Biometric Tattoos For Medicine And The Military – Tech Crunch

“Chaotic Moon’s tattoo kit is in the nascent prototype stage right now, but CEO Ben Lamm told me it will be able to collect and upload health and informational data, much like Jawbone or the Apple Watch and send it to medical staff – or maybe even the military.

“This is not something that can be easily removed like a Fitbit. It can be underneath a flack jacket, directly on the skin to be collecting this data and being reported back,” Lamm said of military applications.

The tattoo is temporary and washes off much like a temporary fashion tattoo. According to Chaotic Moon, the tatt will have the ability to monitor body temperature and detect if someone is stressed based on sweat, heart rate and hydration level information uploaded via Bluetooth or location-based low-frequency mesh networks like those used for apps like Jott or Firechat.

Chaotic Moon is best known for fire-breathing drones and bitcoin earning fitness trackers, but Lamm said the tattoo project was one of the most exciting his studio has ever worked on.

The future of wearables could be inked on your skin. Chaotic Moon, a software design and development firm based in Austin, Texas, is developing a high-tech tattoo made of components and conductive paint to create circuitry to basically turn you into a cyborg…er collect health and other biometric data from your body.”

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Three Important Tech Skills That Need To Be Added to Medical School Curricula – iHealthBeat

Three Important Tech Skills That Need To Be Added to Medical School Curricula by Tim Cannon, iHealthBeat, Friday, November 6, 2015 In June, the American Medical Association adopted a policy for medical students to gain hands-on experience with electronic health record systems while they are in school. The policy encourages medical schools and residency and fellowship training programs to teach students how to use the systems in real-life practice settings. As EHR systems become more and more important in health care, the move by AMA is an important step toward improving medical education and patient care. But future providers will need to be familiar with more technology than just EHRs. Technology is taking on a larger role in health care and to get the most from these new tools, physicians will need to know how to use them.


Yes, insurers want your health data – but not for the reason you think (ZDNET)

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“While the number of insurers using data from health tracking programs in their products is very low, it won’t stay that way for long: a recent study by Accenture found two-thirds of insurers expected wearable technologies to be broadly adopted by their industry over the next two years. Accenture also noted that one insurance company had already been handing out fitness trackers to customers and cutting premiums for the healthiest among them.

“While insurers have traditionally based their underwriting and pricing processes on a limited view of certain customer variables, emerging technologies such as wearables and other connected devices can help insurers break from their traditional business models and provide outcome-based services for their customers,” John Cusano, senior managing director of Accenture’s global Insurance practice, said.”

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Technology Alone Is Not The Answer In Healthcare (Forbes)

“Whether you’re poor, middle class, or wealthy, you want to see a doctor, and you would prefer to see that doctor in person,” he says. That’s why Saxena developed Sevamob, a hybrid solution to solve India’s healthcare woes– a mobile clinic that arrives on wheels, stays camped out for the duration of the checkups, provides the patient with test results and even basic treatments, and then leaves.  

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From Forbes: 10 Healthcare Technology Disruptors To Watch (All Led By Women)

“Many women cite their company’s outdated maternity leave policies, lack of flexible work arrangements or salaries that are inadequate to cover the costs of childcare as their main reasons for exiting the tech industry. But not all sectors of tech are experiencing a female exodus. Women seem to be flourishing in healthcare technology. A study recently released by XX in Health, a national organization fostering female leadership in healthcare, found that women make up 78% of the healthcare workforce, and that firms with female leadership yield greater returns for investors.”

Wellthie  – Naya Health – Caremerge – Humetrix  – read more here >>>

From US News and World Report: Uberize the U.S. Health Care System by Neal Cohen & Charles Platkin

“By using innovation in conjunction with the technological efficiency now available in virtually all handheld smartphones, Uber is successfully disrupting the individual transportation industry worldwide. What has emerged is not just an industry disrupt but a new model of efficiency through technology.

The efficiencies of the Uber model are especially appealing to the millions of technology-obsessed Americans who rely upon multiple business and consumer-related apps to complete their day-to-day tasks. The same model of applying readily available technology and organizational tools could well be adapted to fundamentally transform our country’s expensive and inefficient health care system.”

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NY Times: Admitted to Your Bedroom: Some Hospitals Try Treating Patients at Home

“What if patients could be hospitalized in their own beds?

Some patients need the moment-to-moment monitoring that only a hospital can provide. The first task was to determine which common conditions required admission but could be treated with technologies placed in the home. These would be patients who clearly needed to be hospitalized, but who weren’t going to need the intensive care unit. Intravenous medications and X-rays can be readily adapted for the home; ventilators cannot.”

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NY Times: Why Health Care Tech Is Still So Bad

“LAST year, I saw an ad recruiting physicians to a Phoenix-area hospital. It promoted state-of-the-art operating rooms, dazzling radiology equipment and a lovely suburban location. But only one line was printed in bold: “No E.M.R.”

In today’s digital era, a modern hospital deemed the absence of an electronic medical record system to be a premier selling point.

That hospital is not alone. A 2013 RAND survey of physicians found mixed reactions to electronic health record systems, including widespread dissatisfaction. Many respondents cited poor usability, time-consuming data entry, needless alerts and poor work flows.”  Read more here>>>