Hacking technology to provide low cost tools for people with disabilities: The Eyewriter. The EyeWriter Initiative is an ongoing collaborative research effort to empower people who are suffering from ALS with creative technologies via low-cost eye-tracking apparatus & custom software to draw using only their eyes.” The important thing here is that technology to support people with disabilities is being created by small firms like this … Continue reading

External link to Study: Half of Infection Deaths Linked Directly to Hospital Care.

Study: Half of Infection Deaths Linked Directly to Hospital Care.

Sepsis and pneumonia, two infections that can often be prevented with tight infection control practices in hospitals, killed 48,000 patients and added $8.1 billion to heath care costs in 2006 alone, according to a study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.The news, principal investigator Ramanan Laxminarayan tells the Health Blog, is that the study for the first time links about half of all infection deaths … Continue reading Study: Half of Infection Deaths Linked Directly to Hospital Care.

I’m here in Cape Town, South Africa for Design Indaba. The speakers all went on a little sunset cruise down to the cape last night. It’s the tip of the earth…so beautiful. Afterwards, Michael Beirut, Bill Drenttel (who runs Winterhouse and Design Observer), and I went for sushi. Damn good times… Here’s a photo from the boat. Prior to leaving NYC, I had to make a … Continue reading

I’m off to South Africa to Design Indaba. I’m potentially speaking. If not this year, next year. I’ve never been to South Africa. I’ll be speaking (if I do) about Designing Health and how other countries can leapfrog the problems we face in the US due to our political and historical issues. South Africa is in quite a rough situation due to the HIV epidemic … Continue reading