Connected health monthly mash-up #5

January 31, 2012

CES awards innovative health gadgets
You probably already have one or more health gadgets, but here are some more to add to your wish list: the nine most innovative health gadgets presented at CES 2012. Among our favorites is the New Balance Evolved Headphone System that monitors the runner’s heart rate, calorie burn, and steps via the ear buds all the while listening to music. Another example of great innovation is the world’s first cellular-enabled glucose meter that allows you to measure your blood sugar wirelessly. The user inserts a test strip into a slot on the device, which then sends the results in real time to a secure online database using an internal, wireless modem. Users, physicians, family members or caregivers can access and comment on these results.

Infographic: The rise of the digital doctor
This infographic examines how physicians’ use of social media has evolved during recent years. As of 2011, 90% of US physicians are using social media (both professional and personal use), and 92% of them state that they make use of social media to learn from other experts and from their peers. One third of them have received a friend request from one of their patients – 75% of them declined the invitation, however.


A fridge with the mind of a dietician
LG has unveiled a smart refrigerator with a smart manager that allows every family member to have a profile and helps him or her maintain diets. The fridge also lets you know what’s in your fridge, where it’s located, and when it’s going to expire as well as proposing recipes that can be made with the ingredients inside while taking the personal profiles’ age, gender, weight and BMI into account – convenient when you’re out grocery shopping!

Study: Mobile access to health data rose 125% in 2011
In the middle of January, a comScore study revealed that the number of people accessing their health data from their mobile phones has grown by 125 percent in 2011. The study showed that 3 in 5 of these users are under the age of 35. These statistics have lead comScore to report health as one of the fastest growing segments in mobile device usage.

Portable electronic device to reduce blood clots
Sky Medical has developed a wrist sized, self-adhesive band called Geko, which triggers the body’s built-in mechanism to increase blood flow to reduce the risk of blood clots. The band attaches to the back of the knee and small neuromuscular electrical impulses stimulates the nerve behind the knee to active the calf muscle pumps.