A private security firm called TrapX Labs, recently set up a sting operation to gauge the impact of hackers on hospital security systems. It documented how financially motivated computer hackers attacking a decoy hospital network can make changes in networked devices like CT scanners in ways that can compromise patient safety. The hospital network was fake, but attackers were real, TrapX said.
Rehabilitation is required for anyone who must get an artificial hip or knee joint. The problem is taking the time away from work to make appointments. Thus patients often do not get the follow up care required to help them recover. But soon, rehabilitation may be possible in the patient’s own home. Read More
What if medical devices could be inserted or implanted into the body, without needing to be powered by batteries? Such devices could potentially be used to deliver drugs, monitor conditions, or treat disease by stimulating the brain with electricity or light.
Medical researchers have come up with an imaging technique that captures and magnifies the brain in motion, in real time, every time the heart beats. The significance of this event: it offers an encouraging diagnostic tool for catching difficult-to-spot conditions such as concussions and aneurysms—before they become life threatening.
BrainCool AB, a European Medical device firm, has received the green light from the Food and Drug Administration to market the IQool™ Warm System in the United States, to be used for thermal regulation to cool and rewarm adult patients when clinically indicated.
Fixed centers of medical care, like hospitals and treatment centers, have boosted care due to the prevalence of superior technology and physician expertise; but now, there is growing movement toward more flexible and mobile care. Why?
The “connected health model” offers flexible and efficient healthcare services by using connected technology to link communication, access and diagnostic capabilities. In fact, there has been an explosion in the number of mobile apps for health-related information with over 300,000 healthcare apps now available online and growing almost daily. “In a nutshell, there is a mad dash to address the demand of providing more real time health data. In response to this innovation, the question then becomes whether healthcare providers can tap into the available technology of “connectivity” and still protect health and personally identifiable information,” according to the report, Workplace Privacy Data management and Security Report.
Now there is a new device, a “smart” stethoscope, that helps doctors detect and diagnose heart problems. Steth IO, is built directly into the protective case of a physician’s iPhone (models 6 and higher). Functioning like a stethoscope, it lets physicians listen to and measure heart rates or lung sounds by running an app and holding the phone up to a patient’s chest.