A roundup of the most recent news stories from the health, technology and care sectors.
Apple Plunges into Digital Health Care
After giving solutions for fitness tracking, tech giant Apple is planning to plunge into Digital Health Care. Soon Apple will be enabling a sound utilisation of its earlier launched Apple Watch and Health Kit, by integrating the two into a usable health registering portable system. Apple will now upend its expertise towards Digital Health Care solutions.
Apple aims to effectively connect lines between Healthcare industry, the High-tech industry and the role of the consumer.
Graphene-based inks for flexible and wearable electronics
A method for producing conductive cotton fabrics using graphene-based inks opens up new possibilities for flexible and wearable electronics, without the use of expensive and toxic processing steps.
Wearable, textiles-based electronics present new commercial possibilities for healthcare and personal health technology, and can open an entirely new set of applications from healthcare and wellbeing to the Internet of Things.
How digitising healthcare is helping the world’s poorest
Many third world countries have one thing in common in terms of health and care; they’re using quick-fire mobile IT to deliver developed-world standards of healthcare to some of the world’s poorest. It is part of a rapid trend towards the digitisation of healthcare which is promising huge benefits across the globe.
The use of digital technology in healthcare for poorer people is imperative if conditions are to improve. In countries across Africa, phone companies are exploiting the technological advances by improving healthcare services through mobile technology. In Bangladesh, for example, the country’s main mobile provider has implemented 24 hour access to doctors at minimal call costs.
Digital records could improve mental health care
Healthcare IT and digital records could provide a huge stepping stone in improving the NHS when it comes to mental health care. Digital records have proved an asset in clinical training on many occasions, and billing and reporting and actual diagnosis of mental health conditions could improve with the correct use of digital records.
While there is much work to be done in simply improving mental healthcare and the lives of those who suffer, we must put IT and data security measures in place to ensure that people are not punished by their mental health, are diagnosed early and have access to effective treatment.