Medical technology already comes into the household

28 11 2013

Large medical technology companies, concentrated on servicing hospitals, now they have clear with what go entering home. On the one hand, those that offer devices of highly specialized care that the patient carries in his body are already positioned, as fibriladores, pacemaker, Coronary Stents, and so on.

On the other hand, apparently most simple health and wellness care options open, that insurance will find a strong niche between new segments or people looking for options to improve their quality of life.

Is the case of devices to combat sleep disorders or for evil sleep. The conglomerate Philips, within the HealthCare area, It has launched a series of laboratory systems and portable equipment for diagnosis of sleep that can be used at home. These devices include nasal masks, oronasal, contact minimum and pediatric.

This year it introduced them to Mexico and include a complete line of quality sensors, they go from the simple to the Advanced, to assist health professionals to diagnose disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (that includes snoring), and patients to achieve a good night's sleep.

Mark Stoffels, general care of the health of Philips Mexican Division Director, expected to achieve good results with this new line, as well as with its comprehensive services in hospitals that now include all the software, including the need for electronic clinical record. But the area of care of the health of Philips, that it had been concentrated in technology for hospitals, already its innovative medical products entering the home, where Philips has already seated their screens, their lamps and a range of lighting.

With their 74 years in Mexico and 120 in the world, Philips here directed by Sergio Villalón Antuñano, It is a subsidiary of the conglomerate Royal Philips-Dutch origin that has evolved from being an electronics manufacturing company into a diversified health and well-being company. In fact, their slogan today emphasizes its focus on "improving people's lives through timely innovations in the sectors of health care, lifestyle and lighting".

Another of the innovations that Philips has recently brought to Mexico is one Sonalleve MR-HIFU high intensity ultrasound technology (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) that allow to perform non-invasive image-guided interventions targeted. It is used to remove tumors in uterus with minimal pain and minimal recovery time, 95% less than the usual surgery and without risk of infections.

It also includes a technology for palliative treatment in bone metastasis, eliminating pain.

It is a technology which means a sea change, given that a large percentage of fibroids in women is removed with surgery that last four hours or more and require general anesthesia, incision and wound in lower abdomen. With this new technology, the patient is lying about three hours to rejoin their activities within a period of two to three days. The procedure is simple for the oncologist: the patient is lying mouth down on the MR Sonalleve- HIFU, and by Resonance-guided ultrasound fibroids with heat-maps focus. Alterations are identified and begins the Cauterization through ultrasonic rays, without doing any kind of invasion.

A few days ago, Philips presented its new brand promise in the Soumaya Museum: Innovation that matters to you (Innovation that you care), where participated Henk de Jong, CEO of Philips Latin America, and Vitor Rocha, Vice President of Philips Latin America's health care. [en línea] City of Mexico, DF (MEX):, 28 de noviembre de 2013 [REF. 10 November of 2013] Available on Internet:

The next boom in health tourism

25 11 2013

Health tourism focus 128 billion euros in 2015 at the global level.

It is a great opportunity for Spain, It receives 20 thousand foreign patients a year

Health tourism is one of the segments with the greatest potential for growth in the world, taking into account that today generates more than 75 1 billion euros a year and is expected to 2015 its economic dynamics focus 128 1 billion euros per year. It means an excellent opportunity for Spain, where the sector is still in development, registering an average of 20 thousand international patients per year. By Pablo Javier Piacente.


El turismo de salud crece en todo el mundo, y España busca posicionarse en este segmento. Imagen: Salutarismedicalcenter. Fuente: Flickr.

Health tourism is growing around the world, and Spain seeks to position itself in this segment. Image: Salutarismedicalcenter. Source: Flickr.

With a movement of more of 75 1 billion euros per year, that promises to climb to the 128 billion euros in 2015, the economic impact of health tourism positions it as one of the most important segments and possessing ample conditions to continue growing into the future. Spain is still an emerging country in this field, with a total of 20 thousand foreign patients annually, but it is likely to increase its impact if certain factors are developed.

