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The quantified self: hacking the body for better health and performance

More work on data policies and ownership may be important in the coming years as the movement takes off. As insights from these communities get translated into monetized products there will be a need to demonstrate benefit sharing and some form of commons-based production to share the benefits of the research and to ensure further engagement of participants and equitable benefits.…

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Defining work in the digital age: an analysis by GigaOM Pro

The future of work is already here. It is just already distributed, one might say. The freelance economy, microtasking, mobile workers, coworking spaces, crowdsourcing: All of these point to how work is increasingly shifting from the twentieth-century model of Taylorism (think scientific management applied to labor processes such as assembly-line production and fixed workplaces) to a more flexible, hyperspecialized and connected workforce. This report examines the new world of work, from the devices and software services we use to the growing role of social media, the importance of a group-centric mentality and how the roles of employees, managers and organizations are evolving.…

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The Internet of things: creating tomorrow’s health care

The growth of the Internet of things is likely to open new disruptive business opportunities for services that add value to the data collected. It will involve supply chain management, disease management for chronic diseases, public health services in areas such as air quality or the traceability of products in the food chain for food safety.…

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The future of mobile health, 2011–2016

Mobile health — the use of wireless devices to manage health conditions, collect health data, monitor vital signs, provide clinical decision support and access health information — is in its relatively early stages. Nonetheless, the field has witnessed accelerating growth since 2010 in the U.S. and has become a truly global marketplace. Rising health care costs, the proliferation of mobile devices, affordable sensor technologies and regulatory issues are all factors driving this growth. This research note examines each of those in detail and provides an outlook of the mobile health space over the next five years, including services and players to watch. Companies mentioned in this report include Epocrates, GenoMed and Mobisante. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.…

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Report: Health Care’s Climb To the Cloud

The U.S. health care system remains one of the most fragmented and inefficient ones on the planet. In fact, many view the use of the term “system” as problematic when it comes to the organizations of health services and health care delivery in the U.S.; a more apt phrase might be “non-system” — that is, a system without effective organization.…

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Report: The Rise of Mobile Health Apps

The recent release of the iPad is also beginning to make waves in the medical arena as the high-resolution screen enables medical imaging applications. Stanford University School of Medicine, for instance, is now using the iPad for instruction with first-year medical students.…

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