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The Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management 

The Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management 

 
 
 
 
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SXSW Announces Their 700+ Sessions and Special Blockchain Programming for SXSW 2018. See the announcement here. Also announced, the Center for Body Computing's Executive Director, Dr. Leslie Saxon will be a featured guest speaker alongside Beau Woods (Atlantic Council) and Michael Chertoff (The Chertoff Group) discussing "Body Computing, Security, & Human Safety". View the link here and don't miss out on your opportunity to experience this exciting session!

This is what the future of healthcare looks like. USC's Institute for Creative Technologies and the Center for Body Computing is bring innovation to the digital healthcare space. Watch the video now!

In the future, your doctor may be an avatar. At USC, Dr. Saxon and her team at the Center for Body Computing are using technology to make healthcare more accessible. Check out the video!

 

Using Virtual Reality To Get Inside An Ailing Person's World. Soon, VR may not only create empathy for family caregivers and their loved ones, but also a better health care system. Check out the winners of lasts year's 10th Annual USC Body Computing Conference, Embodied Labs which is a Chicago-based start-up that created the Alfred Lab app,  along with Dr. Saxon's input on this VR app that will "not only [be] informative for family and friends but vital for health care professionals as well". Read more...

 

Dr. Saxon takes part in Cybersecurity and Medical Device Forum at the Bipartisan Policy Center. The vast increase in the use of both digital and medical device technologies in health care has resulted in improved health outcomes, greater efficiencies, and a better quality of life for Americans. However, with increased health care digitization and connectivity comes an increased risk of cybersecurity threats. Read more...

 

IOC and Intel Announce Worldwide TOP Partnership Through 2024. As a Worldwide TOP Partner, Intel Will Work with the IOC to Reimagine the Future of the Olympic Games with New Levels of Fan Interaction Through Leading-Edge Technology. View more...

 

3 ways USC is using virtual care to capture a broader range of patients. The University of Southern California’s medical school is taking on several efforts to digitize medical care while ensuring new technology is useful and available to more patients. Using mobile apps, sensors and virtual care, the USC’s Center for Body Computing and the Center for Health System Innovation are targeting new technology that makes care more accessible for patients. Those efforts include input from digital design experts who oversee patient engagement factors like computer literacy, trust and access to devices, executives at the USC Keck School of Medicine wrote in NEJM Catalyst. Read more...

 

Cybersecurity risks and patient benefit with remote monitoring of cardiac rhythm management devices: considerations and current policy. Led by Dr. Leslie Saxon, this activity has been developed to raise awareness through the insights of leading governmental and other cybersecurity experts who provide reviews surrounding the current and future direction of medical technology cybersecurity for increasing standards of patient care. The webcast is comprised of proceedings from an accredited satellite symposium held during Heart Rhythm. Catch her session via webcast...

 

TV news channel in Hong Kong reports on the Digital Doctor of USC, our very own Dr. Leslie Saxon! To catch this video segment and learn more about her work with virtual care and digital health please visit the USC Hong Kong's Facebook page. View more...

 

The most anticipated slide deck of this year is here! Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker is delivering her annual rapid-fire internet trends report right now at Code Conference at the Terranea Resort in California. Here’s a first look at the most highly anticipated slide deck in Silicon Valley. This year’s report includes 355 slides and tons of information, including a new section on healthcare that Meeker didn’t present live. Read more...

 

Virtual care is quickly becoming a tangible reality. All over the word, fingertips are tapping onto screens and into data streams, leaving digital footprints in their wake. But where is this trail of telecommunications leading us? According to Dr. Leslie Saxon, we are headed for real progress in creating access to healthcare by plugging deeper into its potential. Read more...

 
Health Data Management

Health Data Management

Just as digital technology has transformed every aspect of our lives, the introduction of digital health devices will provide an opportunity to solve one of the hardest problems in medical care delivery—patient-oriented and individualized, timely and convenient service and seamless communication. These connected devices—running the gamut from smartphones to wearable technology to metabolic sensors to implantable devices—offer new capabilities that providers can use to expand care delivery in ways that new reimbursement plans are enabling. Read more...

 
The New York Times

The New York Times

As debates about athletes’ rights intensify in big-time college sports, the next frontier, independent experts say, could be privacy issues related to wearable tech, which in coming years could expand beyond health trackers like Fitbit and the Apple Watch to “smart clothing” with sensors embedded in the material....“My question is, how would players’ interests be represented?” said Leslie Saxon, a cardiologist who runs the University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing, noting that college athletes’ designation as amateurs gives them limited leverage to influence such deals. At the professional level, Saxon noted, there is a “players’ association part of this,” with several unions engaged in discussions over wearable tech. Read more...

