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article imageAdvanced medical technology on show at digital healthcare summit

By Tim Sandle     May 14, 2016 in Health
Healthcare technology continues to advance at a rapid rate. Some of the latest inventions were showcased at the Wired Health exhibition.
Health and medical technology is a generalized term describing the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives (as defined by the World Health Organization.) Such technology can assist with medical procedures, improve patient health, and it is potentially lucrative. For these reasons, companies like Google are investing heavily in this segment of the health market.
The Wired summit, according to an overview from PharmaPhorum, presented some of the new medical technology innovations. This included the utilization of smartphones and apps to help manage both health and diseases. Also on show were developments in the wearables market.
As well as new technology being exhibited, awards were given. The "Best Start-up" winner was the company Sensely. This related to a new virtual nurse platform. The platform is designed to guide patients through the initial triage process. Here a virtual nurse (dubbed "Molly") collects results taken from diagnostic tests and sends these onto to a clinician, with an alert should there be problematic results.
Also featured was a Portuguese care service called knok. This was based on a virtual appointments system. Here patients can enter health insurance information and they are then automatically connected to a doctor appropriate to their health condition via video link.
In terms of exciting innovations, the company Emulate is devising micro-engineered "organs-on-chips." These are designed to allow more accurate biological studies to be run into diseases or drug efficacy tests.
As well as technologies, there were a number of key speakers. The presenters included Shafi Ahmed, who is a surgeon and co-founder of a company called Medical Realities. The start-up venture is developing “The Virtual Surgeon.” This is a 360° virtual reality platform designed for surgical training.
There was also a briefing given by John P. Donoghue, who is director of the Wyss Center. Donoghue’s BrainGate program enables paralysed people to control robotic limbs using their minds. The scientist is also tackling motor neuron disease with gene therapy and building haptic prosthetics.
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