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The e-health program, a new approach to health care, by utilizing electronic technology, Part 3

The development of electronics technology is gaining importance in helping e-medicine assist patients facing the challenges that daily life activities represent, especially for people affected by their neural system malfunctioning. Unfortunately, the great physicist, Stephen Hawking, has suffered of such an illness during his life:

“Stephen Hawking (January 8, 1942 to March 14, 2018) was a British scientist, professor and author who performed groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology, and whose books helped to make science accessible to everyone. At age 21, while studying cosmology at the University of Cambridge, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).” (Source: BIOGRAPHY)

Many patients may be helped by the recent progress in medicine through the usage of the electronics technology. (see Figure 1):

“A small device to train cooperative hand movements in post-stroke patients at home is ready for application. The main achievements of the firm’s innovation concern an extended understanding of the “neural coupling” mechanism underlying cooperative hand movements. The main novel observation concerns the modulation of neural coupling in different cooperative movements required during daily living tasks, from cutting bread to turning a screw. The firm has been researching the influence of a unilateral reduced sensation (by ischemia) on the neural coupling mechanism, with seemingly promising results. Patients benefit from our approach to addressing the “neural coupling mechanism “for patients who have had a stroke, so that the unaffected hemisphere supports the movement performance of the affected hand. Our newly developed small training device is designed to allow a training of cooperative movements at home. This makes rehabilitation more attractive. With this approach it is expected that an optimal outcome of hand function can be achieved after a stroke. The firm is ready to begin testing the device in home rehabilitation of post-stroke subjects.”

Figure 1

The neural coupling mechanism is an interesting field of application of the electronics care program. (Source: eit Health)

 

The neural coupling mechanism is an interesting field of application of the electronics care program. (Source: eit Health)

 

The main advantage of utilizing electronics as a technology to validate an effective setup of medical assistance is evident, for example, in a recently released camera for arthroscopic rehabilitation post-surgery. (see Figure 2):

Figure 2

An arthroscopy simulator box to train basic arthroscopy skills (Source: Validation of an Arthroscopic Training Device by Samy Bouaicha M.D., Thorsten Jentzsch M.D., Fabrice Scheurer M.S., Stefan Rahm M.D.)

 

An arthroscopy simulator box to train basic arthroscopy skills (Source: Validation of an Arthroscopic Training Device by Samy Bouaicha M.D., Thorsten Jentzsch M.D., Fabrice Scheurer M.S., Stefan Rahm M.D.)

 

Artificial intelligence in smart electronics devices for personal care is the key to success of the e-health solution. The following Figure 3 shows the block diagram of an interesting electronics solution, the PDAU (Physiological Data Acquisition Unit):

Figure 3

: The schematic diagram of the PDAU a 'physiological data acquisition unit (PDAU) that in turn transmits these data to a remote monitoring center (RMC) for analysis' (Source: ResearchGate)

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The schematic diagram of the PDAU a “physiological data acquisition unit (PDAU) that in turn transmits these data to a remote monitoring center (RMC) for analysis” (Source: ResearchGate)

 

What do you think this type of approach to e-medical care? Do you think it is an effective method?

2 comments on “The e-health program, a new approach to health care, by utilizing electronic technology, Part 3

  1. D Feucht
    April 12, 2018

    It is nifty what can be done in medical electronics, a progressive field in which I have worked in the past. However, Hawking's health problem causes me to reflect on what we as engineers do: solve human physical problems.

    Sometimes a  good solution to a problem detracts from the real solution. There is a strong correlation over the last few decades between the widespread dissemination of toxins in the developed world and the rise of chronic neural diseases and cancers. Two of these toxins are aspartame, the artificial sweetener, and glyphosate, a widely-used agricultural herbicide. Stephanie Seneff at MIT has discovered the biochemical links by which glyphosate causes health problems (Entropy 2013, 15, 1416-1463; doi:10.3390/e15041416), and the FDA found in their original studies of aspartame (that is, before the former CEO of the company that developed aspartame became the head of the FDA – an archetypal case of the fox guarding the henhouse), that it was a neurtoxin and banned it. So although medical devices such as this are commendable developments, we should not lose sight of the deeper, sometimes less obvious, causes for some of the problems for which we develop solutions.

  2. mapmyhealth
    July 18, 2019

    Thanls for posting content which illustrates the importance of e-health program in healthcare industry.

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