 
Body Computing teams up with VSP Global's The Shop to create eyewear of the future

Body Computing teams up with VSP Global's The Shop to create eyewear of the future

LOS ANGELES — As part of its continued national leadership in digital health technology innovation and public+private collaborations, the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) has teamed with VSP Global’s innovation lab, The Shop, and theUSC Roski Eye Institute to take wearable health for the first time to the eyes. The pilot study, which kicked off at an event on August 27 at USC, will assess the users’ engagement with and feedback of the smartphone app synched to the embedded sensor in the first-of-its-kind prototype optical frame, LevelTM, created by The Shop. Read More...

 
Engadget covers the VSP Level Frames, the next generation of wearable tech

Engadget covers the VSP Level Frames, the next generation of wearable tech

Last year, VSP, the nation's largest vision care provider, unveiled what it thinks is the eyewear of the future. It's called Project Genesis and it comes from The Shop, a thinktank innovation lab within VSP. Project Genesis is essentially a pair of glasses with a slew of activity tracking sensors built into the temple. The idea here is that it's a lot easier to remember to put on your glasses -- which is what many people need to wear everyday anyway -- versus something like a Fitbit. And sensor-laden eyewear offers other potential metrics too, like gait and posture. Now, VSP is ready to take the next step. Starting this Saturday, it's partnering with University of Southern California's Center of Body Computing to conduct a four-month long pilot study of the glasses with hundreds of volunteers. Oh, and the hardware has also been completely reimagined into something much more consumer-friendly. Say hello to the Level. Read More...

 
Mashable talks about VSP The Shop's new Level Frames and the collaboration with the CBC

Mashable talks about VSP The Shop's new Level Frames and the collaboration with the CBC

VSP Global is teaming up with the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing to work on presenting the glasses, called Level, as a option for those who've embraced devices like the FitBit and Apple Watch. This isn't the first time VSP has tried its hand at entering the tech sector. The company previously worked with Google to offer subsidized frames with prescription lenses for Google Glass. But this time around, VSP is in the lead position and the technology will largely be invisible, thus doing away with the apprehension some had when it came to wearing a device like Google Glass in public. Read More...

 
Mobihealth news reports on the collaboration between VSP and USC CBC

Mobihealth news reports on the collaboration between VSP and USC CBC

The University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing is partnering with VSP Global, which provides vision insurance and operates several eye care companies, to launch a study and consumer pilot test with the latest version of the company’s tech-embedded eyewear. Level, the glasses, will host a bevy of technology within the frames – including a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetomer – that sync with a companion app. The glasses will track a wearer’s steps, caloric burned and activity time, and will also users to locate misplaced frames through the app’s “Find my Glasses” feature. Read More...

 
Level Technology Eyewear

Level Technology Eyewear

The University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) and VSP Global are launching an academic study and consumer pilot test with the latest version of VSP's tech-enabled eye wear, Level. VSP Global's innovation lab, The Shop, debuted an early version of the prototype in 2015 as Project Genesis - a wearable that integrates health-tracking technology into the temple of an optical frame. A partnership with USC CBC followed soon after to harness the CBC's multidisciplinary experts in digital health technology and to collaborate with The Shop on engineering future versions of the frame and platform. Read More...

 
U.S. News & World Report explores the proliferation of Virtual Care

U.S. News & World Report explores the proliferation of Virtual Care

A first-of-its-kind app being developed at the University of Southern California will add one more level of remoteness: Patients will meet with a lifelike avatar of their doctor. Using virtual reality technology and artificial intelligence, computer scientists at the university are working with Keck Medicine of USC to capture doctors’ faces and create avatars that can interact with people and guide them through complex medical decisions. The app will make it possible to access world-class medical expertise over a smartphone. And while it may sound like an impersonal way to serve patients, an avatar has advantages in that department, too. “Often people will disclose more to a virtual human than a doctor,” says Leslie Saxon, a professor of medicine at Keck and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing. “They don’t feel judged.” Read More...

 
Dr. Saxon prepares to be scanned for her Virtual Doctor avatar

Dr. Saxon prepares to be scanned for her Virtual Doctor avatar

The Virtual Doctor Is In! There was a time when doctors made house calls. That time is coming again, except now your doctor will be able to make 100 at once, while performing surgery at the same time. Dr. Leslie Saxon's USC Center for Body Computing and USC's Virtual Care Clinic leverage commercial tech innovations to advance medical care and delivery. Step into the Virtual Care Clinic...where science fiction becomes science fact. Read More...

