How RPA closes the Digital Gap between Healthcare and Technology

This is where RPA – Robotic Process Automation – can particularly help.

The ongoing pandemic has forced every industry to bring revolutionary changes in their working patterns as well as to satisfy the ever-changing needs of the customers they need to come up with some innovations.

Change is the mother of invention and the companies in any industry can reap the desired rewards once they work according to the demands and the requirements why they need to make some changes in their companies and what’s the need?

Things are changing in every industry and healthcare is not an exception to it. The pandemic called out for high levels of anxiety and stress and it becomes pivotal to release their workload as their work has been rapidly increasing particularly in this year whether we talk about doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

The doors of technology opened up wide gates for healthcare and for the technology this year than ever before.

With the pressures of the global pandemic on healthcare systems and its staff, HEalthcare is now closely chosen and closely intervenes with the technological sector.

Technology can speed up the workload and can provide much convenience to the doctors and other medical staff.

The routine medical data of the patients needs much care and the continuous process of this hectic data becomes tedious for the medical staff to keep it specific along with the COVID 19 information and data of the patients.

This is where RPA can get integrated, RPA can genuinely reduce the amount of time which was earlier spent on repetitive and daily tasks for processing such medical data right from scheduling the appointment to inventory and test management.

Medical staff almost spend most of their time solving and updating the administrative tasks on the apps as well as on the computers.

RPA can be the most proven automation tool to take the workload and release the medical staff from tedious and repetitive work.

RPA can also provide the best healthcare support as it makes the utilization of data that is available in large volume which helps in improving the quality of information, it even improves the medical decisions.

Opportunities for RPA in Healthcare

The healthcare sector has been the perfect conductor of technological evolution for years and years.

Such an evolution can not be implemented directly and there are several factors that are to be taken into consideration such as the cost of implementation, existing infrastructure, and the legacy system. 

Such transformation can make the difference between the health services and it can keep up the pace of the dynamic changes happening in the demographics of the United Kingdom and its evolution as the perfect fit for all the technological age or the complete failure of it. 

Following the tremendous pressure and warnings that healthcare services are performing poorly with the rising demand of the COVID-19 scenario.

The shortages of the medical staff pertaining to COVID-19 situations are now a threat to the overall healthcare system.

The considerations and warnings have spiked up the recent boom of digitalization and automation technologies that all the analysts have been observing over a wide range of all the industries.

RPA can assist in boosting up the operational growth and can certainly create a positive patient experience even by increasing the control and terminating the additional things. 

The results of RPA in healthcare

There are many recent use-cases where RPA played a pivotal role in providing better healthcare services to the patients and then making a tangible difference to all the operations

  1. Mater Hospital, Ireland (link)

    All the automation projects with all the major hospitals in Dublin has been rendering the medical staff with their own software robots which can take the workload of nurses dealing with infection control along with COVID-19.

    Much of the administrative tasks gets performed by the robots which includes the information on patient’s testing and even the reports that were made previously had to be taken into consideration. 

The nurses can now spend their time as the frontline warriors with all the patients who are suffering from the coronavirus.

The robots can speed up the coronavirus spread which ultimately means that the patients can be informed about their diagnosis at a much quicker and faster rate which eventually helps the patients to isolate themselves from the people and to stop the spread of virus.

  1. Cleveland Clinic, The United States of America (read)

    The coronavirus testing of the patients across the states sped up at the rapid rate amidst the protocols which need the patients to be registered and the test kits which have been correctly labelled.

    To bear up with the rising demand, the clinic also deployed a robot to manage the patient’s data, register them and even correctly label the test kit which they really require. It can complete the overall process in just 15 seconds.
  2. Swiftqueue, Global (more)

    The Swiftqueue is a cloud-based platform for healthcare that makes use of all the automation solutions to bridge the gap between the patient engagement system with all the multiple data storing systems and each hospital uses.

    Integrated across various countries such as the UK, Canada, and the USA. The platform even gets into proper use to plan patients for multiple outpatients and even the diagnostic appointments which help in representing massive savings in various countries and where hospital appointments are still made using the post or where the patients are the only one who is able to reschedule the appointments via phone.

    Another important aspect of such partnership between UiPath and Swiftqueue is that such software robots can eventually reduce the time taken by the hospitals across the UK and Ireland to process the huge backlog of all the appointments made to the patients which are even unlinked to COVID-19 when the global pandemic gets in control a little.

The last line

Automation in the healthcare industry can improve the health and patient care which is being delivered currently at a faster rate. Any task which is tedious, repetitive and which requires little decision making and no human interaction which is suitable for automation. Healthcare is predicted to have a 36% automation potential, meaning that more than a third of healthcare tasks – especially managerial, back-office functions – could be automated, allowing healthcare providers to offer more direct, value-based patient care at lower costs and increased efficiency.

