FDA approved a smart algorithm-based continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system developed by the Dublin-based medical technology company, Medtronic. The Guardian Connect system for people living with diabetes and using multiple daily injections of insulin will be rolled out this summer. It uses predictive alerts to avoid high and low glucose levels and allows better diabetes management.
New Studies: Alivecor’s Kardiaband Coupled With Apple Watch Detects AFib, Potassium Levels Accurately
ECG wearable manufacturing Alivecor’s Kardiaband was able to detect atrial fibrillation with very high sensitivity according to the latest study of the Cleveland Clinic published early March. When a physician actually helped examine the data, sensitivity reached 99 percent. A second study, conducted by the Mayo Clinic, showed that the ECG device, when paired with new artificial intelligence technology, is able to detect high potassium levels in blood non-invasively, which could signal diabetes or heart failure.
It has never been easier to measure ECG and monitor heart health at home. New pocket-sized gadgets, chest straps, even specialized earbuds promise accurate measurements during sports activity, cooking or watching TV at home. AliveCor’s Kardia, MocaCare, Skeeper, just to name a few digital devices The Medical Futurist already reviewed. Recently, a Swedish company sent me their version and I eagerly tested it. Let’s see what the Coala Heart Monitor can offer.
Superman, Spiderman, the Flash, the Avengers, Green Arrow, Catwoman. Idolized superheroes are able to fly, jump from one roof to another beating up the bad guys. Although they all have their unique characteristics and superpowers, one thing is common. They all use their abilities to the fullest. Digital health offers you the same. You can become a real superhero if you proactively harness the power of technology for your health.
Fitbit, Misfit, Live by Earlysense, Jawbone. The market for sleep trackers is skyrocketing and finally, more and more people track the quality of their bedtime. However, getting conclusions from sleep measurements is tricky. Let me help you by sharing my experience!
A young Hungarian designer re-designed the traditional ECG Holter into an easily applicable and smart ECG wearable. It’s just one example how design will appear in healthcare in the future; how elements of design thinking and (user interface) UX will become an organic part of the development of medical devices.
No matter whether it’s about fitness, sleep, stress management or health, data could help you achieve your goals. See how I did it in 2017 with my simple excel spreadsheet!