Exponentializing (sic) Health Insights
Exponential Medicine. November 2015
13: Culture eats insight for breakfast
14:34 Data should be used in an empowering way, not in a judgemental way.
Patient Apps for Improved Healthcare: From Novelty to Mainstream
IMS Institute for Health Informatics
This is the first study of its kind to look at the current state of consumer mobile apps in healthcare—the range of apps available and their functionality, the barriers that exist to their broad use, and what is needed to move apps to a more significant role in improved and cost-effective healthcare systems.
X Prize Competition Could Make ‘Tricorder’ A Reality
August 31, 2014
Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life.
We talk to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation’s competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.
A Decade of Research on the Use of Three-Dimensional Virtual Worlds in Health Care: A Systematic Literature Review
J Med Internet Res 2014 (Feb 18); 16(2):e47
Reza Ghanbarzadeh, et al.
Background: A three-dimensional virtual world (3DVW) is a computer-simulated electronic 3D virtual environment that users can explore, inhabit, communicate, and interact with via avatars, which are graphical representations of the users. Since the early 2000s, 3DVWs have emerged as a technology that has much to offer the health care sector. Objective: The purpose of this study was to characterize different application areas of various 3DVWs in health and medical context and categorize them into meaningful categories.
Methods: This study employs a systematic literature review on the application areas of 3DVWs in health care. Our search resulted in 62 papers from five top-ranking scientific databases published from 1990 to 2013 that describe the use of 3DVWs for health care specific purposes. We noted a growth in the number of academic studies on the topic since 2006.
Results: We found a wide range of application areas for 3DVWs in health care and classified them into the following six categories: academic education, professional education, treatment, evaluation, lifestyle, and modeling. The education category, including professional and academic education, contains the largest number of papers (n=34), of which 23 are related to the academic education category and 11 to the professional education category. Nine papers are allocated to treatment category, and 8 papers have contents related to evaluation. In 4 of the papers, the authors used 3DVWs for modeling, and 3 papers targeted lifestyle purposes. The results indicate that most of the research to date has focused on education in health care.
We also found that most studies were undertaken in just two countries, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Conclusions: 3D virtual worlds present several innovative ways to carry out a wide variety of health-related activities. The big picture of application areas of 3DVWs presented in this review could be of value and offer insights to both the health care
community and researchers.
EFMI European Federation for Medical Informatics
Puzzling With Online Games (BAM-COG): Reliability, Validity, and Feasibility of an Online Self-Monitor for Cognitive Performance in Aging Adults
Teun Aalbers, et al.
J Med Internet Res 2013 (Dec 03); 15(12):e270
Research Matters – Carolyn McGregor
May 8, 2012
IBM Centennial Film: Wild Ducks – Celebrating 100 years of Visionary Clients
IBM. June 14, 2011
Potential Applications of Big Data to Save Premature Babies
May 31, 2013
Author Carolyn McGregor expands on her article “Big Data in Neonatal Intensive Care” and discusses how the effective use of big data within neonatal intensive care units has great potential to support a new wave of clinical discovery, leading to earlier detection and prevention of a wide range of deadly medical conditions. Interview conducted by Katina Michael of the University of Wollongong
The Artemis Project: Research and Innovation in Critical Care
Carolyn McGregor, PhD SMIEEE
Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics
Faculty of Business and IT/Faculty of Health Science
University of Ontario Institute of Technology