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Alfred Poor
Professional speaker, writer, and technology expert
Professional speaker, writer, and technology expert

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A #sleep monitor adds a #blood #oxygen sensor for better sleep analysis. #healthtech #wearables #ns

One of the recurring themes here on Health Tech Insider is that the path for success for wearable devices is to add features and do more. Take sleep sensors as an example. Most of them track your motion while you sleep, and some will also track heart…

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A study shows an employer saved $1,100 per year per worker with a #fitness band wellness program. #healthtech #wearables #ns

Here at Health Tech Insider, we frequently beat the drum of “earlier treatment, better outcomes, and lower healthcare costs” for wearable Health Tech devices. Even so, we’re right in line with C-level corporate executives who say, “Really? Prove it!”…

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A new study shows that #heartrate may be a good predictor of #fertility for prospective #mothers. #healthtech #wearables #ns

Many couples across the U.S. and around the world want to have children but they struggle with getting pregnant. There are many products that purport to detect peak fertility for prospective mothers, but many — such as basal temperature systems — are…

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#AR glasses could let surgeons see inside patients during minimally invasive #surgery. #healthtech #wearables #ns

One of the most revolutionary advances in medical practice is the development of minimally invasive surgery. These procedures rely on one or more tiny incisions, through which trocars (similar to catheters) are inserted that can deliver tiny cameras…

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A #telemedicine service gives ships at sea access to clinical specialists to diagnose and treat illness and injury. #healthtech #ns

Telemedicine helps deliver medical care to under-served populations. We tend to think of under-developed regions or sparsely populated rural areas as being the primary targets for these services, but there’s another population that can benefit from remote…

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Deep learning #AI uses data from an Apple Watch to detect #AFib #heart #arrhythmia with 98% sensitivity. #healthtech #wearables #ns

Sensors are an essential part of a wearable Health Tech device, creating the data that is used to provide meaningful results for the wearer. The real work, however, is done by sophisticated algorithms that can extract meaning from noisy data sets,…

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About 4% of cancer patients in the US have a genetic condition that lets cells replicate inaccurately. The FDA has just approved a new drug that addresses this condition, and can wipe out tumors for these patients, independent of their location in the body. This is BIG NEWS for personalized medicine and cancer treatment.

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Deep learning #AI can screen for #eye disease in #diabetes patients in 20 seconds with 86% accuracy. #healthtech #ns

One of the many complications of diabetes is diabetic retinopathy (DR). This condition results in damage to the retina that can eventually lead to the loss of sight. And the longer a patient has diabetes, the more likely they are to develop DR. It is the…

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#Wearables can reduce the $56 billion annual cost of lift-related injuries in US companies. #healthtech #ns

According to a new white paper from StrongArm Technologies and Intelex, industrial workers are starting to reap the benefits of wearable technology and the Big Data analytics that these devices generate. “The Ergo-Skeletons Are Coming!” starts by pointing…

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The story is interesting, of course, but the I want to talk about the headline. Nearly a quarter of a million #student #loan borrowers trapped in #default. That's scary. Then the article points out that they owe $4.6 billion! Wow! No wonder they're in default. That's a huge amount of money!

Now, stop and do the math. The average amount owed is less that $20,000. I'm not saying that this is a trivial amount of money, because it's not. But it's not the $100,000 or more that you hear about in student loan horror stories. (And yes, there are probably more than a few six-figure debts in this pool of defaulters, because the bulk of money tied up in defaults is for loans of $2,000 or less.)

The average debt in this story is about the cost of a decent economy car. It's also less than the difference in one year's salary for the average four-year college grad compared with the average high school graduate. I suspect that the majority of the people caught up in this mess never earned a degree, which is where I believe the true student debt crisis lies.
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