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The Top 10 Health Technology Hazards of 2015

November 25, 2014 5:06 pm | by ECRI Institute | News | Comments

What could possibly go wrong in hospitals? Many things, according to ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care. Hazards caused by medical technology are a prime example—because hazards can lead...

The Global Rise of 'Smart Health'

November 25, 2014 12:14 pm | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Mobile phones and smart devices will have a large role to play in improving access to healthcare...

SIDS Cases Found to Have Common Brain Abnormality

November 25, 2014 11:14 am | by NIH | News | Comments

NIH-supported researchers find abnormality in brain area influencing breathing, heart functions...

Prepping for the Next Major Epidemic

November 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West...

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Friday 5: Don Labriola of QuickSilver Controls Speaks on Automated Healthcare

November 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

According to Labriola, he “grew up” at Beckman (now under Danaher), starting with the company at age 17 and worked there for the next 20 years of his career. Most of his time was spent in the Medical Diagnostics Group. “I worked on the electronics...

Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things (On Demand)

November 20, 2014 3:29 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter an age ...

Mobile Health Joins the Cloud in Clinical Trials

November 20, 2014 1:33 pm | by Medidata | News | Comments

Medidata announced the completion of a method development project conducted in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline plc to evaluate the impact of unifying mobile health devices with cloud-based technologies in a clinical trial setting. The joint initiative assessed...

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Wearable Technology Inspired by Air Bags

November 20, 2014 11:10 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Engineer and entrepreneur Drew Lakatos has repurposed the notion of car airbags and is developing a wearable technology to protect us during our everyday movements ...         

Tech Advances in Medical Alert

November 19, 2014 4:11 pm | by Charlie Kimball, MedicalCareAlert.com | Articles | Comments

As humans, we’re always trying to push the envelope. We want all of our gadgets to be bigger than the last, better than two versions ago, faster than all incarnations put together, and possess as many features as possible. In many cases, those added...

MIT Student Hacks Health Care

November 19, 2014 4:03 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For as long as she can remember, Andrea Ippolito has known that she wanted to be an engineer. What she couldn’t have predicted was what, precisely, the scope and scale of her work would turn out to be. Ippolito began her career at Boston Scientific...

Making Health Care More Accessible with Flexible Electronics

November 19, 2014 3:25 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Flexible electronic sensors based on paper -- an inexpensive material -- have the potential to some day cut the price of a wide range of medical tools, from helpful robots to diagnostic tests. Scientists have now developed a fast, low-cost way of making these...

Revolution in Reed Switch Technology

November 19, 2014 9:52 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

Many medical applications, such as pacemakers and hearing aids, require reliable, battery saving reed switches. That is why HSI Sensing developed the world’s smallest Form B reed switch. According to the company, the HSR-376 is the ... 

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Smartwatches to Put Dent in Fitness Tracker Market

November 19, 2014 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Thinking about a fitness tracker? In the future you may defer that purchase in favor of a smartwatch. According to a new report from Gartner, by 2015 fully 50 Percent of people in the market for smart wristbands will choose a smartwatch instead ...

Imaging Nanoparticles Could Monitor Cancer

November 18, 2014 2:49 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

MIT chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor...

Magnetic Micro-Actuators Could Serve as a Transport Mechanism Within the Body

November 18, 2014 2:15 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Scientists have been conducting research on micrometer-sized actuators which one day may make it possible to transport drugs or chemical sensor molecules to specific locations throughout the human body. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now taken...

Biosensor Could Offer Better Method for Quarantine Procedures

November 18, 2014 1:58 pm | by New York College of Health Professions | News | Comments

Earlier this year Donald Spector, Chairman of the Board at New York College, and one of the most prolific inventors in the world, got a patent for biosensor signals that are transmitted from Smartphones to third party agencies. Spector envisioned this...

Analyst: Debate Over Device Tax Only Masks Needed Reforms

November 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Rob Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says, “Republicans in the US Congress are expected to move quickly to revoke the medical device tax, which was imposed two years ago as part of a suite of fees on the healthcare...

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Sharing Personal Health Data: The Patient’s Opinion

November 18, 2014 11:48 am | by Team Consulting | News | Comments

In a survey of 2,000 patients suffering from chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, COPD and arthritis) less than 4% of respondents were happy to share their personal health data with consumer companies such as Nike, Apple...

MEDICA and COMPAMED Post-Show Wrap-Up

November 18, 2014 11:26 am | by Messe Düsseldorf | News | Comments

“The high number of international visitors gave medical device technology providers as well as their suppliers at MEDICA and COMPAMED tailwinds to strengthen their export business. Those putting their business on a particularly broad footing...

Wireless Weight Scale Helps Cut Hospital’s 30-Day Readmissions by 40%

November 17, 2014 10:06 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a statement in Health Data Management, Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, developed a program utilizing a Carematix Blipcare wireless weight scale for remote patient monitoring to cut readmissions of heart failure patients by 40%...

Creating Flexible Medical Electronics with a T-Shirt Printer

November 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has successfully printed complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer. The electronic circuits are printed using unique materials in layers on top of everyday flexible materials such...

Social Robots Help Children with Diabetes Gain Confidence

November 14, 2014 3:20 pm | by Alan Williams, University of Plymouth | News | Comments

Social robots are helping diabetic children accept the nature of their condition and become more confident about their futures, scientists have announced following a four-and-a-half year research study ...       

Wearable Device Punishes You for Slouching

November 14, 2014 12:58 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the United States Military stops short....

Wearable Tech for Patients at Risk of Heart Attacks

November 14, 2014 10:13 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Troops and civilians will get personalized health alerts via a wearable system that Sentient Science and the University at Buffalo are creating Wearable devices can count the steps you take and the calories you burn. But can they help soldiers in the field?...

Breakthrough in EEG Monitoring Systems for Home Monitoring

November 13, 2014 5:05 pm | by imec | News | Comments

At next week’s Neuroscience 2014, held Nov. 15-19 in Washington, D.C.), nanoelectronics research center imec and Holst Centre will present their next-generation wireless electroencephalography (EEG) headset achieving increased EEG data quality...

Virtual Reality Offers Psychological Therapy

November 13, 2014 3:40 pm | by University College London | News | Comments

Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research led by UCL. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of ...       

Telemedicine in High Demand, Despite Hurdles

November 13, 2014 3:26 pm | by Foley & Lardner | News | Comments

Health care providers are actively pursuing telemedicine advancements despite reimbursement and regulatory challenges, according to a new survey of senior health care executives released today by Foley & Lardner LLP. “The smartest thing organizations can do..."

Infographic: Telemedicine Vitals

November 13, 2014 1:50 pm | by Foley & Lardner | News | Comments

Telemedicine is not a distant possibility; it is here and in play now. The vast majority of leaders (90 percent) report that their organizations have already begun developing or implementing a telemedicine program. Most also say that offering meaningful telemedicine services...       

Samsung Adds Developer Tools for Health

November 13, 2014 1:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Samsung is working to generate developer interest by releasing a handful of new tools for health, smart home, AR/VR and wearables. At the company’s developer conference Wednesday, Won-Pyo Hong, president of Samsung’s Media ...   

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