RPA can curb all such problems of the medical staff and nurses when it comes to performing the administrative tasks so that the medical staff can completely focus on the core subjects.

Healthcare and automation is likely to bring new methods of healthcare solutions and will overall take the industry to the next level.


About the Author: Parth Patel is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of SyS Creations which is a top provider of RPA in Healthcare. Operating the IT Infrastructure of SMEs and startups keeps him on his toes and his passion for helping others keeps him motivated

How to Develop an Online Platform for Healthcare Training

Regarding the pandemic situation, stationary education became difficult in any educational facility and any industry. Medical education differs from other faculties by its lack of opportunities to miss classes or skip the topic. The healthcare industry demands the highest quality of teaching and knowledge for future or current doctors. That’s why most medical facilities turned to online learning for their workers or students. There is a wide range of ready-made platforms that can be customized according to a particular course or establishment’s needs. However, many establishments are used by these platforms, and they can not cover all the required issues. The common problems that appear during online learning are:

  • absence of a single database for students documents and all courses;
  • there is no opportunity to gather students for practical pieces of training or lectures in the classroom, and it makes the studying process harder;
  • poor knowledge verification;
  • ready-made solutions are expensive for a vast number of medical workers or students.

Main features of Learning Management Systems

Learning management systems (LMS) have a basic range of features that are necessary for each e-learning platform. These platforms should be accessible for all members, simple to use, and suit the latest tech updates. Looking at the Capterra statistics below, you can see which healthcare facilities implement custom LMSs.

Learning Path

Medical, educational platforms differ a lot from simple educational services for schools or universities. Healthcare training is more complicated and has a comprehensive structure containing a lot of diverse modules and tests. Usually, the entire course is divided into several parts for qualifying the information. The topics’ logical organization creates a learning path that can contain learning videos and compendiums, a combination of several courses, quizzes, and tests to check the knowledge. Each module also has deadlines and specific criteria for marks. After finishing the learning path, students usually get certificates to prove their qualifications.

Webinars

Due to the pandemic situation worldwide, webinars have become the most popular way of e-learning for many industries, and healthcare is not an exception. Even before the quarantine, the practice of hosting webinars for studying medical workers was successful. This type of e-learning is flexible and available to everyone. Students can listen and share videos, pictures, or presentations in real-time, interact with a tutor, and ask questions if something is unclear. If the future doctors can not attend a particular lecture, they can watch it on the record. 🔎E-LEARNINGCheck more articles about e-learning and the digital era of education on our blog.

Reporting and analytics

E-learning platforms not only provide online courses for employees but also track their attendance and progress. It is essential to know the level of competencies of the medical workers. LMS provides custom reports and analysis for each course participant. Usually, reports contain valuable information like:

  • activities of all participants – their performance, grades, and tests completions; it also tracks time spent on learning and doing tests, the level of qualification, and the deadlines for finishing the course;
  • availability of certificates and tracking compliance requirements;
  • satisfaction with course – this option helps to improve or change the course or the learning system in case of need.

Mobile accessibility

Flexibility in the learning process is not a wish but a noticeable feature. Medical students have the most complex and stressful studying program among all other faculties. Due to e-learning systems, the educational process can be flexible and available for everyone. Each student or employee can independently choose the time for learning and create their schedules. It is also an excellent option to synchronize the course with the web platform and accessible from any devices like tablets or smartphones. Moreover, such a feature can attract and involve students more as it is flexible and convenient to do some tests anywhere. 

Cloud deployment

As the number of students for one system can be vast, a cloud-based solution is the best choice for developing a healthcare e-learning platform. It makes access more effortless as all users have to do is type the address in the browser. Cloud deployment also simplifies the process of system improvements and maintenance.

Standards compatibility

Healthcare e-learning is not just a simple language course. Medical learning platforms have to be highly qualified and professional systems that give the same knowledge level as a class studying. To make all these systems unified, there is a range of standards that should be considered during the development and implementation of such a platform.

  • SCORM or Sharable Content Object Reference Model includes the range of technical requirement for e-learning platforms; it is a guide for developers on how to integrate a new system with the existing ones;
  • xAPI – it helps to unite all information that will be available on the course and make it accessible for all users; it also provides sharing the data between different systems;
  • LTI or Learning Tools Interoperability is an educational technology developed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium; it lets users host the course tools and content from external systems or websites.

