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mHealth: pulse measurement of tomorrow

Dear Sir or Madam,

Surely you know that smartwatches, apps and other mobile solutions have great potential in healthcare. But did you know that the small digital helpers can even save lives? Prof. Marcus Dörr from the Greifswald University Hospital explains to us how an app used via smartwatch can detect cardiac arrhythmias of its wearer at an early stage – and thus prevent a stroke. Read more in our current Interview.

I wish you a nice week,

Elena Blume
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Hospital cybersecurity
Interview: Smartwatch & app for atrial fibrillation
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15 seconds for a healthier life - World Hand Hygiene Day 2019

What can be done in 15 seconds? 15 seconds is a short time and yet these seconds can save lives. Not only people in everyday life, but also the personal of hospitals should take this time to disinfect hands regularly. On the 5th May 2019 is "International Hand Hygiene Day". This day intends to remind society that regular hand hygiene can protect people from infectious diseases.
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Hospital cybersecurity: secure technology and trained employees go hand in hand

Topic of the Month

Image: A hospital room with different monitors and medical devices; Copyright: Boswell
When it comes to IT, the medical sector has a dilemma: On the one hand, digitization and networks are designed to save both time and money. Yet on the other hand, medical systems, physician offices, and hospital networks don’t have nearly the same levels of protection as online stores, payment service providers or financial institutions. That’s also partially due to an absence of risk awareness.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Hospital cybersecurity: secure technology and trained employees go hand in hand
Cybersecurity in the hospital: securely networked
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The MEDICA App COMPETITION goes into the next round

Register now for the 8th MEDICA App COMPETITION

Image: Logo of MEDICA App COMPETITION; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf
MEDICA has just opened the 8th MEDICA App COMPETITION and is seeking again for app-based solutions which revolutionize the healthcare sector of patients, doctors and hospitals in their daily work.
Submit your solution (until 18 September 2019) and take the chance to pitch on stage of the 6th MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM, the hotspot for digital innovations at MEDICA.
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mHealth: Atrial fibrillation detection – App supports heart health


Image: Wrist with smartwatch, which measures the pulse rate; Copyright: / Lev Dolgachov
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of persistent cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm). Researchers estimate that 1.8 million Germans are presently affected by this disease. The condition is difficult to diagnose, frequently goes undetected and may result in a stroke. A new smartwatch medical app is designed to help patients detect atrial fibrillation before it’s too late.
Read the interview here:
mHealth: Atrial fibrillation detection – App supports heart health
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

AI can detect depression in a child's speech

A machine learning algorithm can detect signs of anxiety and depression in the speech patterns of young children, potentially providing a fast and easy way of diagnosing conditions that are difficult to spot and often overlooked in young people, according to new research published in the Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

mHealth: Smartwatches sense hand activity

We've become accustomed to our smartwatches and smartphones sensing what our bodies are doing, be it walking, driving or sleeping. But what about our hands? It turns out that smartwatches, with a few tweaks, can detect a surprising number of things your hands are doing.
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Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology

Gut-on-a-chip: personalized treatment for Crohn's disease

To model human health and disease, organ-on-a-chip technology mimics the human body's organ structure, functionality and physiology in a controlled environment. These miniature systems, which serve as accurate models of various organs from the heart and lungs to the gut and the kidneys, can use a patient's own cells to test drugs and understand disease processes.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Cybersecurity: New chip stops attacks before they start

A new computer processor architecture developed at the University of Michigan could usher in a future where computers proactively defend against threats, rendering the current electronic security model of bugs and patches obsolete.
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