Brain Sensing Tech Support to Mindfulness – The Muse Review
Do you want to control your brain? The Muse brain sensing headband promises to help you get the most out of your meditation practice by giving you real-time biofeedback about what’s going on in your mind. It’s not some dystopian headset trying to alter your brain. Instead, its makers, the InteraXon team, want to train you to modify it yourself by knowing your brain activity better. Here you find our experience with the headband – even the comparison for the early and latest versions: our big fat Muse review. Measuring brainwave activity? Really? How? For answering that question, we have to introduce you t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients Researchers digital health future headband health technology Innovation Medicine meditation mental health mindfulness muse review stress stress release Source Type: blogs

Are You Going To Wake Up From Cryosleep?
More than 300 people let their bodies have cooled down to -200 Celsius and preserved in liquid nitrogen in the hope that someday in the future, science will be able to cheat death and make them wake up from their Sleeping Beauty state. As of today, no one knows whether they will ever have the chance for a second life. Here’s our overview of cryonics, cryosleep, and cryotherapy. Relax, David, open your eyes! That’s the last line from Vanilla Sky, the movie remake about a wealthy playboy in cryosleep waking up after 150 years from his lucid dream (starring Tom Cruise as David). The audience doesn’t know wha...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Cyborgization Medical Science Fiction Patients Researchers Space Medicine cryogenics cryonics cryosleep cryotherapy death future Innovation life longevity mars NASA scifi space travel Source Type: blogs

National Digital Health Strategies Around the World
As healthcare systems struggle with unsustainability, a shortage of medical professionals, while technological development is soaring, digital health seems to be a viable path toward making healthcare feasible. We looked around the world, which countries have the same idea in mind trying to put it into practice. The following national digital health strategies are the examples we found. Why does every country need a digital health strategy? Three reasons necessitate the urgent introduction of a digital health strategy in every country. (1) First and foremost, healthcare systems are unsustainable. According to OECD projecti...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy australia Denmark digital health strategy healthcare system healthcare systems Innovation Israel new zealand rwanda Source Type: blogs

Is Crowdfunding The Grim Future of Health Insurance?
A growing number of people, mostly Americans, is forced to use crowdfunding sites to ask for money to cover medical expenses. While in many cases, the option is a potential source of hope binding people together for a good cause that would otherwise be lost due to financial reasons, the phenomenon also shows the desperate state of a healthcare system where victims of terrible illnesses have to “commodify” themselves on online donation forums. Should it stay that way? Should we fear for a dark future of health insurance in some parts of the world? The patchwork called crowdfunding Kickstarter, GoFundMe, Indiegog...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Insurance Healthcare Design Social media in Healthcare crowdfunding digital health digital health insurance ethics future health data medical medical expenses Source Type: blogs

The Top Sleep Sensors For Expert Level Tracking
Sleep sensors are accurate tools on the digital health technology market to offer insights into our snooze, and reliable companions to improve bedtime. If you want to go beyond sleep apps, we collected the top sleep sensors out there to make your choice easier. Sleep like a boss The amount of sleep was often a great concern for world leaders. Margaret Thatcher said that she only needed four hours of sleep at night. When Napoleon Bonaparte was asked how many hours of sleep people need, he is said to have replied: “Six for a man, seven for a woman, eight for a fool.” However, research shows enough sleep is vital ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients Researchers digital health future health trackers Innovation personalized personalized health sleep sleep sensor sleep tracking technology wearables Source Type: blogs

The Top Sleep Apps To Start Your Bedtime Tracking Journey
Instead of angels, dragons or unicorns, trackers may guard your dreams in the 21st century – which at least gives you a chance to gain more insight into your sleep data and actually improve your bedtime. If you want to become the master of sleep tracking, start with an app. Here, we collected the top sleep apps to choose from! With data for a better bedtime Research shows that humans spend one-third of their lives with sleeping or at least attempting to do so. If you have trouble with the snooze, there have been many traditional and non-traditional, legal and illegal methods to help: sleeping pills, booze, marijuana,...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients android app apps fitness future iphone Personalized medicine sleep sleep app sleep sensor sleep tracker smartphone technology wearables Source Type: blogs

