In this week’s platter, we look at blockchain technology and cyber-hygiene; we consider how AI in medicine is getting closer to making rounds; we pay attention to the development of 3D-printed corneas and, finally, we look at smart medical packaging. Enjoy…
What the health sector needs to know about cryptocurrency technologies, blockchain, and cryptojacking attacks
While blockchain technology could forever alter the digital landscape of the health sector, this blog post calls out attention to digital threats, cryptojacking and the necessity for cyber-hygiene especially in the healthcare sector.
Scientists 3D print human cornea for first time, a technique which could save millions from blindness
UK Scientists from Newcastle University say they’ve created the world’s first 3D-printed human cornea. They combine unique printing techniques, cornea stem cells and a new bio ink to create corneas in just 10 minutes. While the printed corneas will have to undergo several years of testing before they become a viable transplant option, this development could eventually help millions of people around the world suffering from corneal blindness.
On May 24, FDA gave the green light to an AI algorithm that uses machine learning techniques to analyze wrist radiographs (X-ray images) to assist clinicians in locating areas of distal radius fracturing. On its own, it’s not ground-breaking news, but it is a sign artificial intelligence in medicine is getting closer to making regular rounds (also see “Computer learns to detect skin cancer more accurately than doctors”).
Further to that, if this radiology AI technology can be shown to enable clear, clinical efficiencies in radiology practices, it does hold a particular promise in the gradual migration towards a value-based payment paradigm.
Cambridge Consultants, operating out of one of the UK’s leading medtech clusters, has been working on a new concept which would use audio messaging to communicate instructions – with the prompts being triggered by touch-sensitive paper technology. The concept, dubbed AudioPack, delivers instructions via an avatar named Ana, who guides the patient through step-by-step use of their medical device – particularly useful for devices like autoinjectors. There’s potential here for use amongst patients who have cognitive difficulties as a result of their condition; thereby reducing patient harm harm and drug misuse because of poorly understood instructions.
Added value is all well and good, but if it can’t be achieved cheaply, it adds cost that some won’t be able to afford…