Activity Tracking, Part 1 of 2

Fitness Tracking and mHealthFitness Tracking, along with Diet and Exercise, is a Top 3 category in Health & Fitness on smartphones and tablets in America today.

Losing weight is thought to be a two-sided coin, portion control and exercise, and a large percentage of those tracking daily fitness are battling obesity.

Philips, a 121-year old Dutch electronics company operating worldwide, has a small tracker called DirectLife, and the results have been compelling… More

Thanks! You've already liked this

Health Innovation Adoption Curves – From Scurvy To 2025

Health Innovation History - Vasco de Gama & Scurvy PreventionIt took consuming citrus fruits for the prevention of scurvy 264 years from discovery to widespread adoption. Today, the time from discovery to implementation is estimated at 17 or 18 years. How much can we close this gap? In this video from FutureMed, medical futurist Dr. Michael Gillam explores this answer and where he expects us to be in 2025.

Watch for Dr. Gillam’s Dispatches From…Somewhere In The Future coming exclusively to soon. More

Thanks! You've already liked this

Another Cool Example of Biomimicry in Healthcare Innovation

Biomimicry and Health Innovations - Another Cool ExampleBiomimicry comes from bio- and mimesis, literally “to imitate life”. Biomimicry is a structured look at how the natural world has solved problems or created opportunities and attempting to apply those strategies to design, engineering, invention, health and wellness, and more.

Often thought of as a “new” discipline, technically, it is actually quite ancient. Much of how we learn comes from mimicking. And indeed, many developments throughout medical history have come from mimicking nature – the natural world within ourselves and outside of our own species. More

Thanks! You've already liked this

Good Design, Poor Design

Design in Everyday Healthcare - Opportunities for InnovationWe see them every day… Or do we? All around us, in every nook and cranny of healthcare, there are opportunities for improvement and opportunities for outright innovation.

It may not be a new device, gadget or widget, however. More likely, it will come in the form of a simple design element. And there’s no one better than you to bring it about. After all, you live it every day.

Thanks! You've already liked this

MedStar Inventor Forums – A First Hand Account

Dr. Mark Smith at the MedStar Inventor ForumsA diverse crowd filled the True Auditorium at Washington Hospital Center on June 14, 2011. Associates in scrubs, suits, lab coats, and street clothes, representing every part of the MedStar family voluntarily stayed late at work or came in on a day off to catch the inaugural MedStar Inventor Forum.  The buzz in the room before the presentation began was energizing; clearly, despite the crowd’s differences, everyone shared a common interest — invention that advances health — and a common trait —the ability to think differently. More

Thanks! You've already liked this

The Oil Industry Preventing PE? – The Story of the Greenfield Filter

Intersectional thinking - Greenfield filterFaced with a common postoperative problem, preventing thromboemboli (blood clots) without using blood thinners, Dr. Lazar Greenfield had to look outside of healthcare for a solution. He considered filters, but the only filters used up until that time tended to create more problems than they solved. Flat screen filters would only add to venous obstruction and provide a nidus for more thrombus – creating a situation every bit as serious as the one it was intended to prevent.

So, where could Dr. Greenfield look to find a workable design for his intravenous filter? More

Thanks! You've already liked this

Lessons in Failure – Why 3M’s Post-It Notes Almost Didn’t Happen

These days, there is hardly a household, business, or even computer screen that isn’t covered in some variation of those popular little yellow adhesive notes. How many households and businesses today would be shocked to know that the all-purpose Post-It® Note almost didn’t happen?

When Dr. Spencer Silver of the 3M Company accidentally discovered a new adhesive in 1968, he found it fascinating. It had an unusual structure that couldn’t be dissolved or melted. But because it was such a weak adhesive, it had no apparent use. After promoting it within the company for five years, he set it aside. More

Thanks! You've already liked this