Mark Bonifacio, a medical device manufacturing expert, says that some of the hot spots in research and technological breakthroughs in medical devices involve spine, ophthalmology, and the neurological areas. “Recently, there have been breakthroughs involving spinal injuries that give us hope that paraplegics and quadriplegics will begin to recover movement and sensation. In the neurological area, we are seeing what can be done to limit and reverse autism, Alzheimer’s, and other neuro advancements. Ophthalmology advancements in laser and micro surgery and advanced micro electronics are allowing us to save patients’ vision where there once was no cure or ways to reverse the terrible impact of blindness,” he says. “There is great work being done in the creation of an artificial pancreas that will allow diabetes and the taking of insulin to be a thing of the past.”
John Bloomer, an expert in healthcare product development, says that the most valuable new mobile medical devices are taking the industry down a new road, disrupting healthcare, and blazing the trail for a parallel industry that is free from the limitations of traditional medicine. “Evidence-based medicine has barriers to innovation built into the system. This has created unnecessary speed bumps,” says Bloomer. “Low cost medical devices are a key part of the patient, preventative approach revolution.”
Bloomer explains that a major innovation for professional acute care providers was launched, with FCC clearance, called the Medical Body Area Network, which is operating on the old MedRadio service. “A new spate of low-cost sensors that speak Bluetooth low energy technology to smartphones will be able to share data, pumping their sleep cycle EEG, SPO2, hemodynamic, and basic height and weight information in real time.” He says that mobile healthcare introductions in developing countries are promising to leap-frog established care practices. “With carefully filtered and screened geo data, eventually including DNA or at least heredity tags, this information will create a best option for enabling mass epigenetic/phenotype studies making personalized, proactive healthcare possible,” he says.
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