Eyes of the World Media Group excitedly announces the feedback stage for their newest medical application. iDecide is a tablet based application that provides patients and physicians a unique tool for deciding between breast cancer treatment options through interactive graphics. As iDecide moves forward in its testing phase, breast cancer survivors and oncology medical professionals have the chance to give feedback about the content and design.
After months of hard work, the Eyes of the World design team has created a “Live Well” website for UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative! The site is designed to encourage its users to ”eat well,” “move well,” “mind well,” and “be well” in order to promote and facilitate healthy living for the UCLA community.
In order to turn UCLA’s goal of becoming the “healthiest campus in America” into a reality, EOW developed a site that is clean and easy to navigate, encouraging individuals to take an active approach to their health. Two key technologies played a crucial role in this process:
1. Seamless Integration: The EOW design team designed a platform that provides seamless integration among all the already existing wellness initiatives at the UCLA campus.
2. Calendar of Events: A sophisticated calendar that functions as an aggregator and enables students and faculty to easily incorporate the latest healthy activities and events occurring throughout UCLA via a state of the art one-click process.
Through this website, Eyes of the World hopes to support the UCLA community in living “well” and becoming the Healthiest Campus in America.
This week Happtique hosted the mHealth Live Show, featuring interviews with Anne Giles Clelland, MA, MS, Co-Founder of Cognichoice and Wendy Nielsen, PhD, Health Scientist Administrator at the NIH Office of Behavioral Sciences Research. The talk show covered mHealth news as well as app security with Appthority.
Happtique is a New York based mHealth software company that recently launched its Health App Certification Program (HACP) for medical, health, and wellness apps in order to help mobile users and healthcare professionals identify the legitimate apps from the more dubious ones.
“The vast sea of mobile health apps—over 40,000 across all platforms—can be overwhelming,” said Ben Chodor, Happtique’s CEO. Chodor points to the importance of having a third-party certification process, like Happtique offers, to verify that apps deliver credible content and function as described. The HACP evaluates apps based on four main areas: operability, privacy, security, and content. Participating companies that will determine whether or not an app passes inspection include Intertek, the AAMC, and CGFNS International.
The certification program launched in mid-March. HACP will charge a fee of $2,500 to $3,000 to certify an app and the certification will be valid for two years. For more information, click here: http://www.happtique.com/.
Spring fever has hit Eyes of the World Media! The EOW team has started to re-plant, beautify, and brighten the outdoor space surrounding the office.
Our founder, Emily, loves succulent arrangements and has them surround the office entryway to greet people as they pass through.
Fun fact: Gardening has many surprising benefits. For starters, it facilitates a connection (and appreciation) of nature. It is also a great de-stressor, providing restorative and therapeutic health benefits. Last but not least, gardening is an outdoor activity which means that it helps us get much needed doses of Vitamin D from the sun!
“It was so fun creating colorful compositions with the succulent plants and the end result of a beautiful garden is incredibly rewarding”. – Florencia, Coordinator at EOW.
It looks like we’ll be gardening a little more often.
Calling all mobile health fans! We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new meetup group, LA Mobile Health Circle. Our goal is to bring together people in Los Angeles who share a passion for mhealth. Our first meetup event will be a great opportunity to meet new collaborators, discuss the latest trends, learn about healthcare innovations, and start building the foundation for a thriving mhealth community right here in Los Angeles. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 23rd, from 1-3pm.
This Fall the Singularity Summit took place in San Francisco. The event brought together forefront leaders in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfacing, and other emerging technologies. This year, there were a lot of great speakers including cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman, futurist Ray Kurzweil, autism advocate Temple Grandin, genomics pioneer Linda Avey, mathematician and sci-fi author Vernor Vinge, economist Robin Hanson, Google Director of Research Peter Norvig, and many other notable speakers.
Emerging technologies including genomics, regenerative medicine, artificial intelligence, and automation are transforming our daily lives. Learn more about it at the summit!
We are excited to announce that Eyes of the World Media Group has recently received two Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants! The National Institute of Health, specifically the National Center for Advancing Translation Science (NCATS) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has granted to fund our 2 projects, iDecide and RxFX. Our goal is to create mobile health resources to address two public health needs.
One of our projects, iDecide, is a mobile decision support tool for breast cancer patients to engage in shared decision-making for adjuvant therapy. iDecide will aggregate personal health information and tumor-specific data to calculate the risk of cancer recurrence for individual patients. The goal is to empower patients to confidently engage in conversations with their health care providers about the risks and benefits of different therapies.
Our other project called RxFX is a mobile application intended to prevent misuse of prescription opiods among college students. The team is working on creating a tailored virtual coach for opiod users. This app will promote healthy drug use and behaviors to ensure users steer away from abusing opiods, while tailoring messages and tips specific to the person to keep them on the right track.
