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  • Bringing Health Data to a Doctor’s Heart: An Interview with Open mHealth

    In our brave new world of health data, two things are keeping Watson from becoming our ipso-facto doctor: The human touch and gut instincts. Would it not be a Singular Utopia to arm doctors with enough data to
    make them as smart as Watson?

    Truth of the matter is, medical schools don’t teach personalized medicine, and it’s tough to get doctors on the bandwagon of data when it is presented in a way that is alien to them. They don’t have the luxury of time to make sense of it all.

    As software gurus and designers in the digital health space try to fix all the problems in health care with code and slick design, they often forget what kind of needs a doctor actually requires.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 12.26.57 PMAs a result, many companies end up building beautiful products that are far from clinically practical solutions. Open mHealth is on a mission to solve that exact problem.

    I had a very enjoyable conversation with David Haddad, Executive Director of Open mHealth, which is an open API platform that allows toolmakers and data consumers to access digital health data with the right clinical context. 

    It was founded in 2011 as a non-profit (501c3) and is led by an international team of health care veterans, researchers, designers and a rapidly growing developer community.

    Omar Shaker: Can you tell us more about the work you guys are doing?

    David Haddad: The problem we are solving is the “siloed” approach to digital health data. We developed, in collaboration with both industry and academia, an open API standard that would provide developers the ability to read, write, and authorize against disparate digital health systems all with using a common clinical schema.

    OS: How do you create this ubiquitous interoperability?

    DH: You need two things: (1) a common logic and (2) a common language. What do we mean by that? We first work with clinical experts and clinical data scientists to understand how they would want to see data given a specific measure.

    So for physical activity we might coalesce a cardiologist, an internal medicine doc and a clinical informaticist to think about how to represent physical activity. We then define a JSON Schema and reference existing clinical standards (like LOINC, Snowmed, etc) to give that schema clinical validity.

    We then have a data point API that allows a user to read, write and authorize data from disparate sources that use those clinical schemas. Together these two components allow for greater interoperability with the right clinical context around what that data exactly means.

    You can see some of our case studies on our website, where we helped clinicians analyze and visualize different datasets from patients with PTSD patients, diabetes and other diseases. The data has to be familiar to the doctor according to the clinical codes he already knows, and our team’s goal is to provide them with exactly that.

    OS: Interesting, so how is Open mHealth different from similar platforms in the market?

    DH: First off, our API framework is free and open. If you take a look at our offerings you can get started today and contribute back to the community.

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    HxRefactored: Exclusive Interview with Alan Joseph Williams, Code For America

    Health 2.0 Co-Founder, Matthew Holt recently sat down with Alan Joseph Williams, Product Designer and User Researcher at Code for America’s Health Lab, which develops digital services for Californians eligible for or enrolled in social services like SNAP and Medicaid.  Alan will be participating on a panel at the HxRefactored Conference April 1-2 in Boston, MA.  Enjoy this video interview where Matthew and Alan cover the following topics:

    • Fellowship opportunities with Code for America and their nation-wide Brigade Program that is made up of civic technology volunteer groups that continue to develop and maintain relationships with their local governments responsible for delivering local services
    • Health Lab’s primary focus in 2015 of improving the SNAP participation rate in California–California has one of the nation’s lowest participation rates in SNAP
    • Future of technology in this public/social service space, including Healthcare.gov outage and similar web services that need attention

    HxRefactored Exclusive Speaker Interview with Kavita Patel: Health Care Reform, Technology, and the U.S. Health Policy

    HxRefactored kicks off April 1st in Boston and we are excited to have Kavita Patel participating in a panel titled “Master Class in U.S. Health Policy.” Kavita is a Managing Director at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and has a long history working in health reform.  Health 2.0 sat sat down with Kavita to talk health care reform impact, insight, technology and and timing.

    Matthew Holt: What are the most important changes that you are currently seeing due to Health Care Reform as well as in the health care system as a whole?

    Kavita Patel:I would say the most important change is everybody is now intensely focused on transforming every aspect of health care, not only the consumer experience or people who are not already inside the health care system, but also for patients and then for their family members–whether it’s an insurance company that had massive numbers of enrollees, as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the last wave of 11 million people who signed up, or if it’s the one person’s primary care physician who is now looking at whether or not he or she should be part of the patient centered medical home, because he or she is kind of thinking through what the future of medicine will look like, as well as patients and consumers.

