MedGizmo - DigiHealthBrief: MedGizmo Selection of Major Digital Health News for January 24, 2018
25.01.2018, 04:27   MedGizmo

DigiHealthBrief: MedGizmo Selection of Major Digital Health News for January 24, 2018

MedGizmo Daily presentation of our selection of news and developments in Digital Heal Technologies and Wearables. Here is the summary for January 24, 2018


Optinvent ORA-X Augmented Reality Headphones - seamlessly blends mobile audio with a new visual experience. You can interact with the ORA-X through a touchpad or via voice commands to play music, launch applications, navigate menus, and take pictures or video. This is Android computer in the shape of stylish headphones, includes a retractable see-through projection display.

SimyBall mobile game controller & biofeedback device
in ball form. Helps you to better understand your body, learn how much stress you can handle, and recognize when it becomes too much for your body. When you hold SimyBall in your hand, the ball’s integrated sensors provide you with feedback on your personal stress level in matter of seconds. These sensors measure your pulse, skin conductance & skin temperature. Your current stress level is shown through color feedback. Blue means that you’re totally relaxed; green stands for relaxed; yellow shows that you’re stressed – while red means that your stress levels are at their limit.

Selected News Developments


The Digital Health Hype Cycle 2017
A hype cycle is a branded graphical presentation developed and used by the American research, advisory and information technology firm Gartner, for representing the maturity, adoption and social application of specific technologies. The hype cycle provides a graphical and conceptual presentation of the maturity of emerging technologies through five phases. Using Gartner’s hype cycle model I have created a digital health infographic to share where I believe various technologies are on the adoption curve.

CIO Survey: FHIR Is A Potential Game Changer, Blockchain Overhyped
Impact Advisors surveyed College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) CIO members to examine the current state of providers’ IT innovation efforts and to better understand future efforts. The results, provided in the report “IT Innovation Efforts at Hospitals and Health Systems,” underscores some important realities in the market right now about providers’ efforts to expand and formalize IT innovation internally.
Conversely, CIOs view blockchain as the most overhyped emerging technology (cited by 48 percent of respondents). Cloud computing also was viewed as overhyped by 23 percent of CIOs.

Technology continues to push the Middle East healthcare sector forward 
Stakeholders are looking for innovative and cost-effective ways to deliver patient- centred, technology-enabled “smart” hewalls, with “quality”, “outcomes”, and “value” being the current industry buzzwords. According to a research report by MENA Research Partners (MRP), the UAE’s healthcare sector alone is set to grow by 60 percent to AED103bn ($28bn) by 2021.althcare, both inside and outside clinic and hospital

From Falcon Drones To Fruit Fly Algorithms, The Latest Tech Innovations Inspired By Nature 
Now we’re examining three more research initiatives spanning defense, computing, and healthcare that were directly inspired by the natural world.
Using medical adhesives to repair injuries inside the body is a unique challenge: Most high-grade adhesive products are toxic to cells, inflexible when dry, and do not bind strongly to biological tissue. Harvard researchers recently created a safe, super-strong “tough adhesive” that binds to living tissues with a strength comparable to the body’s own cartilage. Their inspiration: The secretions of the Dusky Arion – a slug species commonly found in Europe and parts of the US.

Robotic Implant Treats Esophagus Birth Defect
An implantable robot is capable of treating a rare birth defect in infants through tissue stimulation.  Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Boston’s Children Hospital at Harvard Medical School have created a device designed to aid in treating esophageal atresia, a defect which occurs when the upper and lower parts of the esophagus don’t connect.

Medical AI Startup Infermedica Launches New Insurtech Platform
Infermedica, a Poland and US-based company, has released a white-labeled symptom checker and triage platform after successful pilots with European healthcare insurance companies Allianz Partners, Dovera, and PZU. The application advises patients on what to do next when they feel unwell. After asking a series of diagnostic questions, Infermedica’s AI suggests possible conditions and suitable actions to take. 
Nuritas : combining artificial intelligence and genomics to discover and unlock natural Bioactive Peptides
Founded in 2014, Nuritas is revolutionizing the discovery of novel, natural and scientifically proven active ingredients that can manage and improve human health. Nuritas' proprietary platform targets, predicts and unlocks novel bioactive peptides from food sources. These deliver highly specific, efficient and life-changing health solutions.
Could Artificial Wombs Be a Reality? 
Ectogenesis, that is the gestation outside of a biological womb, sounds like science fiction. But one of the top stories of 2017 was the success of one group in making artificial wombs a reality—at least for lamb fetuses in later stages of their gestation.