Blended learning 

Medical education is impossible without practice, so it means that online platforms for the healthcare industry are not enough. Some courses need offline learning, and Learning management systems has to support blended learning.Performance Management

The main aim of online continuing medical education is to keep a high level of studying performance and knowledge. The rank of management is beneficial for tutors and professionals who teach medical students or employees. LMS provides a set of needed features for the entire medical facility like:

  • insert data for documentation for state officials;
  • assigning additional training for employees with low qualification;
  • automatic tracking the assessments.

Gamification

Game elements are implemented to increase the motivation of students. It can be virtual awards and badges for completing the tests or course. Gamification shows the positive results in LMS as it involves the students more, and the learning process can bring more enjoyment as students have to complete the task to get a reward. 

Why do you need to implement custom LMS?

The most compelling variant of implementing e-learning service is developing custom Learning Management Systems considering particular medical facilities’ needs. LMS or Learning Management System makes all learning, testing, and grading processes easier, accessible, and productive. It replaces the real-time educational process and provides the same level of quality of studying. 

Custom LMS contains the range of functions that are obvious for your medical facility and fit its rank. All medical courses have to follow the standards of studying that we have counted above, but the content and information interpretation methods can differ. For example, each part of the information can be provided in diverse interactive ways to make it easier to learn and remember:

  • text, video, and audio-based seminars;
  • learning games;
  • availability of online discussion and forums;
  • different types of final tests or quizzes;
  • availability of sharing the info between students and tutors.

Many medical centers want to turn their offline training online. The custom solution accurately matches all requirements with no excess functions for an e-learning platform. It also easily can be synchronized with other internal systems in a less expensive way and include as many users as it is needed.

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Basic functionality for custom LMS

When you come up with the development of a custom Learning Management Systems, it is vital to reveal the weak sides of the existing learning system or accurately define the main objectives for a new solution for your medical facility. Each LMS contains a standard set of critical features. However, along with the required options, you can add any function you think is needed for your custom solution.

We want to bring to your attention the basic functionality for the development of LMS.

Admin panel

This function lets you set the responsible persons for definite courses or organizational tasks. Administrators usually have full access to all data and can add course information, change or delete it. They also create and add quizzes for each course, set hours and deadlines, upload required video, audio, or text documents for the learning process.

Range of courses

Each LMS provides a full cycle of education for different groups of medical workers or medical students. It consists of a fundamental and obligator program that has to be completed by each student. The programs usually contain several main courses with a final test for every course. You can also put additional courses that all workers or students should complete during the year. 

Reports

As admins are responsible for the flow of the educational process, they have to provide reports for the headers of each student’s medical facilities and certificates for governmental establishment. The number of medical workers can reach several thousand. Is it possible to handle all the data manually? The answer is clear – no. The probability of mistakes and mix-ups is huge, but admins have no right to errors in documents and certificates.

Learning Management Systems generates custom reports and certificates automatically and accurately for each course or student. 

Absence of skipping

This function is critical for healthcare e-learning systems. The students have to go through all learning stages, watch all videos, read all documents, and listen to all lectures or seminars. There should be no availability to skip any part of the course, including tests or quizzes in the end. 

Multi-language

Healthcare educational programs contain a lot of specific terms and titles. It is essential to make e-learning available for all students and workers and the process as simple as possible. The multi-language function is required to make the learning process highly qualified and clear for all participants.

Notifications

All medical students and workers who complete a definite course need to be notified about any updates or changes like test results, grades, upcoming lectures, or quizzes. Due to many people, the notifications should be set and sent automatically via email or internal system between medical workers. 

How to develop a custom LMS?

The development of custom solutions has a stable workflow and main stages. Among them, we would like to define:

  • building a business plan considering customer`s need and aims
  • writing specifications of the project
  • creating the design
  • writing the code
  • testing the systems
  • release and maintenance

For building own Learning Management Systems from scratch, you need to find and hire a dedicated team of developers with experience in developing and implementing LMSs. Each phase of development involves a particular specialist. Each stage’s time and cost depend on the set of functions required for your custom LMS, including the number of potential students, various courses, grade system, etc. 

For starting developing a custom LMS, you will need a full team of DevOps to build and successfully implement the new system to the medical facility:

  • Business Analyst – a key person who helps to reveal the objections that will be resolved with the solution thanks to marketing research in the industry and build the strategy of reaching the goals to boost the productivity of healthcare e-learning;
  • Scrum master – a specialist, is responsible for constant communication with customers to keep them up to date on the progress of development and organization of the workflow of DevOps;
  • Designer – this specialist aims to make your system interface user-friendly, creative and recognizable simultaneously;
  • HTML\CSSPHP backend – these developers are responsible for writing clean code for the solution;
  • Manual QA – testing is a crucial part before the releases, as QA specialists make stress tests for the solution to reveal any error or bug during the usage.

