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Technology Develops Medicine
From the start of the “Digital age”, we have seen a rapid expansion of technology in all aspects of life. Fortunately, as technology improves so do numerous aspects of medicine. As we enter 2014, many med-tech companies are unveiling new items that just may change the path of medicine, or at least provide some interesting tools for healthcare professionals and patients.
- Smartphone thermometer. Used like a regular thermometer, the Kinsa connects to a smartphone through the headphone jack and can record and display the patient’s temperature. The accompanying app shows animations on the smartphone screen and provides an alert when the measurement is done. And, family members can each have their own profile and track changes in their temperature.
- A headset device can now help you stay alert and focused. By measuring patterns in blinking and head movements, the device senses drowsiness and nudges the user through alarms, vibrations, LED notifications, and/or music – depending on what the user selects. The Vigo apparatus records and tracks mental energy levels on a smartphone, and can even make stretch or coffee recommendations.
- The “End-all” of simulators, Virtuabutt includes a plastic mannequin that has force sensors to measure what is being examined and with how much pressure, to help teach medical students how to properly perform a realistic prostate exam. Connected to a computer, the on-screen patient even reacts based on the procedure.
- iPhones can now help increase hearing through a free app, the EarMachine. Using the phone’s built-in microphone, or one from an iPhone headset, the analog-to-digital converter, and CPU for processing, the EarMachine enhances the sounds picked up and then sends them through your phone. It can suggest personalized settings, and even helps process the music on your device for clearer details.
- Eyes-On Glasses Systems, by Evena Medical, uses forward facing cameras to provide 3D imaging, which allows clinicians to see vasculature below the skin so they can safely insert needles on the first try. The visual information can be recorded and saved to a PACS/EMR system.
What new technology have you heard about that you are interested in trying?
For more information on these items and other technology, go to www.medgadget.com