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New Computationally-Enabled Theoretical Models to Support Health Behavior Change

D2Health CEO Eric Hekler will be participating in an invite-only conference focused on mHealth and behavior change from Brussels on October 16-17th.


HealthTap adds peer-reviewed research to keep ‘cyberchondria’ at bay

To help patients and caregivers access easy-to-understand, cutting-edge medical research, HealthTap is adding the full library of peer-reviewed medical research from the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed. The goal is further educate patients as well as help disseminate new information through the physician community.

Can ResearchGate really be the Facebook of science?

With 2m members, science startup ResearchGate isn’t just talking big when it says it wants to start a revolution: it’s actually changing the way scientists work.

A Look Around The Bend On The Health Innovation Highway

We are experiencing the equivalent of the pre-internet 1980s in healthcare — innovation is slow, expensive, and out of reach for most organizations. But new platforms revolutionizing medical innovation are emerging.

mHealth apps are just the beginning of the disruption in healthcare from open health data

Two years ago, the potential of government making health information as useful as weather data felt like an abstraction. Healthcare data could give citizens the same “blue dot” for navigating health and illness akin to the one GPS data fuels on the glowing map of geolocated mobile devices that are in more and more hands.

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

Developers of emerging mLearning ecosystems can learn a lot from their predecessors in mBanking and mHealth and such services as mobile money transfers or mobile health monitoring. 

Crowdsourcing Empathetic Responses and Cognitive Reappraisals

While emotions can be regulated in many ways, a particularly powerful approach is cognitive reappraisal – a technique that involves reinterpreting the meaning of a thought or situation. Habitual  use of this  strategy is  linked to many key indices of physical and emotional health, and laboratory studies show it can  help  down regulate negative emotions, without incurring  the physiological costs associated with other  regulatory strategies.  Unfortunately, cognitive reappraisal is not always easy to apply. Thinking flexibly about stressful thoughts and situations requires creativity and poise, faculties that often elude us when we need them the most. In this paper, we propose an assistive technology that coordinates collective intelligence on demand, to  help individuals  reappraise  stressful thoughts and situations.

Patient reported data key to "big data" success

Most of these “big data” efforts involve the use of clinical records. But an article in the Atlantic says researchers could achieve more by analyzing data from patient surveys and other sources than by scouring electronic medical records.


How can tech help health care target Gen Y?

A recent survey from ZocDoc and Harris Interactive found that digitally-savvy Gen Y adults (those between the ages of 18 and 34) think health care is so frustrating that more than half said they delay medical care because the process is a “pain.” The study also found that 79 percent said it’s easier to evaluate a new gadget than a new doctor or dentist and 76 percent said it’s easier to find the right information to choose a hotel than it is to find an appropriate doctor or dentist.

BodyMedia’s weight-loss gadget analyzes your body temperature to keep you healthy

Weight loss gadgets have evolved far beyond simple pedometers. We now have Up bands, Fitbits, and FuelBands that track our fitness levels (and make us look like athletes even when we’re not). One of these devices is BodyMedia’s FIT, a series of armbands that use medical-grade sensors to track health metrics.