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Seven Health Technologies To Watch For In The Future

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While it’s fun to watch cat videos at any point in the day or quickly share interesting things we find on the internet with a wide number of friends and family via a few clicks, technology offers a lot more concrete help to human lives. Car Seats are far safer and easier to put in — than they were a decade ago, cancer therapies can be more targeted and continuing developments in laparoscopic surgeries along those lines, Apple appears to be working on a blood sugar tracker that diabetics with Apple Watches can use to monitor their levels. While details on the project are still in development, it clearly offers a very handy way to help people keep track of their health. Apple is not the only business looking to improve the lives of people with chronic illnesses. Other companies are working on technologies to help improve lives, though some are further along than others. Here are some health-related technologies that members of the Forbes Technology Council are excited about:

  1. Biomarker Contact Lenses 

Researchers are currently working on contact lenses to detect diabetes but will be pushing to check other biomarkers beyond glucose levels. They’ve already been able to test it for uric acid, which is an indicator of renal disease. These smaller, less intrusive wearables are going to be where things will be greatly incorporated into our daily lives beyond current wearable technologies. – Mark Chiles, Hart Energy.

  1. CGM In The Cloud 

I’m familiar with a few of the different technologies available for diabetics, as I’m involved in my local JDRF chapter, serving on the board of directors for the JDRF One Walk. One that impresses me the most is the CGM in the Cloud.  It’s simple yet efficient in allowing people to pay attention to their loved one’s blood sugar at all times and be alerted in real time when levels rise or fall. – Raffaele Mautone, Duo Security.

  1. Flaredown 

The Flaredown app is a symptom tracker for autoimmune and invisible illness. It helps you track when you took exams, how your disease reacted to them, how it’s working and what triggers your disease’s symptoms to assist you in tackling the right issues. It also enables people to share the knowledge they’ve acquired in regard to fighting a particular illness. – Nick  Chandi, SlickPie Accounting Software.

  1. Fitbit Prototype to Combat Sleep Apnea

When Fitbit purchased Pebble, it better positioned the former to dominate the wearable market, as Pebble had a very cheap and durable product that gained a lot of adoption quickly. Sleep isn’t as popular a subject as sugar right now, but Fitbit is looking to develop a wearable device that will help track and prevent sleep apnea. – Terry Cottrell, University of Saint Francis. 

  1. Gut Check

An app called Gut Check been developed to help diagnose irritable bowel syndrome and other chronic illnesses related to the digestive system. It’s a more effective way to test and diagnose patients. – Chalmers Brown, Due.

  1. MC10

MC 10 is a company that makes bio potential and ECG wearables. These types of devices can be used to detect heart conditions and skeletomuscular health. – Harald Quintus-Bosz, Cooper Perkins.

  1. Vivid Vision 

For people with eye disorders like amblyopia, keeping a straight gaze is an awkward and challenging task. Vivid Vision is looking to help them overcome this burden by using VR to condition the eye. Past treatments for these disorders often required invasive procedures. The app, however, presents a treatment option that is non-intrusive, allowing them to go about their daily activities without interference. – Alexandro Pando, Xyrupt.

 

Culled from www.forbes.com

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