As medical systems move from hospitals to homes and onto human bodies, designers need to realize their users are not professionals anymore. These new at-home users do not understand conditions that could impact measurements and the validity of measurements.
On this episode of The Pulse, a device that helps train the brain to turn sounds into images, detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar, biomedical applications for a new hydrogel, and a nanofiber mesh that treats tumors with both thermotherapy and chemotherapy.
Putting medical devices on the network provides a large number of benefits, such as supporting telemedicine and the easy transfer of test results to electronic medical records (EMR) systems. However, putting these devices on a network also introduces a number of risks.
Consumer-driven user requirements for home-use devices increasingly require more than just usability, safety, and efficacy; strong insight into why the consumer needs the device is also required. From backyard sheds to universities and research groups to small and large companies alike, bright minds have no shortage of invention of medical products designed for home use.
Designers should look for a company that not only provides the right silicon, but also development tools, software, and support that are tailored for two main phases of a typical smartphone/tablet-based medical design. The first phase consists of the smartphone interface, and the second phase is the design of the medical device itself.
To unlock the potential of more frequent therapy, medical devices must move out of the doctor’s office and travel with patients to their homes and offices. But, this great opportunity is not without its challenges. The same patient who stands to reap great benefit from a home medical device may instead endanger themselves by applying the device incorrectly.
As Parker sees it, the three biggest obstacles to [design] success for patient care products, such as oxygen concentrators and ventilators, are portability, battery life, and reliability. To make home care products more portable, Parker has reduced the size of some valves up to 75%.
The greatest challenge [in designing for the consumer] is recognizing the limited knowledge and abilities of a home user. There needs to be an understanding that the home patient is not a medical professional and is not exposed or practiced with the multitude of technologies the designer may have previous experience with.
On this episode of The Pulse, a major step toward an artificial pancreas, detecting disease from just one drop blood, creating mature human cardiac patches from human heart cells, and a smart sock that helps runners improve their technique and prevent injuries.
When designing a medical device that is meant to be used directly by patients in their home, the designer has to keep in mind that the environment of a patient’s home is likely going to be dramatically different compared to a medical facility.
The greatest obstacle to success in the design of a device is that, often times, the design engineer overlooks the need to keep electromagnetic interference in mind when he designs his device. When a product is not in compliance, it can be interfered with by radio waves emitting from other electronic devices in the home, causing the product to malfunction.
On this episode of The Pulse, rewired nerves from amputated limbs allow for prosthetic control with existing muscles, a bioengineered blood vessel is transplanted, diabetes is diagnosed through breath analysis alone, and a new technology is paving the way for low-cost electronic devices that work in direct contact with living tissue inside the body.
The portable medical devices industry is a fast growing world. With the advent of various smart technology and wireless capabilities, this medical field has become one of the most intriguing with the promise of great potential for future healthcare.
The medical device ecosystem is changing dramatically from stand-alone “device + patient + physician” in the clinical environment to include access and mobility outside the four walls of the hospital. This inforgraphic looks at how connected health can make an impact on the cost of healthcare.
Going Under the Knife—Millions of Americans will have surgery this year. Whether it’s the result of an emergency, an exploratory procedure, or even elective, some surgical procedures are more common depending on your age. An infographic by the team at Top Surgeries Graphic - CompHealth.
Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? While there are some ways in which robots can replace human involvement during surgery, it’s unlikely that robots will completely replace human surgeons. This is because human intuition, reasoning, and experience will continue to be invaluable.
Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? Robotic technologies combined with improved sensors and sophisticated intelligence will make inroads into many aspects of medical care, including surgical centers and operating rooms.
The medical world is full of devices that wouldn’t be possible—or as effective—without the brushless DC motor. This infographic features four of them: sleep apnea treatment, bodily fluid testing, blood clot prevention, and mobile breathing assistance.
The new CAVE system is currently being used in applications related to the visualization of museum pieces, cooperative ship design and medicine, although its sphere of application is broader still, covering industrial design, visualization of simulation results, molecular design, architecture and urbanism, archaeology and the study of monuments, and geonavigation.
Surgeons say the advantages of the system include allowing them to operate sitting down, using small robotic hands with no tremor. But critics say a big increase in robot operations nationwide is due to heavy marketing and hype, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into problems and deaths that may be linked with robotic surgery.
The Spleen-on-a-chip, developed at the Wyss Institute, will be used to treat bloodstream infections that are the leading cause of death in critically ill patients and soldiers injured in combat.
A team of interventional neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons at Johns Hopkins reports wide success with a new procedure to treat pseudotumor cerebri, a rare but potentially blinding condition marked by excessive pressure inside the skull, caused by a dangerous narrowing of a vein located at the base of the brain.
A new method of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could routinely spot specific cancers, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and other maladies early, when they're most treatable, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center suggest.
Dr. Carlos Meriles, associate professor of physics at The City College of New York, and an international team of researchers at the University of Stuttgart and elsewhere have opened the door for nanoscale MRI. They used tiny defects in diamonds to sense the magnetic resonance of molecules. They reported their results in the February 1 issue of Science.
If engineers at Stanford have their way, biological research may soon be transformed by a new class of light-emitting probes small enough to be injected into individual cells without harm to the host. Welcome to biophotonics.