Nearly 90% of Healthcare Organizations Are Experimenting With New TechRecent findings from Accenture’s latest Digital Health Tech Vision, demonstrate that health care organizations across the U.S. and Canada are strongly interested in utilizing emerging advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and blockchain. Of the 221 healthcare executive surveyed, 89 percent claimed to have experimented with one or more of the advanced technologies. A further, 94 percent reported an accelerated pace of innovation towards these technologies. The report marks the trend towards a new standard of health care tools and applications. New Hospital Applications for Machine LearningAs technological developments accelerate in pace, many innovative products get lost in the crowd. A recent breakdown <> of new hospital applications from Beckers Hospital Review outlined 8 recent studies and product launches in digital health. These included an Amazon Web Services’ Textract which uses machine learning to extract information from any document, including patient forms, hospital claims and more. Another notable inclusion is a predictive model trained by researchers from the University of Michigan to identify how patients with Crohn’s Disease would respond to long-term usage of the popular tretment ustekinumab.
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Healthcare Industry Remains Vulnerable to Ransomware Worm WannaCryFirst attacking hospitals and other industries in 2017, WannaCry–a rampant ransomware virus–remains active throughout the internet. While once believed to have been mostly shut down, a recent finding from Armis Security demonstrated that the worm is resiliently healthy. In a statement, Armis’ Vice President of Research, Bern Seri explained: “Part of the reason the healthcare industry is so affected is because it has so many unmanaged devices in its networks. In many cases, it’s just too much of an effort for hospitals to be able to upgrade these systems.” Seri explained that in order for health systems to protect their devices they must first identify which devices are most at risk from an attack, but further explained, “You need to be able to monitor incoming connections and the front doors of the network. You need to be understanding the risks on a daily basis.”
Medical technology innovations: Electronic Aspirin. For people who suffer from migraines, cluster headaches, and other causes of chronic, excruciating head or facial pain, the "take two aspirins and call me in the morning" method is useless. Doctors have long associated the most severe, chronic forms of headache with the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), a facial nerve bundle, but haven't yet found a treatment that works on the SPG long-term. A technology under clinical investigation at Autonomic Technologies, Inc., (Redwood City, CA) is a patient-powered tool for blocking SPG signals at the first sign of a headache. The system involves the permanent implant of a small nerve stimulating device in the upper gum on the side of the head normally affected by headache. The lead tip of the implant connects with the SPG bundle, and when a patient senses the onset of a headache, he or she places a handheld remote controller on the cheek nearest the implant. The resulting signals stimulate the SPG nerves and block the pain-causing neurotransmitters.