Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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17-Year-Old Invents $35 3D Printed Device for Diagnosing Respiratory Diseases

Tess | 3Ders | August 23, 2017

Not many teens can say they attend an Ivy League school and perhaps even fewer can claim an invention to their name. This is not the case for 17-year-old Maya Varma, an engineering student and intern at Stanford University who has developed a low-cost 3D printed device that can analyze a patient’s breath and help to diagnose pulmonary diseases. Across the globe, hundreds of millions of people suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and restrictive lung disease. In fact, respiratory diseases and infections are the third leading cause of death, after cancer and heart disease...

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Novartis Trials Patients Know Best

Jon Hoeksma | Ehi Industry | August 15, 2011

Pharmaceutical firm Novartis is to begin a post-market trial using the online patient-controlled personal health records service supplied by Patients Know Best. Post-market trials are conducted for drugs that have passed initial toxicity and effectiveness tests and received some regulatory approval. Read More »

Personal Connected Health Alliance Enhances Continua Test Tool, Enabling Authentic, Clinical-Grade Interoperability

Press Release | Personal Connected Health Alliance | August 17, 2017

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) today announced it has approved a new Continua Test Tool (CTT), adding in several new enhancements based on its Continua Design Guidelines. The Continua Design Guidelines and the new CTT continues to scale enabling authentic clinical-grade interoperability and now includes chronic disease remote monitoring for diabetes care, hypertension, heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The Continua Test Tool helps PCHAlliance members achieve Continua Certification for their products ensuring that their data is clearly understood within an electronic health record (EHR)...

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Sssh! DataWell’s Clear-Cut Priority Is the Protection of Confidentiality

Michael Cape | Super North | March 17, 2016

Everywhere people are, be it out shopping in a supermarket or sitting at home online, they are adding information to their digital footprint – which feeds into what is known as Big Data and so enables them to be traced. The use of Big Data can be beneficial to society, particularly in terms of health – which is why Gary Leeming’s job as director of informatics for the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is to source and use the digital health footprints of patients both their for own benefit and that of clinicians...

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Telehealth Can Reduce Deaths by 45%, Study Shows

Lucas Mearian | Computer World | December 7, 2011

Last year, a report from Accenture showed that the rise of inexpensive Internet connectivity and smaller, cheaper and "smarter" health electronics should deliver better, more efficient health care. The U.K. Department of Health said its study was the first of its kind and one of the most complex and comprehensive studies it has ever undertaken. It involved about 6,000 chronically-ill patients at 238 healthcare practices across three counties in the UK. It took two years to complete.

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This Stanford Student’s $35 Invention Saves Lives and Won Her $150,000

Lexi Lieberman | Study Breaks | August 18, 2017

Maya Varma did something at the age of seventeen that many people will never even accomplish in their lifetime—she invented a device that can save lives. Varma, now a rising sophomore at Stanford University, won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation at the Intel Science Talent Search in 2016 for designing an inexpensive pulmonary function analyzer for the diagnosis of five pulmonary illnesses. Unlike the typical devices that hospitals use to diagnose lung diseases, Varma’s invention is exceedingly affordable, with the necessary materials costing a measly $35...

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