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.
Now there is a device that can deliver drugs directly to a damaged area of the heart. The device, developed by MIT and Harvard researchers, delivers drugs straight to the heart through a tube. “After a heart attack we could use this device to deliver therapy to prevent a patient from getting heart failure.
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.
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.