According to a I am a student on this segment produced by the Ministry of industry, Energy and tourism of Spain, the country is still within the Nations considered to be emerging in this type of tourism, which reach an average of between 20 thousand and 50 thousand foreign patients per year.

To consolidate itself internationally in health tourism, Spain should reach an average of 100 thousand patients per year. The leading countries in this field are Mexico, con 450 thousand tourists annually, Turkwith con 350 thousand and Singapore, with an average ranging between the 200 and the 350 thousand international patients per year.

In general, health tourism recorded a significant upward trend in the international scene, that has been maintained and even increased in the context of the current global crisis, with an average growth of around of the 20% per year and clear trends to maintain that behavior into the future.



Spain and a win-win

In addition to overcoming the 75 billion euros at present and foresee an amount of 128 EUR 1 billion for 2015, health tourism expands its impact if you consider that it also captures the 2,5% of the total number of aircraft travel internationally.

As provided for in a Article published in the specialized Middle, Spain has several aspects that allow to be optimistic about its growth in this segment. For example, It ranks third globally within the Nations with greater number of assisted reproduction treatments, behind France and Germany.

It is also the fourth country globally in many cosmetic and plastic surgery operations, being overtaken by United States, Brazil and Venezuela. Precisely the most important services in medical tourism are plastic surgery and assisted reproduction, In addition to the treatments in the area of health and beauty.

Understanding that it has a key role within the services with greater impact., Spain has large possibilities of growth toward the future. To achieve this, in the study of the Ministry of industry, Energy and tourism highlights the importance of the support of the State administrations, as for example in Singapore or Hungary.


Price and competitiveness

On the other hand, the price is another key factor to position itself within the medical tourism at the international level. Spain has an average cost for this type of treatment that is located in the 3.536 euros, When the global average reaches the 5.266EURs. However, most of the countries that compete directly with Spain, for example Greece, Turkey or Hungary, they have prices lower than those that are registered in Spain.

As a result, to raise the level of competitiveness of Spain it will be necessary to improve this aspect. At the same time, the country earns positioning at European level, because their prices are precisely similar to the France and Norway and clearly more competitive than the United Kingdom, from where comes the largest number of international patients to Spain.

Among the aspects to enhance, Spain has assisted reproduction centres who accumulate two decades of experience in the care international patients, legislation that favors its actions with an offer that has been known to adapt to the changing characteristics of the international market.

Despite this, It warns that these centers should still advance in terms of marketing and commercial management. Another issue to address is the direct competition with countries of Eastern European, being vital to emphasize safety and the high quality of the centers of private health in Spain as a differentiator.


Tendencia21.NET [en línea] Madrid (ESP): tendencia21.NET, 25 de noviembre de 2013 [REF. 13 November of 2013] Available on Internet: http://El-turismo-de-salud-concentrara-128-mil-millones-de-euros-en-2015-a-nivel-mundial_a26997.html

A Pocket minihospital

21 11 2013

Two engineers of the University of Zaragoza designed a small device that analyzes up to ten vital signs and allows the patient to know its parameters without leaving home


Ahmad Saad y Luis Marín han conseguido que su invento tenga repersucisón a nivel internacional. Foto: SERVICIO ESPECIAL

Ahmad Saad and Luis Marín have managed that his invention has repersucison at the international level.

Ten vital signs collected in a device that only holds the Palm of the hand. So is the eHealth Sensor Platform, a product created by two students of technical Industrial Engineer of the University of Zaragoza It allows patients to control their parameters without having to scroll to the medical consultation.

With just 23 years, Luis Marín and Ahmad Saad have managed to design a minihospital Pocket that allows “a diagnosis in real time” the user of different vital parameters: body temperature, the position of the body, the blood glucose, blood pressure, cardiac activity, sweating, oxygenation, Pulse, the breathing rate and muscle impulses.



