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In Ten Years, You Won’t Even Know You’re Wearing Them

In Ten Years, You Won’t Even Know You’re Wearing Them | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it

Roozbeh Ghaffari won’t let me take a picture of the thin, rectangular piece of silicone he just handed me. It’s about the size of two postage stamps, and, as you’d expect, it feels rubbery and folds freely. Shiny thin wires show through their transparent packaging. They slither through the silicone like a exuberant dragon dancers in a Chinese New Year parade. As I thumb the device, I worry I’m going to kink one of the delicate-looking metallic threads. Don’t worry, Ghaffari assures me. “You can bend it in half.”

The device is a sensor, and it represents some of the core technology of MC10, a startup that makes flexible electronics. Ghaffari, cofounder and director of advanced technology at the company, isn’t at liberty to tell me what, exactly, it senses. It could be temperature, muscle activity, or heart rate.

A prototype of MC10's BioStamp senses temperature, heart rate, and other vital signs.

The sensor’s counterpart is another rectangle of silicone. This one encases more traditional semiconductor chips, each about half the size of your pinky nail. Rather than being soldered to a brittle green board that’s etched with interconnects, the chips are linked by what appear to be the same wavy, bendable wires. It’s not as flexible as the passive sensor because of the chips, but it’s still supple enough to bend around my finger. It’s the brains of the system, Ghaffari tells me. It receives data from the sensor and then processes, stores, and passes on that information.

Ghaffari and I are sitting inside a brick-walled, light-filled conference room at MC10’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A pleasant breeze whispers through the open windows, which look down on the packed parking lot one story below. Outside the conference room, the open office is similarly stuffed. People are buzzing about, stepping over and past other researchers and programmers hunched over their crowded desks. MC10 only makes one product that you can buy right now—a thin cap worn by football players under their helmets to alert them to potentially dangerous blows—but you get the sense that’s about to change.

Wearable sensors, like the kind that MC10 and other companies make, will take computing to its next frontier—our bodies. Until recently, big-name technology companies were content to fight for space on our desks, our laps, or in our pockets. But as each of those becomes increasingly saturated, they’ve started to turn their attention to our wrists, fingers, and faces. The technology is ripe and some of the apps have already been written. All that’s needed is a reason to buy.

Companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google are clearly hoping that health monitoring is what turns the wearable market into the next billion-dollar opportunity. It’s a road that’s been partially paved by Fitbit and Jawbone, two companies that make simple fitness trackers. They hang off our wrists or around our necks, recording things like footsteps and heart rate. The big players in mobile are muscling in on the market, having recently announced apps, prototypes, or both.

But each of those forays is a tentative toe in the water. The devices available now, and to be announced in the coming months, are just the tip of the iceberg. They’re simple and unsophisticated, like early cell phones. In the coming years, wearable health sensors will grow more capable, and they’ll likely become integrated into our daily lives. Yet the challenges they face are far more complex than those required by other revolutionary devices like smartphones, and the regulatory hurdles are far higher. That means the golden age of wearable health sensors isn’t upon us, but it will be soon. Here’s a look at how we got here—and where we’re going.

No Longer a Novelty

In the late-1990s, John Rogers, now a materials scientist at the University of Illinois, was playing around with new ways of making electronics from unusual materials at Bell Labs. He and his colleagues were working on circuits made from organic materials printed on bendable sheets of plastic. One of their projects involved making flexible displays that could curl like paper. While the work was “exploratory” with no defined product, Rogers says, “we thought that was a cool vision for a class of consumer electronics device.”

Flexible displays didn’t move much beyond concept phones and prototypes, but Rogers remained captivated by the idea of flexible electronics. In 2003, he left Bell Labs for Illinois and started his own research lab. “When I finished up in Bell Labs and made the transition back to academics, I decided that kind of form factor was interesting, but maybe something beyond flexible would be even more compelling,” Rogers says. What really interested him, he adds, was “going from flexible—things that bend like paper or plastic—to something that could not only bend but also stretch like a rubber band.”

