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31Jan 2023

Innovations in the Health and Wellness Industry

Technology has been rapidly advancing, and the healthcare industry is no exception. With new innovations being used to improve patient care, enhance medical treatments, and make health care more accessible, this industry has seen a lot of progress over the past few years. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most popular innovations in the health and wellness industry and how they are revolutionizing patient care.

The health and wellness industry is always looking for new ways to improve the lives of people around the world. It requires a unique blend of creativity and tenacity, as every day brings a new set of challenges to tackle in pursuit of healthier lifestyles. From groundbreaking developments such as virtual home gyms to innovative supplements that support healthy diets, this ever-evolving industry continues to surprise us with its cutting-edge advances. Consumers now have more options than ever before to get the overall health benefits they need without having to make drastic lifestyle changes. With such incredible advancements being made each day, it is clear that the future of health and wellness looks bright indeed.

Nutritional Supplements

One of these examples that’s changing the way health an wellness looks for consumers is new technology in nutritional supplements, like these. Nutritional supplements are products that contain one or more dietary ingredients that are intended to supplement an individual’s diet. These products can come in many forms such as pills, powders, drinks, and even food bars. Despite their widespread use, there is still much debate around their effectiveness at providing any real benefits to individuals using them. However, with studies showing that certain supplements can be beneficial for certain conditions or illnesses, nutritional supplements have become a popular choice for many people looking to maintain their health or improve it.

Virtual Home Gyms

Virtual home gyms are becoming increasingly popular, as they allow individuals to work out from the comfort of their own homes. With a variety of different pieces of equipment available, such as Concept2 rowers, shoppers can find the perfect fit for their space and individual needs. Concept2 rowers offer a full-body workout that strengthens and tones muscles while also providing an excellent cardiovascular workout. Not only is this an effective workout, but it’s also a low-impact exercise that helps protect joints and muscles. The combination of improved physical health and the convenience of working out at home makes virtual home gyms an appealing option for many people.

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes or genes associated with diseases. This type of testing can be used to assess risks for inherited diseases or disorders as well as monitor health conditions over time. Genetic testing is becoming increasingly popular due to its ability to provide valuable insight into someone’s personal genetic makeup which can then help determine treatment options or lifestyle choices that can improve their overall health outcomes.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The healthcare industry is rapidly advancing to stay in line with the current technological trends, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning have been making a major impact. With the help of AI & Machine Learning, medical errors are becoming fewer and far between as well as patient outcomes are being improved. The utilization of these technologies in relation to diagnostics, understanding data patterns, tracking medical history, and even role operations such as scheduling appointments has had an immense effect on the clinical field. It enables physicians to provide well-timed treatments for conditions or diseases which ultimately leads to quicker and easier recovery for patients. Overall, the incorporation of AI & Machine Learning into the healthcare industry can be considered a game-changer in terms of how data is collected and analyzed while improving patient outcomes at the same time.

Wearable Technology

Wearable technology refers to any device that you wear on your body for either medical or fitness purposes. This could include fitness trackers like Fitbit, smartwatches like Apple Watch, medical alert devices like Life Alert, and even clothing items with built-in sensors like sports bras with heart rate monitoring capabilities. The advantages of using wearable technology in healthcare settings include improved patient engagement through remote monitoring capabilities as well as better data collection for doctors and patients alike which can then be used to track progress over time more accurately than ever before.

Accelerating the Future

In conclusion, there have been numerous advances in the health and wellness industry over the past few years thanks to various technological advancements ranging from nutritional supplements all the way up to artificial intelligence (AI). Each of these innovations plays an important role in improving patient care while also making it more accessible and cost-effective for patients all around the world. As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace so too will our ability to provide better healthcare services which will ultimately lead us down a path towards better overall outcomes for everyone involved!

1May 2020

The best weather apps

Yesterday, I was reading the news online and saw a weather alert with tornado warnings.  The alert provided a link to another website that supposedly had a radar system to track the weather, but the site wasn’t working.  I then decided to download a weather app on my smartphone so I could track the radar there.  When looking at weather apps, there were a handful to choose from.  They all basically do the same thing, which is, of course, communicating weather conditions.  And they almost always integrate radar technology into the process. 

There are a few apps that are absolutely necessary as tier 1 apps for a phone, and a good weather app is one of them. 

Here is a review of the most popular weather apps

The Weather Channel

Download coast: Free

If free is the name of your game and you’re happy with the basic, utilitarian features of a simple weather app, then The Weather Channel’s free, ad-supported app is for you.  It is supported on Apple and Android devices and does a pretty good job keep users updated through its Doppler radar data. 

Radar Scope

Download cost: $9.99

The name says it all for this one.  Radarscope is all about radar technology.  The entire user experience is focused on the incredibly-detailed radar interface made available in this app.  The radar is optimized for users in North America, so if you’re looking for radar in Europe, maybe you should steer clear of this one.  Otherwise, this tricked-out radar app is a not-to-be-missed addition to your weather toolkit.


Download cost: Free

Another basic, yet robust-enough, weather app serving up daily and multi-day weather forecasts.  It also provides a “MinuteCast” feature which gives localized forecasts for the next two hours.

