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The Coolest Smartphone Adjuncts to Enhance Patient Care (and Make Your Friends Insanely Jealous)

Your iPhone is your best friend. Not only does it keep track of important meetings and give you access to your many email accounts, but you can also detect that new Fitz and the Tantrums song and instantly tweet it to all your friends in the span of 30 seconds. What you may not have realized is that it can also be used to aid in the assessment of your patients and to help guide patient care. Here are 4 of the coolest attachments to transform your smartphone into a diagnostic device: 1.   Welch-Allyn PanOptic iExaminer   If your (lack of) skill level is anything like mine, your attempts at funduscopic exams are met with incomplete, transient views of optic discs and getting stoked when you can identify even a red reflex.  With the advent of the PanOptic ophthalmoscope, fancy preceptor offices will afford you the ability to see the entire retina in one field, but what the heck do you do with this information and how do you relay it? Thanks to the iExaminer attachment, you can hook that Welch-Allyn PanOptic up to an iPhone for just under $100 and share these images with your attending and even with your patients.  So that’s what a flare hemorrhage looks like!   2.   Cellscope Oto System     While at the community health fair, you realize that 2 year old...

Virtual Reality Behavioral Therapy

Jeremy Bailenson, the director for the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University, talks about the power of virtual reality technology to create behavioral change, especially in the challenging area of lifestyle modification. Filmed at FutureMed, in February, 2012, at Singularity...

Top 5 Coolest Med Tech of the Week

With all the new iphones, tablets, and smartwatches coming out these days, it’s easy to forget that technology is revolutionizing how we do medicine. Here are the top 5 coolest medical devices and innovations of the week!   5. Apica Access, Stabilization, and Closure (ASC) Device for Beating Heart Valve Replacement The ASC system will allow surgeons to implant prosthetic aortic and mitral valves, all while the heart is beating. Once the implantation is complete, the device quickly stabilizes and seals the tissue obviating the need for sutures, minimizing blood loss, and decreasing risk of air embolism.   4. A Flushable Bedside Toilet Coming soon, to a bedside near you, is a new toilet that overcomes a conventional toilet’s need for wide, flexible tubing on a gradient. Instead, this toilet employs a processor that macerates the waste and disposes it through pressure pumped tubes that are 20mm wide. These pipes will go where no pipes have gone before.   3. Firefly Fluorescence Imaging Vision System Intuitive Surgical’s Firefly System has just received FDA approval. Indocyanine green (ICG) dye is injected into the bloodstream and naturally attaches to albumin. A 803 nm wavelength laser illuminates the dye revealing blood vasculature as well as providing real-time imaging of bile ducts. Glow-in-the-Dark stuff just never gets old…   2. VenaSeal Sapheon Vein Closure System Venous Reflux disease, a weakening of the valves...

Throw Away Those Chem Sets, Move Molecules Hands ‘Free’

Leap Motion. It might be the future of interactive computing, but is it worth all the hype? The $80 Leap motion is a user interface controller that allows for 3D gestures, already with an app store full of games, to boot. The gesture-based controller can track your hands moving in a field above a three inch sensor bar. With a 150-degree field of view, it can analyze the motion of all 10 fingers down to a 1/100th of a millimeter. So all that cool motion gesture stuff Tony Stark does while building the Iron Man suits …yeah, that could be you.   Check out this demo: Simply put, the possibilities are endless. One of the most popular applications in its app store is Molecules, “a molecular visualizer. It is a file viewer that allows you to display three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulate them using a Leap Motion Controller.” The Leap Motion Controller lets you move an open hand in three dimensions to rotate and scale the molecular structure faster than you could with the 2-D input of a mouse. Lateral translation of a structure is accomplished by moving two open hands in parallel. So throw away those chemistry sets, this stuff is way more fun. The featured image is from...

How Your Phone Can Give a Physical

The Doctor’s Channel’s Michael Banks, MD and MedGadget’s Shiv Gaglani, MD-MBA candidate, bring you the future of the exam room: The Smartphone Physical. With the growing importance of mobility and data recording, physician tools combined with the capabilities of mobile technology will revolutionize the way clinicians evaluate their patients. Shown here are the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope, the AliveCor Heart Monitor, and the CellScope...

Watch This Google Glass Demonstration On Beginning a Patient Exam

Do you find yourself questioning how to best begin a patient examination? Or how about wondering what the perfect exam looks like from the doctor’s point of view? Stanford physician Abraham Verghese answers both of these questions in this short, but interesting video. Here’s the secret: it’s all in the hands. Verghese created Stanford Medicine 25, an initiative comprising workshops and videos that teach the 25 most essential techniques for examining and evaluating a patient. Although he is probably the first accused Luddite to do so, Verghese is not the first doctor to use Google Glass for medical...

Which Limb Would You Like to Wear Today?

We have all experienced the feeling: Like we didn’t belong. Like we were too different. Like all anyone saw when they looked at us is that one flaw that you can’t stop thinking about. For many amputees, whether congenital or those who have been the victim of accident or illness, these feelings are all too common. Though prosthetics exist, which may restore functionality or normative mobility, the grief of amputees often does not come from an inability to function “normally.” While they may swim, jump, or run, it is the feeling of not needing to hide which they miss most. Perhaps it is not about restoring “function” but rather giving a person a means of expression of personality. This is what Bespoke Innovations founder and chief technology officer, Scott Summit, believes. What drives him? To allow people who have congenital or traumatic limb loss “to emotionally connect with their prosthetic limbs, and wear them confidently as a form of personal expression” and to provide people with a prosthetic that not only are they are not ashamed to show but rather that they are proud to...