IBM Watson Learns to See Medical Images [video]

X-ray Multiple Part Of Adult And Child And Disease

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then medical imaging data completely eclipses all other medical record information about a patient. With x-rays, MRI, and other digital imaging technology available to healthcare professionals, some radiologists must handle more than 100,000 images a day according to IBM Research. Still, most of the viewing and analysis of this data is done manually.

IBM hopes to change all that. The company plans to teach its Watson Health platform to read medical images. One key step is the acquisition of Merge Healthcare Incorporated, which has developed a medical imaging management platform. Adding this technology to Watson’s ability to cognitive and analytic abilities will produce a system that can handle the data from large numbers of medical images in the cloud, and extract information that will draw healthcare professionals’ attention to areas of particular interest. The system will be able to also draw on the patient’s records, as well as the records of other patients with similar conditions or health histories. Other information resources include clinical research results and genomic testing. IBM estimates that Watson is already able to draw on more than 315 billion data points in 90 million unique records. The goal is to provide faster, more accurate, and more personalized approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients’ health.

Watson was built from the ground up to tackle Big Data problems, and this new initiative by IBM could put this power to good use that will affect the health of individuals as well as the population as a whole.

Eye Tracking System Available across Platforms [video]

SMI Eye Tracking

One of the challenges for wearable Health Tech devices is the user interface; how can you interact with and control the device if it’s too small for a touch panel or if you have physical limitations that prevent you from using traditional input technologies? There is no single answer to this problem. Speech recognition, touch, […]

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Pill Measures Body Temperature

Bodycap e-Celsius

Wearable health tech is making in-roads in all areas including monitoring the core temperature of human bodies. e-Celsius Performance is a connected pill that tracks the core temperature of the wearer, and it is now available. The pill is made by the French company BodyCap. Similar to a device already in use in hospitals and other clinical settings, it monitors […]

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Energy Harvesting Powers Lasers for Bone Growth

Self-power laser bone growth

Light from low-power infrared lasers can help promote bone growth, speeding up healing after bone repairs. One problem is that patients can only spend a limited time getting light treatments in a clinical setting. Wouldn’t it be great if you could create a wearable device that would provide the laser treatment all the time as […]

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Wireless Sensor Helps Prevent Bedsores

Leaf Patient Monitor

In hospitals, nurses constantly have to prioritize patients based on their needs and changes in their condition. While critical patients and conditions are given priority, not so acute conditions fall down the priority list and can become a burden on patient and nurses. One such non-critical task is routine patient turning to prevent patients hospital-acquired […]

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New Flexible Electricity Storage for Wearables

Supercap flat-pack

Wearable Health Tech devices need power, and in almost all cases, this comes from stored electricity. Chemical batteries are still the technology of choice, but the search is on in earnest for better solutions. One enticing area of exploration is the supercapacitor — or supercap — which like a battery has the ability to store […]

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Health Tech Firm Helps with Anemia Detection


Anemia is a condition in of having a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells or quantity of hemoglobin (the protein found in red blood cells). The condition occurs due to excessive blood loss, when the body does not produce enough blood cells, or when the body destroys the blood cells. Patients suffering from anemia often feel tired, look pale, […]

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Portal Lets Patients Share Wearable Data with Doctors

According to market research firm IDC, 26.4 million wearable devices were shipped in 2014. The firm expects the shipments to grow by 173% to reach 72 million units in 2015. Wearable devices capture multiple health and fitness related data points. They capture heart rate, steps per day, sleep patterns among other vitals. Missing, till now, is a connection […]

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Smart Sleeve for Baseball Pitchers [video]

mThrow sleeve

Baseball injuries often leave major league players out for weeks or months for the season. While all players are prone to injuries, baseball pitchers are prone to straining the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in their pitching arm. This is the tissue in the elbow that keeps the bone of the upper arm attached to the two […]

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Wearable Defibrillator To Save Sudden Cardiac Death Patients


Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens flow of blood to brain and other vital organs stops.  Delayed treatment of SCD can cause death. ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, has a wearable defibrillator, LifeVest, which protects patients from risk […]

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