In this week’s platter, we get introduced to industrial exoskeletons; we look at UAE’s adoption of digital health solutions; we see the smartwatch come of age; and we pay attention to innovations in the pharma supply chain. Enjoy!
Backaches as a result of poor lifting techniques may soon be a thing of the past. Sacros Robotics, a global leader in the production of robots that combine human intelligence and dexterity with strength, is working with industry groups to identify key performance and safety requirements necessary to bring powered and quasi-passive, full-body industrial exoskeleton systems to the work force. This will surely improve efficiency and reduce occupational injuries and especially the proverbial lower back pain (yay!!!). See demonstration of this highly dexterous machine here and here. Who wants to bet that we see surgical robots evolve to surgical exoskeletons…?
The Apple Watch smartwatch has been found to be pretty accurate when it comes to detecting abnormal heart rhythms. A continuing study (see journal article here) on the potentials of wearables has identified that the watchOS device has a 97 percent accuracy rate in determining abnormal heart conditions. We can be sure that the phone will inform your cardiologist before you even know it. This development is enough to make my heart skip a beat…
Residents in the UAE will soon be able to access real-time medical data, ascertaining the continuity of care when patients move from one hospital to another.
The project for unified medical records ‘Riayati’ will connect public and private sector healthcare providers across the country, in order to create a secure way to access and share the right health data with the right people in real time. That’s right – in real time… Complications arising due to unavailability of reliable medical information during emergencies will soon be a thing of the past.
Exoskeletons will aid pharma factory workers. 3D printing will allow pharmacies to produce drugs on the spot. Blockchain technologies will help fight counterfeit drugs. These are just bits and pieces, but the entire process of the pharmaceutical supply chain will be affected by disruptive technologies. Let’s look at a comprehensive overview of how innovations will make the supply chain more efficient, faster and cheaper than ever before.
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