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.
It is neither science fiction nor scientific fact. Still, research is progressing that would allow us to make our brains see and feel things that they do not actually experience. Scientists have even discovered how to manipulate the brain into seeing pictures we do not physically see, and even eliminating uncomfortable sensations such as pain.
Here’s the dilemma. New surveys show that mobile device initiatives play a major role in enhancing patient satisfaction at healthcare facilities. Yet, more widespread use of mobile devices could lead to major security issues. Read More
A new method to help combat and control opioid addiction, while reducing the chances of relapse, has been developed by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Epharmix, a digital health firm. It utilizes automated text messages and phone calls to patients under opioid addiction treatment.
Telemedicine is growing at a rapid pace. Consider these stats: almost 15 million Americans receive some kind of remote care every year. And an estimated $1 billion annually is being invested in “on-demand health services.” The question is: has our ability to generate technological innovation getting ahead of our capability of making the best use of these developments.