The Virtual Care Clinic delivers digital healthcare to patients

first_imgA visit to the doctor often means long waits or stuffy sitting rooms scattered with outdated magazines. In a joint project between Keck School of Medicine of USC, USC’s Center for Body Computing and USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, a team of doctors, researchers and creative directors are working on a new model of healthcare delivery that will redefine how patients receive care.The Virtual Care Clinic is a service-based digital platform that incorporates diverse functions in healthcare delivery, from connecting patients to healthcare professionals to collecting data that can be used to inform future treatments. The VCC is special because it can be accessed anywhere from a user’s mobile device, allowing patients to easily receive attention from their doctors without physically entering a clinic or hospital.Cardiologist Leslie Saxon, executive director for the Center for Body Computing and professor of clinical medicine at Keck Medical School, said that this project is groundbreaking.“I think we’re definitely one of the first digital health entities other than [Massachusetts Institute of Technology], which has quite a different area of focus in digital health,” Saxon said. “I think what’s really unique about ours is this ICT partnership and the creative, virtual human aspect which is very unique to us.“The ICT is a research center specializing in emergent forms of digital technology, including artificial intelligence, computer graphics and immersive techniques such as virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality.Clarke Lethin, managing director of the ICT, said that government agencies are important for ICT.“The research is funded by a number of government agencies looking at how do we take digital technologies and leverage those digital technologies for learning, education, training and behavior modification,” Lethin said.Technology and research from the ICT is being applied to the VCC in an effort to creatively enhance user experience where other digital platforms may fall short. The VCC incorporates digital avatars of healthcare professionals that stand in for their human counterparts in basic check-ins and health instruction.Prototypes for these digital avatars include a full computer-generated representation of Saxon, which is capable of presenting general instructions and asking simple questions. This technology allows the world of healthcare to go digital while preserving some of the warmth of the patient-doctor relationship.“The institute has extensive research in not only creating these virtual humans,” Lethin said. “We also study the impact on the user and how well the user is relating to that virtual human as being something real, embodied, having emotions, delivering the content in such a way that’s meaningful.”The research has uncovered that users become more likely to divulge information when they believe it is anonymous, making the platform potentially useful for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety disorders.“We have to create that killer healthcare product that really resonates with people,” Saxon said.The team has high ambitions for the VCC, wanting it to be more than a service but a model for global health efforts that will impact the entire world.The VCC has potential to solve complications in healthcare delivery. Physicians will spend less time answering mundane questions and collecting data for compliance and more time on the complicated care, which will increase quality. Simultaneously, the patients will receive increased contact and personalized care from their doctors.“Between Leslie’s work and position at Keck Medical and the Center for Body Computing, all part of USC, ICT interfaces with Viterbi, with Annenberg, with Marshall, with Roski, [and has] a strong affiliation with the School of Cinema,” Lethin said. “It’s a multidisciplined approach to a very complex problem, and USC is sitting on that cusp of being able to leverage all of that talent and all of those schools to really solve a difficult problem.”last_img read more

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan nominated for top UAE award

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan is the huge favourite to win this season’s Arabian Gulf League Foreign Player of the Year.The 28-year-old faces stern tests from last season’s winner Brazilian Grafite and two other Al Ahli players Hugo Viana (Portugal) and Ciel (Brazil).The ten-man shortlist includes three other Africans; Senegalese Makhete Diop (Al Dhafra), Al Jazira’s Abdelaziz Barrada who hails from Morocco and Simon Feindouno of Guinea.But Gyan’s incredible scoring form makes him the overwhelming favourite to win the coveted award.The Al Ain ace has scored 28 goals in 25 league appearances and set to win the top scorer award for the third consecutive time.His fiercest challenger is Grafite who has raked in 19 goals in 24 appearances. Arabian Gulf League Foreign Player of the Year nominees:Hugo Viana (Al Ahli)Ciel (Al Ahli)Grafite (Al Ahli)Simon Feindouno (Ajman) Abdelaziz Barrada (Al Jazira)Luiz Henrique (Al Shabab)Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain)Sebastian Tagliabue (Al Wahda)Makhete Diop (Al Dhafra) Kim Jung-woo (Sharjah)last_img read more

