New biological technologies are addressing visual impairments for patients from implanted to prosthetic devices to accessibility platforms

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Visual impairments come in many different forms: from birth, aging, disease, and trauma. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, it is estimated that “approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of distance or near vision impairment.” The leading diseases that affect vision over time are age-related, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Such is important when designing the usabilities of technologies.

When designing websites from a usability perspective the American Disability Acts (ADA) best practice tool kit with action items considers the visually impaired:

+ include a “skip navigation” link at the top of webpages that allows people who use screen readers to ignore navigation links and skip directly to webpage…

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A disaster can take many forms from a local grass fire during the dry season to a hurricane landing in multiple states. The changes in technology allow a population to better prepare and plan for pre and post-nuclear accidents, hazardous material releases, floods, earthquakes and forest fires.

A drone permits a first responder to survey an area to prevent unnecessary exposure to the fire department, emergency responders, heavy equipment operators, engineers, and volunteers. Drones allow for real-time surveillance to search for the individuals in most need of help and rescue. …

Nurses, software developers, patients, and caregivers have a simplified way to verify if a digital health application or medical device has been validated or recalled

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Clinicians must create a workflow to stay up to date on recalls in this digital age.

They must understand the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) role in recalls, especially medical devices (48% of the total share of the regulated products as of 2018). Nurses, for example, need a workflow in triage to manage the influx of patients with recalled products to give the best education and verify the recall.

A microchip in your hand could create no need for keys, key fob, credit cards or large wallet

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Near field communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless technology that enables simple and secure communication between electronic devices. There are two frameworks at play, in close proximity about 10 cm apart. Such is considered a passive communication which means the microchip stores data that can be read by another device but cannot read data themselves.

The term biohacking is not new but it is becoming more of an above-ground concept. In Sweden, you can get a small microchip implanted into your hand that can store and passively retrieve data. The biochip can open doors, pay for meals connect to cashless apps; the Swedish national train tickets are integrated and so are gym membership passes. A touchless scanner receives passive information just like a wireless credit card reader. …

In a medical museum wing, applying AR can motivate students in an interactive learning environment

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The chessboard game has been set for healthcare students. The world of academics and healthcare is pushing forward, adapting to new teaching approaches, technologies, and learning styles. Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and gaming provide a riveting learning experience. These new technologies are in play at the academic level for researchers, students, clinicians, and patients.

Such technologies can be utilized in many settings to assist in health behavior change interventions, optimal care, and health outcomes all across care settings. Academics could integrate AR and VR into the curriculum for students to improve motivation and their understanding of science. Furthermore, health facilities may ensure nurses are up to date on modern skills. …

It’s always best to make an informed decision

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The effects of nicotine from tobacco products have long been documented. Education for patients and clinicians about vaping is on the rise as research continues. The consumption of vape during pregnancy and adolescence is a worldwide phenomenon starting in the 2000’s after a Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik invented the e-cigarette. Hon’s invention was a way of quitting smoking but he still vapes and smokes to this day and works for… Imperial Tobacco!

The first step is to understand what the chemicals in vaping are and how a developing brain is affected on a cellular level as well as the life long damage they can cause. “Nicotine exposure during prenatal or adolescent development can affect the brain in multiple ways that may impair memory, learning, and cognition,” said Prue Talbot, the director of the University of California, Riverside Stem Cell Center. …

New technologies can now help detect traumatic brain injuries in a more accessible and affordable manner

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“Head explosion” by geralt (Pixabay)

Summertime is in full swing with baseball games in the park to active participation in water sports, there is the potential for accidents leading to a traumatic brain injury.

“What Is A Concussion?” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via YouTube

The loss of “brain time” from when the traumatic brain injury occurs to diagnosis varies and such can delay treatment. …

Welcome to the silver tsunami where technologies like AR and VR can bridge the gaps in connections and the tools to support seniors with mental and physical disabilities

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Globally, healthcare is monitoring and pushing into the virtual reality space for the “real world” benefits for patients. The Asia Pacific region is diving into the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) area with an expected expenditure of $7.5 billion in 2019, which has doubled since last year.

The use cases for AR/VR are being produced in the areas of “(educational) training, digital prototyping, architectural designs, retail monitoring” said Avinav Trigunait, research director at International Data Corporation (IDC). …

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Innovation seems to be an overused term in the digital age. The next level of innovation is here and appropriately used in the context of integration of the mind and technology to create physical movement. The concept of using neurons to move objects at a distance appears to live in the land of futurism. A neuron-based technology fusing movement or thought process could a “Jedi mind trick” yet the thought of swiping on your iPhone with your mind versus your finger is here.

Back to the basics

We have to walk this back to basic biology class to expand a neuron and the complexity of how we got here. The University Of Queensland in Australia, Brain Institute defines neurons are the fundamental units of the brain and nervous system, the cells responsible for receiving sensory input from the external world, for sending motor commands to our muscles, and for transforming and relaying the electrical signals at every step in between. …

Hospitals are dealing with a staffing shortage but robots can allow nurses to spend more time with patients

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Robots were frequently seen in the laboratory science space but are now moving into the hospital environment globally. In recent years, robots have been in surgery assisting physicians; now they are moving into mundane tasks, assisting nurses in the hospital. You can call such… “RoboNurses”.

RoboNurse Assists in the Hunting and Gathering of Medical Supplies

In Thailand, Mongkutwattana General Hospital started using mobile robots on a magnetic track. The robots perform time-saving tasks such as paperwork and medical deliveries. This hospital like many is dealing with a nurse staffing shortage and the robots allow nurses to spend more time with patients. …


Danielle Siarri MSN, RN

Nurse Informatics Specialist | Health IT Consultant | Social Media Practitioner | Clinical Marketer | |

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