Medications and medical devices in the United States must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, yet there are almost 300,00 health care apps accessible to anyone who owns a smartphone: many of which are unregulated.
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.
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.
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.
Technology-based health management solutions are now at the forefront of efforts to treat chronic health problems. Referred to as digital therapeutics, these solutions rely on providing behavior changes to patients.
For the past three years, Exelus, a French MedTech company, has been developing Nomadeec, a HoloLens telemedicine app. Nomadeec is a Hololens mixed-reality (MR) application that not only showcases the potentials of MR in medicine and healthcare, but also offers an initial demonstration showcasing that these AR (augmented reality) headset technologies can actually be used in promoting wellness and treatments in the field.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention almost 2.8 million people visited the emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries in 2013 (most recent data available). Of those people, nearly 50,000 died. Most with traumatic brain injury were treated with a neurological exam followed by a CT scan.
When wellness programs started a few decades ago by some large employers, they were not taken very seriously, treated mostly as an unproven employee perk. They were considered a mere attempt to promote good health habits among employees.
Hundreds of thousands of patients fall in hospitals each year and almost half are injured in the fall. They add on patient stays and increase patient costs by an average of $14,000.
Wellness is sprouting up everywhere. Now, it has made it to supermarkets. A joint program by Publix and BayCare Health Systems calls for the launch of Walk In Care telehealth kiosks at 26 Publix Pharmacies by the end of 2018.