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.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have come up with a control algorithm that enables those with prosthetic arms to feel a consistent level of sensation. The functionality of this concept involves the use of electrodes placed on the skin at a prosthetic limb’s interface.
Fitbit has come out with a new health/fitness smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa. Closely resembling the Apple Watch in appearance, the lightweight Versa has three physical buttons on its sides and a 1.34-inch, 300 x 300 LCD touchscreen that together allow users to navigate Fitbit OS.
An article published in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery references a new device, worn like a visor, that can pick up emergent large-vessel occlusion in patients with suspected stroke: with up to 92 percent accuracy.
New wearable devices continue to make an impact on wellness and fitness. The most recent example: a wearable device that can gauge muscle-tendon tension during workouts, or just walking.
Increasingly patient medical records are becoming vulnerable to cyberattacks. Now the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights has issued a plan that will serve as guidelines to organizations covered by HIPPA on what should be included in these contingency plans in preparing for cyberattacks.
While physician house calls to patients were once routine, they are now considered a rarity. Yet a group called Doctors to You is attempting to change accessibility to home healthcare through house calls.
The accelerometers built into most smartphones can identify atrial fibrillation (Afib). Known as gyrocardiography, this method is now known to compete with electrocardiography (ECG) for detecting Afib in many use cases, particularly letting patients assess their own heart rhythms without relying on additional devices beyond smartphones that nearly everyone now has.