HOW TO Measure Sleep?
Are you counting sheep, taking sleeping pills or do any other tricks to fall asleep at night? Do you wake up at random intervals? Are you stressed even if you have to think about going to bed? You have to try sleep tracking, the most comfortable and efficient part of the digital health movement. Here, we show you the ins and outs of how to sleep better. How do you know whether you need sleep tracking? Every single one of us needs sleep tracking – as everyone gets some sleep and every now and then has quality or quantity issues. Let us explain that. There is a lot of confusion about rest and the amount of necessary sh...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients apps fitness future Healthcare Innovation personalized health Personalized medicine sleep sleep app sleep sensor sleep tracker sleep tracking sleeping smartphone te Source Type: blogs

The Top Digital Health Companies In One Ultimate Database
The Medical Futurist team has been working for months to compile a curated list of digital health companies, but we can finally present you our findings in our latest database. We aimed for companies working on artificial intelligence solutions, health sensors and trackers, smartphone apps, genomics, 3D printing, biotechnology, the future of food, and many more. More than 400 companies made it to our list, which all have what it takes to gain ground on the turbulent market of health technologies. If a start-up comes with a truly disruptive technological solution, has a mindset for innovation, presents a viable busine...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Business Future of Medicine Policy Makers Researchers company digital health digital health companies health market Healthcare Innovation technology Source Type: blogs

Futuristic, Forward-looking and Fun – The Curiscope Virtuali-tee Review
Futuristic, forward-looking and fun. Whenever these three attributes characterize a technology, we know it’s a jackpot. The Virtuali-tee Human Body T-shirt created by Curiscope has all three qualifiers – and one more. It’s our secret weapon for blowing people’s minds with augmented reality. The T-shirt and the accompanying app shows colorful human organs, animations, and the entire 3D image looks so real that physicians often ask Dr. Meskó if these are really his insides. No, they are not. Read our Virtuali-tee review to understand why. Turning abstract biological concepts into magic The UK-b...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Augmented Reality Medical Education Medical Professionals Patients Anatomy AR digital future Health Healthcare MedEd Medicine review STEM Source Type: blogs

HOW TO Support Patient Education Through Technologies?
There’s nothing new about an information-savvy patient. The novelty is the array of digital technologies and internet-based communication tools aiming at appeasing that appetite beyond just asking doctors for advice. How could medical professionals help their patients understand the most possible about diseases, drugs, treatments and alternative care with the help of innovative means? Here’s our overview. Like it or not, patients google symptoms One of the most visible consequences of digital health is the change in the relationship between patients and doctors. The latter are not the exclusive source of medica...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Empowered Patients From Chance to Choice Healthcare Design Medical Professionals Social media in Healthcare communication digital digital health doctor-patient doctor-patient relationship future health communication patient educati Source Type: blogs

Wireless and Scanning – The Clarius Portable Ultrasound Review
Can you imagine making an ultrasound scan on your kitchen table? No need for a doctor’s appointment, no waiting time, no travel costs. With the appearance of pocket-sized and user-friendly diagnostic devices, such as the Clarius wireless portable ultrasound, it’s already possible. The Medical Futurist had the chance to test the mind-boggling technology able to revolutionize diagnostics. Here’s our great Clarius review. When everyday heroes meet science fiction turned reality On a partly cloudy September morning, The Medical Futurist team visited an ambulance crew in the Hungarian capital. We brought the e...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Professionals Portable Diagnostics Researchers Telemedicine & Smartphones clarius clinical digital innovation future Health Healthcare portable ultrasound review technology Source Type: blogs

