In an ongoing 3-year study at Alberta Children’s Hospital, 57 children between the ages of four and nine found the MEDi robots helped ease fears. The hospital has found these robots reduced children’s pain and anxiety by 50 per cent.
Welcome MEDi. Acting as a Pain Coach, Educator, and most importantly Companion, these two-foot-tall, knee-high-sized robots, MEDi’s, for Medical and Engineering Designing Intelligence help to distract, amuse, and educate children during a trip to the hospital.
Ran across this really good review of the Healbe GoBe Fitness Band. This article was of interest because the author investigates the company’s claim that this band is able to automatically track your calories. If this is true, then we have started to see some major advances in wearables. Check out the review at: http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/09/healbe-gobe-review/
Kickstarter-based Glowfaster is a running jacket designed for nighttime runners. The jacket has lights built into it, and is paired with a heart-rate monitor and smartphone app so that data can be captured, pace and music can be controlled, and feedback can be provided. Read more at: http://www.psfk.com/2014/02/smart-running-jacket.html
Inevitably we would expect healthcare institutions to automate and mobilize the check-in-process. Enter companies like cloud-based EHR vendor Practice Fusion.
Practice Fusion has an online patient check-in that can eliminate the typically 3-7 page intake forms. With their consumer-focused application, “a patient can provide medical history, demographics, insurance information, and reasons for the visit in an online form, which is then automatically provided to the doctor for review and incorporated into the patient’s record within the Practice Fusion EHR,” the company said.
Chicago based Third Eye Health is seeking to improve acute care communication between EMTs and ER physicians with the use of Google Glass. Physicians diagnose and treat patients who have suffered a stroke as quickly as possible so they can give them the proper medication before brain damage takes hold.
Four hospitals are piloting Third Eye Health’s platform, including University of Texas Health Science Center, who is doing a 200 patient study through a mobile stroke ambulance. Eventually this platform for telemedicine could expand into other acute care areas, such as trauma and heart attacks.