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Remote monitoring can be used in a number of different industries from manufacturing, to energy, to construction, to healthcare, and beyond. Let’s look at a recent example of how it can be used in patients with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Roughly 10% of women have incidents of critically high blood pressure in postpartum. To help, Babyscripts improves postpartum assessment in patients through remote monitoring with an automatic blood pressure cuff. Across five maternity hospitals, a study was conducted between September 2020 and July 2022, looking at 1,260 patients enrolled in the Babyscripts myBloodPressure module. The group used Babyscripts myBloodPressure to self-record their blood pressure levels, capturing data and communicating it back to the provider team through an internet-connected blood pressure cuff and Babyscripts’ smartphone app. Here is how this can help: Identify those at risk of severe complications from hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Of those enrolled, 74% were highly engaged with monitoring, entering seven or more blood pressures. Of those who entered at least one blood pressure, 9% entered at least one critical range blood pressure. With technology such as this, a patient can self-identify risk through surveys, assessments, and remote patient monitoring. Looking to the future, we will continue to see technology help care for those with high risks, ultimately improving the patient’s…

We all know cardboard has the potential to be dangerous to our environment, as it releases methane as it decomposes, contributing ultimately to global warming. At least that’s been the concern with so many deliveries and boxes ending up in landfills. The good news in this discussion is that many also know cardboard boxes can be recycled, with an impressive 96.5% rate of recycling. Enter PACT (Packaging and Crafting Technologies), which has developed a specially designed, corrugated crate. The company’s patented process consists of cross-core lamination with triple-wall, double-wall, or fiber board to produce a superior corrugated container. In addition to the strength and durability, bins offer a variety of sizes that can safely transport anything from fine art and glass to motorcycles and furniture. Here is how this can help: Protect merchandise in the event of a tip over. Eliminate dust throughout the supply chain. Reduced shipping weight and pollution caused by transportation. Additionally, it can also help with the constricted labor market. With companies looking to do more with less manpower, the corrugated crate’s fold-out process mitigates labor-intensive crate construction. Looking to the future, we will continue to see new uses for cardboard. There are many exciting advances focused on improving our world and this is simply one example. There will be new opportunities for better efficiency in the…

We all know robots have long been used in many industries to create efficiencies in production. Now, we are seeing robots come to the rescue to reduce children’s stress before surgery, which could help aid six out of every 10 young patients who must undergo surgery suffering from stress before they receive anesthesia. Consider the example of an affective computing and social robot from a project at the UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). The small vehicle is equipped with AI (artificial intelligence) and sensors that can pick up signals about the child’s emotional state and react accordingly. Here is how this can help: Change color, make music, create smalls, and talk and interact with the children. Capture facial expressions, heart rate, and breathing patterns. Adapt to how the child is feeling by changing music, colors, or smells. The prototype was manufactured by the Hyundai car company in South Korea, and sent to Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital, where it was tested with 86 children between 3 and 9 years old who had to undergo a procedure between December 2020 and May 2023. Ultimately, this research will provide information about the potential and challenges involved in integrating affective technologies in pediatric hospital environments. The next step is to manufacture a new prototype, applying all the conclusions drawn from the pilot to conduct a clinical trial. However, the project is currently on hold due to a lack of…

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