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One of the fundamental transformations of the European healthcare system is a changing position of a patient vs. a physician. A physician, traditionally perceived as a Demiurge able to decide on life and death due to the unique knowledge of Ars Medica he possesses, is giving space to a patient, whose previous role was to submissively tolerate procedures imposed on him. Hence the word “patient”, not “person”, adopted in medical environment. Consumer-oriented… Read More

After  2 months of initial excitement with my smart band and related apps, I have stopped wearing the device after. Seems I am not alone in my frustrations: a new study from the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) shows that even patients who do see value in smartphone and tablet apps nevertheless within 6 months stop engaging with the devices. More than forty percent said that tracking and monitoring apps required… Read More

Anywhere, from 15% to 28% of cancer diagnoses are misleading. This was the alarming conclusion of an Exploring Diagnostic Accuracy in Cancer survey conducted at late 2012 by the US National Coalition of Health Care and Best Doctors . The traditional methods of cancer diagnostics such as, e.g., mammography (for breast cancer), CT scans, X-ray, ultrasound imaging, MRI and PET (for various other types of cancer) or endoscopy, followed by biopsy of… Read More

Considering the amount of medications each of us is swallowing during the lifecycle, one would assume that the pharma industry is tremendously flourishing. Indeed, the total volume of the pharmaceutical market was in 2014 worth of 1,057.2 Billion dollars, with the top 15 companies reaching around US$527 billion in revenue. Nevertheless, the modest year-on-year 2.4% growth indicates that the industry needs some revitalizing changes. One of the biggest challenges pharma is facing… Read More

Smart pills with sensors as well as miniature implants placed, e.g., under the skin are predicted to grasp minds and souls of the consumers cramping fitness devices like wrist bands or watches. Thus, the “Smart Pills Technologies Market (2012-2017),”  report forecasts the global smart pills market to reach $965 million by the year 2017, while Gartner expects shipments in the smart garment category to jump from 0.1 million units in 2014 to 26… Read More

Smart watches, intelligent bands and other gadgets that will calculate the frequency of our heart beat, the number of exercised steps and the quantity of consumed or burned calories are sweeping the market. The predominant objective of such tools is to collect personal data coming from various sensors storing them in the cloud platforms such as Google Fit, Microsoft Health or Apple Health Kit. This can provide individuals with an insight into… Read More

The hype of the Internet of things (IoT) is marching forward supported by many analysts and IT vendors. The aspiration is that IoT nourished by the flow of wearable devices emerging first in the fitness and wellness areas coupled with mobile applications will boost patients’ and, in general, citizens’ engagement in their own care. The reality, however, is different. Despite the optimistic prognoses that nearly 100 million wearable monitoring devices will ship… Read More