A flexible display concept

Rogers also wanted to ditch the polymer semiconductors that drove the backplane of Bell Labs’ bendable displays. Their performance was lackluster. Instead, he wanted to make flexible materials that “could potentially support very sophisticated function in electronics—not just an active-matrix backplane, but maybe a real radio or microprocessor,” he recalls.

What, exactly, they would use them for, no one really knew at first.

Rogers’s lab zeroed in on silicon, a well-understood semiconductor that he knew would offer the performance he desired. But traditional silicon doesn’t bend easily. So Rogers’s lab layered single-crystal silicon just a few hundred nanometers thick onto a rubbery substrate. It was thin enough that it wouldn’t break when bent. The next step—stretchability—required some more clever engineering. Rather than alter the silicon substantially, they pulled the rubbery substrate taut before affixing the silicon; releasing the tension caused the silicon to collapse like an accordion, but not break. The result was a device that was both flexible and stretchable, yet it still had retained silicon’s computational potential. But what, exactly, they would use them for, no one really knew at first.

“What I think qualitatively changed for us is that, as we began to give seminars on our work at various universities, various conferences, I began to notice a lot of interest from the medical community,” Roger says. Rather than just building supple gadgets, he and his lab started to think about how computers could interface with the human body. “From that point, the research took on a different tone.”

After that, things started to fall in place quickly, and within five years of moving to the University of Illinois, Rogers was ready to test some of his discoveries in the real world. He asked George Whitesides, his postdoc advisor at Harvard with experience founding companies, for some introductions. Shortly thereafter, MC10 was born.

Quick to Market

The path MC10 has taken is emblematic of the industry as a whole. Their first product is a device called the Checklight. It’s a skull-cap worn under the helmet of athletes in contact sports such as football. There’s a light that sits on the nape of the neck that glows red when a potentially harmful blow strikes the player’s head. It’s relatively simple, and, more important, it’s not regulated by the FDA. That means MC10 could get it to the market quickly while they were getting their other devices approved.

MC10's technology is behind Reebok's Checklight, which alerts athletes to when they've received a potentially dangerous blow to the head.

Many of the other devices sold today are also unregulated by the FDA. That means they can’t make any specific claims related to the device’s function. For example, the red light on the Checklight doesn’t necessarily mean a player has a concussion, just that they should probably take it easy and maybe see a doctor. Other sensors like the Fitbit or older devices like Polar heart monitors also operate in this unregulated space. They give people raw numbers like heart rate, blood oxygen level, or steps taken and leave the medical conclusions to the user.

“Without concrete conclusions, eventually people will get tired of these.”

“That’s a limited set of data,” says Ida Sim, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “That data is really being used for wellness and fitness, which really doesn’t address the bulk of the market, the bulk of people. The value of that data for clinical care is not that high.”

Many companies remain hesitant to draw medical conclusions, though, because it means going through the FDA approval process, just like any other new medical device. Depending on the claims being made, that process can be take anywhere from two to ten years or more.

Given the potential in healthcare, though, companies making wearable sensors will probably be pushed in that direction, says Daniel Oliver, a Blavatnik Fellow at Harvard University who is also working on wearable technology to monitor head impacts. “Eventually people will get tired of these if there’s not concrete conclusions being drawn from whatever sensor you’re wearing.”

Off-the-Shelf

Sophisticated sensors like the type I saw at MC10 may be several years from the market, but many scientists are already using off-the-shelf components to monitor our bodies. Harrison Hall is one of them. A PhD student at Dartmouth College, he’s working on a body-scale sensor network to detect and measure epileptic seizures. With enough data, he hopes that we’ll be able to better understand the different types of seizures, maybe even to the point of predict an impending episode.

Decades of research have shown that certain kinds of seizures cause a drop in blood oxygen levels, and Hall hopes to build on that work by taking more continuous measurements across a broader population. Typically, he says, blood oxygen levels are spot checked. “There’s no continuity, and they don’t really take into account what was immediately happening before or post. You lose a lot of information there.” Currently, Hall is testing various sensors, including accelerometers and pulse oximeters, both of which are inexpensive and readily available. Accelerometers would help detect the onset of a seizure, and the pulse oximeters would measurehow the person’s oxygen levels change before, during, and after the event.