We want to bring to your attention an MVP estimation of developing an LMS system with basic functionality mane by our team of developers. The total cost and hours for each developer can vary depending on your custom solution’s specifications and aims. The approximate total cost of development of an LMS is $53730.

DevOpsHoursCost
Business Analyst238$7616
Scrum master414$9936
Admin39$897
HTML\CSS172$2752
PHP backend993$24825
Design83$1909
Manual QA305$5795

We also would like to say a few words about the importance of your system maintenance. 

Once you have decided to build and integrate your internal system with a custom solution, the development process doesn’t stop at the phase of release. A custom system needs constant support from developers if needed for updates, changes, or widening the platform. Our developers’ team is also available for maintaining your project after the release stage and usually picks the suitable package with different conditions for your needs.

The price depends on the number of specialists involved in your solution:

Basic – It involves a Business Analyst, a Scrum master, Backend developers, and QA. The cost is $1740 and can vary depending on the required hours of work.

Optimal – This package engages Business Analyst, Scrum master, Frontend developer and tech lead, QA specialist. The average price is $3232, and it is not fixed as it depends on the duration of work.

Advanced – This maintenance package involves the same specialists as the optimal, but it provides more hours spent on your solution and more options as a support team. The price is about $14400.

📌Why is custom LMS better than ready-made system?

Learning Management Systems should respond to all needs of your medical facility and be synched with the existing internal systems accurately. There is a huge risk that ready-made would not fit all your requirements. Moreover, custom LMS is less expensive as you invest in the development and maintenance despite the number of workers and amount of data. Ready-made solutions are not scalable and very expensive for a vast number of students.

📌How much does custom LMS cost?

We provided a detailed MVP estimation of custom LMS for medical training in our article. The average price of the development process is $53730.

📌Does the level of students` engagement stay the same?

Medical e-learning is more complicated than studying in other faculties. The educational system should convenient and accessible to all students. That’s why each medical student should have access to courses from any device and any place. there is also a need for adding game elements to studying courses to make it more involving and attractive.

All in all

The need for custom educational internal systems is urgent for most medical facilities and faculties. All of them want to achieve the same online education level as it was at the stationary variant. Ready-made healthcare e-learning can not cover all specifications of this type of education as Learning Management Systems must be accessible for each medical worker.

Supporting many users and huge amounts of data and information is a complicated and expensive task. Usually, ready-made LMSs provide learning for a small group of people and demand a month or year subscription paying for each member of a system. Instead of coping with these complexities, we recommend building and integrating your own custom LMS considering the medical facility’s specifics, its audience, directions of learning, and methods on how to reach the qualification goals with online education.

Healthcare Benefits Management Platform Trends

Collective Health, founded in 2013, offers employers a way to knit together various health benefits – medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and other specialized offerings — on a single technology platform. Among its new investors is Health Care Service Corporation, a major seller of Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans, as an investor and business partner. HCSC’S self-insured employer clients will be able to opt-in to use Collective Health’s systems, giving them a complete view into what they pay for health care.

Collective Health Raises $280M in Funding

According to researcher CB Insights, globally, investors put $31.6 billion into healthcare ventures in the first quarter, a record high. The average size of digital-health deals jumped 45% from last year to about $46 million in the quarter, data from investment firm Rock Health show. Collective Health’s recent investments bring its total fundraising to about $720 million.

Health care “needs to become like anything else that you buy for the enterprise: a primary data driven-decision,” Ali Diab, Collective Health’s co-founder and chief executive officer, said in an interview. “Benefit leaders, finance leaders, and executives have not had the ability to make truly data-driven decisions in terms of what kind of health care they procure for their populations, and they need to be able to do that.”

Employers using Collective Health still rely on insurance carriers to contract with networks of medical providers. But the company takes over some functions that traditional health plan administrators perform, like claims processing and customer service. Collective Health also analyzes claims data to recommend treatment options to members.

The San Francisco-based company has more than 500 employees and serves about 300,000 members across more than 55 companies, Diab said. Customers typically have at least 1,000 employees and are self-insured. They pay the medical costs for their health plans directly and rely on insurance carriers only for administrative functions like contracting with doctors. Collective charges clients a per-employee-per-month fee for its service. Customers include Live Nation, Pinterest, and Red Bull.

HCSC, a 16 million-member insurer that operates Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, was searching for technology that would improve the experience of both clients and their plan members.

“Health care is rather fragmented today, so we were looking to eliminate the fragmentation and really try to make giant steps in terms of technological improvement in the minds of our members and employers,” said Kevin Cassidy, HCSC’s chief growth officer.

The deal with the insurer will accelerate Collective Health’s reach with large employers, said Mohamad Makhzoumi, who leads the Global Healthcare Investing practice at venture firm New Enterprise Associates, Inc.

