Every time I come to The Syracuse Tech Garden there is always something new and exciting. This time around Todd Park, chief technology officer (CTO) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) spoke to the upstate New York community in a talk titled Unlocking the power of data, IT, and... Read more
The multi-billion-dollar drug sector has endured a decade of under-performance. "Pfizer’s (PFE), Eli Lilly’s (LLY), Merck's (MRK), and Bristol Myers Squibb’s (BMY) stock is trading at half of their value 10 years ago and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is faring slightly better at a negative 25%," reports... Read more
An abundance of high tech devices--year-old mobile phones abandoned for the latest iPhone release, low-pixel digital cameras, too-slow gaming devices and other consumer electronics--get tossed into our local landfills every day. Most people don't realize that these tossed aside 'black boxes' have... Read more
Five months ago, HealthTap launched its public beta to help people share health information based not around symptoms or treatments, but around the individual. This week they've expanded the system by launching iPhone and Android apps.
In a rare but interesting example of pharma's willingness to look outside its own industry for innovation, GlaxoSmithKline is teaming with Formula 1's McLaren Group in effort to learn from the cutting-edge technology of motor racing.
Imagine you could take your prescription pill with a microchip attached. And when ingested, the chip sends wireless signals through your body and transmits not only ingestion information but also your real-time heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, even body angle and sleep status. You can... Read more
Healthcare IT is experiencing a revolution, and open source is driving change across the industry. Fundamental principles underpinning the growth of open source from collaboration and transparency to the community network are rapidly transforming the way we think about about healthcare.
The premise of a feedback loop is simple: Give people real-time information about their actions, and they're more likely to change those actions for the better.
Beyond the walls of our constrained health system, there is a movement that could change the entire context of healthcare. While the US health system struggles to open patient health data and to allow for better data sharing among providers, the self-tracking movement, known as the "quantified self... Read more
Should people have the right to examine the source code of medical devices implanted in their bodies?
Karen Sandler, Executive Director of the Gnome Foundation, recently gave a talk at OSCON 2011 explaining why free software is critical on implantable medical devices. (Sandler has a defibrillator.) She's wants the FDA to collect and examine the source code used in such devices, and make the... Read more