In 2015 our Bangkok-based makerspace ProgressTH began collaborating with a local children’s hospital, QSNICH (Queen Sirikit Institute of Child Health). Since then, we have helped nurses develop their ideas into working prototypes and small-batch production articles now being used throughout the hospital. These include: 1. Needle disposal system which re-purposes rubbing alcohol and saline solution containers; 2. Child-friendly dermatology tool; 3. Bed leveling system and; 4. A prototype for a blood clotting device. We are continuing to develop this program in supporting QSNICH, as well as approaching additional hospitals, encouraging hospitals to set up their own in-hospital makerspaces, and sharing our experience with the maker community to encourage others to use their skills to make a real impact.
Source: Hospital + Makerspace Initiative
IBM’s Watson is better at diagnosing cancer than human doctors (Wired UK)
IBM’s Watson — the language-fluent computer that beat the best human champions at a game of the US TV show Jeopardy! — is being turned into a tool for medical diagnosis. Its ability to absorb and analyse vast quantities of data is, IBM claims, better than that of human doctors, and its deployment through the cloud could also reduce healthcare costs.
Government Shutdown Creates Potential Flu Data Shortage
Since the flu tracking programs are government-funded, the government shutdown is creating enormous gaps in the CDC’s ability to track diseases. with potentially disastrous consequences. Not that this will matter much to the Tea Party and the Republicans given their preference for 18th-century science.
Two weeks into the government shutdown, flu season is about to ramp up. And without full-scale infectious-disease surveillance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, experts said, health consequences for the nation could range from unsettling to disastrous. Read more
According to a Rand report, doctors are expressing concern that current EHR technology interferes with face-to-face discussions with patients, requires physicians to spend too much time performing clerical work and degrades the accuracy of medical records by encouraging template-generated notes.
Using QT Platform for Wound Care
Compelling progress on the wound care front…
Although a promo vid for the companies mentioned — Eykona (a startup device maker) and QT (hybrid open-source/commercial development platform) — the story gives us great insight into how wound treatment is advancing via mobile and open source technologies.
FitBit knock-off adds sleep monitoring to mix
The wearables race among the FitBitish crowd just widened with new entrant Withings (Is that With-Things? Or Wi-things? Why-things?). This time with sleep monitoring thrown in, and a…