“It consists of a plate that connect the different sensors. The results are displayed on a monitor and are stored, so the doctor, through a connection WiFi o Bluetooth or another application, you could check the history of patient without the need of receiving it in the query”, explains Marin, who said that behind his invention, there is also a saving. “Medical devices are expensive, and this is a functional product that is within the reach of everyone”.

The idea was born in the 2012 during the period of these two students in the Aragonese company practices Libelium, dedicated to the software and hardware free and, At last, It has incorporated both young in your template. “The truth is that we didn't have no idea design plates and many less than sanitary technology. It has been a project of more than one year and we are very pleased with the result”, aims Marin.

Marin and Saad were not intended to replace the medical devices, but your goal is to collaborate in the improvement. In this sense, they are running that his invention could be “effective and operative” in developing countries development where there is no sufficient means.

By now, the product is available for sale in format Kit for a price of 400 EUR –with all sensors and the plate included– but also separately.

The good results of the eHealth Sensor Platform they have been recognized at the international level. Like this, the invention of these two specialists in electronics was a Semifinalist in the competition James Dyson, It awards each year the work of young engineers and designers. The product is integrated among the best twenty inventions of the 2013 and, According to Marin, “do not enter in the final was least. Be there already is a prize for us”.


ANA LAHOZ [en línea] Madrid (ESP):, 21 de noviembre de 2013 [REF. 16 November of 2013] Available on Internet: noticias/aragon/un-minihospital-de-bolsillo_899517.html

Create PadMed, Mobile app that facilitates the daily medical practice

18 11 2013

Researchers from the Maimonides Institute for biomedical research (IMIBIC) linked to the Reina Sofia University Hospital of Córdoba have created, together with members of the Polytechnic School of the University of Córdoba, an application for mobile devices with the aim of support takes medical professionals to make more agile and simple decisions during the course of their daily work.


This Pocket software has successfully passed the pilot study that has been developed at the Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía. During the validity period, that it has lasted two months, health professionals have highlighted its functionality and clarity when it comes to providing answers.

Its attributes include access to medical information updated more of 80 diseases prevalent, protocols and algorithms of action, a medical calculator and information about drugs in emergency situations. In addition, It includes a module's laboratory that allows notes module and the usual ranks of biochemical determinations for archiving work information.

"The aim of PadMed is becoming a useful tool for all physicians. In addition to strengthen clinical decisions, You can help prevent Basic consultations about other specialties and thus save time in the final diagnosis. In addition, other groups, "as medical students and nurses may find it useful to clarify doubts that have at any time", claims specialist in internal medicine at the University Hospital Reina Sofia and one of the creators of PadMed, Javier Delgado list.

The application is now available for the iOS operating systems (iPhone and iPad) Android with a free trial period and. In his first month in the AppStore, PadMed has reached the Top 10 downloads in 15 Spanish speaking countries. With the emergence of Android version, the creators hope to reach the vast majority of Spanish-speaking doctors.


More agility in less time

The idea of creating this application arose from the doctor-patient relationship from Javier Delgado list, medical specialist in internal medicine at the Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía with Ezequiel Herruzo Gómez, Deputy Director of the Polytechnic School of the University of Córdoba. Both professionals noted that daily clinical practice raises doubts of a diverse nature that, with this tool, they can be resolved in an agile way and in a short time. Its content has been built on the basis of a text made by 92 the Cordoba hospital specialists, coordinating from the UGC of internal medicine, It will be published, In addition, in book format by the Publisher Elsevier both in Spain and Latin America.

The Group of experts who created this application have been a spin-off called PadMedicine S.L, with which they hope to open new avenues of knowledge and work in order to improve health care and facilitate the daily work of health professionals.

For more information visit site [en línea] Cordoba (ESP): 18 November of 2013 [REF. 14 October of 2013] Available on Internet: blog /?p = 1302

New generation of medical technology creates the “global surgical”

14 11 2013

The combination of new technologies allows to teach thousands of people medical practices at the same time. Robotic systems open up possibilities never before seen for people without limbs. Technology drives science forward.


