Healthcare Tech

  • Conductive Cotton Thread for Wearable Sensors in Commercial Textiles

    Imperial College London researchers created a conductive cotton thread that can undergo a computerized embroidery process for incorporation into commercially produced textiles, such as t-shirts and face masks. The thread, called PECOTEX, can be used to create wearable health sensors, such as heart rate monitors, breathing monitors and even gas sensors, including ammonia sensors for

  • Robotic Capsule Drills Intestinal Mucus to Deliver Protein Drugs

    Engineers at MIT have collaborated to develop a robotic drug delivery capsule that is specially designed to administer delicate protein drugs, such as insulin, through the wall of the intestine. Proteins are not suited for oral delivery, as they are typically destroyed by the low pH in the intestine and they can’t pass through the

  • DNA Nets Capture Sars-CoV-2 for Detection and Inhibition

    A team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a DNA net system that can ensnare Sars-CoV-2 and bind to the notorious spike protein. The nets contain aptamers that bind the spike protein and emit an intense fluorescent signal once they’re bound together to the protein. This signal can be easily measured using

  • Soft Robot Grows Like a Plant to Travel Through Tight Spaces

    At the University of Minnesota, researchers have developed a soft robotic system that can ‘grow’ like a plant. The mechanism allows it to travel through difficult-to-access areas, such as the tortuous gastrointestinal tract or vasculature. The system works by extruding a liquid through an opening in the device, and at the same time a photopolymerization

  • Nanorattles for Rapid Detection of Multiple mRNA Cancer Biomarkers

    Scientists at Duke University have developed a ‘nanorattle’ system that allows for the detection of mRNA biomarkers of cancer. The tiny structures consist of gold nanospheres with a surrounding silver nanocage, forming the so-called rattle. The nanorattles are also loaded with light scattering dyes called Raman reporters. When illuminated with a laser, the rattles emit

  • Algae-Based Microrobots Deliver Antibiotics within Lungs

    Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a microrobot system to treat bacterial pneumonia. The microrobots consist of living algal cells that can swim very effectively in biological fluids, allowing them to navigate throughout the lungs and deliver drugs to difficult-to-reach areas. The algal cells are studded with antibiotic-loaded polymer spheres that

  • Lose the COVID-19 public health emergency, but keep the progress, says HIMSS GR director

    Healthcare organizations must urge the Senate to pass critical telehealth legislation, and enact at least a two-year extension of the important PHE-era policies while working toward a permanent solution.

  • Microfluidic Device Mimics Embryonic Heartbeat to Stimulate Stem Cell Development

    Scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia have developed a method to produce human blood stem cell precursors from human pluripotent stem cells. The method may have use in treating cancer patients who require high doses of such blood stem cells to help replenish endogenous populations that have been destroyed by chemotherapy.

  • Agile practices – they’re not just for software development

    At Penn Medicine, agile methods have been adopted by a number of information technology teams, including teams that support its enterprise EHR, data analytics, IT operations and systems administration.

  • Face Mask Detects Respiratory Viruses, Alerts User

    Scientists at Shanghai Tongji University in China have created a face mask that can alert the wearer to the presence of respiratory viruses in the surrounding environment, including the viruses behind COVID-19 and influenza. The mask includes aptamers, which are short sequences of DNA or RNA that can bind to protein targets. When viral particles

  • Smartphone Camera Measures Blood Oxygen

    At the University of Washington a research team has developed a smartphone system that can measure blood oxygen levels. The technology uses the camera and flash of the phone to take the measurement, and the system is so easy to use that it may be well suited for at-home use. A person presses their finger

  • 3D Printed Light Sensor for Light-Sensitive Disease

    At the University of Minnesota a team of researchers has developed a 3D printed light sensing wearable that can help people with light-sensitive diseases, such as lupus, to understand more about the types of light that can exacerbate their symptoms. Many people with lupus are sensitive to light, such as sunlight or even regular indoor

  • Soft Robot Biodegrades Inside Body

    Researchers at the City University of Hong Kong have developed a magnetic soft millirobot that can grab and release objects, and move around by rolling. The device can be controlled using magnetic fields, and consists of a biodegradable gelatin and iron oxide microparticles. The technology has significant potential as a minimally invasive drug delivery system,