MedGizmo - DigiHealthBrief: MedGizmo Selection of Major Digital Health News for January 27, 2018
28.01.2018, 04:05   MedGizmo

DigiHealthBrief: MedGizmo Selection of Major Digital Health News for January 27, 2018

MedGizmo Daily Presentation of News & Developments In Digital Health Technologies & Wearables. Here is our selection for January 27, 2018

Stethee AI-Enabled Stethoscope System 

Allows to listen to heart & lungs sounds with sophisticated amplification/filtering technology, instantly capture/analyze heart & lung sounds. Data goes via Bluetooth to Stethee iOS/Android App. Stethee AI engine “Aida,” can analyze heart & lung sounds to build unique personal biometric signature; also automatically tags geo-location/environmental data to each sample in real-time. Stethee Pro for medical & healthcare professionals, Stethee Vet for veterinarians & animal professionals, Stethee Edu developed specifically as education & research tool

Montfort Personal Checkup System for Digital Neurological Tests 

Master app is installed on the patient’s smartphone and runs in the background of the device. The software links to all of the device integral sensors (touch-screen, GPS, microphone, etc.), captures the patient’s regular smartphone usage, analyzes the data and sends the results to our server for further analysis. Our toolkit is suitable for monitoring almost any neurological disorder. Provides alerts when anomaly is identified, also serves as a diagnostic tool.


New digital health solutions for clinicians and patients
On January 24 in Berlin, four innovation teams from the Digital Health Accelerator pilot project of Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and two start-ups from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin presented their digital health solutions for everyday clinical use. The new solutions leverage in particular imaging and big data big data analytical techniques for better predictive capabilities, prevention strategies, and personalized treatment options.

FORTUNE: Brainstorm Health: Davos Takeaways, Philip Morris and the FDA, Illinois and Tackle Football
The 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, just wrapped up a short time ago. Here are a few things I learned over the past week during this gathering of globally minded leaders, thinkers, builders, connectors, and teachers.

IoT And Personalized Medicine: Digital Transformation Is Creating New Business Models For Life Science 
Powered by IoT, personalized medicine is creating new business opportunities for pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and patient services that will dramatically improve therapeutic outcomes. Digital disruption has the potential to unlock $100 billion in commercial value, reports Accenture. With the life sciences industry poised for change, companies that take move to capitalize on new business will gain a critical, first-mover advantage.
Healthcare IoT and analytics processing
Cold chain supply for biologics
Smart pill for personalized medicine

3 trends to watch in patient health care technology and innovation
As we head into 2018, the healthcare landscape is moving at an ever-increasing pace to return to a more patient-focused experience, one that emphasizes the importance of primary care and the need for an ongoing relationship with a primary care physician. These kinds of developments will continue to unfold as traditional health care players and newcomers innovate to help lower costs and provide better services for patients. With that as a backdrop, following are three of the key trends in tech innovation that will also play a big role in 2018.
Telehealth takes center stage. 
Improving care with automation, AI. 
Smart wearables for health and wellness expand to clothing, contact lenses, wearable patches and more. 

Apple is officially in the EHR business. Now what?
Though pulling health records into the Health app is an important step toward interoperability, there's still work to be done, Jaffe said, especially when it comes to semantic interoperability. Semantic interoperability is a level beyond technical interoperability, which is just moving the data, as opposed to actually understanding what it means.

Checkup time: What Apple, Samsung and the rest are doing with digital health 
What are the big companies up to in digital health?
One of the big trends right now in technology, and wearables like fitness trackers in particular, is digital health. Nearly every big tech company is looking at a way to get in on your health - to help you take better control of it. However, each of these companies is also going about health in different ways. Naturally, each of them is leveraging its own unique products and business strategies in their pursuit of dominating the health games. What exactly are these companies doing though? How could it affect your future? We've put a handy guide to all of that right here, take a look.

How Europe’s Largest Insurance Company Is Reinventing Its Healthcare Strategy 
In 2016, AXA CEO Thomas Buberl put forth a strategy of transitioning AXA’s position in health from that of a “payer to a partner” by 2020.
In other words, AXA hoped to address far more of customers’ needs by developing its digital capabilities in areas such as prevention and care.

Implantable medical devices bolstered by next-gen surface modification
A discovery by University of Sydney researchers could underpin a new class of implantable devices that provide biological signals to surrounding tissue for better integration with the body and reduced risk of infection.
The team at the Applied Plasma Physics and Surface Engineering Laboratory has developed practical techniques to guide and attach peptides to surfaces; computer simulations and experiments demonstrated control of both peptide orientation and surface concentration, which can be achieved by applying an electric field like that delivered by a small household-sized battery.

How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Your Hospital
The potential benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care are myriad: predicting readmissions, making treatment suggestions and monitoring patient flow. But how can your hospital best make use of the rise of AI technology, and what are the possible problems you could face as AI use becomes more widespread? 
The American Hospital Association (AHA) says that sooner rather than later, AI technology will be able to:
extract quality measures from clinical data
make treatment suggestions
tailor the presentation of patient data and care recommendations
monitor changes in the community that could affect patients coming into the hospital, and
predict readmission rates.
AI tech can also keep track of patient feedback and analyze trends humans may not pick up on, which can help your hospital address issues you overlooked.

eHealth Technologies, Multimorbidity, and the Office Visit: Qualitative Interview Study on the Perspectives of Physicians and Nurses
Emerging ethical concerns were related to the ambiguity of the ideal of empowered patients and the ways in which health professionals described enacting those ideals in practice, showing how the cultural shift toward truly mutually respectful and collaborative practice is in transition. HCPs aim to act in the best interests of their patients; the challenge is to benefit from emergent technologies that may enhance patient-HCP interactions and effective care, while abiding by regulations, dealing with the strictures of the technology itself, and managing changing demands on their time.


