Special focus: health technologies

  Health special report E&T keeps its finger on the pulse of new technologies available for better and less costly medical treatment of the world's increasingly infirm and ageing population.

 

Both emerging and existing technologies could spell an end to at least some hospital and GP appointments, potentially cutting waiting lists and saving healthcare services money.

 

From software that can carry out online patient interviewing and self-care, to remote group consultations, where clinicians run websites for groups of patients, or video-conferencing to allow far-flung patients access to the best service, technology can be adapted for use in a healthcare setting, as efficiencies are sought to ease the strain on healthcare professionals.

 

Selected health news

New search engine for silver surfers

New search engine for silver surfers

The over-50s support website Mabels.org.uk has developed a new search engine, AskMabels.co.uk, which is designed with 50+ surfers in mind and tailored to search preferences suited more towards the mature audience.

Audit Office calls for e-health programme shake-up

Audit Office calls for e-health programme shake-up

£2.7 billion spent so far on the UK’s electronic care record systems does ‘not represent value for money’, according to the National Audit Office.

ICT investment ‘brings cities improved environmental controls’

ICT investment ‘brings cities improved environmental controls’

Cities with high levels of ICT maturity better manage issues such as environmental management, infrastructure, public security, healthcare, and education.

Students create device set to save lives in developing countries

Students create device set to save lives in developing countries

Mechanical engineering students are using the sun to power an autoclave that sterilises medical instruments, helping solve a long-standing health issue for developing countries.

Radiation leaks from Japan nuclear plant pose health risk

Radiation leaks from Japan nuclear plant pose health risk

Radiation leaks from the nuclear power plant damaged by the Japan earthquake pose a health risk, officials warn.

Researchers warn of health risks from recycled food packaging

Researchers warn of health risks from recycled food packaging

Toxicologists are urging food manufacturers to consider new packaging methods after discovering possible health risks from recycled cardboard.

Mobile phone use increases brain activity, say researchers

Mobile phone use increases brain activity, say researchers

Researchers say they have found a connection between mobile phone use and increased brain activity.

Funding boost to patient privacy and care

Funding boost to patient privacy and care

Computer security experts from Edinburgh Napier University, Microsoft, and HoIP CIC have been awarded a £2m grant from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), along with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to help enhance patient privacy and care.

Solar health clinics in Haiti benefiting from reggae vibes

Partners In Health (PIH), The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and reggae band Steel Pulse have announced the release of the song “Hold On [4 Haiti]”.

Living near basestations while pregnant doesn't cause childhood cancers, study says

Study shows no association between living near a mobile phone basestation during pregnancy and early childhood cancers.

WHO mobile-phone health study proves inconclusive

Research that studied almost 13,000 mobile phone users for 10 years to find out whether mobiles cause brain cancer has not produced a definitive answer.

Mobile phone health study will track hundreds of thousands of users for decades

An international study of the long-term health effects of mobile phone use will run for decades,.

Remote health monitoring could be worth $1.9bn by 2014

Remote monitoring of the health of American hearts could help generate $1.9bn of mobile revenue by 2014.

Report warns of healthcare changes

Pressure from global recession and relentlessly rising costs of chronic disease will force healthcare systems across the world to become more patient-focused, a report on the industry said on Tuesday.

Select committee warns of UK missing out on bioengineering benefits

The UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published a report about the UK struggling to translate its research base in bioengineering.

UK government launches nanotech strategy

The current UK government plans to set up a ‘leadership group’ headed by ministers as part of its strategy for nanotechnology and fund research into its safety, with a collaboration group formed to put consumer groups in touch with academia and industry.

Global warming 'poses serious threat to health'

The impacts of climate change on health are a "very real and present danger", Health Secretary Andy Burnham has warned at the launch of a new report on how rising temperatures will affect the public.

Get your staff engaged in their work, says professor

Promoting “work engagement“ can improve both employees’ health and their work performance, according to research by Norwegian organisational psychologists.

UK health blueprint puts focus on technology

Medical devices are to play a larger part in the UK government’s strategy for healthcare as part of the Office of Life Science Blueprint for the National Health Service (NHS).

Medical researchers adopt 3D rapid prototyping technology

Digital healthcare researchers have linked up with specialists in 3D printing to use rapid prototyping technology to produce highly accurate anatomical models for use in medicine.

Centre will look into environmental health risks

A research facility to analyse how the health of citizens is affected by the environment in which they live and work has opened at Imperial College London and King’s College London. The Centre for Environment and Health will look at how factors such as traffic fumes and aircraft noise impact human well-being.

Plans launched to get rid of 'Sick Note' culture

A new medical 'fit note' to replace the current 'sick note' has been revealed with the intention of trying to keep more people in work

Renewed ministerial commitment on nanotechnologies

The cross-Government group responsible for nanotechnologies has outlined a number of pledges to ensure the responsible development of the field.

Top British designers appointed to design bugs out’ of NHS hospitals

Some of the UK’s top designers and manufacturers have been selected to redesign furniture and equipment for NHS hospitals to help in the fight against MRSA and other healthcare associated infections (HCAI’s).