NEA first invested in Collective in 2014. Diab had no customers or even a beta product at the time – simply “a really nice slide deck,” Makhzoumi said. Even with hundreds of thousands of members now, Makhzoumi said the challenge ahead for Collective Health is whether it can reach a scale needed to get the attention of the largest companies in the market.

Digital health startups can have trouble gaining traction with larger companies in the $4.2 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, he said. “It’s kind of like, wake me up when you have a million lives,” he said, adding that he believes Collective Health will get there. Today one company can use up to 20-30 digital solutions, and even this number is not always able to satisfy all the company’s needs and employees. We will not talk about the loss of time between switching applications and searching for information there. We support Collective Health’s approach that all data should be available from a single source. This approach allows you to save resources significantly, plus users are more willing to use such solutions since they do not need to remember a bunch of passwords and constantly log into different systems. The one-stop-shop solution is the most popular digital solution among enterprises. A multifunctional service unites all tools and resources in one place and provides access to workflow programs, task scheduler, video conferencing platform, staff training, and many other possibilities depending on the company’s needs. One of the main advantages of such a resource is user access to internal resources and tools from any device or anywhere globally, necessary for modern realities.

If your company already uses a dozen applications, think of a comprehensive tool like a custom OMNI portal. The solutions will take your business to the next level and open doors to new opportunities.

Popular Posture Apps to recommend in 2021

The iconic human evolution chart may need to be revised. Most of us no longer walk fully upright.

“Naturally aligned human beings have become the minority in our population, a true rarity,” states the American Posture Institute, which estimates that 80% of the population suffers from posture-induced back pain. Collective treatment surpasses $1 billion a year.

It’s not surprising: Over 86% of U.S. workers sit for the entire workday, while the average time spent daily on a mobile device hovers at five hours. In total, Americans spend almost 11 hours a day on a screen, according to a recent Nielsen report. That means hunched shoulders and curved, forward-leaning “text necks.”

In the long term, this equates to a medley of potential health hazards, including fatigue, muscle tension, difficulty breathing, hampered immune functions, chronic back pain, osteoporosis, dowager humps, even depression.

If you too, like me now sitting on the couch, then this article will be useful for you. Quarantine has completely changed many people’s habits. Some of them can be detrimental to our health. I have found and compiled everything you need to know about what apps will help your posture.

There will be two sections in this article with different apps that are designed to keep the user’s back straight.

#1: Best Reminder Apps:

Reminder apps are the easiest to implement, but they will help you get into the habit of keeping your back straight.

For me, this is the way to go. I’m such a character that when I’m immersed in things, I completely forget to take health pauses. For example, I installed the 20-20-20 app to rest my eyes.

The Best Posture Apps

Have you ever considered using a posture reminder app to keep your spine in line during the day?

We all know proper posture is important to overall health and well-being, but it can be difficult to break a poor posture habit and focus on keeping our backs straight and heads up, especially when we’re all burying our faces in our devices. Fortunately, in this age of prevalent technology, our computers and phones now offer apps and programs that can remind us to check our posture and even monitor our body position. Read on to discover the pluses and minuses of some posture reminder apps and programs available today and determine what best fits your needs for a posture check prompt.

  1. Upright.
    UPRIGHT is a posture app for iPhone and Android that works by way of a wearable device and connectivity.
  2. MacBreakZ.
    MacBreakZ is a posture app for desktop computers.
  3. Darma Pro.
  4. Lumo Lift by Lumo Body Tech.
  5. The Perfect Posture Workout.
  6. SmartPosture App

Comparing Posture Reminder Apps

Let’s review a few popular posture reminder apps and programs available for a variety of devices and how they can help you put together the above-mentioned pieces that make up proper posture.

SmartPosture

SmartPosture™ provides simple ways to help you form and maintain better posture habits while using your smart devices. SmartPosture™ is an innovative posture coach app that’s great for the whole family, including children and teenagers who are prone to ‘text neck’.

  • Installs: 10,000+
  • Download Free: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.smartposture.app
  • Website: https://smartposture.net/

MacBreakZ

Pros: Great for desk workers, this program teaches you stretches you can do in your chair that reduce muscle tension and improve posture. You can set a timer to remind you to get up and move around at certain intervals. Additionally, MacBreakZ offers standard prevention mode as well as a recovery mode that prompts more frequent breaks if you already have problems related to previous poor posture.

Cons: It will cost you a bit – $24.95 after a free 14-day trial. Also, it’s only available on Mac computers.

