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Big Data, Digital Health, Healthcare, Innovation, Internet Of Things IoT
Technology is changing healthcare, Artificial Intelligence will change healthcare in few years. Data in general equals too many possibilities, data organised and specific equals fewer and far more accurate options. Over the past decades, many new ways of collecting and storing health data have been implemented in our healthcare system, this of course highly valuable. However, without any method for interlinking or combining, this data is of no use.  how artificial intelligence is changing healthcare The amount of stored patient data has increased with 700% between 2010 and 2015, 91% of that data is unstructured. This data resides outside of an organised database such as lab records or electronic health records, making it impossible for payers, care providers and patients to tap into its potential. However, if we would be able to tap into this data we could accelerate healthcare transformation, making it more efficient and cost-effective.  Therefore, Artificial intelligence (AI) is seen as the solution to the problem. With its capability to draw “intelligence” from the vast amounts of raw data, located in different sources, it has healthcare executives worldwide supporting it. Globally, 63% of healthcare executives are already investing in AI technologies and 74% are planning to do so as well. AI healthcare A PwC study found that healthcare is most likely to derive some of the biggest gains through AI. It would increase productivity, enhance the quality and give the space to the increased consumption. The possibilities would be endless, especially with regards to diagnostics. It could for example:
  • “help detect small variations within patients’ health data and comparing variations among similar patients
  • identify potential pandemics early and tracking the incidence of diseases to help prevent and contain their spread
  • enhance imaging diagnostics in radiology and pathology.”– (Brian Williams, 2017)
Some of these AI powered diagnostic tools but also preventive tools are already seen in the market. Although not yet wide spread it does display the potential of AI driven devices in healthcare. Examples are smartphones connected to a device which can make Electrocardiograms (ECG) and give results instantly or online services which can diagnose skins, rashes and moles on the basis of a digital photo. Imagine, in the near future patients would not have to see a doctor to diagnose them or give them advice, AI driven devices can take over that role and doctors would just have to verify saving immense amounts of time and costs. “According to HRI’s 2015 clinician survey, 42% of US doctors say they are willing to prescribe medications based on the results of consumer-operated diagnostic technologies.”– (Brian Williams, 2017) But how do health consumers feel about being treated by their smartphone rather than by an actual doctor. A recent study of 12.000 people across 12 countries states that the majority is willing to substitute the care given by human clinicians by care given by AI digital health or ehealth robots. Ai-enabled healthcare Thus, AI can safe vast amounts of cost and increase efficiency throughout our healthcare system. Moreover, healthcare executives, clinicians and patients are all willing to try and are seeing its potential. Does this mean that AI is our health future? Yes, I think it is inevitable. Studies are already predicting that the AI market is in for massive growth. Between 2014 and 2021 a 40% increase in the market of AI in healthcare is expected, growing from $633.8 million to $6.66 billion.  However, while the potential is surely there, there are still many unknowns and issues to be solved before our health AI future can reach its full potential. New systems and business models will need to be implemented and large investments are needed to make everything happen. I think the below sums it all up…  “The road toward the vision of a self-serve, consumer-directed, personalized healthcare delivery model powered by artificial intelligence will likely be repeatedly disrupted by unexpected stops and starts. But, to more and more clinicians and technologists on the leading edge of healthcare IT development, it’s just a matter of time.” – (Brian Williams, 2017) And that it is, we will need to work hard, but our AI healthcare future is soon to be there!  This article is based upon the following post:  Are you planning to innovate in healthcare? We can help you implementing the latest technologies and eHealth Innovation Methodologies in your Healthcare business. Contact us

