Devices such as wearable fitness trackers, smart textiles, and biosensors connected to smartphone apps are making it easier for doctors to take care of their patients and for people to take care of themselves. IEEE offers several ways to get up to speed on the latest in health technology.
The IEEE Life Sciences Initiative’s Web portal contains a wealth of information on related standards, publications, career and education programs, and upcoming conferences. Join the IEEE Life Sciences Community to receive a monthly e-newsletter with the latest news and announcements from the initiative.
The Life Sciences portal also offers videos featuring technologies designed to monitor disease and help doctors diagnose patients in remote areas, as well as assist people with disabilities.
In “Saving Lives, One Phone at a Time,” Kuldeep Singh Rajput, a Ph.D. student at the National University of Singapore, demonstrates a wearable electrocardiogram monitor he designed to diagnose the growing number of people with heart disease in India.
In another video, IEEE Member Conor Walsh and a team of researchers from the Wyss Institute at Harvard discuss the Soft Exosuit. Meant to be worn under clothing, the suit can help stabilize and propel the leg muscles so that people with physical disabilities can walk with less effort.
The IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, published bimonthly by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), features the latest research in a number of areas, including wearable medical devices, biomedical data acquisition and processing, diagnostic tools, electronic medical records, and body sensor networks.
EMBS also sponsors IEEE Pulse, a bimonthly magazine that focuses on biomedical technologies and methods, clinical engineering, the social implications of medical technologies, and more. Readers following the wearables trend may be interested in “Weaving Innovation: Technical Textile Applications in Healthcare,” the September/October 2014 cover story on smart textiles for health monitoring and wound care. Also of interest is “Biosensors in Diabetes,” in the May/June 2014 issue, which describes a proposed biosensor that, when implanted in contact lenses, could measure glucose levels in a person’s tears. The sensor can then inform its wearer when to take insulin and at what dose.
The IEEE Consumer Electronics Society also offers publications that touch on health technology. For example, in July 2014 IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine published “How Wearables Intersect With the Cloud and the Internet of Things,” which delves into the technologies, usage patterns, and business models of wearable devices.
Look for these publications and others in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.