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Tech Trends In Healthcare This Year

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The advancement in technology in the area of healthcare has been said to have benefits that are extraordinary for medical practitioners and patients. Healthcare technology is no threat to medical practitioners. However, there should be great wisdom in using these tools.

As seen and started in most hospitals, the health records are being done handwritten on papers and are being stocked on vast piles of folders. These contain essential medical and personal information of the patients. Years have gone by, and the problem on this type of data recording has been a cycle that has never been solved. Thanks to developers of new technology, there will finally be an alternative to handwritten records (sometimes are too hard to figure out). The Electronic Health Records or HER will be replacing paper records and will make life easier for everyone.

Another part of the technology that will soon take over some tasks is the use of Artificial Intelligence for appointment scheduling, health status monitoring, and the notification of medical assistance. Accordingly, Artificial Intelligence or AI is already widely used in radiology and dermatology.

While AI is already slowly being introduced in healthcare, the IoMT or Internet of Medical Things is also being adopted by medical practitioners. IoMT is a set of medical devices and application software that helps determine and monitor issues on patients before becoming critical.

Moreover, the future in medical technology will also be using existing devices and gadgets that people have right now. There will soon be mobile healthcare applications that are capable of facilitating the medical conditions of patients. For example, the Mobile Ultrasound app that is already in use by some doctors.

These trends in healthcare technology are just some of the few things that are to be introduced to the public. The benefits and reviews have also been positive more than negative.

Digital Pills To Track Your Health

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To combat patients’ fibbing and forgetfulness,with taking medication, Dr Greeno has begun deploying a new tool in recent months: a pill embedded with a tiny, ingestible sensor.

The sensor transmits data from inside a patient’s body to a wearable patch placed on the abdomen, which then connects to a mobile app that patients and doctors can access.

That data offers a new window into patients’ health and behavior, Dr Greeno said, allowing doctors to remotely monitor someone’s heart rate, activity level and sleep cycle.

The sensor, which is about the size of a grain of sand and dissolves in the gastrointestinal tract, also tells doctors when a patient has taken his medication.

The information is compiled in a database that doctors can access from their devices.

At the Masonic Cancer Clinic, as part of a pilot programme, doctors have begun pairing the sensor – made by a California company called Proteus Digital Health – with a common chemotherapy drug used to treat stage three and four colorectal cancer patients.

Ingestible technology has raised a variety of concerns – from how physicians will use the wave of new data created by the technology to whether that data may be vulnerable to hackers – among experts and ethicists since the Food and Drug Administration approved digital pills in 2017.

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Despite the concerns, many experts have pointed out that the technology will help doctors ensure patients are taking their prescribed medication.

Not taking medicine – or “medication non-adherence” in the health-care world – is a “common and costly problem”, according to a study cited by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

“Approximately 30 to 50 per cent of American adults are not adhering to long-term medications, leading to an estimated US$100 billion in preventable costs annually,” according to the 2013 study.

Comparing medication non-adherence to weight loss, NCBI researchers say the problem is more complex than it might seem and often has multiple complicating factors.

Sometimes, older patients have trouble opening pill bottles.

Other times, he said, they are so fatigued and foggy that they struggle to adhere to a rigorous schedule that requires them to ingest multiple pills each day. And sometimes, he said, they struggle to deal with a medication’s side effects.

 

 

Robots & Artificial Intelligence Allows Doctors More Time With Patients

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Robots, artificial intelligence and smart speakers will unburden doctors to give them more time with patients, according to an NHS report on the pending technological “revolution” in healthcare.

Rapid advances will also be spurred on by developments in the ability to sequence individuals’ genomes, of their genetic data, according to the review published on Monday.

The report led by US academic Eric Topol called for fresh education of staff, with 90% of all NHS jobs predicted to require digital skills within 20 years.

But those who fear robots may edge out human practitioners may be reassured by the review suggesting technology will in fact “enhance” professionals, giving them greater time for patients.

Smart speakers, such as Siri and Alexa, were envisioned as having a “major impact” on care.

