At 82 years old, with an aggressive form of blood cancer that six courses of chemotherapy had failed to eliminate, “Paul” appeared to be out of options. With each long and unpleasant round of treatment, his doctors had been working their way down a list of common cancer drugs, hoping to hit on something that… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Healthcare
AI can improve Ontario’s health care system at lower costs
Getting more for less is the consumer Holy Grail, but it’s rarely fulfilled. Yet by integrating artificial intelligence (AI) solutions into our health system, this is exactly what Canadians could get: better care at lower costs, freeing up resources to deliver faster and more integrated care. However, to fully realize health AI’s potential, researchers need… Read more »
The virtual cutting edge: how augmented reality is poised to transform surgery
Source: Toronto Daily Star Date: September 30th, 2022 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/mars/2022/09/29/the-virtual-cutting-edge-how-augmented-reality-is-poised-to-transform-surgery.html Discussion In what other ways, besides surgery, could a tool like this be used? Why would an MIS degree be useful in this field, or how would you put an MIS to use in this field?
Dealing with dread: how virtual therapy can help people cope with eco-anxiety
Source: Toronto Daily Star Date: September 22nd, 2022 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/mars/2022/09/14/dealing-with-dread-how-virtual-therapy-can-help-people-cope-with-eco-anxiety.html Discussion “Cassandra Cornacchia is a registered social worker who offers counselling via several organizations, including Inkblot Therapy, a Canadian company that provides digital-first mental-health care. She argues that, for many people, online treatment is not only a workable care model but an ideal one.” Why might… Read more »
Smart headbands claim to make people calmer. Do they work?
Emma Baumert admits that when she first put on the high-tech headband she felt silly. “But I also felt so cool wearing it, because I’m such a nerd.” The 24-year-old from Illinois is a member of the USA Bobsled/Skeleton development team. An all-round athlete, she is also a qualified weightlifting coach, and this year gained… Read more »
Should we trust big tech with our health data?
Sitting, tablet in hand, I’m playing a weird kind of cognitive video game. Split-second images flash in front of me, and I’m supposed to indicate with my thumbs whether I’d seen an animal or something else. It’s fun, and over in just 60 seconds. But there’s a serious intention here. “It’s a kind of early… Read more »
A wristband that tells your boss if you are unhappy
At first glance the silicone wristband could be mistaken for one that tracks your heart rate when you are doing exercise. However, the wearable technology, called a Moodbeam, isn’t here to monitor your physical health. Instead it allows your employer to track your emotional state. The gadget, which links to a mobile phone app and… Read more »
Health Weather mapping
https://healthweather.us/ is a thermometer-based smartphone app that updates in real time. There is a thermometer that plugs into your phone. Kinsa, the company behind the app and service gathers all those thermometer readings to produce a heat map of where people are sick. It’s actually for influenza, but, of course, tracking temperature is part of COVID-19… Read more »
Google is using GoogleMaps user data to track mobility changes
Google is now using GoogleMaps data from users of the app to show, publicly, people’s mobility changes.“As global communities respond to COVID-19, we’ve heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymized insights we use in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19…. Read more »
Disinfecting in the pandemic? Don’t forget your dirty cellphone, experts say
“Cell phones are like an organ of your body, an extension of your body,” microbiology specialist Jason Tetro said from Edmonton in a phone interview with The Canadian Press. “So you have to think of it in the same way that you would think of your hands or feet or something along those lines. “You… Read more »