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'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve

Innovations can help people manage their conditions, function in emergencies, keep doctors informed

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Health devices that talk to each other, not just to the patient or doctor, are another big growth area right now, Scorzelli noted.

"There's a lot more now about smart devices able to talk to other devices -- being able to get updates from different neuromodulation devices and implantable defibrillators about what the activity has been," he said.

But Scorzelli said for talking devices to move forward successfully, inventors and designers need to think broadly.

"Anyone designing a talking device now needs to think about things like will it work in multiple languages? If so, are there slang terms that mean something completely different in another land?" he said. "And to think about how it functions in its environment. There are a lot of devices recalled because the creators don't think through the human issues. The human factor is much more critical, much more important than people give it credit for."

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