In 1996, Sky Christopherson was one of the promising young cyclists in Project ’96, the ambitious development program built around Lance Armstrong and expected to redeem USA Cycling’s embarrassing performance at the ’88 and ‘92 Olympic games. In 2009, with his Olympic-level intensity now focused on building an Internet startup, he worked himself into the back of an ambulance with a tightness in his chest and pain in his shoulder. Two years later he broke a track cycling world record in the 200-meter sprint, a physiological coup made possible by an experimental program leveraging health tracking and data analytics.
In Conversation with Sky Christopherson by John Tyler Allen
After entering the telemedicine arena in 1993 with a service called eConsult, Avera has grown to be one of the nation's most robust telemedicine hubs, servicing 31 hospitals through eight distinct service lines – including eEmergency. Telemedicine caught up with Dr. Brian Skow, executive medical director of the eCare hub in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to learn about Avera's operations.
Before there were Fitbits and Teladocs there was Apollo 13 and Skylab. If you want to gain some perspective on the future of wearable health tracking, take a look back at the industry's high flying pioneers.
Ten years from now, telehealth will be an integral part of every American’s health experience. Remote monitors will seamlessly collect our health information from home, routine check-ups will be as easy as a Facetime call, and rural health centers will simply patch-in the world’s best specialists for meaningful consultations as-needed.
In a world of software services and algorithm-driven applications, a few companies stand out as truly inventing the hardware that will redefine healthcare. In addition to the challenges of server space and flat UX design, these companies iron out the complexities of supply chain, custom factory build-outs and material shortages.
A unique partnership seeks to bring telemedicine to one of America's most remote island communities. The biggest challenge so far has been supplying fast, reliable internet connectivity at a price a small town can afford.
Sure signs of progress could be seen at the three 2016 TRC event stops on our first national tour. The CTN’s Summit in San Diego, the SWTRC’s provider showcase in Phoenix, and SCTRC’s Nashville forum all just about doubled in attendance this year. These organizations continue to be at the forefront of telehealth awareness, creating hubs for dialogue on change. Look for video interviews from these shows on our website, www.telemedmag.com. Keep up the good work, TRCs!
This past April Telemedicine Magazine teamed up with Weill Cornell and Health Solutions Africa to present a med tech workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. Our goal: Bring together about 100 physicians over two days to learn about healthcare innovation.
When we think of telemedicine we often think of speaking with a doctor over a video chat. But Joe Burton, CEO of Whil, has taken these concepts to a new arena: Mindfulness. Whil uses videos and mobile training programs to integrate mindfulness into every aspect of your life so you can pay attention to the present and fully engage in what is happening around you. If that sounds like soft science, you haven’t met Whil’s big data. Joe Burton explains the essence of Whil, and how a new level of data tracking is allowing employers like Google to prove the efficacy of mindfulness training.
NODE health is the Network for Digital Evidence – a group of clinicians, researchers and developers who set themselves the task of evaluating digital health. Brought together by Dr. Ashish Atreja, NODE holds that digital health devices and platforms are lacking the studies and evidence that we associate with other healthcare interventions.
As recently as last September, Theranos still seemed like an amazing Cinderella story. Nineteen-year-old Stanford dropout disrupts the laboratory testing industry and becomes America's youngest female billionaire. But as a lack of transparency gave way to unsettling reports about test accuracy, this Silicon Valley unicorn began to fall apart before our eyes.
In the century before Oculus Rift and Pokemon Go there were dozens of visually-immersive products, several of which focused on clinical applications. What can the history of VR teach us about the technology's future?
Children’s Healthcare of Dallas is a leader in the use of mHealth and Telemedicine for pediatric patients in the United States. While at SXSW we caught up with Julie Hall-Barrow, the Vice President of Telemedicine for Children’s, to learn more about their trend-setting program.
In this installment of our regional news, you will see reports on the heavy legislative activity across the country, the few provider requests for telehealth specific surveys and state wide telehealth studies that are kicking off this summer.
Gone are the days when testing pulmonary function means using expensive, specialized equipment. Cohero leads a new generation of mobile respiratory products that put lung testing in the palm of your hand, and are as simple as exhaling a puff of air.
You receive a notification from a first responder who has just found out about a serious rock slide in the treacherous mountains about 35 miles from your hospital. The roads are blocked, and there seems to be no way to quickly reach the injured...
Can telemedicine save the soul of palliative care? Dr. Michael Fratkin tells us how virtually delivered palliative care lightens the load of dying patients, increases the effectiveness of pressured providers, and elevates the role of ‘healers’ in the healthcare of the future.