Thursday, June 25, 2020

How Medical Technology Companies Are Moving Forward

Medical technology is becoming an increasing part of our world. The main reason for this is as we develop better technology, we can save lives and live more safely. This innovation is driven by multiple companies doing great work in the industry. Here is how these companies are helping.

Medical Technology
The importance of medical technology in the modern world cannot be overstated. This fact is the main reason why healthcare is often the most significant portion of every country's budget. It is also why many countries are compared based on the life expectancy of its citizens. 

The biggest driver behind these medical innovations is the companies building these products and driving this innovation. These companies come together to form the basis of what is essentially the biggest part of solving issues in the medical realm. Many of these companies are publicly traded, so you can also find companies with an excellent monthly dividend ETF to invest in. They make great stable investments because you don't have to worry about the demand for medical coverage dropping anytime soon. As population ages, we see more medical technology come into play.

There is a wide variety of medical equipment and technology being used today in our modern societies. Everything from new discoveries in medicine to nuclear medicine is helpful in how we can solve problems and fight diseases. All of these things have to be discovered by companies and researchers working diligently in the lab to bring these things to reality. Medical technology is also responsible for fixing problems when people get hurt. For example, it used to be that you had to have your limb amputated if you had certain infections, but today this is not the case. Medical knowledge and technology have made it so easy for you to solve many medical problems without too much risk to your life.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Apple watchOS 7 adds handwashing detection

Apple has announced that the next version of watchOS adds handwashing detection:

Apple Watch uses the motion sensors, microphone, and on-device machine learning to automatically detect handwashing motions and sounds. It then initiates a 20-second countdown timer, and if the user finishes early, they will be prompted to keep washing. Apple Watch can also conveniently remind the user to wash their hands when they return home.

The Health app on iPhone will show frequency and duration of the user’s handwashing, as well as information on the importance of handwashing, as it relates to overall health. Sounds used to detect handwashing are not automatically recorded or saved by the Health app or Apple Watch.

watchOS 7 will run on:
Apple Watch Series 3
Apple Watch Series 4
Apple Watch Series 5

Monday, April 2, 2018

This is #NPHW National Public Health Week

April 2-8 marks ​National Public Health Week (NPHW). Each day is marked with a specific public health theme:

Monday, April 2: Behavioral Health
Advocate for and promote well-being
Focus on and advocate for improved access to mental and behavioral health services. Use education and training to de-stigmatize mental health diagnoses and encourage people experiencing mental illness to seek treatment. Coverage for mental health services must be on par with physical health services in all health insurance coverage.

Tuesday, April 3: Communicable Diseases
Learn about ways to prevent disease transmission
Wash your hands. Know your HIV status. Call on employers to support and provide sick leave so sick workers can care for themselves and avoid spreading disease to others. Support comprehensive sexual health education in schools, which can reduce rates of sexually transmitted disease (as well as teen pregnancy). Keep yourself and your families immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases — and get your flu shot!

Wednesday, April 4: Environmental Health
Help to protect and maintain a healthy planet
Reduce our collective carbon emissions footprint. Transition to renewable energies. Protect our natural resources and use evidence-based policy to protect our air, water and food. Support environmental health efforts that monitor our communities for risks and develop health-promoting interventions. Call for transportation planning that promotes walking, biking and public transit — it not only reduces climate-related emissions, but helps us all stay physically active.

Thursday, April 5: Injury and Violence Prevention
Learn about the effects of injury and violence on health
Increase funding to programs that reduce and prevent community violence. Advocate for occupational health and safety standards that keep workers safe on the job. Support policies that save those struggling with addiction from a fatal drug overdose. Many injuries are preventable with the appropriate education, policy and safety measures.

Friday, April 6: Ensuring the Right to Health
Advocate for everyone's right to a healthy life
Everyone deserves an opportunity to live a life free from preventable disease and disability. The places where we live, learn, work, worship and play should promote our health, not threaten it. That’s why creating the healthiest nation requires a dogged focus on achieving health equity for all.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Thoracic Surgery Social Media Network #TSSMN

The next Thoracic Surgery Social Media Network #TSSMN Twitter chat is scheduled for Tues March 20 at 5 pm Eastern. Follow @TSSMN and the hashtag #TSSMN

The topic: resident assessment and autonomy in cardiothoracic surgery

Be sure to read the article titled, "Resident Autonomy in the Operating Room: Expectations Versus Reality" and "Teaching operative cardiac surgery in the era of increasing patient complexity: Can it still be done?"

It's great to see trainees leveraging social media to discuss important issues that need to be discussed openly.

You can read more about the spirit of #TSSMN in this article, titled "Thoracic Surgery Social Media Network: Bringing thoracic surgery scholarship to Twitter."