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A New Approach To Knee Pain

A New Approach To Knee Pain

Moximed, a California and Zurich-based company, has recently been awarded the European CE Mark to introduce its Atlas Knee System. The device is a knee joint unloader, which helps to lower pressure applied to knee joints and possibly delay costly and inevitable knee replacement surgeries. The technology is similar to the shock absorbers found on vehicles.

The knee system will also be extremely beneficial to patients suffering from knee injuries to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle while reducing pain and minimizing repeat surgeries.

The company believes that they will be able to help lessen damage to the knee cartilage, allowing it to last longer than it naturally would. However, the device will require surgery to fix the implant correctly in your knee and it will need a period of rehabilitation to allow patients to regain strength and flexibility.

The device has the capacity to unload up to 13 kg; it is clinically proven to provide pain relief and preserve knee joints.

According to the website, the system is made from “advanced biomaterials and has passed durability and biocompatibility testing.” The device is perfect for anyone who suffers from pain on the inner side of the knee (particularly during activity), wants to improve physical activity, wants to regain full range of motion, or suffers from medial compartment knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Although it was not designed to provide a cure, the device does have the potential to provide relief. Regardless of whether or not the device is used as a preventive measure or to address certain knee conditions, it should be able to restore the join to normal loading conditions and alleviate a great deal of pain.

From the announcement:

The Atlas System design was evaluated in a 40 patient, prospective, multi-center clinical study. One of the study investigators, Konrad Slynarski, MD, of Lekmed Szpital in Warsaw, Poland commented, “My practice treats many young, active patients with mild osteoarthritis. I was amazed at the overwhelming patient interest in receiving joint unloading therapy, and I was very happy with my patients’ consistently rapid recovery and return to daily activities. I have already shifted my practice patterns to offer the Atlas System to patients.”

Another of the investigators in the study was Willem van der Merwe, MD, FCS (SA) of the Sports Science Orthopaedic Clinic in Cape Town, South Africa, who noted, “I enrolled my full allotment into the study and could have enrolled additional subjects. I believe the Atlas System could be a pre-arthroplasty treatment solution for people who are too young or not ready for joint replacement, and I look forward to adding the service as a regular part of my practice.”

3D Printing Changing Health Care

3D Printing Changing Health Care

3D printing has been around for more than three decades, but it wasn’t until recent years people started to realize the importance of it, likely due to technology’s constant improvement.

Nowadays, anything 3D is at your disposal. You can purchase 3D-printed shoes, 3D-printed pens, and even 3D-printed vehicles. The 3D printing industry grew by 35.2 percent in 2014, followed by a slight slowdown in the year to follow. Nonetheless, the 3D printing industry continues to advance, particularly in the healthcare industry. 3D printing is starting to shake things up, especially as the price tag for it drops and the technology becomes more accessible.

Medical technologies are often expensive, especially when they’re new to the market. However, many of these new 3D-printed solutions are coming in at a reasonable price point and they’re doing incredible things with the technology.

For example, experts recently created 3D-printed skin for burn victims and airway splints for babies with tracheobronchomalacia, a rare condition where the airways around the lungs are prone to collapsing. The production of the airway splints are especially significant because they’re the first 3D implant made for children and they’re designed to grow with the patient.The splints can be produced in a matter of hours, and, miraculously, they only cost just $10 per unit.

Another important detail to take notice of is cost-effectiveness. The reason 3D-printed solutions are often cost-effective is the technology behind it. The process involves building solid, three-dimensional objects from a digital model, using additive processes in which successive layers of material are assembled on top of one another to build the desired object. This is extremely important because items can now be assembled from a digital model, which can increase precision and remove the risk of error. The 3D printing is quite different from older manufacturing techniques, which traditionally rely on removal (by cutting, drilling, chopping, etc.) instead of addition.

These medical solutions are not just for serious medical issues, they have also helped treat a wide range of different issues. Over the past two years,3D-printed ankle replacements,3D-printed casts, and3D-printed pills have all been developed and have seen great success rates.

This is all encouraging news, as the future for healthcare looks bright with technology continuing to improve in today’s society.

For more information on 3D printing,please read this article.

 

4 Apps That Are Changing Healthcare

4 Apps That Are Changing Healthcare

Technology continues to improve the way in which we do things in society. This is especially true within the healthcare industry. Nowadays, having a doctors appointment via video call and getting a prescription through an app is normal. Below you will find the top four apps that are continuing to change Healthcare.

Doctor on Demand

This unique app gives you the ability to consult with your doctor from anywhere of your choosing.  During a video appointment, your doctor can answer any medical questions that you have have or even write you a prescription. A video session with a doctor will cost you around $40 a session. This app already has more than 1,000 licensed physicians, in all 50 states, available at your fingertips.

Microsoft HealthVault

The microsoft healthvault is a valuable mobile app that allows you to keep all of your medical records in a safe and secure place. You will be able to share these records with your doctors or anyone else of your choosing. This app is great for people with health conditions that need to be looked at frequently because it will allow for you and your doctor to stay on top of all your healthcare needs.  It is extremely valuable tool that microsoft provides at no cost to you. That’s right, the healthvault is absolutely free!

Text4Baby

For all women who recently had a baby or those who are currently pregnant, listen up.  If you have any health related questions, concerns or advice, you can now turn to Text4Baby, organized by National Babies Coalition, for your answers. All you will need is a basic cellphone with SMS messaging capabilities. To get started, text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411. When you get a reply, you are asked to provide your due date and zip code. Everyone remains unknown and their identity is kept confidential. Once Text4Baby has your due date it will provide you with relevant information.  Another thing to keep in mind is that you may leave the service at any time.