    Sometimes we hate using those terms.  I personally sometimes hate being referred to as a consumer when that implies like I have some choice.  Now, we’re finally seeing that there are some choices.  It’s not perfect, but it’s something that was a game changer for me in watching of what’s happened since the Affordable Care Act is passed.

    MH: This next question is about the pace of transformation.  You’ve mentioned that everyone’s thinking about consumers and there’s also this transformation towards value-based care.

    How far are we in this transformation that’s going on now? What proportion of health care providers are onboard and how many are hanging back and waiting? Continue reading →

    Health 2.0 Announces Health 2.0 Asia, Japan Conference Partnership

    Tokyo, Japan – Health 2.0 announces the Health 2.0 Asia partnership with MedPeer, Inc. to showcase Health 2.0 Asia, Japan on November 4-5, 2015. The conference will be a highlight to a series of growing events expanding the global presence for Health 2.0 in Asia. This conference will feature ground-breaking insights and leadership within the global health care technology industry while showcasing cutting-edge technologies for user-generated health care. The conference will become a forum for attendees to build networks for exchanging innovative ideas and developing new business parternships, which will promote active inbound and outbound investment within the health-tech industry. MedPeer, Inc. will expand the Health 2.0 activities across Japan in collaboration with local chapters by holding health-tech hackathons.

    About Health 2.0

    Health 2.0 is the premiere showcase and catalyst for the advancement of new health technologies. Through a global series of conferences, thought leadership roundtables, developer competitions, pilot programs, and leading market intelligence, Health 2.0 drives the innovation and collaboration necessary to transform health and health care.

    Media Contact
    Sophie Park
    sophie@health2con.com

    Looking to Get Funded? Thoughts From An Entrepreneur Who Just Did

    GET_imagePascal Lardier, Health 2.0 International Director, recently interviewed Omri Shor, CEO of Medisafe, for the EU funded GET Project. Shor has showcased Medisafe on stage at Health 2.0 several times and recently closed a $6 million Series A funding round. His advice? Shor says “Investors care about two things: the product market fit and the business model fit.” Read on for more.     

    Pascal Lardier: Omri, to start can you say a few words to describe your solution and what it does?

    Omri Shor: For sure. MediSafe is an intelligent medication management platform helping people manage their medications correctly. When we go into details, we’re a cloud and apps company. We have apps, iPhone and Android, that are synced together for a cloud service that we have developed.

    In general, we remind people to take their medications. We keep a log of what they took and what they didn’t take. And we’re able to share that data back with physicians. The new layer that we’ve just added is a personalized feed that is dealing with more than just a reminder, it’s now dealing with persuasive technology to make sure that patients understand the need to take their medications as well as the ability to track some measurements and vital signs inside MediSafe and correlate this with the medication that the patient has actually taken.

    PL: Can you say a few words about your niche in digital health? How many competitors and what makes MediSafe different and better than other solutions?

    OS: MediSafe is dealing with a big problem called medication non-adherence. The niche is actually patient engagement, specifically in the medication management space. There are hundreds of companies from cloudware companies to software companies to app companies. We’ve chosen to be mobile-first because we thought that this is the best place to help patients manage their medications mostly because we all engage with our smartphones so much and we think it’s only going to grow. We have iPhone, Android, and we have smart watches now as well. Some of that have already come, some of that are coming just around the corner.

    In the medication management space in terms of apps, there are hundreds of competitors. MediSafe’s first differentiator is the user experience. We’re quite fanatic about user experience. We made sure that we are well-designed. MediSafe looks like a virtual pill Box. We have the design patent on the way that we integrate with the users.

    The second piece that differentiated us from the beginning is our ability to sync via the cloud. We have the ability to sync family members. That means that if my father who is diabetic accidentally didn’t take his meds, I get notified and I can help him get reminded and make sure that he takes his meds or at least that he thinks of taking his meds.

