Our team is back from the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) Medical Design Conference "The Usability Ecosystem," and Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit. After an intensive dive into the latest thinking and trends in healthcare, we returned with fresh ideas about what is affecting change, what needs attention and how other leaders in the space are moving healthcare forward.
We would like to share some of our learnings with you in this report. If you'd like to connect with us on this topic or others, please email us.
Of Disease Burden
One of Cleveland Clinic's Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2016: Water purification systems for prevention of infectious diseases
From Johnson & Johnson's presentation 'Designing for Ebola' / IDSA Medical Innovations Conference 2015 (as of Sept. 2014, Source: Afri-Dev.info)
Biocartis Idylla™ fully automated, real-time PCR based molecular diagnostics system in use
The traditional approach to tackling infectious diseases of poverty has been a disease-centered one, but now, to benefit effectively from the innovative products and use the tools needed to beat such diseases, the approach must be people-centered.
Chapter 4, Innovation and New Technologies to Tackle Infectious Diseases of Poverty, Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty, World Health Organization
Frictionless monitors require almost no interaction from the wearer
Google Life Science's bandage-sized glucose monitoring devices, being developed with DexCom
Penetration of wireless devices:
of the US
From CTIA's Semi-Annual Survey. (This marked the first time it showed more active wireless devices than Americans)
Nike FuelBand & Fitbit 1 Released
"Our technology and our process are all configured to put you and your preventive outcomes first."
iHealth shows smart-phone-enabled blood pressure monitoring vest, ambulatory ECG design and wrist-worn pulse oximeter device at CES
Traditional: Illness Treatment
Future: Wellness Management
Management / Treatment
From "How the Internet of Things is Changing Healthcare Products," a presentation by Stephen B. Wilcox of Hugh Dubberly, Dubberly Design Office, IDSA Medical Design Conference, 2015
In 2013, the NFL began a program that incorporated sensors in players' helmets to collect data on the quantity and severity of hits. It has since been suspended.
Canadian company Impakt Protective Inc. relies on sensors attached to the helmet to send real-time data to a mobile phone on forces applied to the helmet.
In 2014, a new material called Architected Lattice was developed by the UCLA Architectural Materials group to replace the foam currently found in helmets.
The FITGuard™ mouthpiece, available for pre-order, indicates when the force with which a player has been hit has a high probability of head injury.
"Researchers in Europe have been able to show that if a patient's S100B levels are within the normal range, the CT scan will also be normal. So the blood test may eliminate the need for a CT scan in certain cases in patients with normal S100B levels," Dr. Janigro says.
Associate professor Dustin Headley speaks about his KSU project in which 27 students designed beautiful 3D prosthetic "skins" to be worn over prostheses worn by 6 fellow students, redefining what prosthetics can look like.
The DEKA Arm System, from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), received FDA approval after 8 years of development.
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