We will keep you posted on the progress of these two projects!
We have been working hard with UCLA on a new healthy campus initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of the UCLA community. The Goal? Making the healthiest campus in America. How? By bringing together all the activities and groups that already make UCLA a healthy campus, creating new, cutting edge programs, and putting all of it at the fingertips of everyone who studies or works here. The launch page is now up so go check it out here [insert link]. Keep posted for the next big healthy campus movement! Go bruins!
Congratulations to one of our essential team members, Lindsay Brayden-Ellis on getting married this Fall! May your marriage be filled with all the right ingredients: a heap of love, a dash of humor, a touch of romance, and a spoonful of understanding. Congratulations again to the beautiful couple!
After waiting for an entire year, Emily Meyers is finally getting the chance to attend the NIH mHealth Training Institute at the 2012 mHealth summit in Washington, DC! The event will be happening on Saturday, December 1, 2012 to Sunday, December 2, 2012. Participants like Emily will get an overview of the central multidisciplinary aspects of mobile and wireless research. They will be involved in didactic sessions targeting major cross-cutting research issues and interdisciplinary team exercises developing mHealth research projects. This event will be able to bring together scientists from diverse fields to enhance the quality of mHealth research.
To learn more about the NIH mHealth Training Institute: http://www.mhealthsummit.org/program-details/nih-mhealth-training-institute
Breast cancer researchers led by lead author Dr. Charles Perou have identified four genetically distinct types of breast cancer. According to the article, these new discoveries are expected to lead to new treatments with drugs already approved for cancers in other parts of the body and new ideas for more precise treatments aimed at genetic aberrations that now have no known treatment.
Although it may still take years to translate the new discoveries into new treatments, these findings illustrate the importance of patient support and knowledge in their therapy decisions. Our breast cancer mobile app, iDecide, could potentially be a very important support system for breast cancer patients. Genetic analysis is able to divide breast cancer into distinct types, and each type fairs better with specific type of treatment or a combination of treatments. With iDecide patients will be able to contribute to the decision-making process with confidence. iDecide will aggregate personal health information and tumor-specific data to calculate the risk of cancer recurrence for individual patients.
We are hiring! We are currently looking for creative and talented individuals to join our team. Eyes of the World Media Group produces health and wellness-oriented media projects for clients like the United Nations, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and The State of California. Our goal is to harness media and technology to help people live healthy, productive, meaningful lives – and have fun doing it.
Currently we have positions for:
• Vice President of Interactive Media
• Director of Health Communications
• Interactive Designer
• Junior Designer
• Training Program
We have been focusing a lot of our efforts on a mobile application that provides tailored virtual coaching for atherosclerotic patients using wireless sensor data and self-report data. Did you know, over two-thirds of Americans over 30 are affected by atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD)? This new mobile application will promote personalized healthy lifestyle habits for patients at risk for atherosclerosis. By creating this mobile application, we hope we can improve the health of atherosclerotic patients through personalized coaching.
Since this project is still in the initial stages, Eyes of the World has applied to the Rock Health Program in hopes that we will be the chosen one! Rock Health is a program that aims to “power the future of the digital health ecosystem, bring together the brightest minds in technology and medicine to build better solutions.” With all the expert and funding this program can provide our project, the program will definitely be able to help turn our ideas into reality. We will keep you posted about our smart coach efforts!
To learn more about Rock Health: http://rockhealth.com/
This Fall the mHealth Task Force, created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), published a report highlighting recommendations to bolster the use and growth of mHealth technologies. The report set a projected goal that by 2017 mHealth technology will be regularly used as part of best practices for medical care. Other goals included the need for FCC to continue to play a leadership role in advancing mobile health adoptions and the need for federal agencies to increase collaboration to promote innovation, protect patient safety, and avoid regulatory duplication. Barriers to mHealth adoption were also highlighted including the lack of access to fixed and mobile broadband coverage for providers and patients in rural areas. Other barriers included the absence of secure messaging between health information systems. To read the full report, click here (MISSING LINK)
From August 7, 2012 to September 6, 2012 the Pew Research Center conducted a study on mobile health trends as they relate to accessing and receiving health information in the U.S. Main findings from the November released study include, 50% of smartphone owners use their devices to access health information and one-fifth of smartphone owners have health-related apps on their phones. The majority of the health-related apps downloaded are fitness based, focusing on exercise, diet and weight loss. These reported trends are promising as EOW continues in its endeavors to provide consumers with health apps to improve overall wellness. To read the entire survey results report, click here (MISSING LINK)