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Healthcare Technology

SMART MATERNITY WEAR TO PROTECT FROM “DIGITAL” RADIATION

The exponential growth of Mobile phones and IoT devices has led to a whole new industry that supports numerous applications ranging from consumer to healthcare to industrial and many more. Despite its usefulness, there are problems that need to be considered.

In November 2018, an FDA nominated study under National Toxicology Program concluded on the hazards of high Radio Frequency exposure (Non-ionising Radiation) from Cell Phones.

The conclusions were :

  • Clear evidence of tumors in the hearts of male rats. The tumors were malignant schwannomas.
  • Some evidence of tumors in the brains of male rats. The tumors were malignant gliomas.
  • Some evidence of tumors in the adrenal glands of male rats. The tumors were benign, malignant, or complex combined pheochromocytoma.

It is generally believed that the FCC has set limits on cell phone radiation and if any devices exceed the limits, it will not reach the market. However, the NTP study showed that harmful effects can be seen even at levels below the SAR limits set by FCC. This is because, the SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) requires the devices being tested at a short distance away from the human dummies and not in contact with human body, which is how people use the phones and keep the phones in their pockets.

A wide variety of scientists, clinicians, and national medical associations have raised significant visibility towards this issue, ranging from European Scientists calling for a moratorium on 5G rollouts, until the effects are better understood, to asking for further scientific information from FCC and FDA chairpersons on the radiation hazards.

Whilst this complex problem gets resolved by future scientific studies and regulatory mechanisms, there could be an extremely simple alternative solution.

DFF with technology from AiQ Smart Clothing, has developed an innovative RF shielding fabric, leveraging its leadership position in the conductive textiles industry. The fabric blends very fine stainless steel fiber (typically about 10 micron in width) with a variety of commercially available yarn using special purpose machines to produce what looks, feels and behaves like regular textiles. It can blend all types of textiles, build different structures and yarn counts just like regular textile. The clothing or other textile form factors such as curtains etc built out of this RF shielding fabric are also machine washable just like any other clothes.

It is capable of blocking upto 99.99% of a 30 dB signal at 2.4 Ghz, making it ideal to create a wall of protection around places on the body which typically host the mobile phones. For pregnant women and small children, one could create complete clothing using the shielding fabric. 

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Dr. Mohan Kumar R, Co-Founder , Digital Fashion Factory™ and Satya Bhavaraju, VP, Biz Development, AiQ Smart Clothing

                                                                    

                                         

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Healthcare Technology

Healthcare in India lags in Digital adoption in the front office

India has some amazing digital transformation stories. If we look at the leading banks in India, their adoption of digital is comparable to the best in the world. Similar situation with Indian media and telecom companies. But it comes to healthcare we still do have catching up to do. Full Service Digital Firm,  D Yellow Elephant recently released a report on the digital presence for the healthcare sector across mediums like websites, social media and mobile apps. They found that only 14 % of the 160 firms assessed were what they call as Digital Primes. 54% of the organizations were labelled  as Digital Aspirants while the remaining 32% were labelled as Digital Onlookers.

Not surprisingly most of the Digital Primes were in the more mature pharmaceutical sector, followed by devices, hospitals and diagnostics. Interestingly only 2 hospitals and 1 diagnostic organization made it to the Digital prime List.

The Digital Primes had 4 key parameters

  1. Presence across various digital channels- Web, Applications, Mobile and Social Media
  2. Good and relevant content- Specially on areas like Patient Information and Rehabilitation
  3. Investments in listening platforms across digital spectrum- Helped them form intervention strategies when key health topics were being discussed
  4. High engagement – Across the board with SLA’s for response times

The report is an interesting insight into digital adoption but is more a refection of the marketing maturity of these  organizations combined with the ability of the IT organization to support them.

True Digital Indexing would requirement assessment of their

  1. Internal clinical processes and operations
  2. Employee engagement through digital
  3. Adoption of analytics and AI in Clinical Decision Support System  / Clinical Research and Development
  4. Robotics in surgery
  5. New clinical models

These areas were not assessed by the report, and we are not sure if such a report has been attempted in the past.

To download your copy of the report, click this link here . Its a good read for those who want to know more on the digital adoption specially in areas like Digital Marketing and Social Media in Healthcare.

 

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Healthcare Technology Medical Education

Digital classrooms set to revolutionize medical education

Healthcare education in India is a critical part of the evolving healthcare system of India. Though there have been many advances in medical technology, have the medical colleges adopted advanced technologies to produce the physicians of the future? To know the answers we spoke to Dr Lalit Singh, MS General Surgery, Director Content and Product Strategy at Elsevier.

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Healthcare Technology

Digital can enable Smart Healthcare

The healthcare thought leaders in India would converge at the Smart Tech Health Conference in Bangalore on the 24th and 25th of November. In the run up to the conference, we decided to ask a few of the leaders speaking at their conference, their views on Healthcare in India, and how Digital and Technology was playing in big role in improving standards of care.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has been on the forefront of care in India. Established in 1954, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital still sets standards both in its adoption of technology as well as embracing digital transformation. In our second interview from the series we talk to Niranjan K Ramakrishnan , CIO Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

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Healthcare Start ups

Digital enables increase access to Healthcare

Healthcare in India today is a great opportunity for both policy makers and healthcare leaders to create a new care model, and to increase access to care for billions of Indians. But there has to be significant change in the mind set of the patients and those seeking care.