Nowadays People Of Color Still Have To Be Careful Where They Seek Medical Treatment

Ralph Northam’s Medical School Yearbook are Revealed as College Launches Investigation Into School’s Racial Culture

More photos from the 1984 yearbook have emerged on social media showing multiple men dressed in blackface, including a photo of three men in blackface on the page opposite Northam’s profile

More shocking photos from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook have emerged showing multiple men dressed up in blackface – as the college says an investigation will be launched into all of its past yearbooks.

Northam is facing calls to resign as governor after a photo from his profile page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook surfaced on Friday that featured someone in blackface and someone in KKK robes.

While he initially apologized for appearing in the photograph, the Democrat reversed course on Saturday and said that after further consideration he had determined he wasn’t in the picture after all.

The photo in question featured a man in blackface and a second person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. Northam has admitted that he once used shoe polish to put on blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume for a 1984 dance contest in Texaswhen he was in the Army.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures as his wife Pam listens during a news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. on Saturday when he denied being in the racist photo
More shocking photos from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook have emerged showing multiple men dressed up in blackface. Bottom right is the initial photo that emerged showing Northam’s yearbook profile page

‘While I did not appear in this photo, I am not surprised by its appearance in the EVMS yearbook,’ Northam said in a statement.

‘In the place and time where I grew up, many actions that we rightfully recognize as abhorrent today were commonplace.’

More photos from the 1984 yearbook have emerged on social media showing multiple men dressed in blackface.

There is a photo of three men in blackface on the page opposite Northam’s profile, as well as another picture of a man wearing a wig and black paint on his face.

Another photo featuring blackface in the yearbook was accompanied with the caption: ‘Baby Love, who ever thought Diana Ross would make it to Medical School’.

Bryn Kerrigan Mahan said she spent hours in the school’s library going through the yearbooks and noted there were blackface photos from various years, as well as ‘cover to cover Confederate flags’.

‘Pure speculation, but seems to me VMI was using blackface as a form of hazing in the ’70s. #NorthamResign,’ she tweeted.

More photos from the 1984 yearbook have emerged on social media showing multiple men dressed in blackface, including a photo of three men in blackface on the page opposite Northam’s profile
Another photo featuring blackface in the yearbook was accompanied with the caption: ‘Baby Love, who ever thought Diana Ross would make it to Medical School’
The photo that sparked calls for Northam to resign in question featured a man in blackface and a second person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe that was on Northam’s profile page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook
A photo on Northam’s yearbook page depicts a man in blackface and another in a KKK robe. Northam said he felt sick when he saw the image recently, despite admitting to covering his face in shoe polish to emulate Michael Jackson
Bryn Kerrigan Mahan said she spent hours in the school’s library going through the yearbooks and noted there were blackface photos from various years, as well as ‘cover to cover Confederate flags’

The president of the school, Dr. Richard V. Homan, announced on Saturday that he will direct an external investigation into past yearbooks.

The investigation will be carried out by a ‘panel of advocates for diversity and inclusion’.

It will include African Americans and other people of color.

The probe will determine the yearbook publishing process and the extent of administrative oversight.

It will also examine the campus culture at the Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Northam’s insistence that he is not in the initial racist photo did nothing to quell the clamor from his own party on Sunday for him to resign.

In his initial apology on Friday, Northam posted a video on Twitter, saying he could not ‘undo the harm my behavior caused then and today’.

On Saturday, the governor reversed course and said he wasn’t in the picture after all. Northam also said he had not seen the photo before Friday, since he had not bought the yearbook or been involved in its preparation 35 years ago.

Bryn Kerrigan Mahan noted one male student wearing a ‘Kill Arabs for Exxon’ shirt
The president of the school, Dr. Richard V. Homan, announced on Saturday that he will direct an external investigation into past yearbooks
Northam is seen left in a 1981 VMI yearbook photo that lists his nickname as ‘C**nman’, and right in a 1984 yearbook photo from Eastern Virginia Medical School
Northam is seen left in a 1981 VMI yearbook photo that lists his nickname as ‘C**nman’, and right in a 1984 yearbook photo from Eastern Virginia Medical School

‘It has taken time for me to make sure that it’s not me, but I am convinced, I am convinced that I am not in that picture,’ he told reporters at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, calling the picture offensive and horrific.

