Masimo iSpO2 New Consumer Health Tech (Video)

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ispo2_amazonThose of you who follow my healthcare professional shows know Masimo very well. This is one of their first ventures into the consumer marketplace. It’s a pulse oximeter for monitoring at home. Hi, Jamie Davis here at CES Unveiled with Max from Masimo and he’s here to tell us about the iSpO2.

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Track Blood Oxygenation

This is Masimo’s first consumer product. It’s called “iSpO2.” It’s currently for sale at Amazon.com and iSpO2.com for $249.00. Basically, when you put it on your finger, the very first thing you see on the bottom is your pleth waveform. It starts immediately showing you your perfusion index, your pulse rate and your oxygen saturation level.

With this product, you can track and trend your performance, your data. You can send it to your clinician. You can see your progress. We think everyone should have one. If you are a mountain climber, you should definitely have one. You don’t want to climb too fast and not let your body get acclimated. If you’re a pilot, you might want to have one. If you’re a fitness buff, and you are into interval training, you want to tune your body and measure your oxygen level, et cetera. You ought to have one.

Masimo Technology Inside iSpO2

Masimo has been a leader in innovation especially reading through low perfusion and through motion. When people are in distress, their hands shakes, they’re in pain. When people have low perfusion in their extremities, it’s very difficult to get an accurate reading.

Masimo has been basically the first company to solve that problem. This problem solving design is called signal extraction technology. All of that is in the pillbox built into the iSpO2 cable between the sensor and your smartphone. The consumer gets a lot of technology for $249.00 and a lot of consumer health technology history here for $249.00.

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HIV Medication Delivery Via Contraceptive Mesh (Video)

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Good day and welcome to Health Tech Weekly, the show on technology that helps create a healthier you! I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. Before we get into this week’s health tech item, make sure you check out the links here at HTWeekly.com for links to everything covered in this episode, contact information and more.

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HIV Medications Delivered by Female Condom

fibers-and-spermThis week on Health Tech Weekly, I take a look at new ways medications are being delivered. Medication delivery devices are coming to a bunch of strange places including the bedroom. Researchers at the University of Washington are using electrospun fabrics to embed medicines into female condoms.

According to the press release from U.W., the only way currently to prevent against both HIV and unwanted pregnancy while having sex is by using a condom. However, for many males, condom use is not always a popular option and they put pressure on their partners to have unprotected sex. By using this new technology in creation of a female condom, the team at the University of Washington hopes to include medications that prevent fertilization and help prevent HIV transmission.

Electrospinning Fiber Weaving

Electrospinning uses an electrically charged fluid jet to lay tiny fibers into a mesh so small that medication molecules become trapped in the fabric created there. The process can be tuned to allow for permeability, solubility and geometry. It is believed that due to this process, medication delivery is more reliable than other methods used today like gels, or pills.

fibersThe team created a stream containing HIV combating anti-retroviral agents while weaving a mesh fine enough that sperm cannot pass through it. While this does not provide the only answer to preventing the spread of HIV during sexual contact, it is one of the steps in the right direction. Researchers hope that by providing multiple options to couples having sex, choices will be made easier to engage in safe sexual activity.

Gates Foundation Funding

The group at University of Washington has recently received a Gates Foundation grant to increase their efforts to come up with a final product and will be purchasing a larger electrospinning machine to make larger sheets of the medicated material and continue testing and development. But this technology could be coming to a drugstore shelf near you soon.

That will wrap up this episode of Health Tech Weekly. Make sure you follow up over at out website, HTWeekly.com, for more information on this and all of our episodes. There are additional resource links, links to trusted resources for living a healthier lifestyle and more. If you have a comment on this week’s episode please get back in touch with me either over at HTWeekly.com in comment links for each article or shoot me an email at podmedic@mac.com.

I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. I’ll be back soon with more health technology for you. In the meantime, remember that improving health takes small, simple steps that over time all add up to a healthier you. Why don’t you take a healthier step today?

