Qmed surveyed its audience about their thoughts on what are the most important medical devices every developed. They have compiled a slideshow of the top 12 items here, which includes recent innovations as well as those with roots stretching back hundreds of years. Take a look !
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Mobile health covers “medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices”. It also includes applications such as lifestyle and wellbeing apps that may connect to medical devices or sensors (e.g. bracelets or watches) as well as personal guidance systems, health information and medication reminders provided by sms and telemedicine provided wirelessly. mHealth is an emerging and rapidly developing field which has the potential to play a part in the transformation of healthcare and increase its quality and efficiency. Download the “Green Paper” !
The Radiology Cares™ campaign is designed to help radiology professionals become more comfortable interacting directly with their patients, and to help patients become more comfortable with their radiology experiences. Direct communication between radiologists and patients is essential to improving patients’ awareness of the integral role radiologists play in their overall healthcare. Even more importantly, direct interactions with radiologists will enhance patients’ understanding and comfort with the tests and procedures they are undergoing. Ultimately, this will allow patients to make better decisions about their healthcare. Take the pledge !
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The IBM mainframe is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The first System 360 mainframe was unveiled on 7 April 1964 and its arrival marked a break with all general purpose computers that came before. Read the article.
A Google Glass application was developed at UCLA for automatic interpretation of chromatographic tests such as lateral flow assays that are commonly used to detect a variety of analytes. The American Chemical Society just released a video with the researchers showing off and discussing the new technology. View the video !
Better than fitness trackers on your wrist or clipped to your belt, the inventors say
Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have developed soft, thin stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin, using commercially available, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring. The patches stick to the skin like a temporary tattoo and incorporate a unique microfluidic construction, with wires folded like origami to allow the patch to bend and flex without being constrained by the rigid electronics components. The patches could wirelessly send updates to your cellphone or computer and could revolutionize clinical monitoring such as EKG and EEG testing — no bulky wires, pads, or tape needed. Read the full article.