Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems by means of methods of mechanics.
It is particularly relevant to the field of orthopedics.
A new app called BoneStress allows users to visualize the effects of action and joint loading on bone stress for different hip stem designs.
Pristine EyeSight, a HIPAA compliant Google Glass software solution for surgeons that is capable of delivering 1st person video streaming and 2-way audio, recently won a DEMO God Award. The company has managed to raise $350,000 and is attempting to raise another $100,000.
The number of medical journals available for the iPad has grown exponentially as more publishers recognize the potential benefits and utility of providing their content on multiple platforms.
However, to date, the number of journals that have opted to take advantage of features such as Apple’s Newsstand feature is remarkably low. This commentary will focus on problems caused by this and how they could be addressed.
Glooko has received FDA 510(k) clearance for their HIPAA compliant Glooko System, a unified diabetes management system. The system includes a smartphone app, a MeterSync cable and web dashboards for both patients and doctors.
Glooko users can track their carb intake, insulin dosage, and other lifestyle factors such as exercise. The app includes built-in food, insulin and medication databases to streamline the logging process.
It helps better determine insulin requirements through its built-in food data base which provides nutritional information on food distributed by over 5800 food manufacturers, 700 restaurants and 250 supermarkets. By regularly logging their lifestyle choices and seeing how they affect their glucose readings, users should be better equipped to understand how their choices affect their diabetes management plan.
Via the Glooko mobile app and Glooko MeterSync Cable patients are able to to download meter readings from 19 different glucose meters to their smartphone. The data can be annotated and shared through Glooko’s integrated online platform.
Purpose of App Review
- How useful is this app in helping users track their water daily water intake?
Most people know that drinking water throughout the day can have many health benefits.
Although the amount of water required each day varies from person to person, the common recommendation for the average adult is to consume at least eight 8 oz glasses of water a day.
However, for many people, remembering to drink water during their busy schedules might not come naturally and an app such as Ounces could have potential benefit for these individuals.
Although the following news article is out of scope with our usual reporting — we couldn’t help but humor our readership with the following technology.
UK based Shreddies, producer of healthcare underwear, has released their Flatulence Filtering range of underwear. Their patented filter underwear removes odors through the use of flexible carbon cloth. (read more)
Recognizing and measuring defects in posture such as lumbar lordosis can point towards a range of medical diagnoses.
The examination of lumbar lordosis may be accomplished through visual observation or by using a number of measurement instruments, most typically a bubble inclinometer or goniometer.
The introduction of mobile devices with inbuilt accelerometers potentially offers a simple method of assessing posture.
To investigate the reliability, minimal detectable change (MDC90) and concurrent validity of a gravity-based bubble inclinometer (inclinometer) and iPhone application for measuring standing lumbar lordosis. (read more)
Cureatr is a New York based startup which provides health care providers with HIPAA secure group messaging.
Another entrant into an increasingly crowded field, Cureatr is attempting to bridge the gaps in communication that lead to repetitive testing, poor continuity, and many other weaknesses in how we currently care for our patients. If the interest of investors is any gauge of the potential here, Cureatr has already raised $5.7m in its first round of funding.
Purpose of App Review
- To evaluate the BMJ Best Practice app as a point of care tool for clinicians on-the-go.
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) Best Practice online tool now comes with an app version with comparable content and information – BMJ Best Practice. The app allows the user to either login and access content with a personal BMJ Best Practice subscription or an institutional subscription (if one is available).
After logging in, users will see all of the topics in an easy to view list as well as the 5 topics that the app provides free of charge for those users that do not have a subscription to BMJ Best Practice. The app contains information in various formats including expert opinions, guidelines, and information about various diagnoses and tests.
Angel is a health and fitness monitoring device that is open source.
It has raised almost $300,000 through a campaign on Indiegogo, blowing away its initial goal of raising $100,000. Angel is designed with developers in mind.
By being open, they hope to encourage developers to create new and innovative health and fitness trackers and provide consumers the freedom to choose any apps they would like. (read more)
A month ago I saw a video on Youtube about creating modular smartphones, created by Phonebloks. Phoneblok puts forth their idea that such a product could reduce waste, and allow highly customizable products for smartphone users who utilize their phone for different purposes. In essence, this platform moves beyond a modifiable user interface that focuses on apps, and focuses on a system with modifiable hardware to supplement those apps.
While the premise was interesting, I did not give it much thought due to the fact I could not envision any smartphone developer investing into such a product. Needless to say, I was wrong since Motorola has announced it will be creating modular smartphones with its Project Ara. Motorola’s idea is to create an endoskeleton that will provide the key components of a phone with modules that may be attached.
Riddell, the biggest manufacturer of football helmets in the US, unveiled its newly developed InSite head-impact monitoring system. The system monitors and records significant head impacts sustained during football games and practice.
It is designed to alert team staff of high risk single and multiple head impacts, and enable improved identification and management of concussion.
Unlike teams in the NFL and NCAA, players in lower leagues are not protected by rules which attempt to minimize the number of hits above the neck. Riddell hopes to fill this gap through InSite. The technology is based on Riddell’s own Head Impact Telemetry System and Sideline Response Technologies. (read more)