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Posted on 05.08.2015
Mary Lynne van Poelgeest Pomfret, from the Netherlands, shares her experience of patient and advocate for patients with incontinence conditions.
1. What medical devices are relevant to your disease area? There are a number of medical devices that are important for patients with incontinence conditions. Bladder installations for interstitial cystitis, neuromodulation devices help patients to address pain symptoms and catheters, are examples of the devices used. 2. Have you seen any developments in recent years in the […]
Posted on 09.07.2015
I am a mother of two boys, aged 8 and 4, and I work as a finance director in a company in Croatia. I’m currently completing a PHD in finance and in my free time I enjoy traveling, riding a motorcycle, skydiving and other sport activities. I also have diabetes. I was diagnosed with diabetes […]
Posted on 08.07.2015
BVMED, the German national medical devices association, has initiated a campaign to raise awareness about medical devices and empowering patients to be body proud, despite having a medical device. We have translated extracts of Elke’s story as part of European MedTech Week. To view all the stories, click here. Why are you supporting the “Body pride” […]
Posted on 17.10.2014
Mobile health solutions for collecting patient data via communicating medical devices are opening new possibilities for remote monitoring and management of individuals suffering from chronic illnesses. At the same time, the ‘quantified self’ has gained increasing mass market appeal through the availability of personal, connected devices that can track human physical activity. These are resulting […]
Posted on 16.10.2014
Electronic patient files, imaging diagnostics, electronic medical records, picture archiving and communications systems, home care, as well as self-diagnostics: The healthcare system has long since arrived in the Digital Age. The ever more intensive use of digital information will completely revolutionize the healthcare system as we know it. According to the PwC study, “Emerging m-health: […]
Posted on 09.10.2014
The practice of medicine is meant to keep people well or help them get well so they can live a full, productive life. Technology provides tools toward that goal. It can help relieve pain and suffering or prevent it. But too often we get so excited about technology we lose sight of what’s really important, helping human beings live better. And when it comes to the millions of people living with chronic conditions, and now “chronic cancers”, we need to really understand their lives with an illness to know how technology can help.
Posted on 05.08.2014
According to Dr. Patricia Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance, in developing countries the average doctor-to-patient ratio is one doctor to every 250,000 patients. Yet these same countries account for 80% of mobile subscriptions worldwide. It’s no surprise, then, that mobile health technology has substantial potential to improve access to healthcare in the developing world.
Posted on 09.07.2014
In September 2013 I went for a truly inspirational bike trip across 5 countries, covering over 2100 km from Brussels to Barcelona. Many of my fellow cyclists were Type 1 diabetics and the trip was organized to give insight into how issues of interoperability can be resolved.
The fundamental problem facing people with diabetes (PWD) is keeping their Blood Glucose (BG) levels within a normal range. To do this PWD use devices to monitor their BG levels. These devices provide a reading that is then used to make therapeutic decisions such as taking insulin or treating a low reading by eating.
The impressive spread of mobile connectivity in recent years has attracted attention on the infinite possibilities to transform healthcare services, making them accessible to people regardless of their age, social status or geographical location. Thousands of mobile applications have been developed and hundreds of pilot studies have been launched in an attempt to capture a slice of the pie. With increasing prevalence of cancer and rocketing healthcare costs, could mHealth be a solution for cancer supportive care? We dig in to find out.