Cada vez en más países las cirugías son transmitidas en vivo y en directo a través de la web. Foto: El País

Increasingly in more countries surgeries are transmitted live and direct via the web. Photo: The country

A doctor with two overlapping lenses does not seem an example of confidence. But if the second pair is one of the famous (and presented in Uruguay weeks ago) Google Glass, things change.

Thus spoke a few weeks ago the Spanish doctor Pedro Guillén, a man of 37 years with a knee injury. More than 265 places in the world (universities, hospitals, medical societies) they are connected in this latest display of technology.

According to Guillén, It is creating a “global surgical”. “There are everywhere or, at least, almost all. Central Africa is missing. And China, where there are problems so that Internet”, says with pride the surgeon.

Two hours of intervention are an example of how the teaching of medicine can be (and many other disciplines) in the future. “We have gone from the tanks of the former operating theatres - glass back rooms of which pupils follow explanations of the teacher- This”, He says testing lenses before operation.

To make it more complete, the masterclass is also followed by Chambers of environment, He collected the activity of operating room, and another screen in which the endoscope (the true eyes of doctors within the incisions) shows in detail the fine work within the body.

This work ranges from aspiration of blood to the placement of a membrane with stem cells derived from the patient's own cartilage, ending points to hold the material that in three months it dissolves and makes the damaged area to recover herself.



The future.


The use of portable devices, without cables, that can be used from a jungle, to a site without light, It is the latest innovation from this compendium of medical trends.

This type of intervention has another advantage: the intercomunicabilidad. Guillén chose three places that receive questions (Stanford, the University of the us.UU. that already had been tested in June the system, and other two institutes of Switzerland and Japan), Although Mexican voices that entered by other means they could be heard. I couldn't - it was not the case- to even ask for help or suggestions.

But the teaching is only part of the usefulness of this combination of technologies. The other is the possibility to advise a physician little a technique expert. If this had a transmission system as Google goggles, a specialist could give advice almost to the millimeter in surgery.

The case is just a sample of the virtuosity that can take the technology in medicine. Only a lack of equipment and powerful enough connection lines prevents remote queries are somewhat generalized.

It is that medical practice is fertile ground for technological applications, from multiple blogs or medical tweeters to the implementation, Although slow, in-home blood pressure control systems, sugar, temperature or cholesterol connected with medical centers.

In the most complex of this type of utilities end, the neural connections to computers allow to work with prosthetics with mind-led, or in programs such as the European levántate y Anda, so people paralysed to walk with an exoskeleton.

Radi, for example, was a young soldier when a wound of war not only interrupted his career in the israeli army, but he drastically changed his life. When recovered, I was quadriplegic and had to undergo a treatment of rehabilitation in the Center doctor Sheba in Tel Aviv (Israel).

But thanks to a robotic device comprising a battery and a network of sensors, He participated no less than in the Tel Aviv Marathon. He could not run, but it proved that with the help of this mechanism can stand upright, look at other people face to face and walking to 0,6 meters per minute.

This exoskeleton (whose commercial name is ReWalk) It's just one of the developments that local entrepreneurs thriving intend to play a leading role in the design of new and improved technologies for health.

Some advances are based on known developments. It is the case of the ETView, a modification of the traditional bronchoscope (the equipment which is used to make diagnosis and isolate the lung), He not only made portable, but they introduced modifications that allowed attach you a video camera with two tiny LED lamps to illuminate the inside of the body.

Advances have also allowed to get closer to what would be a liver or a kidney biosynthetic, but there are still great challenges. The heart and the brain, the principal organs, they refuse to be created synthetically. Although this winter were published two progress going in that direction, There is still a lot to really generate them in a laboratory.

As you have read in the mouth of experts, It could be said that these are excessive efforts that benefit few, When the important thing are the vaccines, hygiene or nutrition. The same has been said about the space race, without taking into account that the velcro, the microwave and aluminum foil come from there. (The country of Madrid and the nation/GDA)



Neurons and machines

Connections of neurons to computers allow you to work with prosthetics with mind-led, or programs so that people paralysed to walk without members.

