Health Beyond Healthcare

Medical Data Navigator

By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1
Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist#TheIncrementalist

On this episode I talked to Maneesh Juneja, (@ManeeshJuneja) Digital Health Futurist who has been exploring the future and how emerging technologies can make the world a healthier and happier place. We share some common interests and passions around sensors, wearables and even intermittent fasting (IF) aka Time Restricted Feeding/Fasting (TRF).

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He was early to use data to provide insights helping Tesco’s leapfrog their supermarket competition using data from their club card to drive customer loyalty. He translated this into the pharmacology world but was surprised to discover the lack of data on patients that was recorded every 6 months or sometimes even longer. His question was what happens in between those times.

His early experiments included testing the first Apple Watch that came with Fall detection, throwing the device down onto the floor to test the effectiveness. This reminded me immediately of “Will it Blend”

Maneesh discusses the challenge of too much data and the push back from the healthcare world to receiving data from a patient. These attitudes changed dramatically as the Pandemic impacted so much of our world including everyone’s brain health and activities, including the provision of medical care. Suddenly home based medical devices were useful and the data was showing up in the data in your EMR.

Listen in to hear about Maneesh’s data toolbox he has built and applies to health and wellness problems. This is not data that individual clinical staff would be processing but potential inputs to increasingly ‘smart’ computer systems that use AI and Machine Learning to analyze and provide insights. We talk about the positive experiences with these devices as well as the worried well and how healthcare, medicine and the medical data navigators hat need to be part of healthcare system future.

About the Show
For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.

This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.