How Big Data Is Improving Healthcare

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This wouldn’t be a digital health story without mobile devices being mentioned. The fifth type of Big Data healthcare company is focused on “Increasing Awareness.” A mobile app called Asthmapolis is an example of this type. A mobile sensor device is attached to an asthma inhaler, which then monitors where and when asthma attacks happen. The device wirelessly syncs with an iOS/Android app, allowing users to track their triggers and symptoms.This short video from Asthmapolis shows how it works; and also succinctly demonstrates the value of Big Data in healthcare. With the increasing digitization of healthcare, the trend of “Big Data” has been gathering steam. According to a new report from digital health consultancy DrBonnie360, there is an estimated 50 petabytes of data in the healthcare realm. That’s predicted to grow, by a factor of 50, to 25,000 petabytes by 2020. The report, which I’ve summarized in this post, does an outstanding job of profiling the leading products utilizing Big Data in healthcare.DrBonnie360 principal Dr. Bonnie Feldman, a former dentist, health consultant and sell-side equity analyst, identified six ways Big Data is being applied in healthcare:Support Research – Genomics and BeyondTransform Data to InformationSupport Self-CareSupport Providers – Improve Patient CareIncrease AwarenessPool Data to Build a Better EcosystemThe report neatly outlines an “evolving ecosystem” of healthcare companies that are implementing these types of Big Data solutions.An example of the first type (“Support Research – Genomics and Beyond”) is GNS Healthcare, which I profiled on ReadWriteWeb earlier this year. GNS Healthcare builds cause-and-effect models, using large genetic data sets, to determine what drives diseases and cures. Tags:#health#web richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What About Privacy?The report does a great job of showcasing current and future Big Data services in healthcare, but it also doesn’t shy away from the elephant in the room: privacy. DrBonnie360 interviewed more than 30 companies for this report and all of them were concerned with privacy. The report states that each company declared “at the very least, adherence to HIPAA requirements, and many claim more.”The report identifies one company, behavioral analytics platform Ginger.io, as having “a particularly progressive view of data privacy, which includes the philosophy that patients own their own data, they can opt-in, choose when and how to share their data and can discontinue data sharing at any time.”Reading this excellent white paper reinforces that Big Data will be a big driver in digital health innovation. The full presentation is embedded below. Related Posts Towards Personalized MedicinePersonalized medicine has been a catchphrase of digital health, for good reason: it puts the patient at the center of healthcare.“Genetic information by itself is useless, unless we can put it into context for the patient,” said Sultan Meghi, Vice President of Product Strategy at analytics company Appistry. Indeed, if you replace the word “genetic” with “health,” you have a good summary of what all of these Big Data focused digital health companies offer.One of the most exiting aspects of Big Data in healthcare is the potential to predict – and hopefully then prevent – disease. A company called Predixion Software offers “cloud-based predictive analytic software to hospitals […] to reduce readmissions and prevent hospital-acquired conditions.” It might also be used in the near future “as a tool for prevention of chronic disease – e.g., diabetes.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How MyFitnessPal Became The Strongest Digital-Health Startup—Without Silicon Valley’s Help

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Accel Partners#Andrew Braccia#Body#digital fitness#fitness apps#Fitness Tracking#John Doerr#Kleiner Perkins#MyFitnessPal#quantified self#Venture capital#weight loss 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Kleiner Perkins, the investor behind Google and Amazon, and Accel Partners, best known for its investment in Facebook, are putting $18 million into MyFitnessPal, a little-known digital-health startup that has helped its 40 million-plus users shed a collective 100 million pounds.Despite those accomplishments, this is the first time MyFitnessPal has raised money from professional investors, which raises the question: Do venture capitalists have any idea what they’re doing in the networked fitness market?One thing I’m pretty sure of: MyFitnessPal cofounders Mike and Albert Lee do, and it has precious little to do with chasing the trendy quantified-self ideas that fascinate Silicon Valley’s superfit technology elite.Instead, they’ve built a website and companion apps that help people accurately track their caloric intake and exercise, figure out if they’re in balance, and stay on track with their weight-loss goals. The heart of MyFitnessPal is a massive nutritional database, built from a combination of restaurant menus, grocery-item data and users’ entries.Testing Silicon Valley’s Investing FitnessFull disclosure: The author of this piece is a devoted MyFitnessPal user, having used it three years ago to lose 83 of those pounds. In early 2011, I wrote about my experience for the New York Times: One would think investors might have taken notice then.John Doerr, the high-profile Kleiner partner who sits on Google’s board and is joining MyFitnessPal’s board of directors, offers this theory: People in Silicon Valley are disproportionately fit and thus might pass over simpler apps like MyFitnessPal.“Sixty-eight percent of Americans are overweight,” says Doerr. “We spend $148 billion a year in obesity-related healthcare costs. I don’t think Silicon Valley trains on that kind of stuff. They’re onto the next anonymous, hyperconnected, transient chatting service so you can get hooked up before you get to the end of Palm Drive”—the main drag of Stanford University.Andrew Braccia, a partner from Accel who’s also joining MyFitnessPal’s board, said that MyFitnessPal didn’t need to raise money earlier—the Lee brothers bootstrapped the company—and that deals like this “happen on the company’s timeline.”“We were always of the mindset that we wouldn’t take money unless it would help,” Mike Lee told me.A Sector That Needs To Slim DownIt’s about time. While MyFitnessPal soldiered along profitably with a free app, its most direct competitors, like Lose It and Livestrong’s MyPlate, have tried to charge for premium features—with the result that far fewer people are using them.Meanwhile, we’ve seen a flood of funding for lookalike fitness gadgets and apps, none of which seem to talk to each other well. I use three running apps simultaneously, in part to test them, in part because my friends are scattered among, and in part because each one only connects to a subset of the services I use.I’m in the middle of a four-month experiment to test a variety of fitness devices and apps, but I have to admit that I’m skeptical that any of them will work as well as the simple discipline of recording my food intake on MyFitnessPal.Mike Lee tells me that the company plans to use the money to push its product-development efforts forward. One great area for MyFitnessPal to focus on is broadening use of its API, or application programming interface, among other fitness apps.See also The Quantified Self Needs A MonopolyToday, for example, I log my exercise in about six different apps, including MyFitnessPal, depending on the type of activity. It would be great if they all fed into one central place—and MyFitnessPal has a good shot at becoming that central repository of exercise data, as it already is for food data.“The data is a tremendous asset,” says Accel’s Braccia.To get there, MyFitnessPal will have to shift gears from gaining users—it already has some 40 million—to courting its fellow fitness-app developers. To that end, Kleiner and Accel’s network of investments and rolodexes of engineers may come in handy. Better late than never. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts owen thomas A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

