Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Koneksa Health, Inc. have announced an ongoing strategic collaboration to incorporate digital health tools into clinical trials. Biosenser and wearable technologies are being used in some early stage clinical trials. For more information, click here
The FDA approved the Armplatzer PFO Occluder Device, this device helps reduce the risk of stroke in patients who previously had a stroke. The FDA concluded that the device demonstrated a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness. The device is manufactured by St. Jude Medical Inc. in Plymouth, Minnesota. To learn more about the device click here.
Observing population shifts using satellite imagery could be a new path to locating communities in need of vaccines. The technology could improve distribution of vaccines to remote communities and help control new disease outbreaks. For the full article, click here.
Nathan Copeland lost all feeling and movement from his chest down after a car accident in 2004. However, he was able to feel the "fingers" of a robotic arm after a brain implant designed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The goal of this technology is to ultimately create a system that moves and feesl like a natural arm would. To read more about this fascinating discovery click here.
Despite AMA's recent comment that digital health tools are "snake oil," over half of physicians are keen on digital health and 85% see the advantages of using digital health technologies in caring for patients. The AMA polled 1300 physicians in the US, between the ages of 28 and 65, each documenting a minimum of 20 hours of direct patient care each week. Survey results also found that both younger physicians and female physicians are more frequent users of digital technologies than the baby boomer generation. Please click here for the full article.
Federal automobile safety regulators released industry guidelines for automated vehicles, providing support towards "driverless" cars. When comparing safety benefits, it is predicted that driverless cars will save the same amount of lives as modern vaccines, 42,000 to be exact. Not only will these cars help reduce the loss of lives, but provide economics benefits as well. Read more about these economic benefits on the following website.
Technology has a large, and ever growing, role in our lives. As we age, technology can be used to keep us safe, reduce strain on family members, and save money. Cloud based monitoring has increased senior's independence and changed the caregiver role.
The Joint Center For Housing Studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design hosted a symposium to discuss opportunities in architecture, planning, and policy to enhance older adults’ well being through affordable, accessible, well connected housing, as well as through models of long term care that support aging in place. This report summarizes the presentations from the Harvard symposium.
Healthcare systems around the world are witnessing several disruptive transformations. One of the most important factors behind these changes is rapid development in emerging eHealth services. In this interview, Henrik Ahlen, a digital strategist at eHealth consulting firm Alfa Bravo, shares his thoughts on the future of eHealth.