At the Future Healthcare conference, an annual event that takes place in London in the United Kingdom, the main novelties of the health field have been exposed, from innovative products to new technologies that will allow professionals to optimize and improve their work.
From Medical Health News have reviewed five outstanding technologies presented in the framework of the event.
- Technology to detect early dementia: As the average age of the population increases slowly, more percentage of the population suffers from this neurodegenerative disease, whose origin is still not known with accuracy despite the studies. Oxford Brain Diagnostics believes that its technology can detect the disease years before the symptoms manifest by measuring changes in the microanatomy of the brain. Steven Chance, executive director of the company notes that “the CDM extracts information on the microscopic structure of the brain’s gray matter by applying a unique analysis to a standard form of MRI scanning.” Thus, it can reveal damage to the cerebral cortex even in the early stages of the disease.
- Blockchain for health: In recent years we have witnessed a debate about the storage of our personal data, who keeps it and with which companies that information is shared. The startup Medicalchain wants to change the way people access their medical records. Employing blockchain will be the user who provides health professionals with access to their personal health data. The block chain records the interactions with the data in an auditable, transparent and secure way.
- Cancer detection by mobile: In 2018, worldwide, there were 570,000 new cases of cervical and cervical cancer. Of these, about 90% occur in low and middle income societies, which suggests that better detection and earlier intervention could significantly reduce the mortality rate. Therefore, the MobileODT startup has designed a hand-held colposcope with batteries, called the EVA System, which can take images of the high-quality cervix. The company worked with the National Cancer Institute of its country to develop an automatic learning algorithm, called automatic visual evaluation (AVE), which can produce an accurate diagnosis in minutes. A prospective, multicenter pilot study that scientists conducted in Korea showed that the device has an accuracy of more than 90%. Using machine learning and remote technology, you will save time and cut costs.
- New BlueThink batteries: These batteries are intended to replace button batteries for smart medical devices. They are simple, flexible and safe. “This growing trend is based on good design and the use of technologies such as LEDs and screens to improve the user experience, as well as connectivity to provide patients, doctors and health systems with valuable data,” said the person responsible for the company, responsible for creating a flexible battery that a child could swallow safely, that does not explode when it is incinerated, and that keeps its charge when left on a shelf. It is important to note that it is also inexpensive and can be produced in large quantities.
- Robots against loneliness: Service Robotics Limited has recently created an innovative solution that aims to close this loneliness gap, considered a risk factor for the health of many people. This is Genie Connect, a miniature robot with a friendly, intuitive and voice-like aspect to offer connectivity and support to older adults. You can execute commands in a similar way to other popular virtual assistants, but you have a range of personalized features, holding conversations and establishing videoconferences with health professionals and family members. Service Robotics. Also remember pending appointments and ingest medications.