2 killed in road crash

first_imgRoad AccidentA motorcyclist and a pillion rider were killed after a truck hit a motorcycle on the Rajshahi-Chapainawabganj road in Godagari upazila early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are identified as Samad, 40, and Alam, 35, of Bidirpur Gongka village in Chapainawabganj sadar upazila.Jahangir Alam, officer-in-charge of Godagari police station, said the accident took place around 12:30am near Godagari Hospital intersection.A goods-laden truck hit the motorbike, killing Alam on the spot and injuring Samad. He was taken to a local hospital where physicians pronounced him dead.The duo was returning home, the OC said.last_img read more

House Bill Would Revive Mothballed Nevada Nuclear Waste Dump

first_img Share AP Photo/John Locher, FileThis April 9, 2015, file photo shows the south portal of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump near Mercury, Nev. The House is moving to approve an election-year bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain despite opposition from home-state lawmakers.The House on Thursday approved an election-year bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain despite opposition from home-state lawmakers.Supporters say the bill would help solve a nuclear-waste storage problem that has festered for more than three decades. More than 80,000 metric tons of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants sit idle in 121 communities across 39 states.The bill would direct the Energy Department to continue a licensing process for Yucca Mountain while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.The House approved the bill, 340-72, sending the measure to the Senate, where Nevada’s two senators have vowed to block it.“The House can vote all they want to revive #YuccaMountain, but let’s be clear – any bill that would turn Nevadans’ backyards into a nuclear waste dump is dead on arrival,” Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto tweeted. “Yucca will never be anything more than a hole in the ground.”But House members from both parties outside Nevada said it was past time for the federal government to fulfill its obligation to permanently dispose of spent nuclear fuel now sitting in dozens of states, near lakes, rivers and communities.“People are ready to do something rather than nothing,” said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., the bill’s chief sponsor.President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed reviving the long-stalled Yucca project 100 miles (161 kilometers) northwest of Las Vegas, but the plan faces bipartisan opposition from the state’s governor and congressional delegation.Energy Secretary Rick Perry has said the U.S. has a “moral obligation” to find a long-term solution to store spent fuel from its commercial nuclear fleet. Trump’s budget proposes $120 million to revive the Yucca project.Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican who is locked in a close race for re-election, blasted the vote as “an exercise in futility.”Heller vowed that, “Under my watch, I will not let one more hard-earned taxpayer dollar go toward this failed project — just as I have in the past. Yucca Mountain is dead, it is that simple.”Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, Heller’s likely opponent in the general election, also opposes use of Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste. She called Yucca a “failed project” and “complete waste of time and taxpayer money.”Nevada Democrats blame Heller for even allowing the vote, noting that he is a close friend of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who controls the House schedule.“Sen. Heller tries to brag about standing between Washington and Yucca Mountain, but our weak and ineffective senator couldn’t even dissuade one of his closest friends on Capitol Hill from preparing to ram this bill through the Republican-controlled House,” said Sarah Abel, a spokeswoman for Nevada Democrats.While the fight over Yucca resumes, lawmakers say they hope to make progress on a plan to temporarily house tons of spent fuel that have been piling up at nuclear reactors around the country. Private companies have proposed state-of-the-art, underground facilities in remote areas of west Texas and southeastern New Mexico to store nuclear waste for up to 40 years.The nuclear industry has said temporary storage must be addressed since the licensing process for Yucca Mountain would take years under a best-case scenario.last_img read more