 
Entrants will use the HTC Vive platform to take today's VR use cases to the next level

Entrants will use the HTC Vive platform to take today's VR use cases to the next level

Kicking off its second annual Virtual Reality (VR) Hackathon, the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) announced this year's focus of the competition is creating a "Medical Empathy Machine," showcasing the potential of VR to change medicine and patient experience through emotion, compassion and empathy. Coders and designers from around the world can submit, fully developed VIVE VR solutions online before the deadline of Sept. 12 at: http://www.uscbodycomputing.org/medical-empathy-machine-hackathon. An expert panel of judges will select three finalists who will then present live to the judges at a VIP dinner held the night before the 10th Annual Global Body Computing Conference. Read More..

 
USC crafts tech system using mobile app, AI to expand care

USC crafts tech system using mobile app, AI to expand care

Information technology has finally achieved the latest in addressing physicians' shortage of time - at a California testbed, it will enable doctors to be in two places at once. Using technology developed at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, the university's Center for Body Computing's Virtual Care Clinic program will let physicians connect with low-risk patients through a mobile app that will enable doctors to create a digital rendering of themselves in the matter of seconds. Read More...

 
Developing a Virtual Care Model that Works

Developing a Virtual Care Model that Works

Dr. Leslie Saxon has worked at a number of institutions besides USC, including UCLA and UCSF. She is an Interventional Cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmia. Dr. Saxon also hosts the Body Computing Conference at USC, an event which focuses on innovation in digital health. In this podcast with Digital Health Today, Dr. Saxon discusses her work and how innovation in connectivity has improved her work as an Interventional Cardiologist. Read More...

 
The USC CBC is leading several initiatives to make VR more patient friendly

The USC CBC is leading several initiatives to make VR more patient friendly

Using a virtual human agent may seem like a detached method of doctor-patient communication, but Dr. Leslie Saxon believes it to be the exact opposite. With this kind of technology, she told Healthline, patients could get their questions answered in an environment free from judgement. They can access information on their own time and their own pace. A proponent of patient education, Saxon is also behind an initiative to offer patients on-demand medical literature that complements physician recommendations. Read More...

 
USC announces the first Digital Health Fellowship

USC announces the first Digital Health Fellowship

Taking the next step as a national thought leader in digital health innovation among university-based medical centers, the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing (USC CBC) announced the first Digital Health Fellowship in the U.S. The inaugural 12-month Fellowship will provide exposure, training and research opportunities in digital health patient education, diagnosis and therapy that are under development and study at the USC CBC. Read More...

 
2016 BIO International Convention

2016 BIO International Convention

While several startups have experimented with virtual doctor and nurse avatars, at the Center for Body Computing (CBC) at USC researchers are taking the idea one step further. They're creating virtualized versions of actual living, breathing doctors starting with CBC Executive Director, Dr. Leslie Saxon herself. Read More...

 
Onalytica's Top 100 Digital Health Influencers of 2016

Onalytica's Top 100 Digital Health Influencers of 2016

Dr. Leslie Saxon and the USC Center for Body Computing continue to remain at the forefront of the digital health revolution. Onalytica has named Dr. Saxon a Top 100 Digital Health Influencer in their 2016 Digital Health report, an online analysis revealing the most influential voices in today's discussion around digital healthcare. Saxon and the CBC rank 30th amongst an impressive list of digital health thought-leaders including Stuart Karten (Karten Design), Dr. Dave Albert (AliveCor) and Maneesh Juneja (Digital Health Futurist). Read More...

 
Dr. Saxon at Vision Monday's 2016 Global Leadership Summit

Dr. Saxon at Vision Monday's 2016 Global Leadership Summit

Leslie Saxon, MD, has her heart set on disruptive innovation in health care. As a cardiologist and Founder/Executive Director of the USC Center for Body Computing and USC Virtual Care Clinic (sponsored by VSP Global), Saxon's passion for providing affordable, global health care shows and was evident during her energetic session at Vision Monday's 2016 Global Leadership Summit. For Saxon, the future of healthcare is not expensive devices, but mobile technology that can "leverage storytelling and social networks for health. Once we take the fear out of medicine, we can turn it into a virtual story and engage people for their own good." Click here to watch Dr. Saxon's full talk and learn more about the future of disruptive innovation in healthcare. Read More...

 
Dr. Leslie Saxon via LA Times

Dr. Leslie Saxon via LA Times

Dr. Leslie Saxon, cardiologist and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing, said there's "unbelievable potential" for medical apps to save lives. Doctors can now continuously monitor heart rhythm data and watch for problems in patients with implanted heart devices. They can immediately determine whether someone is having a heart attack by turning their smartphone into an electrocardiogram, or EKG. Read More...