Robotic device

The ReWalk is a robotic device comprising a battery and a network of sensors; It is used in rehabilitation.
 [en línea] Montevideo (URU):, 14 November of 2013 [REF. 15 October of 2013] Available on Internet: http://vida-actual/nueva-generacion-tecnologia-medica-quirofano.html


The 80% rehabilitation techniques can be performed at home

11 11 2013


"The" 80% rehabilitation techniques can make at home, in a controlled manner, Thanks to new technologies". So said David Labajo it yesterday, Manager of marketing and business development of eHealth of Telefónica, in the course of the 4th Congress national CENTAC which was held in Toledo.

According to Labajo there are technological solutions that help the digital rehabilitation of patients, but the problem is that these solutions are not often available to users. "It is not a technology problem, but mainly to convince users that the use of this technology will not to the detriment of their health care", explained Labajo.

New technologies applied to the rehabilitation of people with diseases was the focus of the Roundtable ' digital rehabilitation: a challenge of the underserved regions '. Miguel Angel Montero, Director of underserved regions of Informatica El Corte Ingles, new technologies have a great interest to tackle the health rehabilitation from new approaches. However, It is considered that these technologies should have a real interest for users. "If what you propose in digital rehabilitation does not interest the user, probably is not useful", He stressed.

"Digital rehabilitation allows us to have more control than do patients and in certain areas of Neuropsychology is a very effective", explained Rocío Sánchez, Neuropsychologist of Institut Guttmann. However, for her it is essential the acceptance by patients and relatives of new technologies of digital rehabilitation.

For its part, Claude Marcel, VideoCare enterprise business development manager, has highlighted the value of technologies in the cloud for digital rehabilitation, allowing you to offer advanced services, as the video conferences with health professionals, at discounted prices. "The aging of the population makes that increasingly more people with health care at a distance and digital rehabilitation needs, It is an area with great potential for specialized enterprises", It said Marcel.

"Technology there is much"; the problem is how to achieve that this technology has a real relevance in telemedicine applications", has nuanced Emilio Iborra, CEO of Ami2. "We are working with large companies to find those solutions that can improve the quality of life for people in rehabilitation, because not everything is useful", It has concluded.


Technology and degenerative diseases

Accessibility technologies can help improve the quality of life of people suffering from a degenerative disease. It is one of the conclusions of the table 'Degenerative diseases and technology', moderated by Professor of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Miguel Ángel Valero, held yesterday at the 4th National Congress of CENTAC that takes place in Toledo.

In particular, for neurodegenerative diseases, technology serves as "a means of independence and autonomy", indicates Lucía Zamárraga, Director of the Center for neurodevelopmental Pediatric Neuroped. However, "that generate new technological tools it is more important that those that exist are flexible and adapt themselves to the special features of the disease", accurate Zamarraga.

Another application of new technologies is the rehabilitation. "Despite what might appear to be, in the binomial Parkinson and elder new technologies work very well", According to Laura Carrasco, Director of the Association Parkinson Madrid.

But "not everyone wants the technology", reflects Meritxel Valentí, of the Centre for research in neurological diseases who remembers the importance of such technology "motive and serve the patient to interact". Valenti, at the same time, it also adds a "educational function", Although it is necessary to "reduce the level of demand".


Business marketplace

Other relevant issues at the table was the market of these technologies that a problem difficult to resolve: universal design. For Yod Samuel Martin, researcher at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, public investment is necessary to "balance the market".

In this regard, Martin points out that "there are many technologies, as T9 predictive keyboard systems, originating in specific groups which then apply to broader population groups". For Lucia Zumarraga, the ethics of the market is a "struggle and a need to, not a luxury", said. [en línea] Madrid (ESP):, 11 November of 2013 [REF. 21 October of 2013] Available on Internet: http://diario-informatico/456el-80-de-las-tecnicas-de-rehabilitacion-se-puede-realizar-en-el-hogar-gracias-a-las-nuevas-tecnologias/


Panasonic Hospi robot rhyme: Hospital transport of drugs

7 11 2013

Developed by Panasonic and operating up to now in the Japanese market, Rimo Hospi robot has initiated its international marketing to help in the supply of drugs hospitalized patients and communication with medical personnel.


