The first digital hospital in Turkey is pushing boundaries in the health sector. 3D hologram nurses welcome isitors and issue each patient with a digital card, which means that misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment are reduced. Important documents can be quickly and easily sent to other hospitals. Moreover, cameras record x-rays and the like so that the images can be seen via the Internet, democratising diagnosis.
Why it matters
Improving technology means that pioneering treatments are more widely known about and information can be shared more readily. Will this mean receiving the right care and finding out about new developments in healthcare becomes easier?
The i-phone app Sun Alert Lite calculates how long tan-lovers can stay in the sun. Users type in their skin type, the SPF of applied sun cream and the actual weather conditions. The app buzzes a warning when it is time to go back into the shade.
An estimated 5,000 people with asthma end up in hospital each day. A number of those hospital visits could be avoided; as many as 75% of patients are using their inhalers improperly.
Cambridge Consultants developed the T-Haler, a device designed to help asthma suffers better monitor their use of their inhaler. Fitted with Wi-Fi and sensors, the T-Haler feeds back real-time usage data. The design firm claims that, with just three minutes of training with the T-Haler, proper use of inhalers skyrockets from 20% to 60%.
The prototype also uses gamification to encourage proper use of the tool.