How Grandma sees the Smartphone

November 20, 2014

Grandma sees the remote control

Seeing very insightful “How Grandma sees the Remote Control” cartoon gave me the idea of making up a “How Grandma sees the Smartphone” as part of some consulting work I’m currently doing for a mobile operator. Hopefully some readers might find it helpful in their work trying to help the mobile industry better appreciate the opportunity for more inclusive marketing/design of smartphones and services:

How Grandma sees the smartphone

If you can think of any edits or things I could add to improve the impact of the image please share it in the comments and I’ll make the update(s).


Thought this post read a little negatively so let’s also think about how Grandma could see her mobile:

How Grandma could see her Mobile

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Join us for the mHealth networking group meet up at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC

November 18, 2014


On the 7-11 December the world’s biggest mHealth industry gathering will convene in Washington DC for the 6th annual mHealth Summit, host to 5000 delegates and 300 exhibitors.

We’re again media partners, exhibitors (booth #516) and will be hosting a networker at our exhibition floor booth from 6pm on the Monday evening.

The mHealth networking group was founded on Linkedin in October 2008 and now has 7,700 members. If you’re not a member check out a who’s who of the group here and then sign up here to join in the discussions, share and learn more about global mHealth developments as they happen.

The meet up will take place between the times of 6.00pm and 7.30pm on Monday 8th December at our booth (#516).

To let us know you’ll be attending and introduce yourself/your interests to other attendees please complete the phrase “Talk to me about…” in the comments below with a link to your website/Linkedin profile.

mHealth Summit 2014

mHealth Insights from Exponential Medicine (9-12 November 2014)

November 10, 2014

Exponential Medicine by the Singularity University

Dr Chris Bickford MDPrior commitments (including last weeks epic WebSummit in Dublin and this weeks Self Care Pharmacy Conference in London) made it impossible for me to make it to Exponential Medicine being held at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego but our US business partner Dr Christopher Bickford MD has managed to reschedule things to be there and will be sharing live updates here on mHealth Insight as the event progresses. If you’re at Exponential Medicine and would like to be interviewed by Dr Bickford for this post please either find him or comment below with your mobile number (it won’t be published) and we’ll arrange a meet up via SMS. Similarly if you’d like to download a copy of the podcast recording we’ve made of all presentations.

Exponential Medicine is a four-day conference organised by the Singularity University that brings together top experts to inform medical services leaders how technology is impacting healthcare and medicine.

Click here to watch the Live Stream. Click here to follow the #xmed hashtag on Twitter.

Refresh this page to see updates.


Click here to watch videos of the Exponential Medicine talks.

Dr Robert Hariri discusses exponential opportunities arising from stem cell treatments:

Nokia X Prize winner announcement:

Can you top San Diego Coronado for an event venue XMed

Daniel Kraft is joined on the stage by Singularity University coFounder Ray Kurzweil via BEAM for some future forecasting:

Daniel Kraft & next XMed speaker via Beam

Lunch on the lawn at XMed 2014

Dr Laura Esserman, Surgeon, Breast Cancer Oncology Specialist and Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center (@drlauraesserman), made it very clear to an audience that was ~50% Medical Doctors that clinical medicine is NOT keeping up with the amazing strides that are being made in bioinformatics and technology in general by asking 1) how many were using EHRs in their Hospitals and then 2) How many were happy with them.

With 80% of the raised hands dropping, Dr Esserman explained that this was emblematic of the problems between technology/informatics and clinical delivery of care. Where one is blazing amazing trails the other she described as like ‘molasses’.

Dr Esserman said that today’s clinical informatics tools are a stumbling block for the personalisation of medicine and felt that we could realise huge opportunities if tools for personalisation and data extraction could be made more useable.

Dr Esserman was somewhat optimistic for the not too distant future and is hopeful that her team will be able to create some of their own informatics structured data on top of systems like CERNER, GE and EPIC (the system that her UCSF group and all but one of the other UC systems are using).

Another great reminder that the cost benefit (Doctors pay, Someone else Benefits) of EHRs is a global phenomena and that we urgently need to start things over with a read/write approach to the EHR that is built on top of Patient/Carer interactions.

UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

Dr Adam Gazzaley, Cognitive Neuroscientist, UCSF (@adamgazz), was recently featured on the cover of Nature magazine sharing insights into the future value of video games to the mental state of Seniors and youngsters alike. I’ve recorded a video of this and will upload and paste it here when I get a moment.

