The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 3 (June 2014) - Page 31

Conference News Wearable Technologies Conference 2014 – San Francisco Wearable technologies are all around us now. But what is in it for you? Is your current strategy the right one? Do you know the right people? Technologies worn close to the body, on or even in the body still leave a lot of open questions. Meet new people, grow your ideas, and find the right partners at the world’s most profound gathering for Wearable Technologies – the Wearable Technologies Conference 2014 I USA taking place on July 8 and 9 in San Francisco. For the 12th time Wearable Technologies will be gathering its entire ecosystem from chip vendors, integrators, test houses via network providers, product and service solution providers to distribution. Expect to meet representatives from companies of all sizes but also creative thinkers, artists, designers and media. You will see product launches of the hottest new wearables, hear discussions about tricky areas in this business, learn about the most innovative enabling technologies and meet invaluable new contacts. At the WT Innovation Show you will be able to test products and see demos live at the venue. We are very proud that we can deliver the deepest insights to you as well as we are able to guide you with our expertise. For more information please visit: events/wearable-technologies-conference-2014-usa/ n Healthcare Revolutions: Big Data and Smart Analytics Healthcare and insurance have always shared a symbiotic relationship. Changes in the delivery of healthcare through digital intervention, big data collection, and intelligent analytics, all have a subsequent impact upon the way insurers perceive and value different aspects of health. As we recognised in the April issue of The Journal of mHealth, in our interview with Peter Ohnemus at Dacadoo the age of personalised insurance based upon our own individual health is already here. The question now is how will technology in the 'healthcare revolution' change the life and health underwriting landscape? If we are at the edge of a data-driven paradigm shift in healthcare, the effects on aggregate health and therefore on insurance models, will be considerable. Healthcare Revolutions: Big Data and Smart Analytics, an event organised by the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue, brought together a formidable panel of presenters to consider some of the topics relevant to this issue. In this article we bring you a number of pertinent speaker abstracts. From diagnosis to personalised prognosis: Will better information lead to better decisions? (Karin Frick, Head of Think Tank, and Member of the Executive Board, GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute) Prediction was once the realm of priests and magicians. In today's society it is increasingly a tool for planning. Where once we had post-illness diagnosis of a condition, the future promises preillness prognosis. Our increasing faith in prediction is based on technology. A body of datadriven tools is capable of discovering and analysing patterns so that past correlations can be used to forecast likely future outcomes. Predictive technologies, which include data mining, neural networks, and system modelling and simulation, have been applied to the study of weather systems, traffic patterns, stock markets, epidemiology, consumer behaviour, terrorist activity, and many other areas of study where there can be a significant number of variables. Technology and our ability to record data is expanding exponentially; and healthcare is seen as one of the primary beneficiaries. Entrepreneurs are creating apps that can run on smart phones claiming to be capable of predicting conditions from depression to sport injury. These met ɥ