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May/June 2019

Society News May/June 2019
Save the Date: 2019 IEEE EMBS International Student Conference
Global Young Professionals Addressing Today’s MedTec Challenges for a Healthier Tomorrow Please visit the conference website to learn more and to register!... Read more
Cover Story May/June 2019
Virtual Reality Is Taking the Hurt Out of Pain
Slip on a set virtual reality (VR) goggles and connected gloves, and you are transported to another world. For the entertainment industry, that kind of immersive VR may mean shoot-‘em-up games where players have to blast blood-thirsty aliens or other... Read more
Feature May/June 2019
Virtual Reality Pioneer Tom Furness on the Past, Present, and Future of VR in Health Care
Back in the mid-1960s, rotary-dial telephones were the norm, music cassette tapes were brand new, and microwave ovens hadn’t made it into houses yet. That’s also when newly minted electrical engineer Thomas Furness joined a U.S. Air Force Lab and... Read more
Feature May/June 2019
Health Care Chatbots Are Here to Help
Say hello to Molly, Florence, and Ada—they’re just a few of the helpful, smart algorithm-powered chatbots taking their place in health care. Chatbots are computer programs designed to carry on a dialogue with people, assisting them via text messages, applications,... Read more
Feature May/June 2019
Technologies for Primary Health Care Help Meet Global Goals
Access to health care has long been considered to be a human right. It was formally declared in 1946 when the heads of states wrote the constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO). But more than 70 years after the... Read more
Feature May/June 2019
Health Care in the Age of Interoperability Part 5: The Personal Health Record
This is the fifth in a series of articles on the dramatic transformation taking place in health informatics in large part because of the new Health Level 7 (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard. The first article provided the... Read more
Feature May/June 2019
Cyborg Insects Could Someday Save Your Life
A tiny cockroach no bigger than a large paper clip scurries across the floor of my bio-engineering lab at the University of Connecticut, Mansfield, CT, USA. It is a robot-roach hybrid, a hardwired biological insect, a cyborg if you will,... Read more
Student's Corner May/June 2019
EMBS' Next Generation Reflects on EMBC’18
EMBC’18 was held from 17–21 July on the beautiful Waikiki beach of the Hawaiian island Oahu. Around 3,000 Biomedical Engineers participated in the annual meeting of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). Participants spanned the spectrum from academics... Read more
Book Reviews May/June 2019
Signal Processing and Machine Learning for Biomedical Big Data
Ervin Sejdic and Tiago H. Falk, CRC Press, 2018, ISBN: 9781351061223, xviii+ 606 pages, $220 But for one flaw in the first printing of this text (to be detailed at the end of this review), this reviewer highly recommends this reference... Read more
Retrospectroscope May/June 2019
The Slide Rule
Perhaps, in the far distant back of times, man in his need to somewhat quantify what he had collected to survive (animals or plants or fruits), needed to count, and his own fingers and toes became a good first instrument... Read more