January 2017, marked the 50th anniversary of The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, an annual celebration for techies across the globe. Throughout the last decade the exhibition’s health and wellness marketplace has grown steadily, showcasing the expanding wearables and fitness sectors, as well as rehabilitation technologies that are revolutionizing the industry. ….
As promised, this is Centra’s monthly collection of 5 inspiring, and we hope useful, links to stories, technologies and other healthcare related information: Don’s Voice: Not Impossible, an LA based company, creates an innovative patient centric communication solution for an ALS farmer in Ontario, Canada…tissue alert! OT in Action: An accessible home by Frank Lloyd ….
Sixteen in 2016 It’s a new year and the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show has just unveiled some of the latest gadgets and devices we can expect to hit the market in the coming months. As has been the trend in recent years, the health and biotech sector was well represented at this event. Centra has ….
TO YOUR HEALTH – HIGHLIGHTS FROM CES 2015 Some of the most practical and exciting products exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) each year are in the health category, and this year was no exception. Here are five currently or soon to be on the market innovations revealed at the event held January 6-9 ….
Innovations in the field of rehabilitation are arriving at a breathtaking speed. Whether therapeutic treatments, assistive software, or medical equipment and technologies, the face of rehab as we know it is being shaped by veteran and young innovators – some still in their teens! Some of these designs show sophistication beyond the years of their ….
Digital health and wearable technologies have taken that old adage that “necessity is the mother of invention” literally. What was once just a sports focused niche, is now a player in the transformation of the healthcare delivery system. Smartphones and tablets are commonplace tools for everything from EHR documentation to telemedicine, and digital/wearable technologies have ….
A recent phone call from my mother started me thinking about computers, the elderly, and how there must be a push to advance this technology niche. Although she mastered the basics of her laptop and smartphone, my mother is still intimidated by both. Just turning on her devices induces anxiety. She has resorted to asking ….
If 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was any indication, the field of wearable technology is the new “golden child” of the digital health revolution. The sector grew a whopping 40% over last year’s entries. But as Darrell Etherington writes in TechCrunch, the growth in wearable tech generally represents a marketer’s dream rather than a consumer’s ….
In most cases, you wouldn’t let a licensed plumber repair your shoes or a licensed architect perform your open heart surgery… unless of course they were also a licensed shoemaker or surgeon as well. So is it any wonder that more and more medical IOS and Android applications are the brainchild of healthcare professionals and ….
Time again for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the list of digital health and fitness exhibitors continues to grow. We decided to give our readers a head’s up on some of the more innovative rehabilitation technologies that will be on display. ACTON: The ACT!ON M is ….
The flawed rollout of the healthcare.gov website reinforces that old adage that sometimes “Slow and steady wins the race”. If the Obama administration had allowed an extended testing period of the website before offering it to the public, many of the initial glitches might well have been resolved. Healthcare’s evidence-based orientation often puts it at ….
In the last decade, medical research has made significant strides in improving healthcare outcomes and extending life. Breakthroughs occur at an ever increasing pace, particularly where the goals of biotechnology advances and medical practice overlap, as in rehab medicine. Five such noteworthy developments with therapeutic applications are: The Audeo: The device attaches to the neck ….
Our smartphones and tablets can do everything these days – from help us lose weight to monitor seniors enabling them to age in place. Technology is impacting the quality of services professionals provide, as well as encouraging patient participation in their own care. An increasing number of apps are being developed to streamline the documentation ….
As any healthcare professional will tell you, patient compliance remains a major determinant of treatment success rates. Whether it is refusing to use slings, braces or prescribed orthotic devices, or a litany of excuses concerning their at home therapeutic plan, rehab professionals have seen and heard it all! But, even if you may suspect noncompliance, ….
To quote a great inventor, Bill Gates: “Never before in history has innovation offered the promise of so much to so many in so short a time.” Technology has changed the way we communicate, socialize, work and interact as human beings in our families, in our communities and globally. Technological innovations have made the seemingly ….
Can Good Vibrations Mean Good Health? Anyone remember the vibrator belts machines of the 50’s and 60’s that promised you could shake your fat away without strenuous exercise? They didn’t work. Different versions of that idea have surfaced over the ensuing years, but a small, Spanish government-funded study is making healthcare and rehabilitation professionals revisit ….
A Further Taste of Technology. Over 250 health and fitness exhibitors participated in the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held January 8-11 in Las Vegas. That number represents a 25% increase in this sector. Below is a sampling of some of the most innovative products that we believe are most relevant for use by therapists ….
A Taste of Things To Come: Technology is developing at a dizzying pace, and has infiltrated virtually every aspect of human existence. The number of smartphones, tablets and other advanced technologies in clinical settings has risen exponentially, with more healthcare professionals bringing their own devices to work. According to FierceMobileHealthcare, 2012 saw a 15% increase ….
Have App…Will Travel. Anyone who travels for a living these days is looking for ways to make the task more efficient and easy…and technology can help. We recommend you download any or all of these IOS apps to your smartphones or tablets to help you make the trip a little easier: Easy Travel by VIDUR ….
Therapists are always looking for new ways to achieve compliance and consistency in their patients’ rehabilitation programs. Although not designed for this purpose, Nintendo’s Wii Fit/ Wii Fit Plus, XBox Kinect and Playstation Move all show promise as complementary tools to traditional methods. Anything that makes repetitive exercises fun and holds a patients’ interest for ….