LifeProof Protects Mobile Devices in Healthcare Settings (Video)

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Life Proof Mobile Cases

Life Proof Mobile Cases

You’re bleeding all over your nurse’s iPad but it’s not a problem because she’s got a LifeProof case on that mobile device. Join Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic as he chats with LifeProof CEO Gary Rayner in their booth at CES 2013 last week.

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Protect Your Devices From Life

LifeProof is all about the things that happen in your life and making sure you don’t have to worry about your mobile devices, like your iPad or iPhone, during them. The LifeProof cases make your device waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof to military specifications so that when you’re on the job, you don’t have to worry about dropping your iPad or iPhone to the floor or in a dirty medical environment.

LifeProof Tactical Case

LifeProof Tactical Case

Any spills or cross contamination on your device can be wiped or washed off and disinfected just as you would any other piece of equipment and the functionality and features of the tablet or phone are completely undiminished. The LifeProof cases also have available accessories like hand straps and shoulder straps as well as stands and mounts for use in the hospital or ambulance environments.

Features Similar Cases Lack

Many similar cases that advertise being waterproof are very bulky but the slim design of the LifeProof case and the way it seals directly to the glass face of the device makes it similar in weight and profile to most standard cases. It’s more of a conversion for your mobile device than a case. The rubber bumpers and gaskets are completely bonded to the case body leaving no gaps in which pathogens can hide.

The LifeProof cases are currently available for iPhone 5, iPhone 4/4s, 3rd or 4th generation iPad, and the 4th generation iPod Touch. There will be a Samsung Galaxy S III case coming soon.

Find LifeProof cases at Amazon.com or other popular retailers. Prices begin at $79.95.

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FitBit One Monitors Fitness Around the Clock (Video)

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Good day and welcome to Health Tech Weekly, the show on technology that helps create a healthier you! I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. Before we get into this week’s health tech item, make sure you check out the links here at HTWeekly.com for links to everything covered in this episode, contact information and more.

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Monitor Fitness Around the Clock

Fitbit-quarterA few weeks ago I covered the misfit shine fitness monitor. This week, I look at the Fitbit One wireless fitness and sleep monitor. Yep, I said sleep monitor. The Fitbit One purports to not only monitor you daily activity but it also will monitor you sleep quality, provided you clip it onto your PJs when you hop in to bed at night.

The device will monitor steps taken, distance traveled, stairs climbed, calories burned and for your sleep schedule, hours and quality of sleep. Now it doesn’t measure water based activity like the misfit shine monitor covered previously but the Shine doesn’t measure sleep quality so if you’re not a big swimmer, you’re ahead of the game.

When you’re sleeping, the fitbit one measures your activity at night including the number of times you stir in your sleep and hours of sleep to give a sleep quality score. According to their website, the fitbit one’s data can be used over time to improve your sleep score by applying what is learned to improve your sleep habits. It’s kind of vague on this but any information on sleep habits is probably helpful for the average person.

Wakes You Up Before You Go-Go

The FitBit One will even wake you in the morning at a prearranged time with a gentle vibration that will not wake any bed partners. Handy for those seeking a silent escape or dealing with a cranky spouse. It syncs with either your computer or a host of mobile devices like the iPhone or iPad via a FitBit app and your free account on the FitBit.com website. The Fitbit One is available for $99 from most online and big box retailers. Visit the Health Tech website and the show notes for this episode for a link directly to Amazon for their best prices right now.

That will wrap up this episode of Health Tech Weekly. Make sure you follow up over at out website, HTWeekly.com, for more information on this and all of our episodes. There are additional resource links, links to trusted resources for living a healthier lifestyle and more. If you have a comment on this week’s episode please get back in touch with me either over at HTWeekly.com in comment links for each article or shoot me an email at podmedic@mac.com.