    These were the first things that differentiated MediSafe. Currently, the most important thing that is differentiating us is that we’ve taken a personalized approach. That means that we’ve created a feed that is dealing with patient’s condition, medication, et cetera. This feed is communicating to the patient how important it is to take his meds safely, correctly, that it would actually help him; and the ability to connect back to the healthcare system and back to the physician to make the physician more knowledgeable of the immediate outcomes of the medications that the patient is taking.

    One other thing that is now differentiating MediSafe is that we currently have well over a million downloads of our solution with hundreds of thousands of active users. This is putting us in a position, I would say, in the class that just a handful of the medication management solutions were actually able to achieve. And this is accelerating, so we will see more of those users coming to choose MediSafe to manage their medications correctly.

    PL: You have jumped ahead to my next question. The user experience, the personalized approach, this is what makes you different in the eyes of the users. This is why they’re going to choose MediSafe rather than another solution. My next question is, specifically in your niche that you described with hundreds of solutions, what did you think exactly make a difference in your discussions with investors?

    OS: Investors care about two things. Investors care about the fact that there is a product market fit. That means that patients are using our solution. The second thing that investors care about is that there is a business model fit. That means that our customers, pharmaceutical companies, are willing to pay us money for the use of MediSafe and for different things that we do with them. These two together, the growth that we’ve seen organically without investing money and marketing and the ability to monetize users, brought them to the conclusion that the company has the ability to be a leading company or a leading solution for a multi-billion dollar problem.

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    Better is Best: Winner of Vertex Pharma’s Health 2.0 Cystic Fibrosis Developer Challenge Announced

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    Imagine a life where exhaustion is an expected and everyday occurrence—not an occasional side effect of a taxing job or family life—and where a regimen of pills and inhalers are utilized morning and night. These are all factors that the nearly 75,000 people living with cystic fibrosis (CF) must learn to manage.

    Beyond advances in traditional medical treatment, we wanted to explore and highlight new programs and technology solutions that may help people with cystic fibrosis.  Vertex Pharmaceuticals, in association with Health 2.0, sponsored the Technology of Cystic Fibrosis Life Transitions Challenge from July 2014 to January 2015.

    Three startups — Better, Smart Patients, and Social Code — took home first, second, and third place, respectively. Better was awarded the $50,000 grand prize and seeks to provide individualized services to families and people with CF in the form of a personal health assistant, who can help patients improve care coordination and communication. This kind of personalized care becomes increasingly important when people with CF move through different stages of their lives, and their treatment regimens and health needs evolve.

    better Better provides support through their app based technology which allows individuals to address their health questions wherever and whenever by affording them 24/7 access to their personal health assistant. In addition, each user can easily and effectively transmit and deliver  information and metrics to their personal health assistant.

     

    Smart Patients, winner of the $25,000 second place prize, focuses on the creation of Smart Patientspeer-to-peer communities that are essential for people with CF because meeting face-to-face is often challenging. Smart Patients aims to develop an online community that provides patients and caregivers with a private forum where they can obtain support through discussion forums as well as  expert-suggested topics and information.

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    Social Code’s mobile app, Breathr won the $5,000 third place prize and brings a support community to younger individuals with CF who are in the process of transitioning to adulthood. This app provides a secure online space where patients can obtain support and advice from nurses and other users. Formatted as a social networking tool, Breathr features an easy-to-use and aesthetic format with behavior changing tools. Users are able to pose questions to a forum, upload photos, interact, and share stories and experiences. Tasks relating to positive and healthful behaviors can be tracked, and completing them allows users to earn points and the chance to appear on the leader board. The built-in health tracking tool makes it easy for individuals with CF to track and understand their health statistics.

    As the face of cystic fibrosis changes, so does the technology used to combat it. Creating networks with experts, nurses, others with CF, and family and friends can help foster a community of support.  Additionally, these app based solutions empower individual self-care and responsibility.

     

    About Health 2.0 Developer Challenge
    With more than $7M awarded in prizes to-date, Health 2.0’s Developer Challenge Programs foster online competitions aimed at tackling the most complex challenges we face in health care. The world’s top developers, designers, health care professionals and entrepreneurs compete in these challenges, pilot programs and code-a-thons to create and prototype innovative applications and tools. These competitions leverage funding, market reach and validation that only Health 2.0 can provide.

