This week in health, science and tech: the first mile of care creates a better pathway for those in rural areas, the human side of data helps health systems, and stitches get smart. This weekend, catch up on what you might have missed from The Pulse and beyond.
Elizabeth Bailey, Director, Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) and Vikram Damodaran, Chief Product Officer, GE Sustainable Healthcare Solutions, make the case for global primary care.
More than five billion people globally are unable to access quality healthcare. Sometimes the barriers are obvious – a shortage of trained clinicians, inadequate infrastructure or the inability to pay for services. Other times, however, the impediments are less evident in marginalized communities, and are caused by a lack of education or awareness about basic health.
For years, technologists at Kaiser Permanente’s hospital in Hawaii had been collecting and calculating data about radiation dose from exams and sharing it with radiologists for inclusion in reports.
Visions of the future of medicine often involve digital sensors that constantly monitor patients, but not many people imagine that these sensors could be stitched directly into us. But that’s the suggestion of a team of researchers from Tufts University, who have developed prototype “smart stitches” that can be used to close wounds — but also send real-time data on tissue health to doctors.
Durban, South Africa — Hopes for a truly effective HIV vaccine were mostly the stuff of dreams in 2000, the last and only time Durban, South Africa hosted the biennial meeting of the International AIDS Society.
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