The world population has more than doubled in the last 65 years1 and is currently at 7.5 billion people2. It will be interesting to see what the 2020 census data will tell us about chronic health conditions in the United States as the Center for Disease Control last report from 2012 states 117 million adults (about half) have at least one chronic health issues3. Most of these health issues are preventable, but today let’s focus on ways modern technology can help to monitor, control and perhaps even cure them.
On top of the rising rate of chronic health issues, the health care industry is also struggling with aging demographics as baby boomers are turning 65, shortages in both health care workers and a younger workforce able to sustain the rising costs. Care providers, government agencies and insurers are looking to mobile technologies, apps and services for solutions. Park Associates estimates that the total number of health-related M2M connects will grow from nearly 2 million connections in 2014 to 10 million in 20184.
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Have you ever had to agonize over the question – When is it time to build the “better mousetrap”? By better mousetrap, we mean creating the next generation of a product. Most would think this would be routine for technology-based companies, however, a study of 28 next-generation product-development projects at 14 leading high-tech companies, found most were unable to complete projects on schedule. 1 In addition, these companies had difficulties with the derivative products needed to fill the gaps in the market that their next-generation products will create.
As technology continues to evolve through the years so do the number and diversity of the end user. Prior to 1980, most computing was done on main frames controlled by professional IT personnel.1 Today, almost anything can be done on a smart device in the hands of one to 100 year olds- including managers, students, accountants, home makers, engineers, teachers, scientists, health care workers, salesmen, etc. Each generation and skill level having their own specific set of needs that are diverse, complex and constantly changing.
When developing a software project it is crucial to tailor it to the needs of the end user as they will be using and benefiting from the product. If it is not developed to the requirements, wishes and specifications of the user, it will most likely fail.2 This can be a difficult task as the size and diversity of the targeted group of end users often vary. Continue Reading
Medical devices have to be designed so that people can use them easily and reliably in order to simplify the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Development of convenient graphical user interface (GUI) for medical devices is especially important, as low usability of UI may have dramatic consequences.
Numerous studies have confirmed that poorly designed medical device interfaces has a significant impact on the growth of the use errors and may represent a hazard to human health and life. Continue Reading
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Nowadays, most of the world’s population is concerned about global health issues. As of 2012, about half of all adults in the USA —117 million people—have one or more chronic health conditions. One of four adults has two or more chronic health conditions.  As the number of people with chronic diseases is increasing, the ability for qualitative and constant monitoring of their health is limited. This results into the situation when many people are not receiving medical help on time and of a good quality, which can be life-threatening. Continue Reading