App matches consumers with businesses that hold the same values
Glia enables consumers to discover the values of local businesses — empowering them to spend their dollars at places that are compatible with their own beliefs.
Faced with so much choice, consumers are increasingly looking to associate themselves with brands that maintain ethical practices. We have already seen platforms such as Slavery Footprint and aVOID, which help consumers stay away from products associated with forced or child labour. Now, the new Glia app is taking into account a consumer’s full range of social, political and economic values — enabling them to differentiate between the businesses that support those beliefs and those which work against them.
Platform lets patients contribute to their own medical records
OurNotes, part of the OpenNotes initiative, will enable patients to access and contribute to their own electronic medical records.
Those with complex medical conditions often rely heavily on their own ability to communicate their symptoms in short — and sometimes stressful — healthcare visits. We have recently seen Ginger.io, a smartphone app which uses big data to improve communication between patients and clinicians in between visits, and nowOurNotes is a Commonwealth grant funded program that will enable patients to contribute to their own electronic medical records.