UCSF Professor of Neurology Adam Gazzaley presenting at Exponential Medicine

Some stunning examples of how 3D printing is being used in reconstructive surgery…

Medical Modelling Mayo Clinic

Great talk about the use of life saving drones: “the future of robotics”…

The Future of Robotics LifeSaving Drones

Interesting to see delegates joining the meeting via Beam Pro Remote Telepresence robots from Suitable Technology. Will have to interview someone who’s using it to see how close it feels to talking face-to-face:

How cool to be Joining Exponential Medicine via the Beam Pro from Suitable Technology

The stunning stage is set and it’s clear to see the passion that is driving the Exponential Medicine movement. Get ready to have your minds taken on a journey:

The stage is set at Exponential Medicine 2014

Wow what a line up of speakers (I’ll update these names with their twitter handles as I find them):

> Nigel Ackland, “Bionic Arm Man”.

> Dr Christian Assad, Interventional Cardiologist

> Dan Barry, Former NASA Astronaut & Founder of Denbar Robotics.

> David Bolinksy, Founder and Creative Director, e.Mersion Learning Company.

> Dr David A Bray, IT Chief, Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

> Brett & Diana Bullington, Advisor, Outfit 7.

> Dr Anthony Chang, MD MBA.

> Andy Christensen, VP of Personalized Surgery & Medical Devices 3D Systems.

> Dave deBronkart, Author, e-Patient Dave.

> Christopher deCharms PhD, Serial Entrepreneur, Neuroscientist, Social Entrepreneur, Author, Inventor and Founder/CEO, Omneuron.

> Dr Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X-PRIZE and Co-Founder of Singularity University.

> Sean Duffy, CEO and Co-Founder, Omada Health.

> Dr Utibe Effiong, Environmental Health and Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

> Lucien Engelen, Head of the Regional Emergency Healthcare Network, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre.

> Dr Laura Esserman, Surgeon, Breast Cancer Oncology Specialist and Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. @drlauraesserman

> David Ewing Duncan, Award-Winning & Best-Selling Author.

> Robin Farmanfarmaian,

> Ariel Garten, CEO and co-founder, InteraXon.

> Dr Adam Gazzaley, Cognitive Neuroscientist, University of California San Francisco.

> Michael Gillam, MD, FACEP, medical informaticist, researcher, software architect, health IT strategist and board certified in emergency medicine.

> Marc Goodman, Faculty Chair for Policy, Law & Ethics, Singularity University

> Dr Alan Greene, Founder, and Chief Medical Officer, Scanadu.

> Aubrey de Grey PhD, Biomedical Gerontologist.

> Robert Hariri MD PhD, Surgeon, Biomedical Scientist and serial Entrepreneur .

> Jeremy Howard, Founder and CEO, Enlitic.

> Salim Ismail, founding Executive Director, Singularity University and author of Exponential Organizations: Why new organisations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it).

> Neil Jacobstein, co-Chair, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track, Singularity University.

> Cigall Kadoch PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.

> Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures.

> Andrea Kissack, Reporter and Editor, KQED.

> Isaac Kohane MD PhD, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School.

> Dr Martin Kohn, Chief Medical Scientist, Sentrian.

> Dr Daniel Kraft, Faculty Chair for Medicine, Singularity University & Founding Executive Director of Exponential Medicine

> Steven Krein, Co-founder and CEO, StartUp Health.

> Dr Jack Kreindler, Physician, Physiologist and Serial Tech Entrepreneur.

> Ray Kurzweil, Inventors, Thinker and Futurist.

> Dr Jeremy M Levin, D.Phil., MB, B.Chir, Chairman, Ovid Therapeutics Inc and Health:Augmented.

> Philip Low PhD, Chairman, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Executive Officer of NeuroVigil.

> Dr Maulik Majmudar, Associate Director, MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab, Clinical Cardiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer, Quanttus Inc.

> John Mattison MD, Assistant Medical Director & Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser-Permanente.

> Raymond McCauley, Biotech Chair, Singularity University.

> Sandra Miller, Director, Singularity University Labs.

> Dr Catherine Mohr, Senior Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical.

> Dr Jeff Olgin, Cardiologist, Electrophysiologist, co-Director & Chief of Cardiology, UCSF Heart and Vascular Center.

> Andy Puddicombe, Founder, Headspace.

> Jessica Richman, co-founder and CEO, uBiome.