A new mesh-free way to repair pelvic organ prolapse
Israeli company has FDA approval to begin marketing the NeuGuide minimally invasive surgical system to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The patented NeuGuide device is composed of an anchor unit and a delivery system that fits on the surgeon’s finger to guide, insert and deploy the anchor.
The anchor is made of Nitinol, a metal alloy with elastic properties that is also used to make Ballerine, a revolutionary Israeli-invented spherical IUD from OCON Medical. The procedure is completed in less than 20 minutes, and patients can leave the hospital within a few hours.

Cyberdyne's Medical Exoskeleton Strides to FDA Approval
HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) lower-body exoskeleton is essentially a walking robot that you strap to your own legs; sensors attached to your leg muscles detect bioelectric signals sent from your brain to your muscles telling them to move, and then the exoskeleton powers up and assists, enhancing your strength and stability.
The version of HAL that the FDA has approved is called HAL for Medical Use, and it's designed to help people with lower limb disabilities get better at walking on their own.

Fitbit for Kids Could Be a Pointless Idea, or a Great One
First up, if Fitbit built a waterproof device with GPS tracking, app store connectivity, and other parental tracking features, it would be the first such device that brought all those things together in one package for kids. It would also have to be competitive in price, though, as the aforementioned Garmin and LG wearables cost about $80. That's a big discount from the $200 price tag on the Ionic.


MIHI Initiates Development of Blockchain Platform for Health Care Records and Payments Systems 
MIHI will use blockchain technology for enhanced interoperability and security to protect and exchange medical records across disparate systems as well as payments in the healthcare eco-system

Medicalchain Sees Surge in Interest Ahead of Token Sale
Medicalchain, a blockchain for health records, has seen interest spike over the past few days ahead of its token sale which starts on the 1st Feb.
More than 6,000 users subscribed to the project’s Telegram group in the last 24 hours, making it one of the 20 largest groups on the platform as well as one of the fastest growing.

Speedoc: Singapore’s First-Mover In The On-Demand Healthcare Space
Founded by a medical doctor, Speedoc sets itself apart from other services by utilising geolocation services to match patients with doctors closest to them. Having considered the significance of the human touch in a clinical app-based environment, Speedoc brings a fully-licensed and qualified doctor right to the doorstep – along with treatment, medication and even MCs (medical certificates) when necessary. Speedoc has already gained a user base of about 500 individuals – with 20 doctors on-call who have visited around 40 homes. To further their cause, Speedoc has not only partnered with doctors to come on board, but also with existing clinics. These clinics function as logistic bases for the collection of special medications, and GPs in these clinics are able to receive house call requests in their downtime.


Brainwavebank: Reimagining Cognitive Health
BrainWaveBank allows anyone to measure and track their cognitive health at home, taking just a few minutes everyday. This low cost approach will help transform our understanding of brain health and cognitive illness so that people can live longer, healthier, more connected lives.
Daily brain health is measured using a wireless headset, while playing mobile games for a few minutes a day. We use machine learning and brain-reading technologies to build a detailed record over time of personal cognitive health, providing insights and advice to the user on how their individual lifestyle factors affect their performance.


Medical devices are an unregulated ‘Wild, Wild West,’ investigator warns
Most patients — indeed most of the public — may think federal regulators subject all this hardware to rigorous quality and safety testing. That’s a wrong assumption. And though medical devices may be helping change and save many lives, Lenzer also warns they are harming and even killing too many patients.

Digital pills may deprive patients of privacy
Ellen Odell, professor of nursing at JBU, said mental illnesses are difficult to treat with medication, especially considering the patient’s right to refuse any medication.
“It takes away their choice or right to decide their own destiny with their healthcare,” Odell said. “From my experience, the medications—a lot of times—that are used to deal with mental health issues, have terrible side effects. So, people don’t like taking them.”


25.01.2018, 04:27   MedGizmo
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