    Media Contact
    Healther Burchfield
    heather@Health2con.com

    Predictions for Big Data in Health Care for 2015

    Big data has already begun to impact the world around us in enormous ways. Whether we’re talking about cloud computing or cyber-terrorism, access into and out of big data presents limitless possibilities for expanding how IT affects us.

    Though the health care industry has been slower than most others to integrate IT into all patient and provider facets, big data presents a paved road to the most progression for health care yet – especially regarding personalized, precision-based health care. There are some very real improvements to modern medicine that can be made possible with the help of big data.

    Five Approaching Changes to Healthcare

    1. Smartwear Can Help With Patient Care

    Smart gowns and wearable devices can take an acute measurement of how much a patient sweats or excretes, as well as account for various bacteria or viruses within body fluids that may help diagnose or treat the patient. Improved prosthetics will have improved response to the wearer’s movements and comfort, and will also be able to provide reports on regular wear and tear. Smart lab coats can provide cooling or heat to surgeons, thereby reducing stress caused by temperature discomfort. Smart fabrics such as bed sheets can provide in-depth information on a patient’s sleep patterns and habits. All of this adds to up to improved individualized treatment for patients.

    1. Patient Records and Files Will Be Available

    Patient files and records are being moved to the cloud or a publicly accessible data host, allowing patients to be able to access their own information – which traditionally was holed up in one of thousands of manila folders in a giant filing cabinet inside the doctor’s office. This could potentially both increase and decrease the influx of patient phone calls and inquiries.

    1. Epidemic Warnings Released Much Sooner

    In one of the earliest and less sophisticated instances of big data collection, Dr. Farzad Mostashari of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noticed something about the New York City fire department’s ambulance call records 15 years ago. They were organized according to the nature of the call. Upon a closer look, he realized that the calls revealed patterns, such as a congregate of respiratory calls. Most notably, the data showed in influx of calls pertaining to the flu – in other words, it provided evidence of a flu surge. Information like this would be available long before doctors or researchers are able to conclude the same results.

    1. Privacy May no Longer Be an Obstacle for Research

    This doesn’t mean that patient privacy will no longer be protected, whether legally or ethically. It means that proposed computer systems could query patient data without revealing identity, allowing medical researchers to mash up sets of health records to allow cutting-edge public health research advancements. According to Hershey Research, this could mean fewer needless deaths, improved quality of patients’ lives and even reduced costs.

    1. Compensation According to the Patient

    Health care systems in 2015 will need their data to not only accurately record physician productivity, but also patient outcome and satisfaction. In 2013, the Medical Group Management Association included patient satisfaction scores as part of its compensation report. What this means is that fees will change from “fee for providing health care service” to “fee for providing satisfactory value and medical service.”

    Incentivized medical services based upon positive patient feedback and outcomes will replace the current fee model. This is especially good news for patients who feel their health care provider has a terrible bedside manner and even worse treatment plans.

    There will be plenty of other changes to big data that will affect health care in the coming year and those following. Standardized health care data will begin to be seriously implemented in order to control data sharing. Vendors will be concerned with improving data fluidity from practitioner to practitioner for individual patient treatment.

    Big data offers the ability to sooner recognize an individual’s health risks; the ability to sooner anticipate and treat illnesses; and the ability to sooner identify health care funding waste. Access to large amounts of data will push health care to some of its most marked improvements yet.

    Scott Huntington is a health enthusiast and writer for the Oxford University Press. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington

    The Assumption About Doctors

    With the fifth anniversary of the ACA fast approaching, the legislation has managed to get more Americans covered, force insurance companies to cut costs, and drive hospitals to provide better quality. However, this has come at a cost with potentially dangerous consequences: Doctors are being asked to give better care, while getting paid less and being forced to deal with cumbersome technologies that consume more of their precious and already depleted time.

    The good news is that, just in time, we’re seeing a flurry of health care technologies that hold the biggest hope for fixing our health care system. But the promise of these new developments is coupled with an equally enormous challenge: How can fast-paced technologies help doctors (who are naturally risk averse) provide better care?

