mHealth features in Main Stage keynote at the Web Summit: “How cheaper sensors are going to change healthcare”

Shel Israel at the 2013 WebSummit talking about mHealth

“I might write a book about this because there is so much happening… …we’re all from very different countries but I guess you all realise that the existing healthcare industry doesn’t do a whole lot for us and it makes it very difficult to share records. We discovered there’s a bottom up revolution going on between Patients​, their Parents​ and Doctors but it’s very grass roots​ and it’s happening because of contextual technologies. We met a Doctor in Indiana or Ohio who works with Diabetic Children, she had a problem, she had found out that a lot of the kids had figured out how to hack their blood meters so she invented a mobile app to motivate them to play the game right and give accurate data. We found a guy who discovered that he’d had a heart attack because of where he lived and no Doctor had ever asked him about location before so he started providing applications on how locations can affect health. One company that just changed it’s name this week the old name is Asthmapolis ​(it’s now called Propeller Health) ​​and it locates the correlation between people with Asthma (and their location) having to use breathalysers (inhalers) and air quality and other factors. So when he checked a school in New York City he found that every asthmatic child inhaled in the same location and by discovering that there was a refinery nearby he knew why and rerouted the children and ended up eliminating (the need for) ten inhalings a week for each kid” SI

“…and that’s because sensors are getting so cheap they can put the sensors on the medicine dispensers” RS

“…sensors are getting so cheap you’ll be swallowing a pill and you won’t have to have the joy of a colonoscopy every few years”

“…well let’s talk about what that might mean for privacy then” RS

“That’s a good lead in!” SI

“This Google Glass is watching my eye right. If you get pulled over by a cop they ask you to follow their finger with your eyes because they can tell things from the way the eye moves”

“good thing that didn’t happen to you last night”

“oh i was wearing my Google Glass last night​ and​ believe me it knew how many Guinness’s I was drinking. So this thing (Google Glass) is going to know my intention, whether I’m sober or drunk, it’s going to know a lot about m​e. ​ What’s going to happen to all that data and am I going to be able to control it all​”​ RS​

… “…in the age of context trust is going to be the new currency, we’re going to stick with the companies that are transparent with us about what data they collect and give us options to opt out when we want “… SI

Shel Israel and Robert Scoble talking about their new book The Age of Context at the Web Summit 2013 (the biggest ever tech event to be held in Ireland) at the RDS today in Dublin. Click here to watch the videos/livestream.

Robert Scoble and Shel Israel Slide Context is Health

A few research/reading recommendations of mine:

> For a good book that’s already touched on this revolution (albeit with the wrong cover!) check out “The Creative Destruction of Medicine” by Eric Topol MD

> Every diabetic knows how to falsify their blood glucose readings. Check out Telcare’s Mobile Connected Glucometer and the Telserve service for a FDA cleared engaging diabetes management solution that will work with or without a smartphone and can’t be hacked by kids (something I’m confident will totally transform the way we manage chronic disease).

> Check out Instant Medical History (and learn about it’s clinical validation at the Mayo Clinic here) a service that can ensure Patients are asked about all the relevant information (including their locations eg. workplace, home address, etc) and it is effectively documented so that important symptom information is not ignored/lost (as is commonplace in todays upside down world of healthcare).

​> Pupil tracking is going to be a big opportunity for mHealth developers but there’s no need for Google Glass – this can be done with any phone with a high quality forward facing camera and in my opinion it’s inevitable that this will be at the forefront of the privacy debate in the forthcoming years.

> Bag yourself a discount on an Alivecor ECG – I’ve been tracking my ECG with it for the last few years and it’s really easy to spot whenever I’ve even got a whiff of any alcohol (the continually advancing computing power of the smartphone means we won’t need clumsy breath analyser accessories).

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