Royal Philips and Accenture today announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass head-mounted display for researching ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performing surgical procedures. The demonstration connects Google Glass to Philips IntelliVue Solutions...
For hundreds of years, optical devices like telescopes and microscopes have relied on solid lenses that slide up and down to magnify and to focus. To tune how much light is received, conventional devices use mechanical contraptions like the blades that form the adjustable aperture in cameras.
In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.
Implants made of biocompatible material will help heal soldiers wounded in the battlefield and civilians as well through research at Rice University and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The implants hold open a space for a more permanent repair.
Medical professionals can agree that protecting patient information is one of their top priorities. Patients put a lot of trust into their healthcare providers to maintain that their information is never lost or stolen, and providers are subject to rigorous standards, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Blood flow is routinely measured in the clinic, and laser speckle contrast imaging is one way of measuring these changes; however, this technique requires professional-grade imaging equipment, which limits its use. Now, using $90 worth of off-the-shelf commercial parts including a webcam and a laser pointer, researchers have duplicated the performance of expensive, scientific-grade LSCI instruments at a fraction of the cost.
Whether it's the Ebola virus or Sarin and Ricin, a key to responding to chemical or biological attacks is having effective antidotes at the ready. To accelerate the development of new therapies, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine is leading a unique $24 million federally funded project to develop a "body on a chip" that will be used to develop these countermeasures.
On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we're treating wounds with a self-healing polymer, implanting a cure for sleep apnea, printing objects in 3D for the blind, and monitoring vital signs with a shirt. This episode feature: Scientists have created the world's first self-healing polymer that can repair itself without any intervention, offering potential applications in wound care.
The key to protecting PHI data is education, execution, and continuous verification. The first thing is to understand your obligation as a custodian of this sensitive data. This is best done through formal HIPAA/HIPAA-HITECH training to understand the regulation.
Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are showing the way toward low-cost, industrial-scale manufacturing of a new family of electronic devices. A leading example is a gas sensor that could be integrated into food packaging to gauge freshness, or into compact wireless air-quality monitors.
Research and development is the cornerstone of growth in the medical device industry. R&D funding is available; however, the issue isn’t availability as much as availability for marginal improvement. The question to ask is, “Will a marginal improvement reduce costs for the patient and caregiver?”
Researchers from NC State and the University of Houston (UH) are hoping to solve the “disconnect” between the mind’s signals and the response (or lack thereof) from a prosthetic device with a new four-year, $1.2 million collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
We see funding for new medical devices driven by private investment from individuals or private companies. These bold investors are capable of quick decisions as they meter the funding to match progress and discover the real market opportunity.
Navigation devices used by blind people today lack the ability to operate indoors and other areas where GPS is not available, and are unable to help the user deal with items that aren’t part of maps, such as crowds and cars. Auburn University is building a prototype device...
A lens invented at The Ohio State University combines the focusing ability of a human eye with the wide-angle view of an insect eye to capture images with depth. The results could offer surgical imaging that enables doctors to see inside the human body like never before.
The financial pressures medical device OEMs are facing are very real. They’re experiencing reduced reimbursements from the government and insurance companies, increased taxes, and global competition. As a result, new business models are evolving to ensure new product innovation is not stifled and, most importantly, patient safety is not compromised.
While Metrigraphics LLC certainly does not speak for the medical device OEM industry, as a custom contract manufacturer of leading edge micro components, we certainly feel the impacts of various external elements on the ebb and flow of R&D and innovation activities of the OEMs.
As OEM’s streamline to meet financial pressures, top level designs will be emphasized but second and third level particulars will adhere more closely to a suppliers understanding of their present capability. The particulars are under a fine balancing act and vision outside will require a thorough knowledge, down to the step-by-step production process to lean out waste.
On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we’re removing brain tumors with robots, using MetaboShield to help obesity, regenerating heart tissue, and pairing glucometers with smartphones for ease of use.
Making sure patient information is secure begins with coding on the package. No matter to whom the medical device is targeted—for a specific patient, hospital, or doctor—the coding placed on the package is the first part of the data set used to track the device.
While the adoption of electronic health records helps healthcare facilities streamline data collection and retention, it also presents challenges when it comes to security. Traditional paper file storage in healthcare facilities is being replaced by computers and portable electronic devices that are often more exposed to threats.
The inherent insecurity of many medical devices was highlighted in a recent FDA and Homeland Security alert. Over 300 devices have been identified that utilize a hard code password, creating a huge security loophole. With so many medical devices now collecting and storing patient data, this raises the question of how secure is the data stored on these devices?
On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we are regenerating limbs, building better brain implants, engineering 3D tissue, and measuring consciousness.
When it comes to HAIs, material suppliers are assisting device makers in a several ways. First, we’re developing materials with properties to withstand the aggressive cleaners needed to reduce bacteria and fight the spread of infectious diseases.
Welcome to the Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV. Today, we're implanting an MRI-safe spinal cord stimulator, sorting blood with a microchip, building robots out of biocompatible hydrogel, and making hydrogel move with light.