In 1983, the IBM PC XT debuted with 128K of RAM and a 10MB hard disk. In that same year, the first mobile phone debuted weighing about 2.5 pounds and with a $4,000 price tag. Fast forward to today and the average person unlocks their smartphone 76-80 times a day and relies on it for every aspect of their lives. These amazing pieces of hardware are millions of times more capable than all of NASA's computing power in the 1960s. Now that we have a supercomputer that never leaves people's sides, maybe it's time that we do some more innovation and see how that device can be used for "mobile health".
Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions -- from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression. While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, Apple wants to put its stamp on a new ecosystem of treatment programs. Rather than build the apps itself, the tech giant developed a set of software tools and templates, called "CareKit," that health-care groups and health-tech startups can use to create their own programs. Apple says it wanted to help developers build easy-to-use apps for patients to record symptoms, get useful information, track their progress and even send reports to a doctor. Experts say the CareKit program could help bring standards to a relatively new and unruly industry, while giving Apple a toehold in the growing health-tech market.
Parimbelli, Enea (University of Ottawa) | Pala, Daniele (University of Pavia) | Bellazzi, Riccardo (University of Pavia) | Vera-Munoz, Cecilia (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) | Casella, Vittorio (University of Pavia)
The percentage of the world’s population living in urban areas is projected to increase significantly in the next decades. This makes the urban environment the perfect bench for research aiming to manage and respond to dramatic demographic and epidemiological transitions. In this context the PULSE project has partnered with five global cities to transform public health from a reactive to a predictive system focused on both risk and resilience. PULSE aims at producing an integrated data ecosystem based on continuous large-scale collection of information available within the smart city environment. The integration of environmental data, citizen science and location-specific predictive modeling of disease onset allows for richer analytics that promote informed, data-driven health policy decisions. In this paper we describe the PULSE ecosystem, with a special focus on its WebGIS component and its prototype version based on New York city data.
Retail health clinics have been part of the trend in making healthcare more convenient, and now another option is being offered -- testing for diabetic retinopathy. However, an ophthalmologist won't make the diagnosis at the clinic; instead, it will be made by an artificial intelligence (AI) system called IDx-DR. Testing will be offered through CarePortMD, the first retail health clinic to adopt this type of AI diagnostic technology, and offered at clinics inside Albertsons grocery stores. The second largest grocery chain in the United States, Albertsons added five CarePortMD clinics to stores in Delaware and Pennsylvania this past year. "Ours is a hybrid model of telehealth plus the convenience and access of a retail clinic, with the scalability and opportunity to coordinate with telemedicine." said Ashok Subramanian, MD, the CEO of CarePortMD.
Global health-care systems are struggling with rapid increasing of aging population, the prevalence of chronic diseases, and raising of medical treatment costs. In this paper, we proposed a hybrid sensing and wearable device for health informatics and emergency medication. The proposed device will include some of the existing individual modules for monitoring health attributes and emergency medication. Moreover, it will also include information communication modules, which will assist the prescribed physician and health center to monitor the patient remotely. In addition, the communication modules will enable the device to communicate automatically with emergency medical services when needed. Furthermore, the proposed device will also act as a virtual medical assistant to advice regular medicine to the patient according to his/her prescription.