Digital Clothing and Biofashion Might Bring New Directions to the Apparel Industry
Fast fashion is not only unsustainable but means an unbearable burden to the planet. The situation is ripe for change. Could lab-grown leather and other novel ways of synthetic garment production, biofashion or digital clothing show the way into an alternative future of the apparel industry? From Burda to the unsustainable downward spiral of fast fashion Haut couture – or rather its street-style version – has never been so accessible for the average, middle-class citizen as today. When our grandmothers in the 1950s wanted to dress according to the latest trend, they bought the Burda Magazine alongside with some...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Business Health Sensors & Trackers Patients Researchers artificial leather artificial material biofashion design digital digital clothes digital clothing fast fashion future Healthcare synthetic wearables Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Events Around the World
Digital health events are the most exciting means for sharing the latest technological innovations and scientific results. It’s the terrain for discussing forward-looking ideas with the community of like-minded stakeholders in healthcare. From the Silicon Valley through London to Brisbane, there are a number of high-level gatherings which are almost mandatory for the technology-savvy medical crowd. Thus, we decided to collect the most noteworthy healthcare events so you’ll not miss out on anything! Hopefully, you will attend events shaped by the latest technological advances and by other (social) expectations ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Researchers Source Type: blogs

How Autocracies Could Misuse Digital Health Innovations
How long do you think it will take for authoritarian governments, dictatorships or tyrannies until they realize the vast potential in digital health technologies and until they learn how to harness their powers? Twenty years? Ten years? We have to warn you, the era of 24/7 surveillance and intrusion into the innermost secrets of human life is even closer than that. Watch out! Dystopic worst case scenario-alert! Digital technologies are double-edged swords: they promised social change… On 17 December 2010, a Tunisian vegetable vendor set up his cart on the street in Sidi Bouzid to sell goods that he obtained the day ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Future of Medicine Security & Privacy AR artificial intelligence big data biotechnology black mirror dystopia genes genetics genomics Health health sensors Healthcare insurance MR Personalized medicine scifi Source Type: blogs

The Future of Making Sense of the World
Hug shirts, smellphones, virtual tastes, bionic eyes and hearing aids doing translations – just a few keywords showing how technology will take human perception to a higher level in the future. Innovative healthcare solutions will go way beyond improving our senses when we experience problems, they will augment our capabilities and open new horizons for humanity. Let’s jump into the pool of details. How humans perceive the sensory cacophony called the world Car. Flower. Smartphone. Leaf. Shadow. Ponytail. Red Sweater. Monitor. Water. Coffee. Beeps. Sidney Bechet tunes. Bicycle. Laugh. Light breeze. Holiday mem...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Cyborgization Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients body augmentation future Healthcare hearing human human perception Medicine sense sensing smell taste touch vision Source Type: blogs

The Digital Health Buzzword Radar
Data-driven haircare, blockchain-enabled long island ice tea or artificially intelligent toilet paper: the buzzwords of our time seem to be everywhere, and digital health is no exception. Sometimes it even seems to be the breeding ground of overhyped technologies and overmarketing. Here, we collected the most often used digital health buzzwords and placed them on our buzzword radar. Digital health is ripe for hype As digital health is gaining momentum, more and more companies come forward with their disruptive ideas; or at least with their claims about having built disruptive digital health solutions. For the reason that o...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Business Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients Policy Makers Researchers AI artificial intelligence big data blockchain buzzword deep learning digital health DTC Genetic testing genetics genomics H Source Type: blogs

Tech Giants In Healthcare: New E-Book!
Big tech companies like Amazon, Google-parent Alphabet, Apple, IBM, or Microsoft are taking their move into healthcare and medicine seriously. Our newly published e-book entitled Tech Giants In Healthcare offers a comprehensive overview of their goals, tool-kit, experiences, risks, and potentials on the turbulent healthcare market in the recent years.  Google Genomics, IBM Watson, Apple Healthkit & Co. News outlets are buzzing with healthcare-related steps of technology giants. For example, according to the latest news, the new Apple Watch can screen for heart problems. Recently, Google launched a new service...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Business Future of Medicine AI amazon apple artificial intelligence genetics genomics google Health Healthcare IBM ibm watson market microsoft research smartphone technology Source Type: blogs

