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The Scoop – Innovation Edition: IBM and Apple | Cancer Sniffing Dogs | 3D Printed Body Parts | Smart Pill Bottles July 22, 2014

Filed under: Corporate — CMI/Compas @ 4:03 pm

Experts are speculating on how the computing power of IBM’s Watson may be used now that it’s in partnership with Apple for its health initiative. MIT’s Technology Review notes, “The most successful products built on advanced data processing historically have been focused on managing costs and efficiency in populations of many patients, not improving what doctors do with individuals, says Russell Richmond, a board member for the health-care data company Explorys and previously CEO of McKinsey’s health-care division, Objective Health.”

It is a good day for innovation and there’s plenty of it in the air – can you smell it? Cancer-sniffing dogs can! I love stories about these little guys, and here’s the latest – a dog who has detected cancer in more than 500 people found it in the researcher who owns and trained her, potentially saving her life.

Someone’s been waiting to use this headline for a while: 3D printed body parts won’t cost an arm and a leg (badum bum) and may be a viable alternative to med student cadavers.

Startup AdhereTech received more funding to work on its smart pill bottle.

Eprescriptions are rising in popularity, having hit 1 billion in 2013. (Thanks CMIO Susan Dorfman for this story.)

A small firm called Mini-Sentinel is working with FDA to utilize Big Data via EHRs to identify trending in adverse events that could signal issues with medication; a number of pharma companies are financially contributing to this initiative.

AP reports: “More than 100 researchers from around the world collaborated in the biggest-ever genomic mapping of schizophrenia, for which scientists had previously uncovered only about a couple of dozen risk-related genes. The study included the genetic codes of more than 150,000 people — nearly 37,000 of them diagnosed with the disease. Researchers found 108 genetic markers for risk of getting the disease, 83 of them not previously reported. And scientists say there are still likely more to be found.”

And then there’s this: at their annual meeting this weekend, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) cautioned its members against letting medical apps replace personal HCP care.

-Carly Kuper, VP, Strategic Marketing & Corporate Communications
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