A basic pulse oximeter

As his data set grows, Hall hopes to apply machine learning algorithms that will train themselves to pick up on differences between seizures. They could help make some useful generalizations about epilepsy in general. But even if that’s not possible—there are many different forms of the neurological disorder—the algorithms can still draw conclusions about an individual. It could allow for treatments that are tailored more carefully to a person’s specific form of epilepsy.

Hall’s monitor is still years away from widespread availability, but others are already making use of sensors that most of us carry every day. Anmol Madan became interested in what our smartphones can say about ourselves when he was a graduate student at MIT’s Media Lab. “There’s about 5 billion phones on the planet,” Madan says. “It turns out your phone is the ultimate wearable because people are always carrying them, charging them, uploading the data, and all the other things we expect people to do with wearable devices and sensors.”

That got Madan thinking. For many of us, phones are a portal into our world. They see who we interact with and how. They know when we wake up in the morning and when we go to bed at night. And because they’re in our pockets or purses for so much of the day, they can tell how often we move and where we go. That data can paint an incredibly intimate portrait of our lives and, by extension, our well-being.

Madan began playing with different models of human interaction, and he soon realized that with the right observations, he could tell if a person with a history of depression was suffering from an episode. They tended not to communicate with friends and family as frequently, nor did they leave the house as often or move about their home as much.

So Madan devised software that gathers messages, phone records, GPS locations—even accelerometer data—and runs it through a machine-learning model to determine when a person is symptomatic. The software runs in the background on someone’s phone and sends data off to a server where the algorithms reside. If the algorithms suspect a person is suffering a depressive episode, his company,Ginger.io, fires off a notification to a specified person, whether that be a nurse, friend, or family member. The hope is that if those people can intervene at the right time, Madan says, it could prevent the episode from worsening.

Up in the Air

Wearable sensors and the services they power are arriving at a critical time in healthcare, especially in the United States, where the Affordable Care Act is changing how doctors are being reimbursed. The idea is that doctors shouldn’t get paid based on how many visits they squeeze in or how many tests they run, but how well their patients do. “Part of the reason why mobile is interesting is because it intersects the healthcare system at a time of rapid changes and fundamental changes in reimbursements,” says Sim, the UCSF doctor. “Everything is up in the air right now.”

Wearable technology could facilitate that transition, allowing patient outcomes to be tracked over time, efficiently and without frequent, costly follow-up visits with a doctor or nurse. That could help reign in healthcare costs, or at least blunt its seemingly inexorable rise.

Others are hoping that wearables could help us manage chronic illnesses that are prevalent in an aging population. “Patients are spending less and less time with doctors. Diseases that we cannot manage are usually diseases that are chronic and slowly or rapidly degenerative, but diseases that are changing. They’re not static,” says Vicki Sato, a professor at the Harvard Business School and advisor to Ginger.io. “As the medical need continues to increase in areas like that, but our patient-physician interface time decreases—we’re going to have to fill that gap somehow or quality of care will certainly diminish.”

Wearable health sensors could provide unobtrusive, continuous monitoring and alert doctors to when a patient's vital signs change.

Whether wearables succeed in making us healthier—and keeping us that way—could depend on how the data is used. Today, information generated by wearable sensors is treated as a competitive advantage by companies. “I really think data is the valuable commodity for a company like Fitbit,” says Oliver, the Blavatnik Fellow. Sensor companies retain massive data sets so they can refine their product and algorithms. Sharing that data with other companies could cost them their competitive advantage. “I can’t ever really imagine them just opening their data up,” Oliver says.

“Mobile is new. There’s no legacy systems, no dominant players.”

But such proprietary approaches could limit how extensively wearables impact healthcare, Sim says. Just look at electronic health records. “In electronic health records, it’s very siloed,” she says. Dominant players hold data very close to their chests. “You can’t share data. We spend billions of dollars trying to get data and share data. It’s just the wrong approach. And yet mobile is new. There’s no legacy systems, no dominant players, even now.”

