Robot Brain Surgery Innovates Health Technology

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robot-brain-surgery-deviceRobot Surgery is the topic for this week on the Health Tech Weekly Podcast. Now before you start going down the path of thinking Terminator movie-style robots, I’m talking about robotics overseen and controlled by skilled surgeons.

The advantages of robots for surgery is that robot hands don’t tremble and are mechanically stabilized. This means that these robot surgeons can accomplish much more complex and minuscule surgical procedures than a human robot can manage alone.

One such robot is the one created by students at Vanderbilt University in their Laboratory for Design and Control of Energetic Systems. This robot is created to specifically treat epileptics whose brain surgeries typically require removal of a section of skull and digging through upper layers of the brain to reach the areas affected by epilepsy deep in the brain.

Using a robot, though, you could enter through a much smaller hole, drilled, say, through the cheek bone and only a half inch wide. By entering the brain from the bottom up, there is much less damage to upper, cognitive layers of the brain and the robot can reach the hippocampus part of the brain with relative ease.

The robot surgeon can twist and “snake” it’s way around other brain structures identified in 3-D MRI images and cause nearly flawless entry to reach just the target zone. The segments of the invasive robot probe advance a millimeter at a time and is steered in real time while watching the MRI screen. While it’s still a few years away from being used in live humans, it shows great promise and could also be adapted for previously inoperable tumors as well. Stay tuned here on the Health Tech Weekly show for more on this and other amazing health technologies that will change our lives!

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DANA Brain Vital Signs App Helps With Concussion Treatment

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DANABrainApp-screenshotThis week on the Health Tech Weekly Podcast I take a look at a new app that may help health care professionals like nurses, doctors, or sports trainers assess patients with concussions after an injury to the brain. What if it were as easy to check the brain’s vital signs as it is to take a temperature or measure blood pressure? While we know that 98.6 is a normal body temperature and 120/80 is a healthy blood pressure, until now, we’ve ignored our most important vital sign – brain function.

The new DANA brain health screening app helps create a standardized tool to assess normal brain and cognitive function following an injury or stroke. It can also be used to track degenerative changes in patients with diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease. The tool is fast and easy to use with basic testing completed by the patient in just 5 minutes. There are also full spectrum tests lasting up to an hour.

The FDA has cleared the app for basic testing of traumatic brain injury or concussion and the U.S. military is using this tool to research effectiveness for assessing soldiers with blast injuries to their brain from combat operations. This is a great use of mobile app technology and I can see it being used to assess everything from sideline sports injury to the head to motor vehicle accident patients. You can find out more information about the DANA tool at DANABrainVital.com.

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iHealth Offer Cloud Health Tracking Solutions

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iHealth-Product-ShotHealth Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic visits the iHealth booth at CES Digital Experience event in Las Vegas to find out about their new system for helping seniors without smartphones or similar mobile devices. iHealth is known for their connected health assessment tools for the home user like blood pressure machines, blood sugar monitors, and other health devices.

The challenge for many people has been that all those devices have required someone to use a smartphone or tablet to make the most of the connected features and apps. That has all changed now that iHealth is offering their new connected hub for the home that collects data from all their connected devices and transmits that data securely to their web application for the home user to access on their computer using a normal web browser.

The data can also be shared with family members or even the user’s health care professional like a doctor or nurse monitoring them remotely. The iHealth Discover will be available by the end of 2015. You can find more information from iHealth about their products and services at iHealthLabs.com.

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LifeTrak Offers Health Tracking and Extended Battery Life

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LifeTrak_C210_blk-titanThe CES Digital Experience event is one of the most anticipated opportunities to see what is new and notable in consumer electronics. This is true for digital health products as well. Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic stopped by the LifeTrak booth to chat with Leon Wong about what they’re up to in creating innovative digital health tools.

We all might be familiar with LifeTrak as the device that reads heart rate for us in many of our high end gym equipment at a fitness center near you. Now they are producing amazing wearable tools that monitor activity, heart rate, sleep quality and more using a low profile wrist watch-like device with an astounding 1 year battery life.

I talked with Leon about their latest offerings ranging in price from $60 up to $120. They are tools meant to be worn and used everyday with features like being waterproof to up to 30 meters deep. The best part is that they are available now from major retailers and online stores. Find more information at LifeTrakUSA.com and check out these health and fitness tools from LifeTrak.

