First smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance & prevents falling, developed by Swiss researchers (Video)

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The first smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance – and prevents falling – has been developed by researchers at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy, EPFL in Switzerland, and tested at the Rehabilitation Center “Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi” in Florence.

Wearable machines that enhance your movement and endurance no longer belong to the realm of science fiction. They are being developed today in the laboratory, and in this controlled setting, already prevent the elderly from falling.

Scientists at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy and EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland have built a prototype of a smart, light-weight and easy-to-personalize exoskeleton that counteracts the loss of balance and promotes balance recovery after an accidental slip. This is a first in wearable machines, which are normally used to assist or enhance regular movement, instead of preventing an unexpected event like falling. The results are published on May 11th in Scientific Reports. Continue reading “First smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance & prevents falling, developed by Swiss researchers (Video)”

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”

Mind Labs to develop virtual humans for training purposes in healthcare

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Mind Labs to develop virtual humans for training purposes in healthcare

Together with 13 partners, Tilburg University will start a project totaling 7 million euros to develop virtual humans for training purposes in healthcare. The project called VIBE (Virtual Humans in the Brabant Economy) is the first project in Mind Labs, the initiative on interactive technologies and behavior set up in the Tilburg Spoorzone area.

The European Union, OP Zuid, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Province of North Brabant, and the city of Tilburg have funded this collaboration. In addition to Tilburg University (principal investigator), various partners are involved, including knowledge institutions (NHTV Breda, Fontys, ROC Tilburg), hospitals (Amphia, Maxima Medical Center and Spaarne Gasthuis), industry (BlueTea, IC3D Media, Indicia, Noldus, Samure, Visionair3D) and the Netherlands Aerospace Center. Continue reading “Mind Labs to develop virtual humans for training purposes in healthcare”

Smart prosthetic leg equipped with sensors will alert users to wear & tear

Smart prosthetic leg

Smart prosthetic leg equipped with sensors will alert users to wear & tear

Traditional leg prosthetics depend on soft limb tissue to function and can be painful to wear, resulting in awkward walking motion and possible skin infection.

To overcome these limitations, the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is partnering with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Naval Research Laboratory and several universities to develop MOIP (Monitoring OsseoIntegrated Prostheses).

“MOIP not only can improve quality of life, but also usher in the next generation of prosthetic limbs,” said Dr Liming Salvino, a program officer in ONR’s Warfighter Performance Department.

According to ONR, leg prosthetics most commonly fit amputees’ residual limbs via a socket that encloses the limb. Because the socket exerts pressure on the limb’s soft tissue, pain and chafing, sores and blisters, and infection can occur. Amputees often have their socket prosthetics adjusted, which is inconvenient and costly. Consequently, many amputees give up prosthetics for wheelchairs. Continue reading “Smart prosthetic leg equipped with sensors will alert users to wear & tear”

World’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’ at Maastricht UMC+

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World’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’ at Maastricht UMC+

Surgeons operate on lymphatic vessels of 0.3 millimeters using Microsure surgical robot

Plastic surgeons at Maastricht UMC+ have used a robotic device to surgically treat lymphedema in a patient. This is the world’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’. The surgeons used the robotic device to suture vessels of 0.3 to 0.8 millimeter in the arm of the patient. The robotic device, created by Eindhoven company Microsure, enhances the surgeon’s precision, making this type of procedure easier to perform. The patient is doing well and the surgeons are enthusiastic. The news of this extraordinary operation has been announced on 27 September, at the 26th World Congress of Lymphology, in Barcelona. Continue reading “World’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’ at Maastricht UMC+”

High-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation, developed by Swiss researchers

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High-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation, developed by Swiss researchers

A team of surgeons and engineers of Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, and the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern (Switzerland), have developed a high-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation. In the same way that avionics allow a pilot to fly a plane by instrument solely based on read-outs from the cockpit, the surgical robot developed by the researchers for RCI has the capabilities to perform surgery that a surgeon cannot carry out manually without a robot.

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Implementation of Homecare as a combination of services and technology. Lessons Learned– Presented by Marc Veldhoven, ZuidZorg

Marc Veldhoven

Implementation of Homecare as a combination of services and technology. Lessons Learned– Presented by Marc Veldhoven, ZuidZorg at the Health Tech Event which takes place on 08-12-2016 at High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Continue reading “Implementation of Homecare as a combination of services and technology. Lessons Learned– Presented by Marc Veldhoven, ZuidZorg”

“FoodforCare” – an innovative foodconcept in The Netherlands for patients in hospitals and at home – Presented by Lourens Pouwer, FoodforCare

Lourens Pouwer

“FoodforCare” – an innovative foodconcept in The Netherlands for patients in hospitals and at home. – Presented by Lourens Pouwer, FoodforCare at the Health Tech Event which takes place on 08-12-2016 at High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Continue reading ““FoodforCare” – an innovative foodconcept in The Netherlands for patients in hospitals and at home – Presented by Lourens Pouwer, FoodforCare”