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Prosthetics Touch Sense

Prosthetics with touch sense: The first person with a real touch sense

Did it look unreal and futuristic when Luke Skywalker had his hand substituted by a fully working prosthetic? Today, we are not far away…

Thanks to the research project carried out by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the first person was able to “feel” physical sensations through a prosthetic hand.

“Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by thoughts are showing great promise, but without feedback from signals traveling back to the brain it can be difficult to achieve the level of control needed to perform precise movements. By wiring a sense of touch from a mechanical hand directly into the brain, this work shows the potential for seamless bio-technological restoration of near-natural function.” said DARPA program manager Justin Sanchez.

While volunteer’s eyes were blindfolded, he was able to report with nearly 100 percent accuracy which mechanical finger was being touched, all this thanks to sending electric signals from the prostatic hand to the sensory cortex. What this means is that the volunteer had feeling as if his own fingers were being touched.

The first smart pill patch which recognizes if a patient took medication  might be ready for the market soon

Proteus Smart Pill Patch

A patch working as a wearable device which can sense when a medication was taken applied for FDA approval according to Health Tech Insider. The system could help improve patient adherence to their treatment plans. And World Health Organization proves how serious issue this is, as 50% of all patients with chronic conditions in developed countries fail to take their medications as prescribed. This could lead to $100 to $300 billion in avoidable healthcare costs each year in the U.S. alone.

 

Speech recognition will be in 82% of mobile electronic devices by 2020

Speech Recognition Healthcare

A new report from Tractica predicts that speech recognition will be in 82% of mobile electronic devices by 2020, nearly doubling its penetration of 45% in 2014. Story by Health Tech Insider

 

82% of veterans are interested in digital psychotherapy to treat at least one problem

Healthcare IT news informed that according to a study provided by 151 veterans receiving treatment in a Veterans Health Administration, 82% of veterans were interested in CPT to treat at least one problem.

What is a computerised psychotherapy (CPT)? Today it is possible for psychotherapy to take place over the Internet via emails or videoconferencing. It does not mean patients are engaged in deep conversation with robots, instead they make decisions at key moments and these choices affect how the therapy process unfolds to provide them with relevant information, exercises, further questions etc.

 

5 Ways to Create A Culture of Innovation in Healthcare

HIT consultant shared a survey by PA Consulting Group conducted by senior executives. Among the biggest challenges of innovation process in healthcare they mentioned: 1. Bureaucracy and red tape, 2. focusing on cost saving, 3. small picture thinking, 4. inconsistent support and lack of ongoing investment.

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