The Thing About ThingsJoin InfoComm in New York on Sept. 8 for the year’s final IoT Insights conference, sponsored by Samsung and Crestron. The day concludes with a special tour of Times Square and a reception and tour of Samsung 837, the company’s new experience center in New York’s Meatpacking District. This column first appeared in Sound & Communications. You could argue that AV professionals were there at the dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT). To hear it told, the phrase used to describe a bunch of networked objects, devices, and sensors, was first coined around 1999. But it was about two years earlier, just as one example, that Crestron used Ethernet to connect control systems to AV equipment and enable a new level of systems management and insight. Think of all the projectors, displays, touchpanels, DSPs and other gear that came with LAN ports. What were they if not things that could connect over the Internet? So you might be forgiven if you weren’t caught up in today’s IoT hype, but you’d be missing an opportunity if you didn’t grasp how IoT technologies stand to impact future solutions you deliver.
Standardization for Health Care Quality ImprovementWhile a range of health and health care entities collect data, the data do not flow among these entities in a cohesive or standardized way. Entities within the health care system face challenges when collecting race, ethnicity, and language data from patients, enrollees, members, and respondents. Explicitly expressing the rationale for the data collection and training staff, organizational leadership, and the public to appreciate the need to use valid collection mechanisms may improve the situation. Nevertheless, some entities face health information technology (Health IT) constraints and internal resistance. Indirect estimation techniques, when used with an understanding of the probabilistic nature of the data, can supplement direct data collection efforts.
The Future of Healthcare: Drones Save Time, Money , LivesAs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) loosens its grip on commercial drone regulations, businesses, governments and universities of all sizes are poised to take advantage of this next generation of technology. One industry, in particular, that will undoubtedly benefit from the advent of commercial drone usage is the U.S. healthcare industry. Not only is it under pressure to modernize and update just about every area of its operations — from the delivery of new treatment protocols, to records management, to insurance coverage for every American — but the benefits offered by drones align perfectly with the evolving needs of the industry. In fact, drones are already being used for the rapid delivery of vaccines, medications and supplies to remote locations. Companies such as Matternet, a smart drone transportation manufacturer, are already testing delivery methods overseas. In 2012, Matternet conducted its first field trials in Haiti by successfully delivering small packages to a camp devastated by the 2010 earthquake that brought the country to its knees. According to the news outlet Quartz, the World Health Organization and the government of Bhutan teamed up with Matternet this year to build a network of low-cost quadcopters to connect the country’s main hospitals with rural communities. With only 0.3 physicians per 1,000 people, healthcare is a serious problem for the Bhutanese population. Meanwhile, Matternet’s quadcopters can carry loads of up to four pounds across 20 kilometers at a time, and the company can track them in real-time. This is just one example where drones can be used to deliver “speedy” healthcare. Drones can also be used in individual emergencies. In the Netherlands, Alec Momont, an engineering student at TU Delft in Delft, designed an “ambulance drone” Drone Video System (pictured) specifically developed to combat the high mortality rate of cardiac arrest victims. The ambulance drone is capable of traveling at speeds up to 60 mph, according to Slate, and is fully equipped with an on-board camera, which allows a remote operator to talk to people and provide emergency instructions. Momont estimates that a drone’s speedy response time and on-scene assistance capabilities could increase cardiac arrest survival rates to more than 80 percent. While the FAA has not yet extensively tested medical drone use in the United States, they are in the process of developing standards and guidelines for the safe and legal use of drones in commercial applications, in ways that do not violate an individual’s right to privacy. Make no mistake about it; drones have the ability to serve as life-saving and life-giving resources for a healthcare industry increasingly challenged to find new, safe, and cost-effective ways to deliver much needed medicine to remote locations, gather data needed to assist medical personnel in an unfolding crisis, and provide information to an individual trying to assist someone in need. Pro-AV dealers can start examining now how the technology may play a part in their future.
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The event “Career Development in Healthcare Information Management” hosted by MD24 House Call and Maricopa Community College last week was a big success. We had such a great time introducing our company and the student program aimed to empower the next generation of leaders in healthcare industry. The students thoroughly enjoyed the information provided, and were especially interested in MD24’s Internship Program.
But students were not the only ones who were impressed by what MD24 had to offer. Maricopa Community College instructors were very excited about the upcoming events and projects with MD24 House Call. They can’t wait to continue working with us for the improvement of population health and a better future of healthcare industry. In the meantime, let’s enjoy some wonderful photos that capture the beautiful memories of last week’s event.