Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health – New EU initiative

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Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health – New EU initiative

Estonia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July to December 2017. Its main focus is related to the Digital Society and the free movement of data in the European Union, as the fifth freedom of the European Union.

Today, healthcare systems are transformed by digital technologies, and most of the European policy makers have defined strategies to implement digital health solutions, even if some barriers are still to be overcome.

The Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia, supported by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), is thus launching the present Digital Health Society (DHS) Declaration, as a call for actions on ‘Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health’.

Because a holistic view is needed, this document has integrated input from all the stakeholdersinterested in the development of digital health, sharing a vision, between citizens and patients, policy makers, health professionals and healthcare services managers, scientists, companies, startups, insurers and mutual funds, investors, etc. about the strategies and actions to achieve the digital transformation of healthcare systems. Continue reading “Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health – New EU initiative”

Virtual Reality In Healthcare: Current State and Prospects for Future

Virtual reality is no longer just about video gaming; it holds promise as nothing short of revolutionary for just about every other industry, as well.

Since 2012, there has been an incredible explosion of interest and hype around mass market virtual reality (VR) thanks to head mounted display (HMD) products in development like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Gear VR and Google Cardboard.

The technology has advanced to the point where very high-quality VR experiences are possible at reasonable price points, and should be widely available to consumers within a year. There are a few industries that have been making use of VR technology for decades, and healthcare is one of them. The number of virtual reality-related research articles in the Pubmed database have increased over the last 10 years from 204 publications in 2004 to 720 publications in 2014.

However, there are still a fairly modest number of technology companies translating this research into practical VR applications. The field seems to be dominated by academic research and development, with some private industry collaboration. Most companies today are working on the same kinds of applications that clinicians have used since at least the early 1990s. There are probably many companies in early development and operating in stealth mode in this space, so it will be interesting to see what surfaces over the next 12 months.

The industry is poised for disruption, and a shift toward patient-centric and individualized healthcare is already underway. The history and current state of virtual reality in healthcare is outlined in detail in the following sections.

Virtual Simulations For Medical Training And Education

Virtual simulation technology has come a long way since the Sensorama Simulator from 1962. Over the past couple of decades, virtual reality and simulation technology has been implemented in healthcare training and education. Surgery simulators have been invaluable for physician training, and hospitals have paid large sums of money for this specialized equipment. We should be glad, as I can’t imagine anyone wanting to volunteer to be a surgeon’s “first.”Read more

Source: techcrunch.com

Researchers Develop Smart Prosthetics that Learns Mind Reading (Video)

PORTLAND, Ore.–Smart prosthetics that react to signals from the brain or stump of an amputee have been under development for many years. Unfortunately, it takes months for the patients to learn how to emit the right brain signals at the right time and place for even remedial control the artificial limb. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Smart Prosthetics that Learns Mind Reading (Video)”

The Smarter Medical Devices Become, the Higher the Need for Even Smarter Cyber Security

As our devices get smarter, they also are at risk of more sophisticated cyber security attacks.

Yes, that car connected to the internet makes tracking trips and monitoring teen drivers easier, but it also means killing the motor with a few keystrokes is no longer science fiction. Continue reading “The Smarter Medical Devices Become, the Higher the Need for Even Smarter Cyber Security”

Researchers develop “tricorder” that picks up vital signs from a patient’s lips and fingertip

Johns Hopkins researchers  have developed a “tricorder” that quickly picks up vital signs from a patient’s lips and fingertip.

MouthLab could replace bulky monitors and gather more data during  an ambulance, emergency room, doctor’s office or home assessment. Continue reading “Researchers develop “tricorder” that picks up vital signs from a patient’s lips and fingertip”

Mobile-Enabled Healthcare Links Patients in Africa to Doctors in UK

By linking patients in Africa with doctors in the UK, mobile-enabled healthcare is being delivered across the network.

In many developing countries, including in parts of Africa and Asia, connection infrastructure has not followed the same path as in the West. Western countries began with fixed networks and followed with mobile networks later, developing economies have skipped this phases and gone straight to mobile. Continue reading “Mobile-Enabled Healthcare Links Patients in Africa to Doctors in UK”