Operating in many hospitals in Japan, medical hospitals Rimo Telepresence robot, developed three years ago by the multinational Panasonic, It began marketing in other markets to help in the supply of drugs to patients and serve as a means of communication between them and the medical personnel and even family members.

This communication robot can navigate with a chain of wheels independently, Thanks to its system of detection sensors and meters to avoid shocks or knocks against objects or people while you scroll through corridors and rooms, at the time also controlled remotely by computer to establish its location and coordinates of journey to reach its destination.


Hospitals rhyme, designed with shapes rounded inverted bucket, has a screen of some 20 inch showing a happy face to perform their function in the hospital environment. One of its main tasks is the transport of drugs, that delivers accurately, in time and destination, medical personnel so that they administer to hospitalized patients.

Thanks to the work of hospitals rhyme, medical personnel can concentrate more on your work, mainly now that the shortage of staff in these centres is performing more tasks. It points out in a press release, Panasonic, that also highlights that "we have seen that these robots have positive effects in the hospital and therefore we have decided to market them".

According to the statement from the company, at first, these robots were designed for security, Although "nurses of the hospital in Osaka where we can test it claimed to have escaped some unpleasant tasks logistics thanks to robots, and that they could concentrate more on patients".

Each robot Hospi rhyme has stored on your hard drive the laboratory plane, corridors and rooms that has to move to transport drugs to the exact time you should take it each patient.
 [en línea] Madrid (ESP):, 07 November of 2013 [REF. 29 October of 2013] Available on Internet: http://2013/10/29/el-robot-panasonic-hospi-rimo-ayuda-en-el-transporte-de-farmacos-a-los-pacientes-hospitalizados/

Dr. Brugada: Involve patients

4 11 2013

Prof. Josep Brugada Terradellas

Medical Director, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona



Come from a healthcare system "paternalistic" where the patient downloaded all the responsibility for their health professionals who attended and was captive of decisions. These hardly bickered and accept them without answer also implicitly gives up to an active participation in the process of   prevention, diagnosis or treatment of the disease.

The progressive improvement in the information of the patients on the basis of the socialization of knowledge that has meant Internet and other means has led to that the requirements of patients with respect to participation in the process have increased. This clearly opens the door to the demand on the part of professionals and of the system to greater involvement of the patient in the care of their own health. No longer is worth to say that the professional you will charge to do what it takes to cure the disease. Now we can require the patient to take an active part in the whole process, that inevitably starts with the prevention of the disease through healthy eating habits, a healthy diet, carry out physical exercise regularly, avoid toxins such as tobacco and alcohol and be educated in the care necessary for their specific process.

We are going more and more towards the so-called P4 medicine: predictive, Prevention, personalized and participatory. Above all the new tools allow us to genetic gifts predictive advance the different possibilities of getting to be an individual. From healthy gifts to preventative and specific controls will prevent the occurrence of a disease or allow us to their early detection. Personalized because of genetic analysis and again we will be able to propose specific solutions for each patient depending on their own profile. Eventually the patient will be fundamental part gifts participatory decision-making, treatments and cures to disease process.

This is possibly the biggest innovation in medicine. The awareness on the part of individuals that the health and the disease is a process where their participation is crucial and that without them we are doomed to the collapse of the system. Maybe there will come a time when we'll have to question as a society if we can offer the best and most expensive treatments to everyone or only to those who are in charge of your health. It makes sense to make very expensive treatments to·alleviate the consequences of tobacco or alcohol if the individual in spite of all the medical support continues smoking or drinking? It makes sense to continue dealing with the complications of a disease if the patient does not meet the recommended treatment?

Are questions that surely we will do in the coming years and will have to respond from the professional side but also social, politics, human and economic.


Previous publications of Dr. Brugada to