Colts GM raves about Jacoby Brissett: ‘He hasn’t flinched’

first_imgSimply put, he’s made general manager Chris Ballard look wise for not only trading for him in 2017, but for moving forward with him as the starter this season.“Look: Jacoby, he’s the same guy he was since the first day we traded for him,” Ballard told in an interview discussing the first quarter of the season. “Somebody asked me a question today in my office about Jacoby and his leadership, and I said, ‘Look, what makes him really special is he’s authentic, he’s real and he’s the same guy every day — and he’s been that way since the day he walked in this building.’ He prepares — he’s always prepared like the starter.” If you’re one of the many who buried the Colts’ season after Andrew Luck’s unexpected retirement, shame on you.Jacoby Brissett has led Indianapolis to a four-way tie in the AFC South at 2-2 and has 10 touchdowns (tied for the league lead with Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson) to just two interceptions. Josh Allen injury update: Bills QB progressing well, but remains in concussion protocol Kirk Cousins apologizes to wideout Adam Thielen after Week 4 misfires Saquon Barkley injury update: Giants won’t rule out Week 5 return for running back Win over Falcons in the home opener? ✔️That’s a happy quarterback. Pretty good day at the office for @JBrissett12.— Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) September 22, 2019Brissett is the only quarterback in the league with multiple touchdown passes in each game. But it’s not his numbers that seem to impress Ballard most — it’s his poise.“I remember saying this during Andrew’s (Luck’s) press conference when he retired that, look, Jacoby won’t flinch,” he said. “And he hasn’t flinched. He’s played really good football — he’s played winning football for us each and every week.”Brissett will have face arguably his toughest challenge of the season thus far in Week 5 as he tries to keep up with Mahomes and the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium. Related Newslast_img read more

Lizzie, 10, and dad Craig are PING Family champions

first_img Tags: Family, Fourball Betterball, PING Golf mad 10-year-old Lizzie Wilson and her dad, Craig, are the new PING Family Fourball Betterball champions.The Nottinghamshire pair teamed up to score 45 points over the Thonock Park course at PING’s Gainsborough Golf Club and took the title by the slender margin of one point.“I played best!” laughed Lizzie, who has cut her handicap by 11 shots this season and now plays off 24. “I’ve had great fun playing with my dad and our playing partners were very nice. I’ve made some new friends and it’s been a great experience.”Craig added: “It’s been a fantastic day.” They took on the challenge of related pairs from across the country, who flock to play in this popular competition run by England Golf.Last year Craig and his wife, Claire, took part for the first time and this year they decided to include Lizzie, who has been playing since she was eight.“My wife and I played last year and it was a fantastically organised day. This year we thought that Lizzie could play and I got lucky she was paired with me! It’s been a great day,” said Craig, a 13-handicapper.Claire, who plays off 12, played in the competition with her dad, Michael Marriott, and has already staked a claim to be Lizzie’s partner in 2019!The whole family are members at Norwood Park Golf Centre, where Lizzie has been encouraged by the junior development programme.She’s also been inspired by attending the Women’s British Open; and enthused by receiving a bag of junior clubs through the Bags4Birdies initiative run by PING and UPS. Every birdie scored in Majors in one year by Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen saw a bag of clubs given to a new young player.“That was very exciting for her and now Lizzie is doing better than the rest of the family!” said Craig. She’s won a county U18 handicap competition and she’s had an outing with the Nottinghamshire second team – and her next big date is on Tuesday when she tees up in the PING women’s fourball betterball Grand Final with Madeleine Smith, who was co-runner-up today.Lizzie sums up why she enjoys golf: “I love how you get to make new friends. But basically I just love playing the shots. I just love it!”And it won’t be long before the Wilsons are joined by their other daughter. Holly, seven, has also taken up golf and was thrilled when the family spectated at the Women’s British Open and she got Georgia Hall’s signed ball after the third round. “Since then she just wants to play golf,” said Craig. “I think I’m going to be a caddie or a taxi service!”The runners-up were Madeleine and Ian Smith, also from Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire, who scored 44 points, pipping Linda and Peter Spencer of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, on countback. Third place, again on countback, went to Alison and Robert Horak of Ullesthorpe Court, Leicestershire, on 43 points, ahead of Jane and Steve Ackling of Wollaton Park, Nottinghamshire. Debra and Glenn Wright of Millfield, Lincolnshire, took sixth prize on 42 points, on countback from two other pairs.Click here for full scoresImage copyright Leaderboard Photography 2 Sep 2018 Lizzie, 10, and dad Craig are PING Family champions last_img read more