I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. I’ll be back soon with more health technology for you. In the meantime, remember that improving health takes small, simple steps that over time all add up to a healthier you. Why don’t you take a healthier step today?

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Ready for CES Health Tech

TPN CES coverage 2013I’m packing up the gear for tomorrow’s trip to Las Vegas to join the Tech Podcasts Network team covering the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Beginning Tuesday at 1 PM ET, viewers will get a live peek at what is going on at CES by going to TPN.tv and watching the live video stream.

Why Watch CES?

Why is CES such an important show to cover for health and technology gadgets? Because it’s the biggest convention ever, with 7 football fields of exhibits in and around the Convention Center, plus 5 hotels of conference content off site. Check this item from our TPN partners:

“With the largest show floor in history, more innovative technologies and services will launch at the 2013 CES than anywhere else in the world,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “From cloud-based services, advancements in digital health, connected vehicle technologies, the latest apps, flexible devices and beyond, the innovations unveiled at the 2013 CES will create new jobs and further economic growth around the world.”

Follow the Live CES Coverage

If you want to catch photos and more play-by-play of what’s new in digital health, follow my twitter page (@podmedic). I’ll be posting throughout the week with peeks at what I see at CES along with the latest in healthcare news from around the world. You can also catch the coverage MedicCast Production’s Live Video Page at MedicCastLive.com as well.

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If we reach our goal we’ll record over 300 individual product videos of the best tech from CES just for you!

Saliva Monitor for Diabetes Blood Glucose (Video)

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Good day and welcome to Health Tech Weekly, the show on technology that helps create a healthier you! I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. Before we get into this week’s health tech item, make sure you check out the links here at HTWeekly.com for links to everything covered in this episode, contact information and more.

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New Diabetes Monitor Technology

glucose saliva monitorOn the show his week in Health Tech I look at what many consider the holy grail for diabetes glucose monitoring, a non-invasive way to check blood sugar. By non-invasive, I mean a way to check blood sugar without pricking their finger or otherwise drawing blood.

Many options have been proposed and are under testing or research at this time including monitoring sweat, tears, and saliva. Having to draw blood 3 or 4 times a day just to manage your diabetes is a big reason many health professionals have seen that people are not good at managing their disease. Scientists at the Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute of Tehran University have released version 3 of their saliva testing device that seems to have overcome many of the primary problems with using saliva as a blood sugar monitoring medium, among them is the sensitivity needed to read and measure the minuscule amounts of glucose or sugar in saliva when compared to blood.

The latest version of the saliva testing device is dubbed as the final version and is in final stages of testing. This could be released to the world marketplace for testing very soon. This is hugely important in the health tech arena as 25.8 million americans are affected by diabetes a number that equals over 8.3% of the population. Seven million of them are considered undiagnosed or untreated diabetics.

Diabetes Epidemic Major Cause of Disease

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and a major cause of heart disease and stroke in the U.S. according to the CDC fact sheet on Diabetes. Anything that will improve testing of individuals for blood sugar levels and helps people manage their disease more effectively is a big deal indeed! The marketplace for new technology for managing diabetes is large and with direct medical costs for diabetes in the U.S. nearing $120 billion dollars a year a new management tool like this will be a big deal. Look for more segments on the technology and gadgets surround diabetes management in the future here on Health Tech Weekly as I continue to monitor this nationwide issue and the gadgets and apps that help to manage it.

That will wrap up this episode of Health Tech Weekly. Make sure you follow up over at out website, HTWeekly.com, for more information on this and all of our episodes. There are additional resource links, links to trusted resources for living a healthier lifestyle and more. If you have a comment on this week’s episode please get back in touch with me either over at HTWeekly.com in comment links for each article or shoot me an email at podmedic@mac.com.

I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. I’ll be back soon with more health technology for you. In the meantime, remember that improving health takes small, simple steps that over time all add up to a healthier you. Why don’t you take a healthier step today?