The platform features development board offerings

first_imgThe platform features development board offerings for prototyping, system-on-module solutions, chip-on-board designs, and support for Linux and ROS. Other technical features include a heterogeneous computing architecture, Qualcomm AI engine, camera and view, advanced security capabilities, sensor and microphone support and connectivity support.McAfee find new IoT vulnerabilitiesMcAfee researchers uncovered two new vulnerabilities creating risks for connected devices. According to the researchers, these bugs could give hackers access into consumer’s personal lives. The vulnerabilities included one in the BoxLock smart padlock, which could enable hackers to unlock the device within seconds; and one in the Mr. Coffee brand coffee maker that could give hackers access to home networks.“Cybercriminals are relentless, and as long as we continue to connect devices to the internet, they will continue to search for ways to exploit them,” said Raj Samani, McAfee fellow and chief scientist. “Vulnerability disclosures can be frightening for both the consumers using connected devices and the organizations that create them, however, the process is an essential component of creating a safer future. Cybersecurity researchers, businesses, and consumers working together to expose and eliminate these vulnerabilities keeps us all a step ahead of the bad guys.”Additionally, the company unveiled its Mobile Threat Report, which found a 550 percent increase in consumer security risks when it comes to fake and malicious apps. More information is available here.Afilias tackles counterfeit mobile devicesAfilias announced a new solution designed to address problems caused by counterfeit devices. DeviceAssure aims to give financial services providers, enterprise security organizations, government agencies, and app-enabled service provides the tools to determine the authenticity of a mobile device. According to the company, counterfeit devices are often associated with cyber crimes such as malware, ransomware, keylogging and data theft.SAP Leonardo IoT introducedSAP introduced a new Internet of Things solution targeted at digital transformation for Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0. According to the company, SAP Leonardo will help bring IoT data together with business processes to increase productivity, redefine customer experience and grow revenue streams. In addition, it will enable IoT in line-of-business solutions.“With the launch of SAP Leonardo IoT, SAP solidifies its commitment to the IoT, and in particular Industrial IoT. The combination of IoT and our depth and breadth of high-value industry and application expertise helps customers gain greater business value and a stronger competitive advantage,” said Elvira Wallis, senior vice president and global head of IoT at SAP.SAP will offer three paths to IoT innovation: combining IoT data for IoT-embedded business apps, extending existing SAP IoT apps, and building new intelligent IoT solutions. MWC Barcelona, formerly known as Mobile World Congress, is in full swing this week with new innovations and announcements for the mobile space.Microsoft used the event to showcase its latest mixed reality device. The Microsoft HoloLens 2 has been improved for immersion, comfort and time-to-value. “We are entering a new era of computing, one in which the digital world goes beyond two-dimensional screens and enters the three-dimensional world. This new collaborative computing era will empower us all to achieve more, break boundaries and work together with greater ease and immediacy in 3D,” Julia White, corporate vice president for Microsoft Azure, wrote in a post.For immersion, the company has worked to advance the visual display system for a more vibrant and realistic feel, and has more than doubled the field of view. For comfort, the HoloLens 2 features a light carbon-fiber material and new mechanism for re-adjusting. In addition, a new partner ecosystem is accelerating time-to-value.Microsoft has also announced its mixed reality ecosystem will take an open approach — meaning it will embrace open stores, open browsers and open developer platforms. As part of this announcement, Mozilla has revealed Firefox Reality will be coming to the device. “Our Mixed Reality program at Mozilla is focused on bringing the best browsers, services, and tools for developers to ensure that users have a safe, private experience with open, accessible technology. Alongside our desktop and standalone VR browser efforts, this prototype of Firefox Reality for HoloLens 2 will ensure that the immersive web works for all users, regardless of device they are on,” Mozilla’s director of engineering for mix reality Lars Bergstrom, wrote in a post.Mozilla will work with the Rust programming team to make this a reality and provide a runtime capable of delivering a secure experience.Other announcements from the conference included:Qualcomm’s Robotics RB3 PlatformQualcomm introduced the company’s first platform focused solely on the robotics industry. The Qualcomm Robotics RB3 is designed for manufacturers as well as developers building the next generation of consumer, enterprise and industrial robots.“With the Qualcomm Robotics RB3 Platform, we aim to bring our cutting-edge AI, edge compute and connectivity technologies into the hands of many more robotics innovators to help spur the fast development and commercialization of a new generation of useful and intelligent robots in agriculture, consumer, delivery, inspection, service, smart manufacturing/Industry 4.0, warehousing and logistics, and other applications,” said Dev Singh, director of business development and head of autonomous robotics, drones and intelligent machines and Qualcomm.last_img read more

Study shows that clinical diagnosis is not best predictor of avoidable hospitalization

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Aug 29 2018The care of long-term nursing home patients can be fragmented by hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations, which are especially burdensome for frail older adults. There is a significant likelihood of reduced functioning and overall negative impact on their health after discharge from the hospital. Preventing transfers of long-stay nursing home patients to hospitals improves continuity of care and decreases costs to the healthcare system.Traditionally, clinical diagnosis is used to judge whether the hospital transfer of a nursing home patient is potentially avoidable or unnecessary. However, a recent study from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research, reports that a patient’s diagnosis is not the best predictor of whether that individual will be transferred to a hospital or remain in place.”Our data show that preventing avoidable hospitalization is less about clinical diagnosis and more about having coordinated systems in place,” said Kathleen Unroe, M.D., M.H.A. of Regenstrief and IU. “These systems can prevent potentially harmful events that result from unnecessary transfers to the hospital.”We need to be asking and answering a lot of questions in order to determine if a nursing home patient should be transported to the hospital.”Dr. Unroe, who led the new study, co-directed Phase I of OPTIMISTIC, short for Optimizing Patient Transfers, Impacting Medical quality and Improving Symptoms: Transforming Institutional Care, and is directing Phase II of OPTIMISTIC. She is the interim director of the Regenstrief and IU Center for Aging Research.OPTIMISTIC nurses, embedded in 19 nursing homes, reviewed hundreds of transfers to the hospital. The nurses looked at whether patients had one of six diagnoses commonly associated with potentially avoidable hospitalizations: pneumonia, urinary tract infections, dehydration, pressure ulcers, cellulitis, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/asthma. The nurses determined that 25 percent of acute transfers of patients had a diagnosis commonly associated with potentially avoidable hospitalizations versus 22 percent of transfers associated with other diagnoses.Related StoriesHow to find and use new federal ratings for rehab services at nursing homesExperts explain what happens after hip fracture in older adultsStudy examines potential advantages and disadvantages of blister packaging for nursing homesThe most common quality improvement opportunities associated with potentially avoidable transfers were a lack of nursing home resources, resources not available at the time of transfer or that the condition might actually have been managed safely with available resources. Improved communications; earlier detection of a change in condition, sign, or symptom; earlier palliative care services and the need for earlier discussion of preferences for care were also reported as opportunities for improvement.”A long-stay nursing home resident shouldn’t be sent to the hospital just because of miscommunication between doctors and nursing facility staff – we can do better than that,” said Dr. Unroe. “Keeping complex patients in the nursing facility is often the right choice. A nursing facility setting – a familiar place with staff and clinicians who know the patient – may be the patient’s best option in many circumstances. We need to address this issue and improve care. Our findings highlight quality improvement opportunities and strongly reflect the need for multi-targeted solutions like OPTIMISTIC.””Investigating the Avoidability of Hospitalizations of Long Stay Nursing Home Residents – Opportunities for Improvement” is published in Innovation in Aging, a peer-reviewed, open access journal of The Gerontological Society of America.Source: read more