30 Day Posture Makeover

This revolutionary posture makeover method has more than 3 hours of video and over 100 stretches, exercises and ergonomic tips. Each day for 30 days you watch a short video that gives in-depth coaching on a different aspect of posture, plus a mini stretch and exercise session that is designed to open tight posture muscles and strengthen weak ones.

  • Installs: 1,000+
  • Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scratchu.app.a30dayposturemakeover
  • Website: https://www.posturemakeover.com/

Posture Man Pat

Pros: This innovative program uses the Y-axis of your computer webcam to monitor your head position. It will alert you by sound or screen dimming if your head moves out of alignment -the program is visually small and subtle on your screen. Best of all, it’s free!

Con: Like the previous program, it’s only available on Mac computers.

Perfect Posture Workout

Pros: This iPhone app is only $0.99 and quite customizable. Start by standing against a wall with your phone in your pocket, and the app calibrates your posture then guides you through exercises accordingly. It also vibrates to alert you if you slouch and tracks your posture progress over time. Since it’s a phone app, it’s helpful during any number of daily activities.

Con: Sorry, Android users – this app is for iOS only.

Lumo Back

Pros: This app is for those who want constant and super-accurate monitoring via a wearable technology system. (It’s available on both iOS and Android.) Once you set up a small monitor, worn on an elastic waistband, it continuously sends data to your phone via Bluetooth. An easy-to-understand stick figure avatar turns green when it senses good posture and yellow if you need improvement.

Con: While the app itself is free, the wearable tech option isn’t cheap – it’s an investment at $149.95.

Nekoze

Pros: This free computer program is also fun. Nekoze is the Japanese word for stooped, as in the shape of a scared cat’s rounded back – so a cartoon cat meows on your screen to remind you to straighten it out. (It can also be set to silent if you’re in a quiet office.) You can additionally customize its sensitivity and watch videos of muscle stretches designed to improve posture.

Con: This cute cat will only meow on Mac computers.

In some cases your device or operating system will guide you toward the available posture reminder app or program that’s right for you – as will your budget. From there, evaluate your habits to determine app attributes that will be most helpful. Do you get caught up in your work and need reminders at pre-set intervals to stretch and relax? Or would constant monitoring be more apt to keep you aligned? Maybe you’re a visual learner who prefers to take advantage of teaching videos.

A 2014 Health Psychology study found that participants in bad posture were more likely to experience bad moods and low self-esteem. Inversely, those who sat upright exhibited more confidence and positivity.

#2: IoT Smart Apps:

These are technological projects that combine the capabilities of wearable devices (gadgets) and functional applications.

The Best Posture Training Device Apps:

  1. Lumo Lift Posture Sensor
  2. Upright Go 2 Posture Trainer and Corrector for Back
Price:$99.99
  • Strapless Smart
Price:$39.99
  • AhomeTeck
  • DARMA Comfort Foam Seat

Wearable tech is still in its early stages. Sensors will continue to get smaller and more lightweight — and, it’s hoped, cheaper. “We have just scratched the surface,” says OMSignal’s Mackey. Engineers are working on ways to not just monitor vital signs, but to predict or prevent problems. Someone with a triple bypass, for instance, might put on a smart shirt and have a medical team monitor the biometric data, or an alarm might go off if something seems wrong.

Your Apple Watch

Apple Watch is a smartwatch device that helps you to maintain healthy posture. It can be installed on any iOS device with watchOS 4 or later version.

A posture app will automatically detect your body’s posture and provide feedback, telling you to make an adjustment if it detects that you are slouching. There are many types of apps, some are free while others have a paid subscription that provides more features.

The Verdict

I didn’t end up wanting to keep using any of these. They were mostly burdensome to set up, irritating after several hours, and not terribly exciting after Day One. It’s not that gadgets aren’t helpful, but that it’s all too easy to shut them off once they start annoying you.

Biotechnology Health Care Startups

VitalConnect

VitalConnect – a wearable biosensor technology for wireless hospital and remote patient monitoring. VitalConnect leverages extensive expertise in biomedical engineering, data analytics, chip design, and mobile and cloud software to create technology that supports decision-making paradigms that achieve better health and economic outcomes. VitalConnect’s products are designed for use in a broad range of inpatient and outpatient settings, such as hospital monitoring, post-discharge care, cardiac monitoring, and pharmaceutical solutions.

  • Founded Date: 2011
  • Headquarters Regions: San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, West Coast
  • Total Funding Amount: $86.7M

Giraffe Friend

Giraffe-Friend is a tiny, circular wearable device that aims to correct bad sitting posture, as well as help its user to prevent posture-related aches and pain.

