Swallow a pill and a tiny sensor in it transfers health information about your body to your smartphone. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Or does it?
There are MANY companies racing to produce the next big thing in medicine, from monitoring heart rate, diagnosis of small bowel and colon problems, diagnosing diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s, this technology is bound to advance the medical industry substantially.
One company, Proteus Digital Health predicts that half of medications will be digitized by 2020.
New pills and patches can make monitoring health as easy as checking an app on your smartphone. But could this put personal health information at risk?
Everyone likes to believe they could be an A+ level student or a sought after subject matter expert or the world’s most renowned someone or just darn good at SOMETHING! Maybe you’ll have that opportunity with a boost from technology being investigated at Wright State U in Ohio… Learn more about transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. Basically, it’s a device that uses electricity to stimulate your brain in all the right places. (Have a peek at their internal university posting, too, on Wright State University Newsroom and explore other avenues available to you at the school.)
The environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey, deplores the Green Revolution in Africa and oil spills in the Niger Delta region. He does not underestimate the work to be done to educate people on the need to stop those who wish to destroy the environment and to redefine new concepts of development Read an interview with Nnimmo Bassey, director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation in Nigeria, which is an ecological think tank.
Visit the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) website and learn the stories of those who want to make a difference. Explore the activities undertaken by these individuals driven by their love of humanity. (Be patient; it may take a few mins for the site to load…) While you’re there, view some of the recorded videos of Bassey – powerful stuff!
The medical advances being made today with sensors reminds me of when, as a kid, I watched with rapt attention the movie Fantastic Voyage.
Sensors can monitor implants as they heal or detect early signs of organ rejection after a transplant. A sensor in the human brain could even help people control a prosthesis or use assistive technologies such as wheelchairs.
The advantage of being able to constantly collect data about someone’s health would keep hospital costs down by catching diseases early and helping the ill or elderly manage their own health between doctors’ visits.
Who knows? In a decade, we may all be wearing microchips. After all, this microchip technology already exists in many of our pets.
If you aren’t already aware, the population of elderly inhabitants of our planet has grown by leaps and bounds as medical improvements have extended life span way beyond the expectancies of previous generations. If you think these ‘older folks’ are technology dummies, take a look at this hip Italian granny – and her vid screen companion!
Visit the company site, too, for more project details and contact information: GiraffPlus
(GiraffPlus is funded by the European Community’s Framework Programme Seven (FP7) under contract #288173. FP7 – ICT – Challenge 5: ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance. Duration: 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2014)