Ten finalists selected for Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize
The list of potential winners of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE has been whittled down to 10. The aim of the project is to make science fiction science fact, encouraging the creation of a medical scanning device that would mimic some of the key functions of the iconic Star Trek tricorder, allowing consumers access to reliable, easy to use diagnostic equipment any time, anywhere, with near instantaneous results.
Die-hard Star Trek fans might want to temper their excitement a little, as it is highly unlikely that the final product will bear too great a resemblance to the scanner seen on the big screen. Nonetheless the devices being developed could represent a significant technological advancement in the diagnostic domain.
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Hands On: Scanadu Scout Medical Tricorder by PCMagazineReviews
The Scanadu Tricorder comes together and is explained in this short video. In this case technology is not replacing the doctor, but maybe some nurses who do routine tests.
But what it does do is redefining our view of healthcare! It is a step in shifting the gravity from institutions as hospitals to a point somewhere between the doctor and yourself…
A list of TR articles related to the emergence of e-medicine.
"Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat," said Davies. "If we don’t act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and die because of an ordinary infection that can’t be treated by antibiotics. And routine operations like hip replacements or organ transplants could be deadly because of the risk of infection.
A smartphone app that uses a phone’s camera to analyse urine and check for a range of medical conditions has been shown off at the TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference in Los Angeles.
With a blazing speed cheap new individually based tools for self diagnosis are appearing everywhere. Many of them are using the capability of smart phones like the iPhone and is distributed globally through the Appstore. Health care is up for a perfect storm here, and it seems to be sooner than many of the people with that sector thinks.
MIT Media Lab’s 11-day health care hackathon pulled students and big companies together with a common goal: Healing a broken industry.
Siberian temperatures. Eleven grueling days, navigating rough terrain. Six teams, matched for talent, competing for glory at the end. The Iditarod? Nah, just the annual MIT Health and Wellness Hackathon.
This isn’t your average social app-fest. The goal is to jump-start an open source platform where apps that track all different aspects of your bodily health can exchange information. It’s a Sisyphean task, since most digital health solutions today are trapped in silos, but the organizers believe they can change that by enfranchising big companies instead of trying to disrupt them.
- The growing role of frontline health workers
- The need for more community health workers
- The rebirth of family planning
- Helping even more children to live longer
- AIDS: getting to zero
- The continuing fight against malaria
- Eradicating polio
- The global burden of non-communicable diseases
- Safety for health workers during conflicts
- Mobile health and new technologies
Craig Venter Imagines a World with Printable Life Forms
Craig Venter imagines a future where you can download software, print a vaccine, inject it, and presto! Contagion averted.
“It’s a 3-D printer for DNA, a 3-D printer for life,” Venter said here today at the inaugural Wired Health Conference in New York City.
The geneticist and his team of scientists are already testing out a version of his digital biological converter, or “teleporter.”
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A handful of leaders in health data suggest that data-driven personalized health approaches could achieve mainstream adoption in five years, with some saying valuable but intermittent work could happen even sooner.
For now, the applications of personal health data are mostly the stuff of “Quantified Self” hobbyists and experimental research. But some say it may not be too long before personal health data becomes a powerful part of the mainstream clinical experience.
At the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, David Ewing Duncan, a journalist and author of “When I’m 164,” asked a panel of health data leaders when data-driven personalized health might reach “escape velocity”.