Big Data, Digital Health, Events, Fitness, Healthcare, Innovation, Internet Of Things IoT, mHealth, Partnerships, Wearables
  It is with pride that we would like to announce the 2nd anniversary of Digital Salutem!! November 2 years ago we started with a mission to change digital healthcare innovation whilst having a positive impact on businesses and society. Our multidisciplinary group of digital health experts worked hard and we achieved a lot. We connected and collaborated with some amazing clients including a few of the most innovative health insurers in Europe and Nokia Health, a recognised world class innovator in digital health. But that is far from all. digital health consultant It was an exciting year and as always we attended a variety of industry events including; Our CEO, João Bocas, shared his knowledge and innovative mind during these events. Speaking about the challenges and opportunities digital health brings and closely watching the trends and developments in the market we state that this year the battle to change healthcare has kicked off somewhat stronger than the previous years. 2017 is the year of new wearable insights. This year’s prediction of the device market give an compound annual growth (CAGR) of 22,2% until 2021. That means that by 2021 262,5 million wearables are to be shipped worldwide. In 2016 this wasn’t even half, 96,5 million. This marks a big milestone in the market of digital health. digital health As for us, Digital Salutem, we continued our good work and stepped up our game this year in terms of growth and brand recognition. Not only was our CEO, João Bocas, named as top 100 global digital health influencer, our brand, Digital Salutem, was likewise named in the top 50 global brands in digital health! Our network now comprises over 10.000 influential contacts in over 20 different countries and we since short started a new collaboration with London South Bank University. Here we support the delivery of simDH (Simulation for digital health) program, helping healthTech startups to have a greater chance of succeeding in the complex and volatile healthcare market. We are looking forward to this new year. Having extended our portfolio, knowledge, team and increased the brand awareness we expect to be able to help even more organisations reach their health innovation goals. Bringing people together, ensuring proper solution-based innovation and disruptive change in healthcare is what we strive for. We are part of something bigger than us and are sure that with Digital Salutem and our partners we can create the incredible, valuable and needed change in healthcare innovation Lastly, we are extremely excited about a new partnership with a leading world-class innovator from Denmark. To be announced soon……!! I hope you are as excited as we are about the future and as always, feel free to contact us at any time for any questions or advice. As well our Managing Director, Miguel Sánchiz, will be delighted to receive an email from you. Contact with him via  

Big Data, Digital Health, Fitness, Healthcare, Internet Of Things IoT, mHealth, Sensors, Wearables
European regulators bring concern for start-ups that plan to sell their fitness and tracking devices to the corporate customer. Last June the European Advisory Panel stated that employers should be banned from giving their employees wearable tracking devices such as fitness monitors and smartwatches to track their employees’ health. Additionally the EU body also made it clear that employers should stay clear of accessing and using the data these devices create, even if the data is completely anonymous and employees gave their permission. Understandably, start-ups but also more established players are concerned, as are their corporate clients who use this data to improve their employee health and decrease medical insurance premiums. Fitbit states that employees should surely be informed about the uses of the generated date, who will have access and given the option to participate or not without any consequences for refusal. However the EU body sticks with its point. They find that even such transparency is  most likely insufficient. ““Given the unequal relationship between employers and employees,” the body said, workers were probably never able to give legally valid consent to have their data shared. “Even if the employer uses a third party to collect the health data, which would only provide aggregated information about general health developments to the employer, the processing would still be unlawful.”” – (Jeremy Kahn – 2017) Fitbit has a large stake in this but declined giving a direct comment on the opinion of the EU privacy groups. However Fitbit did state that they believe all wellness programs should protect the employees’ privacy and be voluntary. The company has over 1.300 organizations, encompassing more than 2,6 million people, using its devices for their corporate wellness program. These companies are concerned that  their employees spent too much time sitting and want to encourage them to move more. Nokia purchased Withings in 2015 and build their corporate wellness program Nokia Digital Health around it. Alex Normand, head of B2B sales of Nokia Digital Health stated: “We believe the responsible integration of connected health devices into the health care system, including through corporate wellness programs, has the potential to significantly improve the health and well-being of society, and are actively working with hospitals, research institutions, and health care providers to explore this promising field,”. He also stated they Nokia would abide by all applicable law and would uphold the highest standards of privacy and security in every market it sells. Move coach shares aggregated data, such as fitness levels and demographic age with consent of the users. The company Salesforce, LinkedIn and Microsoft Corp. With an eye on this new ‘EU opinion’ it is concerned that it will not be able to serve its European customers. Frank Palermo, head of solutions at Virtusa, a consultancy firm within connected devices and wearables, states that “Collecting data on worker activity and productivity to ensure their safety should be in the purview of the employer,”. Statement of the EU body is just an opinion, at least for now. This means that in the end it is up to each individual country to decide whether they want to comply or not with this opinion. However per May 2018, European regulations will become more streamlined and the New General Data Protection Regulation will be enforced. In this regulation it states that business are required to carry out impact assessments before implementing any technology or procedure into their company which may pose a risk to individual privacy rights. They are also required to select the most privacy friendly solutions. To finalize I just want to state that not everyone is concerned or disagrees with this opinion of the EU body. BioBeats, a company that uses wearable sensors and applications to better manage the employees stress levels, never gave companies access to their data. Therefore, CEO David Plans, stated that this regulation would give BioBeats more space to compete within the market. He finds that “The only thing that should ever reach the employer is our analysis of the data, not the data itself.”   This post is based on the following article – Fitness Tracking Startups Are Sweating Due To EU Privacy Regulations

