Reflection #7 & #8 Emily Emmons

The videos and articles chosen for weeks 7 and 8 primarily discussed Big Data, mHealth, and the Internet of Things.


 The infographic titled “mHealth Apps for Improved Health in Medicine” discusses the issues our healthcare system faces and proposes a solution. A huge problem our healthcare system faces is the amount spent on it and the amount of people still with chronic disease. The proposed solution is using progressive technology to transform our current healthcare system. This infographic raises questions such as, how are change agents going to fund this technology in the healthcare field and how are they going to convince healthcare companies to convert to this change?

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The website link to given in this week’s reflection articles includes other links to various articles about digital health regulation. These articles cover topics such as brain training games, medical apps, medical software, and FDA Wellness. In order for mHealth to flourish and gain popularity, websites such as this one need to be shared on all kinds of social media to gain followers as well as support.

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The article written by Los Angeles Times discusses the weight loss device  recently approved by the FDA. This approval is so momentous because such a product has not been approved in over 20 years. The product is described as a “pacemaker for your appetite”. What this means is that a small implant is inserted beneath the skin and attached to the stomach. The implant suppresses cues of hunger as well as slows down digestions to allow the host to feel full longer. This device raises questions such as, how much will this surgery cost its patients in need? Also, will this procedure be covered by insurance companies? If so, how are these insurance companies going to convinced into doing so?

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