Healthcare, IoT, Open Data, Open Innovation, digital transformation as part of employees’ everyday lives, smart cities: emedia is back after the summer break with a selection of the best digital trends and uses. Today, the Econocom blog looks at security and healthcare data, using robots to train healthcare professionals, robotic assistance in the operating theatre and mobile health apps.


Open data in the healthcare sector: how far should it go?

Exploiting healthcare data is a hugely sensitive subject. While the supporters acclaim major advances in public health, detractors condemn invasions of privacy. The debate is raging in France, where the government is inviting the general public to submit their ideas on the subject. Meanwhile, an incident in the UK whereby a Google-owned company got hold of the data of over a million patients is sure to fuel the anti-open data contingent.

  • The bill for setting up the National Healthcare Data System was passed in France at the end of 2015
  • Healthcare data is as yet underused in France
  • The Google patient data scandal in the UK.


Telemedicine: remote patient monitoring for improved homecare

More responsive, personalised and reassuring, remote patient monitoring for the elderly or patients suffering from chronic diseases is being tested by an increasing number of healthcare professionals. In France, private organisations such as BeeTree, H2AD or the ICARE project at Limoges Hospital are at the forefront of this trend, and a number of major groups are also starting to offer turnkey solutions.

  • A remote patient monitoring package, BeeTree Medical, has been developed for patients over 60.
  • Hospitals in France are experimenting with remote prevention
  • In the US, the remote patient monitoring industry is predicted to grow over 13% by 2020



Can we put out health into the hands of robots? Almost

Robots in operating theatres or in the air, and drones used for making emergency deliveries are part of the growing trend of technology-assisted medicine. But, assure the experts, they won’t replace doctors.

  • Robots are becoming the new secret weapon for minimally-invasive surgery. Robot-assisted surgery has been a long time developing, and official approval from the authorities is only just starting to come.
  • Medical robotics is starting to draw investors
  • Drones that can save lives.


The future of robotics lies in machine learning

Service robotics for professional use has gone beyond the prototyping and test phase and is now entering the operational phase. It was one of the main trends showcased at Innorobo, the international robotics expo which took place in Paris last month, and which focused on the advances in robotic arms for industrial production.  The technology is being used for an increasingly wide range of industry sectors: from production lines in factories and assisting operators to transporting products, logistics handling of orders, performing surgical procedures and site maintenance.

  • Exoskeletons that can improve mobility for disabled people.
  • A team of Californian researchers has developed Superflex, a soft, flexible exosuit fitted with motion, accelerometer and gyroscope sensors.


5 health and fitness apps to get in shape for this summer

The e-health boom has seen a proliferation of health and fitness apps that can monitor your sporting performance, sleep patterns and diet. The apps are becoming increasingly user-friendly and effective, making it even easier to keep up your fitness regime. Here’s our selection of free, easy-to-use apps to stay on Olympic form all year-round.

  • The advantages of apps such as Nike+ Training Club, Seven, The Fabulous, Google Fit and Runtastic Six Pack.