MedGizmo - DigiHealthBrief: MedGizmo Summary of Major Digital Health News for January 30, 2018
31.01.2018, 04:02   MedGizmo

DigiHealthBrief: MedGizmo Summary of Major Digital Health News for January 30, 2018

MedGizmo Daily Presentation of News & Developments In Digital Health Technologies & Wearables. Here is our selection for January 30, 2018


Medicine Has Made a Step Forward – 10 New Digital Technologies That Help Save Lives 
In this article, we’ll be going over ten of these life saving technologies and walking you through what they do and how they have specifically helped the people that need to use them. Like we said, it can be hard to know what’s going on behind the scenes when it comes to the medical world, but hopefully this will help enlighten some of you who want to know more about this subject.

Strategy Analytics: Hardware Design Limits Usability of Wearable Devices 
A recent study from the User Experience Strategies (UXS) service at Strategy Analytics “UXS Technology Planning Report: Wearables,” investigating the needs, behaviors and expectations of consumers regarding wearable devices, has found hardware design is one of the most obstructive factors for wearable devices because it inhibits what they can actually do.
FORBES: GCC’s Aging Population Could Challenge Its Healthcare System 
With improving healthcare, lifespans are increasing, but approximately a quarter of the GCC population would be over the age of 65 by 2050, according to a Deloitte’s January 2018 report on Life Sciences And Healthcare Predictions: GCC Trends. This stands in stark contrast with current demographics in the region—40% of people in Middle East are under 25.
Globally, the report made six key predictions for 2022:
Individuals will be better informed about their health and more likely to take preventative action.
Technology disrupts and transforms healthcare, and hospitals leverage technology to optimize their functions.
Pharma uses a lean operating model to get research funding and create more cost-effective medical innovations.
Healthcare data is a priority for national infrastructure and attracts significant funding. It’s used to develop better treatments.
Medicine is predictive, preventative, personalized and participatory.
Non-traditional healthcare players, including supermarket chains, technology giants and life sciences companies, disrupt the healthcare landscape, and partner with traditional providers.

Here’s What Two Systematic Reviews of Digital Health Found
The study, conducted mostly by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, takes a broad look at the effectiveness of wearable sensors. The study looked at 16 randomized controlled trials that researchers assessed to be high quality and were published from 2000 to 2016. To be included in the study, devices had to be non-invasive, wearable, and capable of automatically transmitting data to a web portal or mobile app for review by patients or health providers. Among the devices tested were internet-connected weight scales, blood pressure monitors and activity trackers with text-message reminders.
Not very much, was the conclusion. The analysis found no significant difference in health outcomes like weight or blood pressure for patients who used the devices and patients who didn’t.

Why Apple will succeed where other tech giants have failed: Helping people track their health info
Health investor Steve Kraus says Apple can succeed where other tech companies have failed. And that's in bringing health records, whether it's labs, charts or medical imaging, to consumers. Here's 3 reasons why.

Hyderabad-based Health-tech Startup, eKincare Secures $1.5M Funding
Trusted by fortune 500 companies, eKincare’s incredible growth stems from the fact that its world-class product is redefining ‘employee health spends’ for corporates across India 
eKincare’s AI powered personal health assistant reads medical data from health records and various healthcare interventions, predict health risks and provide timely personalized recommendations to beat those risks. All one has to do is take pictures of the physical medical records and eKincare will do the rest; it’s as easy as taking a selfie!

Telus Health launches app for monitoring babies' health
Telus Health launched the Telus Baby Health app, a free digital tool that creates a health record for infants and an educational resource for new and expecting parents. The Telus Baby Health app supports parents in taking control of their baby's health by tracking and monitoring their child's health information and developmental milestones from birth, creating an easy-to-access, digital health record on a smartphone or tablet. The app not only keeps a baby's important health information in one place, but also gives parents access to a rich library of curated video and written content.


Scientists use pocket-size device to map human genetic code 
Using a device about the size of a mobile phone and called a MinION, made by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, researchers from Britain, the United States and Canada said they were able to sequence much longer strands of DNA than previously, making the process cheaper and swifter.

Magnetic Hammer Drives Tiny Medical Robot Through Brain Tissue 
A new study on the concept shows that millimeter-scale robots (known as millirobots) can penetrate lamb and goat brain tissue by responding to changes in the magnetic field generated by hospital medical scanners. That achievement could pave the way for fantastic voyages of biomedical discovery.
The robot contains a stainless-steel bead that is pulled back and forth inside the robot’s transparent acrylic body by directional changes in the magnetic field produced by a magnetic reso­nance imaging (MRI) scanner. When pulled in one direction, the bead compresses a mechanical spring at the back of the robot, which propels the bead forward when released to strike the robot’s front end, hammering it deeper into bodily tissue.