    Having made the transition from a medical career and into technology myself, this question has been at the center of my journey in the tech startup world.  Most of the Health IT entrepreneurs I have talked to, consulted with, or heard speak seem to share a common assumption: Doctors would be willing to adopt a solution only if it saves them either money or time. This article begs to differ.

    At the last Health 2.0 Fall Conference, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sean Mehra, head of product at HealthTap, a digital health company with a popular website and several apps, hosting a whopping 65,000 doctors, ready to answer any medical question for free! Sean is motivated by building scalable technologies that have a large health care impact, and he shared some of his secrets with me about how HealthTap does just that.

    As Head of Product, he’s constantly thinking about the user experience, and not just for patients.  His vision of what a product needs to do revolves equally around empathizing with the doctor, a perspective that truly resonated with my own past experiences.

    Here are some of the key points he made:

    Doctors love and seek intrinsic rewards 

    My day as a transplant surgery intern started at 4.30 a.m. Patient rounds, several surgeries, changing cannulas, and endless vital data measurements all seemed to blend into the high intensity environment that is Tufts Medical Center.

    I would be 16 hours into my shift before I had a moment to wonder why I was doing all this work for such measly pay. But as soon as the thought entered my head, I’d remember a patient who received a new kidney through a transplant I assisted, or I’d receive kind words of thanks from a family member after I checked in on his daughter, or I’d receive a smile from the nurse in gratitude for helping out.

    Though cliché, these little things are what made that 4:30 alarm worth it! 

    Patients virtually ‘Thank’ doctors who respond to their questions, or if they stumble upon a previous answer that was helpful

    Patients virtually ‘Thank’ doctors who respond to their questions, or if they stumble upon a previous answer that was helpful

    “You can’t forget that doctors became doctors for a reason. They deserve gratitude, which is very limited in their day-to-day practice.” Sean emphasized this point as he explained why doctors get so engaged with HealthTap as they receive more and more virtual ‘Thank Yous” (for the answers, tips and other content they provide for the service) that come from different patients in the U.S. and abroad.

    “We aim to earn doctors’ trust and get them engaged with HealthTap as an entity and as a free service. Once we built HealthTap as a trusted brand for doctors and showed them the way they could impact patients everywhere by sharing their knowledge, we were able to later expand the platform to allow doctors to use it to deliver paid services to patients. HealthTap could not have been built the other way around.  If we had hired doctors to create content for us, they’d view participation as work, rather than as a way to help others, learn form peers, and augment their daily experience as practitioners.”

    “We realized quickly that monetary rewards are not the only or best motivator for doctors.  Not every doctor actually runs his or her own practice, and some of them don’t even have an opportunity to see patients on a daily basis – but they have a tremendous amount of knowledge to contribute and the capacity to help many people. What we learned is that the best and most engagement you can create is to engage doctors with the actual real-life rewards of helping others and receiving thanks.”

    Collegiality is Key

    Doctors can endorse each other’s advice on HealthTap

    Doctors can endorse each other’s advice on HealthTap

    Even though we were each other’s bitter competitors in medical school, doctors learn to depend on and validate each other early in their careers. Business mainly comes from referrals, and that builds on reputation, which ultimately brings in more patients.

    HealthTap recognizes the important role doctors can play, both in terms of educating, as well as helping each other in the business of medicine.  As Sean noted: “ Doctors use HealthTap because it helps them build their reputation and it’s fun. ‘This Harvard physician from the east coast is agreeing with my answers on a certain topic.’ This feeling is powerful for physicians.”  This system of peer review also helps HealthTap validate the content on the service.

    The company’s vision is to spread the benefits of HealthTap to billions of people globally, and Sean explained how collegiality would help achieve this: “When it comes to physicians, there is a lot of collegiality across borders. The engagement you can build for doctors across borders, who understand the power of learning from and being recognized by respected peers, is powerful”.

    Data that is actionable

    I had a very tense relationship with the legacy EMR system we had at Tufts 5 years ago. The reason wasn’t because there was no data, but because there was too much. I had to walk through a cryptic maze of information to get to what I was looking for, and it bugged the hell out of me. Now I can only assume this amount of data has grown exponentially.