That’s why Sim helped found Open mHealth, a set of open standards that allows any doctor, patient, or researcher to read data from any device. The goal, she says, is to “break down silos so that data can flow much more freely across different apps and differently solutions.” (Patients, she emphasizes, still have ultimate control over which data is shared with whom.) Sim likens it to TCP/IP, the standards that govern how data flows across the internet and that have enabled its exponential growth over the last several decades.

Market forces outside companies’ control may force some degree of standardization between devices and services. Early health and wellness programs used to issue specific fitness trackers to participants to ensure consistent data, says Greg Norman, a senior research scientist at American Specialty Health, a wellness program company. “Now there’s this whole movement called ‘bring your own device,’ ” he says, which greatly complicates matters. Not only is the data not shareable, it’s not always consistent from one device to another. “You hope that eventually there will be some standards and metrics.”

The tension between proprietary control and open sharing may ultimately dictate the role wearables play in our health and well-being. Closed systems may help drive development early on, but once the market matures, flexibility may win out. “The healthcare industry can’t ignore it, this idea of owning your data, having access to your data, determining who sees your data,” Norman says. “At some point, there has to be consolidation and agreement.” By then, wearables may be so pervasive and inconspicuous that we may not even notice we’re wearing them.


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MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.

For Jerry Berrier, 62, who was born blind, the promise of the FingerReader is its portability and offer of real-time functionality at school, a doctor’s office and restaurants.

‘‘When I go to the doctor’s office, there may be forms that I wanna read before I sign them,’’ Berrier said.

He said there are other optical character recognition devices on the market for those with vision impairments, but none that he knows of that will read in real time.

Berrier manages training and evaluation for a federal program that distributes technology to low-income people in Massachusetts and Rhode Island who have lost their sight and hearing. He works from the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts.

‘‘Everywhere we go, for folks who are sighted, there are things that inform us about the products that we are about to interact with. I wanna be able to interact with those same products, regardless of how I have to do it,’’ Berrier said.

Pattie Maes, an MIT professor who founded and leads the Fluid Interfaces research group developing the prototype, says the FingerReader is like ‘‘reading with the tip of your finger and it’s a lot more flexible, a lot more immediate than any solution that they have right now.’’

Developing the gizmo has taken three years of software coding, experimenting with various designs and working on feedback from a test group of visually impaired people. Much work remains before it is ready for the market, Shilkrot said, including making it work on cellphones.

Shilkrot said developers believe they will be able to affordably market the FingerReader but he could not yet estimate a price. The potential market includes some of the 11.2 million people in the United States with vision impairment, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Current technology used in homes and offices offers cumbersome scanners that must process the desired script before it can be read aloud by character-recognition software installed on a computer or smartphone, Shilkrot said. The FingerReader would not replace Braille — the system of raised dots that form words, interpreted by touch. Instead, Shilkrot said, the new device would enable users to access a vast number of books and other materials that are not currently available in Braille.

Developers had to overcome unusual challenges to help people with visual impairments move their reading fingers along a straight line of printed text that they could not see. Users also had to be alerted at the beginning and end of the reading material.

Their solutions? Audio cues in the software that processes information from the FingerReader and vibration motors in the ring.

The FingerReader can read papers, books, magazines, newspapers, computer screens and other devices, but it has problems with text on a touch screen, said Shilkrot.

That’s because touching the screen with the tip of the finger would move text around, producing unintended results. Disabling the touch-screen function eliminates the problem, he said.

Berrier said affordable pricing could make the FingerReader a key tool to help people with vision impairment integrate into the modern information economy.


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How Google Fit and Apple Healthkit integrate patient data from health apps

How Google Fit and Apple Healthkit integrate patient data from health apps | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it

Google launched a preview software developers kit (SDK) for the Google Fit fitness app platform at Google I/O earlier this year. Similarly, Apple launched their new Healthkit API at Apple’s WWDC 14 — and clearly healthcare will be a big focus for Apple with their Apple Watch. Developers are now able to create and test health and fitness apps for Android and iOS 8.


