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Healthcare Without Borders: How Millennials Are Reshaping Digital Health


US-based consumer collaboration agency, Communispace, has undertaken a study of Millennial healthcare values, and their report, “Healthcare Without Borders: How Millennials are Reshaping Health and Wellness” reveals what their finding means for digital health. The infographic above  illustrates some of the key findings from the report.

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The digital revolution and the era of the e-patient

I was delighted  to have the opportunity to share the stage with Dr Kendall Ho, a practicing emergency medicine specialist and founding director of the eHealth Strategy Office of the University of British Columbia, at the Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group annual meeting  held recently at University College Dublin. In a lively and engaging presentation Dr Ho spoke to delegates about how medical educators can embrace social media.

Also presenting was consultant rheumatologist,  Dr Ronan Kavanagh,  speaking on how doctors can use the tools of social media in their practice.

And my own presentation on the digital revolution and the era of the e-patient.

Posted in #HCSM, Digital Health, Quantified Self

Quantifying Guilt


With dueling stories hitting Newsweek and the New York Times this afternoon, the digital health corner of the world has noticed mainstream media hitting on one of our favorite topics: Quantified Health. The feature piece from Newsweek is their technical cover story, and NYT turned to one of its own technology big guns in David Pogue to author their story.

The coverage of the devices is on par with what we usually see in this topic: wearables, tracking sleep, movement, activity, with apps that can help you get an overall picture of the story.

We’d consider ourselves pretty close to the topic of quantified self, as we’ve watched throughout the year as this topic has continued to rise in media and consumer tech circles. One thing I can say, from observation, is that the value proposition for tracking health is most often positioned as a positive one. Tracking your activity guides…

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Why digital health tools need to be rated

The digital health revolution is in full swing, and there are an abundance of new mobile and web-based digital health tools that address everything from nutrition and exercise habits to disease-specific conditions and hospitalization. Consumers have embraced the new trend, and are becoming more actively involved in tracking and managing their own health.

Thomas Santo writes that one hurdle to capitalizing on this new wave of patient engagement is the fact that the market is full of products that are unlikely to produce any long-term health benefits, with more beneficial, substantive tools interspersed in between. He asks the question: How then can a patient decide which products to invest their time, money and motivation in?

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