Healthcare Tech

  • SoundWatch Alerts Deaf Users of Nearby Activity

    Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a watch that can monitor a user’s environment for important sounds, such as a fire alarm or a microwave beeping, identify the sounds, and then inform the user through a subtle vibration. “This technology provides people with a way to experience sounds that require an action –

  • Robotic Catheterization for Mitral Valve Repair: Interview with Mark Barrish, CEO of Moray Medical

    At present, mitral heart valve failure is treated through invasive surgery or via a transcatheter procedure called Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair (TEER). However, this procedure is difficult to perform, potentially resulting in suboptimal outcomes in challenging cases and if done by inexperienced clinicians. To address this, Moray Medical, a company based in Mountain View, California, has

  • Healthcare gets ready for a Starbucks and BOPIS revolution

    A few months ago, who would have thought that going into a hospital or clinic to meet with your doctor would be considered a high-risk experience? And yet, here we are. COVID-19 has forced the entire health care sector to adopt low-contact and contactless experiences for the safety of patients and caregivers alike – an unexpected outcome of the pandemic experience.

  • Black History Month: What does this mean for digital leaders?

    As Black History Month comes to close, will this mean that the achievements and contribution of Black people in the UK and the need to take action will be packed away for another year, asks Dr Shera Chok, co-founder of the Shuri Network.

  • Siemens Ysio Max Digital Radiography System FDA Cleared

    Siemens Healthineers won clearance from the FDA for the Ysio Max digital radiography system that features a number of so-called MAX technologies, including new detectors and usability features that improve imaging and quicken exams. Three new detectors are included, including the new MAX wi-D, the lightest 14 x 17” wireless detector with a handle, that

  • Smartphone Test for Quick Stroke Diagnosis

    Researchers at Penn State and Houston Methodist Hospital have developed a tool to aid doctors in rapidly diagnosing strokes. The technology uses a smartphone to record a patient’s speech and facial movements, and a machine-learning algorithm then processes these data to identify whether a stroke probably occured. The researchers have shown that their system is

  • Flexible Skin Sensor to Help ALS Patients Communicate

    Researchers at MIT have developed a wearable sensor that can detect small deformations of the skin, potentially serving as a way to help amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients to communicate through facial movements. The low-cost sensors are much cheaper and may be more effective than current assistive communication technologies for ALS patients. Canan Dagdeviren, the

  • How Wake Forest Baptist Health uses RTLS to protect against communicable disease

    Data from a real-time location system, covering nearly 4.3 million square feet, offers the ability to see patients and staff who may have come into proximity with an infected person.

  • Stryker Unveils Wireless Hospital Bed with Smart Monitoring Features

    Stryker has announced a new completely wireless hospital bed that sports a number of smart patient monitoring features. The ProCuity, which is actually a series of beds that have somewhat varying capabilities, was developed to minimize patient falls, help clinicians to efficiently monitor those that are bedridden, and to maintain connectivity when the bed is

  • High Resolution Ultrasound for Precise Tumor Ablation

    Researchers at the Max Planck Institute and the University of Stuttgart in Germany have developed a method to create high-resolution ultrasound fields, a capability which may improve the effectiveness of ultrasound therapies and tailor them for individual patients. The technique involves passing ultrasonic waves through water, where hydrogen bubbles help to transform the waves into

  • Smartphone Dongle for Cancer Biomarker Measurement

    Researchers at McMaster and Brock universities in Canada have developed a hand-held device that can provide rapid measurements of cancer biomarkers in blood samples. Termed an electrochemical bio‐barcode assay, the device could be used to measure a variety of health markers at home, and is similar to the devices used by patients with diabetes to

  • Octopus-Inspired Sucker for Tranplanting Cell Sheets

    Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a ‘sucker’ to pick up and transfer thin cell or tissue sheets that are intended for therapeutic purposes, such as wound healing or tissue grafting. Inspired by octopus suckers, the device can gently manipulate the delicate sheets without causing damage, and uses heating and a temperature-responsive hydrogel

  • COVID-19: What is different in our understanding of this pandemic to the accepted wisdom in the spring of 2020?

    As we have heard repeatedly over the past few months, there is a need to think of managing this pandemic in the same way we prepare for a marathon rather than a sprint, says Dr Charles Alessi, chief clinical officer, HIMSS.  

  • Ultrasound Device to Rapidly Diagnose Sickle Cell Disease

    Researchers at the University of Colorado have developed a new rapid test for sickle cell disease. Their tiny device is less than the size of a quarter, and can provide a result in as little as one minute. The technology uses ultrasound to heat a protein sample and then measures how it dissolves over time

  • Supportive Gel Allows for Bioprinting of Complex Shapes

    Researchers at Penn State have developed a supportive gel that allows for printing of complex shapes using cell aggregates. The gel provides a supportive matrix during the printing process, and permits the researchers to place the aggregates wherever they want. This technique could pave the way for printed replacements for tissues and organs. Bioprinting, where

  • Test and Trace: A three point plan to regain public trust

    Whichever way you look at it, many countries across the globe are experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases coinciding with the start of the Autumn/Winter seasons says Dr Saif Abed, founding partner at The AbedGraham Group.

  • Building a solid technology foundation enables transformation

    As IT professionals, we need to be ahead of the game in terms of establishing and maintaining the capabilities of our technology foundation. This means being smart about understanding the business and staying ahead of its needs.

  • Terminology standards bridging gaps between health systems during COVID-19

    The clinical manifestations of COVID-19 are varied, and patients are known to have rapidly changing signs and symptoms that must be tracked with laboratory testing. A patient may start his treatment journey with his primary care physician and will include lab centers, diagnostic centers, inpatient, and home quarantine centers. 

  • Proximity matters: Using machine learning and geospatial analytics to reduce COVID-19 exposure risk

    Data science and clinical teams at PCCI, in collaboration with Parkland informaticists, have developed an AI-driven predictive model that predicts for individual COVID-19 exposure risk, based on population density and their proximity to positive cases.

  • Riding the digital wave through COVID-19

    One of the more remarkable features of the NHS’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been its rapid uptake of technology in the UK says director of international relations at NHS Confederation, Dr Layla McCay.

  • Interoperability for improved care coordination amid COVID 19

    How healthcare providers can leverage interoperability across the care continuum for improved care coordination and patient empowerment.