Rock Health: How Predictive Analytics Impacts Patient Care

Rock Health Predictive Analytics

As data sources and technology advance, algorithms will be able to deliver better, personalized care. Though personalized medicine has yet to deliver on the promise of its powers, its precursor, predictive analytics, has proven effective in many industries and is now focused on transforming healthcare. Dozens of new digital health products have hit the market and $1.9B has flowed into the space since 2011—but what does it take for an algorithm to accurately and reliably impact care? Rock
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5 Steps to Building Successful Digital Health Solutions

Dr. Saif Abed

Dr. Saif Abed describes five key steps to building digital health solutions. At times it might seem like the relationship between healthcare and technology is so broad that it’s beyond definition. Certainly, that’s a challenge for many of the different supporters of IT in healthcare as they have to contend with all the different tags and titles whether it’s digital health, mHealth or the more traditional health IT. The thing is it doesn’t really matter. Whatever your flavor of technology in
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Could Ebola Survivors Blood Help Infected Patients?

ebola survivors blood

Researchers are testing to find out if Ebola survivors blood could help infected patients to fight off the disease for patients in West Africa. An international research consortium led by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) will assess whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors could help infected patients to fight off the disease. If proven effective, this straightforward intervention could be scaled up in the short term and provide an urgently needed
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TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Takes Digital Health Startups Seriously

TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Takes Digital Health Startups Seriously

Written by Ben Heubl, edited by Susan Williams This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Conference in London presented the audience with more digital health innovation than ever before. Mike Butcher, Editor At Large at TechCrunch Europe expressed excitement at the increased tech startups emerging from Europe. The conference had a massive health angle, and as always, TechCrunch hackathons stimulated fantastic creativity towards building digital health solutions. Without further ado, behold these
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Health Wearables Still In Its Early Days, PwC Reports Reveals

Health Wearables PwC Report

Health wearables are still in the early stages of technology and product adoption cycles, according to PwC’s Consumer Intelligence Series – The Wearable Future report – an extensive U.S. research project that surveyed 1,000 consumers, wearable technology influencers and business executives, as well as monitored social media chatter, to explore the technology’s impact on society and business. In conjunction with The Wearable Future report, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) also launched a
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See-Through Brain Sensor Helps Researchers Better View Brain Activity

Image: Justin Williams research group

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a see-through brain sensor to help neural researchers better view and understand brain activity. Neural researchers study, monitor or stimulate the brain using imaging techniques in conjunction with implantable sensors that allow them to continuously capture and associate fleeting brain signals with the brain activity they can see. However, it’s difficult to see brain activity when there are sensors blocking the view. The team
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Google Partners to Create Cancer Genomics Cloud Platform

Google Cancer Research

The Research at Google team is partnering with the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) and SRA International, Inc to develop a Cancer Genomics Cloud (CGC). The platform will serve as a large-scale data repository and provide the computational infrastructure necessary to carry out cancer genomics research at unprecedented scales. The $6.5M two-year project funded by the NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) will migrate data collected from the TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) to Google Cloud
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AARP and UnitedHealthcare Launches The Longevity Network

AARP and UnitedHealthcare Launches The Longevity Network1

Today at the 2014 HealthTech Conference in San Mateo, AARP and UnitedHealthcare announced the launch of “The Longevity Network” to promote innovations in health care that will improve the quality of people’s lives as they age. The platform will serve as a central hub where entrepreneurs, advocates and consumers can share information and access ideas, press and other media, social feeds and event invitations about health care innovation for the 50+ community. According to a study from Parks
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Philips Debuts Wearable Diagnostic Prototype for COPD Patients

Phillips Debuts Wearable Diagnostic Prototype

Today at the Dreamforce 2014 conference in San Francisco, Royal Philips and Nijmegen NL-based Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) announced the debut of a wearable diagnostic prototype to support patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The launch marks the start of joint explorations between Philips and Radboudumc to apply mobile, digital and cloud technologies to improve patient outcomes, care coordination and patient empowerment across the health continuum. How
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Are Health Wearables Evangelists Fools?

Health Wearables Study 1

  Have the skeptics won? Late last month, TechnologyAdvice released an interesting study looking at whether most people want to use health wearables such as fitness trackers and other tools for health purposes. Here are the top-line results of this study: - 75 percent of U.S. adults do not track their weight, diet, or exercise using a health tracking apps or devices - 43.7 percent had no specific reason for not tracking their fitness  - 27.2 percent won't use these devices
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