ICT in Healthcare projects: Expertise without borders

International cooperation can support digital transformation in healthcare in many ways. However, healthcare is special when it comes to digital transformation. A global industry in a locally regulated and locally managed service domain While ICT is probably the most global industry on Earth, with global supply chains, global players and global standards, healthcare is still…

How blockchain technology can transform the healthcare sector?

Blockchain technology is an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions efficiently, permanently, and in a verifiable manner. This technology is used across many industries, mainly the financial sector, food safety, logistics, but also in healthcare. Blockchain technology reduces complexity, enables easy collaboration, and creates secure and immutable information. This technology has the potential to…

ALSAD Project: Artificial Intelligence algorithm supports the nutrition of people living with kidney disease and diabetes

On June 30 2019, the project of “ALSAD (Automated LifeStyle ADvice) Healthcare Solution ” was completed by the cooperation of NETIS Informatics Ltd. and Insiron Informatics Ltd. The next phase is to enter to the international market. The application was tested by patients with diabetes, insulin resistance, kidney disease and kidney transplanted, and by their…

Medicine and Informatics: together for patients with dementia

The Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease mostly affects the elderly. In Europe, half of the people over 80 are living in their own home, so if they lose their autonomy due to dementia, they need immediate intervention from their environment. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as other cognitive and dementia-related illnesses directly affect 44 million people…

Coming soon: Workshop in London

After fundamental changes in several sectors and industries, digital transformation now means rapid changes in healthcare.  Digital treatments, automated patient education, big data analysis or sensor-supported patient monitoring are all part of the change. Except for a few cases, most of the changes seem to be technology-led, while it would be crucial to involve medical…

Patient’s stories 4. – Attila’s story

Attila had a serious form of kidney failure, and he had to have a kidney transplant one year ago. He is aware that he received a „second chance” from life, and wanted to live a health-focused life, which included sport (spinning, gym exercises and other forms of regular sports activities) as well as a continuous…

Patient’s stories 3. – Bernadett’s story

Bernadett has a diagnosed Type 2 diabetes. She is also overweight. With ALSAD, Bernadett has successfully configured her diet objectives, then, using the sample menu designed by dietitians, managed to configure her personal diet settings. She has built her personal profile to get personalised content recommendation, and read lots of information related to her health…

Patient’s stories 2. – Emese’s story

Emese lives with chronic kidney failure and needs regular dialysis to maintain her condition. She was also diagnosed with obesity and needs to control her blood pressure. Therefore, key goals were to track and monitor her blood pressure (ALSAD offers this function and Emese uses it every day), get additional information about her condition and…

Patient’s stories 1. – Emma’s story

Emma was diagnosed as a high risk patient for future diabetes, already having high blood pressure while already being seriously overweight. Her primary goal was to lose weight and set up a dietary regime to achieve and maintain better BMI. ALSAD helped Emma to get personalised information about her status, while the application was also…

How to use artificial intelligence to treat diabetes and dialysis patients

Millions of patients enter their doctors’ office every day around the world seeking information on how to better manage their diabetes. And while getting information on blood glucose trends can be helpful, patients are largely on their own the moment their appointment is over. That’s where artificial intelligence (AI) enters the picture. Imagine getting real-time…

An important IT project and short of resources? Pros and cons of freelancers, agencies and outsourcing

Digital transformation has reached almost every industry sector. Industry 4.0 (such as IT-assisted manufacturing and robotics), digital health, eGOV public services, smart buildings and smart environments, IT-assisted transport and logistics (from driverless underground trains to self-driving cars, automated warehouses and new generation of drones), virtual reality, new forms of gaming and entertainment, to name a…

Healthcare data everywhere – How can we manage data collected by digital tools?

Healthcare data involves a wide variety of public and private data collection systems such as enrollment and billing records, health surveys, medical records, and administrative enrollment records. Physicians, hospitals, and health plans heavily rely upon this information when managing and treating patients. Digital tools have completely revolutionized the way patient data is collected. Take online…

ICT4Life Innovation Program results

After three years of intensive collaboration, the ICT4Life project concluded with visible and hopefully lasting effects on the everyday life of patients living with cognitive impairments. As a technology partner, NETIS provided the necessary IT background for its eight partners, connecting patients and healthcare professionals with user-friendly ICT tools. For example, NETIS developed a digital…

Personalized medicine for better health

In the summer of 2018, a US a teenager’s story about a lifesaving Apple Watch alert made it to the national headlines. The seemingly healthy 18 years old girl was sitting in church when the watch alerted her: the heart rate is extremely high. Her parents rushed her to the hospital, where they found out…

