The Humility of Expertise – Health Article

Ed note: Today we welcome Junaid Nabi back to the blog. For more about Junaid, please see the bottom of this post. Photo by Margarida CSilva   The following is adapted from a speech that was delivered as one of the Undaunted talks at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. In the Spring of 2013, on a warm, sunny afternoon, I was working in a government hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a Fellow in a foreign-exchange physician program, I was training to…

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Alexa, diagnose my cough – Health Article

About a year ago, my wife and I got a Sonos Beam for our house. With built-in Amazon Alexa, I thought this would be a pretty awesome way to interact with the TV, and would allow me to live out my dream of being on the USS Enterprise, asking Alexa to make me coffee, order groceries, and at the very least, start playing A State of Trance on Spotify. After a year, I’ve realized a few things. One, Alexa can…

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Guest Post: How climate action can save global health – Health Article

By Junaid Nabi, MD, MPH, is a Research Associate in Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston (Twitter: @JunaidNabiMD). Thilmeeza Hussain is a former deputy ambassador of the Maldives to the United Nations (@Thilmeeza). Abhilasha Karkey, MD, DPhil, is a medical microbiologist at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Kathmandu, Nepal (@abhilashakarkey). They are 2018 New Voices Fellows at the Aspen Institute, Washington, D.C. Each one of us grew up in a region that is surrounded by such beauty that…

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Getting answers from a chatbot: Empowering patients through artificial intelligence – Health Article

Last year, I posted about Alexa being able used to access complex health information. Microsoft, on the other hand, has taken a different approach to the use of a chatbot/AI for healthcare. Instead of the chatbot being able to access your health record, why not have it answer routine questions patients have prior to an appointment? With this goal in mind, Microsoft has created the Microsoft Healthcare Bot, which is a service that allows healthcare organizations to streamline their processes,…

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Googling for health information: A needle in a very, very, large haystack – Health Article

Previously, I talked about smart speakers , how they can be used as a way to find health information, and some of the implications this has for the delivery of healthcare. I want to switch gears a little bit now, and discuss how we, as patients, search for information prior to going to the doctor. To talk about that, I’m going to focus on a recently published report by KRC Research, titled “The Great American Search for Healthcare Information,” which…

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CES 2019 – Healthcare innovations to look out for – Health Article

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual event that attracts over 180,000 attendees each year, showcasing the most cutting edge, revolutionary technology imaginable. Of interest to readers of PHP however, will be the Digital Health Summit, which focuses on how technology can revolutionize healthcare and wellness. In fact, healthcare has become so ingrained in CES, that attendees can now earn CME (continuing medical education) credits for some of the sessions. I’ve highlighted a few of these innovations below; it…

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New year, new trends: What to watch for in healthcare in 2019 (Part 1) – Health Article

As we start a new year, every company and healthcare professional starts to think about what innovations the new year could bring. While some have very positive and innovative results, there are also risks we have to consider. Below, I’ve listed what I think are the five trends to watch in 2019. 1. Putting patients at the centre of our healthcare system The patient perspective has been one that has been discussed for a long time, and is slowly becoming…

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New year, new trends: What to watch for in healthcare in 2019 (Part 2) – Health Article

Last week, I discussed the five biggest health trends to keep an eye on in 2019. To recap, the first three items were: Putting patients at the centre of our healthcare system Using data effectively to improve outcomes Disrupting existing care paradigms Today, I’ll be continuing on that theme, with items 4 and 5 on that list. 4. Ensuring that data are kept secure A fully integrated, fully connected data warehouse is a wonderful idea that has a lot of…

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The planetary diet: How humans need to eat to sustain a population of 10 billion – Health Article

We’re reaching a breaking point as a species, with our population growth rapidly outstripping what the Earth is capable of supporting. UN population estimates state that, in the last fifty years, our population has gone from 3.7 billion to 7.8 billion; and in the next fifty, it will increase to a whopping 10.6 billion people. However, concomitantly with this population change, has been a change in our diets. Globally, we have shifted to unhealthy foods that are high in calories,…

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