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    Best tech for pediatrics 2015

    In case you missed the amazing American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in October, here’s your chance to wander the exhibition hall with Dr Schuman as he previews the best and brightest technology for the pediatric practice.

    In October 2014, I presented a workshop on office technology at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition (NCE). At this year’s NCE, with the support of the AAP’s Sections on Telehealth Care and Advances in Therapeutics and Technology, I conducted 2 workshops. In this article, I describe my experience visiting vendors in the NCE’s exhibit hall and detail some of the best tech presented at this year’s workshops.

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    NCE exhibit hall floor: Day 1

    I learn about new and exciting technologies by doing a lot of reading and searching the Internet for news and information, and then contacting companies who have new products in the pipeline. Only a select few I discuss in these Peds v2.0 articles, and that is why the December article is always titled “Best tech for pediatrics.” I really enjoy wandering the NCE exhibit hall. From the perspective of a “techie,” this is a very exciting experience—not unlike putting a kid in a candy store.

    On my first day at the exhibit hall, I made a point of visiting vendors I had contacted previously to go over the nuances of their forthcoming devices. My first discussion was with representatives from TytoCare (Netanya, Israel). Next year TytoCare will distribute an innovative device called the TytoPro, a handheld gadget with a display screen that is like a Swiss army knife of medical equipment. The TytoPro takes the place of your otoscope, stethoscope, tongue blade, and thermometer. Images from the ear canal and throat can be captured and integrated into your electronic health record (EHR) note. TytoCare is also introducing an affordable home version of the device that will facilitate telehealth visits. The home version will enable parents to transmit images from their child’s throat and ears along with heart and lung sounds to their physician via a cloud-based portal.

    Next, I paid a visit to the Bionix (Toledo, Ohio) booth. Bionix is known for its cerumen removal technologies. I learned that the company is marketing 2 new products for use in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and/or nursery. Its Preemie Transport Blanket is an occlusive Bubble Wrap-type system for keeping delicate premature infants warm and protected during resuscitation and transportation. The other new Bionix product is the Swaddler, a clear “blanket” for phototherapy, developed to provide comfort to a young infant while reducing stress. The unique fabric allows for over 90% of phototherapy light transmittance to reach the infant’s skin.

    I ended my first day at the Contemporary Pediatrics booth spending some quality time with the editors, executives, salespersons, and dedicated readers of these Peds v2.0 articles. I chatted with fellow pediatricians who, like myself, practice “in the trenches.” Pediatricians continue to be concerned about Maintenance of Certification, and overall they are displeased with government regulations that make medical practice more complicated.

    NEXT: Day 2 on the exhibit hall floor

    Andrew J Schuman, MD, FAAP
    Dr Schuman, section editor for Peds v2.0, is clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, ...

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