A ROBOTIC “pharmacy kiosk” that aims to provide a revolution in medicine access in rural areas across Scotland is being launched today.
The kiosk, being trialled in Aberdeenshire, will allow the user to speak remotely to a pharmacist via a webcam – and then safely and securely access either dispensed or recommended over-the-counter medicines near their home.
"The result is that a DNA sequence can be made in the form of a clam, for example, and containing a drug. The DNA molecule, however, contains a code activated upon encountering certain materials in the body. For example, the clam can be designed to change its shape and release the drug only when it meets a cancer cell or the right tissue.
Whilst 54% of clinicians polled in a recent survey believed that provider resistance to changing how they practiced medicine would be a major obstacle for telemedicine, a mere 22 percent said the same thing about patients, indicating an awareness that consumer demand for increased care access and a more connected ecosystem is significantly higher than provider willingness to commit.
"We are all dissatisfied with an unhealthy health care system in a rapidly changing world. Empowering patients and doctors ensures they can work together. New technologies and tests are not solutions, they’re just tools. If patients and doctors don’t stand up for themselves, other stakeholders (e.g. hospitals, insurers, industry)may unwittingly make things worse.
Thoughtful, vocal patients, caregivers and doctors should stand together. Even when we disagree, we can respect our differences while working toward solutions, both in clinic and for the health care system.
We both have a lot to bring to the table. Empowered patients are better able to collaborate. Empowered doctors are more able to adapt to each patients needs and communicate well to build trust. We need each other. And if we support each other, the entire health care system will be the better for it."
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A new electrophysiological sensor developed at North Carolina State University is as accurate as the 'wet electrode' sensors used in hospitals for EKGs and EMGs, but can be used for long-term monitoring and is more accurate than existing sensors when a patient is moving.
3D printing will have a transformative and revolutionary impact on the medical industry. We have already witnessed huge leaps in prosthetics and bioprinting, but the next few years will reveal the true power of 3D printing.
Someday, treating patients with nanorobots could become standard practice to deliver medicine specifically to parts of the body affected by disease. But merely injecting drug-loaded nanoparticles might not always be enough to get them where they need to go.
Now scientists are reporting in the ACS journal Nano Letters ("Undulatory Locomotion of Magnetic Multilink Nanoswimmers") the development of new nanoswimmers that can move easily through body fluids to their targets.
The article cites the example of the popular Withings suite of health peripherals:
Previously, patients using a Withings blood pressure monitor had to print out monitor data for the doctors to review. But now, the Withings’ devices automatically transmit information through HealthKit to the EHR portal.
That means health CIOs no longer need to build custom software to facilitate the exchange. The device and EHR software makers work directly with HealthKit, so the vendors — not CIOs — are responsible for ensuring connectivity when devices and software are upgraded.
Boston Children's Hospital's ambitious programs to integrate 3D printing technology into medical care with the aim of avoiding surgical complications, reducing the length of operations, and ultimately cutting costs.
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