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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Are Virtual Care Clinics the Wave of the Future?

A first-of-its-kind app being developed at the University of Southern California will add one more level of remoteness: Patients will meet with a lifelike avatar of their doctor. Using virtual reality technology and artificial intelligence, computer scientists at the university are working with Keck Medicine of USC to capture doctors’ faces and create avatars that can interact with people and guide them through complex medical decisions. The app will make it possible to access world-class medical expertise over a smartphone. And while it may sound like an impersonal way to serve patients, an avatar has advantages in that department, too. “Often people will disclose more to a virtual human than a doctor,” says Leslie Saxon, a professor of medicine at Keck and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing. “They don’t feel judged.”

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The Virtual Doctor Is In

The Virtual Doctor Is In! There was a time when doctors made house calls. That time is coming again, except now your doctor will be able to make 100 at once, while performing surgery at the same time. Dr. Leslie Saxon's USC Center for Body Computing and USC's Virtual Care Clinic leverage commercial tech innovations to advance medical care and delivery. Step into the Virtual Care Clinic...where science fiction becomes science fact.

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Second annual USC VR Hackathon for international coders, designers focuses on Medical Empathy Machine

Kicking off its second annual Virtual Reality (VR) Hackathon, the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) announced this year's focus of the competition is creating a "Medical Empathy Machine," showcasing the potential of VR to change medicine and patient experience through emotion, compassion and empathy. Coders and designers from around the world can submit, fully developed VIVE VR solutions online before the deadline of Sept. 12 at: http://www.uscbodycomputing.org/medical-empathy-machine-hackathon. An expert panel of judges will select three finalists who will then present live to the judges at a VIP dinner held the night before the 10th Annual Global Body Computing Conference.

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USC crafts tech system using mobile apps, AI to expand care

Information technology has finally achieved the latest in addressing physicians' shortage of time - at a California testbed, it will enable doctors to be in two places at once. Using technology developed at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, the university's Center for Body Computing's Virtual Care Clinic program will let physicians connect with low-risk patients through a mobile app that will enable doctors to create a digital rendering of themselves in the matter of seconds

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Episode #009: Dr. Leslie Saxon on Developing a Virtual Care Model that Works

Dr. Leslie Saxon has worked at a number of institutions besides USC, including UCLA and UCSF. She is an Interventional Cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmia. Dr. Saxon also hosts the Body Computing Conference at USC, an event which focuses on innovation in digital health. In this podcast with Digital Health Today, Dr. Saxon discusses her work and how innovation in connectivity has improved her work as an Interventional Cardiologist.

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How Virtual Reality is Gaining Traction in Healthcare

Using a virtual human agent may seem like a detached method of doctor-patient communication, but Dr. Leslie Saxon believes it to be the exact opposite. With this kind of technology, she told Healthline, patients could get their questions answered in an environment free from judgement. They can access information on their own time and their own pace. A proponent of patient education, Saxon is also behind an initiative to offer patients on-demand medical literature that complements physician recommendations.

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Nation’s First Digital Health Fellowship Created at USC Center for Body Computing

Taking the next step as a national thought leader in digital health innovation among university-based medical centers, the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing (USC CBC) announced the first Digital Health Fellowship in the U.S. The inaugural 12-month Fellowship will provide exposure, training and research opportunities in digital health patient education, diagnosis and therapy that are under development and study at the USC CBC.

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Mind Over Matter: A Matter of the Heart for Leslie Saxon, MD

Leslie Saxon, MD, has her heart set on disruptive innovation in health care. As a cardiologist and Founder/Executive Director of the USC Center for Body Computing and USC Virtual Care Clinic (sponsored by VSP Global), Saxon's passion for providing affordable, global health care shows and was evident during her energetic session at Vision Monday's 2016 Global Leadership Summit. For Saxon, the future of healthcare is not expensive devices, but mobile technology that can "leverage storytelling and social networks for health. Once we take the fear out of medicine, we can turn it into a virtual story and engage people for their own good." Click here to watch Dr. Saxon's full talk and learn more about the future of disruptive innovation in healthcare.

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Digital Health 2016

Taking the next step as a national thought leader in digital health innovation among university-based medical centers, the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing (USC CBC) announced the first Digital Health Fellowship in the U.S. The inaugural 12-month Fellowship will provide exposure, training and research opportunities in digital health patient education, diagnosis and therapy that are under development and study at the USC CBC.

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Health apps: Unlimited promise or 'like having a really bad doctor'

Dr. Leslie Saxon, cardiologist and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing, said there's "unbelievable potential" for medical apps to save lives. Doctors can now continuously monitor heart rhythm data and watch for problems in patients with implanted heart devices. They can immediately determine whether someone is having a heart attack by turning their smartphone into an electrocardiogram, or EKG.

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