Nudged Toward WellBeing: Digital vs Manual Tracking

Nudged Toward WellBeing: Digital vs Manual Tracking

The brown envelope arrived at my door just a few days after my call with Jon Cousins, founder of MoodNudges. Inside was a small sheet of paper with a hand-written note from Jon telling me that he had enjoyed our chat and hoped I found value in his company’s product, WellBee. The product itself was also small – a hexagonal tin with a yellow honeybee sticker affixed to it. Within the tin was a neatly folded piece of paper with a graph and clear instructions for using the twelve hexagonal cards. WellBee is a physical – not digital – tracking…

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” 
― Douglas Adams

 

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Fertility Trackers Cut Infertility Costs

Fertility Trackers Cut Infertility Costs

Fertility trackers are hot right now. Reports of major investment in fertility applications abound, and as other applications and wearable devices report faltering engagement statistics or a fall-off rate that suggests tremendous need for improvement, fertility application consumers are addicted. Ovuline investor Bill Pescatello of Lightbank states in a TechCrunch article that Ovuline numbers are “almost like Candy Crush.”  Paris Wallace, Ovuline’s co-founder and CEO supports this claim, telling us that of all who download the Ovia Fertility application, 50% either report pregnancy and go on to download their Ovia Pregnancy app, or are continued monthly users. Engagement levels certainly drive the hype (and investment) around fertility applications. But tracking…

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” 

-Albert Einstein

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Innovating for Underserved Communities Pays

Innovating for Underserved Communities Pays

“There are a lot of myths in the market today,” says Unity Stoakes, co-founder of StartUp Health, a leading global entrepreneurship program for health and wellness innovators. One of those myths is that there aren’t viable business models for designing products or services for underserved or vulnerable communities. As a result, the patients and the providers needing the most support are bypassed or avoided. StartUp Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seek to change this. Together, they plan to bust that myth wide open. In December 2013, RWJF announced a two-year $500K grant to StartUp Health in support of its Health…

Prettiness Counts

Prettiness Counts

All technology redefines perception, to some extent. Recently, though, there’s more demand – and more opportunity – for us to re-think and re-experience our everyday world. Mobile devices snap us to the internet while sensors display digital details about our hearts, our steps, and our breath so that we can figure out how to become more efficient and effective at living happier, healthier, and more productive lives. It has been projected that the healthcare tech industry will blossom into a $27 billion industry in less than five years. As with any exploding industry, there are winners and there are losers. Much…

Mindfulness and Communication; Wearable Tech and Visualizing Data

Mindfulness and Communication; Wearable Tech and Visualizing Data

Vandrico is an unbiased 3rd party verifier and specialized R&D firm that investigates wearable technology to help businesses grow. It’s providing businesses with information about wearable technology that might help them promote health and wellness within their workers, or might notify about safety, or track their whereabouts. The site is interactive, enabling researchers to see how many devices have been designed for the chest versus the wrist or ankle, and to which industry the device serves (medical, entertainment, gaming, or lifestyle). For those out in the world trying to track all these new inventions, Vandrico’s database is a warm relief. Yet, it…

“When we are playing [games], we are stretching our emotional expressive ranges, loosening up our biochemical flow of information, getting unstuck, and healing our feelings.”

-Candace Pert

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Candace Pert

Candace Pert

    “Most psychologists treat the mind as disembodied, a phenomenon with little or no connection to the physical body. Conversely physicians treat the body with no regard to the mind or the emotions. But the body and mind are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other.”  – Candace Pert A few weeks ago, I was editing an article on video games and consciousness. One of the quotes used by the writer was from Candace Pert: “When we are playing [games], we are stretching our emotional expressive ranges, loosening up our biochemical flow of information, getting unstuck,…

Gaming for Patient Engagement – What’s fun got to do with it?

Gaming for Patient Engagement – What’s fun got to do with it?

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” -Dale Carnegie The Theory of Fun is an organization devoted to social experiments in fun. In one experiment, they turned a staircase next to an escalator into a piano to see whether people would still opt for the less physically challenging escalator. Not only did people choose for the fun piano staircase; they also went up and down the stairs multiple times (see the results here.) Playfulness has increasingly become incorporated into patient engagement and adherence. Additionally, creative tactics like video games that use fun, competition, and your social networks…

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