Innovation & Evaluation

How Authoritarian Governments Could Misuse Digital Health Innovations

We strongly believe that only digital health can bring healthcare into the 21st century and make patients the point-of-care. How long do you think it will take for authoritarian governments, dictatorships or tyrannies until they realize the vast potential in digital health technologies and until they learn how to harness their powers? Twenty years? Ten

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Biometric fingerprinting tool could help securely identify infants and children

University of California San Diego researchers have created a new biometric technology they say could help securely identify children and and even newborns with just the wave of a finger. The tech, funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is not yet commercially available, but UC San Diego researchers hope it will

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Puerto Rico piloting drones to deliver emergency medical supplies

Collaboration between AT&T, Merck and others combines IoT monitoring, temperature-controlled packaging and the drone to get meds to remote villages. Drones are among the most cutting-edge innovations that healthcare organizations of various types are currently evaluating, running proofs-of-concept with or pilot testing around the globe.In the most recent move, drones have been successfully tested for

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Opternative launches voice-based, smartphone-only vision test

The new test lets consumers renew a prescription in less that 15 minutes. Online refractive eye exam company Opternative has launched a voice-activated, smartphone-only version of its digital eye exam. The product is a complement to the companys existing exam, which requires both a smartphone and a separate computer.To build upon our vision of making

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Science fiction enthusiasts have a positive attitude to the digitizing of the brain

The goal of a technology known as mind upload is to make it possible to create functional copies of the human brain on computers. The development of this technology, which involves scanning of the brain and detailed cell-specific emulation, is currently receiving billions in funding. Science fiction enthusiasts express a more positive attitude towards the

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Why Cybersecurity Is Critical to Healthcare Innovation

HHS in June issued a request for information soliciting public comment “on a planned initiative of the Office of the Deputy Secretary of HHS to develop a workgroup to facilitate constructive, high-level dialogue between HHS leadership and those focused on innovating and investing in the healthcare industry.”In its RFI, HHS said it was seeking comment

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CMS’s PI interoperability rule change is a good start, but is there more it can address?

The healthcare industry has attempted to bridge the gap between medical data and quality patient care. In this guest post, Thanh Tran, CEO of a company that provides preventive care solutions by supporting and facilitating annual wellness visits, chronic care management and behavioral health, and Donald Voltz, MD, Medical Director of a hospital operating room,

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