaching, into the care model. While that’s good news, we should ask ourselves: why wasn’t the technology alone enough to move the needle?

Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon want to fix health care

On Monday, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon announced that their three companies -Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase- would create a new company to develop a better health care solution for their U.S. employees. Given the resources of the companies, and their history of concentrating on the long-term rather than just the near-term, they have a chance to make significant changes in the way health care is provided. Still, it won’t be an easy industry to change.

India’s Growing Healthcare Burden has a Solution at ‘Home’

As India marches ahead, the nation still struggles with substantial issues and worrying gaps in it’s healthcare system. An imminent solution which can have an immediate impact on improving India’s health status, without the additional economic burden of increased expenditure on healthcare infrastructure, is home healthcare. Increasing penetration of internet and technological improvements in healthcare will act as strong enablers in delivery of services at a patient’s home. This article posits that it is time for India to proactively consider home healthcare as a solution for the multiple challenges faced by it’s healthcare industry.

Precision medicine allows accurate disease prevention and treatment tailored to an individual by combining knowledge of a person’s environment, their genetic make-up and protein levels.

Big pharma turns to AI to speed drug discovery

The world’s leading drug companies are turning to artificial intelligence to improve the hit-and-miss business of finding new medicines. The aim is to harness modern supercomputers and machine learning systems to predict how molecules will behave and how likely they are to make a useful drug, thereby saving time and money on unnecessary tests. In fact, experts believe that AI systems could deliver drug candidates in roughly one-quarter of the time and at one-quarter of the cost of traditional approaches. Let’s hope that this contributes to a net reduction of health-care costs

Apple’s surprising lesson for healthcare innovators: it’s not about the product

In this video, Rebecca Fogg explains what the iPhone can teach us about Disruptive Innovation in healthcare to audiences at the Imperial College London Business School’s 2017 innovation conference

And finally,

Order Your DNA Portrait!

You can get your own DNA portrait!!! In the era of personalized genetics, it’s a perfect example of how industry will use these methods to explore all the financial possibilities. DNA Portraits are the world’s most unique and personalized form of art. No two prints will ever be alike (but for those who cannot read DNA, the portrait remains beautiful, even if it is not unique).

Jan 12

Spine & Health Info Platter (12 Jan ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Low Back Pain , Spine Care , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare

In this week’s platter, we pay attention to the promises that mulberry silk has on spinal replacement therapy; what Starbucks could teach healthcare providers about “patient adherence”; the applications of blockchain technology in healthcare administration and pharmaceuticals; and, finally, we meet FLIPPY

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Powered by silk: on spinal replacement therapy (The Hindu)

Using mulberry silk, researchers from IIT-Guwahati have fabricated a spinal biodisc construct that could mimic the human intervertebral disc in form and function (successfully tested in rats so far).  Because of its abilities to accurately mimic the human disc that acts as a soft cushion between two vertebra, the artificial biodisc has the potential to replace the metallic or ceramic or collagen-based discs that neurosurgeons use at the moment to surgically cure some of the lower back pains.

Just looking at the rise in the prevalence of surgical interventions for lower back pain, perhaps it is time that we harvest silkworms… 🙂

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What could Starbucks possibly teach providers about “patient adherence”?

Patient non-adherence costs between $100 and $300 billion annually in the US alone, and is therefore an important public health consideration, affecting health outcomes and overall health care costs.   Healthcare delivery models has sold healthcare as “products” – whereas patients want “progress.”

In tune with Peter Drucker’s famous insight, “The customer rarely buys what the company thinks it is selling them.”  Starbucks has created and thrived in this space, and perhaps healthcare innovators can learn from that experience.

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Change Healthcare’s enterprise blockchain tech now available for hospitals, practices, payers

The finance domain may have been the forerunners in adopting the blockchain revolution (cryptocurrencies etc.), but healthcare is finally catching up.  Change Healthcare has launched what it’s calling the first enterprise-scale blockchain network in healthcare.  This is a positive development worth watching closely; especially as innovators continue to explore new areas where blockchain technology can leveraged to help lower costs, improve quality and make healthcare more patient-centric.

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What if blockchain could be used to save lives? (Coindesk)

In recent years, pharmaceutical companies have been put under more pressure to bring new, more personalized drugs to market faster and at more affordable prices and in a personalized fashion.  The 3 pharmaceutical heavyweights – Pfizer, Amgen and Sanofi – are now eyeing blockchain as a means of reducing the length and cost of clinical trials and improving the success rate of these trials.  Watch this space.

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Meet FLIPPY the robotic kitchen assistant (Miso Robotics)

The development of very capable and autonomous AI systems could completely transform is already transforming multiple sectors and professions.  Meet “FLIPPY” the kitchen assistant and watch him/her in action.  Watch the video and let us know what you think the implications of this development could mean in your domain.

Dec 19

Spine & Health Info Platter (19 Dec ’17)

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

This week, we pay attention to the use and expanding potential of virtual reality in healthcare; how trust is the real variable for healthcare system improvement; how design thinking can be leveraged to offer solutions to some problems even in healthcare; and to a minute sweat analyser. Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy:

Virtual Reality in Medicine: New Opportunities and possibilities

Medical VR is an area with fascinating possibilities. It has not just moved the imagination of science-fiction fans, but also clinical researchers and real life medical practitioners. Although the field is brand new, there are already great examples of VR having a positive effect on patients’ lives and physicians’ work.
Researchers from the University Hospital of Basel’s Department of Biomedical Engineering have now succeeded in taking two-dimensional cross-sections from computer tomography and converting them for use in a virtual environment. For example, doctors can now use the latest generation of virtual reality glasses to interact in a three-dimensional space with a hip bone that requires surgery, zooming in on the bone, viewing it from any desired angle, adjusting the lighting angle, and switching between the 3D view and regular CT images – offering the doctor a very intuitive way to obtain a visual overview and understand what is possible.
Elsewhere, the Washington Post reports how doctors used VR and a 3-D print model to simulate a surgery to separate conjoined infant twins and ultimately save their lives- see here.
The application of VR in healthcare has potential beyond just training simulation and surgical procedures. This article presents how VR can be applied to aid physicians to experience life as their patients, or making hospitalized children feel like they’re at home.

