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Hospitals adopt holistic healing approach thanks to cutting-edge tech

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Personalised treatment plans will soon arrive in Australian treatment wards with new technology here to change the hospital setting.

ICU team changing the hospital scene for the better

Australian hospitals are taking a step into the future with new technology to change patient treatment for the better.

Cordless sensors, artificial intelligence (AI) and cutting-edge technology will soon pop up across hospital wards in a bid to move away from traditional monitors and machines.

The move comes following an announcement made at the inaugural Advanced Diagnostics and Physiological Monitoring in Critical Care Symposium.

Person-centered and allied health services will play a large roll in the treatment of critically-ill patients who will soon experience specialised treatment plans backed by holistic healing processes.

Associate Professor Nai An Lai. Director of Intensive Care Medicine, says despite the rise of more advanced intensive care units (ICU), their presence will be less visible to patients.

“ICUs will look more like healing spaces rather than rooms filled with monitors and machines.”

Professor Lai

“Artificial intelligence will assist clinicians who will be alerted early to any significant changes in a patient’s condition. This machine learning will allow us to monitor patient data and predict any changes in their condition.”

Mobility is key

Physiotherapy will play an inaugural role in patient treatment plans as mobility becomes a key focus in a patient’s early treatment.

Doctors will encourage patients to pursue physical rehabilitation as part of their intensive care plan. as it may help patients speed up their recovery.

“There will be a more multidisciplinary approach to care that will include allied health services early in treatment,” Professor Lai says.

“This change in the model of care will empower patients and families to contribute more significantly to their treatment and recovery and will allow staff to deliver more personalised care.”

COVID-19 to place ICUs on a pedestal

The pandemic’s repercussions played a significant role in the decision to upgrade ICUs across the nation, according to Mater Infectious Diseases Physician Dr Ian Gassiep.

“As clinicians, we have had to work incredibly hard to keep pace with the rapid evolution of COVID-19 in terms of detection, diagnosis and treatment,” Dr Gassiep says.

“The skills and practices we’ve learned throughout the global pandemic is leading to new technologies and innovations to improve patient care in ICUs in the future.”

A timeline for the changes is yet to be set.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Elon Musk under fire from shareholders over Twitter deal

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Elon Musk during SNL appearance

Twitter shareholders are filing a lawsuit against billionaire Elon Musk, alleging he manipulated the company’s stock for personal gain.

The complaints focus on Musk’s conduct after signing the purchase agreement with Twitter’s board in April.

It’s alleged Musk make statements and sent tweets that put the deal in doubt, and drove Twitter’s stocks down.

It comes as the Tesla CEO says the deal “cannot move forward” without more information about automated accounts on the platform.

The lawsuit is a class action proposal brought by a small group of shareholders… they are seeking damages that would be distributed to anyone holding the company’s stock.

Twitter has declined to comment on the unfolding case.

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Twitter to pay $150mil penalty for violating user privacy

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Twitter hits pause on verification requests

Twitter has agreed to pay a 150 million dollar fine for privacy violations after failing to protect user data for over 6 years

America’s Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department says Twitter allegedly deceived its users about how their private information was being used.

The regulating bodies allege that the company has been using the private phone numbers and emails of its users to assist companies to send targeted ads.

The San Francisco-based company told its users that their information was being harnessed for security purposes, failing to disclose how it would also be used to enable targeted ads.

The violation of the 2011 order allegedly led to a series of vulnerabilities that facilitated hackers to infiltrate the platform and access private user information.

Along with the settlement, Twitter will also have to meet new measures.

In November, Twitter announced that it will create a committee for data governance within the company.

Samantha Hogan contributed to this article.

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WhatsApp warns users about alerts

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WhatsApp is warning all 2 billion users to watch out for new alerts

The popular messaging service is warning users over fresh app danger.

The tech giant is alerting users why unencrypted chats are so risky.

Encryption is a system of encoding and decoding messages.

Not even WhatsApp can read your messages, which makes it difficult for law enforcement.

WhatsApp is showing a fresh warning that reminds users why encryption matters.

The app shows a new footer for end-to-end encryption that shows up at the bottom of your status updates, call history, chats list and devices list.

The pop-up explains what WhatsApp encrypts.

This includes your text and voice messages, video and phone calls, sharing photos, videos, documents and your location, and status updates.

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