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Here’s the latest from Tyde Pavlinik: New Medical Research Prize Offered to Scientists


Chinese internet mogul, Jack Ma has joined Yuri Milner as one of the backers for the Breakthough Prize in Life Sciences.

In the wake of the Nobel prize selections, Russian billionaire, Yuri Milner in making a splash by offering an even larger prize for excellence in the field of medical research.  A recent New York Times article discusses how Milner was able to raise the average award to around $3 Million dollars per prize by wooing Chinese e-commerce Mogul, Jack Ma to contribute to the prizes from his private fortune.  Ma will be on the board of foundation officers for the prize, which is now being titled the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

The addition of Ma appears to have two goals.  The first being an injection of prize money.  Organizers feel they can encourage bolder and more important research by offering larger cash prizes.  The second goal seems to be to internationalize the competition.  Milner has said that the prize is open to researchers all over the world, but the majority of past winners have been American.  The addition of Ma could help to promote the prizes in his native China, as well as Asia at large.

Perhaps the most poignant part of the article is Milner’s take on the current pay scale for scientists.  He says that medical researchers are vastly underpaid considering the importance of the work they are doing.  He goes on to say that 50 years ago, Albert Einstein was perhaps the most famous person in the United States, while in 2013, scientists rarely emerge as celebrities at all.  One of the aims of the grants is to properly compensate scientists not only with money, but with notoriety.  Even though Americans have largely been the winners of this particular prize, it is common knowledge that engineering, chemistry, and other science graduate are becoming increasingly rare in the United States.  With more and more students opting for communications and humanities degrees, US graduates are falling behind in advanced science and medical education.  Perhaps more grants like this that attempt to make science “cool” again will help to once again spark an American passion for Science and research.

Thanks for reading.  Be sure to stop back soon for more information and news from the world of medical technology.

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Here’s the latest from Tyde Pavlinik: New Robot Could Keep Medics out of Harm’s Way

Robo Sally

Robo Sally is the new robotic technology out of John’s Hopkins.

A recent US News and World Report article gives a window into new technology being developed by John’s Hopkins University.  While the technology was originally developed as another step in replacing limbs for those who have sustained injuries, the potential applications are endless.

One of the initial proposed uses is as a replacement for combat medics in dangerous situations.  Soldiers are often wounded in areas that are too dangerous even for trained medics to help them.  The new robotic technology, deemed “Robo Sally” could eventually be the answer to this problem.  While the technology is not quite there yet, it made waves at the convention for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International where it recently debuted.

The idea behind Robo Sally is essential the same as an unmanned bomb dismantling drone.  It can be controlled remotely and driven into hot combat zones to do basic life saving procedures and get the wounded soldier to safety.  The amazing feature of this technology is that by wearing a special glove it the user can control the robots hand movements simply by moving their own hands.  This unprecedented precision could eventually be honed to be able to perform basic surgeries.  The arms can lift 45 ounds and the hands can grip about 20.  Researchers are currently working to make the hands both stronger and more dexterous.

Watch the video for an idea of how the technology, known as Robo Sally, could help combat medics stay out of danger.

The article suggests other applications other than as medical assistance.  It could be used by NASA to conduct experiments on the surface of planets that have conditions unsafe for humans.  If the arms and hands were able to be made stronger, it could even potentially be used for delicate rescue efforts.

Combat medics probably won’t be replaced any time soon, but Robo Sally could eventually be the key to saving lives in the field.

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Here’s the latest from Tyde Pavlinik: Hospital TV Technology Getting a Much Needed Makeover

Tyde Pavlinik on changing hospital entertainment

Traditional televisions like these could be on their way out as many hospitals spend more energy focusing on patient satisfaction.

If you’ve ever stayed in the hospital for an extended period of time, you know that being confined to a bed in a hospital room can be maddening.  A recent Columbus Dispatch article highlights some of the emerging technology that will soon be installed in hospitals around the country.  Hospital room TV’s will soon be replaced with high-tech, interactive monitors which will allow patients to choose their own programming, select on-demand content, as well as play video games.

The technology itself is nothing new.  It operates much like the interface of a digital cable provider and has been around for about a decade.  One of the major reasons hospitals have been lagging in incorporating these types of technology into their care is because they have only recently been given the incentive to focus on patient satisfaction.  As the Dispatch article notes, Medicare polls patients to gauge their rate of satisfaction much like any other business sending a follow up email asking if you are satisfied with a product you have just purchased.  Medicare then uses this data to determine funding for individual hospitals.  That’s why only now are hospitals spending more money and energy on patient satisfaction.  In other words, the investment in better entertainment technology could lead to a higher rate of patient satisfaction, causing the hospital to get better funding in the long run.

Experts not only predict an uptick in patient satisfaction, but also in education and self care.  The entertainment systems will also be loaded will accessible medical information such as test results, x-rays, and other data which will serve to put care into the patient’s hands.  They also provide information on taking care of your condition once discharged from the hospital.

While this may be a slow process, it’s definitely a step in the right direction in patient care.  With many children’s hospitals already employing this technology, it’s high time patient happiness be brought to the forefront of the discussion on improving hospitals.

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