Commentary

Should doctors purchase Google Glass today when it becomes available to the general public?

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Physicians might be asking themselves whether they should purchase Glass today. They need to realize the current applications for Glass in medicine are at a systems level, not a personal one.

Will Google Glass be an essential tool in healthcare or an overhyped afterthought

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Our roundup of potential uses of Google Glass in healthcare being explored by innovators and researchers today.

New study evaluates apps for pediatric obesity, finds opportunity for clinicians and developers to do better

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University of Kansas researchers evaluated apps available for pediatric obesity against practice guidelines. While they found generally poor adherence among most, there were a few that rose to the top.

GoBe wearable sensor’s promise of passive nutrition tracking should be taken with caution

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Crowd-funding platform Indiegogo’s recently highlighted the GoBe wearable sensor, an activity tracker with an alluring twist: “GoBe is the first and only wearable device that automatically measures the calories you consume and burn all day.”

Key features hypertension apps need to have based on an extensive review of medical literature

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We reviewed over 1000 abstracts in search of studies using apps for self-management of hypertension as well as a host of meta-analyses, reviews, and guidelines to identify key features that we think are likely to help our patients be more successful. Here’s what we found.

AliveCor-Practice Fusion partnership hints at future opportunities & challenges of the “quantified self”

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Self-tracking devices will increasingly be linked to EHRs, thereby presenting clinicians with an interesting opportunity as well as challenges.

Use of Google Glass in forensic medicine, suggests other applications

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A recent publication in JMIR highlights the practical utilization of Google Glass in Forensic Medicine as a new novel way to conduct post mortem examinations and autopsies.

Community pharmacies should be used as centers for mobile health technologies

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Pharmacies have a great opportunity to become a mecca of mobile health technologies due to their ability to process insurance billing, available staff, and already presence of health commodities.

Jawbone UP24 vs Fitbit Force, a physician’s recommendation for best activity tracker

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The Jawbone UP24 ($149) and Fitbit Force ($129) are quite similar–they both are worn around the wrist, both add sleep and nutrition tracking, both offer silent/vibrating alarms, both feature passive/continuous bluetooth syncing, both offer 7+ day battery life, and both offer excellent third-party integration. Regardless, spending time with the two devices reveals that each has a different personality and approach to the quantified self movement.

The most well known Emergency Medicine podcast launches an iPhone app, EM:RAP

EM:RAP is a podcast heard by over 18,000 Emergency Medicine health care professionals — and is the most well known Podcast amongst the Emergency Provider community.  So it’s big news they have launched their own iPhone app. Personally, I’m a huge fan of EM:RAP — I find their monthly podcast to be a must listen and the quality of content is tremendous. But I have to be honest — I’m a bit disappointed in the app.

How fitness trackers could be used inpatient and outpatient to monitor medication effects

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Personal fitness trackers pose a great boon to daily monitoring of activities, but could be used for other outpatient health monitoring if further development applied.