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CES awards innovative health gadgets
You probably already have one or more health gadgets, but here are some more to add to your wish list: the nine most innovative health gadgets presented at CES 2012. Among our favorites is the New Balance Evolved Headphone System that monitors the runner’s heart rate, calorie burn, and steps via the ear buds all the while listening to music. Another example of great innovation is the world’s first cellular-enabled glucose meter that allows you to measure your blood sugar wirelessly. The user inserts a test strip into a slot on the device, which then sends the results in real time to a secure online database using an internal, wireless modem. Users, physicians, family members or caregivers can access and comment on these results.
As we previously discussed here on the blog, the relationship between physicians and patients has changed considerably with the public’s open access to medical information, and today physicians are just as visible online as anyone else. This has given rise to a whole new concern for physicians: Their online reputations. Read more
Why do we tweet our weight and workouts?
A couple of weeks ago, HL7 Standards brought an interview with Ted Vickey, who is conducting a social fitness research to find out why people tweet their weight and workouts. During the last 6 months, Vickey has collected an astounding 4.5 million tweets automatically tweeted from mobile fitness apps, such as Withings, RunKeeper, and Endomondo. According to Vickey, sharing this data could be the solution to obesity problems. His research shows that the reason for this is that when your social network can see your endeavours, they hold you accountable and motivate you. An example is the function in the Nike+ app, which launches an audible cheer when your Facebook friends like your activity while you are running. Read more
As previously mentioned here on the blog, social media has become a big part of healthcare today, and communities have been created for healthcare professionals and patients. Recently, we’ve been blogging and tweeting about some of the innovative and revolutionary products start-ups have presented at the Launch! Sessions of the Health 2.0 conferences around the world. Many of these new tools and devices have one thing in common: They’re social. Read more
The Web is full of resources that enable doctors to learn, train, conduct research, etc. A doctor can now ask his colleagues around the world for advice on a difficult clinical case, ask for diagnostic help or simply discuss the various treatment options. Read more
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Alexandre Grzeczka aka @ledretch on Twitter. We had a chat about his job as a dietitian and nutritionist, about his usage on social networks, and about the Withings products. Here is a summary of our interview. Read more