Post Written By Dana Lewis I had the chance to talk about DIYPS and OpenAPS during a demo session in DC this past March. (Thank you to Gary from Quantified Self and Marty from the National Academy of Sciences for making this possible!) I...

  Andy-DeLao---Oxymoron     Post written by Andy DeLao   Healthcare. According to Wikipedia healthcare is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings. (Wikipedia definition) It refers to the work done in providing primary care, secondary care, tertiary care, as well as in public health.
  Victor-Montori---Balancing-Competing-Priorities   Post originally found on Victor Montori's Minimally Disruptive Medicine Blog   The high treatment burden in chronic respiratory illness is very real. As a 28 year old living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), when healthy I am usually on 16+ medications and engage in over 2 hours of treatments daily. I currently take up to 47 tablets daily, depending on my food intake. I usually have 1-2 hospital admissions per year lasting 10-14 days each, for routine intravenous antibiotics and intense chest physiotherapy to clear out my lungs. Of course, these figures skyrocket when I have an exacerbation. This treatment schedule isn’t always easy to manage when integrated into the contextt of trying to live a “normal” life; including professional employment, post graduate studies, social affairs, playing mum to two beloved dogs, maintaining a house and being a fabulous wife.  I’d like to provide some further insights into what the treatment burden involves for individuals like myself.

      Post written by Pivot Design Group   The seed of each idea comes from a conversation that starts with “What if…” and ends with “Wouldn’t it be great if…” We can prototype for organizational teams, project managers, start-ups and more. Prototyping helps bring...

  Ronald-Amodeo-Everything-Interesting-Happens     Post written by Ronald Amodeo   Some years ago I had the chance to test a new business concept for Best Buy. We set up shop in the parking lot of a Boca Raton, FL store and exchanged Best Buy gift cards for used games and electronics. The concept proved worthwhile, with 3-4 viable business models emerging, and eventually Best Buy scaled it. But what caught my attention most that day was something different. The parking lot was very unlike the store environment. It seemed to free up how people (not customers) and staff (not employees) talked to each other. Some wild conversations happened over those few days, and our little test group quickly found itself thinking more "outside the box" than it had ever done in a conference room back at headquarters.

    Post written by Pivot Design Group   Mike Micallef and his wife Vickie moved into their Mississauga condominium five years ago. The Micallefs have always been interested in good, functional design. Coming from a background of professional experience at Hermann Miller, they think...

  Pritpal-S-Tamber-Medicaid-and-Community   Post written by Pritpal S Tamber   In California, it’s a tale almost worthy of Hollywood. In 2008, Alex Briscoe, the Director of Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency, stood watching a demonstration against the police after the shooting of a young black man, Oscar Grant III, by a white police officer.  He was there with the Medical Director of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division that he oversees, and together they watched the angry, largely black, crowd of demonstrators stop yelling at the police when a fire truck went by. Instead of yelling, they waved. To most, this would have been an idle observation but for Briscoe it sparked an idea. He had spent almost 15 years trying to get primary and preventative health care to low-income, largely black, communities. Given that 85% of fire fighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and that every fire department in the county was contracted to provide EMS, the fire fighters’ unique alliance and standing in the community made them the perfect health care delivery mechanism.

        Post originally found on Victor Montori's Minimally Disruptive Medicine Blog   A patient with type 2 diabetes could spend a little over two hours a day on average following all doctors’ recommendations [1]. About 45% of the population has at least one chronic condition. In...

      Post written by Susan Mazer, Ph.D.   All of our patients’ opinions and perceptions are evidence-based.  Each of us uses deductive reasoning to make predictions into the immediate future. Deductive reasoning is adding up what we know to arrive and understand what...