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When Smartphones Do a Doctor’s Job | MIT

When Smartphones Do a Doctor’s Job | MIT | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it

At EyeNetra, the startup he cofounded, goofy curiosities like plastic eyeballs line the shelves, and a 3-D printing machine whirs in the background. It’s printing out prototypes of a device that will attach to your smartphone and, in a minute or two, tell you what kind of eyeglasses you need.

The device, called the Netra-G, is based on some clever optics and software Pamplona came up with—a way to measure the refractive error of the eye using a smartphone screen and an inexpensive pair of plastic binoculars. The whole setup might cost a few dollars to make. It does the job of a $5,000 instrument called an autorefractor.

 

More important, just about anyone could use it. That’s where the disruption comes in—and the trouble. Right now, only doctors or optometrists can prescribe glasses or contact lenses. Pamplona, a brash Brazilian programmer who arrived in the U.S. a few years ago, thinks that won’t always be the case. “We’re changing medicine by providing the user the right to measure themselves,” he says. “We see doctors as more of a coach.”


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The first thing I notice is that the rest of the title has been cut off. The whole title should read, "When Smartphones Do a Doctor's Job...Better". What does that tell you about the state of physicians in this country when an app could potentially replace them? Can we really blame them when the Affordable Care Act will leave them getting reimbursed about as much as chiropractors get now? (i.e. not much)

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Scientists find Canadian dirt containing Kryptonite for superbugs | McMaster Daily News

Scientists find Canadian dirt containing Kryptonite for superbugs | McMaster Daily News | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
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Google Gesture: real-time sign language translation with an arm band

Google Gesture: real-time sign language translation with an arm band | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Students at the Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, Sweden put together an incredible video of a new translation tool concept that will ...
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FDA approves a life-like prosthetic arm from the man who invented the Segway

FDA approves a life-like prosthetic arm from the man who invented the Segway | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
After years of testing, the FDA today approved a new type of prosthetic arm that its makers claim will bring a whole new level of control to amputees.
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"...modular enough to fit people who have any degree of loss, from a hand to the full limb." " ...it can understand multiple commands at once, giving its wearers 'near-natural' control of the limb." 

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Academia knows best: Mandating doctoral education for entry level OT practice.

Academia knows best: Mandating doctoral education for entry level OT practice. | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
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Looks like it would start 2025.

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Romibo the Robot continues to help children with autism

Romibo the Robot continues to help children with autism | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it

Pittsburgh - a new robot has been developed in Pittsburgh called Romibo. He is a social therapy robot designed to aid therapists and teachers working with children with special needs, including those children with autism.

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“Virtual Cane” for the Blind, Powered by Arduino and Android

“Virtual Cane” for the Blind, Powered by Arduino and Android | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
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When used by a blind individual, this device will replace the traditional White Cane. Furthermore, the device acts as a personal assistant,
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This innovative work of genius was achieved by mating Siri with a cane.

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Autism Rates Spike Again, CDC Says - Disability Scoop

Autism Rates Spike Again, CDC Says - Disability Scoop | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
The federal government is revising its official autism prevalence estimate upward to reflect a 30 percent increase over numbers reported just two years ago.
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Using apps to treat Autism - Apple, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Reviews, Help, Tips, and News | Macworld Australia

Using apps to treat Autism - Apple, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Reviews, Help, Tips, and News | Macworld Australia | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it

“ Macworld Australia is the premier Australian source for news, reviews, help, how-tos, and expert opinion for the Australian Apple market, including the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod.”


