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Digital Health, Healthcare, mHealth, Wearables
There’s no denying that the popularity of wearables is gaining momentum. However, manufacturers are aiming to go beyond being mere fitness gadgets and a technological trend to becoming accepted as valued medical devices utilized by the healthcare sector. It’s a new beginning of Wearables in Healthcare. keep reading
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Wearables

Can Wearables Be Detrimental To Our Health?

It’s been repeatedly stressed by healthcare practitioners how beyond a balanced diet and exercise, getting sufficient sleep is vital to our health and well-being. There are wearables that can already track our daily activities such as heart rates when we exercise and even the number of steps we have walked that day and the distance. In addition to that, some wearables can monitor your sleep patterns. But how accurate are they and are they good for you?

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Are Wearables Beneficial For Our Health?

Sleep specialists at Rush University Lab in Chicago reported an increase in patients who were complaining about sleep disorders. However, it was observed that those who wore wearables that tracked their sleep started to develop an obsession over getting enough sleep. As most people are aware, 8 hours is what is commonly referred to as the “right amount of sleep.” And because of this, people who tracked that they were getting less than that started to develop anxiety over not getting enough sleep, and the strain resulted in disrupted sleep.  

The Use of Sleep Trackers

can wearables be detrimental to your health? Furthermore. Sleep trackers cannot differentiate between light and day and could be tracking the wearer as asleep when they are in fact just resting. Ultimately, it has been observed that sleep trackers aren’t always accurate. Remember that sleep trackers like other activity trackers are wearable digital devices that measure, amongst other things, your arm movement with a detector called an accelerometer. So it is entirely possible that the sleep tracker is indicating you are asleep when you are in fact, not. If you are struggling with a sleeping disorder such as insomnia, a sleep tracker will only tell you how much sleep you didn’t get and is not sensitive or sophisticated enough to diagnose the problem. Ultimately, it may keep people from seeking the medical attention they need to fully diagnose if they have a sleeping disorder which may be detrimental to their overall health. Furthermore, those who are tracking that they are getting a full 8 hours of sleep may be misled that they have no sleep disorder, when in fact, they do. Their tracker may indicate they slept for 8 hours, but it will not always accurately track if they were restless or had brief moments of awakening. The bottom line is that too many people may be relying too much on the numbers that their wearables are recording and not on the actual quality of their sleep. Are they waking up refreshed and feeling restored? Are they energized or did they wake up more tired than before they slept because their sleep was restless and disruptive? Then, Can Wearables Be Detrimental To Our Health?
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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.digital 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 miguel@digitalsalutem.com  
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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
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Digital Health, Healthcare, Innovation, Internet Of Things IoT, mHealth, Wearables
Say Hello To Your AI Doctor. Technology has been moving fast, realizing dreams from virtual reality glasses to self-driving cars. Health technology however is a different story. Where humans have always dreamed big, fantasizing about better, longer-lasting bodies and more effective and less expensive healthcare, technology has lagged behind. keep reading
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Digital Health, Events, Wearables
  Last week our very own João Bocas attended WHINN, Week of Health INNovation, in Odense, Denmark. João was invited to be a social media ambassador, during the three days, sharing event content and meaningful insights on healthcare innovation. We were very excited to work with other great people, Danielle Siarri, Christina Roosen, Stefan Buttigieg and Mercè Bonjorn Dalmau. And of course congratulations to Michaela Andersen and the team WHINN! Regarding the social media, we achieved amazing results! Trending status in Denmark with #WHINN. whinn-influencers WHINN is one of a kind event, one week with conferences, side events, exhibitions, matchmaking and networking activities. The week is all about health,  innovation, new technologies and sustainable solutions, values that are also at the heart of the progress. This innovative health festival attracts people from all over the world including, stakeholders, decision makers, politicians, clinicians, end-users, students and people with general interest in healthcare and health technology innovation. In short, WHINN is the ideal place to find new collaborations, opportunities and acquire new knowledge, inspiration and insight in the newest research and international trends. This year’s WHINN topics were; connected Health, value based health and care and sustainable hospitals. All of which I can state are at the heart of our future healthcare system. The conference covered many interesting talks and ideas, one of which was value based healthcare – how, why and for whom. The talk was given by Henrik Rindel Gudbergsen, an executive healthcare professional experienced in creating and managing organisational, R&D and business strategies within the areas of medical science, device technology, eHealth, digital transformation, and value-based healthcare. WHINN Also, key market players such as Phillips were present and shared their view on the 2025 trends in healthcare. WHINN-trends-in-healthcare As a recognized thought leader in Digital Health, named in the Top 100 Global Digital Health influencers and expert in wearables and innovation, João spoke the first day at BITS AND BEERS discussing the future of wearable tech. Tuesday, our CEO João Bocas was invited to do a WHINN TALK, innovative speakers from all over the world would take the stage during lunch and share their expertise. On day three, Wednesday, João opened the conference day by setting the stage around hospital and innovation in the new health paradigm. He discussed current trends on wearable technologies and connected health. WHINN  was not only a great place to acquire knowledge, gain global insights and contribute to improve healthcare and public health systems, is was also lots of fun! An example of this was meeting people with a similar mission #pinksocks. pinksocks-WHINN If you would like to know at which upcoming events João Bocas will be speaking or would like any help with innovation and digital health within your company, please don’t hesitate to contact us.   Also, you can find more about João’s presentations at WHINN via SlideShare
See you there next year!! #WHINN2018
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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? HealthManagement.org spoke to Global Top 100 Digital Health Influencer, João Bocas for his insights. keep reading
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Digital Health, Events, Healthcare, Innovation, Internet Of Things IoT, Wearables
  Last week was the third edition of Smart Summit London. Smart Summit London is Europe’s leading IoT and connected living event. The conference attracts attendees from all over the world from diverse fields. From government to smart home OEMs as well as telecom operators, healthcare organizations, insurance or semiconductor companies. keep reading
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