If you’re anything like me, you’re often wondering “what’s next?” in the world of high tech. Just keeping up with the onslaught of new apps can seem like a full-time job, so it’s hard to imagine how large institutions like healthcare systems decide which tech innovations to bring on board.
In this fall issue of X-OLOGY Magazine, writer Ilene Wolff connected with several of the region’s leading healthcare systems to find out about the innovations they’ve chosen to help advance patient care. Her Focus on Tech article uncovers integrated wireless tech that makes one hospital safer and more comfortable for patients; a new way to diagnose stroke via telemedicine; an innovative technique to improve aggressive prostate cancer diagnosis; and partnerships that help children with hand and arm deficiencies to live more productive lives.
In our People Profile, Dr. Betty Chu, chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, talks about technology’s role in the healthcare industry. Dr. Chu, who went from practicing medicine to overseeing a health system, also discusses her leadership role and how the innovative thinking of leaders in other industries, including the military, has influenced her.
Our Business Profile features OcuSciences, recipient of Oakland County’s Medical Main Street 2014 “Innovator of the Year” award. The company’s OcuMet Beacon is a new tool that helps doctors diagnose eye-related health issues — diabetes, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration — before these diseases can cause irreversible damage. The OcuMet Beacon may one day help healthcare providers detect even more diseases in their early stages for better outcomes.
Switching gears from patients to puppies, our Education Kaleidoscope features Oakland University’s Senior Design Program, partnering students with businesses in need of engineering talent to help meet specific challenges. Leader Dogs for the Blind, for example, needed help designing a transport system and operating tables for the puppies being trained to serve as guide dogs. This and other working partnerships give students hands-on problem-solving experience and provide companies with the engineering talent they need.
Finally, our Lifestyle article features some unique places to shop for antiques, all within driving distance. You just might find that perfect piece you’ve been searching for or discover a rare treasure. It’s all part of the thrill of the hunt.
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Jane Racey Gleeson