Dark Sky

Download cost: $3.99

Out of all the apps on this list, Dark Sky is my favorite. And it seems I’m in good company because Apple was impressed enough with Dark Sky to purchase it . . . which presents bad news for Android users because it will no longer be available on Google Play beginning this July. 

Carrot Weather

Download cost: $24.99 annually

Apparently, some people want entertainment and humor served up with their weather forecast.  If this describes you, then you should probably check out Carrot Weather.  The app pulls weather info from Dark Sky and then injects it with sarcastic humor to (according to another reviewer) “cushion even the gloomiest outlook.”

For a weather app, though, it is quite expensive with a $24.99 per year cost.

Mixing old technology with new technology

Humans have had a necessary interest in weather patterns from the dawn of time.  Today we can track weather events with phones.  In days gone by, our ancestors tracked weather by daily observations and measurements using thermometers, weather vanes, precipitation gauges, and barometers.  Like many in his day, Thomas Jefferson recorded weather readings in a weather notebook.  I still think it is a great exercise to keep track of weather readings in a notebook, using the assistance of a smartphone as the tool for taking those measurements.  I use a flexible leather journal book available from retailers like Melaleuca, Barnes and Noble, and Staples.  The Melaleuca reviews for my journal book were solid enough that I went with them.  However, a journal is a journal.  Pages are pages.  Just buy one and enjoy the process of merging old technology (a journal book) with new technology (a weather app).

25Nov 2016

Five apps that make Outlook easier to use

For most us living in a hectic world of enterprise communication, our email client is where we spend most of our workday. It is the application that ties together all the other productivity apps we use on a daily basis. For Microsoft Office 365 users that means Outlook. Outlook is the leader in corporate email communications, as top companies like Melaleuca and others use it to expedite workflow.

While Microsoft has spent a great deal of time and resources trying to improve the Outlook interface, the app could still use some help when it comes to ease-of-use features. Here are five add-ins that could improve your daily interaction with the Outlook email client.

1: Bing Nearby

Whether it’s an onsite meeting with an important client or a lunch meeting with the team, it is important to get there on time. One of the best ways to keep yourself on schedule is to know exactly where you are going. The Bing Nearby app gives you instant access to Bing’s mapping features from within the confines of the Outlook interface.

Just click the Bing Nearby icon while you are composing a new message or creating a meeting on the calendar and you will see a dialog box in the right-hand pane. Type in an address or the name of a restaurant and the app will give you location choices. Click one of those choices and the pertinent location information will be attached to the message or calendar entry automatically.

2: PayPal

In today’s world, sending someone money can be accomplished with just a few clicks on the computer. However, the PayPal add-in for Outlook makes that process even simpler, assuming you have an account. While in Outlook writing a message, merely click the PayPal icon and you’ll be presented with a screen that will allow you to send a PayPal payment. All you need to fill out is the recipient’s address and your account password. Of course, the recipient will also need a PayPal account to collect the payment. The PayPal add-in is free, but depending on how you structured your account there may be a transaction fee attached.

3: DocuSign

Even in the digital age some documents must be signed—there is no way around it. However, with the help of the DocuSign add-in for Outlook, you can “sign” documents electronically without leaving your email client to do it.

The DocuSign add-in will lead you, and all the other signees of a document, through the process, clearly explaining each step along the way. Once the process is complete, the document will be signed just as well as if you had used a ballpoint pen.

The one catch is that DocuSign is not free. Installing the add-in to Outlook does not cost anything, but using it to get documents signed requires a subscription of at least $10/month—more for business uses. However, DocuSign does offer a 30-day free trial so you can check it out beforehand if you want. The expense is likely worth it for lawyers and real estate agents, for example. It may be worth it for your enterprise too.

4: Find Time

One of the more frustrating activities surrounding collaboration in an enterprise is scheduling a meeting time that works for everyone involved. This frustration goes beyond just finding a time when all the participants can attend, according to their Outlook calendars. People tend to have times during a workday when they would prefer to avoid having a meeting, for example. Find Time can help you find a meeting time that works best for all concerned.

Find Time will create a polling email for you to send to all potential meeting attendees. You can propose a meeting time or several times and the attendees can vote on which times they prefer. Find Time will compile the results and determine a time that the majority of attendees prefer. Problem solved and morale boosted.

Find Time was developed by a team at Microsoft and is a free add-in for Outlook. The service does require that you register an account the first time you use it.

5: IXD Secure Mail

Collaboration with team members about a project is all well and good, but sometimes you need to email sensitive documents that should remain confidential between the parties involved. This is where an encryption add-in for Outlook can come in handy.

IXD Secure Mail adds an extra level of encryption to an email and/or attachment to an email all within the Outlook interface. It does this by storing those documents in an encrypted form on a cloud-based server and coordinating access based on the information you provide.

3Nov 2016

Connecting online with offline: tech must-haves in a post-channel world

The retail market has now evolved beyond ‘omnichannel’ and ‘multichannel’. The burgeoning capabilities of API orchestration and its ability to harmonise data from an almost limitless range of sources means that the industry is effectively inhabiting a post-channel world.