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Technology

Advances in medical technology over the past 5 years have been impressive. But even more impressive: the widespread adoption of a scant few of those technologies.

While we could list dozens of future healthcare game-changers, the picks below are five we think actually stand a chance of being adopted soon, dramatically changing the way medicine is practiced: [click to continue…]

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Technology in the Speech Therapy Space

by Tera Tuten on January 10, 2013

Touchscreen technology computers and tablets have revolutionized the way Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) work. Today, alternative means of communication and education are readily available to the general public.

For people who have trouble with or are incapable of speech, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a way to communicate by unaided (hand signals) and aided (hardware) methods. AAC has been around for as long as communication disorders have, but only in the last century did it become an everyday solution. Beyond sign language, AAC device users grew from people with laryngectomy in the 1950s to people with cerebral palsy, autism, paralysis, and other disabilities today.
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Top Nursing Apps for 2013 – In Four Key Categories

by Tera Tuten on November 20, 2012

There are so many nursing apps – many useful, many simply with their intentions in the right place – that it would almost be useful to have an app to recommend the latest nursing apps.

Believe it or not, there’s an app for that…Actually, it’s a web page – www.gostudentnursing.com – and its recommendations are pretty handy for nursing students, new nurses, and sometimes even seasoned veterans.

But with so many apps and apps of apps for nursing, we thought it would be a good idea to weigh-in ourselves on what we think are the most useful handheld nursing utilities.

Here’re our thoughts, in four key categories: [click to continue…]

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Top 8 Video Games for Training Surgeons

by Tera Tuten on July 10, 2012

Who would have thought that a $60 piece of software on a $250 piece of hardware would become a critical training tool for laparoscopic surgeons?

While you could argue this statement isn’t universally accepted (yet), a 2007 study into the relevance of video games as a training tool for traditional, laparoscopic, and robot-assisted surgery bears-out what anyone who became a physician during or after the advent of Pong, Space Invaders or Pacman already knew… [click to continue…]

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While you can’t actually “buy” progress, and infrastructure alone can’t create innovation, having a technologically advanced research base with ample facilities can definitely help facilitate breakthroughs.

With that in mind, here’s a spotlight on some of the most technologically-advanced schools for – or including – medical research, in four key categories:
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