About this time each year I blog about how much I hate cancer. This year, it’s a bit tougher as my father was diagnosed with advanced head and neck cancer in June. Once again I am reminded about the difference it makes to be knowledgeable about clinical trials when making treatment decisions. We ask more questions. We explore more options. We filter what we hear through experience. And, we know when the informed consent process isn’t being done well – or even in compliance with regulations.
Over the past 5 years, digital and mobile health technology has evolved to become an indispensable tool for many professionals across the healthcare industry, improving care delivery and expanding access to useful data streams. mHealth apps, wearables and telehealth all come to mind when we think of the industry’s latest innovations, and today, we’ll be discussing another kind of technology that brings an entirely unique dynamic to the healthcare landscape. Hoolux Medical is a company that specializes in medical applications for face detection technology. With a self-contained smart box that sits in a waiting room, Hoolux Medical looks to elevate patients’ health literacy levels by delivering engaging and informative content. We interviewed CEO Ian Gallagher to weigh in on the capabilities of his company's technology and what it means for patients and medical professionals.
This week’s guest post and Focus 5 eBook excerpt comes from Dr. Chris Landon, a pulmonologist with more than 30 years of experience in cystic fibrosis care and the CEO of the Landon Pediatric Foundation. Dr. Landon weighs in on how mHealth continues to impact his own efforts to optimize care and shares his insights on how mobile technologies are re-shaping clinical research and health care.
As organizations across life sciences and health care look to practically apply mHealth solutions in care delivery and clinical research strategies, it is important to better understand these innovations; how and where they’re working best and how they can be further improved. We are pleased to be partnering with Apptomics and we are looking forward to expanding the possibility of these new technologies in their application for neurological disorders and beyond. Dr. Georgia Mitsi, founder and CEO of Apptomics, has created and implemented mHealth solutions in clinical research settings, and in our latest eBook on Next-Gen mHealth, she shares her thoughts on the inner workings of the current mobile health landscape.
For those looking to put patients first, empathy and communication are critical first steps. As we seek to educate and empower patients we must first understand what they’re going through and what they need. If information sharing and education are your goals, then those educational materials must resonate with your target audience. As a doctor working in pediatrics, Dr. Kate Hersov recognized that children had very few resources when trying to understand their health and the health of others. In response to this need, she cofounded Medikidz, an organization dedicated to children’s medical education that is shaping the face of pediatric healthcare and patient centricity in equal measure. We were fortunate enough to speak with Dr. Hersov about Medikidz and its patient-centric philosophy and work.
Big Data was a Big Topic at this year’s DIA Annual Meeting, and continues to be an area of interest and investment across the life sciences and healthcare industries as organizations seek to further integrate new data streams and real-time analysis into clinical R&D. Data collection, management and analysis are at the crux of everything we do here at BBK, and our clients are keenly interested in how to manage and optimize Big Data. We interviewed Brian Overstreet, CEO of Advera Health Analytics, a leading healthcare informatics company, to get their take and to see how access to meaningful data is helping to push healthcare forward.
It’s been about a year since we released our first Focus 5 eBook on mHealth, and in that time much has changed in the digital health landscape. With a clearer understanding of the benefits, organizations are eager to integrate mobile health solutions to steamline patient care, and stengthen patient recruitment and engagement programs, while tech innovators continue to advance and refine these technologies for optimal clinical use. Now that mHealth has entered this next phase of adoption and development, it’s the perfect time to see where we are and where we still must go.
You might remember the story from earlier this year about baby Teegan Lexcen. Born with just one lung and half a heart, and a defect so rare that doctors hadn’t come across it before, Teegan was sent home with hospice and not expected to live beyond a month or so. After a few months Teegan was still fighting and her parents sought a second opinion. Through some online research they found Dr. Redmond Burke, the chief of cardiovascular surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, who agreed to help. Burke turned to Dr. Juan Carlos Muniz, a pediatric cardiologist who specializes in imaging, to make a 3-D model of Teegan's heart.
Yesterday was the final day on the exhibition floor at the DIA 2016 Annual Meeting. Between the thought-provoking presentations, networking, and interacting with attendees at our booth, it has been, as it always is, a great experience. Adding to the buzz at our booth and Innovation Theater presentation – this year, we were pleased to make two big announcements..
We are once again looking forward to an insightful week at DIA 2016 52nd Annual Meeting, which starts this Sunday in Philadelphia. With over 7,000 life sciences professionals from across all disciplines expected to attend, it’s always a week full of inspiring discussions on advancing research and development in science and health care.