New Hi-Tech Way to Handle Chronic Conditions……A Teddy (Jerry) Bear

jerrythebearThis “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.

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Whoa!…Slow Down There!…Where’s the FHIR?

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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.

“What’s That Mean?”: The Internet of Things (IoT)

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Image Credit: http://www.theconnectivist.com/

As part of the Innovation Blog, we would like to periodically spend some time defining concepts for you. Without a common definition, it will be impossible for us all to reach a common understanding. Today, we will talk about the “Internet of Things.” Identified as Gartner’s #2 “Top Strategic Trends For 2015”, The Internet of Things Is defined by Techopedia as “a computing concept that describes a future where everyday physical objects will be connected to the Internet and be able to identify themselves to other devices”. Already, we have seen people interacting with their home Thermostats (See Nest.) and appliances like their Washer/Dryer. Wearables like Fitbit are also just taking off. The impact on healthcare will be enormous and later articles will target these innovations. For now, let’s just converge on what IoT means. For more info check out this definition at Wikipedia.

Sensiotec Gains More Recognition and Named Healthcare IT Startup of the Year

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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​ .

Sony High-Res OLED Screen Attaches to Any Eyewear

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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…

Sony high-res OLED screen attaches to any eyewear