What Is IFTTT and How Can it Improve Your Digital Life?

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What is IFTTT?

IFTTT or “If This Then That” is a web service that launched in 2010 and has the slogan “Put the Internet to work for you”. The idea is that you use IFTTT to automate everything from your favorite apps and websites to app-enabled accessories and smart devices. It’s an automation that will enable you to connect two services so that, when something happens with one service, a trigger goes off and an action takes place automatically on the other. If something happens, Then perform an action.

It’s really easy! Here are some typical examples of something you can have IFTTT set up to do:

  • If you own the Philips Hue smart lighting system you could use IFTTT to automatically turn on a light every time you’re tagged in a Facebook photo.
  • If you like a photo on Instagram, a picture of that photograph will be saved in a folder on your Dropbox.
  • You could use IFTTT to automatically email readers when they comment on your WordPress blog.

It works like this: users are guided through a process to make simple combinations (also called “recipes”) where some type of event in one device or service automatically triggers an action in another. The best part about this website is that it is free to use and has a ton of popular web apps that you can set to trigger and perform an action. IFTTT currently supports more than 110 services including Android devices and Apple iOS apps, as well as websites like Facebook, Dropbox, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Etsy, Feedly, Foursquare, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, WordPress, YouTube, and more.

How does IFTTT work?

Sign up for an account on the IFTTT website. It’s a one-step process that only requires an email, username, and password. Once finished, you will see that IFTTT has automatically created a recipe for you (this recipe will send a recommended recipe to your email inbox every day). From here, IFTTT should show your dashboard. On the dashboard, there is a brief explanation of how IFTTT and recipes work. The “This” in “If This, Then That” stands for a trigger, while the “That” stands for an action. These two linked events create an IFTTT recipe. Thus, referencing the Philips Hue example mentioned earlier, the trigger could be a Facebook photo tag and the action would be the Philips Hue light turning on. Also on the dashboard, you will see links to create custom recipes or browse (and then use) recipes already created by other IFTTT users. You can also share recipes and save recipes to a favorite section on your dashboard. If you’ve added a recipe to your dashboard, you will have options to turn off, delete, and edit that recipe.

 

And that’s it. You’re now a beginner IFTTT user and recipe creator so go have fun exploring the countless ways to automate and simplify your life. It’s only a matter of time before you become an expert. If you’re interested you can on https://ifttt.com/ for more information.

 

References

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/130082-ifttt-explained-how-does-it-work-and-what-are-the-new-do-apps

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/tech/web/what-is-ifttt-and-how-can-it-improve-your-digital-life?page=1

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-ultimate-ifttt-guide-use-the-webs-most-powerful-tool-like-a-pro/

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Technology is transforming health

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In the computer world in which we live today, patients are using technology to address their healthcare needs in ways that we have never seen before: they are researching potential treatment options online, proactively following up about test results and directly participating in care decisions using patient portals, and researching over-the-counter and nontraditional remedies on their own through internet surfing. Over the next year, this increased patient engagement facilitated by technology will continue to change the ways patients and providers interact. And there’s no doubt that this change will enhance patient care for the better.

Here are few tech startups that are changing healthcare. Their products range from apps and social networks to robots and complex simulators. But they all share a common goal: to leverage new technology to fix an old industry.

Smart pill bottles
Taking medicine at the right time and on the right day could mean the difference between life and death. AdhereTech has created a smart pill bottle that send real-time alerts to secure online servers and users. When someone is supposed to take his or her medicine the bottle glows blue and if it isn’t opened, it turns red and begins to beep. AdhereTech’s system also sends reminders via text messages or phone calls.

Wearable fall protection
ActiveProtective has created smart underwear that contains 3D motion sensors that detect falls. If someone’s activity deviates from the norm, indicating a fall, a micro-airbag deploys from the underwear to protect the wearer from injury. The garment can also call for help.

Understandable communication
Many patient don’t properly understand their medication instructions, even when they are as simple as “take one pill every four hours.” That’s the startling fact that led a team of doctors and techies to found Telesofia, a startup that enables doctors to provide personalized instructions to patients in easy-to-understand videos. The videos, which can be pushed to any device, use illustrations and everyday language to make sure that doctors’ orders turn into action at home.

Videoconferencing
iCouch uses videoconferencing to connect mental health professionals to patients. The entire interaction, from booking to payment, occurs online which means that mental health professionals can reach patients anywhere in the world. The ease of use, and the fact that you don’t even have to get off your couch, eliminates obstacles that prevent some people from getting needed treatment.

A Platform
Patients Know Best is a platform that keeps medical records in the cloud and in the control of patients. It enables patients to show doctors their complete medical history and, as a result, promotes personally tailored care.

 

I like the fact that technology is being used to help people and try to makea difference in the healthcare industry. I think some products and services of these start-ups can become a part of our daily lives. What do you think about these startups? Do you think patient will get better and faster help with the use of technology? Or is this just a technological trend that patient won’t use?

 

References
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ilyapozin/2014/06/01/10-health-tech-companies-changing-the-world/#3058ba7c740c

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/blog/using-technology-engage-patients

http://mhealthintelligence.com/news/what-healthcare-technologies-improve-patient-engagement

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/slideshows/8-health-technologies-to-watch-for

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