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CES 2021 Innovation Awards: Winners and trends

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Each year, CES runs an extensive programme of innovation awards, calling out a subset of the thousands of products on show for excellence in engineering, aesthetics and design, uniqueness, the innovation they bring to the consumer market, and more. There are two levels of recognition: 'Honorees' are products that score above the threshold for a given category, while'Best of Innovation' is reserved for the highest-rated product(s) in each category (see the CES website for more details on the judging process and expert panel). As usual, there's a diverse range of products on view, from the mainstream (AMD's Ryzen 5000 desktop processors, Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 smartphones, for example) to the highly specialised (E2IP Technologies' Electromagnetic Engineered Surfaces that reflect/redirect/block specific radiofrequency waves, John Deere's X-Series robotic combine harvester, for example). The latter uses voxel-based graphics rendering to capture a person's physical appearance, convert it to digital and create live 3D holograms viewable with VR/AR headsets. Use cases include remote collaboration, gaming, telehealth, online education and live entertainment.


Healthcare optimized: The role of robots post-COVID

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It would be difficult to overestimate the impact COVID-19 appears to be having on the automation sector. No where will the change be more apparent than in healthcare, where a major transition to automation has long been in the offing. What would have been a slower easing in has, in light of overstressed capacity in some areas of healthcare (and an eerie diminishment of demand in others), as well as a complete reorientation of consumer expectations in the pandemic era, set the stage for a jarring transformation. Healthline cuts through the confusion with straightforward, expert-reviewed, person-first experiences -- all designed to help you make the best decisions. Major hospitals have deployed specialized robot nurses with remote patient monitoring tech so that doctors can keep an eye on people from afar.


2020 tech transformation: Year in review

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President Trump reacts to the media and Big Tech's role in politics in a'Sunday Morning Futures' exclusive. The year 2020 proved to be a pivotal one in tech, as companies provided essential services during the coronavirus pandemic and unveiled 5G telecom technology while facing unprecedented antitrust scrutiny and accusations of censorship amid an intense election and social justice movement. "I think sometimes we hear that … U.S. innovation is slowing down, and I think the last year has shown that that's not really the case," Neil Chilson, senior research fellow for tech and innovation at the Charles Koch Institute, told Fox News. Chilson gave examples of the country's rapid COVID-19 vaccine development, SpaceX's astronaut launch in May and autonomous driving company Waymo's recent announcement that its self-driving cars will be completely autonomous in trials in Phoenix. "I'm pretty excited about the future. I think 2020 shows that the U.S. is still the world leader in tech and innovation, and we should continue to maintain our cultural appreciation for innovation and a regulatory environment that enables it," he said.


Technology Trends in Healthcare in 2021: The Rise of AI

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COVID-19 has become an unprecedented disruption to all facets of the healthcare industry in a very short amount of time. Although the healthcare technology industry has been slow growing in the past, innovation is needed to deal with the pandemic. AI in healthcare, as well as other important technologies, are critical to resolving the crisis and for generating future growth. To better understand where the healthcare technology industry is going, studying key tech trends is paramount. Although proven systems are often preferred for their reliability, businesses are always looking for new ways to improve their performance, productivity, and efficiency. Now, let's talk about healthcare technology trends in 2021. COVID-19 has greatly accelerated the use of telehealth resources.


We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

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Unfortunately, we also know that for every hour we spend in direct face-to-face time with patients during those visits, we're likely to spend two more with our EHR systems. Now imagine if we had technology and tools that worked for us instead of often feeling like that relationship was reversed. However, 40% of primary care physicians surveyed said the technology to date has presented more challenges than benefits, and more than 70% cited EHRs as a significant driver of burnout. In that 2018 poll, nearly 40% of respondents cited voice-enabled scribing as one of the top short-term improvements they would like to see, and more than one-fourth cited AI support with patient care and practice administration as needed long-term goals. In that same year, the AAFP Board of Directors approved a 48-month special project to address issues related to EHRs and find solutions.


7 predictions for how technology will shape healthcare in 2021

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COVID-19 accomplished what entrepreneurs, doctors, and activists couldn't: Designing a healthcare system that works for patients instead of providers and health insurance companies. The industry promised to be "patient-centered" for the last decade but only the harsh demands of COVID-19 have made this a reality. As Ian McCrae, CEO of Orion Health, described it, COVID-19 is ushering in the long-overdue transformation of the healthcare system and, finally, a move to "patient-centric" health. "There will be a dramatic shift in health IT spend away from large, monolithic hospital upgrades, towards digital front doors into healthcare," McCrae said. This means better data sharing, a universal rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine, operationalized machine learning, and more options for mental healthcare.


Microsoft: Here's how your smartphone camera plus AI can keep an eye on your health

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While wearables are at the forefront of medical applications for mobile technology, COVID-19 has sent researchers looking at older technologies like the humble smartphone for remote diagnosis. Microsoft Research has been working on telehealth applications via a smartphone for over a decade, but the current pandemic presents new opportunities that make the approach more relevant than it was even a year ago. Telehealth has held promise in healthcare since the advent of video but smartphones, better cameras and artificial intelligence might produce a more workable an answer at time when it's difficult for people to visit medical facilities due to the pandemic. As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted in June, telehealth can help provide patients with care while minimizing the risk patients passing on of SARS-CoV-2 -- the virus that causes COVID-19 -- to doctors and nurses. Microsoft points out that atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a tell-tale sign of heart disease.


Telemedicine Solutions with Artificial Intelligence

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Intelligence (AI) has enabled healthcare providers to take enlightened decisions via proactive data analysis and targeted advice. Telemedicine Solutions with Artificial Intelligence have tremendous potential to re-shape global healthcare scenario in the coming years. Artificial Intelligence enables healthcare software to remotely analyze patient's vital statistics and automate certain tasks based on AI algorithms. For example in AI-based decisions, automation is to analyze certain health data and trigger alert indicating health conditions of patient. Such intelligent systems not only help identify high-risk conditions but can proactively alert patient of any upcoming abnormality.


The healthcare technology revolution: AI-assisted doctors

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Piotr Orzechowski, CEO at Infermedica explains why AI provides so many advantages over traditional rule-based decision trees and how integrating AI technology with doctors expertise can enhance patient care. Anxiety about the introduction of automation in the workplace has been well documented. With some estimations stating that, by 2025, machines will be doing half of all work tasks, perhaps concerns are not entirely misplaced. In healthcare, robotics and machine learning are already having an impact on patient care, providing basic assistance across many clinical facilities – no doubt a life-saving job. Some may feel that eventually technology – specifically Artificial Intelligence (AI) – will progress to a point where it can deliver advanced consultation, without the need for a physician.


"Quantumizing" Digital Healthcare Arena

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The field of healthcare and medicine and specially the digital healthcare will get a great boost with the advancement and wide scale use of Quantum Computing and Artificial Intelligence. In fact, these technologies have already started transforming different areas of Healthcare and Medicine in a big way. Before even quantum computers were there, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine long back anticipated the potential of quantum computers to better understand genetics and different diseases. The envision been realized and a team at the University's center for quantum computing & biology is now harnessing the power of quantum computing to gain better insights into genetic diseases with the help of machine learning algorithms. Researchers expecting that these efforts will benefit not only health care and medicine but also many other streams of science and technology.