VA Adding Opioid Antidote To Defibrillator Cabinets For Quicker Overdose Response

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“Now the Veterans Administration, building on a project started in Boston, is moving to add naloxone kits to the AED cabinets in its buildings across the country, an initiative that could become a model for other healthcare organizations.”

“Vets have nearly twice the risk of overdose, compared with civilians, says Amy Bohnert, an investigator with the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, citing 2005 death data. She says it isn’t clear why veterans are more likely to OD, but many do have complex medical conditions.”

This would be a major step in intervention of an acute overdose in a high-risk community. This would save EMS to patient time and increase the positive outcomes in veterans who overdose.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/09/27/650639122/va-adding-opioid-antidote-to-defibrillator-cabinets-for-quicker-overdose-respons

Paralyzed patients are walking again with help from pain stimulator

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“At least five people whose legs were completely paralyzed are walking again, two of them with no outside help, thanks to a specialized program of therapy and a pain stimulator implanted in their spines, researchers reported Monday.”

This is the latest and most dramatic advance developed at the University of Louisville in Kentucky to treat spinal cord injuries. In their report, they show that electrical stimulation of the spine coupled with intense specialized training programs can reteach the body and help move legs although the brain signals have been compromised or cut off.

“It might be that the spinal cord can act on its own, almost completely without signals from the brain, Harkema told NBC News.”

“Harkema said the spine is much more independent of the brain than had been thought. It’s the same principle that is at work when a chicken continues to run around even after its head has been cut off, she said: the spine can signal muscles to move, independently of the brain.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/paralyzed-patients-are-walking-again-help-pain-stimulator-n912541

Wearable tech could quell opioid epidemic

“Quell is a device that aims to reduce the use of opioid pain medicine by stimulating the nervous system and activating natural pain blockers in the body. Dr. Shai Gozani of Waltham developed the technology and said his product can diminish the reliance on opioid pain medication users.”

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http://www.bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2018/09/wearable_tech_could_quell_opioid_epidemic

New Digital Health Tech Accelerator Opens Up NHS To Cancer Specialists

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“Artificial Intelligence (AI) has long since left its science fiction roots behind and has become immersed in manufacturing, supply chain, retail, and business. However, one space where it is set to really make a tangible, life-saving impact is in healthcare. Already there are applications in place that are providing essential care to people in underserved or developing areas, improving patient data care and management, and transforming diagnoses and patient care.”

In the UK, the National Healthcare Institute has started the Digitalhealth.London. This is an accelerator program designed to initiate faster technology adoption by utilizing the lastes in startup and SME invention.

“One of the most recent additions to the accelerator program is Trustedoctor, a global digital healthcare platform that makes it easier for cancer patients to access specialist care. DigitalHealth.London will be supporting Trustedoctor in deploying a solution that could help alleviate the complexities that surround ongoing cancer care and support.”

“Using the accelerator, Trustedoctor will connect with NHS stakeholders, industry investors, patients and other healthtech innovators so it can continually adapt its offering to suit what the NHS actually needs. The AI-powered solution opens up a world of oncology specialists to people who have been diagnosed with cancer, are undergoing treatment and who need medical support that they can trust while mitigating some of the biggest challenges facing the NHS when it comes to patient care.”

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/insights-kpmg/2018/07/16/five-skills-auditors-need-to-succeed-today/#398135862356