The rise of telemedicine, the need to move care closer to communities and the likelihood of future viruses are changing the infrastructure of health care. But also how does the flow IN hospitals need to change to make sure they aren’t a dangerous place. We’ve seen patients stay away from clinics in (early) days of this pandemic. Click to read more …

“The wearables Expert” João Bocas interviewed me for his channel

From his website : In this episode, we talked about #healthcare #Innovation , #AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Big Tech companies interested in Healthcare. Viewers can learn and get insights about Healthcare Innovation, where we are in terms of maturity with #AI (artificial intelligence). We also talked about the impact in healthcare, how can we measure impact in Healthcare any way? Furthermore, the importance of having organizations that are able to tie all these things together without touching the underlying systems.

Digital health literacy as a social determinant of health

The release of final rules from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT regarding the 21st Century Cures Act have shined a renewed spotlight on patients’ ability to take control of their own health data.

“Digital health equity is a step toward health equity,” said Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, a health technology equity researcher and hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of General Internal Medicine. As such, he said, digital health equity is “essential for our success and the sustainability of digital health overall.” Click here to read more…

Tesla & CureVac Create Printer for COVID-19 Vaccines & Customized Drugs for Diseases Like Cancer

CureVac—along with the cutting-edge equipment Tesla produced for it—is preparing to receive approval for a vaccine against COVID-19. The founder of the company is already leading the next project in collaboration with Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk, which should revolutionize the medicine industry: a printer for the production of drugs. A great example of how there future could be just around the corner. Click to read more…

My friend Daniel Kraft took once again the TED stage July 2018 talking about how ‘printing’ drugs soon could be a reality.

Your watch and your smart speaker are looking after your heart, really?

Cardiogram, a startup working on algorithms to make the Apple Watch’s heart rate data clinically actionable, announced some results today from its mRhythm Study. The data, presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions, shows that the company’s algorithms can detect atrial fibrillation with 97 percent accuracy.

“Our results show that common wearable trackers like smartwatches present a novel opportunity to monitor, capture and prompt medical therapy for atrial fibrillation without any active effort from patients,” Senior Author Dr. Gregory M. Marcus, endowed professor of atrial fibrillation research and director of clinical research for the division of cardiology at UCSF, said in a statement. “While mobile technology screening won’t replace more conventional monitoring methods, it has the potential to successfully screen those at an increased risk and lower the number of undiagnosed cases of AF.” Click to read more ..

Proof-of-concept system turns smart speakers into contactless heart rhythm monitors. 

Consumer smart speakers’ wide usage presents an opportunity for the “next generation of health monitoring solutions,” the researchers said.

Smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo or the Google Nest can be used to monitor heart rhythms without physical contact as effectively as an electrocardiogram, according to research from the University of Washington published in Communications Biology. The researchers created a proof-of-concept system where their self-supervised machine learning algorithm can turn smart speakers into short-range sonar devices that measures heart rate and inter-beat intervals for both regular and irregular rhythms. Click to read more…

Health(care) and retail : an upcoming marriage?

An increasing number of explorations are being seen in the field of retail and health(care). Some are being pursuit, others changed or even stopped. Amazon and others are offering telehealth as an alternative to doctors office visits to their employees. While Walgreens also is shuttering clinics and moves more and more into telehealth. And then we have MetroHealth, the Cleveland health system expanding its retail health clinic partnership with Discount Drug Mart and expects to add telehealth services to some of those locations next year. Sometimes diving in deep including big investments like the Haven initiative from Amazon, JP-Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway, might have been explorations to understand healthcare better, to now separately offering (better suited) solutions than if they just had done that by themselves. Are these pre-paradigm-shift signals or are they merely pilots. My guess is they are clear signals, in a world of healthcare where the user-interface has lot of improvement to offer.

That’s it for now. Find me on TwitterInstagram, Clubhouse and here on LinkedIn of course. More about my latest book Augmented Health(care) “the end of the beginning”

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