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What Healthcare's "Gutenberg Moment" Needs to be Sustainable

May 15, 2015

Eric Topol’s The Patient Will See You Now: The Future Is In Your Hands describes medicine today as having a “Gutenberg moment.” Printing press technology democratized learning, driving printing costs down while improving access to texts across different economic classes. Smartphones are today’s printing press for medicine, where patients are empowered simply through better access to take charge of health care appointments, physiological monitoring, and access to medical...

Engineering Biosensors for Engagement: A conversation with Nag Murty

May 12, 2015

Naganand (Nag) Murty, Innovator in Residence at both the West Health Institute and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is both a realist and an optimist. Perhaps that is what an engineer in the life science and healthcare innovation space has to be. “The bigger problems in healthcare today are not so much technological as they are systemic and people-related,” Nag notes. “They are rooted in things like failures in care coordination, inadequate reimbursement, or...

ASU programs help teachers develop next generation of engaged citizens

May 7, 2015

Two Arizona State University programs at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College have recently won multiple awards for their groundbreaking work impacting sustainability education and community engagement. These programs take a proactive approach to ensure that future teachers are prepared not only in traditional subjects like reading and math, but also in areas that will help them become more aware and engaged citizens locally and globally. The Sustainability Science Education project has been...

Defining Clinical Value in Wearable Technology

April 27, 2015

PatientsLikeMe recently published a report that clearly illustrates the potential clinical value in wearable biosensor technology. Project HoneyBee is premised on the belief that continuous monitoring will enable critical insight into disease prevention and treatment that will ultimately lower costs while improving health outcomes. In order to dive a little deeper into some of the challenges in the wearable technology industry,we interviewed Carlos Rodarte, director of business...

Patient Engagement? More Like 50 Shades of Paternalism

April 22, 2015

I was just in Chicago for the annual HIMSS conference, along with 40,000 of my closest friends. While standing in a long Starbucks line, waiting for some caffeine to fortify me for the long day ahead, I was approached by a young woman with an iPad asking if I would take a survey. Did I mention that it was a long line? I said, “Yes”. The first question asked me to choose from among several possible choices for the key trends being discussed at the meeting. I chose “patient...

A Scientist on the Inside: Greg Downing's "Asynchronous" Journey

April 13, 2015

What does it take to become a “scientist on the inside”, influencing decisions around innovation and entrepreneurship in a trillion dollar U.S. government policy organization? This was the focus of Lee Hartwell’s interview of Greg Downing, Executive Director of Innovation in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during a session of ASU’s “Interdisciplinary Approaches for Innovating in Healthcare Technologies” course, which is...

Challenges Underlined by Opportunity for a Validated Consumer Wearable Database

April 7, 2015

There has been a burgeoning conversation around consumer wearables about whether such hobby-enthusiast devices need to be validated. After all, different devices measure with different accuracy, which makes the use of collected data to inform clinical decision-making problematic. Rather than clutter the market with some devices doing X and others doing Y, would it be more sustainable if there could be one device that could do it all, or at least be tested for and uphold the accuracy needed to...

Data for Health: Join the Conversation

March 23, 2015

Join the Conversation on April 2: Data for Health Shares Findings on What Works The Center for Sustainable Health encourages you to join national health leaders in a live stream conversation on April 2, 2015 from 11:45am-2:00pm ET about a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Data for Health initiative. Our Strategic Partnerships Director, Grace O’Sullivan, blogged about the Data4Health Initiative following its launch last November, explaining...

Flipping the Waiting Room

March 19, 2015

Flip #19 on the Flip the Clinic’s website investigates the idea of redesigning the clinic space itself as a way to improve the patient-clinician experience during clinical encounters. It showcases the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s success alongside other examples to illustrate how small yet significant adjustments alter the atmosphere of their clinic. In the recent Phoenix FtC Lab, my team convened around the idea of Flipping the Waiting Room. What would it mean to take some...

Data Validation Reexamined: An Interview with Debra Corley

March 9, 2015

The Center for Sustainable Health is involved in the oversight of multiple Observational Clinical Trials (OCTs) within various local and national healthcare systems, designed to test the utility of commercial wearable devices for monitoring ambulatory patients. Project HoneyBee’s Observational Clinical Trials (OCTs) and our Clinical Validation Network, link directly to 90% of Maricopa County’s health systems in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The Center has recruited highly qualified...