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Turn Your Heartbeat Into Music Via This App

BioBeat is a company that “merges entertainment and healthcare.” I have no idea what that means, but they recently released a new app called Pulse, which basically creates music by sensing changes in your heartbeat. The app hacks into the iPhone camera/flash and allows the phone to basically track changes in blood flow once you’ve placed your finger over the  camera. Then, using the data collected from the camera, the app turns your heartbeat into sound. Who would have thought that the human body came with its own DJ? This is one of those rare instances where even I can’t think of a practical use for this technology in healthcare, but it’s wicked cool so check out the video below and download the app!   Featured image is a screenshot taken  from the video...

Tweets for a Cause: How One Girl Got a Bionic Arm Thanks to Her Friends on Twitter

The power of social media is unfathomable. You’ve no doubt noticed this as the #ALSicebucketchallenge has taken Facebook and Youtube by storm. Here’s another great story of an individual who has been immensely affected by the generosity of strangers through the wonder that is social media. ______________________________________________________________________   Torri Biddle was born with only one full arm. She didn’t just live with her condition, she powered through, even making her high school’s basketball team.  The Ohio teen had no idea that one day her friends’ pleas for a #HandForTorri on Twitter would catch the attention of the bucket-list boys at “The Buried Life”… Or that the group on a mission to complete their bucket list and help others go after theirs would reach out to the top prosthetic manufacturer, Hanger Clinics, and get them to donate a bionic arm to her, completely free of charge.     Even better, if you watch and share this video, Hanger Clinics will donate another arm to a teenager in need if the video reaches 1 million views. Read more about Torri and her experience with The Buried Life...

“Playing Games” Could Be the Next Move for Doctors

No one likes playing games. Source: giphy.com That may change for doctors, though, thanks to a new concept being tested at hospitals in the Boston area. The VA hypertension game combines stock photos with silly captions and multiple-choice questions in an effort to improve high blood pressure treatments from doctors and nurses. By making the material entertaining and getting rid of dull educational materials, the game has actually improved patient blood pressure results over the year that their care providers played it. By also adding a leaderboard of the highest scores, developers have also introduced the element of competition to the game, something that no AlmostDoc is a stranger to, as if we ever finish above the curve we generally look like this: Source: giphy.com Next up is a game letting patients compete in managing their diabetes. For now, you can try this one out at Qstream.  ...

Should Google Glass Be Used in the OR?

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to use Google Glass for 24 hours. It was an amazing opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. For the past year now, Google Glass has been a buzz word and tool amongst the technology community. Google Glass is a wearable computer with a small transparent prism on the right side that can display information and notifications. It also features a touchpad on the side to navigate various screens to check email, directions, the next subway, or headlines from The New York Times. It also features a high resolution camera and microphone to take photos and videos which can be shared on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. Though it can take videos and pictures alone, many of its features require that you use Bluetooth to connect it to your smartphone for data. The device itself is quite elegant. Along with its sleek packaging, many of the nurses and physician assistants at the hospital thought they were an Apple product when they tried them on. The hardware is encased in soft-touch plastic which includes the battery as a counterweight. There’s a thin titanium strip that creates the arc of the glasses along with a nose pad which allow the device to rest on your face. If you’ve ever worn metal framed glasses, it will fit right at home, if a little off center due to...

The Hottest New Gadgets for Physicians and Patients

The Doctor’s Channel’s very own David Best, MD, MBA, and MedGadget’s Shiv Gaglani, MD-MBA candidate, team up to bring you the hottest new gadgets for physicians and patients. For patients, Shiv and David cover DuoFertility, the Zeo Sleep Manager, FitBit, Spiroscout and much more. For physicians, the duo covers GE VScan, AliveCor, ThinkLab’s digital stethoscope and much more. Read more about the latest medical gadgets at MedGadget. Filmed at FutureMed, in February, 2013, at Singularity University.   Featured image is a screenshot from video...

Can We Gamify Healthcare?

John Mattison, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Kaiser Permanente, discusses the growing market of gamification in the health sector and the science behind the most powerful and sustainable components of a gamified platform: empathy and compassion. Read more about John Mattison, MD Filmed at FutureMed, in February, 2013, at Singularity...

8 Ways Crowdsourced Medicine Can Be Fun

Want to fight diseases from home? Crowdsourced medicine platforms are growing. More and more researchers and experts are realizing just how effective the crowd really is. The masses have the potential to decrease the time it takes for scientists to analyze data exponentially; they can recognize the 1 in a million disease that doctors couldn’t diagnose. Crowdsourcing allows anyone to contribute in their own way, and its benefits more than make up for its participants’ lack of official certification. We already use the crowd for so many things (police investigations, elections, etc.), and now medicine is getting in on the action too. Check out these 8 cool ways crowdsoured medicine is happening right now!   1. MalariaSpot.org While playing this game, you are actually analyzing Giemsa-stained thick blood films infected with malaria. You have 1 minute to identify as many parasites as possible.   2. Phylo DNA Puzzles The Phylo DNA Puzzles are very addicting. You’ll find yourself struggling to figure out how to get more points, and you won’t stop until you get them. This game utilizes a participant’s ability to recognize patterns better than computers can, and challenges people to try and beat an algorithm’s score. All alignments contain sections of human DNA speculated to be linked to various genetic disorders.   3. Crowdmed.com Crowd Med let’s you have fun solving rare medical mysteries. Users submit cases that doctors,...