The Digital Pickwick Club: A Nursing Home of the Future
Social companion robots, chatbots, telemedicine, digital tattoos, gamification – the necessary accessories of a nursing home of the future. Do you shake your head in disagreement thinking that’s science fiction and not the natural habitat of your grandma? Our short story of Dickens’ 21st-century reconstruction, the digital Pickwick Club will convince you otherwise. From Santa Fé to Sapporo: An artist with a robot companion 24 May, 2054. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the smart alarm tells Amy gently that it’s time for her to get up. It’s somewhere between 5.30 and 6 a.m., wakeup adjusted to ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Professionals Medical Science Fiction Patients AI artificial intelligence chatbot digital elderly elderly care future nursing home robot sci-fi short story smart home smartphone social companion robot technology Source Type: blogs

Can Artificial Food Put an End to Famine?
Synthetic tea? Lab-grown meat? Artificial milk? Nutrients and vitamins in a protein shake? Sci-fi movies like the Matrix, Star Trek or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy showed us a glimpse of the future of eating disconnected from Mother Earth. As the world population is growing while producing more food through farming strains the resources of the planet, could artificial food ensure appropriate nutrition for everyone on the globe? Our schizophrenic eating habits and environmental stress factors A UN report called State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World published some days ago, provided some dishearteni...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Food Medical Professionals Patients artificial food artificial meat cell cell culture clean meat cultured meat diet eating in vitro Innovation meal nutrition technology Source Type: blogs

Health IT Or Digital Health? The Gary-Rule Helps!
When it’s difficult to draw a line between health IT and digital health, the “Gary-rule” as a general rule of thumb could help. It means that any tech-related issue in a healthcare setting that Gary, the IT guy can solve belongs to health IT. On the other hand, problems in the medical-technological universe, which cannot get resolved without the involvement of other stakeholders of healthcare constitute the terrain of digital health, writes Dr. Meskó in his article published in the latest edition of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Research. The Gary-rule It’s hard to draw a definiti...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Digital Health Research Policy Makers Researchers digital technology future health IT Healthcare online security wannacry Source Type: blogs

Can We Alleviate Loneliness with Technologies?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Skype, Gmail, iMessage, text message, phone call – a billion ways to connect with fellow humans in the digital world. Why is it then that loneliness levels are rising? Can technologies alleviate feeling alone? Samantha, the technological female self to feel better In the brilliant movie, Her, somewhere in the near future Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a letter writer going through an emotionally burdensome divorce and spending his time mostly with video games and only occasionally in human company, decides to try the OS1, an operating system with artificial intelligence. He deci...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics AI alienation artificial intelligence chatbot connected digital future loneliness modern social companion social companion robot social media society solitude technology Source Type: blogs

The Body Map Of Digital Health Sensors
Fitbit? Apple Watch? Lumo? Garmin? Pebble? Would you like to track your fitness level, muscle activity, and heart rate to know whether your workout plan is working? Did you have heart problems and would you like to keep track of your ECG or blood pressure? Do you have trouble sleeping and would like to leverage on the power of technology to have the best shuteye possible? Are you looking for the right sensor for your study or clinical trial? The Body Map of Digital Health Sensors, as well as our constantly updated database of wearables and trackers, are here for you! As The Medical Futurist keeps track of the best gadgets ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rozina Bura Tags: Business Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Researchers database digital digital health digital health sensors infographic Innovation personalized personalized health technology wearable wearables Source Type: blogs

Digital Tattoos Make Healthcare More Invisible
What if markings on your skin could unlock your phone or get you access to entrance doors? And what if they could also measure your blood pressure or hydration level constantly in the background only alerting you in case of values out of the normal range? Digital tattoos could act as minilabs rendering our skin an interactive display and making healthcare more invisible at the same time. Here’s our summary of the latest trends and research efforts to make it happen. Our bodies are the next frontier for technology In the course of the development of medical devices, a general trend has emerged: tools are getting more...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Business Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Medical Professionals Patients digital digital health digital tattoo digital tattoos future Innovation Personalized medicine technology wearables Source Type: blogs

