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Medical devices are a booming industry, and for good reason. Improved healthcare technology benefits doctors by enhancing their ability to quickly and accurately diagnose and potentially treat illnesses. In return, patients receive better healthcare. Here are three examples of medical technology that will improve doctor efficiency and patient standards of living:
Juno: Meet Juno, Fluidigm’s latest genome testing technology. Existing DNA testing requires more than one device and procedure to extract, analyze and test the sample. Juno, however, completes all these tasks with one single device and step. This capability saves doctors valuable time and also reduces the possibility of airborne contamination of samples. In addition to its all in one nature, the testing process is also extremely fast – it only takes 3 hours to receive test results versus the usual 5 or more hours. Another advantage of Juno is its sleek design. Compared to the rather “unattractive” medical equipment that fills doctors’ labs, Juno is small enough to sit on a desk and includes a large touchscreen interface for more effective input. More importantly, the speed and efficiency of Juno’s DNA testing helps doctors identify and treat illnesses at a much more rapid rate.
Sesame: Sesame is a fitting name for this device, because it opens the door to the limitless possibilities smartphones offer those who lack the ability to use their hands. For individuals who suffer from paralysis, sever Parkinson’s or other illnesses that hinder hand movement, navigating a smartphone can be impossible. That’s where Sesame comes in. Sesame is hands-free software built into a modified Nexus 5 that uses a front camera to recognize the movements of its user’s face. It then aligns the user’s nose with the cursor on the screen, allowing them to navigate the phone. Sesame enables users to send emails, make phone calls, download apps and post tweets all with a combination of head movements and voice control. Its creators are still gathering funding for the final touches on the prototype and its first production run, but if their campaign goes as planned everyone who pledges should receive Sesame by March 2015.
EyeSeeMed: Tobii Technologies and ESINOMED have teamed up to create EyeSeeMed, a touch-free controller that allows surgeons to scan a patient’s health data during surgery. Traditionally, if a surgeon needed to review a patient’s medical information, they would have to leave the sterile environment or ask an assistant to gather the data. EyeSeeMed resolves this challenge by tracking the movement of the surgeon’s eyes with remote cameras. Users can scan through radiological images and medical information with a tilt of their head, and select certain interactions by keeping their eyes fixed on buttons on the screen. EyeSeeMed not only reduces the chance of harmful contamination, but also saves surgeons precious time when making potentially life-saving decisions during surgery.
Developments in healthcare technologies such as these are important because they can dramatically improve outcomes for a wide range of patients, leading to higher quality of life for everyone by enabling people to maintain healthy, productive and independent lives.
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