Mother-turned-mental health advocate

Regina Bisikiewicz didn’t start out intending to become a full-time mental health advocate. She just wanted her son to get better.

From the moment her 18-year-old son had his first psychotic episode in 2005, the mother of four encountered a health care system that viewed people experiencing mental ill health as incurable, compared with many other European countries, which focus on recovery.

IVF and beyond: the world of mind-blowing baby tech

These days, there’s cutting edge technology for pretty much every aspect of baby planning, making and care.

From wellness apps for expectant moms, to mini-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines that can scan babies’ brains, to new in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques for infertile women hoping to become pregnant, tech has got it covered.

Artificial intelligence and sensors: our picks for the best healthcare tech at CES

The digital era’s transformation of healthcare is on the way to be as revolutionary as it has been in retail, research, and media, based on innovations showcased at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.

Held annually in Las Vegas, CES is one of the largest trade shows, drawing 170,000 people. This year’s CES Best of Innovations list included standout medtech developments combining sensors, artificial intelligence, voice recognition software, and smartphones to make healthcare more efficient and affordable.

In-house checkups

Female doctors know best – so why are there too few in healthcare innovation?

Women do well in healthcare and healthcare does well because of women. But despite holding some of the top jobs in healthcare and delivering the best results in the clinic, women are still under-represented in health innovation. Things may be improving but 2017 needs to accelerate this shift and unlock equality – and new ideas.

After the Holiday Parties, Food for Thought

Oh, the horror, the horror. Those five pounds that you were so proud of losing are back after a week of holiday celebrations.

Now that the parties are over and detox season has begun, be grateful that you enjoyed the ancient human ritual of food-sharing, and don’t despair. Medtech can guide you back to the path to slim elegance.

Between deadlifting sessions and 10-mile walks, check out “The Kids Menu,” a documentary on the oldest medtech in the world: cooking. The film is guaranteed to lift your sights from the bathroom scale to the future of humanity.

10 ways to boost health literacy

These simple tricks can improve patients’ ability to understand health information

Roughly one in two people in Europe have health literacy problems, according to a study of eight European countries. As outlined in an earlier post, this is an important issue for Europe, particularly as the population ages and we all take a more active role in managing our own health.

Sometimes all you need is a bear

A few years ago, 12-year-old Campbell Remess came up with a brilliant way to help sick kids in hospital.

At the time, Campbell, or “Bumble” as most people call him, asked his mum Sonya if he could buy toys for all the children in the local hospital to cheer them up. “I told him that would be an expense we couldn't afford ‒ we have nine children ‒ so he decided to make them,” Sonya tells This Is Medtech.  

‘Any plans for Christmas?’

You’ve asked and answered this question a dozen times this week, sharing good wishes and looking forward to spending time with family and friends. But for millions of forced migrants, there is no plan. 

Safety is a daily concern, and access to food, shelter and healthcare are severely limited. They can only hope the next year is better than the last.

Self-Tests Help Migrants Fight HIV

In the depths of America’s Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” His words ring true in today’s fight against HIV/AIDS, as social stigma still deters people from seeking diagnosis and life-sustaining treatment.

Medtech is providing a solution: self-tests that can be easily done in private, giving results in less than 20 minutes. The tests could encourage millions of migrants, who are among the most vulnerable to the virus, in taking the first step toward saving their lives.

Are you health literate?

Underestimating risks, misusing medicines and medical devices – and even struggling to find your way around a hospital – can be bad for your health

Healthy literacy is our ‘ability to engage with health information and services’. People with low levels of health literacy may struggle to understand what their doctor tells them or have difficulty reading information about their medication.