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Tracking Cognitive Function Essential to Good Management of Diabetes

Tracking Cognitive Function Essential to Good Management of Diabetes

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post.

Mylea Charvat, Ph.D. is the CEO & Founder at Savonix Follow her on Twitter.

 

Late last month, Apple announced CareKit, a new tool that gives anyone with an iPhone the power to take an active role in managing their own health. Apple now makes it easy for patients to keep up with care plans, track symptoms and medications, and share that information with a care team — all from a mobile device.

The first apps available on Apple’s CareKit and ResearchKit focus almost exclusively on chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and Parkinson’s disease — and for good reason. Diabetes represents a $245 billion health care cost annually in the U.S. alone, with the bulk of that figure driven by direct costs from poor management of the disease. The ability to predict which patients should be directed into different levels of care, such as supported management versus self-management, is critical to controlling cost and improving patient outcomes.

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Four Steps to Fix Health Care

Four Steps to Fix Health Care

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post.

Mylea Charvat, Ph.D. is the CEO & Founder at Savonix Follow her on Twitter.

 

Beyond Four Walls

HIMSS16 wrapped up just last week, and while this story began years ago, the genesis for this article happened on a convention floor with 50,000 people, all of them in the health field. We attended HIMSS16 to demo our first of its kind, mobile, clinically valid, cognitive assessment platform for Savonix. As provider after provider stopped by to try it out for themselves, reliably their reaction fell into one of two camps: 1) this is great putting power in the hand of the patient or 2) you cannot share cognitive test results with patients at home! The thing is, less than a decade ago, I would have agreed with those in camp number 2. Now my reaction is – why not? A person can take an HIV test at home, a pregnancy test, a blood glucose test. Why not a cognitive test? Knowledge is power and patients cannot take control of their own health unless they have the information.

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Blended Learning Helps Students at Different Cognitive Levels

Blended Learning Helps Students at Different Cognitive Levels

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post.

Mylea Charvat, Ph.D. is the CEO & Founder at Savonix Follow her on Twitter.

 

What is the best way to meet today’s students “in the middle?” Kids today are more tech-savvy than ever before, and teachers are struggling to make sure that every student is educated according to their needs. From elementary to secondary school, students learn at different rates and have varying needs of social and educational interaction. How do we use cognitive data and blended learning to the students’ benefit? As a recent New York Times article pointed out, the need to understand students’ emotional function, social skills and cognitive abilities are at the heart of creating optimal learning environments.

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10 Truths That Will Lead To Everlasting Happiness

10 Truths That Will Lead To Everlasting Happiness

by Mylea Charvat, Ph.D. Previously Published in the Huffington Post

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Everyday we are inundated with suggestions and ideas for how we can ensure a happy and healthy lifestyle. Coincidently, at almost every panel I participate in I’m asked the question, “As a busy CEO of a growing startup, how do I still manage to find time for my family and friends?” Randi Zuckerberg has even jumped in on this topic of conversation, writing to tell entrepreneurs that out of the 5 main priorities in life – work, sleep, family, friends and fitness (let’s reframe fitness as health from now on) – we have to pick 3 because we cannot have all 5. To a certain extent I agree with her, yet I also have to beg to differ because I believe this “work all the time” mantra we cultivate in Silicon Valley is simply unsustainable and in the end her argument represents a false choice scenario. read more…

Don’t Play Games With Your Health

Don’t Play Games With Your Health

HealthTech Companies Need Intense Research and Regulations, Not to Be Rushed to Market

by Mylea Charvat, Ph.D (previously published in the Huffington Post)
As a HealthTech start-up CEO, I’m straddling two worlds. One world is as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and the other as a doctor and neuroscientist. The first world is built and rewarded on hockey stick growth, wild valuations, beta-launches, and speed: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Uber – the faster, the better. read more…

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