Medical Smart Jacket Brings Mothers Hope

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According to a 2016 UNICEF release, pneumonia kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year. “Many of those deaths are because of misdiagnosis,” says Brian Turyabagye, Uganda graduate and co-designer of MamaOpe Pneumonia kit. “In the villages and remote areas, children get sick – and the first reaction is to treat them for malaria. Most people are aware of malaria, and the signs for malaria and pneumonia are very similar, so it is difficult for health professionals to... Continue Reading

Be Still My Beating Heart: Electronic Stethoscope with Bluetooth Changes Healthcare—and Music

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The basic technology behind the stethoscope hasn’t changed much since its invention in 1816. Nearly 150 years later, electronic stethoscopes took a shot at improving the basic design using an electronic amplifier and microphone, but those efforts didn’t go far—until today.3M Littmann’s electronic stethoscopes have fundamentally changed how these familiar tools are used. New amplification and ambient noise reduction technologies reduce background noise so that critical body sounds can be heard for... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Technology Helping Type 1 Diabetics Control Insulin Levels

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Growing up in a single-parent household with four siblings provided its own rewards and challenges. When Olivia Siller’s, 18, older sister, Katie, was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes, the family’s entire life changed. Doctors placed Katie on an insulin pump and began a life of constantly pulling out the pump to control her insulin intake and check blood sugar levels. Olivia hopes her device would bring simplicity to diabetes. The app or product would alert specified people when glucose levels... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Breakthrough Award Winner - Student Category

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15-year-old Shiva Nathan came up with his Bluetooth Breakthrough Award student entry while working on an EEG (Electroencephalography)-based video game. In 2011, while developing the EEG MindWave Mobile headset video game, Shiva’s priorities changed. A member of his extended family lost both arms. “She received prosthetics but they were expensive and never gave her the freedom she needed,” said Shiva. Shiva took up the challenge and instead of using the MindWave Mobile for gaming decided to design... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Technology Opens Inexpensive Prosthetic Market

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15-year-old Shiva Nathan came up with his Bluetooth Breakthrough Award student entry while working on an EEG (Electroencephalography)-based video game. In 2011, while developing the EEG MindWave Mobile headset video game, Shiva’s priorities changed. A member of his extended family lost both arms. “She received prosthetics but they were expensive and never gave her the freedom she needed,” said Shiva. Shiva took up the challenge and instead of using the MindWave Mobile for gaming decided to design... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Smart Technology Takes Your Pulse

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Update: Nonin Medical was selected as a finalist in the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards. Nonin Medical, Inc. recently announced FDA clearance for the Nonin Model 3230 Bluetooth Smart finger pulse monitor. The device sends the data gathered from the sensor via Bluetooth Smart technology to an app on your smartphone. The sensor sports some interesting features. CorrectCheck™ helps patients with correct finger placement and SmartPoint™ automatically determines when the device is ready to transmit a high-quality... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Smart Technology Enables Next Generation Health Care

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As Executive Director of the Continua Health Alliance, which promotes the ecosystem of devices and systems in personal connected health, I keep a close eye on the technology industry. New technologies, products and even marketing campaigns provide signals on the direction of the market and reveal a lot about corporate priorities. If you haven’t read it, take a look at Bluetooth SIG Chief Marketing Officer Suke Jawanda’s recent interview with MedTech Pulse Blog about Bluetooth technology’s future... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Technology Connecting the Dots to Better Health

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This is an interesting article by Nsikak Akpakpan, physician/software architect at Pathfinder, LLC. Dr. Akpakpan talks about legacy devices becoming obsolete as they only collect data. By incorporating Bluetooth technology, healthcare not only becomes connected but it becomes personal. With Bluetooth connected health devices, users build a private health network and continuously gather physiological, electrical, or chemical data through devices worn, carried or swallowed.“As Bluetooth medical devices... Continue Reading

Sensor Delivers Vital Statistics via Bluetooth Technology

Sensor Delivers Vital Statistics via Bluetooth Technology

Toshiba recently announced Silmee—Smart healthcare Intelligent Monitor Engine and Ecosystem—a sensor, a small patch-like device, that monitors key vital signs including electrocardiogram, pulse, body temperature and movements. The information is sent via Bluetooth technology to smart devices so consumers or healthcare providers can easily monitor results. This device will provide continually healthcare monitoring.Read the press release Continue Reading

FDA Approves Bluetooth Glucose Monitor

FDA Approves Bluetooth Glucose Monitor

The FDA approved Johnson & Johnson’s glucose meter that sends results via Bluetooth technology to an iOS device. LifeScan’s OneTouch Verio Sync Blood Glucose Monitoring System collects the results in an app to view or share wirelessly. The app stores 2,500 test results and one year of results. The app lets you tag results, alert users to patterns, enter events like manual results cabs consumed, activity, etc., and allows users to share results. It’s not on the market yet, but coming soon.Read the... Continue Reading