  • Founded Date: 2014
  • Headquarters Regions: Asia-Pacific (APAC)
  • Total Funding Amount: $14K

The Effects of Poor Posture

Everyone knows that poor posture leads to pain and tension. At the end of the day, your muscles are sore, you feel the need to crack your neck, and your lower back is killing you. These are all effects of poor posture. But poor posture can lead to even more negative effects on your body that you may not recognize.

Additional effects of poor posture on your body include:

  • Worsening of arthritis symptoms
  • Feelings of fatigue
  • Poor circulation
  • Varicose veins
  • Low mood
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches and more

While nearly 65 million adults report having experienced back pain in the recent past, a recent survey showed that only 47% reported being concerned about their posture.

Have you been experiencing any of the symptoms listed above? Your posture could be affecting your body even more than you realize. If so, it may be time to invest in a posture app. Luckily, there are tons of them out there. We’ve reviewed a collection of them below to take the guesswork out of finding the best posture app for you.

What about American Posture Institute?

The American Posture Institute was founded in 2010 to increase the quality, & accessibility of Posture focused education & training for healthcare professionals.  Within 12 months the American Posture Institutes primary certification (Certified Posture Expert) had become the top rated online posture program in the world.  API continued to create the highest caliber, most implementable, evidence based, posture focused programs available.  

  • Headquarters: PO Box 281827, Lamoille, Nevada, 89828, United States
  • Phone: (201) 448-2591
  • Website: www.americanpostureinstitute.com
  • Employees: 25
  • Revenue: $4 Million

Seeking Chiropractic Care for Back Pain and Posture

If you’re struggling with back pain, there is likely a misalignment in your spine as a result of poor posture or sleeping position.

Digital Vaccination Records Software: Features & Providers

This is – digital record of your COVID-19 vaccination plus 2nd dose reminders and an integration with Apple/Google Wallet.

Features:

  • Share Your Vaccination Status With Airlines, Employers, Schools, Etc.
  • Reminders And Resources Sent Via Text And/or Email
  • 2nd Dose Reminders Specific To Each Vaccine Manufacturers (Pfizer & Moderna)

How it works

  • Expect a text/email from Healthvana after receiving 
your first dose.
  • You’ll have access to a digital vaccination record that 
will be accessible online for both the 1st and 2nd dose.
  • You’ll receive multiple text and/or email reminders about your 2nd vaccination dose and educational content.
  • Your reminders will be customized based on which manufacturer’s vaccine you receive
  • You have the option to add your vaccination record 
to Apple/Google Wallet or access a PDF to share your status with an employer, airlines, school, etc.

TOP Software Provider

  • Microsoft,
  • Salesforce,
  • Oracle

Releases

  • https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/epic-cerner-and-other-health-it-heavy-hitters-join-forces-vaccine-credential-initiative
  • https://hriportal.ca/standardizing-digital-vaccination-records-in-canada-team-behind-canimmunize-launches-canadian-vaccine-catalogue/

Augmented Reality in Healthcare Education: an Integrative Review

AR is paving its way into the field of healthcare application development with the promise to reimagine medical staff training and education along with patient diagnosing and treatment. The demand for augmented reality in healthcare will undoubtedly grow, as a recent Grand View Research report predicts a 23% CAGR growth for the global market for AR by 2025.

There are multiple approaches to augmented reality development, and its many uses can support health specialists in their training and work as well as advance the delivery of quality care.

AR for reshaping medical training and education

Medical students are required to dive deep into the theory of human anatomy, pathology, and invasive procedures. However, it is also beneficial for them to understand the health issues in the real world and the ways to address them. AR introduces interactivity into medical training and complements theoretic knowledge with case-based simulations.

Medical students are required to dive deep into the theory of human anatomy, pathology, and invasive procedures. However, it is also beneficial for them to understand the health issues in the real world and the ways to address them. AR introduces interactivity into medical training and complements theoretic knowledge with case-based simulations.

Additionally, AR can introduce gamification into imaginary care cycles to help practitioners in their training. Medical students will be able to view various clinical cases and then apply different diagnostic and treatment techniques, replaying any case as many times as they need. Such apps can be installed on tablets, smartphones, or smart glasses, overlaying patient cases on any surface, including campus walls.

Experienced health specialists can certainly benefit from additional AR training as well, polishing their skills and refreshing their knowledge.

Augmented reality across the care cycle

Augmented reality in healthcare also has the potential to introduce paperless environments into admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) processes, facilitate procedures, optimize surgeries, and support patients after discharge. With each piece of delivery of care being enhanced with AR, providers can streamline workflows, making their staff more efficient and less burdened with tedious routines.

ADT through the looking glass

According to the United Nations, the population aged 65 and over is the fastest-growing of all population groups. Additionally, according to their world population prospects report, by 2050, there are expected to be 426 million people over the age of 80 globally. The aging population increases the burden on the healthcare system with more Medicare and Medicaid patients needing recurrent care and support from hospitals, home care agencies, and assisted living facilities.