Digital Tattoos Make Healthcare More Invisible
What if markings on your skin could unlock your phone or get you access to entrance doors? And what if they could also measure your blood pressure or hydration level constantly in the background only alerting you in case of values out of the normal range? Digital tattoos could act as minilabs rendering our skin an interactive display and making healthcare more invisible at the same time. Here’s our summary of the latest trends and research efforts to make it happen. Our bodies are the next frontier for technology In the course of the development of medical devices, a general trend has emerged: tools are getting more...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Business Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Medical Professionals Patients digital digital health digital tattoo digital tattoos future Innovation Personalized medicine technology wearables Source Type: blogs

How to Overcome Being Cyberchondriac?
We must all have experienced the features of being a cyberchondriac every once in a while: you wake up with a headache, you feel dizzy and dehydrated, but after googling your symptoms you’re inclined to think you have brain cancer instead of crediting your being unwell to the company cocktail hour the day before. As nowadays the diagnosis seems to be only a click away, the danger of becoming constantly anxious about diseases got a lot closer. Here’s how you can overcome being a cyberchondriac. Illness anxiety is real What is the common denominator of Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, and Howard Huges? No, it’...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Empowered Patients Social media in Healthcare cyberchondria cyberchondriac diagnosis digital health google Health 2.0 health app hypochondria online diagnosis technology Source Type: blogs

How to Overcome Being Cyberchondriac?
We must all have experienced the features of being a cyberchondriac every once in a while: you wake up with a headache, you feel dizzy and dehydrated, but after googling your symptoms you’re inclined to think you have brain cancer instead of crediting your unwell to the company cocktail hour the day before. As nowadays the diagnosis seems to be only a click away, the danger of becoming constantly anxious about diseases got a lot closer. Here’s how you can overcome being a cyberchondriac. Illness anxiety is real What is the common denominator of Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, and Howard Huges? No, it’s not ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Empowered Patients Social media in Healthcare cyberchondria cyberchondriac diagnosis digital health google Health 2.0 health app hypochondria online diagnosis technology Source Type: blogs

Rwanda and the Dreamers of Digital Health in Africa: Wakanda Is Real
Rwandans in remote villages are using an artificial intelligence-based algorithm on their mobile phones to get a diagnosis for their health problems, doctors in Kigali consult their colleagues in the Western Province about radiology cases through telemedicine, blood is delivered by Zipline’s medical drones, and a central electronic health records system ensures data is collected about health activities. Rwanda is a pioneer in digital health in Africa – a real Afrofuturistic embodiment of Black Panther‘s Wakanda. Let’s see how and why that happened. Wakanda gets real in Rwanda Black Panther&rsq...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Africa AI artificial intelligence chatbot development digital health drones government medical drone mobile app mobile health regulation rwanda smartphone telemedicine Source Type: blogs

Rwanda and the Dreamers of Digital Health in Africa: Wakanda Is Real
Rwandans in remote villages are using an artificial intelligence-based algorithm on their mobile phones to get a diagnosis for their health problems, doctors in Kigali consult their colleagues in the Western Province about radiology cases through telemedicine, blood is delivered by Zipline’s medical drones, and a central electronic health records system ensures data is collected about health activities. Rwanda is a pioneer in digital health in Africa – a real Afrofuturistic embodiment of Black Panther‘s Wakanda. Let’s see how and why that happened. Wakanda gets real in Rwanda Black Panther&rsq...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Africa AI artificial intelligence chatbot development digital health drones government medical drone mobile app mobile health regulation rwanda smartphone telemedicine Source Type: blogs

How Do Guatemalan Midwives and Smartphones Come Together?
A scarcity of infrastructure, a lack of resources for healthcare development or non-existent window opportunities for talented developers cement low-resource regions in their state for decades. The Medical Futurist argues that disruptive digital health innovations as technology transfers through collaborations are the safest and fastest way out. These are cheap and creative solutions with low-key infrastructural needs embedded into the socio-economic background, just like the examples below. Leap instead of gradual development Technology transfer means the adaptation of best practices and technical know-how to an environme...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Portable Diagnostics Telemedicine & Smartphones asia digital health disruptive guatemala Innovation low resource medical mobile phone nepal south america technology transfer Source Type: blogs

