Maximizing Recovery: Eye-Voice Technology
Every year, it seems as though the relationship between medical care and technology is strengthened through the introduction of new products and techniques. The use of technology in medical facilities allows us to detect the precise location of tumors, the presence of plaque in arteries, and other conditions that may lead to serious complications or death.
Technology has also improved methods of communication in medical facilities. Instead of mailing x-ray images to a specialist and waiting several days for an analysis, doctors may send them instantly over the Internet. Doctors and other medical professionals may consult with other professionals all over the world in conference calls or over video chat.
Eye-voice technology is an incredible example of communication in the medical community. Patients who are unable to communicate by speaking or by writing notes to others are able to communicate simply using their eyes. A monitor with the alphabet displayed is placed in front of the patient. The monitor is connected to a video camera that tracks the patient’s eye movements. There is no need to attach any type of device to the patient. To “type” a message, the patient looks at each key for about half a second. In just a few moments, a patient is able to “type” full sentences to doctors, nurses, and family members.
Eye-voice technology has been used by individuals suffering from a variety of conditions, including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, and muscular dystrophy.
Eye-voice technology is not a “one size fits all” approach. The technology is customizable to the patient. For example, the length of time required to select a key is adjustable, in case a patient needs additional time.
Additionally, eye-voice technology is unique in that it can be used in any position. Patients who need to lie on their sides or who have their heads tilted are able to use eye-voice technology to communicate. Even if a patient’s eyelids droop from neurological injury, the technology is still effective, as the whole pupil need not be visible for messages to be created. Patients who wear glasses and many types of contacts are also able to use the technology. Eye-voice technology even works in low light conditions.
Eye-voice technology is not only available in a hospital setting. It may also be used in a patient’s home. Eye-voice technology is compatible with a patient’s personal computer as well. Patients may surf the Internet, play music, use word processing software, and even update Facebook using eye-voice technology. The equipment also allows patients to read books on their Kindle devices. Thus, eye-voice technology provides a level of independence to immobile or otherwise disabled patients that would not otherwise be possible.
Staying abreast of these types of medical-technological advancements is important for us at The Eisen Law Firm, as it benefits our clients. In constructing life care plans for our injured clients, we can include items that will make our clients’ lives better and easier. Then, we can go to court and ask a jury to fund the technology, or we can make sure that any settlement includes funds to pay for this cutting-edge equipment. We view this as an important part of our job in representing people who have been injured by medical malpractice.
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