> Dr Alan Russell PhD, Director, Disruptive Health Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.

> Larry Smarr PhD, Founding Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

> Evan Y Snyder MD PhD, Professor and Program Director of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

> Paul Stamets DSc (Hon), Science of Medicinal Mushrooms and Ecology (watch his TED2008 talk. “How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World”

> Jeroen Tas, CEO, Informatics Solutions and Services Business Group, Philips Healthcare.

> Brad Templeton, Networking and Computing Chair, Singularity University.

> J Craig Venter PhD, Founder/Chairman/CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and Founder/CEO, Synthetic Genomics Inc.

> Will Weisman, Executive Director of Conferences, Singularity University

> Prof Tony Young, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Southend Hospital.

Join us for the Self Care Pharmacy Conference

November 8, 2014

Self Care Pharmacy Conference

On Wednesday 12th November 2014 I’ll be providing the opening keynote to the Self Care Pharmacy Conference, a brilliant new event organised by the North-East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee focused on showcasing how innovative Pharmacy practice can support independent living and empower Patients to take better control of their health.

Full list of speakers/topics:

> Matthew Cole, DPH, LBBD: Self Care and Long Term Conditions

> David Doherty, Founder, 3G Doctor: The Impact of mHealth on Self Care

> Sarah Forshaw, Community Equipment Commissioning Lead, LBN: Community Equipment and Mobility Aids to support Self Care. Supply and prescribing by pharmacists

> Clive Furness, Chairman, LBN, HWB B: Event Chair & will respond on the behalf of the Newham Public

> The Rt Hon. the Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health: Self Care & Pharmacy

> Councillor Ahsan Khan, Chief Guest

> Andy Knight, Community Group Manager, Adult Community Services, LBBD: Managing co-morbidities: Referrals to Specialist Agencies e.g. debt management, social prescribing by pharmacists

> Richard Muir, Institute for Public Policy Research: Patients in Control – IPPR Report

> Hemant Patel, NEL LPC: The SelfCare Pharmacy Practice

> Janaka Perera, Integrated Care Workstream, Lead, Newham CCG: Commissioning of SelfCare Pharmacy in Newham

> Gul Root, DH: Healthchecks to support Self Care

> Adrian Sieff, Health Foundation: Empowering Patients: Self Care and person-centred care

> Surinder Singh Kalsi, Chairman, NELLPC

> Dr Alex Thomson, Consultant Psychiatrist, CNW London FT: Integrating Physical and Mental Health

More information/registration:

Although the idea of giving more power to patients is not a new idea, SelfCare Pharmacy is a radical departure from current community pharmacy practice. The potential for community Pharmacy to support innnovative new approaches to self care, public health, medicine adherence, daily living & mobility aids, urgent care need management, etc, is greatly under-explored.

In order to lead this change the first conference will focus on why self care (including self management) is important and why Pharmacy needs to be seen as a key player for both Patients and Carers dealing with urgent care needs for minor ailments as well as those trying to manage stable long term conditions. The SelfCare Pharmacy will initially focus on mental health, diabetes, respiratory and cardio-vascular diseases.

Led by Earl Howe, the Pharmacy Minister, this first event will bring together senior representatives from the Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, HealthWatchs, local charities from 6 North East London Boroughs, 2 local Colleges, 3 Universities, MPs, Mayors and representatives from the London Mayor’s office.

This meeting has been approved for CME Credits. If you would like to attend there are a few places reserved for readers of mHealthInsight so please either email me or comment below with name/email/tel and I’ll try and reserve you a place.

UPDATE 11 November 2014: My mHealth and Selfcare Slide Deck


Imagine if Google’s Project Glass was taken over by the team behind the Motion Savvy Indigogo Campaign

October 23, 2014

With 70 million citizens using sign language as their first language or mother tongue can you imagine how easy it would be for Google to add a second camera (to the other arm of the frame) to get the 3D ability that MotionSavvy are getting from the Leap Motion controller, tweak MotionSavvy’s app and link the Google Glass to the wearers Smartphone so sounds are played through the loudspeaker.

Motion Savvy Website. Support their fundraising campaign.

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Smartphones will reinvent & multiply the Hearing Aid market rather than cannibalise it.