 
SXSW 2016

SXSW 2016

In the not-too-distant future, "virtually cloned" physicians will operate in A.I.-enabled, mixed reality clinics that offer 24/7 access and consultation. Aided by IoT-enabled wearable devices, implantable and ingestible sensors, virtually cloned physicians will collect on-demand diagnostic data to fuel proactive, seamless patient care extending beyond the walls of clinics, labs and hospitals. Read More...

 
Voice of America

Voice of America

Add on-demand medical care to the growing list of what your cellphone can do for you. The University of Southern California Center for Body Computing says it uses virtual reality technology and artificial intelligence to provide specialized care for patients anywhere in the world. Read More...

 

USC Virtual Care Clinic

The University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC), the digital health innovation accelerator for the Keck Medicine of USC medical enterprise, today announced its eight foundational partners for its Virtual Care Clinic (VCC). The disruptive digital health care model does not require patient or care providers to be present in the same place for seamless, integrated solutions designed to provide on-demand access to care. Read More... 

 
MC10 BioStamp Research Connect

MC10 BioStamp Research Connect

There are many health and fitness monitors on the market. They all do different things from measuring heart rate to monitoring your sleep. CBS2/KCAL9’s Lisa Sigell visits the USC Center for Body Computing to find out how some are tested and what’s ahead in the future. Read More...

 
Servers Storing Terabytes of Data

Servers Storing Terabytes of Data

Technology pioneer isn't a role people associate with former Vice President, Dick Cheney, but technology security experts today give his medical advisory team props for a move made back in 2007 - disabling the wireless capability on Cheney's pacemaker. The act was, of course, a cautionary effort against any entity that might have tried to hack it to cause Cheney harm. In rare instances, weak links in a cloud-based network powering something like a wearable insulin pump could be life threatening. On the privacy side, personal data culled from all types of devices are finding their way to employers, insurance companies and the black market, resulting in a range of grievances, from higher insurance premiums to identity theft. Read More...

 
Biogram Joins Apple's ResearchKit

Biogram Joins Apple's ResearchKit

Researchers at the USC Center for Body Computing have developed a new mobile app that will allow users to embed biometric heart rate data into their shared photos. Called Biogram, the app is intended to help the researchers to study how the public sharing of biometric data could affect social relationships, in addition to helping researchers to collect additional biometric data collected by the users' mobile devices. Read More...

 
Virtual Care Is Ubiquitous

Virtual Care Is Ubiquitous

In early October, the University of Southern California's Center for Body Computing hosted a conference to discuss the futuristic technologies that could work their way into medicine and healthcare. During the event, they announced a new type of health clinic, called the USC Virtual Care Clinic. Read More...

 
Hologram Doctors (VNTANA)

Hologram Doctors (VNTANA)

Hologram House Calls and The Virtual Future of Health Care. USC's Virtual Care Clinic is a first-of-its-kind hospital using new technology to make healthcare both more personalized and more accessible. Read More...

 
Apple Watch EKG Demo

Apple Watch EKG Demo

I've just returned from California, where I attended these 3 conferences: Transforming Medicine - Evidence driven mHealth, Health 2.0 Fall Conference and the 9th Annual USC Body Computing Conference. For this post, I'm going to focus on what I observed at these events regarding the quest for evidence in Digital Health. I'll be writing separate blog posts in the future relating to my overall experience at each of these events. Read More...

 
Biogram on Apple ResearchKit

Biogram on Apple ResearchKit

The University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) and Medable Inc. has launched an Instagram-like app called Biogram that lets users embed heart rate data into a photo distributed to social media via a photo-sharing network. Developed using ResearchKit, the Biogram app will help researchers better understand how publicly sharing biometrics influences personal relationships and experiences in a social community. Read More...

 
Doctor Evidence

Doctor Evidence

Virtual reality, wearable technology, artificial intelligence - the dawn of the technological revolution in healthcare is here. Some of the latest medical innovation were highlighted Oct. 9 at the ninth annual USC Body Computing Conference, a daylong summit focusing on the bridges between medicine and technology. Read More...

 
2015 Body Computing Conference

2015 Body Computing Conference

On Friday, October 9th, 2015, the University of Southern California hosted the 9th Annual Body Computing Conference. Attendees heard from leading experts about how digital health and virtual/augmented reality are poised to radically disrupt healthcare delivery. Read More...

