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Image: A wearable alcohol detection patch can prevent dangerous drunk driving (Photo courtesy of NIBIB).

Wearable Tattoo Detects Alcohol Levels in Human Sweat

A new study describes a novel biosensing patch that can detect alcohol in induced perspiration and send the information to a smartphone in just 8 minutes. More...
03 Nov 2016
Image: A hand-held wireless single lead heart monitor (ECG) and smartphone app could be used to test for potentially fatal atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a new study (Photo courtesy of Princess Margaret Hospital).

Smartphone App Helps Screen Populations for Atrial Fibrillation

Researchers at Princess Margaret Hospital conducted a study involving 13,122 Hong Kong citizens who consented and voluntarily participated in a territory-wide AF screening program between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015. The purpose of the study was to assess the feasibility of community screening using a smartphone-based wireless single-lead ECG (SL-ECG) and to generate epidemiological data on the prevalence and risk factors of AF in Hong Kong. More...
03 Nov 2016
Image: Soft robots can be spatially manipulated using air pressure (Photo courtesy of EPFL).

Soft Robotics Mimic Human Muscle Function

Innovative reconfigurable robots powered by muscle-like actuators could be used in assistive wearable devices for physical rehabilitation. More...
27 Oct 2016
Image: Symptom-checker apps cannot match doctors in diagnosis (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Human Physicians Outperform Diagnostic Apps by Wide Margin

Doctor’s diagnoses remain vastly superior to those of 23 commonly used symptom-checker apps, according to a new study. More...
26 Oct 2016
Image: The iBeat Life Monitor continuously monitors heart health (Photo courtesy of iBeat).

Heart Monitoring Smartwatch Empowers Longer Life

A new smartwatch will continuously monitors the heart for life threatening emergencies and notify loved ones and emergency responders in such an event. More...
19 Oct 2016
Image: A novel encryption technique protects patient’s data (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Encryption Solution Secures Processing of Patient Data

A novel cyber-security technique makes it possible to analyze data from a study while ensuring that a patient’s privacy is safeguarded. More...
12 Oct 2016
Image: A 3D printed section of an adult human spine (Photo courtesy of Adam Jakus/ NU).

3D Printable Ink Helps Induce Bone Regeneration

A new study describes a novel three-dimensional (3D) printable ink used to produce a synthetic, hyperelastic bone (HB) implant that rapidly induces bone regeneration and growth. More...
11 Oct 2016


The Health IT channel of HospiMedica informs about healthcare information technology for hospitals, clinics, and private practice. Among the subjects covered are electronic medical record environments, document management, HIS, RIS, PACS, LIM, and others.
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