Fitbit Helps Doctors in Man’s ER Visit

Posted by in connected health, fitness trackers, heart monitor, Internet of Things, IOT, mHealth, wearables

Is there any hope for wearables beyond just cool arm candy? Although not FDA-approved (and laden with caveats), activity trackers may still find legs if stories like these continue. For one New Jersey man, wearing a fitness tracker paid off in a big way: Doctors in the emergency room used the gadget to help determine the best way to treat his heart problem. Source: Fitbit Helps Doctors in Man’s ER Visit

Are Smart Pills & Brain Zapping Risky? Bioethicists Weigh In

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  Boosting a person’s smarts through drugs or electrical or magnetic stimulation of the brain is becoming increasingly widespread. Now, bioethicists weigh in, saying that while such cognitive enhancement is neither bad nor good, it deserves more research. Source: Are Smart Pills & Brain Zapping Risky? Bioethicists Weigh In


Smart pills coming (soonish)

Posted by in chronic disease, medication adherence

via the nextweb.com You could soon be taking a robot pill that delivers drugs with sugar needles Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has announced a collaboration with US-based biotech startup Rani Therapeutics to create a “robotic pill” that can deliver complex drugs which would usually be given with injections. The capsule is taken like…(more)

Telemedicine Becoming More Mainstream Globally

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Nearly 1,000 hospitals in the U.S. and abroad have installed InTouch telemedicine devices, including about 50 RP-VITA robots launched in May, according to company officials. The company rents out the RP-VITA for $5,000 per month. When a doctor is needed at a remote hospital location, he can log into the RP-VITA on-site by using a computer, laptop or iPad. The robot has an auto-drive function that allows it to navigate its way to the patient’s room, using sensors to avoid bumping into things or people. Once inside the hospital room,…read more


IBM’s Watson better at cancer diagnosis than human doctors

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IBM’s Watson is better at diagnosing cancer than human doctors IBM’s Watson — the language-fluent computer that beat the best human champions at a game of the US TV show Jeopardy! — is being turned into a tool for medical diagnosis. Its ability to absorb and analyze vast quantities of data is better than that of human doctors claims IBM, and its deployment through the cloud could also reduce healthcare costs.