 
Virtual Dr. Leslie Saxon

Virtual Dr. Leslie Saxon

Five months ago, the last time we checked in with Dr. Leslie Saxon she was testing the idea of “virtual doctors” with a digital clone of herself. That project, alone with one employing video holograms, is now ready for launch. Read More...

 
Hacking Virtual Medicine

Hacking Virtual Medicine

They didn't sleep. But they did dream big. During an overnight event held at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, teams of biomedical engineers, computer scientists, physical therapists and even toy designers took part in "Hacking Virtual Medicine," a design, development and coding marathon that challenged participants to create virtual reality healthcare solutions for patients and providers. Read More...

 
Hoby Darling, CEO, Skullcandy

Hoby Darling, CEO, Skullcandy

When Hoby Darling became Skullcandy’s president and CEO in 2013, he was tasked with turning around a company that was in the midst of a serious decline: The headphone brand that had once been all the rage with skateboarders and indie music fans suffered a 30% plummet in sales and share prices that had been on a downward spiral since the company went public in 2011. But Darling, a Crossfit devotee and Ironman competitor, is not afraid of a good challenge. Read More...

 
USC Center for Body Computing

USC Center for Body Computing

USC Center for Body Computing partners with the SHOP, an innovation lab from VSP Global, to advance wearable tech research. The USC Center for Body Computing (CBC), part of Keck Medicine of USC, is collaborating with a technology developer to further the digital health and wearable tech revolution. Read More...

 
VSP: The Shop Innovation Lab

VSP: The Shop Innovation Lab

VSP's innovation lab, The Shop is teaming up with the USC Center for Body Computing to take PROJECT GENESIS---the first wearable tech prototype to seamlessly integrate health-tracking sensors into an optical frame---into an exciting new phase of development. Our team of innovators will work together with the CBC on connecting our wearable technology to the new frontier of mobile and contextualized health. Read More...

 
2015 USC CBC VR Hackathon

2015 USC CBC VR Hackathon

As an academic leader in the digital health revolution, the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC), part of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, announced today its first hackathon. "Hacking Virtual Medicine," using Virtual Reality (VR) tools to create a consumer experience evolution in health and medicine. Software and hardware programmers, developers, and designers will join innovative engineers, clinicians, business people, and others for a 2-day marathon brainstorming and building event October 3-4. Read More...

 
Player Leaves Field After Injury

Player Leaves Field After Injury

In the locker rooms across the country, amid the pads, balls and helmets, sports teams are increasingly relying on a new piece of equipment. It's typically about the size of a thin flip phone and is worn in the middle of an athlete's back, usually under a compression shirt. When the biometric sensor starts whirring to life, every athletic movement, every heartbeat and every muscle twitch is converted into numbers, arming teams with more information than ever about an athlete's performance, potential and health. Read More...

 
USC Trojan Family Magazine

USC Trojan Family Magazine

“What if you could monitor everybody all the time from their body computer?” Cardiologist Leslie Saxon poses the question with an air of nonchalance, as if she’s merely asking how your day is going. But the question’s implications—and its answer—are perhaps as far-reaching as anything medical science has ever pondered. Read More...

 
South by Southwest Festival

South by Southwest Festival

Wearables, especially with the new Apple Watch staring us down, are all the rage. But one doctor at South By Southwest this week discussed the next step of implants — and why that technology will benefit us. Read More...

 
Flexible Sensors

Flexible Sensors

You'd be hard-pressed to find a consumer tech company that isn't selling a wearable device, or at least thinking about it. Whether for health or fitness, plenty of people are strapping on sensors to gather data. At South by Southwest this year, Dr. Leslie Saxon, an interventional cardiologist and director of the Center for Body Computing at the University of Southern California spoke about the future of where that biometric data will take us for an IEEE panel. Her vision for it goes beyond a watch or wristband. Read More...

 
Smartphone Biometrics

Smartphone Biometrics

Sensors like those used for Apple's Touch ID, and the heart rate monitor in Samsung's newer Galaxy devices, have helped change the way users interact with their smartphones, but experts say sensors combined with big data stands to change a lot more - including the entire healthcare industry. Read More...

 
Biogram Mobile App

Biogram Mobile App

Dental student Katie Schwarts has an irregular heartbeat. She used to get regular electrocardiograms. Now she uses her phone to record one and emails it to her doctor. If it feels out of sync, a free app along with a miniature AliveCor monitor lets her check the status of her heart. Now the creators of the app have teamed up with USC cardiologist Leslie Saxon and her colleagues to create the first mobile app that allows users to stamp their heart rate onto a photo that can be shared online. Read More...

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