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Dementia – Developments In Care

 

New developments in Healthtech are happening all the time. Here is one which has hit the news headlines recently that really sounds very interesting.

 

Dementia Research

Researchers at a Japanese University have developed an AI system that can help to diagnose dementia.

The system that they have devised is able to detect the very early signs, much earlier than traditional methods. This means that patients can be made aware of potential problems very early on. Giving them more time to take  full advantage of treatment options, and so have a better long term outcome.

 

Currently, diagnosing dementia can be time consuming, expensive and distressing for patients. Traditional scans are used in conjunction with cognitive function tests, to check the function of the brain.

A global ageing population means that now more people are developing dementia, so there is a real need for quick, effective diagnosis that can lead to an earlier intervention.

New Developments

A group of researchers who are based at Osaka University and The NARA Institute of Science and Technology have discovered that it is indeed possible to detect the very early signs of dementia . And that  it is possible to do this with AI, quickly, effectively and in a non invasive manner. This helps patients save time, money and more importantly have a much less stressful experience.

 

This  technique uses machine learning in such a way that it is possible to study the way that elderly people speak when answering simple questions from a computer avatar.

The AI system is able to create a dialogue with elderly patients. It then records  their speech patterns, language, and faces. From this information it is then able to complete an evaluation from analyzing gaze, response times,  intonation, and language used.

After just six questions, the AI system was able to identify which patients in a control group did suffer from dementia, with a success rate of over 90%.

 

Future Potential

The senior research author Takashi Kudo said, “If this technology is further developed, it will become possible to know whether or not an elderly individual is in the early stages of dementia through conversations with computer avatars at home on a daily basis. It will encourage them to seek medical help, leading to early diagnosis.”

 

One of the main advantages here, is that not only is the success rate of the test already high, with a potential for early and accurate diagnosis,  it can be a test which is very easily conducted at home. There is no need to visit any medical center, or Doctors office. This convenience can only be a positive thing – often travelling  can be a factor in determining whether an elderly patient feels well or confident enough to undergo traditional methods of testing.

 

This is an excellent example of how advances in the health tech industry mean  that healthcare is now becoming much more accessible. And more importantly, here is a major improvement in diagnosis and treatments for a whole range of issues. Patient care with regards to dementia is one of these areas which can benefit hugely.

 

By |2018-10-03T22:18:14+01:00Oktober 3rd, 2018|AI in news, News|0 Comments

Aerosols – Are They Back for Good

Aerosols – Are They Back for Good?

Let’s face it – aerosols have got quite a bad reputation in our culture at the moment.

After their use in abundance during the ‘80’s (remember that hair!), to their bad publicity in the 90’s and their blame in the destruction of the ozone layer with the negative impact on the environment.  It really would take something pretty spectacular to redeem the poor aerosols reputation.

Well, it looks like science may have found just the solution!

 

A team of researchers from MIT have found a use for aerosols which is not only extremely useful, but beneficial for both our health and the environment.

They have managed to develop a spray which contains nanobots.  These are essentially tiny sensors which can be used for a whole range of tasks – even diagnosing health issues.  Their research was published here in Nature Nanotechnology.

 

So how does it work?

Each sensor in the spray contains two parts.

The first part is a tiny molecule called a colloid, which can remain in liquid or air indefinitely.

The second part is a complex circuit, which contains a chemical detector, and can also produce its own power needed to collect data.

Researchers have managed to graft these two parts together and have converted them into a spray form, which we know as an aerosol.

 

So what does this mean in our day to day life?

Well, it is possible for the engineers to spray the aerosol down a pipeline if they were looking for a breach on the pipelines system for example a crack or hole in the pipe. They can then use the data from the aerosol to exactly pinpoint where there is a problem, such as an encounter with a chemical which should not be there which would indicate where there is a potential breach in the pipe.

This process would have otherwise required a manual inspection of the exterior of the pipe which could be  time consuming, labor intensive, costly and not to mention physically difficult.

But what does this mean for health?

The MIT team noted that this exact same technology could be used to diagnose health issues. For example – The nanobots could travel along a patient’s digestive tract gathering data, and relaying it to a medical professional. The potential here is that the nanobots would be able to flag up a problem or a potential problem helping to diagnose the patient in the least invasive way possible.

 

Does this sound like the stuff of dreams?

Well yes it does! But don’t forget that not so long ago, wearable devices such as trackers that we now use daily to monitor blood pressure, heart rate and even sleep patterns were once seen as impossible technological devices, reserved for Hollywood films and science fiction.

 

At the end of the day, health care and technology are both advancing together at a phenomenal rate. At Aimedis, part of our focus is on harnessing these technologies, and using the technology available through wearable devices to improve patient monitoring and care.

Aerosol nanobots may be here and a part of your routine health care diagnostics sooner than you think!

 

By |2018-09-12T22:28:46+01:00September 12th, 2018|General|0 Comments

Aimedis at Slush: #slush17 Diaries

“Nothing Normal Ever Changed a Damn Thing.”

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This was this year’s slogan of Slush, one of the world’s leading startup events. Two official days (Nov 30 – Dec 1), and at least a week’s worth of side events, networking sessions, workshops, sauna meetups (we are in Finland, so it’s a must), and parties. Sneak peak from the conference.

What is Slush?

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In a Baltic seashell, Slush is the go-to place for entrepreneurs, startups, and investors. It happens in Helsinki, Finland. This startup event has been going on for a few years now. Last year alone, the conference gathered 17,500 attendees, from 130 countries. Among them, 600 journalists, 1,100 investors, and (*drums rolling*)… 2,300 startups. Aimedis was still in embryo mode in 2016 so we couldn’t be part of that story.

However… 2017 kicked in. We were born. We developed a consciousness. And an urge to be part of something big. Slush2017 coincided with Finland’s 100-year anniversary. With Finnish healthcare services being in top 5 at a European level (according to a survey by EU Commission published in 2000), what better way to celebrate, and leave our mark in history, right?!

It’s not like we are a European startup looking to upgrade the healthcare system in Europe, and worldwide, right? … 

 

#slush17 + Aimedis

Slush isn’t your ordinary conference. We were at Web Summit in Lisbon earlier in November (more details to follow-up soon) and didn’t know what to expect of the next conference. Can there be something bigger than 60,000 people attending? Well, Slush only gathered 20,000 this year, but somehow the overall feel was totally different.

Can you network with the lights off? This was our first question. The answer? YES, you can! So many people, in one place, sharing the same values, aiming for the same growth path.

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Aimedis felt welcome at Slush for a newcomer. The startups we talked to, the side events we participated in, the networking done in between, the parties, the sauna. Everything was an experience worth writing about. We’ve made friends, connections, and most importantly, talked to people about their views related to the present medical system.

The valuable feedback that you can only obtain by talking to people, founders, entrepreneurs, and investors. 

There is a place for us, and we are going to pursue it. The health-tech digital health scene is a space for Aimedis to explore and settle in. We found that many people embrace the blockchain model as a functional system that, when used correctly, can provide solutions and layers for next-gen products & services. AI was also a vivid part of Slush, through many startup artifacts, and demo displays.

We’re excited for the next Slush, #slush18, and hoping to have by then an already established product in the market, because as much as we love discussing ideas with people, we’re much happier to display and showcase the actual product at work.

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Roxana – Connecting people worldwide – better than “you know who”. 

 

Sources: Am.ee

By |2017-12-07T21:30:42+01:00Dezember 7th, 2017|Events|0 Comments