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Nudged Toward Wellbeing: Manual vs. Digital Data Tracking

November 24, 2014

The brown envelope arrived at my door just a few days after my call with Jon Cousins, founder of MoodNudges. Inside was a small sheet of paper with a hand-written note from Jon telling me that he had enjoyed our chat and hoped I found value in his company’s product, WellBee. The product itself was also small - a hexagonal tin with a yellow honeybee sticker affixed to it. Within the tin was a neatly folded piece of paper with a graph and clear instructions for using the twelve...

The transatlantic flight of Project HoneyBee

November 14, 2014

Another transformative collaboration has emerged from the Transatlantic Higher Education Partnership between Arizona State University (ASU) and Dublin City University (DCU).  DCU, in conjunction with its successful MedEx Wellness Program, has signed on to launch a Project HoneyBee Observational Clinical Trial (OCT). MedEx is a chronic illness rehabilitation program that offers medically designed and supervised exercise classes to patients with diverse chronic illnesses. As part of the...

Top Gun, the Future of Healthcare, and Ebola: What I Learned from Heather Ross

November 14, 2014

If you’ve seen the movie Top Gun, you’ll know what I mean when I say that Heather Ross is the “Viper” of ASU’s DNP program. She takes the best of the best and makes them better. I interviewed her about three of her passions—the unique perspective of nurses; ensuring that innovative new healthcare technologies empower patients; and interprofessional healthcare education—and where they come together: through Project HoneyBee, in which Heather plays several...

The Value of Listening: #Data4Health Learning What Works

November 13, 2014

When was the last time you were asked a question and someone fully listened to your answer? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) asked, but more importantly, they listened. RWJF is doggedly working to build a Culture of Health. They understand that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer and that society cannot build a health culture without timely, actionable health information. RWJF’s newly launched Data for Health Initiative is convening a series of meetings...

Data Limitations Beyond Validation: Interoperability

November 4, 2014

This is the second in a series of articles devoted to exploring the challenges behind benchmarking different devices and why it’s so important to the data validation process. Interoperability refers to a medical device’s ability to communicate and pass data to other devices or systems. When evaluating a new commercial device, the investigator must realize that a product that lacks the ability to share data with other devices in a meaningful way is inherently limited. Off-the-shelf blood...

Benchmarking Biosensors: The Necessity and the Challenges

October 31, 2014

Kevin Uchimura has been working with Project HoneyBee to help develop a database of biosensors developed for the consumer-market. He completed his Masters in ASU’s Biomedical Engineering program in May 2013. He helps to manage a laboratory group developing the next generation of biosensors and his interests include new gadgets and creatively applying them to medicine. Kevin has provided Project HoneyBee with invaluable technical expertise and we’re thrilled to present his key findings...

Patience, Translators, and Optimism: What I Learned From Greg Downing

October 29, 2014

Greg Downing knows about innovation. He knows about the hope, the aspirations, and the blood, sweat and tears behind it; the tragic disappointment of its failures; and the surprise and fear in response to its unintended consequences. How does he know this? Well, it’s his job as the Director of Innovation for HHS. He also sees innovation blossom and whither daily in his work coordinating program activities in the HHS IDEA Labs innovation think tank and accelerator. I interviewed Greg...

Innovating for Today's Health Ecosystem

October 29, 2014

THE HONEYBEE CHRONICLES: PART FIVE An interview with Gregory Downing, Executive Director for Innovation, Immediate Office of the Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services By Claire Topal, Senior Research Consultant, Center for Sustainable Health What drives the health ecosystem of today? I think the most interesting way to look at the health ecosystem is to consider what’s changing. For example, today’s determinants of successful healthcare outcomes are...

Engaging at ENGAGE

October 13, 2014

Someone asked me why I was attending the ENGAGE: Innovation in Patient Engagement conference. To be honest, it was because the patient pod in Project HoneyBee’s HoneyComb model is the one I know the least about. I wanted to educate myself. I’ve been fortunate enough to only be a “tourist patient,” meaning regular annual check-ups, cold/flu pop-ins, etc. I haven’t been put through the healthcare gamut and thus haven’t seen the challenges and opportunities for improvement...

Innovation Exploration – Reflections from Mayo Transform 2014

October 2, 2014

It wasn’t the 30-degree temperature difference (105 in Phoenix vs. 75 in Rochester), the beautiful greenery of Minnesota, the incredible Mayo facilities, or the number of attendees (over 600) that most impressed me during Mayo Transform 2014; rather, it was the overwhelming, authentic desire to innovate that stood out most. The three-day event sponsored by Mayo’s Center for Innovation (CFI) was jam-packed with sessions, tours, and networking events organized with the core...