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Piezo-based energy harvesting within medical implants

medical-piezoheart0(Bill Schweber / EENews) – Researchers developed a prototype energy-harvesting transducer for medical implants, such as pacemakers, using normal motion of the heart-related blood vessels to generate critical power.

    Energy harvesting from the human body (approximately 100W of consumption at rest) in various forms appears to be a near-perfect power source fit for implanted medical devices, but practical issues have impeded its adoption as a solution.

Funded by a five-year NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award, a research team at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College worked with UT Health San Antonio (part of the University of Texas) and developed a new way to build a piezo-based harvesting transducer for these medical devices.

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Intelligent wearables are coming to a doctor near you

wearable_technology_healthcare_blog_mobisoft_infotech (PeerBits) – An average wearable and fitness tracker app , that you can see on everybody’s wrist from a $20 Mi Fit to $300 Fitbit, can track activity levels, sleep and can even count the calories you eat. Newer models can even track blood pressure, oxygen saturation in the blood and stress levels.

    The industry is rising at pace nobody expected with Credit Suisse estimating the industry to be worth between $3 – $5 billion, and over 50,000 apps available for download.

The future is brighter than the brightest for intelligent wearable devices. Sooner than later, they will perform tasks that will make life patient with chronic conditions easier, let clinicians to remotely monitor these patients in real time.

FDA approval and HIPAA privacy are significant concerns for patients, and while these establishments are aware of the rising trend of smart wearable devices, whether developers meet these demands or not, remains to be seen.

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AT&T’s new smartwatch will drive transformation in healthcare

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AT&T is connecting the first medical wearable certified for its LTE-M low-powered network.
The carrier teamed up with OneLife Technologies Corp, a mobile healthcare software and data-collection company, to develop the OnePulse smartwatch, which is designed with telehealth and remote patient monitoring capabilities.

The OnePulse smartwatch will be available for purchase by healthcare providers in March.

AT&T is also exploring ways to transform the healthcare space beyond connected wearables, making the company a more attractive partner for providers looking for a wide range of digital health solutions.

In January, the carrier landed a partnership with Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center to become the first US hospital to leverage 5G.

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