menu

PSFK Picks: Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week

PSFK Picks: Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week
Design

An iPad app to calm your nerves leading up to surgery and a 3D visualization of the body's movements: the most innovative stories from the world of wellness.

PSFK Labs
  • 21 april 2013

PSFK has partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a snapshot of Five Innovative Ideas each week that are reshaping the health care industry. Continue reading below for the most exciting ideas from the past seven days.

touch-surgery-2

Doctors Use Apps To Improve Outcome Of Surgeries
Touchsurgery is an app which allows patients preparing for operations to view videos of their actual surgery, or view computer-based simulations on their ipads. The premise allows surgeons to use these apps to help de-mystify surgical procedures, and also helps build trust and confidence in patients who are filled with anxiety before a procedure. A patient’s mental state is important before surgery, and in fact may contribute to improved outcomes and shorter hospital stays. The app allows patents to visualize the steps of the operation in graphic detail, taking the mystery and fear away from the actual procedure. This technology has the potential to positively impact patient satisfaction as well as overall patient outcomes.

3D Human Anatomy App Virtually Reproduces Movements Of The Human Body
Tokyo-based team Team Lab Inc. in collaboration with Professor Kazuomi Sugamoto of Osaka University have created ‘teamLabBody‘ the world’s first 3D Human Anatomy App and Digital Textbook which accurately reproduces the elements and joint movements of a living human body. It is designed to be easily understood by the general public and also is a useful reference tool for doctors when explaining concepts to their patients, or as a handy tool for medical students. The app demonstrates the potential of combining medical science with 3D technology on a mass-market, user friendly application for the purpose of education.

xpression app

App Senses Users Emotions And Quantifies Their Well-Being
Xpression is an app developed by EI Technologies and Soma Analytics, which utilizes the native hardware of users smartphones to diagnose whether they are happy or experiencing stress. By recording the speech of users throughout the day, it analyzes the acoustic patterns and scans for attributes such as pitch, intensity and frequency, which are indicators of emotional well being. By quantifying emotions, patients and workers have access to data about mood patterns, and could be able to work out what events trigger negative feelings. Stress in particular plays a part in over 60% of all illnesses, and finding the root may work to improve overall quality of life.

checklight

Head Impact Indicator Guards Against Brain Injury
Reebok and MC10 have teamed up to build Checklight, a head impact indicator meant to make it easy to tell whether an athlete has taken a serious blow to the head. The device is a thin skull cap, which is fitted with sensors connected to a small microcontroller module with three indicator LEDs. One LED serves as a battery level indicator, one flashes yellow after moderate impacts and a third flashes red for severe blows. It’s flexible design measures the impact on the wearer’s head, as opposed to the impact on a helmet, which means that the data it provides is more relevant and accurate than competing systems. The device is planned not just for professional athletes, but also for casual players to help guard against the risk of serious brain injury.

smart-design-harvard

How Design Can Uncover New Insight Into Children’s Health
The SMART Platforms Project combines medical expertise with design thinking to give clinicians an interactive growth chart on children that quickly highlights the most important information. Led by doctors at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, the interactive tool gives clinicians an easy way to view graphs showing a child’s entire growth picture, including length, weight, head circumference or body mass index, while letting them choose the graphs and comparisons that are most appropriate for that child. For example, while most clinicians might only look at a standard Centers for Disease Control chart, SMART’s tool lets them choose from other charts from the World Health Organization or those for children with Downs Syndrome and also lets them quickly plot development measurements against several charts at once. In addition, SMART’s app actually detects anomalies and notifies doctors where to take a deeper look.

PSFK has partnered with  Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a steady stream of inspiring news and ideas in the health and wellness space. Once each week, we will be posting an article on PSFK.com. If you would like to gain access to the full stream of content, please check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s  Facebook Page, where they are publishing a regular stream of inspiring and informative content.

Trending

Machine Printer Uses Coffee Drips To Create Intricate Portraits

Arts & Culture
Technology december 2, 2016

Why Nest Doesn't Get The Holidays

PSFK founder reacts to the damaging effects of poor email marketing

Children december 2, 2016

Robots Could Be Joining Dubai’s Police Force In 2017

The real-life RoboCops can salute, shake hands and collect traffic fines

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Sports Debrief

See All
Travel december 2, 2016

Parka Hides And Charges Portable Devices

Bolt is a jacket that lets people carry and charge their various electronics without the need for an outlet

Related Expert

Jay Parkinson

Health, wellness, fitness

Food december 2, 2016

Yelp's New 'Yelfie' Feature Lets Diners Take Selfies

The update is designed to encourage people to attach a selfie when they share their experiences

Design & Architecture december 2, 2016

Build Your Own Savory Cheese Advent Calendar

A British food blogger has created a guide to building a different kind of holiday surprise

Fitness & Sport december 2, 2016

Floating Gym Concept In Paris Is Powered By Your Workout

The proposed design from Carlo Ratti Associati lets passengers ride a stationary bike as they travel through Paris along the Seine River

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed december 2, 2016

Customer Service Expert: Why Offline Retail Has Better Data Than Online Retail

Healey Cypher, Founder and CEO of Oak Labs, shares why we should be thinking about the physical store as an e-commerce site

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Syndicated december 2, 2016

What Does The Future Of Android Look Like In A World With The Pixel?

Google’s decision to make its own phone might have looked like a blow to the likes of Samsung but the reality is much more interesting

Fashion december 2, 2016

Alexander McQueen Designs A 3D-Printed Umbrella

3D-printed fashion arrives in time for the winter season

Work december 2, 2016

Why Training Associates To Be Advocates Is Key To Retail Success

In our Future of Retail 2017 report, PSFK Labs discusses strategies to prioritize customer service, which begins with associate advocates

Media & Publishing december 2, 2016

Netflix Creates Binge Candle To Celebrate A New Season Of Gilmore Girls

The streaming service developed a special layered candle that creates candle with episode-specific smells

Arts & Culture december 2, 2016

Interactive Film Tells A Story About Living With Cancer

A moving song written by a father of a cancer patient comes alive in a 3D environment

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Automotive december 2, 2016

Audi And LEGO Exhibit Autonomous Vehicle Installation

The installation at Design Miami explores the 25th hour, which represents bonus productive work or play time

Gaming & Play december 2, 2016

This Game Lets You Be A Pilot In The Drone Racing League

DRL Racing Simulator recreates actual courses in a virtual environment

Travel december 1, 2016

Hotel Chain Is Giving Away Its Not-So-Super Hotel Art At Art Basel

A lesson in how to advertise a kitschy-to-cool redesign in the middle of Miami Art Week

No search results found.