How health tech is making the future of medicine smart

medicaltech0202aRobots are the new usurpers. There is a consensus that sly animatronics are coming for all of our jobs, no matter how skilled. First stop, self-service checkouts; next, world domination.

We could oppose the movement with the tenacity of entrenched Luddites or learn to co-operate with our robot overlords. There is a growing trade in technology that aids the treatment and diagnosis of illness — and doctors are eager to implement the innovations in the operating room. That means you could be diagnosed by wearable tech and have medicine prescribed by an app, all without waiting to see a doctor. It is potentially very significant for the overstretched NHS.

The latest intel comes from Stanford University, which found last month that wearables can be used to detect when you are about to fall ill. Using data collected from volunteers wearing smartwatches, researchers found the tracking devices could detect early signs of illness: unusually high heart rates and higher skin temperature can prefigure the obvious symptoms of an infection or cold. The team now plans to build algorithms to make predictions more sophisticated and allow users to change their behaviour in order to preclude full-blown illness.

By Phoebe Luckhurst | Standard (UK)

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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