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Biosensors in Smartphones and Tablets

September 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Karthik Soundar, Segment Manager, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Assembly technologies that were developed to enable miniaturization of smart phones and to support high-volume production over the last 5-10 years are finding their way into health/fitness and medical devices. Examples include wafer chip scale...

House Supports Repeal of Medical Device Tax

September 23, 2014 11:22 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes a repeal of the 2.3% medical device, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the Senate, and previous roll-back efforts have fallen short. HR 4, the “Jobs for America Act,”...

Philips to Establish Market-Leading Company in HealthTech

September 23, 2014 10:50 am | by Philips | News | Comments

At a meeting with investors and analysts in London, Royal Philips today announces the next strategic step to capitalize on fundamental market changes, by creating two market-leading companies focused on the HealthTech and Lighting solutions...

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From the Hospital to the Home

September 23, 2014 8:30 am | by John DiCristina, Medical Equipment Director, Strategic Marketing Group | Blogs | Comments

The main efficiency driver is the elimination of the package and moving to wafer level packages (WLP). This allows for better cost efficiencies and for dense pin outs reducing the PCB board area. We also have the ability to package multiple...

Variability Keeps the Body in Balance

September 22, 2014 3:38 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Although the heart beats out a very familiar "lub-dub" pattern that speeds up or slows down as our activity increases or decreases, the pattern itself isn't as regular as you might think. In fact, the amount of time between heartbeats can...

Solution for Precision-Sensing in Portable Medical Devices

September 22, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has responded to rapidly-evolving product development demands within the portable medical market by introducing Struix, a semi-customizable System-in-Package (SiP) solution for precision sensing and monitoring in a variety of mobile medical electronics...

The Clutter of Wires, a Thing of the Past

September 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Tony Zarola, Vital Signs Monitoring Marketing Manager, ADI | Analog Devices, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

No, not at all, apps alone cannot replace medical devices. Sensors/connectivity interfaces to the patient along with signal processing elements are still required to measure the patient’s vital signs accurately. The apps can complement the...

Smartphone App Reveals Users' Mental Health, Performance, Behavior

September 19, 2014 10:44 am | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues have built the first smartphone app that automatically reveals students' mental health, academic performance and behavioral trends. In other words, your smartphone knows your state of mind – even if...

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New Study Compares Two Continuous Glucose Monitoring Sensors for Effectiveness and Patient Satisfaction

September 18, 2014 12:39 pm | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Simultaneous use of two popular continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensors revealed clear differences in their accuracy and in patient-rated treatment experiences, including ease of use, feelings of safety, and willingness to use the system...

A New Fall Detector for the Elderly that Automatically Notifies the Emergency Services

September 18, 2014 12:17 pm | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Researchers from the Technical Research Centre for Dependency Care and Autonomous Living (CETpD), on the UPC’s Vilanova i la Geltrú Campus, have designed a device that detects falls in elderly people without them having to press a button for...

Purdue-Based Startup Scales Up Graphene Production

September 18, 2014 11:26 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

An official of a materials technology and manufacturing startup based on a Purdue University innovation says his company is addressing the challenge of scaling graphene production for commercial applications. Glenn Johnson, CEO of BlueVine...

The Pulse: Yawning at the Apple Watch and Diagnosing on the Go

September 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re yawning at the Apple Watch, testing blood, urine or saliva in minutes, determining cancer treatment with a 3D printed heart, and tracking fitness with our feet. Apple Watch: Last week came the much...

'Smart Material' Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing

September 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable...

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Do Wearable Lifestyle Activity Monitors Really Work?

September 17, 2014 11:48 am | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | News | Comments

Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily...

A New Sensor Development Could Aid Those Suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 17, 2014 9:44 am | by A.J. Watts, ECN Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a...

Doctors Launch Initiative to Bridge Gap Between Wearables and Meaningful Health Data

September 17, 2014 9:19 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Wearable sports and activity trackers will become a $1.4 billion industry in less than two years, producing a massive amount of user activity data along the way. A huge opportunity exists for leveraging this data to create meaningful healthcare...

First Oxford India Lecture Highlights Role of ‘Smart Health’

September 16, 2014 12:06 pm | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Solving the large challenges facing healthcare systems around the world will require a huge shift in the way care for patients is provided, Professor Robyn Norton said in the first Oxford India Lecture on Monday 15 September. Professor...

Engineering Live: The Beginning of the End for Wearable Devices

September 16, 2014 11:43 am | by ECN Magazine | Videos | Comments

Panelists for this discussion include Satya Dixit, Senior Director with Rohm Semiconductor; Narbeh Derhacobian, Co-founder, President, and CEO of Adesto Technologies; Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions with Logic PD; Robert...

AMA Calls for Design Overhaul of Electronic Health Records to Improve Usability

September 16, 2014 11:31 am | by American Medical Association | News | Comments

Building on its landmark study with RAND Corp. confirming that discontent with electronic health records (EHRs) is taking a significant toll on physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA) today called for solutions to EHR systems...

Personal KinetiGraph for Assessment of Parkinson's Disease Symptoms

September 16, 2014 10:33 am | by Global Kinetics Corporation | News | Comments

Global Kinetics Corporation, a leading mobile health technologies company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the marketing of the company's Personal KinetiGraph (PKG) technology designed to improve the...

Medtronic Launches SEEQ Wearable Cardiac Monitoring System in United States

September 15, 2014 10:18 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the U.S. launch of the SEEQ Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT) System, an external, wire-free, adhesive heart monitor that can be worn for up to 30 days to help detect and diagnose the cause of irregular heartbeats in...

Sepsis Kills Over 6,000,000 Children in Developing World: App-Device Could Help Save Them

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by LionsGate Technologies | News | Comments

Saving lives in the developing world is why Dr. Ansermino and his colleagues at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine research group developed the Phone Oximeter pulse oximeter, a sensor...

Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language

September 11, 2014 10:24 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar — Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many...

Apple Watch an Underwhelming Offering for Mobile Healthcare

September 11, 2014 10:01 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The Apple Watch is a robust offering for health and fitness enthusiasts, as it tracks steps, heart rate and calories while allowing users to set fitness goals. However, Apple’s health and fitness trackers are largely dependent on the iPhone’s...

New Evidence Points to Outcomes and Cost Benefits of Telemedicine in Managing Chronic Diseases

September 10, 2014 11:05 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | News | Comments

Congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are three of the leading causes of death in the U.S. The use of telemedicine to help manage chronic diseases such as these can yield clear benefits including...

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