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No 'Magic Pill' for Helping Patients Manage Chronic Illness

Mark Wagar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Wagar

Care delivery that puts the patient into focus, and embraces new and innovative ways of engaging patients in their treatment will help us realize the triple aim of health reform.

Is Your Smartphone Hurting Your Relationship?

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.04.2013 | Women

Having relationship troubles? Your smartphone could be to blame, according to a new study. We all know thatnavigating texting etiquette can make da...

3 Gadgets That Lead To A Happier, Healthier Life

Posted 10.14.2013 | OWN

They've been called "Big Mother" -- gadgets designed to help you sit up straighter, breathe deeper, and slow down at mealtime. O editors test-driv...

Power to the Patient: Why National Health IT Week Matters

Geeta Nayyar, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Geeta Nayyar, M.D.

Checking blood pressure or glucose levels in the morning and transmitting that data directly to a doctor or nurse should be just as easy as checking a "status update" on a social media network.

I Miss My FitBit

Amy Ephron | Posted 09.07.2013 | Technology
Amy Ephron

I am also somewhat tech-deficient. I don't have a Kindle (but I don't really want one.) I don't have an iPad (about which I'm somewhat more ambivalent.) I do not have a GPS and my relationship with Siri is fractious at best. But my husband bought me a FitBit a month ago.

Want to Help Heal the World? Start by Sharing Your Health Data

Stacy Lu | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacy Lu

Ideally, precision medicine will lead to improved diagnosing and customized treatment based on personal genetics, and include a feedback loop to monitor effectiveness. UCSF already has a number of related initiatives on board.

One Surprising Way to Gauge a Doctor's Quality

Oliver Kharraz, M.D. | Posted 07.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Oliver Kharraz, M.D.

There is no perfect way to judge doctor quality. But that's why it's so fortunate that health care consumers have these new tools at our disposal. Closed-loop review systems are currently one of the most powerful ways to discern doctor quality.

Can You Get A Physical With A Smart Phone?

Amanda L. Chan | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda L. Chan

If there's one thing I learned from seeing all the great mobile technology being developed at TEDMED, it's that these mobile health applications can not only empower doctors, but patients too. It can help people like me have a better understanding of my own health.

How to Read a Doctor Review (It's Trickier Than You Think)

Oliver Kharraz, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2013 | Technology
Oliver Kharraz, M.D.

In the developed world, we've come to depend on online reviews for almost every consumer decision we make. When choosing anything from apparel to electronics, hotels, and restaurants, we seek out the opinions of our peers online.

Will Mobile 'Virtual Assistants' Propel the Future of Medicine?

Jonathon Dreyer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathon Dreyer

The future of a quality, efficient health care system rests in our ability to press industry players to embrace collaboration and push for the creation of a connected ecosystem where, from patient to payer, mHealth technology acts as the ember to spark ongoing innovation.

Design for a User-Friendly and Human-Centered Workplace

Jethro Heiko | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Jethro Heiko

There is a need for a new way of working, one that is designed for the end-user, the worker, the human. It is not just about adding wellness programs to unhealthy work -- it is about designing work so that it is itself healthy.

How Digital Technology Can Personalize Health Care

Ralph Snyderman, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Ralph Snyderman, M.D.

Personalized health care on a digital platform can reconstruct our current expensive and inefficient sick-care approach into a cost-effective, health-enhancing system with individuals at the center of their care.

Skin-Cancer Apps Can Be Dangerously Wrong

GalTime | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living

Do you think that mole on your arm is suspicious? There's an app for that. Several in fact. But a brand new study found if you rely on skin cancer apps for a melanoma diagnosis, you could be putting your life at risk.

Technology Can Help Us Live Longer

Florence P. Haseltine, Ph.D., M.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Florence P. Haseltine, Ph.D., M.D.

As evidence mounts that innovations such as smart devices can improve the health and care of an individual, more resources must be focused on their development and integration into the health care system.

Feeling Stressed Out? There's an App for That: GPS for the Soul

HeartMath LLC | Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

One of the greatest gifts in life is being able to be in touch with your own intuitive guidance from the heart. It's that still small voice inside each of us. Life just seems to work better and feel easier when I follow mine.

CES 2013 Predictions: Separating True Personal Health Device Innovators From the Crowd

Michael Yang | Posted 01.07.2013 | Technology
Michael Yang

The staggering statistics from the on heart disease, diabetes and obesity in America are a wake-up call to take control of our physical well-being and to make this action easy and assessable for consumers.

Is Digital Health The Solution To The Stress Epidemic -- Or Part Of The Problem?

meQuilibrium | Posted 03.08.2013 | GPS for the Soul

We are experiencing stress in epidemic proportions. In fact, stress is the new fat. Like obesity, it's hitting more and more people and at younger and younger ages. And like obesity it's insidious -- stress is so much a part of our lives that we don't notice it anymore.

Silly Diets, Silly Food Inventions and Other 2012 Follies

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

There were many contenders for this year's prize for stupidest diet. The desire to shed weight seems to breed an endless stream of particularly magical claims, supernatural devices and silly, dangerous plans.

High Tech, High Touch: Why Technology Enhances Patient-Centered Care

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

We live and practice in an increasingly technology-driven society. Email and texting are default methods of communication, and our patients request that we friend them on Facebook and follow health advice delivered in brief 140-character bursts on Twitter.

'Daddy, Is This Good for Me?'

Michael Segal | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

The lack of a publicly-accessible database of labels is inhibiting the innovation in the area of healthy nutrition and marginalizes the benefits of using labels by the consumers.

Untangling the 'Healthy Habits' Conundrum

Michael Segal | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

The reason we don't always make healthy choices is simply because it is hard. Even people who are highly motivated and have strong willpower may fail to establish healthy habits in the long term if they don't adopt the right methods.

Enlisting Technology to Fight Obesity

Michael Segal | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

There is no single silver bullet in fighting obesity. Government legislation, corporate responsibility, education and personal responsibility, combined with web and mobile services, can all help people eat healthy and fight obesity.

Healthcare Momentum: Our Shared Responsibility

Cyrus Massoumi | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
Cyrus Massoumi

Entrepreneurs should think about how to disrupt healthcare -- and then think about it some more. The startup world is full of thoughtful, brilliant people who will are well positioned to be successful in anything they apply themselves to.

Why Health Care Needs Social Media

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Relationships are crucial to health. We know that people with more and stronger social connections are more likely to be well and happy, and social media can bolster that.

Drink Warm Milk, Take A Bath, Count Sheep: What To Do When None Of It Helps

Dr. Lee Ritterband | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lee Ritterband

Imagine you have trouble sleeping. Perhaps you can't fall asleep at night or you wake up in the middle of the night and you're unable to get back to sleep. Maybe this has been going on for a few months -- or maybe years.