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Design Innovation vs. The ‘What If?’

August 22, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-In-Chief | Blogs | Comments

There are many obstacles to a successful product design getting into the marketplace (in the medical device space, some would argue that the FDA needlessly creates even more, however, that’s for another day’s discussion). Therefore, designers...

Laser-Based Glucose Monitor Could End Pin Pricks for Diabetics

August 22, 2014 9:43 am | by Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood...

Experts: 90% of Medical Records Are Vulnerable to Hackers

August 21, 2014 3:18 pm | by A.J. Watts, ECN Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Many tech-savvy people take major precautions to guard themselves against hackers by encrypting...

Apple’s HealthKit Will Revolutionize Mobile Health Market

August 21, 2014 11:03 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Linda Tian, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says: “GlobalData believes that Apple...

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Own Your Body's Data

August 21, 2014 10:50 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

The new breed of high-tech self-monitors (measuring heartrate, sleep, steps per day) might seem targeted at competitive athletes. But Talithia Williams, a statistician, makes a compelling case that all of us should be measuring and recording...

July/August 2014 Digital Edition

August 21, 2014 10:40 am | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

As humans integrate more electronics into their bodies to monitor their health, new ICs are expected to extract ambient energy from their surroundings to power these revolutionary devices, explains Niranjan Pathare of Texas Instruments in our Cover Story...

Covidien Opens Advanced Medical Technology Center in Brazil

August 21, 2014 10:36 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today officially opened its Covidien Center of Innovation Brazil (CCI Brazil), further expanding its educational and research capabilities in a key emerging market. The CCI will help educate clinicians in... 

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First FDA Clearance to Detect a Serious Heart Condition in an ECG on a Mobile Device

August 21, 2014 10:01 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

AliveCor, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company clearance for its algorithm to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. AliveCor's automated analysis...

Web-Based App Predicts Glioma Mutations

August 20, 2014 2:09 pm | by University of Kentucky | News | Comments

A new web-based program developed by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers will provide a simple, free way for healthcare providers to determine which brain tumor cases require testing for a genetic mutation. Gliomas – a type...

510k Approval for SMART Meter and App for Improving Diabetes Health

August 20, 2014 10:06 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Philosys announces it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510K approval for the highly anticipated Gmate SMART Blood Glucose Monitoring System. The Gmate SMART meter is the size of a quarter and connects to the headphone...

Graphene Rubber Bands Could Stretch Limits of Current Healthcare

August 19, 2014 11:37 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

Although body motion sensors already exist in different forms, they have not been widely used due to their complexity and cost of production. Now researchers from the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin have for the first time...

Benefits of the Connected Hospital

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Laird | Videos | Comments

The Connected Hospital is a vision of a fully integrated hospital where wireless technology allows care givers and patients to roam throughout the hospital while providing accurate and timely monitoring. The Connected Hospital collects the...

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EMR Paves the Way for Big Data

August 19, 2014 10:19 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to Kalorama Information, electronic medical records (EMR) is the crucial component needed to make Big Data in healthcare a reality, and this a factor that will drive system sales.  As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment...

Remote Monitoring Can Save ICD and CRT-D Patients' Lives

August 18, 2014 10:32 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced the publication of the IN-TIME study results in the medical journal The Lancet. The randomized, controlled trial is the first worldwide to demonstrate that...

UT Arlington and Pediatrix partner to bring simulation training direct to practice

August 15, 2014 9:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A real-time video feed, a laptop and a computerized manikin baby are key components for a new simulation training initiative that allows UT Arlington College of Nursing educators to put Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNPs) and physicians through the paces of an emergency scenario from hundreds of miles away.

Disposable Biosensor Allows Physicians to Determine Which Patients Can Be Safely Fed Following Surgery

August 8, 2014 10:01 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

A disposal, plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs...

New Sweat Sensors Will Sniff Out Fatigue, Stress, and Even Fear

August 8, 2014 9:17 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Sweat can be a smelly messenger, but one that also carries a trove of valuable information about how our bodies are feeling. Scientists at several labs are now trying to pick its lock with nanotechnology, including know-how transferred from...

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The Development of Mobile Apps in the Healthcare Industry

August 7, 2014 2:40 pm | by Sarah Peters, Contributing Writer | Articles | Comments

The growth and development of smartphone technology has been phenomenal. In a very short space of time, we moved from very basic mobile phones that only allowed users to make calls, send SMS messages, and play a few simple games, to having...

The Pulse: Moving Fluids Across Open Surfaces and Visualizing the 3D Heart

August 7, 2014 11:54 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re moving fluids across active surfaces, visualizing a beating heart in 3D, preventing drowsy drivers, and getting a better night’s rest.             

Infographic: What Engineers Think About Retirement

August 7, 2014 8:14 am | by Kasey Panetta & Eileen Whitmore, ECN Magazine | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what engineers had planned for...    

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Disease Through Vapors

August 7, 2014 8:12 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A new sensor, which can detect airborne chemicals either exhaled or released through the skin, would likely be the first wearable to pick up a broad array of chemical, rather than physical, attributes. U-M researchers are working with the National...

Wearable Tech for Disease Monitoring

August 7, 2014 8:12 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A new wearable vapor sensor being developed at the University of Michigan could one day offer continuous disease monitoring for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia or lung disease. Wearable technologies, which include Google...

Motion Capture Software and Medical Innovation

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jeffrey Dawson, Health and Medicine Writer | Articles | Comments

The phrase “motion capture software” generally brings to mind blockbuster, special-effects-laden films or the latest high-tech mechanical simulation of the latest automobile prototype. However, motion capture software has been leaving its...

Medical App Competition During Medica 2014

August 6, 2014 2:13 pm | by Messe Düsseldorf | News | Comments

Developers of medical apps will have the opportunity to present their creations live at the App Competition during MEDICA 2014, World Forum for Medicine, to be held from November 12 – 15, 2014 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. This...

Life-Changing Ideas Win Google Impact Challenge

August 6, 2014 11:12 am | by Oxford University | News | Comments

Two projects involving Oxford University technology are winners of the 2014 Google Impact Challenge, and will each receive £500,000. The two projects are smart glasses for people with sight loss to make the most of their remaining vision...

DeXcellence Places Second at Innovation Challenge

August 6, 2014 10:55 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

A team of recent Rice engineering graduates took second place in the annual Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge with the DeXcellence motion-analysis device developed for cerebral palsy patients. The Rice team of Sonia Garcia, Shaurya Agarwal...

World’s Smallest Propeller Could Be Used for Microscopic Medicine

August 5, 2014 2:54 pm | by Kevin Hattori, American Technion Society | News | Comments

If you thought that the most impressive news in shrinking technology these days was smart watches, think again. Scientists are quietly toiling in their laboratories to create robots that are only nanometers – billionths of a meter – in length...

FDA Clearance of ElMindA’s BNA Analysis System

August 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by ElMindA | News | Comments

ElMindA Ltd. announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the company’s BNA Analysis System for the assessment of brain function. Brain Network Activity (BNA) combines non-invasive, multi-channel EEG...

Smartphones as a Health Tool for Older Adults

August 4, 2014 11:02 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is creating a smartphone app that will help older adults to understand their state of health and develop...

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