Tag - Medical
This is an odd one. We've been going back and forth on whether to do a Hands On of it because, for one thing, it's not exactly involved or complicated. Depression Test 1.2 is, well, a test to see if you're depressed. Depression used to be completely misunderstood –– people would tell you to cheer up, it might never happen and so you'd hit them –– but now there's a risk that understanding is turning to selling medication. Let's be clear: this app is not selling anything or we definitely wouldn't be reviewing it because comparative medical studies is a bit outside our wheelhouse.
One of the most critically-lauded -- particularly by the public -- aspects of Apple's "Spring Forward" event last March wasn't the sleek new MacBook or even the remarkable miniaturization that enabled the Apple Watch; it was the section devoted to ResearchKit, a new SDK aimed at leveraging the sensors found in many mobile devices to help medical professionals develop apps that could further medical research into any number of diseases, conditions, or illnesses. On Tuesday, Apple released it to all developers and open-sourced it.
Apple Pay, the iPhone maker's mobile payment technology, has added another supporting payment network in the form of InstaMed. The company has announced that it will implement support for Apple Pay at the medical facilities it supports, including hospitals, doctor's offices and other medical businesses. InstaMed will support both iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch-based payments, along with in-app payments on any Touch ID-capable iOS device.
A number of healthcare companies, many of whom are just now working deeply with the HealthKit APIs from Apple to create health-oriented applications, are already pivoting to create complementary apps for the new Apple Watch platform as well, which creates new opportunities for handling certain kinds of results and notifications. More than a dozen applications have been announced in just the last week, ranging from a medication reminder for patients to a glucose monitor system for the Watch.
On Monday, Apple devoted a portion of its "Spring Forward" event to talking about a previously-unannounced initiative called ResearchKit that will help medical researchers put together apps that improve the voluntary data collection process so vital to the field. Five example applications were also released that day, including one that sought participants in a Stanford University cardiovascular study. Today, some 10,000 new applicants have volunteered through the app.
Nuance, makers of Dragon Dictation software, announced this week an update to Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac. The fourth version of the text-to-speech software, which includes 90 medical vocabularies, now supports OS X Yosemite (10.10), dictating into Mac-based electronic health records (EHR) programs such as MacPractice, as well as MS Office products, or the Gmail web client.
Canon announced a new projector today for professionals looking for a device with a variety of display options for presentations. The Realis WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector delivers native WUXGA 1920x1200 display resolution, brightness of 6,000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 2,000:1. For those in the medical field, Canon is also releasing a second version with an additional mode for viewing x-rays and CAT scans.
Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist-worn device that allows tracking through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does the ActvContent Sync offer enough to warrant a purchase, or would users be better off spending their money on something with more features? Find out in our review.
Although it is not surprising to learn that Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad have an above-average adoption rate among medical professionals, new information from a networking site devoted to doctors has shed new insight on the relationship between Apple and the medical field. Doximity, described by Forbes as a "LinkedIn for doctors," reports that of its 300,000 member database, some 85 percent of doctors carry iPhones -- and they tend to upgrade to new models very quickly.
As developers have gotten their hands on both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, a number of smaller, unannounced discoveries have been made about the two forthcoming OS updates. The HealthKit platform and Health app, coming with iOS 8, have been revealed to support some Bluetooth medical accessories natively, meaning no third-party app is required to make the equipment work directly with the HealthKit API, connecting to and controlling the device as needed. Heart rate, blood pressure and glucose sensors, as well as thermometers and other devices that leverage Bluetooth LE should be able to connect natively and share data to HealthKit-based apps.