Essentially, this means Facebook is adding virtual face-to-face interaction. This is a huge win for patients and healthcare consumers.
There are several ways in which we think virtual reality through Facebook will help patients, consumers and clinicians.
Patient communities are a burgeoning interest in healthtech. The Mayo Clinic Connect is an online messaging and education platform where patients and carers can chat with others suffering the same or similar illnesses. Australian app CancerAidis also building patient communities and sharing the burden of cancer with the millions affected by cancer worldwide, through their app for iOSand Android. Imagine the potential for communities to virtually “talk” with each other.
Australian Telepsychiatry service Conduit Health are seeking Expressions of Interest from Consultant Psychiatrists registered with AHPRA to join their service.
Conduit Health was formed when psychiatrist Dr Gregory Samrealised he and his colleagues around Australia needed a solution to serve isolated patients in rural, remote and even residential communities in a high-quality, efficient way. Conduit Health provides services including general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry, aged care, and other subspecialties. Benefits of working with Conduit include:
working from home;
the ability to build your private practice;
an electronic medical record service (EMR);
all administrative tasks being taken care of (billing, scheduling and typing).
If interested, please contact Sara Ng (Business Development Manager) with your CV, your Expression of Interest and a copy of your qualifications at sara.ng (at) conduithealth.com.au.
One of the benefits of broadband and streaming technology is that hard-to-reach events for medical education can be attended from across the world. Stanford Medicine Xis acknowledging this and streaming their live conference on the future of medicine this weekend, all the way from California.
Convert your timezone to match the conference time at this link.
A great interview with one of Stanford Medicine X’s team, Dr Larry Chu, has also been posted here. You can learn about his thoughts on the future of medical education, and how important it is for healthcare workers, consumers and patients to collaborate and communicate across disciplines.
The Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship is open for applications; read more to apply.
If you’ve ever wanted to experience medical innovation in Asia, this opportunity is for you.
The Singapore Stanford Biodesign Fellowship gives clinicians, engineers, developers, designers, and other aspiring healthcare innovators the opportunity to be immersed in a healthcare innovation project for a year. A unique program that unites diverse career pathways, the SSB Fellowship comprises five months at Stanford in America; immersion and project rollout in a Singaporean hospital; and a three-week clinical immersion in another Asian hospital outside of Singapore. Similar to the original Stanford Biodesign Fellowship, a stipend is included for the program’s duration.
The clinical theme for the year is selected by SSB’s Board members, challenging participants to develop valuable experience in areas outside their usual training. New ideas are stimulated when an orthopaedic trainee is given an obstetrics focus for the program; similarly, we believe strongly in thinking outside the box to generate better medical solutions.
Some of the program’s previous fellows have gone on to commercialise their projects and been listed on Forbes’ “30 under 30.” There is an option to extend the program for a further period of time after the initial year.
Entries close 2nd May 2017. Preference is given to Singaporean citizens and permanent residents; however, it’s worth a shot if you’re passionate about healthcare and medical technology in Asia. For more information, please visit ssbiodesign.org.
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We came across Carrie Green and The Female Entrepreneur Association via Facebook awhile ago. Having benefited from being a part of their community, and having experienced Carrie’s work firsthand, it was a delight to see that her book is now available worldwide.
Carrie’s book “She Means Business” is available at Australian and international bookstores as well as online. Pic: The Medical Startup
We gain a lot of medical startup lessons from other industries, and Carrie has built an industry-agnostic community based on her experiences as a sole female founder of a tech company. She did this while studying Law in the UK, creating a mobile phone-unlocking business back in the pre-smartphone era. She taught herself how to build a website, and showed how just launching (even when she felt the website wasn’t that attractive) helped her business progress faster. (“Done is better than perfect” in many cases!) According to “She Means Business,” her business turned over $50,000 a month. But she was unhappy, and realised meaning was missing from her life.
Future Paediatrician Dr Linny Kimly Phuong created The Water Well Project as a solution to the problems she saw in migrants, refugees and asylum seekers with varied degrees of health literacy. This not-for-profit runs free health education sessions for people of refugee or asylum seeker background. Volunteer healthcare professionals host education sessions on common health topics, such as healthy eating, and navigating the Australian healthcare system.
It’s a win-win for all parties. Not only do attendees regain a much-needed focus on their health, and learn what healthcare resources are available to them, particularly after traumatic life events; healthcare professionals also improve their communication skills and life perspectives by meeting people of diverse backgrounds.
The Water Well Project was named to represent the safe space and traditional communal meeting place where many communities worldwide meet and talk whilst collecting water.
Through her work, Linny has gathered a great team of volunteers to help deliver sessions around Victoria; and was a state finalist for the Young Australian of the Year, all whilst completing her General Paediatrics and Paediatric Infectious Diseases training in Melbourne. If you’d like to support The Water Well Project through volunteering, donations or partnerships, please visit thewaterwellproject.org.
Surgical doctor Chandrashan Perera’s startup Nebula has recently been funded after its success in the Melbourne Accelerator Program last year. They’re now looking for another doctor to join their team in a paid non-clinical role.
Nebula’s tech solutions aim to help medicine by improving patient engagement with doctors; improving patients’ understanding of their conditions, and helping busy doctors spend more time looking after patients while collecting data for research.
Medical background (junior doctor is suitable, preferably with a surgical interest or background)
Amazing people skills including being able to meet with hospital directors, surgeons, insurance companies and so forth
Ability to travel frequently throughout Australia
Ability to present well at conferences and head up research projects, plus create medical and educational content
This is a varied role that will give you a taste of the startup life, whether you’re wanting a break from studies and fellowship training, or whether you’re deciding to leave clinical medicine fulltime in future to work on healthcare technology solutions. The skills you’d gain would be invaluable for your CV and resume, and would help build networks across the world for better patient care.
If you think you or your friend would be suitable, please contact chandra (at) nebulahealth.com.
Think about your hospital’s electronic medical record (EMR or DMR for digital). Think about your state or government’s ehealth websites for registration. Think about your community’s latest app for tracking fitness goals or sleep patterns. If you’re a patient, think about your blood glucose-monitoring diary on your smartphone. How user-friendly do you find them?
That’s the science of User Experience.
How easily can you find the window you need?
How many sidebars and banner ads pop up or urge you to sign up for something?
If you’re a clinician, how many windows must you enter details and click through before you reach your patient’s details, let alone their blood results from this morning? How irritated do you feel when an alarm byte rings because there are too many dings and sound-effects distracting you from achieving your intention?