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There's a Hero in All of Us

It’s not too often that I experience something that makes me want to tell everyone I know.

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Bringing Health Home: Recap of #frogHealth's Twitter Chat

On Thursday (6/4/09), frog design hosted its second live one-hour conversation on Twitter about Connected Home Health (CHH). Initially, we defined CHH as connected "ecosystems of people, devices, and services to better manage health & wellness at home" but the conversation extended far beyond a definition and generated some innovative ideas for the future of healthcare. (Participants even kept the debate going after the chat had "officially" ended).

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Recap of frog design’s Healthcare Twitter Experiment - #froghealth

On Tuesday (5/5/09), frog design hosted a live one-hour conversation on twitter about mobile health. It was our first time using Twitter for what was dubbed "curated crowdsourcing" by an event participant. Since it was an experiment, we didn't promote the event but we were happy to see we had just as many outside participants as frogs in the conversation. The debate was lively, and it generated some very interesting insights, which we've recapped below.

Based on the positive feedback we’ve received, we’re planning to do another healthcare session soon. The experiment also yielded some important insights about how to improve this kind of event. So please stay tuned to this blog and follow frogdesign on Twitter for more details.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first Twitter chat experiment exploring the theme of mobile health!

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Stimulating Innovation?

The enormous amount of money being spent on health information technology as part of President Obama's economic stimulus package should, among other things, yield potentially significant cost savings. In a study funded by key vendors of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, the Center for Information Technology Leadership predicts (pdf) "an annual net value of $19 billion based on a 10-year rollout and a usage rate of 80% of the U.S. population."

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China Healthcare Reform: More Accessible, Quality and Efficient

In the beginning of the Year Ox, the State Council announced an investment plan of 850 billion yuan (~$124 billion) for a national healthcare system reform in China, which will be aimed at "solving pressing problems that have caused strong complaints from the public".

On the April 6th, three months after the initial announcement, a high-level reform roadmap was unveiled to outline the objectives and focus areas, along with a more detailed implementation plan for the next three years. According to Ministry of Finance of China, in the next three years, the big pie of RMB 850 billion will be sliced into two major chunks: 2/3 goes to the end-users by improving the healthcare insurance coverage and the other 1/3 goes to invest in the healthcare providers to improve their capabilities and service level.

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If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It?

About 4 weeks ago, I went for an annual physical and had standard blood work done. I was told to call back in a week, and of course I forgot. Today I had a message that said: "hello, this is Dr. XX's office, please call us back at xxx-xxx-xxxx". That was it – the person didn't identify herself and also didn't say what the call was for. When I dialed the number I was expecting to be told that I owed them money. But actually, the woman on the phone had no idea why she had called me.

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Imagining the Future of Imaging

I spent 3 days last week at the European Congress of Radiology, previewing the latest technologies for acquiring, processing, viewing, analyzing, and archiving diagnostic images of the human body.

Wow! The technical and clinical innovation in this field is astounding. Science, Technology and Medicine converge to create wondrous solutions to view and analyze the inner workings of our bodies. One clearly emerging trend is that new imaging modalities and analysis tools are exponentially increasing the quantity and quality of diagnostic information available, and in the image review phase the radiologist moves from viewing images to interacting with them. As one of the VIP speakers, Prof. Dieter Enzmann pointed out, "radiology is in the information business, not the film-reading business."

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Sculpting Science

Sculpting Science

I had my first mammogram on Friday. Like most designers, I can’t divorce myself from my unique way of perceiving the world.  So, you can imagine the difficulty I have with a routine screening and the very sensorial experience of a little examining room and its inappropriately sized “mammo-slam” machine. I wanted the full, virgin tour of what many women, including my mother, have denounced as a horribly, painful moment. (There’s only one first, and at my age, there aren’t many of those anymore.) I asked the doe-eyed technician to explain the procedure for me since it was all new, but perhaps I shouldn’t have bothered because my own internal designer dialogue was doing enough talking. A series of sensory impressions washed over me … “This reminds me of the game Twister,” “Why am I wearing a gown if it keeps coming off?” and “Relax, you’re just a dancer, and she is choreographing your body.”