How Do Guatemalan Midwives and Smartphones Come Together?
A scarcity of infrastructure, a lack of resources for healthcare development or non-existent window opportunities for talented developers cement low-resource regions in their state for decades. The Medical Futurist argues that disruptive digital health innovations as technology transfers through collaborations are the safest and fastest way out. Cheap and creative solutions with low-key infrastructural needs embedded into the socio-economic background, just like the examples below. Leap instead of gradual development Technology transfer means the adaptation of best practices and technical know-how to an environment where t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Portable Diagnostics Telemedicine & Smartphones asia digital health disruptive guatemala Innovation low resource medical mobile phone nepal south america technology transfer Source Type: blogs

Threshold of A New Era in Diagnostics: Philips Lumify Portable Ultrasound Review
In the future, a midwife could do an ultrasound of a high-risk pregnancy in the comfort of the mother’s home, a doctor with a backpack could examine entire refugee camps, or emergency services could diagnose trauma patients at an accident scene. It’s all possible with portable ultrasound machines. It’s peak technological performance. That’s why The Medical Futurist got thrilled when Philips sent us their Lumify system for testing. Check out our Philips Lumify portable ultrasound review below. Portable ultrasounds are the future Looking at the evolution of diagnostic devices, it becomes apparent that...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients Portable Diagnostics Telemedicine & Smartphones digital health Health 2.0 Innovation lumify philips review technology ultrasound Source Type: blogs

Threshold of A New Era in Diagnostics: Philips Lumify Portable Ultrasound Review
In the future, a midwife could do an ultrasound of a high-risk pregnancy in the comfort of the mother’s home, a doctor with a backpack could examine entire refugee camps, or emergency services could diagnose trauma patients at an accident scene. It’s all possible with portable ultrasound machines. It’s peak technological performance. That’s why The Medical Futurist got thrilled when Philips sent us their Lumify system for testing. Check out our Philips Lumify portable ultrasound review below. Portable ultrasounds are the future Looking at the evolution of diagnostic devices, it becomes apparent that...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients Portable Diagnostics Telemedicine & Smartphones digital health Health 2.0 Innovation lumify philips review technology ultrasound Source Type: blogs

Digital Technologies for Improving Hygiene in Health Facilities
150 years after Semmelweis advised fellow physicians to sanitize their hands to mitigate the effect of infections, the maintenance of hygiene is still a widespread problem in hospitals and the source of healthcare-associated infections. Now, technological solutions line up against microorganisms, bacteria, and fungi. Here are a few examples. 1 in 9 in-patients will die due to infection According to the US Center for Disease Control, studies show that on average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. This significantly contributes to the spread of healthcare-associated infections (H...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Healthcare Design Medical Professionals Policy Makers clean digital digital health future HAI healthcare-associated infection hygiene Medicine robot robotics sensors technology trackers wearable Source Type: blogs

Digital Technologies for Improving Hygiene in Health Facilities
150 years after Semmelweis advised fellow physicians to sanitize their hands to mitigate the effect of infections, the maintenance of hygiene is still a widespread problem in hospitals and the source of healthcare-associated infections. Now, technological solutions line up against microorganisms, bacteria, and fungi. Here are a few examples. 1 in 9 in-patients will die due to infection According to the US Center for Disease Control, studies show that on average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. This significantly contributes to the spread of healthcare-associated infections (H...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Healthcare Design Medical Professionals Policy Makers clean digital digital health future HAI healthcare-associated infection hygiene Medicine robot robotics sensors technology trackers wearable Source Type: blogs

The Top Bioprinting Companies
In the next 5-7 years, the bioprinting market is estimated to expand by 15.7 percent, and it is anticipated to grow over $4.70 billion by 2025, according to the latest study of BIS Research. While the growth statistics indicate a turbulent landscape, it is worth familiarizing with the main players. Here, we collected the best bioprinting companies currently on the market. The future of bioprinting: tissues not organs The idea of lab-grown organs might mean the end of testing drugs on animals or humans, the solution for organ shortages and an ending of the desperate state of organ donations worldwide. If the creators of the...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: 3D Printing in Medicine Biotechnology Business Future of Medicine 3d printed bioprinting company Healthcare Innovation market regenerative skin Source Type: blogs