Vida Health Coach

Do you want have your own personal health coach? Well, if you do not mind paying $15 a week, he or she is all yours. Once you sign up, you let your health coach know what you are looking to accomplish. They will come up with a personalized plan to help you achieve your goal. The health coach gives you ways to track progress in weight loss or even fat intake. These coaches have best interest in mind, and are available to help in any way that they can. You will speak with them via video call or on a conference call once week to go over progress and what are some next steps.

For more information about these apps and more,  please check out this article  

AT&T makes a big move in the healthcare industry

Recently, AT&T has announced a huge move in the healthcare industry. Next month, AT&T Foundry of Connected Health will be opening at the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute in Houston. This is also the largest medical center in the world, so this is truly big deal for the healthcare industry. According to Vice President of Ecosystem & Innovation at AT&T the whole idea of AT&T Foundry is to bring ideas from concept to commercialization faster than previously possible, and nowhere is that mission more important than in healthcare. This foundry innovation center will solely be focusing on the healthcare sector, as AT&T has six other foundry’s around the world focused on different sectors. These other foundry’s have enjoyed numerous success over the years and they hope this one will too.  This particular one will help provide companies ways to enhance digital innovations that the connect caregivers and patients via wireless monitoring. How awesome is that?

This is not AT&T’s first gig in the healthcare industry. Back in 2012, they launched a remote patient monitoring system. This unique system gave bluetooth enabled devices the ability to measure weight, blood pressure and blood oxygen. Once this is was completed, all the information was then shared to doctors in the facility to examine after a hospital visit. Over the past few years, this new and innovative technology has monitored over a 1,000 patients. Impressive, right?

Chris Penrose, who is  a senior vice president, Internet of Things Organization at AT&T Mobility is very confident healthcare sector will continue to enjoy success. He said “We really do believe that health care has a ton of opportunity to be transformed,” “The ability to deliver remote care involves connectivity, and that’s a great tangential area where AT&T can add great value.”

Wearable Tech’s Past, Present and Future

Wearable Tech’s Past, Present and Future

The health technology field deliberately and progressively matures, and as the industry ages, it welcomes the development of new mechanisms, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, organizational systems and procedures to boost quality of lives and iron out health problems. Let’s take a look at the (recent) past, present and future of health technology, particularly wearable tech.

Within recent years, tech has played a truly impressive role in improving health. Wearable technology (ex. Fitbit)  and mobile customized applications that focus on mental health (ex. ThriveOn) have been wildly successful, and the creation of valuable devices has translated to lives saved and crises averted.

The past year alone witnessed the development of truly tremendous tech. Years prior brought us the Suspnd shoe, produced by Plantiga, a Canada-based company. The impressive “bio-sensing” shoe technology is one that offers it’s users real-time data regarding weight distribution and movement patterns. That data can be used in collaboration with other mobile applications, yielding diagnostics that focus on improving sports performance. Additionally, this footwear can also be instrumental for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis, musculoskeletal problems, as well as a number of other conditions.

The year 2014, also introduced the devices such as Sensible Baby, Scanadu Scout, and Kinsa, which is used in tandem with a smartphone to provide degree-by-degree changes in temperature, as well as insight on the health issues popular within a particularly community. However, fortune 500 companies and new startups alike brought innovations in health technology in 2015, such as Holograms and Nanobots. However, you might wonder what are some predictions for the future?

Forbes wrote a lengthy piece on healthcare predictions for 2016, indicating the next generation of medical or clinical wearables, with its advanced analytical and sensory abilities, will become a $6 billion market. This is very likely, particularly with the upcoming release of  Kokoon in-ear sleep headphones and the rebranded Google Life Science application. Also, interesting fact, approximately 74 percent of online American adults will likely purchase health and fitness technology in the next 12 months.

Holograms and Nanobots. Yes, Really.

Holograms and Nanobots. Yes, Really.

Healthcare and technology are perfect compliments. As technological engineering propels us further into the future, the healthcare industry can incorporate them to keep us healthier than ever before.

So, with all many lists of the best music and books and movies of the year dominating our reading list, I’m going to introduce you to the best healthcare tech developments of 2015. Referralmd gets really in depth, so I encourage you to check it out! Meanwhile, here are two that really jumped out at me.

Holographic Imaging

When Tupac appeared at Coachella a couple years ago, the public began to wonder about all the practical uses holographic images could have in our daily lives. We had always imagined it as a staple of future technologies, but suddenly it just felt closer than ever. And it delivered, in the form of… keyboards?

Yes, it seems like a trivial upgrade. But take a step back and consider just how unsanitary keyboards are. In hospitals, where many of the sick are already dealing with weakened immune systems, there are a reported 2 million hospital-originating infections each year. Of those, 100,00 people die in the place they hope to get well. Holographic keyboards reduce contact and transmission of germs when a healthcare worker is dealing with a patient and data entry. Pretty smart move.

Nanobot Technology

Unlike holographic imaging, nanobot tech is still a ways off. But it’s not at all a vague future— science is just working to get there. Ideally, they would be able to function as white blood cells to eradicate infections. The bots would also be scaled to their full size counterparts and complete complicated tasks. For instance, nanobot tech could allow us to deliver chemotherapy to cancer patients in a much more efficient— and less physically demanding— way than current radiation therapy.