Sensor Pulls Sweat from Skin to Measure Multiple Biomarkers (MedGadget)

Researchers from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and a Swiss company called Xsensio have presented a new sweat sensor capable of detecting a number of useful chemical biomarkers, as well as the sweat’ pH level and temperature of the skin. 10,000 times smaller than the today’s most advanced devices, one will have to simply stretch their minds to understand the potential of this technological development!

How to improve health care using game theory: the Prisoner’s Dilemma

The healthcare industry is facing real challenges and is in need of some real solutions. This dated article looks to game theory to help us understand one of the underlying impediments to healthcare system improvement. In summary, it all comes to trust…

Healthcare designers can use design thinking to improve patient experiences (HBR)

In a world of great technological advances, one is tempted to seek improvement of patient experiences by adopting better technology or by deploying some other clinical solution. Recalling that healthcare is about restoring wholesomeness to the person and not only about attacking a disease, this article describes how non-clinical aspects can be leveraged to improve patient experiences – by employing “design thinking.” A short treatise of design thinking is found here
Feel free to contact the Spinecloud team to discover how design thinking was used in the development of the proprietary Spine Care Pathway.

 

Dec 11

Spine & Health Info Platter (11 Dec ’17)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Care , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare , Wearable Tech

This week we look at Sophia: the first robot declared a citizen by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; the evolution of training of spine surgeons with the introduction of 3D printed spines; what the CVS-Aetna deal means for delivery of healthcare; Bill George discusses solutions to our most pressing health-care problems; and, finally, the 12 most over-hyped technologies in healthcare. Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy:

Meet Sophia: The first robot declared a citizen by Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia says it has become the first country in the world to grant citizenship to a robot.
The female robot’s name is Sophia, and she is presented as an example of how robot technology and artificial intelligence will make machines more human-like in the future.
Sophia was built by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics. The company’s founder, David Hanson, says his goal is to create robots that look and act very much like humans.
Artificial intelligence is advancing. 15 years ago – this was the substance of sci-fi series and today it is fast becoming a reality

‘Lifelike’ 3D printed spine to help train spinal surgeons

Simulations for training in critical situations are apparent in various industries – military, aviation, event management etc.
Thanks to the wonders of 3D printing – simulations have also entered the spine care domain and promises a step change in the performance of trainee surgeons and in the reduction of errors. A project led by Nottingham Trent University aims to give trainee surgeons the “tactic knowledge” of how it feels to partly remove or drill into vertebrae before undertaking procedures on patients. The models – which are created using powder printing technology to help achieve a lifelike porosity of real bone – feature hard outer layers and a softer centre. When dealing with the spine, we all acknowledge that one error can lead to catastrophic, life-changing consequences for a patient, so it’s imperative that surgeons can prepare themselves thoroughly. This research will enable clinicians to experience how performing spinal surgery feels both physically and mentally, but in a safe training environment.

Innovation key to solving America’s health-care problems

In this video, Bill George, former Medtronic Chairman & CEO, Harvard Business School Professor, says innovation can solve many of our most pressing health-care problems by making the delivery system more efficient. He posits that delivery systems will be moving from downstream to upstream (focusing on wellness to prevent people getting sick) and will see it moving out of the hospitals and clinics into pharmacies, and ultimately that self-care will become primary care.

What if an app could replace a pill?

What if an app could replace a pill? That’s the big question behind an emerging trend known as “digital therapeutics.” The idea: software that can improve a person’s health as much as a drug can, but without the same cost and side-effects. We’ve seen how the popular consumer apps such as Headspace and MyFitnessPal, help us do things like meditate or manage our calorie consumption. Well, Digital Therapeutics are an evolution of these types of tools, which focus specifically on the prevention and management of chronic diseases, like diabetes (type 2), hypertension, and others.
The ultimate intention is to keep people off medication and out of the hospital, living healthier and happier for longer.
But is it really without side-effects (ever heard of internet/digital addiction or hypochondria)? Let us know what you in think about this.

The CVS-Aetna Marriage – the signal to migrate to fee-for-value

The CVS’s $69 billion acquisition of Athena made front page headlines in the last week (it is the marriage of the financing and the delivery of healthcare). But what exactly does it mean for the delivery of healthcare? According to this article from the Havard Business review, the ramifications of such a deal for traditional care providers typically dominated by hospitals is going to be big and may happen fast.
Their intent appears to be to create the financial incentive to get upstream of the major cost driver in health care: hospitalization. By focusing physician and ancillary resources on preventing unnecessary hospital care, which drives 70% or more of medical cost, the total cost of care and therefore premium cost can be lowered. This cost and service improvement then differentiates the insurers, pharmacies, and other disruptive newcomers in the market. Traditional care providers must understand where the world of incentives is going and jump to an incentive system that rewards value, not volume (This means moving aggressively away from fee-for service payment fee-for-value).

The Most Over-Hyped Technologies in Healthcare

With all the talk about digital disruption in healthcare, it would be useful to inject some sanity and talk about the most over-hyped technologies in healthcare. I must admit that there is a streak of overambition by the party who thought about 3D printed organs

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