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ResearchKit Is A Game Changer, Just Not The Way You Think

phone-homeAs you no doubt have read by now, Apple announced Monday an open-source medical platform named ResearchKit. The platform, which runs natively on an iOS device, provides medical and scientific institutions the ability to conduct real-world investigations using anyone who wishes to opt-in to the studies. At launch, there were apps from Mount Sinai (for Asthma), University of Rochester (for Parkinson’s Disease), Massachusetts General Hospital (for diabetes), the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Penn Medicine, and Sage Bionetworks (for breast cancer), and Stanford Medicine and the University of Oxford (for cardiovascular disease). You can read more about the platform and what it entails here. Read More…

About that Apple HealthKit hospital rollout….

Reuters has an exclusive report this morning about hospitals rolling out pilot programs using Apple’s HealthKit. If you work in this business no doubt link to it have flown through your Twitter feed all morning. If you read the MacRumors version of the article, it’s obviously all-Apple, but there’s a bunch of interesting things that are being overlooked in the Reuters report.

We shouldn’t be surprised by this. When Apple rolled out the HealthKit announcement, they indicated they were working with many of the EMR providers to begin integrating data collection. Reuters confirms this. Read More…

This device will deliver drugs via remote control

Biomedical engineer Robert Langer has invented an implantable microchip that can deliver drugs by wireless signal. The chips Langer is working on contain up to 1,000 tiny “wells” that you can fill with different medicines. As the covers on these “wells” open, the drugs are released.

Via Motherboard

Instead of having to give yourself an injection or take a pill every day, you’d have the microchip implanted under your skin and let it do its thing long-term (up to 16 years, according to the company website).

Even better, the chips respond to wireless signals so you could change the dose according to your condition without having to physically access the chip: a remote control for your implanted pharmacy.

This is a neat idea, and certainly takes telemedicine to a whole new level. I get that its a early-stage prototype at this point, but his best move would be to partner with Qualcomm or another systems company to work out a proprietary security protocol. The need for such seems obvious.


10 interesting healthcare-related Kickstarter projects

Kickstarter logoIf you spend any time browsing the kickstarted website, you’ll soon realize that most of the treasures are surrounded by ideas that are, um, less than stellar. As of right now, here is a listing of the most interesting healthcare-related projects.

1. MOCA Heart: A heart scanner for your fingertips

MOCAheart is an ultra-slim portable device that measures your blood-pressure related vital signs and an app that connects you to the health of your loved ones.

2. TwistiMeds

TwistiMeds is an on the go medicine cup. Comes in array or bright solid colors and designs with the measurement marker inside the measuring cup. The cap twist on and off to seal the liquid medication. There is a dry ease board on the cap so the user can write down the dosages along with tracking the time, date and name of the person taking the medicine. Another clear plastic lid fits on top of the cap to ensure the writing doesn’t get wiped off. TwistiMeds has a child proof safety seal along with a collapsible feature to store away after use. Read More…