Food allergy rates have been climbing over the last several years, and today as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies. This is a 50% increase between 1997 and 2011 and school-age children are especially vulnerable, disproportionately suffering from allergies to common foods like milk, wheat, peanuts, and soy. That’s why, in order to […]
Like nearly everything before it, healthcare is turning to mobile. But unlike nearly everything before it, healthcare has long been viewed as a hands-on industry, one where interactions happen in person, allowing healthcare providers to use both their clinical knowledge and intuitive senses to treat the patients before them. Despite healthcare’s hands-on history, Zebra’s “The […]
By all accounts, nature is good for you. But nature can also be bad for you: In some parts of the world, pollution levels are actually getting worse, despite everything we know about chemicals, car exhaust, and reducing our carbon footprint. In fact, more than 2,100 cities worldwide exceed recommended pollution levels, accelerating climate change. And air quality isn’t […]
Technology has changed communication and consumerism so fast that we barely notice it anymore. Less than a decade ago, most people couldn’t imagine things like smart homes and augmented reality. Now, they’re regular consumer products. In healthcare, though, technology’s impact hasn’t been so subtle. As costs rise at nearly unbearable rates and patients become more involved in […]
Is it better to treat an illness or prevent it altogether? While most people would prefer to never get sick in the first place, today’s healthcare system focuses its attention on treatment-based care. And who can blame doctors? Prevention is far more difficult than treatment. While the medical field is beginning to understand the importance […]
Every year, it seems as if there’s a defining technology that emerges in the healthcare space and makes a name for itself. This year, there hasn’t been a single technology that’s emerged – rather there’s been a list of different tools, systems, and innovations that have changed the face of the industry. Strategic implementation of […]
By now it’s clear that the structural shift in healthcare is well underway. One of the best articles I’ve read lately to capture this was Dave Chase’s Forbes piece: “Health Plan Industry’s Worst Nightmare: Employers Realizing They Are Actually The Insurance Company,” where he argues that “any company over 100 employees or so is an insurance […]
The trend of bringing your own device (BYOD) to work in healthcare is based on efficiency. Being able to communicate on devices they’re familiar with can help doctors, nurses, and care teams respond faster, which translates into better experiences for patients. In fact, it’s widespread enough that calling BYOD a trend might not be accurate […]
For the past decade, wearable devices have been marketed in the health and fitness niche as providing numerous advantages to the wearer. But how effective are these devices? Are they just for show, or do they yield tangible benefits? The Origins of Wearable Devices Wearable devices – i.e. those with digital displays and internet connectivity […]
Women are being heard like never before, and it is absolutely incredible. The #MeToo movement has created a domino effect of sorts, as company policies that address women’s needs and long-shuttered opportunities for women are increasingly flooding into the mainstream. That includes the tech world, where a newfound emphasis and expectation on coding, software development, […]
In February 2017, the Transformations Autism Treatment Center learned that one of its former behavioral analysts had breached its security. According to his indictment, Jeffrey Luke illegally accessed a TACT Google Drive account and stole protected health information from more than 300 current and former patients. TACT’s cyber breach is especially concerning because Luke had […]
The concept of wellness in the workplace is continually evolving. From in-office employee fitness challenges to midday meditation breaks, studies show that these programs not only benefit employees, they’re also cost effective. As reported in Health Affairs, a critical meta-analysis of the literature on costs and savings associated with wellness programs found that medical costs […]
What was the promise of reduced admissions and improved health outcomes in patients? This goal has not been achieved and is not happening how we thought it would. Usage of mobile devices in healthcare is basically what mHealth is. App development for healthcare. Using the continuous mHealth-powered, patient-provider connection — is what drives the mobile […]
Blockchain has become a hot topic of discussion these days as it has made its way into a number of industries. From finance to infrastructure, blockchain or distributed ledger has found interoperability in every sphere of work. Healthcare is another realm that has found a widespread implementation of the technology. This collaboration has changed the […]
Maybe you’ve seen one of those Norman Rockwell paintings of kids in a physician’s office that make it seem as if taking your child to the doctor is an oil-painted slice of Americana. In reality, a pediatrician’s office can be a nightmarish place, rampant with germs and interminable waits. One reason a visit to the […]
Thanks to an influx of exciting new technologies and partnerships, patient experience and the healthcare industry as a whole are rapidly changing. The impact of additional research, new data developments, and cutting-edge treatments on the healthcare industry is truly impressive. Major medical providers around the world must now embrace the future of medicine so they don’t fall behind […]
Nutrition has long been a problem in both the developed and developing world. In the developing world, the central problem is malnutrition, and accessibility of the right foods in the right quantities. In the developed world, countries are dealing with the fallout of a deep-seated obesity epidemic, and the dubious world of unregulated and poorly […]
STEM fields are varied, exciting, and promise excellent opportunities to students who enroll. Students who successfully complete their coursework have boundless opportunities in exciting fields like biomedicine, software development, product design engineering, medical practices, chemistry, computer and information sciences, and more. Diversity is very important for STEM fields, but it’s not where it should be. […]
Many have been calling the healthy and organic food category the next trillion-dollar industry. With allergen-free foods experiencing 30 percent sales growth in the U.S. and healthy snacks alone estimated to top $138 billion by 2020, it’s not surprising that 88 percent of consumers say they’ll pay more for access to healthy foods. The demand […]
The unfortunate reality is that the majority of claim dollars lost to medical practices are from “self-inflicted injuries”. While it may feel good to blame the insurance carrier or health plan and their bureaucratic, Byzantine rules, the fact is that physicians and their staff must come to grips with the reality that most of the […]
IBM adds to their Cloud Data Services
Developers must look elsewhere.
So continuous delivery may live.
A port in a storm?
A Pew study reveals the quid-pro-quo attitudes.
Taking on the Apple Watch, minus developers.
A digital double threat in hardware and software.
Google replaces JDK with Open JDK
Some of the most interesting wearables take a step forward.
For the new mandate, the Chinese cites American precedent.
An assault on encryption.
Autonomous vehicles will radically change lives. No wonder everyone wants in.
Apple is challenging the leader, but hasn’t beaten it yet.
Skip the hyperbole and the holy wars and get down to facts.
How the we care for ourselves will evolve.
Robots are creepy, but they don’t get Ebola
Meet StreetLight’s (blurry) Panopticon.
The smart thermostat maker joins others to found Thread, a group with a new wireless protocol for mesh networks.