Mobile device threat to patient information

The use of mobile devices is making it difficult to secure patient records.

Mobile health programme scoops Innovation Award

United Nations Foundation & Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership has been named winner of the Information Technology category in the 2008 IET Innovation Awards. The partners’ Mobile health (Mhealth) for development programme uses wireless technology to improve public health in developing countries.

Selected health features

M2M in healthcare: wellness connected

M2M in healthcare: wellness connected

Linking patients and treatment systems over the Internet can save time, resources, and lives: how the Internet of Things is underpinning the Internet of Healthcare.

The Importance of e-Governance

The Importance of e-Governance

We take a short trip to France and Estonia in our quest for the true meaning of e-governance.

The A-Z of fakes (A)

The A-Z of fakes (A)

Counterfeit goods are flooding the world's markets, but what role can technology play to hoodwink the criminals?

Data Protection and Privacy Issues

Data Protection and Privacy Issues

Should modern society adapt to digital reality? We look at the issues, and canvas the opinion of two key government supremos.

Healthcare goes consumer

Healthcare goes consumer

Healthcare technology is tapping into consumer electronics as it waits for the professional market to mature.

E-cigarettes: Is smoking about to come back into fashion?

E-cigarettes: Is smoking about to come back into fashion?

This New Year, thousands of people pledged to stop smoking once and for all. Some 95 per cent of them will make the same pledge again next year. One product may stop this frustrating tradition.

Smart towns look after the baby boomers

If you want to know you'll be looked after during and after your career then check out the 21 smartest communities on the planet: they're all delivering care and health support in clever ways.

New technologies in medicine

New technologies in medicine

As the NHS faces a funding gap of £6 bn a year by 2015, E&T looks at the new technologies for better and less costly medical treatment of the UK's increasingly infirm and ageing population.

Emerging Estonian Technologies

Emerging Estonian Technologies

E&T visits Estonia, a former province of the Soviet Empire, to find one of the most technologically advanced and IT-savviest nations in the world.

Healthcare to go: the MobiHealth system

Mobile health monitoring using wireless networks, E&T investigates.

Heart models in applied medicine

Heart models in applied medicine

E&T explains why cardiac modelling opens the door to the new era of medicine.

Towards a less claustrophobic scanning

Towards a less claustrophobic scanning

E&T investigates some of the latest 'open' MRI scanners and finds out what benefits patients and doctors can expect.

Protecting patients and statues from strains

Patients with fractures and implants got encouragement from a new user-friendly stress and strain simulation technology called 'Scan and Solve', assures E&T.

Patient, heal thyself

Patient, heal thyself

Governments and electronics companies are thinking the same thing, reports E&T: electronics should be deployed to track the health of the population.

Gait analysis is all about balance

Gait analysis technology could save the NHS millions.

Independence Day for the elderly

Assistive technologies are helping healthcare systems under intolerable pressure relieve the strain.

Home help

Home help

Technologists have come up with a kitchen that keeps an eye on Alzheimer's sufferers, and bracelets that monitor blood pressure. But will people wear them or reject them? E&T asks the question.

Six Million Dollar Man: we have the technology

Six Million Dollar Man: we have the technology

In the 35 years since Steve Austin sprinted (very slowly) onto our screens, technology has made bionic leaps and bounds. So how much would it cost to create the Six Million Dollar Man in today's money? E&T finds out. [Video special]

E&T video: building the Six Million Dollar Man today

E&T video: building the Six Million Dollar Man today

In the 35 years since Steve Austin sprinted (very slowly) onto our screens, technology has made bionic leaps and bounds. So how much would it cost to create the Six Million Dollar Man in today's money? E&T profiles the technology available today.

Super-fast broadband all over Australia

Super-fast broadband all over Australia

How fibre optics and super-fast broadband can stimulate the whole of Australia? E&T looks at Australian government's network initiative.

Modern lift safety: confusing lift standards could be dangerous

Accidents with lifts are extremely rare, but confusing standards and ever more complex elevator systems mean that lift safety could be heading in the wrong direction, explains E&T.

The magic of mobile phones?

Mobile phones are good news for developing countries, according to the vendors - but the reality is more complicated than that, says E&T.

Beware of safety!

Modern health and safety regulations have become an obstacle to innovation and adventure, E&T investigates.

Sight and insight

Sight and insight

If you thought contact lenses were just for correcting eyesight, think again. E&T delves into some of the ideas to wire them up to the latest technology.

The eyeborg man

The eyeborg man

E&T visits three Toronto men who have created a functioning camera eye - an invention with far-reaching applications.

A web of research

Text mining and Web 2.0 techniques could provide a system for sifting mountains of biological data, providing new possibilities for collaboration. E&T reports.

The end of ageing?

Over a pint, biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey talks to E&T about humanity's 'No 1 problem' of engineering longevity.

Too ill to take time off?

Ill-health and a culture where 'illness equals weakness' is hitting organisations across the engineering sector. According to new research by the Chartered Management Institute, lack of care for staff is taking its toll in terms of productivity, commitment levels and lower motivation. 

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