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Category: Emerging Technologies

Social Media Influencers Finally Come to … Medicine

Article Excerpt: Just as Snapchat and Instagram and YouTube have influencers, so too does medicine. Chronic diseases occupy an online world of memes, hashtags (#hospitalglam), and people who provide information and insights to communities that too often feel they have no voice. A growing number of companies are hiring these patient influencers to reach, and understand, these folks. And, of course, sell them stuff.

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Article Source: WIRED


Telemedicine saves time, travel costs, even air quality, new study finds

Article Excerpt: While telehealth policies, technological advancements and utilization continue to grow, whether it actually reduces healthcare costs and improves outcomes is still a point of some contention. As the bulk of such analysis focuses on the bottom line of health plans and employers, researchers at University of California Davis instead are looking on how it impacts patients at a more basic level: driving costs.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews


New York Times Features THaW Research Into Acoustic Device Hacking

Article Excerpt: THaW researcher Kevin Fu’s work on acoustic device hacking has recently been featured in the New York Times. The article discusses the team’s work on using acoustic signals to fool sensors in mobile device, and create the potential for security violations.

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Article Source: Trustworthy Health & Wellness (THaW)


Your Doctor App Could Amplify Your Health Anxieties

Article Excerpt: Studies suggest that health anxiety—more recently termed somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder—affects anywhere from less than 1 percent to as much as nearly 12 percent of the population. For some of these people, a new array of telemedicine apps like MDLive and Doctor on Demand are appealing because they take insurance and also let you pay up front at cost of about $40 to $50 for a short video or phone consult.

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Article Source: MIT Technology Review


How Machine Learning is Transforming Healthcare

Article Excerpt: Machine learning and big data in the healthcare field have tremendous potential. Not only are these new technologies improving diagnosis and treatment options, they also have the potential to empower individuals to take control of their own health.

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Article Source: Data Informed


The startups using apps and phones to solve the global healthcare crisis

Article Excerpt: At this year’s WIRED Health, pharmaceutical company Sandoz is launching its first-ever startup competition. Sandoz HACk challenges young entrepreneurs to use mobile-health technologies to help bring access to healthcare in tough environments.

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Article Source: WIRED UK


FDA clearance for CANTAB Mobile app that helps screen for Alzheimer’s and cognitive impairment

Article Excerpt: For older adults, early detection of dementia and Alzheimer’s is crucial for receiving timely treatment and planning the future. The Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) was developed initially more than 30 years ago as a group of tests for use in neurologic and psychiatric research. The Paired Associates Learning (PAL) test is one of those tests that can detect features of cognitive impairment that could be signs of early Alzheimer’s disease.

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Article Source: iMedicalApps


Study looks at how interactivity, tone affect engagement with digital health tools

Article Excerpt: A study of 172 college students at Penn State shows that interactivity, perceived interactivity, and a conversational tone can all impact how engaged users are with a health assessment tool and what impressions they walk away with after using the tool. The study was conducted by S. Shyam Sundar, a professor of communications at Penn State and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, and Saraswathi Bellur, an assistant professor of communication at University of Connecticut.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews

Telemedicine Gives Rural Children a Lifeline to Specialist Care

Article Excerpt: Children’s Mercy Kansas City’s telemedicine platform offers 26 specialties to children and their families across Missouri and Kansas. It’s an example of how a connected care platform can deliver critical healthcare to rural communities.

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Article Source: mHealth Intelligence