Digital health at CES: virtual reality, drug-free pain management 
I did explore some of the virtual reality (VR) technology that was available, which is an area of some interest to me. I was interested in this new technology developed by a company called EmoShape, and they claim they have what they call an “emotion chip.” They’ve gotten some attention for this as they’re essentially trying to put the equivalent of human emotions on a chip, which sounds sexy but obviously opens up a lot of philosophical questions.

Smart Inhalers Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Analysis Information
 WiseGuyReports announced addition of new report, titled “Smart Inhalers Market Research Report- Global Forecast to 2022”.
Smart Inhalers are a part of new age digital technology which is designed to improve the disease management in the respiratory diseases. Smart Inhalers are basically the respiratory inhalers equipped with a digital sensor. The sensor tracks the data such as the dosage timing, monitors the use of the inhaler, and schedules the next dosage. Smart Inhalers can generate alerts for the daily dosage for the user using the smart devices connected to the sensors via Bluetooth. Wide variety of benefits ranging from improving medication adherence to reducing hospital admissions, which makes smart inhalers the next big thing of respiratory care segment.
Globally the market for smart inhalers is increasing rapidly. Globally the market for Smart Inhalers is expected to grow at the rate of about 42.84% from 2016 to 2022.

Wearables for Your Health: How Fitbit, Smartwatches Can Save Your Life 
When wearables first entered the market, the data they collected was fairly simple, including step counting and how often you moved around at night. This was because most devices used an accelerometer, which does a good job at detecting movement but little else.
Fast-forward to the present day and now many devices are fitted with sensors that are able to gather all kinds of data about our health, fitness and lifestyles.
From keeping tabs on your stress levels with respiration tracking via an accelerometer, through to monitoring your VO2 max (the measurement of the amount of oxygen you use up) as you workout to gauge your fitness levels, all bases are covered.
This means they do far more than the souped-up pedometers of the past and in some cases have become as useful and smart as some of the medical-grade tech you’d usually only find in hospitals.

OrCam MyEye 2.0 : wearable artificial vision device designed for people who are blind 
The OrCam MyEye 2.0 is a breakthrough, wearable artificial vision device designed for people who are blind, partially sighted, or have reading difficulties. The great advance achieved with this new version, compared to the original OrCam MyEye device, is that it is completely wireless, and the whole device is now only about the size of a finger. Despite its compact size, the device includes even more powerful artificial vision technology which enables users to read text off of any surface instantly and discreetly, as well as to recognise faces, bank notes, and products seamlessly.
The OrCam MyEye 2.0 is designed to be intuitive and easy to use for people with visual impairments. The wireless device magnetically mounts onto the user’s eyeglasses or sunglasses frame and weighs less than an ounce. It is the only wearable artificial vision technology that is activated by an intuitive pointing gesture, or simply by following the wearer’s gaze, allowing for hands-free use without the need for a smartphone or Wi-Fi. Functions like volume control are now performed using a touch pad on the side of the device.


Blockchain-Based Solution Can Improve Digitizing Of Health Records 
Many experts say a blockchain-based system with widespread adoption could help overcome many of these challenges. A solution such as AMCHART could offer a new platform for digitized health records that would be more efficient, transferable and give more control to patients.
"It is your data, it should belong do you," says an AMCHART spokesman. "Patients should control their records because they initiate the build of their medical records, allow permissioned access to doctors, hospitals, and research companies, and get incentivized for meeting objectives." The Houston-based firm is in the process of launching an initial coin offering (ICO), and aims to raise $45 million.

Blockchain provides foundation for secure, permissioned framework for data exchange 
Any technology that can solve the problem of interoperability in a secure manner has the potential to become a game changer. This is the potential of Blockchain technology. Not surprisingly, it is generating an inordinate amount of interest in the industry. While organizations like Health Level Seven International (HL7) continue to provide standards for data exchange like Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), blockchain could provide the right interventions.


Navigating the Use of Digital Health in Virtual Trials
A virtual trial is a new process where we take the standard clinical trial (involving numerous clinical visits) and conduct some part, or potentially the entire trial virtually. In a virtual trial, a visit where you may undergo a clinical assessment is now not done in the clinic visit, but is done via telemedicine or via a remote patient reported assessment, such as in a mobile app. 


Deep Learning Device Can Predict Epileptic Seizures 
Imagine going about your daily life, working, shopping, and driving, knowing that you might have a seizure at any moment. But relief is on the horizon, as researchers from the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia have developed a potentially life-saving deep learning tool that can predict when an epileptic seizure is about to happen. The deep learning-based prediction system “achieved mean sensitivity of 69% and mean time warning of 27%, significantly surpassing an equivalent random predictor for all patients by 42%,” according to the findings.
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