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Eaton launches New easyRemote Display App – Offering SmartPhone Operation of Control Relay

Eaton launches New easyRemote Display App – Offering SmartPhone Operation of Control Relay | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it
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How Cardiac Patients Can Make Use of Smartphone Technology

Medical technology has reached the point where there are now smartphone apps designed to monitor cardiac patients, including the electrocardiogram app, ICD coaching, RNI apps, and more
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E-Health Tracking Increasingly Common; 21% of people who track their health use some form of technology

E-Health Tracking Increasingly Common;  21% of people who track their health use some form of technology | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it

Whether they have chronic ailments like diabetes or just want to watch their weight, Americans are increasingly tracking their health using smartphone applications and other devices that collect personal data automatically, according to health industry researchers.

“The explosion of mobile devices means that more Americans have an opportunity to start tracking health data in an organized way,” said Susannah Fox, an associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, which was to release the national study on Monday. Many of the people surveyed said the experience had changed their overall approach to health.

More than 500 companies were making or developing self-management tools by last fall, up 35 percent from January 2012, said Matthew Holt, co-chairman of Health 2.0, a market intelligence project that keeps a database of health technology companies. Nearly 13,000 health and fitness apps are now available, he said.

The Pew study said 21 percent of people who track their health use some form of technology.

They are people like Steven Jonas of Portland, Ore., who uses an electronic monitor to check his heart rate when he feels stressed. Then he breathes deeply for a few minutes and watches the monitor on his laptop as his heart slows down.

“It’s incredibly effective in a weird way,” he said.

Mr. Jonas said he also used electronic means to track his mood, weight, mental sharpness, sleep and memory.

Dr. Peter A. Margolis is a principal investigator at the Collaborative Chronic Care Network Project, which tests new ways to diagnose and treat diseases. He has connected 20 young patients who have Crohn’s disease with tracking software developed by a team led by Ian Eslick, a doctoral candidate at the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Data from their phones is reported to a Web site that charts the patients’ behavior patterns, said Dr. Margolis, a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Some phones have software that automatically reports the data.

Patients and their parents and doctors watch the charts for early warning signs of flare-up symptoms, like abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, before the flare-ups occur. The physicians then adjust the children’s treatment to minimize the symptoms.

“One of the main findings was that many patients were unaware of the amount of variation in their symptoms that they were having every day,” Dr. Margolis said.

The Pew survey found most people with several chronic conditions said that tracking had led them to ask a doctor new questions, led them to seek a second opinion or influenced their treatment decisions.

Mr. Holt said self-tracking products and services companies formed the fastest growing category among the 2,100 health technology companies in his database. He said venture capital financing in the sector rose 20 percent from January through September 2012, with $539 million allotted to new products and services for consumers by Sept. 30.

He attributed the rise to a “perceived increase in consumer interest in wellness and tracking in general, and the expectation that at-home monitoring of all types of patients will be a bigger deal under the new accountable care organizations,” as President Obama’s health care law takes effect.

But even an enthusiast like Mr. Jonas said he saw “a dark side to tracking.”

“People who are feeling down may not want a tracking device to keep reminding them of their mood,” he said.

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"The Pew survey found most people with several chronic conditions said that tracking had led them to ask a doctor new questions, led them to seek a second opinion or influenced their treatment decisions."

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iGrok Android Medical Viewer Demo for Yale

This is an early demonstration of a Radiology / Radiation Oncology tool for convenient mobile access to medical images and related data and workflows.
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a new technology offering that provides the ability for all sorts of medical sensors to easily use smartphones and tablets as their interface.

LionsGate Technologies of Vancouver, Canada has announced a new technology offering that provides the ability for all sorts of medical sensors to easily use smartphones and tablets as their interface. By using the audio jack as the cheap and universal way to transfer data, LionsGate can make their technology compatible with just about any programmable consumer device out there.

They’ve already demonstrated their Vital Signs DSP technology by building a pulse oximeter that works straight off an iPhone’s audio jack and displays readings on its screen. This technology gives companies the ability to focus on the core technology they’re working on, either during development or for actual production of a cheap medical device that doesn’t need its own display.


