This “toy”, which came out in 2013 teaches children with Type 1 diabetes interactively, with narrative and interactive games/play. The “teddy” bear, named Jerry the Bear, has a touchscreen and sensors so “injections” can be made. The company’s web site also talks about expanding their efforts into food allergies and asthma. What an innovative way to help children with chronic conditions! Check this out at Jerry the Bear.
Executive Summary: In 2014, one of the most talked about technological challenges in the healthcare space has been “interoperability.” For anyone who doesn’t like fancy words, this just means computers talking to computers. An example of this might be your PACS system talking to the Electronic Health Record (i.e. Epic). Enter the Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resource or FHIR (pronounced “Fire”). Not yet ready for production, this new communication standard is expected to significantly simplify the ability to exchange health data between systems, in a secure and cost effective way. More info can be found at HL7’s FHIR webpage.
Executive Summary: What would you say if I told you that you could have a device that monitors a patient’s cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal systems, and monitors for pressure ulcers and fall risk, without ever making contact with them? Sound like science fiction? Star Trek-ish? Not any more. Sensiotec has developed just such a product. Already winning awards, they are FDA approved. More info can be found at their home page .
Executive Summary: The day is coming when I believe healthcare workers will not need to touch a keyboard/screen to provide top-level healthcare. With innovations like speech-recognition-with-AI integrated into the EMR, and devices like Google Glass, clinical teams will be able to work hands-free. Below is an announcement by Sony around their innovation in smart eye-wear. It is my belief that eventually tools like this will be integral in the healthcare environment. The one in the article below, for instance, will come with an SDK, which would allow for integration (i.e. interoperability) with other systems…