My love of Infographics continues unabated!
Behold, a summary of the 2013 National Market Insights Survey compiled in 2013 by National Research Corporation, the largest online healthcare consumer survey in the US.
It’s an infographic that says so much… .. about much…about Patient or User Preferences, the impact of Social Media on Health Care & what the future may have in store (hopefully) based on our ever growing use of smartphones, computers and social media. It’s leading to more of us becoming more engaged in our own healthcare and sharing our experiences good and bad with others. It’s about the age of “Customer Centric” health care. Providers necessarily, have to catch up to what we are looking for in a hurry; most are lagging behind our expectations.
From National Research Corporation a Checkup on the State of Digital HealthCare
So says new research. The 5-second rule where if food is retrieved within 5 seconds of being dropped on the floor, it is safe to eat because there has not been enough time for bacteria to contaminate it, may not be a myth after all
Professor Anthony Hilton of Aston University (UK) assessed the transfer of common bacteria (Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus) between different floor types (carpet, laminate, tile) and foods(toast, pasta, biscuits and sticky candy) for varying lengths of time (between 3 and 30 seconds)
Results of the analysis revealed:
- The time is a significant factor in how much bacteria is transferred – the longer food is left on the floor, the more bacteria it picks up
- The type of floor surface matters as far as the amount of bacteria transferred-less likely with carpet and most likely with laminate or tile
“Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection risk as it very much depends on which bacteria are present on the floor at the time. However, the findings of this study will bring some light relief to those who have been employing the 5-second rule for years, despite a general consensus that it is purely a myth.” So Said Professor Hilton
This is also good news because as part of the study participants were asked if they had eaten food dropped on the floor.
“Our study showed that a surprisingly large majority of people (87%) are happy to consume dropped food, with women the most likely to do so (55%). But they are also more likely to follow the 5 second rule (81%), which our research has shown to be much more than an old wives’ tale.”
Another Cool Slide Deck from AARP this one on Cool Tech for the 50+ market covering a wide array of innovative technologies that are looking to help with a wide variety of health & wellness challenges that are faced by this market in particular. These vendors attended the AARP Health Innovation 50+ Tech Expo in Atlanta last year and this deck was a short but good summary of that show.
AARP has segmented these innovations into 9 different areas of Health including: Medication Management, Aging with Vitality, Vital Sign Monitoring, Care Navigation, Emergency Detection/Response, Physical Fitness, Diet & Nutrition, Social Engagement and Behavioural and Emotional Health.
I thought this was a great overview of the Digital Health market to share that comes from the StartUp Health Division of AARP. They give specific consideration to the 50+ market. The US considers this an important market. I don’t yet see the same consideration in the Canadian Market; hopefully that will change very soon.
This report highlights the encouraging rise in health innovation among a growing population with increased medical needs. Nine Health Innovation frontiers are highlighted including Emergency Detection/Response, Aging with Vitality, Vital Sign Monitoring, Medication Management, Social Engagement, Navigating the Health Care System, Behavioural and Emotional Health, Physical Fitness and Nutrition & Diet
Under the category of “I wish I had this when my kids were young”…or “where are those yellow immunization cards when I need them” ?
Good news and a Canadian First ! A mobile (bilingual) app has been designed specifically for Canadians and their families to keep track of their immunizations. Well, actually it does even more than that, so now it has far exceeded the Yellow Card capability.
ImmunizeCA provides 24/7 access to vaccination schedules based on information specific to people’s home province or territory, and to reliable, expert-approved, bilingual information about vaccinations for children, adults and travelers. It also offers useful tools such as appointment reminders and local outbreak notifications.
Thanks to the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Immunize Canada & the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) a free app is now available for your smart phone or other mobile devices that will help Canadians keep track of their vaccinations.
The Immunize CA App is free and provides and allows you to:
- Easily record and store vaccine information
- Access vaccination schedules
- Manage vaccination appointments for the entire family
- Access evidence-based and expert-reviewed information about recommended and routine vaccinations for children, adults and travelle
- Receive alerts about disease outbreaks in their area
More Good News-the App is available for IPhones, ,Android AND Blackberry
The PillCam Colon is described as a kinder, gentler approach to one of the most dreaded exams : the Colonoscopy.
For sure. A tiny camera tucked inside an easy to swallow capsule instead of a lot of “cringe inducing” probing of the large intestine using a 4-foot flexible tube. This is indeed good news.
The PillCam Colon is the first capsule cam approved for imaging the human colon. But the “PillCam” is also a great example of how Digital Health Tech is and will even more significantly in the future, Make a Difference to Health Care for us and our Health Care Dollars
Last month U.S. regulators (the FDA) cleared the way for a bite-size ingestible pill camera to help doctors spot polyps or other early signs of colon cancer. It has already been approved in 80 other countries, including in Japan, Europe and Latin America.
Given Imaging (GIVN) is the Israeli company that has developed the technology which they suggest works somewhat like a missile defense systems works; but the PillCam is a battery-powered camera which takes high-speed photos while slowly winding its way through the intestinal tract over a period of some 8 hours. Images are automatically transmitted by way of a recording device worn around the patient’s waist & then reviewed later by a doctor.
However, given that images are not quite as clear yet using the PillCam , this technology is being restricted for now to only those patients who have trouble undergoing standard colonoscopies. I would have thought this meant everyone but by that they mean restrictions due to anatomy issues or previous surgeries or colon disease where a patient is unable to get a complete colonosopy; which is still some 750,000 or so U.S. patients. So, the PillCam will indeed make a Big Difference to this segment of the population.
As technology improves, those restrictions are likely to change for the benefit of patients but also the health care system as the cost of the PillCam is approximately $500, which is significantly less than the estimated $4,000 rate for a traditional colonoscopy. The PillCam also has the potential to entice those adults who have avoided regular screenings due to fears of pain, embarrassment and general discomfort. So, that’s Good News as well.
PS; No word on Canada yet. So don’t put off having the recommended regular colonoscopy which should begin at age 50 and continue annually until you are 75.
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