To handle the increasing workload in hospitals, managers should first optimize basic procedures, such as ADT processes. Nursing staff should be able to perform certain tasks without heading to desktop EHRs and filling in paper forms every time. These could include managing patient records, preparing wards, keeping in touch with treatment plans, verifying dosing information, and requesting medical equipment.

Perfect for accomplishing this are AR apps designed for smart glasses. They allow nurses to keep both hands free while making arrangements or interacting with a patient. In particular, these apps can:

  • Document initial patient information during the admission process without wasting time using a tablet or writing notes on paper. Nurses can assign a ward or a bed, fill in the admission questionnaire, record patient vitals, check insurance information, and contact fellow specialists.
  • Ensure quality of care for patient stay via automated features. AR-based ADT apps can track care time and location, monitor task completion, and notify about treatment plan changes. Nurses can also double-check prescriptions and avoid improper dosing by sending requests to physicians.
  • Facilitate discharge and transfer processes with pre-set checklists that guide nurses at every step. They don’t need to wander around the facility searching for responsible specialists to sign forms, book medical equipment, or compose a discharge report. Everything can be done within the app.

Introducing AR into ADT will make related workflows reliable, with all processes in one place and under control.

Error-proof blood tests

Drawing blood from a patient is the basic way to find out what’s going on with their body, and this procedure can benefit from technological advancements too. Since not all veins, and patients, are the same, finding a vein on the first attempt can be challenging. AR provides a way to reduce the number of missed veins by using handheld scanners that use noninvasive infrared technology to show the vein system on a patient’s skin.

When the skin is scanned, the musculature appears red or green, and the veins are represented as dark lines. Health specialists can control the procedure with the vein finder, avoiding valves or bifurcations, and more successfully draw blood on the first attempt.

AR-guided surgeries

The stakes are high when it comes to more serious and invasive procedures, such as surgeries. Surgeons use a variety of tools and still need to watch over the patient’s vital statistics while operating. When performing microsurgeries, they work via the microscope. In the case of minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon navigates the process via an endoscopic camera.

While it can be challenging to keep an equal focus on all tasks, it’s imperative that surgeons do it in order to keep patients safe during and after the procedure.

AR in the form of smart glasses can significantly improve the surgeon’s focus and reduce the need to split attention between various monitors. All critical patient information and surgical site images are kept right before the surgeon’s eyes, helping to assure his or her concentration on the patient.

Some AR devices are designed with a specific focus, such as the spine. This technology creates 2D and 3D visualizations of the patient’s anatomy in axial and sagittal planes. It also tracks instruments and implants and supports navigation for both open and minimally invasive procedures. Surgeons can find the safest path into the spine regions they need to access even when the spine is damaged or deformed.

This AR system also uses sensors that collect surgical data and power machine learning to create alerts and suggestions, making the procedure even more controllable. Surgeons can achieve higher levels of precision in spine surgery, reducing the risk of complications, and succeeding even in complex cases of cervical pathologies, spinal traumas, skeletal deformities, and more.

Post-discharge support

After a patient leaves the hospital, their rehabilitation period isn’t always over. To recover from an invasive procedure or acute condition successfully, patients need to comply with a post-discharge treatment plan. Some patients may struggle with multiple changes to their daily life and need support during this time.

AR in healthcare can make the post-discharge routine more comprehensive and even entertaining.

AR allows for interactive patient education in disease prevention and treatment. Patients often feel left out when they don’t quite understand their condition, which could reduce their engagement with subsequent therapy.

Medical practitioners can use AR apps on smartphones and tablets to demonstrate to the patient and caregivers what is happening within the body and how it can be treated. With all parties being informed and involved, they can contribute to the patient’s recovery in the best possible way.

Augmented reality apps on smart glasses can engage patients to take care of their health after discharge. Becoming their personal digital assistants, AR apps can notify patients of the need to take particular medications and encourage them to follow nutritional guidelines. They can also remind about the need to exercise and offer fun ways to get more active, like reaching to pat a kitten or collect a coin.

Augmented future of healthcare becomes reality

While it hasn’t reached every corner of care delivery yet, augmented reality in medicine is a technology worth the investment. It is already being used to make healthcare safer and more precise.

AR helps medical students gain a better understanding of human anatomy, provides guidance for drawing blood, and helps health professionals navigate through complex spinal surgeries. We also anticipate that the future will bring in paperless environments across clinical and administrative processes and enable full-cycle post-discharge support. We expect that this technology will become the standard surgery assistance tool to reduce the number of preventable medical errors and complications.