May/June 2016

Cover Story May/June 2016
Healthcare, Hacked
It could be as simple as a hospital worker downloading an app on a personal cell phone during a lunch break. That phone—or the hundreds of other unsecured devices in a hospital—can be an entry point for hackers to wriggle... Read more
Feature May/June 2016
Finger-Pointing to Reduce Accidents
Above: Figure 1: The way of “Finger Pointing and Calling” Those who have been on a Japanese train might have observed a neatly uniformed employee, standing on the platform, making hand gestures whenever a train approaches or leaves the platform. Hand... Read more
Feature May/June 2016
A Living Lab in Florida
Above: The Lake Nona Intelligent Home Living Laboratory. Orlando, Florida, has always been known as the epicenter for simulation, with a robust ecosystem of supporting engineering and communication technology. Recently, a new model for robust simulation and testing of new technologies and... Read more
From the Editor May/June 2016
Vendor-Neutral Electronic Health Records
On 28 February 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association and IEEE Pulse hosted a one-day symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada, concurrent with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s 2016 annual meeting. The event, which was the first... Read more
From the Editor May/June 2016
Virtual Reality
Rehabilitation engineering refers to the development and application of techniques, devices, and protocols for restoring function following disability. Although in most cases the concept relates to motor functions (e.g., training after a stroke or the use of limb prosthetics), mental... Read more
Feature May/June 2016
The U.K. Pushes the Boundaries of Bionics
Using state-of-the-art technology, athletes at the Paralympic Games achieve great feats of physical prowess, but for most people using assistive and rehabilitative technologies (ART), even simple tasks can present huge challenges. Many do not make full use of the technology... Read more
Feature May/June 2016
A Better View
Approximately 2% of Americans have a visual disability— vision that cannot be corrected even with the strongest prescription—and in developing countries where infectious disease or untreated cataracts are more common, the percentage is often higher. Many different diseases and conditions... Read more
Feature May/June 2016
Taking on Essential Tremor
Every year, Doris’s primary care physician sends her to see a neurologist to check on her hand tremor, which has increasingly worsened over the past 20 years. Year in and year out, the neurologist asks her to draw a circle... Read more
Feature May/June 2016
The “Jaipur Foot”
It is 8 a.m. on a December morning in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The day has just begun at Bhagawan Mahavir Vikalanga Sahayata Samithi (BMVSS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fitting the disabled with artificial limbs (Figure 1). Slowly, patients from... Read more
Feature May/June 2016
Pleasant to the Touch
Open your Internet browser and search for videos showing the most advanced humanoid robots. Look at how they move and walk. Observe their motion and their interaction with the environment (the ground, users, target objects). Now, search for a video... Read more