Photonics in Health Care – Application areas

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Photonics in Health Care – Application areas

Biophotonics is a new and fast growing discipline in the health care and life sciences industry. Biophotonics studies the interaction between light and human tissue. Using multiband photonic and spectroscopic methods it is able to analyze cells and tissues by the way these living structures absorb, reflect and scatter light. This can be used to diagnose and treat diseases ranging from cancer to strokes and Alzheimer’s.

The benefits of photonics in health care are plentiful. The technology is non-invasive and has no adverse side effects, as it only deploys a light beam for diagnosis and treatment. Medical devices based on photonics technology are small and easy to handle, making the treatment highly portable. Last but not least, the cost of photonics treatment is low.

Researchers have identified several health care fields where biophotonics technology is especially promising: Continue reading “Photonics in Health Care – Application areas”

Big data for healthcare: more than a promise – Presented by Herman Bennema, Vektis

Herman Bennema

Big data for healthcare: more than a promise – Presented by Herman Bennema, Vektis, at the Health Tech Event, on January 31, 2018, at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands. Read the interview.

The presentation shows the actual and near future possibilities of big data analytics in heathcare based on administrative data Continue reading “Big data for healthcare: more than a promise – Presented by Herman Bennema, Vektis”

I think the biggest changes will come from technology that is not specifically designed for health care – Interview with Health Tech Event speaker Ellen Willemse

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I think the biggest changes will come from technology that is not specifically designed for health care – Interview with Health Tech Event speaker Ellen Willemse. Continue reading “I think the biggest changes will come from technology that is not specifically designed for health care – Interview with Health Tech Event speaker Ellen Willemse”

Devices that hint at the future of healthcare

As humans become more and more reliant on technology, technology becomes more and more critical to human being’s well-being.

Think of all the technological advancements since the Industrial Revolution that have improved the mortality rate, quality of living and birth rate. The MRI, chemotherapy and even laser surgery are just a few we could mention off the bat, but something that’s becoming more entrenched in every day society is health consciousness.

Thanks to the internet of things, we can now keep track of our health without the need for a trip to the physician every day, and if we can’t necessarily make sense of the diagnosis ourselves, wearables are making doctor’s lives a lot easier too.

Here are five examples. Continue reading “Devices that hint at the future of healthcare”

3D Printing Future Applications in Restaurants and Nursing Homes (Video)

As we inevitably grow older and our bodies begin to descend with age, chewing and swallowing some of our favorite foods become one of the many difficulties we may have to face as people reach an elderly age. Harmful conditions such as strokes and dementia often lead to a loss in eating abilities, forcing older people to settle for unfavorable ‘mash-type’ meals, which are much less nutritious and appealing then they could be. Continue reading “3D Printing Future Applications in Restaurants and Nursing Homes (Video)”

New Wearable Device Instantly Delivers Info such as Vitals to Doctors as They Operate (Video)

For all of its promising ideas and potential, Google Glass can, at best, be summed up as a noble failure. In trying to appeal to as broad of an audience as possible, the resulting device offered little in the way of real world utility. But there were lessons to be learned, and those paying attention are iterating. Continue reading “New Wearable Device Instantly Delivers Info such as Vitals to Doctors as They Operate (Video)”

Wired Wellness: Recent medical technology implemented by hospitals

Recent medical technology advances at Dubuque hospitals can provide patients information via their television screens and vital-sign information at a nurse’s fingertips.

“We are constantly implementing new technology or upgrading technology. There are things constantly going on,” said Kay Takes, president of Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

Devices and programs introduced or about to be unveiled streamline information delivery and increase precision during procedures.

“It’s grown exponentially in last 10 years,” said Diana Batchelor, chief nursing officer at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital. Continue reading “Wired Wellness: Recent medical technology implemented by hospitals”

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

The Third Wave of Digital Healthcare: Mass Personalization

There are seminal moments in the evolution of healthcare – think the invention of the stethoscope, the discovery of penicillin, cracking the genetic code. We’re in such a moment today, and the organizing principle of this current wave is data-driven digital transformation.  Through technology, healthcare information is becoming more granular, more liquid and more relevant, and it’s being employed with greater efficiency and effectiveness. Continue reading “The Third Wave of Digital Healthcare: Mass Personalization”

Healthcare IoT Could Change Approach of Health Management

The healthcare business is in an upheaval of sorts. The disorder is driven by the arrival of the Internet itself, the ‘wearable’ Internet of Things (IoT) and the wider freedom and accessibility of information. In some instances we can see individuals using ‘devices’ from fitness & blood pressure monitors to blood analysis kits and onwards to start taking their healthcare into their own hands. But extensive and extended medical self-diagnosis is of course not necessarily a good idea. Continue reading “Healthcare IoT Could Change Approach of Health Management”