CHECK YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE WITH A SELFIE
A University of Toronto professor has figured out how to turn a smartphone selfie video into a blood pressure monitoring opportunity. Coupling the video with transdermal optical imaging, the technology “is able to visualize and measure blood-flow changes under facial skin” and detect high blood pressure with a 96% accuracy compared to existing tests. While this technology is in its infancy and is still being tested, it is a huge opportunity to help the estimated 1.3 billion people globally with high blood pressure better detect and monitor their situation.
DOCTOR-PATIENT CONVERSATIONS GET TRANSCRIBED EVEN FASTER
As healthcare costs continue to spiral upward, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced Amazon Transcribe Medical, which converts doctor-patient conversations to text, in a bid to streamline time-consuming clinical documentation and help lower administrative costs. The product is HIPAA-eligible and has a high level of accuracy in recognizing healthcare-specific words and medical terminology. This is a nice move that hopefully translates to freeing up more doctor time to spend with patients while also helping lower patient visit costs.
KROGER ENTERS THE HEALTHCARE SPACE
Kroger Health recently launched the Kroger 360care program aimed at helping people “access high-quality care at an affordable price.” Through this program, the retailer is partnering with Tennessee hospital network Ascension Saint Thomas Health, allowing the medical chain to leverage Kroger resources (at 114 Tenn. stores) and providing broader access and value-based healthcare to patients. According to a press release from Kroger Health, collaborating is a key component for transforming how healthcare is delivered in the United States, so the grocer plans similar partnerships in the near future.