Thursday, January 25, 2007

Revolution Health your Personal Health Record Company

Personal Health Records are starting to take off, most will find excuses not to use one, but after you get over entering your information you will be surprised that you ever got along without one. A PHR is place online that you can store all types of health related information. Now some PHR will be offered by your provider which means if you work changes their health insurance copy you loose all your records (Does anyone see a business here). PHR are the thing of 2007 and will, in my opinion be one of the most dominating sector moving forward. A PHR that is not tied to your Health Insurance is the way to go, early adaptors will have no problem signing up and entering all there health related information, other it will take time. Once done you will have it all in one place, prescriptions, health trackers, drug information, etc..
There are a couple of different ways to go. The one that I feel has some great weight behind it and was started by Steve Case (AOL Steve Case) is Revolution Health, the design is well thought out, it is visually appealing and has a ton of money invested. Read Steve's thoughts.
Then you have companies like MediVault which will let you store the information on a Pen Drive, Disk, or something like that, leaving you with your PHR in the palm of your hand, able to bring it with you where ever your travels may take you. The online PHR let you print out sections, history, questions that you might find useful for your doctor to know about. Here is a little excerpt from Revolution Health: your health home page.

We’re creating a resource you can rely on. A place you can go to learn about all of the aspects of your health, from sources you can trust. Of course, we want to be the place you turn to when you have a symptom you are concerned about. But shouldn’t just be a place you visit when you’re sick – we want it to be a place you visit regularly to stay healthy. Indeed, we think there has been too much focus on treating ailments, and not enough focus on prevention and wellness. So you’ll find more than 100 fun, easy to use tools to help you and your family get and stay healthy. (Yes, I said fun – why does health care always have to be so boring?)

But perhaps more than anything else, is a community, where you’ll find support and insight from people who have been where you are. For example, if you or someone in your family is battling cancer, you can connect with others who are living through that experience. You’ll learn what worked—or didn’t work—for them. Or, you can set personal healthy living goals, and we’ll connect you with people like you, who have set similar goals. It’s a unique, dynamic community we’ll all build together.

And From MediVault:
MediVault is preloaded with software which allows for the owner to accurately describe the conditions and symptoms they are feeling. Then they can either print out the file to hand to the doctor or simply hand them MediVault. After the visit the doctor may provide you (the owner) with scans, a report, tests, or prescriptions. Those files are then emailed or faxed, by you or the doctor, to the MediVault facility where they are uploaded to your secure digital patient folder.

Next time you connect your MediVault to a PC or Kiosk location it will automatically connect to your care file and load the latest documents to the portable MediVault drive. When you attend the next doctor’s visit, MediVault will be able to provide all the latest information about your updated plan of care in full or summary format. Taking an active role in your healthcare ensures the best care! MediVault can help make that possible. Doctors agree!

The only thing that I can say is go with it!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Nike Speed + Watch without the iPod

Wow, this could be cool, Nike+ made a mistake by leaking their new watch that links with the footpod or Nike + sensor, opps! This is good because in most races you are not allowed to have iPod or any MP3 player. The site had no price but did give a little info, it takes the data from the sensor and converts it for display on the watch, distance, calories and time. Has the ability to link via USB to a computer. Knowing Nike the watch will deliver great performance, but not sure how they plan to compete with Suunto or Polar USA both who have spent countless hours and millions of dollars to be the leaders in the Sports Watch market.
Special thanks too Travis Hudson, for capturing a screen shot of the watch and posting it. Podophile

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Kinetic by Kurt: One Great Trainer

All companies claim to have the best trainers, so how does one decided? Well you search, test, ask tons of questions, read blogs, reviews and in the end ask avid cyclist which one they use. Now there are many different features one can buy in a trainer, but sometimes the simplest is the best. KINETIC by Kurt is smooth, easy to set up and here is the most important part, does not leak!!! The Road Machine is the one that I have, it is great, almost better than ridding on the road, the 6.25 lb flywheel is tough yet smooth. I was using a IC Elite for a while and I thought that was a great workout, well nothing can prepare you like the KINETIC by Kurt. I am sure others have a great pitch to, but word of mouth and being the first in the business counts for something and in my book it really is the best.
Features include:
-6.25 lb flywheel for realistic coast down
-Powertap calibrated resistance unit
-Sealed fluid chamber with magnetically coupled driveshaft
-Thermodynamically neutral silicone resistance fluid
-Consistent resistance at multiple temperatures
-80 cooling fins to dissipate heat
-Lowest operating temperature of any fluid trainer
-Smooth, quiet resistance from 5-3000 watts
-Approved for tandem use
-Guaranteed not to leak
-2 1/8” roller reduces tire wear
-Unconditional Lifetime Warranty
-Crash replacement policy for a lifetime of use
-Compatible with all bikes with 16" - 29" diameter wheels

Check it out!