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Ultrasound is now on smart phones

Ultrasound is now on smart phones | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it
Welcome to the future of medical science, where every doctor can have a pocket-sized body scanner.Tags : health, mobile, mobile computing, mobile phone, mobile technology, mobisante, phone, smart phone, ulstrasound, ulstrasound machine...
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E-Health: Why Innovation and Connectivity are Vital for our Future Wellbeing

E-Health: Why Innovation and Connectivity are Vital for our Future Wellbeing | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it

Technology has improved our lives in many ways but one area that we are only just starting to scratch the surface of and where there is perhaps the biggest potential in the coming years is healthcare.

Ageing populations in developed countries, rapid population growth in the developing world and issues such as rising obesity rates mean the burden on healthcare systems worldwide will continue to push them to breaking point if it is not addressed. Among the EU member states public health spend has risen from an average of 5.9% of GDP in 1990 to 7.2% in 2010 and that's expected to hit 8.5% in 2060. Especially in these times of economic austerity that kind of growth isn't sustainable.

The potential for technology to ease this burden and both improve healthcare for patients and boost the efficiency of doctors and nurses is huge. Anecdotal evidence shows IT adoption in healthcare lags a decade behind virtually every other sector so there is a lot of catching up to do.

But the market for these technologies is growing. Spend on global telemedicine has grown from $9.8 billion in 2010 to $11.6 billion in 2011 and is forecast to rise to $23 billion by 2015, according to a BCC Research study. 

And, as seen by the gadgets at the CES trade show in Las Vegas earlier this month, there is rapid growth in health and fitness related mobile applications, devices and sensors - everything from wristbands that monitor activity levels and calories burned to heart and diabetes monitors that can report back to your doctor.

Mobile and so-called 'm-health' has a huge role to play in delivering these often life-saving benefits. Here at EE a report we commissioned by Arthur D Little on the benefits of 4G found an example of a hospital in Germany using a 4G-enabled ambulance to send live high resolution CT scans of stroke patients to specialists on route to the hospital, resulting in a 54% reduction in alarm to therapy times during the trial. 

The European Commission has just issued its eHealth Action Plan, outlining goals to support the adoption of better technology-enabled healthcare across the EU by 2020 and Neelie Kroes, Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, said: "Europe's healthcare systems aren't yet broken, but the cracks are beginning to show. It's time to give this 20th Century model a health check. The new European eHealth Action Plan sets out how we can bring digital benefits to healthcare, and lift the barriers to smarter, safer, patient-centred health services."

Much of the work outlined in that action plan will focus on reducing the interoperability and regulatory barriers to implementing ehealth services as well as addressing legal issues such as patient privacy around personal health data and records.

Technology will continue to augment our lives in many wonderful ways over the coming decades. It brings with it the potential for greater life expectancy and quality of life through better monitoring and earlier medical intervention, faster and more cost effective treatment and improved communications and management. If the right people make the right decisions, with the right direction and investment, the well-being of citizens in both the developed and developing world could be dramatically improved.


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Sensors And Sensitivity

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This is the sensible trajectory of connected sensor technology. The world around us gains the ability to perceive us, rather than wearable sensors trying to figure out what’s going on in our environment by taking a continuous measure of us.


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Rowan Norrie's curator insight, August 5, 2014 9:13 AM

A useful lesson - wearables should not just be about harvesting data for the sake of it. By incorporating into objects we are in contact with, e.g. seat belts, we can make it a seamless part of our everyday life to gather information when it really matters.

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Global network helps diagnose patients in developing countries

Global network helps diagnose patients in developing countries | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it
“ In many developing countries, the number of doctors per capita is still problematically low, meaning patients often don’t have access to the information and expertise they need. We have already...”
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Apple's HealthKit Now Sends Medical Data Right to Your Health Record

Apple's HealthKit Now Sends Medical Data Right to Your Health Record | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it
“ iHealth was the first company to sell a medical device through Apple, so it's only natural it's also the first to fully integrate its products with Apple's HealthKit. That means all the data iHealth's connected monitors and trackers collect not only gets sent straight to the app, it's also automagically logged in your electronic health record.”
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This could be so important during a medical event. 

