Tag Archives: Healthcare Innovation

Digital Pills to Help Improve Medical Treatment

PillsThe fields of medicine and healthcare are undergoing innovation at a rapid pace, easily signaling the beginning of a new era in digital medicine. One exciting example is Proteus Digital Health, a company making ingestible sensors that can help doctors monitor a patient’s intake of a prescribed medication and how his/her body is responding to it. This minute sensor can be embedded within the drug which, when taken by a patient, can trigger signals to the medical staff’s mobile devices.

The Digital Health sensor is made of silicon, magnesium, and copper and is roughly the size of a sand particle. The sensor has sought and received approval by both the FDA, as well as the parallel regulatory body in Europe. This technology-based treatment is especially helpful for patients subjected to drugs for prolonged periods of time, such as those suffering from tuberculosis, diabetes or chronic diseases. Along with the benefits of a quicker diagnosis, digital pills can give doctors more control over cases of drug intolerance. Not only is this system being viewed as an alternative to multiple medical examinations, it can also eliminate the need for frequent visits to the doctor, which will help to bring down the cost of treatment significantly.

In a nutshell, it’s an exciting time for the healthcare industry, and technology is changing the way business is done and transforming the way patients are cared for. Combine the kind of technology that digital pills represents with wearables and mobile technology, and we’ll have real-time monitoring of health situations that will result in treatment based on data delivered in an instant. This will mean physicians can be more agile in their treatment plans and modify and adapt as indicated by the real-time data they have access to. This means better, more effective care for patients, efficiencies and economies with regard to the cost of care and, without question, some lives saved along the way.

At Avidex AV, we strive to provide healthcare organizations with technology that improves collaboration processes while helping them connect with associates, partners and patients. Connect with us to enable us steer your organization towards innovation and growth.

 

Bob Higginbotham

About Bob Higginbotham

Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at bobh@avidexav.com

See The Doctor While Sitting In Your Office

employee with dr on computerThe old sick day. Something pops up in the office and you needed to leave, just tell the boss you aren’t feeling well and away you go.

But wait, not so fast.

If technology has its way (and it will), in the coming years the old illness excuse may become the worst trick in the book because a doctor’s visit may be just around the corner. With the advancement of telemedicine, soon the doctor’s office may be right down the hall where you will be able to see a doctor and have an immediate consult without ever leaving work.

According to a recent Healthcare Dive article – Employers’ use of telemedicine expected to increase dramatically, nearly half of businesses intend to incorporate telehealth services in 2015 and some even intend to offer incentives to those who utilize them. The article outlines the goals of such programs as avoiding primary care visits and costly emergency room bills.

What is even more interesting is that this trend is showing strong continued growth as the survey suggested that the number of companies that will incorporate telemedicine by 2017 would grow another 34%.

Another interesting consideration is whether this will lead to increased productivity as companies could start to better monitor and manage sick days and employee time away due to illness.

At Avidex AV, we work closely with our healthcare partners to deliver the very best audio, video and telemedicine solutions to meet the growing needs of their employees and patients. Connect with us to find out how we can help your organization.

Bob Higginbotham

About Bob Higginbotham

Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at bobh@avidexav.com

Telemedicine: Much To Like About This Technology

While the adoption rate is growing, the fact is, the term Telemedicine has been around for a long time. So what makes it innovative?

For as long as there have been phones, there has been an ability for patients to connect with their doctors and nurses to get questions answered and some immediate help if required. Isn’t that pretty much telemedicine?

Perhaps at the very surface this is the case, but telemedicine really offers so much more and it is this “More” that makes it truly innovative.

One expert on the subject, Craig Hasday, writes about some of the great innovative differences between old school calling the doctor and telemedicine. In his article, Telemedicine: An Innovative Healthcare Trend, he shares how telemedicine allows for real consults and the prescription of medicine. This difference alone eliminates time away from work as well as people having to be exposed to illness in the doctor’s office.

These services can be great for seniors, people lacking mobility and as the article goes on to explain it can even help in student health centers. One such case found 70% of student needs could be taken care of using telemedicine.

Telemedicine is without a doubt an innovative approach to healthcare, and there is sure is a lot to like about that!

At Avidex AV we seek to help our healthcare clients innovate using the best that technology has to offer. Specializing in telehealth and telemedicine, we serve healthcare organizations around the United States. Contact us to see how we can help.

Bob Higginbotham

About Bob Higginbotham

Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at bobh@avidexav.com