IoT Podcast Episode 157: Why Foxconn is buying Belkin and the future of healthcare

After the news segment, I interview Dr. Leslie Saxon who heads up the Center for Body Computing at USC, who believes that we’ll soon get 80 percent of our healthcare virtually. She talks about what we’ll need to make that happen and offers up a unique idea—a virtual version of herself that uses AI to provide basic care in her image and demeanor. The implications of all of this are pretty big, so we dig into two of the big ones; privacy and how it changes the relationship individuals have with healthcare. You’ll end up doing a lot more work. It’s an eye-opening episode.

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Creating a Culture of Trust in Digitally Enabled Patient Care

Security breaches become more personal and dangerous as digital technology increasingly integrates with our bodies via wearables, prosthetics and medical devices. Yet, perhaps the single biggest risk to the health of future generations—even greater than the breaches themselves—is a paralyzing lack of trust in the care-delivery ecosystem. We could have the most secure digital technologies for patient care, but, if people do not trust them, they will retreat to lesser methods of care.

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Cybersecurity risks and patient benefit with remote monitoring of cardiac rhythm management devices: considerations and current policy.

Led by Dr. Leslie Saxon, this activity has been developed to raise awareness through the insights of leading governmental and other cybersecurity experts who provide reviews surrounding the current and future direction of medical technology cybersecurity for increasing standards of patient care. The webcast is comprised of proceedings from an accredited satellite symposium held during Heart Rhythm. Catch her session via webcast...

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SXSW Announces Their 700+ Sessions and Special Blockchain Programming for SXSW 2018

We’re excited to introduce the lion’s share of SXSW Conference programming with over 700 sessions announced as well as the launch of the 2018 SXSW Schedule. Also announced, the Center for Body Computing's Executive Director, Dr. Leslie Saxon will be a featured guest speaker alongside Beau Woods (Atlantic Council) and Michael Chertoff (The Chertoff Group) discussing "Body Computing, Security, & Human Safety". View the link here and don't miss out on your opportunity to experience this exciting session!

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3 ways USC is using virtual care to capture a broader range of patients.

The University of Southern California’s medical school is taking on several efforts to digitize medical care while ensuring new technology is useful and available to more patients. Using mobile apps, sensors and virtual care, the USC’s Center for Body Computing and the Center for Health System Innovation are targeting new technology that makes care more accessible for patients. Those efforts include input from digital design experts who oversee patient engagement factors like computer literacy, trust and access to devices, executives at the USC Keck School of Medicine wrote in NEJM Catalyst.

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The most anticipated slide deck of this year is here! Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker is delivering her annual rapid-fire internet trends report right now at Code Conference at the Terranea Resort in California. Here’s a first look at the most highly anticipated slide deck in Silicon Valley. This year’s report includes 355 slides and tons of information, including a new section on healthcare that Meeker didn’t present live.

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Why providers will increase the use of connected health devices

Just as digital technology has transformed every aspect of our lives, the introduction of digital health devices will provide an opportunity to solve one of the hardest problems in medical care delivery—patient-oriented and individualized, timely and convenient service and seamless communication. These connected devices—running the gamut from smartphones to wearable technology to metabolic sensors to implantable devices—offer new capabilities that providers can use to expand care delivery in ways that new reimbursement plans are enabling.

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Using Virtual Reality To Get Inside An Ailing Person's World

Soon, VR may not only create empathy for family caregivers and their loved ones, but also a better health care system. Check out the winners of lasts year's 10th Annual USC Body Computing Conference, Embodied Labs which is a Chicago-based start-up that created the Alfred Lab app,  along with Dr. Saxon's input on this VR app that will "not only [be] informative for family and friends but vital for health care professionals as well".

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These glasses hide a fitness tracker on your face

VSP Global is teaming up with the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing to work on presenting the glasses, called Level, as a option for those who've embraced devices like the FitBit and Apple Watch. This isn't the first time VSP has tried its hand at entering the tech sector. The company previously worked with Google to offer subsidized frames with prescription lenses for Google Glass. But this time around, VSP is in the lead position and the technology will largely be invisible, thus doing away with the apprehension some had when it came to wearing a device like Google Glass in public.

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With Wearable Tech Deals, New Player Data Is Up for Grabs

As debates about athletes’ rights intensify in big-time college sports, the next frontier, independent experts say, could be privacy issues related to wearable tech, which in coming years could expand beyond health trackers like Fitbit and the Apple Watch to “smart clothing” with sensors embedded in the material....“My question is, how would players’ interests be represented?” said Leslie Saxon, a cardiologist who runs the University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing, noting that college athletes’ designation as amateurs gives them limited leverage to influence such deals. At the professional level, Saxon noted, there is a “players’ association part of this,” with several unions engaged in discussions over wearable tech. 

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USC and VSP Global’s Innovation Lab Launch Study to Take Wearable Digital Health Technology to Eye Level

LOS ANGELES — As part of its continued national leadership in digital health technology innovation and public+private collaborations, the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) has teamed with VSP Global’s innovation lab, The Shop, and theUSC Roski Eye Institute to take wearable health for the first time to the eyes.The pilot study, which kicked off at an event on August 27 at USC, will assess the users’ engagement with and feedback of the smartphone app synched to the embedded sensor in the first-of-its-kind prototype optical frame, LevelTM, created by The Shop.

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Level is a pair of glasses that doubles as an activity tracker

Last year, VSP, the nation's largest vision care provider, unveiled what it thinks is the eyewear of the future. It's called Project Genesis and it comes from The Shop, a thinktank innovation lab within VSP. Project Genesis is essentially a pair of glasses with a slew of activity tracking sensors built into the temple. The idea here is that it's a lot easier to remember to put on your glasses -- which is what many people need to wear everyday anyway -- versus something like a Fitbit. And sensor-laden eyewear offers other potential metrics too, like gait and posture. Now, VSP is ready to take the next step. Starting this Saturday, it's partnering with University of Southern California's Center of Body Computing to conduct a four-month long pilot study of the glasses with hundreds of volunteers. Oh, and the hardware has also been completely reimagined into something much more consumer-friendly. Say hello to the Level.

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VSP Global and USC Launch Study and Pilot Test of Tech-Enabled Eyewear

The University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) and VSP Global are launching an academic study and consumer pilot test with the latest version of VSP's tech-enabled eye wear, Level. VSP Global's innovation lab, The Shop, debuted an early version of the prototype in 2015 as Project Genesis - a wearable that integrates health-tracking technology into the temple of an optical frame. A partnership with USC CBC followed soon after to harness the CBC's multidisciplinary experts in digital health technology and to collaborate with The Shop on engineering future versions of the frame and platform.

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