The Top Bioprinting Companies
In the next 5-7 years, the bioprinting market is estimated to expand by 15.7 percent, and it is anticipated to grow over $4.70 billion by 2025, according to the latest study of BIS Research. While the growth statistics indicate a turbulent landscape, it is worth familiarizing with the main players. Here, we collected the best bioprinting companies currently on the market. The future of bioprinting: tissues not organs The idea of lab-grown organs might mean the end of testing drugs on animals or humans, the solution for organ shortages and an ending of the desperate state of organ donations worldwide. If the creators of the...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: 3D Printing in Medicine Biotechnology Business Future of Medicine 3d printed bioprinting company Healthcare Innovation market regenerative skin Source Type: blogs

HOW TO Evaluate Medical Apps, Health Technologies, and Websites
How do you decide what’s real or fake news on the internet? How do you evaluate the quality of medical apps or health technologies? As part of our From Chance To Choice campaign, we would like to help medical professionals make a more informed judgment about digital health tools so they would be more confident – and perhaps more open – to talk about online diagnostic means, medical apps, sensors or wearables. Thus, they could successfully navigate their patients in the jungle of digital health – and proudly wear the Ask Me About Digital pin on their coats (yes, we already have that, too!) Ode agains...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: From Chance to Choice Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients Social media in Healthcare apps digital digital health digital technology fake news health apps Innovation wearables websites Source Type: blogs

Nutrigenomics: Could Your Genes Choose the Right Cheese for You?
Nutrigenomics emerged lately in food science and dieting similarly to blockchain: it shows the way into the future, but sometimes seems to be hijacked by companies yearning for attention but not having the proper science to back up their products. As many people have no idea what nutrigenomics entails, not to speak about what it should, The Medical Futurist decided to show what nutrigenomics means, where the technology stands at the moment and what it could bring in the future. Food shopping and eating out in 2068 Mathilda had her full genome sequenced in school as part of the general health check-up. Her parents not only ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Food Genomics diet dieting DNA eating food science Genetic testing genetics Health Healthcare healthy lifestyle nutrigenomics technology Source Type: blogs

Could A.I. Solve The Human Resources Crisis In Healthcare?
About 17.4 million – that’s the number of healthcare workers who are missing from the healthcare system globally. The human resources crisis in the medical sector is a burning issue, but with the aging and burn-out of physicians on the one hand, and the continuous rise in chronic diseases, on the other hand, it will even get worse year by year. Could artificial intelligence give a helping hand to doctors and ease the burden on healthcare systems? The Medical Futurist Institute published a paper that says it’s possible, but first, we need to tackle a range of ethical and legal questions. A global health wo...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research AI crisis digital health strategy future Healthcare HR human resources medical technology workforce Source Type: blogs

The Top 12 Social Companion Robots
What do you get if you combine the best features of a smartphone, a vacuum cleaner, and a pet? No, it’s not Dr. Frankenstein’s dog, but rather the new family members of the household of the future: social companion robots. They might do the chores, guard the house, teach the children and keep company to the elderly or people with health issues. Here are the current best examples on the market, but the best is yet to come. The newest member of the family? Joe Hawkins lives in London with his wife and three kids. Running a household and having a job would already be an immense task for the parents, but Laura, the...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Robotics Top Lists AI companion robot digital digital health empathy future humanoid robot social companion technology Source Type: blogs

Where Is the Boundary to Augment Life?
Cloning, CRISPR and gene editing, synthetic life forms, and longevity. The latest scientific discoveries are able to offset the natural order of human existence and meddle with sacred questions of life and death. Even so, does gaining insight into the secrets of being mean it should also be put into practice? Are we aware of the consequences? Where are the boundaries to augment life? Life, death and the coin for Charon the Ferryman In Japanese folklore, the Shinigami, gods or spirits of death came to the persons who were destined to die and invited them over the threshold of life and death. In ancient Egypt, Anubis, having...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Cyborgization artificial intelligence augmentation bioethical cloning CRISPR death future gene editing Health Healthcare life longevity research synthetic life Source Type: blogs

