| Vol. 12 No. 14, July 15, 2015 |
FACTS AND STATS
Fitness Apps Data Reveals American Workout Habits, Most Active States
Millions of Americans are recording their workout routines and activities on apps that are giving fitness experts new insights into the habits of a logged-in population. Data compiled by fitness and workout tracker apps, MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness, show that California, Colorado and Washington are the US states with the most active residents based on the length, frequency and type of exercise they recorded. South Carolina, Delaware and North Dakota are at the other end of the spectrum in the ranking.
Most of the data came from users ages 25 to 44. Roughly 65% of the users included in the study were women, while about 40% were men. The analysis ranked states based on residents’ activity habits, diets and sleep habits. For example, the analysis found that Texas was the most popular state for running, which accounted for 47% of residents' recorded workouts and Idaho was the most popular state for indoor and outdoor cycling, which together accounted for 19% of residents' logged workouts. According to the study, walking was the most common activity logged across all of the states, accounting for about 40% of residents' recorded workouts in California, Oregon and Washington.
EyeControl Aims to Give All Severely Disabled Their Voice Back
While technologies are already available that can help severely disabled people communicate with their eyes, such solutions are very expensive. Now an Israeli team of engineers based in Tel Aviv has developed a cheap prototype eye tracker and accompanying software that lets users type by simply looking at letters on a screen, and now they’re raising funds on Indiegogo to sponsor the commercialization of the device into a real product. The system includes an infrared camera that can track the movement of the pupil and software that is calibrated for the user’s unique needs. It can be used to issue a general alarm, call up pre-written sentences (“my nose itches”) or to type original text letter-by-letter.
The device performs automatic calibration, so as soon as the glasses are on, the system is ready to go. It currently works with English and Hebrew, and more languages are soon to be integrated. The developers hope to be able to offer it for around $250 as opposed to similar currently available systems costing closer to $5,000.
Oviary, an Electronic Solution to Make Sure You Don’t Forget The Birth Control Pill
Women on “the pill” know that skipping a day’s dose may lead to an unwanted pregnancy. A young OB-GYN doc, herself a fan of the pill, has come up with a technological solution that helps to make sure that every day’s regimen is being followed. The Oviary is an electronic box that is loaded with the pills’ blister pack and paired with a smartphone running a matching app. Every time the device is opened, it communicates with the app to record that day’s successful administration. But, if the Oviary is ignored, the app makes sure to send you reminders to take the pill. There’s also a display on the top of the box with simple to read lights that show you how much time is left to take that day’s dose on time. The device connects to the home WIFI network and during setup the user’s phone number is recorded. When the timing of when the pill needs to be taken is about to expire, the Oviary sends a reminder text message, followed by another after the expiration time if the pill is still ignored. This final reminder helpfully comes with notes on how to stay protected since the pill has not been ingested. The Oviary is not quite for sale yet, but the developers behind the project are raising funds on Kickstarter to commercialize it into a real product. http://www.medgadget.com/2015/07/oviary-an-electronic-solution-to-make-sure-you-dont-forget-the-birth-control-pill.html
University of Iowa Launches Nation's First Spanish Virtual Healthcare Clinic
“Cuidado de salud cuando lo necesite” greets visitors to University of Iowa Health Care’s new — and first of its kind — Spanish-language 24-hour virtual healthcare clinic at UIeSalud.com. In English, that’s “healthcare when you need it,” but officials say the service is more than that. It’s healthcare for those who need it, where they need, in the format they need it. UIeSalud.com complements the university’s new English-language online clinic for minor illnesses and injuries at UIeCare.com. The launch this week makes it the first Spanish-based virtual care clinic in the nation.
The estimated Latino population in Iowa as of July 1, 2013, was 168,806, constituting 5.5 percent of the state’s total population and making it Iowa’s largest racial or ethnic minority, according to the State Data Center of Iowa. Between 2000 and 2013, Iowa’s Latino population more than doubled, and experts predict it will make up 12.4 percent of the Iowa populace by July 1, 2040, according to the state data.
Télémédecine 360: The First Telemedicine News Website in French
Telemedicine is a growing sector and market answering to an increasing medical need to improve healthcare organizations and health systems effectiveness. Numerous telemedicine activities and projects are emerging in France, favourited by a specific legislation, and supported by encouraging health policies from ministry and health regional agencies, as well as health care professionals and industry. Many events dedicated to telemedicine are now taking place, and more and more scientific papers are published regarding this topic.
Télémédecine 360 aims to be a unique, reliable, and daily information resource to account for this dynamic activity and have a transversal view on telemedicine actuality. It is thus the first website dedicated to telemedicine news in French. Télémédecine 360 intends to develop partnership in order to improve visibility of your telemedicine activities, projects, or events, as well as having a better understanding of French telemedicine environment.
HIMSS Europe Governing Council Appoints Three New Board Members
HIMSS Europe has appointed three new board members to the HIMSS Europe Governing Council who will help to steer the strategic direction of HIMSS Europe, provide content expertise and maintain program oversight of the organisation's activities. Prof. Dr. Arno Elmer, Managing Director of gematik and Scientific Director of the Research Group eHealth at FOM Hochschule - University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management Germany, Mike Fuller, Director Marketing, InterSystems UK and Line Linstad, Department Head, Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine Norway, will serve a three-year term until 30 June 2018.
They succeed Claus Duedal Pedersen, Chief Innovation Officer - Telemedicine, Research and Evaluation of IT solutions, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark, Paul Richards, Executive Partner, Healthcare IBM, Oxford, UK and Jan-Eric Slot, Chief Information Officer / Chief Medical Informatics Officer Bernhoven Hospital, Uden, The Netherlands.
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NexJ Health’s Population Health Management Solution Achieves Canada Health Infoway Certification
Canada Health Infoway and NexJ Health announced that NexJ Connected Wellness has achieved Infoway’s Consumer Health Application certification. In order to achieve certification, NexJ Health underwent an assessment process to demonstrate that it met the standards set by Infoway’s Certification Services. NexJ Connected Wellness is a cloud-based solution for population health management that incorporates mobile and wearable technologies to deliver essential elements of patient engagement for chronic disease management. The solution delivers audio-visual patient visit records that helps improve patient education, create care plans to improve collaboration, and provide personal health coaching that allows patients to achieve health and wellness goals. Infoway Certification Services provides a process to certify trusted, standards-based health information solutions.
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