360 Brain and Body Headband

Martin Kawalaski, a doctor from Poland, visualizes a circular headband that would not only track the regular metrics of heart rate and breathing but in sports mode also provide informaiton on metabolic index, hydration and electrolytes. In focus mode, sensors in conjunction with monitors can provide information on brain activity, stress level as well as acoustic otoemission, a specific noise emitted by ears and mindfulness index. This helps provide a clearer picture of a person's mental state.

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June 19th, 2014
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Medical History 2.0

A permanent, but invisible tattoo that contains a person'e medical history is what Mael Flament, a U.S. physics student has imagined. The device would constantly update with current information including prescriptions being taken. The medical history 2.0 device was the winner in the second round of Intel's Make It Wearable challenge. 

 

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June 19th, 2014
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Anti SIDS Medical Device

This device, created by Diego Delia of Argentica is worn by a baby under the age of one with the goal of preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is a glove with a cap to which a flavored pacifier can be added, and it delivers a mild stimulation when it detects a lack of oxygenation. Parents or caregivers can also be alerted if low oxygenation level is detected. Apno Systems is developing the device 

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June 19th, 2014
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Cancer Detector Bracelet

Created by Nourhan Taymoor, a U.S. software engineering student, the device is a chip in a bracelet that can detect early stage cancer. The chip has the ability to screen every gene in human DNA in every cell in the body and compare it to the person's genome stored in the chip. If the screening finds any difference like missing codes or damaged DNAs, it will begin immediately to record the activity of those abnormal cells. It also has the ability to read out on the bracelet which gene it finds abnormal and what its position is as well as the gene code that is showing the mutation. The device imagined is also able to store vast amounts of data collected from the human body. 

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June 19th, 2014
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Wearable technology has taken stirred the imagination of consumers and researchers alike. From Apple and Samsung, who are trying to create consumer wearables to companies like MC10 and iRhythm that are creating wearables for clinical purposes, the potential for wearables in our planet seems to be boundless.

Intel Corp. has created the Make It Wearable challenge, a global competition that is currently ongoing, to spur people's imagination in what is possible in life, and not simply in health, with wearables. The winner in round four out of five of the Dream it or Visionary Track, which encourages people to dream up the coolest concepts, was Gin Lee of Taiwan who imagined wearable nails whose patterns can be changed via mobile apps. Winners of each five rounds of...

June 19th, 2014
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Apple and Samsung aren't the only one's making big announcements in digital health this year. According to a Forbes exclusive, Google is set to announce its own platform for aggregating mhealth data from smartphones, wearables, and other devices. If Google Fit sounds remarkably similar to Apple's HealthKit you're right. While Google says it has been working on Google Fit for some time, the platform is clearly targeting the same functionality. There is no word yet whether Google Fit will be standalone or function as part of Google's...

June 16th, 2014
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The World Cup officially began today with the opening kick at the Brazil v. Croatia game being made by a paralyzed man, 29-year-old Juliano Pinto, who made the kick thanks to a robotic exoskeleton created by The Walk Again Project. Though Pinto was only able to kick the ball a very short distance, the achievement – which many questioned whether it would even happen – is a significant milestone in the field of brain-computer interfaces for prosthetics.

An exoskeleton allowed Juliano Pinto, who is paralyzed from the waist down, to kick a ball at the 2014 World Cup. [Image via Twitter].
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June 12th, 2014
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Just over a week ago, the Department of Justice announced that Medtronic had agreed to pay $9.9 million to settle accusations that the company had improperly paid physicians to get them to use more of its pacemakers and defibrillators.

The language of the announcement raises an interesting question. Here's what the press release from the DOJ said:

“Improper financial incentives have the potential to compromise physician medical judgment,” said Assistant Attorney General Stuart F. Delery of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “This case demonstrates the Department of Justice’s commitment to pursue medical device manufacturers that use improper financial relationships to influence physician decision-making....

June 9th, 2014
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By Scott Sheaf

 
 
This is a pretty exciting time for mHealth and personalized medicine. We are on the brink of major changes in the way we manage our own health and wellness. Apple and Samsung’s recent entrance into the health and wellness arena with their respective HealthKit and Simband platforms are the latest, albeit high profile, addition to the wealth of work going on in the quantified self and personalized health space. Both companies are taking the approach of developing a platform and...
June 9th, 2014
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There is a term for the seismic changes occurring in medtech and the broader healthcare marketplace today: I call it the "Atlas Shrugged" moment.

Atlas of course is the Greek mythological figure charged with carrying the planet on his shoulders. Imagine him shrugging: If he does, the old world together with all its comfortable assumptions comes crashing down.

That analogy seemed even more apt after an interview with Shaye Mandle, the new president and CEO of LifeScience Alley, a respected industry association in Minnesota that is attempting to reinvent itself just as its customers - medtech firms - adapt to the changes wrought by the Affordable Care Act. 

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June 6th, 2014
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