INNOVATIONS IN MEDICINE
Digital solution could help thousands of Scots with high blood pressure
New approaches are being tried to enable patients to better monitor and manage their blood pressure at home – giving them more control over their condition using a system that’s simple and convenient to use, and reducing the current demand for GP time spent on blood pressure monitoring.
The care model involves the person checking their blood pressure at home for an agreed period of time and simply texting the readings to the digital health system. If they are out with the pre-agreed parameters, they will be advised what action to take. Clinicians can also view real-time information about patients at any time.
Source: British Heart Foundation – 05/01/2018
This Google AI (Sort of) Knows When You’ll Have a Heart Attack
Your eyes, they say, are the windows to your soul — and according to a new study funded by Google, your eyes may also be the windows to an impending heart attack. In the study, Google researchers used retinal-scan data from nearly 300,000 patients to “train” a neural network — an intricate series of algorithms — to detect heart-health risks just by looking at images of a patient’s eyes.
Source : livescience.com – 02/20/2018
AI ‘doctor’ that could ‘save the NHS’ begins work in an Oxford hospital to rapidly pick up signs of heart disease in patient scans
An Oxford hospital is using an AI ‘doctor’ that can quickly and accurately diagnose heart disease. The AI is more accurate than the best cardiologists and experts claim it has the potential to ‘save the NHS’. The system has been successful in the early trials and, if its results are confirmed, similar AI scans could soon be available for free on the NHS.
Source: DailyMail – 01/03/2018
A ‘half-hearted’ solution to one-sided heart failure
Soft robotic actuators, which are pneumatic artificial muscles designed and programmed to perform lifelike motions, have recently emerged as an attractive alternative to more rigid components that have conventionally been used in biomedical devices. In fact, earlier this year, a Boston Children’s Hospital team revealed a proof-of-concept soft robotic sleeve that could support the function of a failing heart.