Big Data, Digital Health, Healthcare, Internet Of Things IoT, mHealth, Wearables
  How can stakeholders harness the potential of healthcare wearables to revolutionise the care continuum while successfully navigating legislative and technical risks? spoke to Global Top 100 Digital Health Influencer, João Bocas for his insights. keep reading

Big Data, Digital Health, Events
Our CEO, João Bocas went to Brussels on 21st of March to be part of EIT Digital Conference: Insights on Europe’s Digital Transformation as our company Digital Salutem is involved in EIT Digital. It was the perfect place for developing one of our favorites activities, networking. We recorded some videos and from them we have extracted some useful insights to share with all of you. Find the useful insights about the EIT Digital Conference in the following videos:   The opening Welcome Keynote with Willem Jonker ( CEO EIT Digital )

He states that : ¨To be successful you need to start with a global vision and mindset.¨
Finishes his keynote with a big statement: ¨What is driving digital transformation is data, as the oil of digital economy.¨
Keynote of Roberto Viola – Director General of DG CONNECT 

He talks about The European Landscape and its challenges and one the most remarcable input is: ¨Personalized Medicine is the future of Digital Health.¨
Panel Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Chahab Nastar ( Chief Innovation Officer at EIT Digital ) , Henry Tirri ( EVP and CTO at Harman International ) and Karen Boers ( Managing Director & CEO European Startup Network )

Here, Karen Boers observes: ¨Everything seems to move a little slow at European level and that needs to change.¨

And Henry Tirri says: ¨The Digitalization is going on forever… and bits are eating atoms.¨
We look forward to your feedback, let us know if we can helping you to connect with any pan-European Stakeholders.

Big Data, Internet Of Things IoT
With the average home already having multiple devices connected to the Internet and each other, we are more susceptible to cyber threats than we realize. Anything that we own in our home that has the capability to connect to the Internet is considered an IoT device. It may not immediately come to mind that even a smart refrigerator, a Wi-Fi connected thermostat, coffeemaker, or doorbell could ever be used a backdoor to access your network. If your devices are connected to the Internet through an app on your smartphone or a wearable, you are more vulnerable to network attacks than you think. keep reading

Big Data, Internet Of Things IoT
2016 was a year for significant technological breakthroughs that transformed the way we live, work, and play. Virtual reality was finally within our grasp. People and devices were connected to each other and our environments more than ever. And automation changed the way we worked. So what do we expect in the new year? Here are our top tech trends for 2017 that we’re keeping our eyes on: IoT in the workplace In 2016, technology like Nest allowed us to change the environment in our homes through smart devices we could control remotely. It is expected that 2017 that these IoT devices will go beyond the home and into the workplace in the form of sensors, software, and other technology that is interconnected. This will guarantee that the workplace environment is running efficiently while also cutting on costs through intelligent devices that will automatically “sleep” when not in use. These smart devices will “speak” to one another ensuring optimal efficiency while keeping track of not just office equipment but also its workforce through location services. The rise of chatbots As LiveWorld chairman and CEO Peter Friedman predicts, “In 2017, brands will strategically and seamlessly integrate humans into chatbot interactions to scale and advance the effectiveness of their chatbot programs.” Mike Roberts, head of Messenger at Kik said, “It’s more of a cultural shift. Users are now so used to chatting with their friends via SMS and messengers that they feel comfortable with that same interface delivering an app experience.” “Bots make people’s lives easier, but are not designed to replace people,” said Roberts. “If you’re at a baseball stadium in your seat and want food, you’d have to either leave your seat or yell at one of the vendors if they’re near your section by chance. If the stadium had a bot, you could just chat with that bot inside the Kik app to request what you’d like and pay for it as well without ever having to risk leaving your seat — the vendor sees that you’ve ordered and paid for your food, at which point he or she will deliver.” Enhanced security for IoT With the rise of IoT in the workplace, the need for heightened security measures to protect Internet of Things devices has become a concern. Cisco head of strategy, Macario Namie, recently told TechRepublic, “As IoT continues to expand beyond businesses and into the realm of smart cities and connected government programs, the requirement for watertight security will continue to rise. 2017 will be the year where we see policy makers and governments step in to mandate IoT security guidelines across industries. In fact, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security just issued its Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things (IoT) document in November.” Virtual and augmented reality 2017 will be a big year for virtual and augmented reality. With big-name hardware already hitting the market last year, expect an increase in momentum. With the current hardware still being connected by wires, look forward to the transition to Bluetooth technology and the introduction to wireless VR tech. Merchants are not far from introducing a full shopping experience via virtual reality with the ability to shop for everything from clothes to cars, and real estate. And Apple will finally make an Augmented Reality SDK accessible to developers which is likely to be just an introduction to more powerful iOS AR apps to be released later in the year.