Northam, who is one year into his four-year term, again rejected demands that he step down.

While talking with reporters, Northam admitted he once used shoe polish to put on blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume but said he regrets that he didn’t understand ‘the harmful legacy of an action like that’.

Asked if he could still do Jackson’s famous moonwalk, Northam looked at the floor as if thinking about demonstrating it. His wife put a stop to it, telling him: ‘Inappropriate circumstances.’

His shifting explanations did little or nothing to sway prominent Democrats calling on him to resign, including from Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Kaine and Elizabeth Warren.

Northam was pushed repeatedly by reporters to explain why he issued an apology if he wasn’t in the photograph.

He conceded that people might have difficulty believing his shifting statements.

‘My first intention… was to reach out and apologize,’ he said, adding that he recognized that people would be offended by the photo.

Virtual Reality Program For Physicians

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The J&J VR station allows attendants to see what every doctor is doing inside the simulated reality.

Medical Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the most captivating emerging technologies trend today. Previously, VR was only associated with the gaming industry.  Now, one specific industry is starting to adapt it in multiple ways virtually every day. You may have guessed which one: healthcare.

In 2017, VR was used to treat soldiers with PTSD to deactivate a deep-seated “flight or fight response,” relieving fear and anxiety.

In 2018, some doctors are using VR to fight the opioid crisis by allowing people to escape to a virtual world in order to cope with acute pain.

The Johnson & Johnson Institute, a world leader in professional education, has launched a new global virtual reality training program for surgeons and nurses. The program currently includes three unique VR training modules for orthopaedic surgery, with plans to add more. The new technology is designed to teach orthopedic surgeons, nurses and medical students how to conduct a series of medical procedures through a combination of digital learning tools.

This 3D virtual environment mimics a real-life setting.

Once a doctor gets used to the new digital surroundings, the program guides them through an entire procedure, telling them what to do and what instruments to use.

The program currently includes three unique VR training modules for orthopaedic surgery – Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement with Direct Anterior Approach and Hip Fracture Treatment with a Proximal Femoral Nail – to help improve surgical techniques and drive greater patient outcomes.

As the global population continues to age, the volume of orthopaedic surgical procedures is expected to rise exponentially. In the United States alone, the volume of primary Total Hip Replacement and primary Total Knee Replacement is projected to grow by 171 percent and up to 189 percent, respectively, by 2030, according to data presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) 2018 Annual Meeting.

All instruments and implants in the VR training modules are designed to simulate real-world experience in an operating room, while anatomy and biomechanics provide an accurate scenario for the user. The modules meet clear educational needs at every experience level, ranging from basic to advanced and expert. The training also takes into account the fewer training hours that residents typically have given their heavy workloads and work hour restrictions.

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Patient Receives 3D printed Implanted Rib

 

Patient went to the doctor for tonsillitis, and a chest X-ray revealed a growth on his fifth rib caused by a congenital defect. This type of growth could worsen and cause pulmonary problems later in life, so his doctors decided the rib should be removed. The surgery replaced the tumorous rib with a 3D printed rib took at Tokuda Hospital in Bulgaria, a first for the country. The rib needed to have exactly the same dimensions as the original rib, so 3D printing was chosen due to its ability to accurately reproduce organic shapes. Replacing the missing rib with a 3D printed segment with the same shape, curve, width, and thickness was possible with the use of a 3DGence 3D printer.

The HIV Gene Editing Doctor Is Missing or Laying Low

A Chinese scientist,He Jiankui who claimed he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies, is missing, a report said on Monday.

The Shenzhen-based Southern University of Science and Technology dismissed claims that He has been detained.  A spokes person would not elaborate.

The spokeswoman said the school will keep the media updated.

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