“Docs write Rx for App to treat visually impaired children. Treatment and app get reimbursed by statutory health insurance.” This digital health vision is becoming true in Germany these days. Originally developed by University of Dresden, the purely Internet-based Caterna Vision Therapy (www.caterna.de) will be reimbursed by BARMER GEK, a nationwide statutory health insurance with 8.65m Germans insured, in partnership with Ocunet, a nationwide association of eye care centers and practices (www.ocunet.de). Starting 1. April 2014, eye specialists can prescribe a Caterna Vision Therapy.
This was actually 3D printed by a 15 year old boy named Suman Mulumudi, from Snohomish, Wa. It is a 3d printed iphone case which can be used as a stethoscope. The way the case is made, it sends the heart beat sound up to the microphone of the phone and records the sound waves in an app.
“People have tried to put the microphone over the chest, but that doesn’t work,” said Mulumudi “Interestingly enough, that’s how the first stethoscope was invented.” Before 1816, he explained, doctors used
Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.
With a new smartphone device, you can now take an accurate iPhone camera selfie that could save your life – it reads your cholesterol level in about a minute. Forget those clumsy, complicated, home cholesterol-testing devices.
I find Life Saving Selfies quite a neat marketing line for digital health. The technology is getting more and more populized. The moment that mhealth provides clinical effectiveness evidence, we will see some really interesting tranformations of the healthcare system.
Mechanically, this prototype scanner is very similar to the first generation of CT scanners, and it’s almost entirely laser cut. An object is placed on a moving table that goes through the center of a rotating ring. Inside the ring there’s a very low intensity x-ray source, and on the other side a detector. An Arduino Uno with a custom shield controls four stepper motors and interfaces with the detector.
Wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist or clipped to your belt is so 2013. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring.
BITalino wants to do for the body what Arduino did for electronics. The kit, which costs €149 (£125), includes a set of physiological sensors that can easily detect bio-signals, and software that enables the user to visualise and record data.
Take your Rasperry-Pi board of 34$ insert a formated SD and plug a computer, a mouse and a Keyboard plus power supply. Select you open source OS and start. The e-Sensor shield will allow to transform it into a telemedicine sensor. http://readwr.it/t1PV .
The next war among smartphone makers will most likely be around health measurement, and the Wello is an iPhone accessory that recognizes that and wants to capitalize early. It offers iPhone users a heart rate monitor on their device, just like Samsung has built into the Galaxy S5, but it also offers up a lot more besides, including sensors to measure your ECG, blood pressure, blood oxygen, temperature, and more.
Kiwi Move is a daring pioneer in the consumer-grade wearable technology space. It's a small (1.6 by 1.2 inches) computer that can track all facets of your life, automate appliances in your home, and collect other data, if you (or a kindly app developer) can program it to do so. It could be a fitness tracker, but it's more than that. And it's kind of like a smartwatch, but much smarter.
With a microphone and motion technology, Kiwi Move can respond to voice commands and gestures. With these prompts, you can set up automations of "if this, then that" variety, such as, "If I draw a circle in the air [while wearing Kiwi Move on my wrist], then turn on the microphone, listen to the song that's playing, launch the Shazam mobile app on my phone, and tell me the name of the song. Oh, and while you're at it, add the song to my playlist."
In our continuing look at applications for iBeacon, we're honing in on specific industries that have great opportunities to implement the technology for multiple uses.
I think that it could provide support for automatic collection of re-admissions. Instead of going back to all the paper-work to sort something like that out, it could make hot spotting more easy to implement.
It’s expected that 2014 is when we will start to see wearables really gaining traction. Analysts are expecting to see the global annual wearable device unit shipments next year to cross the 100 million milestone, with 300 million units five years from now.
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