A previously embedded post on the subject discusses the wearables market with the potential to make better medical decisions and outcomes. A drawback of not being endowed with financial resources is that first-hand trial/error is not always possible. Now Verily, one of the Alphabet companies, is finally releasing a device that allows advanced data to be acquired for specific research purposes.
Verily Study Watch is designed with these key features:
Multiple physiological and environmental sensors are designed to measure relevant signals for studies spanning cardiovascular, movement disorders, and other areas. Examples include electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate, electrodermal activity, and inertial movements.
A long battery life of up to one week in order to drive better user compliance during longitudinal studies.
Large internal storage and data compression allow the device to store weeks’ worth of raw data, thus relaxing the need to frequently sync the device.
A powerful processor supports real time algorithms on the device.
The firmware is designed to be robust for future extensions, such as over-the-air updates, new algorithms, and user interface upgrades.
The display is always on so that time is always shown. The display is low power and high resolution for an appealing look and a robust user interface. Note: currently, only time and certain instructions are displayed. No other information is provided back to the user.
(Harry Xiao, Tushar Parlikar, & David He, 2017)
This product is not currently available for sale, which means the greatest benefit to the targeted community will not be able to participate fully. Granted, it is early in the wearables game regarding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and thus their mechanisms that revolve around payment and access are not in place. Verily is associated with Google so their cloud will be used. Nothing against their cloud, but for this to become mainstream, the data must be agnostic when it comes to cloud storage, HIPAA requirements, and other aspects of this service.
One of the points of emphasis on this blog and my other one is the intersection of technology, healthcare, and basic income. Both of the dominant healthcare systems in my region have telehealth facilities and programs. With them not being currently covered by Medicare, there is no opportunity to fully test them as neither system would provide me a free session, and that is their right. Therein lies the rub and large animal in the room that has not been addressed. Without Universal Healthcare and/or Single-Payer, the benefits that are touted below are useless and serves little purpose; this will backfire on the proponents of this tech and everyone will suffer, even the “haves”.
Experts say telehealth and mobile devices will push medical care from the doctor’s office to the home.
As the healthcare industry turns to video conferencing, patient-generated data and modern communication tools, medical visits of the future will look vastly different than the current approach to care.
Technology will take on a distinct role in changing the way patients receive care and how healthcare providers operate within a transformed industry. Using smartphone applications and telehealth technology, medical care in the future “will increasingly take place everywhere but the office,” two healthcare futurists — Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, and Ray Dorsey, director of the Center for Health and Technology at the University of Rochester — wrote in Fortune.
The op-ed coincided with new research by Dorsey and his colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center that showed virtual visits were widely embraced by patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Internet-enabled connectivity will bring together a broad array of specialists and clinical consultants to offer continuous, targeted expertise for patients. Access to real-time data from wearables and mobile devices will drive clinical decisions. Instead of making an appointment, patients will text their doctor for immediate medical advice.
These changes will be influenced by outside companies that will trigger a new approach to the healthcare ecosystem, Topol and Dorsey write, leading to changing labor demands, evolving clinical practice and even transforming the physical makeup of hospitals.
Plagued by burnout, physicians may be eager to adapt to a technology-inspired healthcare landscape. Sylvia Romm, a pediatrician for Online Care Group and the medical director for American Well wrote on KevinMD that the long, inconsistent hours drove her to explore telemedicine. At the HIMSS conference in February, American Well CEO Roy Schoenberg, M.D., said technology will be “the new opportunity for care delivery.”
I think this is a great idea and should spread to the states. In your final days, happiness is beyond deserved, it is required. As this is cutting edge technology, not a lot of published journals or even popular media exist on the subject. Most of what is found currently deals with telehealth and remote monitoring. Patients and caregivers alike seek remote mutual support from others who are coping with a terminal illness (Demiris, Oliver, & Wittenberg-Lyles, 2011). Where VR fits this scenario is to provide experiences that can be shared with a support network similar to the description in the previous sentence. At this stage, VR is a near exclusive on-premise function that can be administered by allied health personnel, not necessarily nurses unless there is a problem.
H /T ZDNet UK – Loros
“In the UK, terminally ill patients are being transported from the hospice to other worlds.”
I published this story to Medium about 3 years ago when it was written from ZDNet. Relevancy and freshness of content are important to me while transitioning to active blogging. A mere two years later, Doctoral students at the same University in Austrailia took the lens into microscope discovery and ran with it for a new application. The detection of water quality based on a droplet onto a smartphone attached lens, rendered in software. In the piece, the group focused on developing country travelers using this as part of their acclimation to the new surroundings. “The idea is that tourists headed to developing countries can pick up a bunch of these lenses at the airport and when they are unsure of water-quality, they can test samples of their water by placing drops on top of the lens, which links to their smartphone camera.” as quoted by John Rivers from the Research School of Biology at Austrailian National University (“ANU Students Win In Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge | ANU Science”). This needs to be applied to communities such as Flint MI and East Chicago IN.Here is an example of a smartphone lens microscope that was discovered. Having published a blog post on a similar subject has expanded the uses for this technology to very relevant fields.