Save the date: October 01, 2019, Healthcare and Photonics Workshops during Photonics Applications Week

healthcare and photonics

Save the date: October 01, 2019, Healthcare and Photonics Workshops during Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Find more about Healthcare and Photonics Workshops: https://www.healthtechevent.com/

Find more about Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week): https://phappsweek.com/

Host your own event: https://phappsweek.com/host-your-own-event/

Photonics is a key enabler for Health care

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.

In the following health care fields is photonics technology especially promising:

Preclinical research & diagnosis
Because of its high resolution and three dimensional imaging biophotonics allows a more holistic understanding of the process by which diseases originate and progress in the human body. This knowledge could help to detect and cure diseases even before macroscopic symptoms are revealed.

Oncology
Early detection of cancer is crucial for effective treatment. For most cancers screening is ineffective, unpleasant (like colonoscopy) or simply impossible. Photonics is able to detect tumors with much more accuracy and speed and at lower costs. Photonics can also be applied in a surgical microscope or endoscope to precisely assess the degeneration of cancer tissue and offer treatments based on light to eliminate cancerous tissues.

Breath analysis
Exhaled breath contains thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that act as valuable biomarkers showing metabolic processes within a patient’s cells and tissues. Current breath biopsy analysis requires large and unwieldly equipment, that is expensive and intrusive for the patient. Photonics can make these systems much more compact so that VOC analysis could be done with a hand-held device, at much lower energy consumption and lower manufacturing costs.

Infectious diseases
Photonics is able to rapidly identify pathogens after an infection. Clinicians are already working with a mobile phone-based fluorescence imager that detects bacteria in infected wounds. The imager guides the clinician to areas that require decontamination prior to bandaging.

Neuro-monitoring and imaging
Because of its non-invasive nature photonics technology is very well suited to monitor the human brain, in particular in vivo imaging and neuro-monitoring. In this way stroke and brain injuries can be better diagnosed and treated. Photonics can also shed further light on neurovascular coupling in Alzheimer’s disease. Because of its lower cost photonics is well suited for scientific studies in healthy populations to help understand brain development and healthy ageing.

The Health Tech event consists of several workshops where endusers and suppliers will meet and discuss what is needed for Health Care and how photonics can support this.

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Innovating Healthcare Hackathon for innovators passionate about disrupting healthcare (video)

Innovating Healthcare Hackathon

Innovating Healthcare Hackathon for innovators passionate about disrupting healthcare

innovate.healthcare is a hackathon for innovators passionate about disrupting healthcare with progressive ideas, creative thinking and active doing. It takes place on Dec 1st- Dec 3rd, 2017, in Brussels. Continue reading “Innovating Healthcare Hackathon for innovators passionate about disrupting healthcare (video)”

“Social Robots, Healthcare & Therapy: Societal needs and the industrial perspective” – Presented by Amit Kumar Pandey, SoftBank Robotics Europe

Amit Kumar Pandey

“Social Robots, Healthcare & Therapy: Societal needs and the industrial perspective” – Presented by Amit Kumar Pandey, SoftBank Robotics Europe, at HealthTech Event, Dec 08, 2016, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Social Robots with their intelligent perception, reasoning and interaction capabilities are becoming part of our everyday life towards healthier, smarter and more entertaining lifestyle and ecosystem. The talk will reinforce that the humanoid robots have a range of potential societal applications, and that as a robotics industry, SoftBank Robotics R&D and Innovation is around the centrality of wellbeing of people. The first part of the talk will illustrate some of such use cases for humanoid robot companion. The second part will highlight some of the research directions and results towards achieving such social humanoid robot companion. And last part will present the feedback from real users and conclude by pointing some ethical issues and the grand challenges ahead. Continue reading ““Social Robots, Healthcare & Therapy: Societal needs and the industrial perspective” – Presented by Amit Kumar Pandey, SoftBank Robotics Europe”

“Why We Need to Stop Improvising in Healthcare” – Presented by Eric Edelman, Maastricht UMC+

Eric Edelman speaker HealthTech Event

“Why We Need to Stop Improvising in Healthcare” – Presented by Eric Edelman, Maastricht UMC+, at HealthTech Event, December 08, 2016, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Rising healthcare expenses are increasingly forcing hospitals and other medical institutions to provide more care using fewer resources. Fragmented and incidental cutting of costs has reached its limits, meaning we need to work smarter by standardizing and optimizing. What does this mean for medical professionals? Will they become assembly line workers, performing the same tasks over and over again? Or are we entering a new era which will empower anyone to contribute to improving healthcare? Continue reading ““Why We Need to Stop Improvising in Healthcare” – Presented by Eric Edelman, Maastricht UMC+”

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”

EpiWatch App Tracks Epilepsy Symptoms and Shares Data, Helping Monitoring, Improvement of Condition (Video)

Johns Hopkins EpiWatch™ is an app for Apple Watch™ and research study. EpiWatch helps you manage your epilepsy by tracking your seizures and possible triggers, medications and side effects. You can view this information at any time, and a dashboard lets you share a summary of the data with your doctor or caregiver if you want. With EpiWatch, you can also send a message to family members or caregivers to let them know when you are tracking a seizure. Continue reading “EpiWatch App Tracks Epilepsy Symptoms and Shares Data, Helping Monitoring, Improvement of Condition (Video)”

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)”

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”