Life Science Washington (formerly the WBBA) recently hosted an event called “Navigating the Affordable Care Act.” The event brought together a diverse group of experts and business owners to discuss challenges and opportunities that have arisen as a result of the ACA. The shift in the healthcare market is significant and has generated new and interesting business ideas.
For someone who has had very little contact with the Virtual Reality (VR) world, the Technology Alliance’s recent event, “Realizing the Potential of Virtual Reality,” left my head spinning in more ways than one.
Consumers are increasingly leveraging mobile-oriented solutions across a range of use cases. One such use case is digital healthcare. Digital health, which represents the convergence of connected health, quantified self, genomics, and core healthcare IT trends, is among the key phenomena driving the next cycle of transformation in the healthcare industry. Millennials are driving this fundamental change in healthcare and the Baby Boomers need it. Today, we rely on digital technology for information, communicating, purchasing, entertainment, and social-networking. Healthcare becomes an extension of this digital technology.
Stratos Project Manager, Lisa Schmalhurst, recently shared some ideas about designing emotion into medtech, "Designing emotion into medical devices is really about fulfilling the user’s medical need in a way that aligns with their personal motivations. It doesn’t have to be a mystical thing to develop a compelling, user-facing medical device. There’s a great example of both sides of this argument in wearables. There are wearables for just about everything these days. Yet, a good number of them are used for two weeks to two months and then relegated to a drawer. Why?"
As part of its Discovery Series, Washington’s Technology Alliance recently hosted a breakfast featuring a talk by PATH CEO, Steve Davis, entitled “Innovation in Global Health.”
The talk was largely focused on the successes and ongoing goals of PATH, an international health organization based in Seattle. The organization is working on some remarkable initiatives, including the development of a vaccine for malaria, providing women in developing countries access to contraception and leveraging social media to provide information and impact behavior.
Stratos designers and engineers are inspired to push boundaries to bring new technologies to life, especially when those new technologies also improve lives. An area of extreme concern to Stratos has been an explosion of opioid addiction in America over the past 10 years. Opioid addiction is not new to mankind and has a cyclic rise and fall associated with ease of access.
As part of its Discovery Series, Washington’s Technology Alliance recently hosted a breakfast featuring a talk by Franziska Roesner, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. During her talk entitled, “The Invisible Trail: Pervasive Tracking in a Connected Age,” Dr. Roesner gave an overview of her research, which is focused on computer security and privacy, including web privacy and smartphone security.
The past decade has brought a renewed interest in product development that reimagines the convergence of hardware and software technologies with the cloud. The ability to miniaturize and integrate sensors into ‘smart’ devices that connect to the cloud has unleashed a wave of product innovation. This revolution has transformed how we use technology, and is not limited to smartphones and wearables, but has found valuable application in medical, life sciences, health, sports, transportation and at home.
We are proud to announce that we have received ISO 13485:2003 certification, the internationally recognized quality standard for medical devices.
The certification is the result of an extensive assessment performed by BSI Group and it confirms that Stratos’ Quality Management System has been effectively implemented to the requirements of ISO 13485.