Bridging the Autoimmune Abyss – Exploring the Connection between Food and Digestive Diseases with MyGiHealth

By Bonnie Feldman and Ellen M Martin Digital health is filled with promise, but for autoimmune patients many gaps persist. With an eye to bridging those gaps, I recently attended two very different conferences: The Interdisciplinary Autoimmune Summit was a…

Smart Patients: Harnessing the Exponential Power of Patient Microexperts

Roni Zeiger MD is a physician who thinks that doctors have a lot to learn from their patients.  As the former Chief Health Strategist at Google, Roni spent a great deal of time thinking about how people search for medical…

Zephyr Health: Variety and Visualization Creates Useful Information

The dimensions of Big Data can be summed up by The Four Vs: Volume, Variety, Velocity, and Veracity.    But however large or diverse one’s data, it can often be hard to find exactly what one needs. As a researcher,…

Tidepool – Elegant visuals tell an important story for people with Type 1 diabetes

Have you ever noticed a problem and wondered why no one fixed it sooner? That is exactly what Howard Look, who has been the Vice President of Software and User Experience at TiVo, Pixar and Amazon, was thinking when his…

Patient Communities Come in Many Flavors

Each day there seems to be a new type of patient community popping up. A good place to start to learn about these new approaches is a “Report on the Use of Social Media to Prevent Behavioral Risk Factors Associated…

Using Big Data to Personalize the Healthcare Experience: Clinical Trials and Cancer

How Big Data is Changing Current Research Methodology: Cancer Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Current treatments are ineffective with over 75% of patients not responding to treatments, despite the $50 billion pharmaceutical companies…

The Role of Big Data Personalizing the Healthcare Experience: Genomics

  Genomics is making headlines in both academia and the celebrity world.  When genetic tests revealed that Angelina Jolie was predisposed to breast cancer, intense media cover ensued. Since then, genetic testing and genomics have been propelled to the front of…

Seeing Inside the Chemical Reactions of Our Body

Three main components lead to a better understanding of disease mechanisms and subsequently creating more effective treatments; genes, proteins, and metabolites.  But what are metabolites and what role do they play in human disease? What are Metabolites? Metabolites are small…

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