The next big thing in medicine is here

Everywhere I look, I see people with smartwatches, fitness bands on their wrists. I don’t get to see the most representative sample of the population, as I work mostly with tech-savvy people. However, an increasing percentage of this non-representative sample is from the older generation. They seem to understand and benefit from the benefits of…

Medical care is possible outside hospitals

Medicine could and can happen outside the hospital. We build medical centers that provide the best specialists and the best care for patients. However, these medical centers are out of reach for many people for different reasons: they live too far from them; they are old or sick to travel to these institutions. Health IT…

Innovations to manage diabetes

Did you know, that every year, a Boston based organization, T1Dexchange organizes Diabetes Innovation Challenge? The challenge brings together diabetes innovators and patients, gives birth to a lot of fresh ideas for diabetes therapy. Winners were announced in last May but work on the prototypes and selected ideas begun earlier. Last year’s winner is a…

To help the caring family

„Elderly people need caring humans first, not just sensors and technology” – I read in many comments under articles about technology support tools to combat challenges of an ageing society. It is true that technology does not replace caring relatives and friends – but several elderly people cannot count on daily help of family and…

Robots can help us age happily in our homes

Whenever we talk to older adults, they express one universal wish: they would prefer to age in their homes instead of moving into nursing homes. However, they are also aware that chronic illnesses like dementia would shatter this dream. Thanks to a robot developed by scientists from Washington State University, this wish could become a…

Mobilize your neurons!

People living with dementia, Alzheimer’s or in general people who have a genetic predisposal to these cognitive diseases can train their brains to delay the onset of the problem. We can teach our mind not with physical exercise, of course, but with games and activities that mobilize our neurons. However, before we write about our…

Unifying disconnected data nodes

SME’ solution, Enterprise File Fabric securely unifies disconnected data nodes in the company, regardless where data is stored – on premise or in the cloud – while providing a transparent data view for easy data audit, compliance, and governance. Before the world of internet data management of businesses was relatively easy, as everything was stored…

Fighting diabetes – with IT tools

No doubt, spread of diabetes reached an epidemic proportion, with nearly 10% of the adult population suffering from this chronic disease. Better medicine means longer survivor period in this population and translates to self-care fatigue, where pricking the finger eight times a day is no longer a viable alternative. Advances in technology opened a new…

The best time to be a medical student

Excuse my enthusiasm, but there is no better time than the present (except maybe the all-digital future) to be a medical student. At Stanford University, students are using VR headsets to see inside an infant’s beating heart to explore congenital heart defects. Medical students can walk around inside a beating heart, manipulate it and observe…

Can we trust health IT devices?

Last Christmas I had the idea to give everyone a piece of smart technology: a smart plug, that controls whatever is plugged into it. I thought it would be a nice gesture to my not so techie relatives, to familiarize them with a glimpse of intelligent tech. The idea turned into a terrible one this…

VR technology for patients with dementia

Technology is here to help us improve in every aspect of our lives. VR solutions are finding their way into the field of medicine: an Australian company developed a VR solution to help people with dementia, and a Dutch development helps hospitalized people stay in touch with their school or loved ones. Do you fancy…

CES 2019: best health gadgets

Each new year a plethora of IT gadgets are flooding the show floor at the Consumer Electric Show, in Las Vegas. We picked up this year’s five best health gadgets. Omron Heart Guide, blood pressure monitor The gadget’s first debut was in 2018, but it took one year for the FDA to approve the monitor….

How IT can be used against Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia is affecting large numbers of people and is a significant burden for society. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia affecting 50-70 % of all patients.  There is also a considerable impact on those caring for family members with Alzheimer’s or other dementia which may cause emotional stress and depression, especially on…

Six cybersecurity tips for healthcare organizations

In 2012 then FBI-director Robert Mueller observed: “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be.” Health organizations deploying multiple IT applications must be aware of the dangers IT security poses and review their security policy regularly. Healthcare is the most vulnerable sector when it comes to…

Nothing will ever replace the human touch

I always say that technology is not for the sake of technology. It’s here to help people live a better and fulfilled life; even whey are suffering from chronic diseases. Lately, I came across many examples of how artificial intelligence is used by different healthcare institutions to make patients’ lives better. In my post, I…

Security by design, for health IT too!

