Out of all of the mobile apps, robotic devices and 3D imaging technologies I saw in the FutureMed demo room on Saturday, there were a few that stood out.
What you see below is a wearable robot for people with paralysis or weakness of the lower extremities. The battery-powered device is made from a combination of motors and sensors and is strapped on to users over their clothes to help them walk. For now it’s being used in rehabilitation facilities, but ekso Bionics hopes to have an at-home version on the market in 2014.
Forget textbooks. This life-size, touch-enabled virtual patient made by Anatomage is being used by teaching hospitals to teach anatomy. The 3D table allows students to see skeletal tissues, muscles, organs and soft tissues. Students can also virtually dissect the anatomy, learn procedures and review patient-specific cases.
Cleared by the FDA in 2011, the MobiUS SP1 system by MobiSante lets doctors perform ultrasounds remotely and at a lower cost than on traditional ultrasound devices. It attaches to a smartphone to capture and save ultrasound images, for use in a variety of care settings including primary care, emergency response and OB/GYN. Chief Engineer Nikhil George demonstrates below.