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iSwimBand Keeps Children Under Pool Parent’s Watchful Eye

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iSwimband-BOY_w_BRACELETWater safety is a big issue for prevention and awareness here in the United States. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children and sadly is almost always preventable. Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic got the chance to chat with iSwimband COO Paul Newcomb about the iSwimband device and the additions to the product line and app since their interview last year.

The iSwimband is a small digital device that attaches to your child’s swimsuit or goggles with a clip to allow them to swim safely because you are instantly alerted when they are in danger. The alerts to the app can be adjusted to warn you the instant the iSwimband contacts water for younger children or allow alerts when submerged for up to 60 seconds for older children and accomplished swimmers. Find out more information about this important innovative safety tool at iSwimband.com.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder Goes Away With the Luminette

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People who travel a lot as well as those who deal with the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) have one thing in common. They can benefit from a simple technology called “photo-therapy.” Photo or light therapy uses the wavelengths of daylight shining in the eyes to stop production of the sleep hormone melatonin in the brain. This is also thought to contribute to some aspects of depression.

Frequent travelers and sufferers of the winter blues will find that the Luminette from Lucimed.com is a perfect tool to help them with this problem. The device resets daylight cycles in the body and reduces melatonin production. Already in widespread use in Europe, the Luminette glasses are coming to the United States soon.

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H2O Pal Reminds You to Stay Hydrated

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It’s always great to see startup success stories at the International CES expo and Matej Marjanovic’s H2O Pal is one of those success stories. Matej chats with Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic about his invention that helps users track and maintain their hydration.

The H2O Pal attaches to your water bottle and connects wirelessly to your smartphone on the H2O Pal app to track how much water you drink and to help you remember to stay hydrated. Matej is a student at Penn State University who came up with this idea and is at the CES show to share it with potential buyers and consumers.

He is just one of the amazing success stories that are showing off their innovative ideas and products at the conference. You can find out more about H2O Pal at H2OPal.com. Check it out!

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Fitnet Expands Fitness Program Mobile App Offerings

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Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic stopped by the FitNet booth to chat with Chief Geek Bob Summers about their innovative fitness app and the new features they are debuting this year at the International CES expo in Las Vegas. FitNet is an online and mobile app that helps individuals get in shape through creative and fun fitness routines. These routines can be tracked on your mobile devices while you do them.

Now FitNet offers remote connectivity with personal trainers who can monitor your workouts when you wish and offer you encouragement as well as modifications and improvements to your posture and style while doing the exercises. The new features are available now and you can find the FitNet app and more information at Fit.net.

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ThermoFlash Gives Quick Germ-Free Access to Patient Temperature

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BeWell-ThermoFlash-thermometerEvery year at CES, the Tech Podcast Network hosts in attendance pick their TPN Picks of the best at the show. This year Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic picked the ThermoFlash scanning thermometer from BeWell Connect. Jamie interviewed BeWell’s medical director Dr. Francios Teboul who detailed the reasons why using a scanning thermometer that never has to touch the patient makes so much sense.

First, in the case of infectious diseases like ebola or the seasonal flu, limiting contact between caregivers and patients just makes sense to limit transmission of the disease. It’s also a very useful feature for those situations where you don’t want to disturb the patient while they are resting. This is particularly of interest to those parents of small children out there who are sick and need their rest.

The consumer version of the ThermoFlash will be available soon for around $100, it’s FDA approved and will have Bluetooth connectivity for those with smartphones and the BeWell Connect app. Find more information on their website at www.BeWell-Connect.com.

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Survey on Patients and Their Electronic Health Data at CES

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AND-Medical-wcuff-propage-300x214Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic visited the Digital Health Pavilion at the International CES 2015 in Las Vegas to find the latest tech, tools, and information on digital health for consumers. He stopped by the AND Medical booth to talk with CEO Terry Duesterhoeft about a recent study they commissioned to determine how open consumers wish to be with the data from home health connected devices.

AND Medical makes many home health monitoring devices like blood pressure machines and they wanted to find out how much information consumers were willing to share with their health care professionals and other caregivers. They were surprised by how open consumers were willing to be with their health data in a protected environment in order to help them get healthier.

Most people were willing to share some or all of their collected health data with their doctors, nurses and other caregivers. This seems to go against the belief in professional health circles that considers consumers much more privacy conscious. Find out more about AND Medical’s connected health tools for consumers and health professionals at andonline.com/medical.

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