During my summer holiday, I stayed at a small hotel, where the owner, a collector of old technology devices, proudly showed me his one and only, still working jukebox. It was made in the 1960 ’s and to my surprise, this was one of the early devices, that gathered data on a microchip: it recorded…

Wish list for health IT products

In my last post, I wrote about mainstream health IT products, technologies that can improve lives of our older relatives, friends. There are also a lot of products and solutions for many individual problems: for older adults with a hand tremor, there is a special spoon with a stabilizing handle to help enjoy meals together…

Health IT devices for seniors

In one of the latest post, we wrote about our belief, that IT solutions could help seniors to live a happy and comfortable life. We also promised to go over, what kind of solutions and technologies are ready to use for this purpose. So, let’s start right away! Wearable fitness devices As components are becoming…

Doctors must become IT professionals

During a holiday, I visited a nearly 500-year-old pharmacy – located in Kolozsvár, Transylvania. This facility today is a museum and gives us a glimpse what healing meant in those days. Medication covered in gold leaves, powders and substances of unknown origin (to us), oddly shaped glass vessels, laboratory instruments, old pharmacy furniture, recipes of…

How technology is changing dementia care in the home

Just as technology increasingly features in everyday home life, advances in ICT are presenting major opportunities to advance the delivery of health care for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients in their own homes. Helping people stay in their own homes for longer is a key objective for patients, families and healthcare professionals. Being cared for at…

Innovative technology brings real change in dementia care

Caregivers play a fundamental role in looking after people suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other cognitive illnesses. They often have close personal relationships with service users and their families and are intimately involved in their families. At the same time, agencies are under increasing pressure to increase service quality against a background of public…

Data is power

In our case, this power translates to preventive health. As I always say, if meticulously collected medical data is available, then it is only a matter of imagination the results derived from it. I stumbled across a study in the prestigious Nature magazine that justifies my theory, that data collected with the help of health…

How ICT Innovation Can Transform Care for Cognitive Impairment

Automation, wearable tech and integration in dementia care helps carers to focus on face-to-face human interactions. Across Europe, populations are ageing and with that, cognitive impairment is becoming a serious issue. The number of people suffering from dementia is rising rapidly: in 2015, almost 47 million people worldwide had been diagnosed. By 2050, that number…

AI needs a new digital workforce

Artificial intelligence (AI) will be embedded in everything we know in the healthcare system: it is going to help surgeries, will make patient recovery easier, it will help in our decisions regarding finances, administration, HR in the healthcare system. AI will allow us to focus on the high-value items. The low-value items will be taken…

Stay young, play games!

A whole new industry is emerging: gamification is promising us younger brains and dementia prevention. We tested gamification in the ICT4life project, where NETIS is a proud member. My retired father is an avid lover of crosswords, but since I gave him my old iPad, he discovered a new way of keeping his 74 years…

How blockchain technology can transform the healthcare sector?

Blockchain technology is an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions efficiently, permanently, and in a verifiable manner. This technology is used across many industries, mainly the financial sector, food safety, logistics, but also in healthcare. Blockchain technology reduces complexity, enables easy collaboration, and creates secure and immutable information. This technology has the potential to…

Biggest trends revolutionizing healthcare

Personalized healthcare, big data, and artificial intelligence are the most significant trends shaping the future of healthcare – according to Netis Informatics Ltd., the expert solution provider of health IT solutions. According to the American Medical Association, personalized healthcare is formed by each person’s unique clinical, genetic and environmental information. Unfortunately, traditional health care doesn’t…

Mobile healthcare apps in the UK

A myriad of healthcare apps helps patients to live a comfortable and quality life through their chronic illnesses. Our infographic compiled by Netis Informatics Ltd. reveals all relevant data about mobile healthcare apps in the UK. Nearly 75% of people in the UK go online for health information and advice, and 66% use a mobile…

Can IT cure our elderly epidemic?

I used strong words in my blogpost’s title on purpose. Of course, there is no such thing as an “elderly epidemic,” and IT is not a cure-all diseases solution for our senior citizens. As a strong advocate of IT, I think that advances in healthcare and IT make it possible for our parents and grandparents…

Medicine and Informatics: together for patients with dementia

The Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease mostly affects the elderly. In Europe, half of the people over 80 are living in their own home, so if they lose their autonomy due to dementia, they need immediate intervention from their environment. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as other cognitive and dementia-related illnesses directly affect 44 million people…

Our mission: to understand your needs

I remembered the other day an old joke, from my early childhood. The doctor comes out from the operating room cheerfully saying: the surgery went well, the patient died. I couldn’t quite get it. How can this all be true in one sentence? A successful surgery surely should mean, that the person seeking treatment is…