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MEDICINE: ‘THE FUTURE OF NEUROSURGERY’ (VIDEO)

NYU Langone’s Kimmel Pavilion is home to the region’s newest and most technologically sophisticated neurosurgery suite. Designed to optimize patient care, our facilities are just one reason U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” ranks NYU Langone among the top 10 hospitals in the country for neurology and neurosurgery.

Learn more about neurosurgery at NYU Langone and meet our renowned surgeons: https://nyulangone.org/locations/neur…

Telecardiology: Wearable Devices Monitoring Heart Patients Using AI (Harvard)

In the future, remote monitoring of health data using wireless–enabled devices that measure a person’s weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, pulse, and heart rhythm could further advance telehealth’s promise.

“I imagine a world where we are continuously monitoring key health factors and using artificial intelligence to monitor those signals,” says Dr. Schwamm. 

From a patient’s perspective, virtual visits save a lot of time. You don’t need to take time off work or other commitments to drive, park, and sit in a waiting room before your visit. And even though you’re not in the same room, you may actually get more direct eye contact with your physician, thanks to the face-to-face nature of video calling.

Another advantage: you may be able to have another person — such as a family member who lives across town or across the country — join the video call. That could be especially helpful if you’re facing an upcoming procedure or discussing a serious health concern. Just as with in-person visits, it’s nice to have another person listening, asking questions, and taking notes.

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Technology: SCIENTISTS DEVELOP SMARTPHONE APP TO DETECT “DIABETES” (UCSF)

Overall, the algorithm correctly identified the presence of diabetes in up to 81 percent of patients in two separate datasets. When the algorithm was tested in an additional dataset of patients enrolled from in-person clinics, it correctly identified 82 percent of patients with diabetes.  

In the Nature Medicine study, UCSF researchers obtained nearly 3 million PPG recordings from 53,870 patients in the Health eHeart Study who used the Azumio Instant Heart Rate app on the iPhone and reported having been diagnosed with diabetes by a health care provider. This data was used to both develop and validate a deep-learning algorithm to detect the presence of diabetes using smartphone-measured PPG signals.  

Among the patients that the algorithm predicted did not have diabetes, 92 to 97 percent indeed did not have the disease across the validation datasets. When this PPG-derived prediction was combined with other easily obtainable patient information, such as age, gender, body mass index and race/ethnicity, predictive performance improved further.

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NEW MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY: UC DAVIS SCIENTISTS INVENT WORLD’S FIRST TOTAL-BODY PET SCANNER (VIDEO)

UC Davis Health scientists Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi spent 15 years developing the world’s first total-body PET scanner, called EXPLORER. This imaging machine scans a patient’s entire body at one time, delivering breathtaking image quality that improves patient diagnoses and disease research.

UC Davis Cultivating Health blog: https://health.ucdavis.edu/cultivatin…

INNOVATION: PHILIPS “VIRTUAL CARE STATION”

Philips Virtual Care Station, inspired by the VA’s ATLAS program, is a community-based telehealth solution designed to expand access to high-quality care by connecting patients and providers remotely through a secure, clinical-grade environment.

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DIABETES MANAGEMENT: “SMART INSULIN PUMPS”

Technology is finally innovating diabetes management. With the advancement in technologies like continuous glucose monitors, traditional insulin pumps are evolving into smarter devices that can automate insulin delivery.

Medtronic and Tandem Diabetes are the only two companies to offer hybrid closed loop systems. A community of diabetics are also hacking pumps to do the same thing. CNBC’s Erin Black just switched from the hacked system to Tandem’s Control-IQ and takes a look at how insulin pumps are getting smarter.

TELEMEDICINE: “HEAL PASS” – PHYSICIAN “HOUSE CALLS” FOR FIXED MONTHLY FEE

By providing house calls and telemedicine from physicians at a fixed monthly fee with no copays, no deductibles, and no insurance required, Heal Pass is making affordable healthcare possible for the estimated 27 million Americans who recently lost their health insurance along with their jobs because of COVID-19.

  • Heal patients can register now for the new service starting at $49 per month.
  • Adults can add members of their household to their Heal Pass account for an additional $10 per person each month and may register up to six people to the account.
  • Patients spend an average of $800 out of pocket each year, in addition to $2,000 for an emergency room visit.
  • With Heal Pass, a family of four would receive up to 36 total appointments at an average cost of less than $27.
  • Individual patients can save up to $1,100 per year and the average family can save up to $2,200 per year.

Uninsured individuals and their families are fearful of getting sick and accumulating high medical bills during this time of economic uncertainty.

Heal Pass is not health insurance, but it is health assurance, giving the uninsured the comfort of knowing they can get the care they need at a fixed, low fee with no surprise bills or out of pocket costs.

The new program allows up to eight house calls or telemedicine appointments per member each year in addition to an annual physical, helping with patients’ most common needs, including primary care, preventive care, non-emergency urgent care and chronic disease management.

It also includes free next day delivery of medications prescribed by a Heal doctor. Heal doctors are highly qualified and deliver house calls and care in a way that keeps patients safe from COVID-19 exposure as the country sees a pronounced second spike with 58,618 cases per day on average over the last seven days.

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COMMENTARY

Telemedicine and Covid 19 are fermenting together and creating some new ideas for medical care.

Safety is a concern, and what could be better than your own home, using telemedicine, or a futuristic telemedicine booth located at convenient locations for the busy traveler?

Convenience is another attraction, with a PREPAID aliquot of healthcare; this idea was featured by Forward Health, reviewed a couple of weeks ago, which offered a package of remote monitors and 24/7 access for $149 per month.

Now, Heal pass offers 24/7 access they call “house calls” for $49. a month, with a blizzard of statistics on what you will save. We will see.

You usually get what you pay for.

The Onmed station sounds doable, and has the advantage of self-contained units that may be available to you at the right place and time. You could conceivably even wind up with a prescription as you exit the booth.

—Dr. C.

INNOVATIONS: “ONMED STATION” – SELF-CONTAINED, HI-TECH TELEMEDICAL UNIT

The OnMed® station is the only self-contained medical unit in the world currently using patented technologies to directly connect patients with doctors, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists for both consultative needs and on-site prescriptions.

The OnMed station utilizes advanced technology, including thermal imaging and facial recognition, to provide patients with a safe, private, and secure consultation with a licensed clinician. An ultra-high definition camera ensures the patient and clinician experience a real-time eye to eye connection. These same high-definition cameras also make it possible for the clinician to look down a patient’s throat or even examine a tiny skin lesion in detail.

If necessary, not only can the clinician provide a script, but the station itself can safely dispense hundreds of common prescription medications with the approval of a clinician or pharmacist through a secure, robotically automated vault.

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