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Mobile Health App Investments, Controlling Dreams With Remee: This Week in Healthcare Scene

Posted on June 24, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

While it was quiet around Healthcare Scene this week, there were still some great posts on a few of the websites. Be sure to check these articles out:

EMR and EHR

VC Firms Eyeing Mobile Health App Investments

It’s no secret that the Mobile Health App industry has taken off lately. Because of this, VC firms are more interested in investing in these companies. Anne Zeiger predicts there will be a handful of investments in the industry in the coming future. This post talks about different mobile health apps being created, and where the industry seems to be headed.

“Non Structured Data Is More Valuable to Practitioners Than Discrete Research Oriented Data” 

The title of this post was inspired by a comment on John’s recent post on the EHR Bubble. Here, John discusses the advantages of non-structured data for a physician. Does non-structured data help improve the quality of care? Join the debate over at EMR and EHR this week.

Smart Phone Health Care

Control Your Dreams With the Remee Sleep Mask

If you’re like me, I’ve always wished I could dictate what I was going to dream about. The latest product from Bitbanger Labs claims to do just that. The “Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask”, with practice, apparently gives the user the ability to control their dreams. The mask brings you into the “lucid dreaming” stage, which is a more aware state of dreaming. For only $95, this new product is available for pre-order here.

Go From Couch Potato to Runner with Couch-to-5K App

A program developed a few years ago has been the catalyst behind several mobile apps. The premise behind the program is to get couch potatoes (or just about anyone) running either a 5K or for 30 minutes straight in as little as 9 week. There are a variety of apps available to help wannabe-runners get started. This post gives a general overview of the official C25K app.

Control Your Dreams With the Remee Sleep Mask

Posted on June 22, 2012 I Written By

How many times have you woken up after a good nights rest with the remnants of an amazing dream in your mind?  Your heart aches to go back to sleep for just a few more minutes and enjoy whatever it was that you were dreaming about.  Whether it was flying, memories from your past, or fantasies for your future, it just sucks when it suddenly comes to an end.

While there isn’t much you can do about waking up when your alarm goes off, there is a new device that is designed to help you control your dreams.  The Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask from Bitbanger Labs, looks a lot like your traditional sleeping mask, but it aims to do a lot more than just keep your eyes in the dark.

Lucid dreaming is an interesting skill that the developers claim can be developed over time.  According to their website it is a pretty simple process:

– Put on the mask before you go to sleep.

– The mask senses when you enter REM sleep activating 6 red LEDs in certain patterns.

– This alerts your mind to the fact you are sleeping while not waking you up.

– With practice you can train your mind to dream about whatever you want.

They go into much more detail on their website, but that is the general gist of it.  While it is interesting to think of controlling your dreams in fun ways, it could also serve a practical purpose.  Someone with a difficult problem to solve, or a piece of music they are writing, or any number of other issues may be able to find solutions while their mind is at ease dreaming.

It would be interesting to see how well this device works, and at $95 it really isn’t that unreasonable.  They are currently taking pre-orders, and they should be shipping in August.

I would definitely want to try something like this because I have a whole lot of things that I would love to dream about, and it is always fun to play with a new toy.