GO-Biz Launches Cyber-Health IT Advisory Board with USC Center for Body Computing

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced the formation of a new Cyber-Health Information Technology Advisory Board as part of an ongoing effort to support cybersecurity innovation and bolster advanced technology industries. The advisory board will be led by the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing and will include representatives from industry and education cybersecurity experts. 

"California's entrepreneurs and innovators are on the cutting edge of technologies that will redesign everything from how we commute, grow our crops and manage our health," said Panorea Avdis, Director, Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. "Cybersecurity is a critical core component of all of these growth industries, and we are partnering with education and industry experts to ensure data is secure and protected." 

The USC Center for Body Computing will lead the advisory board with its founder and executive director, Leslie Saxon, MD, serving as chair. The advisory board will work to help further identify, define and communicate the cyber risks versus benefits associated with health IT solutions.  The board will also identify existing collaborative processes that can help enhance the overall cybersecurity position for healthcare technology, before developing pilot projects to address gaps and test solutions.

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USC Center for Body Computing Inaugural Awards, SLAM Competition Winner Recognize Innovation Through Disruption in Digital Health

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) began a new tradition at its annual gathering of digital health thought leaders at the USC Global Body Computing Conference by creating awards that recognize a trailblazer, Dr. Dave Albert founder of AliveCor, and a corporate innovator, Abbott, a company dedicated to building a new healthcare. The USC CBC also awarded $10,000 to the winner of its 11th annual SLAM competition, recognizing a multidisciplinary team proposing a program for veterans with PTSD using Lyft and mobile digital health tools.

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New View on Fitness Tracker Wearables Finds Prompts, Philanthropy, Personality Keys to Engagement

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first study to look at motivators for consistent or increased activity engagement among fitness tracker wearable users was published in the NEJM Catalyst (New England Journal of Medicine Group) from research conducted by the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) and VSP Global's innovation lab, The Shop. The innovative study, using a prototype of VSP's unique Level™ smart glasses, found interaction with social networks and use of digital coaches via a smartphone app connected to a biometric sensor embedded in eyeglasses provided incentive for users to increase activity, including an average 20-25 percent spike in daily steps when prompted by a digital coach.

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How Digital Healthcare is Changing Everything: Thought Leaders Meet to Discuss Innovation in Digital Health at USC's 11th Annual Body Computing Conference

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, September 22, the University of Southern California(USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC), part of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, will curate conversations to provide a comprehensive understanding of how digital health is touching every aspect of our lives – from performance, behavior and decision-making to medicine, cybersecurity, the military, sports and public policy –at its 11th annual Body Computing Conference (click link to register).

Thought leaders across a broad spectrum come together for the one-day summit to offer local, national and global perspectives on the evolving convergence of health and digital technology. Speakers will shed light on a wide range of topics including the California-led cybersecurity initiative in health IT and L.A.'s 2028 Olympics plan to transform the Olympic Village into a connected health space. The event also includes demonstrations and discussions on the impact of unique wearable sensors to track personal fitness, enhance elite athletic performance and train the next generation of warfighters. And panelists will debate and advocate for the power of digital health tools to be able to combat the critical global issue of diabetes or build on-demand transportation safety nets to address the rapid rise in our aging population.

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Envisioneering a Healthier, Happier Place to Work: The USC 11th annual SLAM competition offers $10,000 cash prize for best 'Connected Health in the Workplace' concept

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Whether it is wearable sensors, artificial intelligence or a new app that fosters creativity, improves productivity and instills happiness and health, the 11th annual competition hosted by the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) asks entrants to envision the modern workplace as a hub of health data collection.

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USC’s Digital Health Expert Provides Critical Physician Insights On Cybersecurity and Medical Devices Panel Discussion in the Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week in the nation's capital the Bipartisan Policy Centerconvened thought leaders in national security and health care including Leslie Saxon, MD, cardiologist at Keck Medicine of USC and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing, for a panel discussion, "Cybersecurity and Medical Devices: Assessing Risks and Strategies for Overcoming Them."

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New Instagram-Like App Embeds Heart Data for Social Sharing

The University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) and Medable Inc. has launched an Instagram-like app called Biogram that lets users embed heart rate data into a photo distributed to social media via a photo-sharing network. Developed using ResearchKit, the Biogram app will help researchers better understand how publicly sharing biometrics influences personal relationships and experiences in a social community.

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Overnight hackathon shows the promise of virtual reality as a health care tool

They didn't sleep. But they did dream big. During an overnight event held at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, teams of biomedical engineers, computer scientists, physical therapists and even toy designers took part in "Hacking Virtual Medicine," a design, development and coding marathon that challenged participants to create virtual reality healthcare solutions for patients and providers.

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The Research That’s Driving A Turnaround At Skullcandy

When Hoby Darling became Skullcandy’s president and CEO in 2013, he was tasked with turning around a company that was in the midst of a serious decline: The headphone brand that had once been all the rage with skateboarders and indie music fans suffered a 30% plummet in sales and share prices that had been on a downward spiral since the company went public in 2011. But Darling, a Crossfit devotee and Ironman competitor, is not afraid of a good challenge.

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