Special focus: health technologies
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
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.
£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.
Cities with high levels of ICT maturity better manage issues such as environmental management, infrastructure, public security, healthcare, and education.
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 the nuclear power plant damaged by the Japan earthquake pose a health risk, officials warn.
Toxicologists are urging food manufacturers to consider new packaging methods after discovering possible health risks from recycled cardboard.
Researchers say they have found a connection between mobile phone use and increased brain activity.
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.
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]”.
Study shows no association between living near a mobile phone basestation during pregnancy and early childhood cancers.
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.
An international study of the long-term health effects of mobile phone use will run for decades,.
Remote monitoring of the health of American hearts could help generate $1.9bn of mobile revenue by 2014.
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.
The UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published a report about the UK struggling to translate its research base in bioengineering.
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.
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.
Promoting “work engagement“ can improve both employees’ health and their work performance, according to research by Norwegian organisational psychologists.
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).
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.
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.
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
The cross-Government group responsible for nanotechnologies has outlined a number of pledges to ensure the responsible development of the field.
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).
The use of mobile devices is making it difficult to secure patient records.
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
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.
We take a short trip to France and Estonia in our quest for the true meaning of e-governance.
Counterfeit goods are flooding the world's markets, but what role can technology play to hoodwink the criminals?
Should modern society adapt to digital reality? We look at the issues, and canvas the opinion of two key government supremos.
Healthcare technology is tapping into consumer electronics as it waits for the professional market to mature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobile health monitoring using wireless networks, E&T investigates.
E&T explains why cardiac modelling opens the door to the new era of medicine.
E&T investigates some of the latest 'open' MRI scanners and finds out what benefits patients and doctors can expect.
Patients with fractures and implants got encouragement from a new user-friendly stress and strain simulation technology called 'Scan and Solve', assures E&T.
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 technology could save the NHS millions.
Assistive technologies are helping healthcare systems under intolerable pressure relieve the strain.
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.
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]
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.
How fibre optics and super-fast broadband can stimulate the whole of Australia? E&T looks at Australian government's network initiative.
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.
Mobile phones are good news for developing countries, according to the vendors - but the reality is more complicated than that, says E&T.
Modern health and safety regulations have become an obstacle to innovation and adventure, E&T investigates.
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.
E&T visits three Toronto men who have created a functioning camera eye - an invention with far-reaching applications.
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.
Over a pint, biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey talks to E&T about humanity's 'No 1 problem' of engineering longevity.
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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