In this week’s platter, we look at smart bandages, physicians who are prescribing mobile apps to their patients, the power of a humble spreadsheet, AI and 10 healthcare IT predictions for 2018. Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy:
Healthcare in the developed world is undergoing a transformation. This infographic does a great job of capturing at least 5 of the major shifts.
Researchers from 3 academic institutions in the USA have designed a smart bandage that could eventually heal chronic wounds or battlefield injuries with every fiber of its being. The bandage – the first of its kind that is capable of dose-dependent drug release – consists of electrically conductive fibers coated in a gel that can be individually loaded with infection-fighting antibiotics, tissue-regenerating growth factors, painkillers or other medications. A microcontroller no larger than a postage stamp, which could be triggered by a smartphone or other wireless device, sends small amounts of voltage through a chosen fiber. That voltage heats the fiber and its hydrogel, releasing whatever cargo it contains.
Elsewhere, researchers in Saudi Arabia have developed a smart bandage for real-time wirelesss monitoring of chronic wounds. This technology solves the problem of wound monitoring by offering a low-cost wearable smart bandage that detects early signs of wound infection such as bleeding and pH variations and can measure external pressure on the wound. This simple bandage strip can remotely send wound progression data and issue early warnings to patients, as well as remote medical staff, regarding the need to change the dressing. See description here
Someone once said that if we were told that the brain were a mobile app, we would surely us it more! That just goes to demonstrate the ubiquity of mobile computing in our age. This short clip introduces a digital medicine-centric care delivery system that enables physicians to digitally prescribe mobile health apps to patients.
But as with everything new, some of these innovations are treated with a dose of healthy skepticism as they lack evidence to suggest that they work, or more gravely, that they don’t cause harm. Another big challenge will be to ensure that the tech projects are compatible with each other (…hear the cry for Open Standards…)
Pharma and apps – never would have imagined that…
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawade explores how doctors can dramatically improve their practice using approaches as simple as … a checklist – or coaching
Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine — with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.
Barely a week has gone by in 2017 without warnings in the media about how Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics is threatening to make all human workers redundant.
AI techniques, such as machine learning, represent a complete step-change in ability.
We take a look at five stories this year where scientists used AI in completely new ways
10 Health IT predictions for 2018: Al, blockchain, robotics and a $100 million class-action suit (Healthcare IT News)
And finally, we let’s take a peek into 2018 and see which emerging technologies will start to gain some firmer footing in the year ahead.
Happy new year everybody!