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CNET spotlights ‘comfort companions’ and therapy robots

CNET, generally a home for all things whiz-bang and techy, is unusually but admirably spotlighting tech that assists the disabled and older adults. The latest in its Tech Enabled series focuses on robotics and AI-assisted comfort companions to help the sick–children undergoing medical treatment and adults with dementia. We’ve previously covered the PARO therapeutic seal, here in use with dementia, PTSD, and TBI residents in a VA Hospital in Livermore, California, It’s now in its 13th year of distribution and on its ninth release. Our prior criticism was only that it could benefit far more people if production were higher... Continue Reading

Can Google Glass’ enterprise iteration solve the patient documentation crisis?

...how Google is making the Glass available, not directly. SF/Boston-based partner Brain Power wasn’t mentioned in Mr. Kothari’s blog, but their AI/VR applications for brain conditions such as autism and TBI, as well as other uses such as clinical trials and care for older adults. mHealthIntelligence interviewed Augmedix’s CEO Ian Shakil, who notes that Glass still needs improvements in battery life for the hard work of documenting patient visits. Update: An interesting comment on this via Twitter. The paper is from 2015 but the regulatory and privacy questions around recording patients and information remain. Augmedix does state on its website... Continue Reading

VA awards over $1 billion in Home Telehealth contracts–at long last (updated)

...TBI and substance abuse. But it has to be used properly by care coordinators and there have to be different protocols. The challenge is to get VA care coordinators to adopt technology and use it! Mike Hagerty Howard, Would you care to share your statistics with me? I'm a service-disabled veteran, and find your comments about addiction most disturbing. Sometimes the VA responds, sometimes not, but hard facts are hard to ignore. Allan Curtis This highlights the problem with the selection process for Technology Solutions .. from 2015 to 2017 there have been tremendous advances in device and communication technology... Continue Reading

US Army researchers use sensors, gels to study, mitigate brain and body blast effects

...brain texture and mass through a specially designed gel. These nanomaterials are designed to fluoresce at graduated intensities under pressure. The goal is that researchers can track blast effects on the brain at the cellular level. ARL research in this area is jointly conducted with counterparts in the Japanese Defense Ministry, where researchers are contributing their knowledge of physiological effects such as cortical depressant, blood circulation and oxygen levels in tissue. ARL News, YouTube video. Both tracks of research are designed to protect soldiers in the field from TBI, and better understand the effects of blast-created trauma to the brain.... Continue Reading

Mobile brain monitoring developments and impact (Israel)

Accelerator/healthcare innovator StartupHealth’s ongoing series Startup Health Now! (#94) interviews Israeli entrepreneur Nathan Intrator, founder of Neurosteer, on developing new applications for brain monitoring in TBI cases, the impact home monitoring will have on patients and Israel’s burgeoning digital health scene. Highlights from the 18 minute video from this past June at Wearable Tech + Digital Health Conference, New York, NY include applications to monitor those who are minimally conscious to assist doctors in treatment; how data from remote patient home monitoring can detect early stage problems so that doctors can take proactive care, reducing cost and disruption; and Israel’s... Continue Reading

Sonde Health using voice as a biomarker for diagnosis

...additional support from PatientsLikeMe, Twilio and Aculabcloud. But also developed at MIT, by Thomas Quatieri’s team at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, is a broader platform for voice diagnosis. This has been applied to mental health conditions such as depression, respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, and in pilots for TBI, cognitive impairment and…Parkinson’s. This has been licensed to Sonde Health, which hasn’t much on their website but is out of the Boston-based PureTech R&D/venture firm. The acoustic markers they cite are ‘dynamic changes in pitch and harmonics, articulation timing and hoarseness or breathiness that indicate and requires no analysis of words’. MedCityNews, MedTechBoston... Continue Reading

Congressional investigation confirms NFL attempted to influence concussion, CTE research

...out its commitment to respect the science and prioritize health and safety. When the grants were announced in September 2012 [TTA 7 Sept 12], there was great cheer that finally the NFL had decided that denial was, to use the old joke, a river in Egypt, and to do something about it. This also followed Army research on TBI being supported by the NFL. The first indicator that the funds were going elsewhere, as we noted a year later, was that a year later the Sports and Health Research Program (SHRP) funds were going to other medical problems like joint... Continue Reading

ATA meeting abstracts now online

Even if you did attend the American Telemedicine Association’s annual meeting, you will likely be very interested in the extensive abstracts from the meeting’s presentations given from Sunday to last Tuesday. They range from the usual matched cohort studies in chronic disease to specialized areas such as teleICU, pediatrics, mental health (including telepsychiatry in California prisons), emergency responder and digital health approaches for brain injury/TBI. International is also represented in abstracts from Canada, Chile, Israel, Panama, Bolivia, Brazil, France, South Africa (delivered by Drs Maurice Mars and Richard Scott of ISfTeH) and Colombia. Telemedicine and e-Health (Liebert), free and sponsored... Continue Reading

Bioidentical, dissolvable brain implants for monitoring injury

[grow_thumb image=”http://telecareaware.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/1499.jpg” thumb_width=”150″ /]A pressure and temperature sensor which sits on the surface of the brain to monitor intracranial pressure and temperature changes has been developed by an international team from South Korea and the US. Currently, implantable sensors are used for monitoring victims of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), but these sensors carry risk of inflammation and infection. In initial testing, this new sensor has been found to be fully biocompatible (no inflammation or scarring) and dissolves in a few weeks. It can also be modified in other ways to monitor other brain functions, such as acidity and the... Continue Reading

Blood biomarkers to diagnose mild TBI; more studies on TBI, concussion

diagnosed in CT scans. Scrolling down in the article is a link to the abstract of a meta-study of 11 biomarkers in concussion, by the same lead researcher and another team. The current featured articles in Neurotrauma are a stunning review of studies around concussion and TBI, including two very interesting articles on why air evacuation can do more harm than good (unless absolutely necessary) for TBI patients (altitude lowers oxygen levels) and how mild TBI suffered by retired NFL players has long-term negative metabolic and pituitary effects. All paywalled unless you have library access or a friend with subscription... Continue Reading