    Patients can already share data from Apple HealthKit or Googlefit directly with their doctor during virtual appointments

    Patients can already share data from Apple HealthKit or Googlefit directly with their doctor during virtual appointments

    Sean understands the problem of an abundance of data, and recognizes that this problem is an increasing issue for consumers as well – especially those engaged with their health. “You have this whole world of wearables pouring data into your smartphone, but this data is not very actionable. Are you going to spend 5 of the 10 precious minutes of your doctor’s appointment showing him graphs on your phone? Probably not.”

    “We recognize a tremendous value in integrating that into HealthTap, so that doctors can quickly access that data in one place, and use it to understand you better – for example, that the reason your glucose went up is because you were eating this and your activity was that – so that doctors can provide recommendations based on that data quickly, conveniently, and concisely made available to them.”

    In that sense, Healthtap provides an actual utility to biosensors. Since doctors are plugged into the system already, Healthtap opens the door to meaningful interpretation of this data and helps users find the signal in between all the noise.

    How does this affect the future of Health Care?

    In his hallmark book Creative Destruction of Medicine, Dr. Eric Topol explains that in light of a projected 2025 19% gap of US physicians, the rise of ‘digital doctors of the future’ will come to solve the problem, albeit slowly and gradually.

    HealthTap is not just providing a new disruptive health care service, but is helping propel that movement forward by creating a product that doctors love. HealthTap understands that doctors seek intrinsic rewards based on what really matters to them (helping others and gaining peer recognition), that facilitating collegiality can spur both initial and lasting engagement with a service, and that by giving doctors actionable data they can provide patients with the kind of care that’s personalized and that truly capitalizes on the doctor’s expertise.

    By keeping the three main points above in mind, as HealthTap has, entrepreneurs can build more products in the industry lead technologies to solving some of health care’s most pressing issues.

    In the second part of this article, I delve into how technology is changing patient-physician engagement and communication through the eyes of three different entrepreneurs with three different technologies: Telemedicine, Genetics and Machine-Based Learning.

    We’re Sending “Be Mine” Valentines to These Wearables

    We’re wearing our hearts on our sleeves for these cool wearables. There’s something for all the special people in your life, even for man’s best friend. Check out which wearables we’re crushing on right now. 

    Numetrex Adidas MiCoach Training Shirt

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    Not into wearing your fitness tracker? Many aren’t, so the Adidas MiCoach training shirt with included heart rate monitor is a great alternative. The shirt features embedded sensors that provide extremely accurate tracking technology without the bulk of a monitor. One thing’s for sure- this shirt is the perfect marriage of technology and design!

    Netatmo JUNE

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    Though I generally hide under floppy hats and sunscreen during the summer, I never really considered myself “sun saavy.” However, with Netatmo’s new product- JUNE – anyone can be smart in the sun. JUNE measures your daily exposure to the sun’s rays and communicates with your smartphone to create an individualized user profile and personalized sun protection tips. It might be hard to remember what summer feels like while winter is being so harsh this year (not cool, winter!) but this will come in handy when the sun comes back.

    Samsung Gear 2 Neo

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    Those looking to couple beauty and technology need look no further than the multi functional Samsung Gear 2 Neo, which provides classic functions in addition to essential fitness features, such as heart-rate monitoring, offline music capability, and abundant applications. Sleek and elegant, it’s a watch Neo himself would wear.

    Jabra Heart Rate Tracking Headphones

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    What’s that sound? Is that the sound of fat crying? Not only do these Jabra earbuds track your heart rate, but they also evaluate your workout to make sure you’re training at the right intensity. These headphones are also virtually life-proof having been built towards US military rain, shock, sand and dust standards. Training for a marathon or a muddy 5K is always better with a soundtrack.

    Mimo Onesie

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    Can you say Nursery 2.0? Mimo is appeasing overbearing parents everywhere. Their Boston based company has created a baby sensor that can track everything from sleep status, body position, breathing, and other baby noises. The information is made available on Android and iOS, and can be viewed on a simple and graphically aesthetic interface. The actual device is cute, functional, and baby friendly. This isn’t even something Back To The Future could’ve dreamed up.

