Last week, I published a longer issue after quite some time - if you haven’t already, you can read it here.
Moreover, I’m in full exam mode until the end of June so expect the emails to be 1) shorter, 2) somewhat inconsistent with the current form, and 3) I might miss some.😅
But anyway, here are the 3 resources of this week:
- 4 technologies exciting spine surgeons.
- Researchers using Google to study the effect of phones on mental health.
- Six places where drones are delivering medicines.
🛠 Tech for spine surgeons
The goal of surgery is to try to develop more minimally invasive methods, reduce the risk of complications and accelerate recovery.
Spine surgeons think these technologies might help them achieve that:
- Augmented reality. In my opinion, the most exciting field of all, which I also covered in one of the previous issues. The reasoning behind this is mostly in AR being less time-consuming than robotics, less expensive, but still enhances what surgeons see intraoperatively.
- Artificial intelligence. Diagnostics usually steal the show when it comes to AI. But one exciting area could be “planning, execution and patient-reported outcomes”. In general, analytics.
- Endoscopic spine surgery. It’s not new, and it certainly has its drawbacks. Nonetheless, the reduction in postoperative pain and faster recovery are much more important.
- Robotics. Again, not something that’s new. But the robotics industry keeps making improvements, and we should expect it to only get more widely adopted among surgeons.
📱 Phones and mental health
The University of Oregon is conducting a study of how smartphone use affects mental health.
The interesting thing is that they’re conducting it with Google Health Studies app. It helps them get a better picture of how people are using their phones. Definitely much better than self-reporting - direct, objective and passive.
Using the uses’ phones, they can also measure sleep and activity, which are significant factors in general well-being.
✈️ Drone deliveries
So, where are drones used to deliver medicines? Malawi, Scotland, the DRC, Vanuatu (I had to look that up), Canada, and the US (some trials).
For specifics, visit the link.👇