National Institutes of Health launch video introducing mHealth: a new discipline in health research

October 22, 2014

In today’s society we are almost never without our mobile devices. We are constantly connected to one another through a vast global network of wireless signals. In the U.S. alone, there are over 285 million wireless subscribers. As technology advances, it has seamlessly integrated into our daily lives, and now, health researchers are beginning to leverage this technology to manage our health and behaviour. Wearable digital health sensors have been developed that can track everything from our heart rate and breathing pattern to our blood chemistry and hydration level and even our activity. The information collected from sensors and participant reports can be combined to infer health status, cognitions, attitudes, and mood. With help from our mobile devices, the data from these sensors can be analysed and transmitted directly to the person, family, or health professionals. And so, a new discipline in health research has been born. Mobile health, or mHealth for short. Our constant connection to mobile devices and wearable sensors presents an opportunity for real-time collection of biological, environmental, and behavioural data. The ability to track many different aspects of our thoughts, activities, and biological processes provides a phenomenal resource of integrated data. For example, integrating data collected about activity tracked via sensors with data from a heart rate monitor will provide better explanation of fluctuations in heart function than either sensor alone. The sensor data can distinguish whether a person is moving or being still. If a subject wearing a heart rate monitor is running, cycling, or speeding around a racetrack you would expect an elevated heart rate, but if they are sitting still, an elevated heart rate could be cause for alarm. So sensors can provide context for interpreting biological data. Behavior monitoring is only one advantage of mHealth. The opportunity for immediate, individualized intervention is unprecedented. Furthermore, mHealth has the potential to reduce disparities in access to health care. An estimated 98% of the adult population in the U.S. own cell phones. So, unlike initial efforts targeted towards computerised health, mHealth has the ability to reach across the socioeconomic divide. Areas of mHealth of particular interest involve self-management of chronic disorders. mHealth interventions have been created to help people manage diabetes, stop smoking, and cope with depression. However, as technology develops at lightning speed, research into the efficacy and effectiveness of these technologies lags behind. Using an evidence-based approach is the gold standard for evaluating new health interventions. Applying the same stringent criteria to mHealth will be essential for ensuring its success. mHealth has the potential to revolutionise health if we take the right approach

As part of the National Institutes of Health’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Seminar Series they’re hosting a mHealth Measurement workshop on Friday 29th October 2014 at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD, USA.

Focused on the challenges facing mHealth Evidence the workshop will be led by Wendy Nilsen PhD, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the NiH featuring a panel including David Mohr PhD, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern University, Inbal Nahum-Shani PhD, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and Bethany Raiff PhD, Department of Psychology at the Rowan University.

Related: Check out a comprehensive calendar of mHealth events taking place in 2014.

Has your Hospital replaced error prone paper based Observation Systems with mHealth Apps?

October 20, 2014

we collected the records and started to look through them and to our absolute horror the whole twenty four hours of Joshua’s care, that period of time after his birth and before he collapsed, there were no records of his temperatures, his observations, of the concerns that my wife had raised, and we said look the records are missing we’re really anxious to know that the staff have reported the same events as my wife and I, we don’t want this to be covered up… …and I found it shocking. In my work in the Nuclear Industry I’m used to any example of what’s gone wrong incident being thoroughly investigated and I’ve seen more comprehensive reports about rusty material, rusty bolts, than the process I’d been through relating to the preventable death of a (my) child

Joshua’s Story shares the harm caused when we fail to document healthcare and don’t provide frontline healthcare workers with the modern decision support tools that they need to efficiently do their work, receive timely notification of the deteriorating health of Patients and ensure they are capable of learning from mistakes they make so that the reasons can be understood and they’re never repeated.

The Learning Clinic’s VitaPac is my favourite example of a mHealth company that is doing great things in this area (eg. their VitalPAC app is today helping more than 15,000 NHS nurses record more 10 million sets of Patient Observations per year) and it surprises me that Patient Care Quality Campaign and Pressure Groups aren’t doing more to champion the Hospitals that are adopting such modern systems:

How VitalPac Works

If you attend a Hospital that’s still not adequately supporting their staff to properly do the job and still relying on error prone paper charts please feel encouraged to share this URL with the CEO along with your thoughts about why it would improve your confidence in the quality of the care that they’re providing.

Note: I would’ve liked to have embedded the above video but for some reason the PatientStories website has T&C’s from the 1990′s regarding the use of their content eg. the videos can’t be played at full screen, embedded/shared and must not be used within formal education (whatever that means).

Update 21 October: Thanks to Murray Anderson-Wallace, Executive Producer, Patient Stories I’ve been able to replace the image above with an embed of the video (see comments).


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