PSFK Picks: Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week

PSFK Picks: Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week
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A home hub that syncs your health devices and an app that stores all your medical records. Innovative stories from the world of wellness.

  • 5 february 2014

Each week with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include a home hub that syncs your health devices and an app that stores all your medical records.

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Home Hub Syncs Personal Health Devices And Data
Homelink is a wireless home device that serves as a hub for receiving, storing, and transmitting patient-generated healthcare data. The tablet-sized touch screen device can receive data from a user’s digital or wireless weight scales, fitness tracker, pulse oximeters, blood glucose monitors, or just about any other wearable health device. Data is received either via a wire with a USB direct connection, or wirelessly from devices equipped with either the Bluetooth or Low-Energy Bluetooth communications capabilities. The Homelink empower patients to self-test at home and offers a seamless way to store necessary data for easy access, and allow it to be sent to their doctors for professional analysis.


App Learns User’s Fitness Ability And Creates Their Perfect Workout
FitStar is a fitness training app for the iOS platform, which aims to offer truly personalized fitness training by learning its users’ abilities and developing new workouts for them each time. The app features a large library of short clips that guide users through each fitness technique. Users can scroll through a number of preset sessions to get started, but rather than continuing with the same workout every time, the app ‘learns’ which routines are best for them. Users can manually tell the app how long they managed to keep up and whether it was ‘too easy’, ‘just right’ or ‘brutal’, or combine the app with a fitness tracker to more objectively determine their stats. The app then takes this data into account, creating custom workouts tailored for each individual’s abilities.

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App Makes It Easy For Users To Store Their Entire Medical History
Hello Doctor, by Israeli designer Ziv Meltzer, is an iPad app that captures, stores, and catalogs users’ medical records. The platform is designed to import the documents via camera, email, or Dropbox, so whenever a user changes doctors or travels abroad, their personal data goes with them. The app also allows patients to analyze esoteric doctor speak with definitions and graphs, basically adding a layer of data visualization on top of existing medical records to better explain it. The platform makes it easier for patients to take ownership over their medical history and take it with them wherever they go.


Handheld Sensor Pulls Crowd Data To Provide Instant Health And Environmental Diagnosis
OASIS is a project from Distributed Health Labs, part of the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, which is combining devices, connected users and machine intelligence create a ‘crowd-doctor’. The system is designed to learn from users and become smarter and improve its functions the more people use it. At the core of the system is a vitals monitor that can be used to measure temperature, heart rate, pulse oxygen, breathing and blood pressure. When a measure is taken by the sensor, that information is uploaded to a central database, which averages out the reading from all sources. This data can then be mapped on to a local area, and used to generate health predictions and even specific diagnoses.


Game Helps Children Diagnosed With Cancer Play With Others During Isolation
KonneKt is a game that allows children in hospitals who are diagnosed with a serious illness and kept in isolation to interact with others through their glass barriers, lessening the anxiety and loneliness of their treatment through play. Developed by Dutch graduate student Job Jansweijer at the Delft University of Technology, the game set includes large foam cut outs with suction cups and magnets to help them stay up. Because the barrier is clear and the foam parts are brightly colored, it is see what a player on the other side is doing. The pieces allow for more traditional games, such as tic-tac-toe and chess, or for children to create their own. Jansweijer developed the idea after his initial research into the needs of children with cancer. He found that not only was isolation a common occurrence for those kids undergoing cancer treatment but the lack of social interaction was damaging to their development.

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