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Meditation to Reduce Health Care Utilization

Biomedical research has validated meditation as one of the most effective and reliable preventive modalities to optimize health outcomes and decrease utilization of health care services. Decreased stress hormone levels, blood pressure, rates of insomnia, anxiety and depression and markedly reduced health insurance utilization rates point to the potential for the practice of meditation to improve global health inexpensively. Persuasively designed social networks (via iPads and smartphones) will offer motivation and facilitate compliance, as well as track and upload biomarker derived physiological data, to document better parameters of health and the reduction in use of centralized health care services.

by: Jim Henning, MD | Aug 31, 2010

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Indoor Community Gardens

Transform one foreclosed or repossessed home per neighborhood into a sustainable, eco-friendly garden that's capable of producing enough healthy fruits and vegetables for 50+ households; hydroponics technology would enable year-round growth. Facilities would be powered by a combination of renewable energy sources (eg, geothermal, thin-film solar, piezoelectric) and designed to leverage passive techniques (eg, rainwater harvesting) to minimize maintenance costs and needs, with neighborhoods providing minimal upkeep. Diets from these gardens could curb childhood obesity and avoid cognitive deficits caused by low-cost foods. (The gardens would also help clean the air.) Image via Creative Commons.

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 18, 2010

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Lifewave Non-transdermal patches

These are the first products that encompass the energy medicine description. They are non-transdermal patches that offer pain control and energy to the body without any medication or chemical. They contain organic compounds that contain a crystalline matrix that when applied to the skin will offer changes to the bodies' acupuncture meridians. They are sold in 90 countries presently and have a very small presence in the United States. What will it do for global health? It will reduce medication side-effects, by controlling pain. It will change performance in athletes because they will enjoy improved functions without compromising their health.

by: Dean Clark | Jul 28, 2010

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The Fecanator!

Create synthetic bacteria designed to live in the digestive system that converts cellulosic waste (e.g., dietary fiber) into glucose. These bacteria would a] allow us to survive on smaller portions of food and b] reduce human waste. The combination of a] and b] would increase the benefits of foreign food aid to impoverished nations while improving sanitary conditions. (Additional benefit: minimize the frequency of bowel complications in the elderly and other impacted [punny!] populations.) "Blueprints" to the bacteria (possibly multiple) would be released under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial license. (Image, per Creative Commons.)

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 14, 2010

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Walk+Play

The Walk+Play concept is simple: Put a stepometer, LCD screen and connectivity into one compact unit that can be repackaged and recoded to suit any brand or IP. Each has one thing in common - footsteps in the real world are converted into footsteps in the game world. So, you could have a world you walk around to collect dragon eggs, which you can then nurture and raise to enter into contests. Effectively fusing healthy walking exercise with Pokemon and Tamagotchi. Most importantly, this simple device would be cheap enough for everyone to join in the fun.

by: Jon Brown | Aug 6, 2010

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All-in-One Health Data Reflection

Health habits are like clouds and your health data pours like rain. Unfortunately, self-tracking tools only capture some data. To find health opportunities, You must check each tool. But what if there is a way for you to analyze all your health data together? What will you discover? Imagine a tool for All-in-One Health Data Reflection. The tool will help you explore details of your health habits, compare between health factors, and identify cause and effect. With the tool, you will improve your awareness, make better health choices, and change to a healthier lifestyle. Visit the site at http://ianli.com/pi/allinone/

by: Ian Li | Jul 23, 2010

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Videogame Style HUD for your health and life.

Stress is the enemy, stress weakens, this is a known problem with the human body. The solution? Essentially a mobile phone app that displays a visual stress/environment "Heads Up Display". Using a vidoegame style HUD to help manage/guide/predict Mood, Sleep, Exercise, Food (calories, fat sugar etc) unreturned calls, phase of the moon, Biorhythms, unprocessed Emails, unread tweets, or anything else that can be reasonably represented graphically. It should display an instant simple visual 'Heads Up' showing stress points that can be focused on. By tracking stress inducing things, you feel less stress because it feels "managed" and manageable.

by: Tim O'Callaghan | Jun 25, 2010

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Amanda - Faster, Better, Healthier Healthcare

Amanda is an adaptive cartography system for analytics-assisted clinical care delivery for Hospital2.0 operations. Amanda improves patient outcomes by optimizing the quality and timeliness of care while ensuring efficient healthcare delivery by utilizing automated acuity analysis, real-time QoS patient routing, and live-learning capacity prediction. Amanda leverages MEDgle's care delivery analytics cloud for patient-specific acuity/ESI analysis and queue prioritization. Amanda combines this information with current capacity, care time, and other parameters to provide live-learning capacity prediction. Amanda gives global healthcare providers a web/mobile SaaS solution offering each patient the best care path and health outcome while optimizing provider resources/costs.

by: Alex Kawas | Sep 1, 2010

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Thermo/visual gamma wave feedback monitor

Stress is implicated across the board as a driver of poor health. Meditation has been shown to be an effective way to reduce stress. Gamma waves (around 40 Hz) have been shown to be produced by seasoned meditators. Thus, a gamma wave feedback monitor may help a beginning meditator to know when they are producing higher amplitude gamma waves. Sensors are attached to the forehead. The monitor is worn on the arm. Feedback is indicated by gentle heating when a user-set threshold has been reached. There is also a visual indicator for use by a friend, guide, or coach.

by: Jody Radzik | Jun 24, 2010

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Powered By the Masses

Working out for community. My idea is this. You enter a gym where people are getting in better shape and at the same time pumping energy into city's electrical grid. Inside of every exercise machine we have a generator and whenever a person exercises, they give back the energy by spinning the generators. With new neodymium magnets and better generator designs we can achieve a significant energy inflow into the electrical grid. Make the gyms and people compete between each other as to who makes the most energy in a given month, reward accordingly.

by: Max Surguy | Aug 31, 2010

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