Tracing The Future of Forensic Medicine
Realistic genetic photo fits, portable diagnostic labs and microbiomes are all new elements in the tool-kit of medical professionals in forensic medicine to catch criminals and solve complex cases. Reality is not at all CSI, but not because of the lack of high-tech, but due to the distortions of television. Let’s see how the future of forensic medicine might look in actuality. CSI and its effect Ultraviolet cameras showing bruises healed a while ago. Luminol displaying traces of blood on leather jackets. UV lights like lightsabers scouring over empty rooms to find saliva, semen or any fluid to do a DNA exam in a high...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Biotechnology Future of Medicine Genomics AI artificial intelligence crime CSI DNA forensic forensic medicine forensic science genetics microbiome police Source Type: blogs

HOW TO Prepare The Future Generation of Physicians
As patients are becoming the point-of-care, the doctor-patient relationship has started to shift towards an equal-level partnership, and digital technology plays a more and more critical role in healthcare, it is of utmost importance to prepare the future generation of physicians what they could expect during their future career. As part of our From Chance To Choice campaign, here, we set out the principles of how to educate medical students. Brace yourself, doctor, digital health is coming! The advancement of digital technologies, IT and the appearance of the internet with social media channels set profound changes in hea...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Education digital digital health future future of education Healthcare med school med student MedEd medical curriculum Source Type: blogs

On Holiday With Health Technologies
Scorching sun, ice-cold beverages, light naps in a poolside beach bed. The time for summer vacation has finally arrived, and you cannot even think of anything else just some margaritas in the pool bar. We collected the best digital technologies for you, so you don’t have to worry about emergency situations or your health on holiday. Have a great vacation! 1) Protect your skin with wearable patches! Although we have to wait a bit until nanoparticles make their way into UV-light absorbing sunscreens and anti-aging products, health apps and wearables already line up to save your skin from looking red potatoes the next d...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Patients chatbot dermatology digital health food allergy food sensor health chatbot holiday summer technology telemedicine Source Type: blogs

Why An Upgraded Hippocratic Oath Is Needed In The Digital Era
Download the Hippocratic Oath 2.0 The Hippocratic Oath is the most famous text in Western medicine and constitutes the ethical basis of the medical profession. For centuries, it has provided an overview of the principles of this noble mission and doctors’ professional behavior. At the dawn of a new era in medicine, it is high time to rewrite the Oath so that it would reflect the state of technological development, changes in social structures and in general, the requirements of the 21st century. The Hippocratic Oath in historical perspective The medical profession adopted the Oath of Hippocrates as its ethical code o...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Future of Medicine Medical Education code of conduct digital health Healthcare hippocratic oath med student MedEd technology Source Type: blogs

What Do Digital Biomarkers Mean?
The spread of wearable digital technologies in healthcare generating big data entailed the appearance of a new type of medical information. They produce actionable insights into the biological state of individuals, just as “general” biomarkers, but are collected through digital tools. Here’s our summary of what digital biomarkers mean and how they will be used in the near future. The appearance of user-generated big data in healthcare In the last couple of years, Fitbit, Misfit, Jawbone, Apple Health, Sleep as Android, WIWE, MocaCare, Skeeper – in other words, fitness trackers, step counters, health...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Digital Health Research Health Sensors & Trackers Researchers biomarker biomarkers digital biomarkers Innovation population health prediction prevention preventive health Source Type: blogs

Could Have Social Media Saved Semmelweis?
Dr. Ignác Semmelweis, a Hungarian medical doctor, or ‘the savior of mothers’ suggested that hand sanitizing could save new mothers from “childbed fever”. However, the reflex reaction of his colleagues was rejection. For years, he strove for the introduction of handwashing in hospitals in vain. Being ostracized from the medical community, he died in a psychiatric ward from internal bleeding. Members of the staff beat him up. He was born 200 years ago. What if he could have shared his ideas via social media or peer-reviewed research? Could the power of online communities have saved him? The tra...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Social media in Healthcare history online community research research community Semmelweis Source Type: blogs