Smartwatch WaaS Protects Workers, Kids, and Seniors 
The new WaaS gives lone users a secure empowerment platform focused on safety first. The Omate O5LW wearable has an onboard 4G modem, integrated GPS, low-power Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth for always-on connectivity; all encompassed in a waterproof IP67 case. The watch includes a 2MP camera and a red SOS emergency button. Pushing the red button connects activates Arkea On Life’s Android OS secure location-based software services to connect to a 24/7 Telecare center where operators can receive messages and dispatch emergency help as needed.

Fitbit CEO wants to move from tracking steps to tracking blood sugar
We have a machine-learning algorithm that improves the accuracy and efficacy of our devices. And tying into that DexCom/UnitedHealth thing, we want to start using that data to give people insights that lead to actions that they can take to change behavior. Things like, if your sugar levels are spiking, we noticed that if you do certain levels of exercise after the spike, you can actually suppress your body’s response. More and more data allows us to build intelligent, actionable insights that result in meaningful behavior change and health outcomes for people. We’ll never be in a position where we’re directly selling the data.

Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit - The (battlefield) doctor 
Researchers launched field testing of the Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit, or BATDOK in the spring. They’ve now begun broader deployment and officials say they hope to have the tool in global use by the summer of 2018.
BATDOK also includes a medical library, manages electronic health records and is even interoperable with battlefield digital situation awareness maps, which can help users locate casualties. It also assists with documentation.
BATDOK developers looked to leverage commercial capabilities in developing their tool. The Android-based software can run on an Android smartphone or tablet and can be adapted for use on Windows and iOS devices. It can operate with equal effectiveness on commercial or military networks.
BATDOK also can draw on soldier location data. Using a development tool known as ATAK — Android Team Awareness Kit, the research team has enabled BATDOK to present geolocation data, with color-coding to indicate a patient’s health status.

New device brings us closer to coin-sized medical labs
The idea—shrinking a medical lab onto a chip the size of a small coin—is known as "lab on a chip." It's closer to reality than you might think, but obstacles remain; among them is finding an efficient and reliable way to mix and move blood and other fluids through the chip's tiny valves and pumps. The study describes how a multidisciplinary research team at the University at Buffalo fabricated a chip that uses two different types of force—capillary- and vacuum-driven—to manipulate how fluids travel in micro- and nano-sized channels.

WELL: The Blockchain Platform that is Making Healthcare Borderless
The WELL platform will eliminate country borders and connect healthcare specialists and patients worldwide. WELL allows patients to take control of their care delivery, whether at home with concierge services (personal assistant) or anywhere with telehealth services. Visits can be paid for with cryptocurrency or fiat, giving even more access to the platform globally. Giving patients control helps everyone, since patient engagement translates to better outcomes and reduces overall care costs


Telehealth Gives Senior Centers a Gateway to Patient Engagement 
Senior centers across the country are deploying a wide range of telehealth and mHealth technologies to keep their residents active and engaged.
One such example is Front Porch, a Glendale, Calif.-based non-profit comprising 10 full-service retirement communities in southern California and two adult living facilities, one in Louisiana and one in Florida. Through the Front Porch Center for WellBeing, the agency has been using wearables, telehealth platforms, computer-aided “exergames” and even a robotic seal called PARO to promote physical and mental well-being.


Neural implants and the race to merge the human brain with Artificial Intelligence
There is a new race in Silicon Valley involving Artificial Intelligence and no it's not HealthTech, FinTech, Voice Commerce or involve Google, Facebook or Microsoft... this race involves the brain and more specifically brain-computer interfaces.  The race is called "Neural implants, merging the human brain with AI" Brain implants, often referred to as neural implants, are technological devices that connect directly to a biological subject's brain – usually placed on the surface of the brain, or attached to the brain's cortex.   Let's meet the companies at the forefront of neural implant research ...

MIT Created a Thin Needle That Can Deliver Drugs Directly To The Brain
Researchers from MIT have created a system that can deliver medicine directly to areas of the brain as small as one cubic millimeter. Using a needle the size of a human hair, the system could make it possible to directly treat diseases affecting the brain through specific circuits or regions without injuring or interacting with other nearby areas. The ultra-thin needle contains tubes that can deliver drugs deep into the brain. All of the components used are very fine, which gives the doctor performing the procedure as much control as possible in terms of placement and depth of the needle, as well as how much medication is dispensed. The researchers tested the technology on rats and were successfully able to deliver a dose of medication to a specific region of the brain that affected the rat’s motor function.

Using virtual reality to identify brain areas involved in memory
Virtual reality is helping neuroscientists at the University of California, Davis, get new insight into how different brain areas assemble memories in context.
In a study published Jan. 18 in the journal Nature Communications, graduate student Halle Dimsdale-Zucker and colleagues used a virtual reality environment to train subjects, then showed that different areas of the hippocampus are activated for different types of memories.


Digital Pills Signal A New Age Of Healthcare 
As with the introduction of any new technology, digital pills come with potential risks. Pharmaceutical companies in particular could benefit from the advent of digital medication data, as it could help them to improve the effectiveness of any given drug. Although this outcome may seem to be largely positive, it would also turn its clients into participants in a never ending clinical trial.
Perhaps more worryingly, it is also possible to imagine situations where patients are monitored by their medicine without their consent. In the future, prisons or mental health institutions could conceivably force people to use this kind of observational technology. Interfering family members could access relatives’ confidential medical information, or employers check up on whether or not their workers are taking medication. Data leaks could easily turn our intimate medical histories into publicly available material.


28.01.2018, 04:05   MedGizmo
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