Connecting HIV through social media

Posted on December 10th, 2015 by


The introduction of social media has made it easier for people to share opinions about everything, and anything, on a global scale. Social networks have since evolved to progressively integrate more features and have turned into social platforms with the ability to host conferences, panels and advisory boards.

Health professionals have started to recognise the importance of social media with often patient’s turning to social media to do research on their condition before they visit them.

Symplur, an online platform, started their Healthcare Hashtag Project. This project aimed to connect everyone and anyone in healthcare through social media, by empowering decision-making with real-time access to insights from over a billion healthcare social media data points.

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So how does it work? If you have an active interest in HIV, you may want to know the latest conversations or discussions surrounding this therapy area. Simply type “HIV” in the search box and you will be presented with the latest discussions, tweets and conferences associated with HIV that currently trending on social media. We’ve chosen two examples to share with you but there are many more available through the Healthcare Hashtag Project.

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The IoT in Healthcare

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next big thing.

It is not only the future, but also the present – it is happening now!

In fact, we can see already some of everyday physical objects connected to each other and the cloud, able to communicate, collect data and exchange it without human intervention. What we once saw in Sci-Fi movies, has gradually become a reality. It is being applied across all verticals, which empowers its overall potential – as in a social network, its value proposition is directly correlated with the increasing number of connections.

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One of the most promising IoT fields is healthcare. On the one side, in an aging population, the need for better quality care, access to care and cost reduction has risen in both public and private sectors. On the other side, consumer trends like the interest in wellness self-management has booming, as infrastructures, tools and applications get more reliable and consistent.

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Medical devices under the microscope

Posted on November 19th, 2015 by


This week’s PharmaTimes magazine explored, among its other thought-provoking pieces, the new EU legislation on medical devices. As the EU’s new medical device legislation enters the final negotiation stages, the article looked at what regulations are being proposed and how the industry could soon be under much greater scrutiny.

When asked to comment, Felix shared his concerns about the clarity of the regulation’s definitions of medical devices and wellness apps.

Read the article, and Felix’s comments, online. Medical devices under the microscope appears on page 22.

 


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Discussing the problems facing innovation in healthcare

Posted on October 12th, 2015 by


The team at Adaptive Lab are hosting an evening of discussion to explore the true problems facing innovation in healthcare.

In order to really understand the problems facing patients, clinicians and managers, attendees will hear from three speakers with varied backgrounds. The guests hail from the diverse worlds of healthcare innovation, behavioural science, and financial product innovation.

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How cancer treatments can be tailored, supported or combined with technology to best help cancer sufferers

Posted on September 7th, 2015 by


Lung cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, presenting with 1.6 million new cases each year.1 In fact more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.2 In Europe alone, lung cancer is responsible for almost 270,000 deaths each year.3

Advances in research and drug development is crucial to tackle such an aggressive and lethal cancer. Since lung cancer is more than one disease, distinct subtypes can be characterised by receptors that are frequently altered or overexpressed in cancer cells. One such molecular marker is epithelium growth factor receptor (EGFR). The prevalence of tumours harbouring EGFR mutations is between 10-15% in Caucasian and 40% in Asian non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients.4

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medDigital partners with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity to explore a new fund for health innovators in Lambeth and Southwark

Posted on August 6th, 2015 by


We are exploring the potential to create new fund for health innovators with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. The fund will be aimed at supporting healthcare innovators to improve the health, wellness and social care of people in Lambeth and Southwark.

 


medDigital partners with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity

 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity is an independent charitable foundation which supports new ideas to tackle major health and care challenges in Lambeth and Southwark.

A key component of their mission is to scale up the benefits of health and social care innovations developed by their partners or found within their communities. One of the ways they do this is by investing in new enterprises and start-ups to enable them to grow rapidly and disseminate their new ideas.

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