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January 26, 2013

HealthTech Zone Week in Review

Welcome to the weekend, which means it’s time to take a look at the week’s stories on HealthTech Zone.

If you are a healthcare provider, your customers entrust you with very sensitive information and in return they expect you to use every tool available at your disposal to protect this information. As organizations migrate to digital formats to collect and store information, they become vulnerable to possible attacks. Companies in the healthcare industry are implementing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, mobile telehealth and other services requiring the application of computing devices and networks.

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Although the economy is showing little -- if any -- signs of improvement, various markets, such as technology and healthcare, continue to show growth. One market that has analyst forecasting an increase in demand through to 2017 is Orthopedics. Orthopedic surgery is a practice that helps patients with musculoskeletal system issues.

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Over three decades ago, B. Braun Medical, Inc. recognized that some substances in its medical devices might cause health risks for both patients and the environment. The production, use and disposal of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) causes more environmental damage than the use of any other plastic, while diexylhethl phthalate (DEHP) has caused problems with the development of male sex organs in animals. B. Braun removed the substances from most of its medical devices and created the industry’s only line of IV containers that are free of both PVC and DEHP.

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The world of technology and sports has become increasingly intertwined recently as athletes find that high-tech devices help improve their training and conditioning. The Phoenix Suns, for instance, use heart-rate monitors on every one of their pro basketball players during practices. A chip can estimate heart rate, movement, direction and posture.

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The health industry is not any different and as hospitals, healthcare providers and insurers are trying to find ways to cut costs, mobile applications and devices are increasingly becoming a reliable source for providing telehealth services. Authentidate Holding Corp. is the latest company to use mobile devices and application to improve certain tasks, and it has just revealed that it is going to introduce a mobile telehealth tablet and software app to meet the rapidly expanding mobile telehealth market.

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Mobile health services provider Voxiva recently updated Care4life, its diabetes self-management program, in order to feature content from numerous American Diabetes Association publications. The new version of Care4life will provide healthy recipes, nutrition tips, weight and exercise and disease management information from these publications through the program's text messaging and mobile web services.

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Prodea Systems, which provides economical and quality healthcare using the advanced e-health platform, plans to commence distribution of its European e-Health services, as part of the healthcare systems Action Plan by the European Commission. Accordingly, Prodea is teaming up with the Government of Cantabria, Spain to launch Digital Healthcare in Europe, which puts patients in control of their diseases and wellness.

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That’s all for this week in the HealthTech Zone. See you again next week!

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