Hospital rooms beep and flash with many devices that are increasingly getting infected with malware (see “Computer Viruses Are ‘Rampant’ on Medical Devices in Hospitals”). But for several reasons, these gadgets are often incompatible with commercial security software.
Now, new technology developed by academic researchers could catch most malware on the devices just by noting subtle changes in their power consumption. This could give hospitals a quick way to spot equipment with dangerous vulnerabilities and take the machines offline. The technology could also apply to computer workstations used in industrial control settings such as power plants.
Proteus Digital Health became the first company to receive Food and Drug Administration approval for an ingestible biomedical sensor that monitors the patient’s compliance to medication.
This ‘sensor-enabled tablet’ called Helius comes with an ingestible event marker. It can be administered with pills or incorporated into medicines by the manufacturers. Once swallowed, the sensor is activated by stomach acid. Then, it transmits a signal through the body to the skin patch attached to the skin of a patient, indicating that the patient has ingested medication.
In a major breakthrough, a doctor in Kerala has developed a cheap, effective and eco-friendly medical syringe that can never be reused.
Dr Baby Manoj
“The Peanut Safe Syringe becomes absolutely redundant after its first use. Neither the syringe nor the needle can ever be reused. Scavengers will never be able to collect, repack and sell it in the market,” said Dr Baby Manoj, a radiologist from Kozhikode, who invented the syringe.
The syringe can be used for injection as well as blood aspiration in a single sitting. In other syringe models, separate devices are needed for each procedure.
iSmell: Japanese firm reveals the first ‘smelliphone’ add-on that lets you send scents to friends
- Japanese maker ChatPerf is working on various ‘scent tanks’ that emit different smells for different occasions
- Prototype works with Apple phones, an Android version is expected in September
The first prototype of what’s been dubbed the ‘smelliphone’ has been shown off by Japanese firm ChatPerf.
In a video on DigInfoTV, ChatPerf demonstrates the Scentee device, which can be attached to smartphones and used to send smells to friends.
The company claim it can also be used to create atmospheric scents while playing games or watching films, for example.
Performing chest compressions in CPR is a fairly simple process easily explained to most laymen, but execution is key. You don’t want to be breaking ribs, but you certainly don’t want to under-pump the patient with even graver results. Physio-Control just launched its new TrueCPR coaching device, a system that accurately measures the rate and depth of chest compressions and provides both real-time feedback and follow-up analysis of the supplied treatment.