    9solutions gTag Companion

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    Eldercare and technology are two categories that don’t generally mix, but 9Solutions has come up with an inventive way to give dementia patients more freedom. Embedded with waterproof tracking technology, 9Solutions allows caregivers to monitor clients’ movements. An alarm will sound when a patient moves beyond the boundaries of a designated zone that can be changed according to time or day.

    Scout 5000

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    If there’s a wearable for everyone, then there should be one for your best (furry) friend. A collaboration from Motorola and Hubble, Scout 5000 is a digital tracker that can keep track of your dog’s location, body composition, barks, and activity levels. For fun, there’s also an attached webcam that will allow you to view the world from your dog’s point of view. You’ll never lose your dog again, or look at him in the same light.

    Spire

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    In an age where your ‘to do’ list is digitized and growing by the second, mindfulness is hard to achieve. Cue Spire, an activity tracker that can sense movement and methods of breathing, all while helping you manage your mental state and increase your daily activity. Spire’s focus on breath and state of mind allows the user to more fully understand the components of wellbeing. The tracker is unobtrusive, and provides immediate feedback.

    Jawbone UP

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    The Jawbone UP is the perfect solution device for those who want to be part of a fitness community. Jawbone has a Smart Coach feature that informs users about portion sizes, exercises, and fitness progress. Jawbone measures overall well-being, like sleep and diet, and connects you to a community of family and friends.

    TempTraq

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    A child’s temperature can change like the wind. Luckily, TempTraq provides 24 hour temperature tracking services in the form of a patch to alert you of any changes in your child’s temperature and health. The data can then be transferred wirelessly to a mobile phone or computer. Comprised of a thin and flexible battery, TempTraq is safe and easy to use and prevents disturbing the monitored child.

    Mobile Health Trophies made in France

    French healthcare community was reunited in Paris last month to celebrate the Mobile Health Trophies, organized by DMDSante, rewarding apps in 6 categories: best app for professionals, best app for general public, best follow up app, best mobile health app, internet user favorite app and best connected object.

    And the winners are…

    Best app for professionals: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, a database of ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system for professionals and students

    Best app for general public: Ludicalm, an augmented reality app to distract kids while they are having a blood test

    Best follow up app: Arthmouv, a knee arthrosis follow up app

    Best mobile health app: Mes vaccins, an app to create an electronic vaccins calendar

    Internet users favorite app: TUP, a condoms and screening centres geolocalization app

    Best connected object: Withings’ Smart Body Analyse WS 50, a scale that measures weight, body composition, heart rate and air quality.

    Close up on the Internet users’ favorite app: TUP (Trouver un preservatif).

    The idea behind the creation of the app, as the TUP team explained, was to encourage people to have HIV screening. But they realized that people wouldn’t download an app to geolocalize screening centres, that’s why the app was built as a condom geolocalisation, while including a section to find screening centres. The app enables you to find condom categorised by location (chemist, supermarket, dispenser etc), free condoms etc. It also includes tips and tutorials around condoms as well as the ‘find a screening center’ section.

    As part of this conference, DMDSante also organized a health startup projects’ contest. A jury of professionals had to choose, amongst 8 projects presented in stage, the 4 with the most potential to disrupt the future of healthcare.

    The big winner was Pill’up, a solution to enhance patient’s adherence to medicine. Pill’up is a smart button that patients stick on their medicine box. It is connected to the smart phone app where info about takes’ quantities and timing are configured. The smart phone will ring or vibrate to alert the patient that its time to take his medicine, and the smart button will start flashing. The smartphone app tells the patient which medicine to take and how many. By pressing the button on the medicine box it communicates it to the smartphone app, which keeps track of every take. The button will keep flashing until the patient presses it. Patient will be reminded 3 times to take his medicine. If after that he still hasn’t taken it/pressed the button, an alert is sent to care givers or healthcare professionals. As the app keeps track of all the takes, the patient can check if and when he took his last medicine.

    Patient empowerment was clearly a common theme amongst the winning solutions of both the Trophies and the startup contest, giving patients means to take care of their own health. As mentioned during the day, patient centered solutions will ensure the success of the future of digital health.

    Aline Noizet is the General Manager of Health 2.0 Barcelona. She can be reached at @anoizet.

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