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Digital healthcare requires new workforce skills and strategy

Digital healthcare represents a fast-moving field. However, as a new survey indicates, job skills are creating unevenness within the field — and problems for the industry overall.

Digital health technology needs to be patient-centric

The next wave of digital health technology needs to focus on the patient experience, either in the way patients interact with technology or the way the use it. This is a key finding from a new report into the state of pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Benchmarking the adoption of digital health technology

The tenth PwC report into the ‘digital health IQ’ of looks at the state of companies operating in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector and it shows a faster, although sometimes uneven, rate of adoption of healthcare technology.

Spotlight on breakthrough healthtech companies

Three new health technology startups are leading the way in transforming healthcare technology. These new ventures are part of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars.

Extreme weather events fuel need for healthcare microgrids

Power outages caused by extreme weather events cost the U.S. economy between $18 and $33 billion annually. The need for greater resiliency in the nation's power grid has become even more important after millions lost power due to recent hurricanes.

Healthcare app Pager partners with Horizon Healthcare Services

Healthcare on demand app Pager has formed a strategic partnership with Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc. to engage health insurance scheme members when they need care and navigate them through their care journey.

Innovation for safe transport and storage of medication

Paris - A new health innovation has been launched. Called LifeinaBox, it is the world’s smallest fridge, for the safe transport and storage of medication.

Google will now let you know if there's high pollen in your area

Google has announced a new feature designed to help allergy sufferers stay aware of pollen conditions. The company said it had observed seasonal surges in search traffic about pollen levels, leading it to expand its weather info with allergy details.

Google buys startup that uses smartphones as health monitors

Google has acquired a startup that uses smartphones as medical devices capable of monitoring several vital stats. The company has created a series of mobile apps that use simple smartphone hardware, such as the camera and mic, to detect health issues.

Do digital health interventions work?

Do digital health interventions help patients to make lifestyle changes leading to improved health outcomes? This is an important question for health policy makers, especially as many health organizations are going through digital transformation.

Digital health lessons from the NHS

London - Despite the recent cyber-attack ransomware attack on the U.K.'s National Health Service, the reliance upon digital data remains vital for the healthcare sector, according to the Head of NHS Digital.

IMF urges US to 'protect' gains won under Obamacare

Washington - The International Monetary Fund on Thursday weighed into the US health care debate, urging the Trump administration to "protect" the gains achieved under President Barack Obama.

Digitalization is helping rural health services

Digital photography is helping patients to show how they feel in relation to their treatment plans. This process could significantly aid rural healthcare.

The IMF just downgraded the Trump economy

The International Monetary Fund has sharply revised its forecast for US economic growth in a direct indictment of Donald Trump’s presidency and lack of action on promised policy changes.

Digital health solutions for caregivers

An overlooked part of the digital health revolution is with caregivers (those who care for others, such as the elderly). This is despite caregivers having needs that can be met by technological innovation. A new survey highlights some of the needs.

Global trend: Gonorrhea becoming very hard to treat

Geneva - Rates of gonorrhea are increasing around the world, fueled by oral sex and a decline in the use of condoms. Worryingly this includes several variants of the genus that cannot be easily treated with existing antibiotics.

Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, Gen Z: healthcare expectations

A new survey of the U.S. healthcare system suggests that different generations, grouped into different sociological and demographic clusters, have varying attitudes to healthcare and there are some significant differences.

Google DeepMind's NHS deal was illegal under U.K. privacy law

Google DeepMind's data sharing deal with the U.K.'s NHS was illegal under domestic privacy laws. The finding was confirmed by the U.K.'s Information Commission today which ruled patients should have been fully informed of how their data was being used.

Apple and Nokia abandon patent dispute to work together again

Apple and Nokia have announced a mutual agreement to put aside all their ongoing litigation regarding a patent dispute initiated last year. The companies have come to a "meaningful agreement" after deciding to put their customers first.

Which countries have the best healthcare?

Paris - Neither Canada nor Japan cracked the top 10, and the United States finished a dismal 35th, according to a much anticipated ranking of healthcare quality in 195 countries, released Friday.

Apple purchase hints at sleep tracking mode for next Apple Watch

Apple has purchased Beddit, a Finnish manufacturer of connected sleep-tracking devices designed to work with iOS products. The acquisition strongly hints that the next Apple Watch will include a built-in sleep monitoring mode, a top user request.

In the US, health care a privilege, not a right

Washington - In 1944, president Franklin Roosevelt urged Congress to pass a "second bill of rights." Number six on the list was "the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.

Best and worst U.S. states for nurses revealed

If you're living in or planning to visit the U.S., where are the best places to receive nursing care? Wisconsin is one of them. How about the worst? Best to avoid the District of Columbia.

Belgian MPs demand better help for terror victims

Brussels - Belgian lawmakers on Tuesday demanded that authorities overhaul the way victims of terrorism are treated, after widespread criticism of insensitivity in the wake of last year's attacks in Brussels.

Two months on, a Trump supporter mired in doubt

Owego - He traveled from rally to rally with his guitar in tow, crooning pro-Donald Trump tunes and hailing the then Republican candidate as the answer to the US heroin epidemic that took his son's life.

Use of Google's DeepMind questioned for U.K. healthcare

London - A university-led inquiry has raised concerns about a deal between Google's artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the U.K. National Health Service. This relates to so-termed serious "inadequacies."

'World's heaviest woman' to fly to India for surgery

Mumbai - An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman will fly to India for weight reduction surgery Saturday after intervention from the country's foreign minister ensured her a visa.

A third of Americans don't know Obamacare and ACA are the same

A sizable chunk of the American public seems to have some confusion about the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better known as Obamacare.

Ebola detected in lungs of healthcare worker

With Ebola virus infection, with those who survive the virus, is proving very difficult to get rid of. The virus, in those who appear symptom free, has been found in the eyes, semen, amniotic fluid, and so on. A new case adds to this concern.

Canada police raid Montreal pot stores after Trudeau's warning

Montr - Police in Montreal raided six cannabis shops one day after they opened, following a warning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that recreational marijuana is not yet legal in Canada.
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