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The new HealthKit is a great way to keep track of your personal health records, exercise, and eating habits. 

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Combination PET-MRI scanner expands imaging frontiers

Combination PET-MRI scanner expands imaging frontiers | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress) -- Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine are using a new imaging device that simultaneously performs positron-emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, producing more detailed images...
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World's smallest Smart glucose meter for the mobile phones get CE approval

World's smallest Smart glucose meter for the mobile phones get CE approval | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it
Philosys, a company based in New York City, received European CE Mark approval for its Gmate SMART glucose meter, an iPhone/iPad attachment that is the world’s smallest glucometer. The meter uses the iOS device via the headset jack as the interface to display results and track readings. It would seem that the same glucometer should also be compatible with other smartphones as long as an appropriate app is developed.

Philosys is currently looking to partner with cell phone firms to help distribute the Gmate SMART and hopes to have it’s device available to European customers by the end of the year.


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Myo arms you with muscle-based motion controls

Myo arms you with muscle-based motion controls | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it
Gesture-based games and controls like those in the Kinect hold a lot of promise, but the complex camera setup isn't always practical. A new ...

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12 Lead Wireless ECG with Android

CardioRemote is a "mobile wireless application" for Android phone and tablets (also PC). This video demonstrates how to collect data using an Android Phone. ...
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The medical Internet of things and the future of health care

The medical Internet of things and the future of health care | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it

How could medicine be transformed by smart devices?

 

Dr. Anthony Jones, who works for Philips Healthcare, a company that designs machines and software for hospitals around the world, says a nurse could check on you four times a day, or there could be networked machines that send data on your vitals in a constant stream to a master control.

 

"If I now have a continuous monitor, and I have that data going up into a central repository, I can write algorithms and put some intelligence into that repository that allows me to look for trends," says Jones. "So part of what the Internet of things will allow is much more sophisticated, much more continuous monitoring."

 

Done right, this new era of monitoring could also help keep you from going into the hospital in the first place. Advances in wireless and medical tech will go even further still, according to Ed Price at Georgia Tech's Institute for People and Technology.

 

"If you've got chronic blood pressure issues, maybe there is blood pressure sensor in your seatbelt in your car," says Price. "Obviously there is no time for a human to analyze all that data, but an algorithm in a computer can look at all your data for your blood pressure and trigger when there is an event that needs to be noticed by care providers."

 

And the health care reform law plays a role here, as doctors and health care companies get new incentives to make people well and keep them that way. "Electronic devices [and] tele-medicine will be a key part of that," says Price.


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Tracking Lung Health With a Cell Phone | MIT Technology Review

Tracking Lung Health With a Cell Phone | MIT Technology Review | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it
Breathe in, breathe out. Dial and repeat.

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Robodocs and tricorders: a telemedicine-informed future for health

Robodocs and tricorders: a telemedicine-informed future for health | Innovations in Healthcare world | Scoop.it

Aside from the rise of sensors, expanded broadband access and the ubiquity of connected and mobile devices among patients and doctors, several health-specific trends are making remote care more of a reality. More patients are coming online, meaning that fewer doctors will be needed to serve more patients; payment models are shifting from fee-for-service to managed care approaches that emphasize patient outcomes; and hospitals are under more pressure to keep re-admission rates down. Remote monitoring and communication technology could play a critical role in addressing each of those issues.

 

Some telehealth innovations, like the iRobot that lets doctors visit  a patient’s bedside via an electronic avatar and 15-inch screen, seem like the stuff of science fiction. San Francisco-based Scanadu is developing handheld tools that have been likened to the StarTrek “Tricorder.”  A recent product lets you check your temperature, blood oxygen levels, pulse and other vitals by holding the device close to your body. Then it sends the information to your smartphone, where it can be sent on to your doctor. To encourage more innovation in sensor-based mobile technology, the X Prize Foundation even developed the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize competition (in which Scanadu is a participant). A “Magic Carpet”developed by researchers at GE and Intel, uses sensors in home carpets to monitor seniors’ activity and then predict and detect falls.

 

 


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