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Apps for Special Needs - Autism Plugged In App Reviews

Apps for Special Needs - Autism Plugged In App Reviews | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
“Discover the Best Special Needs Apps (these are FREE apps, they don't just do Autism specific they also do other free apps for special needs:...”
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This New App Promises To Sharpen Your Eyesight

This New App Promises To Sharpen Your Eyesight | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Forget Lasik. A neuroscientist from the University of California Riverside swears that his exercises can improve your vision
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'Wello' iPhone case can track your blood pressure, temperature and more

'Wello' iPhone case can track your blood pressure, temperature and more | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Last year, Scanadu caught our attention with Scout, its simple-to-use tricorder-style health monitor. Now a new iPhone case promises to make monitoring
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Fairfield Lego club Inside the Brick helps children with autism to build bridges

Fairfield Lego club Inside the Brick helps children with autism to build bridges | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Lego clubs are a haven for those children who take a little time to fit in.
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Fasting Helps Cancer Patients Survive Chemotherapy -- And It Could Help Us All Live Longer

Fasting Helps Cancer Patients Survive Chemotherapy -- And It Could Help Us All Live Longer | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
You’ve probably never heard of Valter Longo, but if you’ve heard about the purported health benefits of intermittent fasting, you’ve likely
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Paralyzed teen to kick World Cup's first ball with mind-controlled exoskeleton

Paralyzed teen to kick World Cup's first ball with mind-controlled exoskeleton | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
This year's World Cup could be host to something more exciting than a bicycle kick scoring the winning goal. Thanks to an international collaboration
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This smartphone app can detect skin cancer

This smartphone app can detect skin cancer | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
You can already use your smartphone to do things like hail a pimp ride home or order an artisan pizza, obviously the next step is cancer detection,
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"Initial testing found that DermoScan was able to identify skin cancer roughly 85 percent of the time, making it just as effective as visiting a dermatologist and even better at diagnosing melanoma than the average primary care physician."

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ASD Kids More Likely to Have GI Issues

ASD Kids More Likely to Have GI Issues | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it

"RESULTS: Children with ASD experience significantly more general GI symptoms than comparison groups..."

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Study: SCI on the Rise on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Study: SCI on the Rise on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
“RT @DisabledWorld: #Study: #SCI on the Rise - http://t.co/K7SOHKAPms - Disability #Disabled #Disabilities”
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Edison Nation Medical Launches Occupational Therapy Innovation Search to Maximize Seniors' Safety and Independence at Home

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Edison Nation Medical, a medical device incubator and health care innovation portal that brings medical invention ideas to life, is launching an open innovation search to find new assistive products that can help occupational therapists maximize safety and independence for senior patients. This innovation search coincides with April's Occupational Therapy Month.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1840921#ixzz2yjOpg957

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The emerging role of occupational therapy in primary care

"The objective of the study was to describe the emerging role of occupational therapy in Family Health Teams, a model of interprofessional primary care."

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8 Great Handwriting Apps for OTs | CMS Direct Hire

8 Great Handwriting Apps for OTs | CMS Direct Hire | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
We at CMS Direct Hire would like to share with you 8 great Occupational Therapy apps for improving your patients’ handwriting skills!
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Missouri Study Sheds Light on Stroke Rehab on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Missouri Study Sheds Light on Stroke Rehab on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it

"Although more work is needed, Frey specifically suggests that his team's work on amputees may inform rehabilitation of stroke patients who do not regain precision control of the dominant hand during acute and subacute phases of recovery."

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Parenting In The Age Of Apps: Is That iPad Help Or Harm?

Parenting In The Age Of Apps: Is That iPad Help Or Harm? | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
“With tablet technology still relatively new, pediatricians are trying to understand how interactive media affects children. (RT @nprnews: Parenting In The Age Of Apps: Is That iPad Help Or Harm?”
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CDC Study Flags High Rate of Obesity among Teens with Autism

CDC Study Flags High Rate of Obesity among Teens with Autism | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have documented high rates of obesity among adolescents with developmental disabilities. The highest rate – around 32 perce
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Royal Caribbean is first 'autism-friendly' cruise line

Royal Caribbean is first 'autism-friendly' cruise line | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
For an autistic child, a cruise can be a minefield. Everything about the experience, from waiting to board, to crowded spaces to loud noises can be frightening. Royal Caribbean moved to address those issues
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