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  • Face Mask Sensor to Detect COVID-19

    Our breath holds a multitude of biomarkers, including potentially those indicating the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Those infected with the virus are prone to exhale proteases, enzymes that speed up the breakdown of proteins, related to the new virus. This has led researchers at University of California, San Diego to work

  • How to win physician confidence in remote patient monitoring programs

    CIOs need to look beyond just EHRs and explore standalone platforms to enhance care delivery – keeping focused on reliable patient data and streamlined clinical workflows.

  • Siemens MULTIX Impact C DR System Cleared by FDA

    Siemens Healthineers won FDA clearance for its recently introduced MULTIX Impact C ceiling-mounted digital radiography (DR) system. The FDA also cleared the MULTIX Impact VA20, a new version of the existing parent DR system. Both devices are targeted toward clinics on a budget, but offer advanced capabilities, including helping to optimize settings to achieve the

  • Meru New Standards for Mental Health: Exclusive with CEO Kristian Ranta

    2020 has been a challenging year in many ways, including for everyone’s mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a spike in mental health problems with cases tripling in the number of adults experiencing depression. Existing sentiments and situations drag on now into 2021. Today, the mental health care system is not very efficient and in many

  • CorNeat Synthetic Cornea Implanted in First Patient

    Eye surgeons at the Rabin Medical Center in Israel have successfully implanted the first artificial cornea into a bilaterally blind human patient. Once the bandages were removed, the 78 year old man was able to read and to recognize family members. This was all possible thanks to a device developed by CorNeat Vision, an Israeli

  • The vaccine race

    We are witnessing a race in the vaccine rollout. A race towards the light at the end of a tunnel and a race which will likely define the next few years, according to Dr Charles Alessi, chief clinical officer at HIMSS. 

  • Catheter Stimulates Lymphatic Drainage for Heart Failure Treatment: Interview with Eamon Brady, CEO of WhiteSwell

    WhiteSwell, a medtech company based in Galway, Ireland, has developed a catheter system to treat acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). ADHF is often treated using diuretics to remove excess fluid, but this doesn’t work for every patient and can have side-effects. This latest technology consists of a catheter with an impeller pump that is designed

  • Imagio Opto-Acoustic Imaging for Breast Lesions FDA Approved

    Seno Medical, a San Antonio, Texas firm, has won FDA approval to introduce its Imagio device that utilizes opto-acoustic imaging to help physicians identify whether breast lesions are benign or malignant. It is hoped that this non-invasive and radiation-free technology will help to reduce the number of biopsies that have to be performed. Opto-acoustic imaging

  • Creating sustainable healthcare solutions and addressing the 10/90 gap

    The right to health, not just the access to healthcare, requires a holistic understanding of how we can provide a better quality of life and wellbeing for the individual and society, argues Bogi Eliasen, director of health at the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies and a member of the HIMSS Future50 Community.

  • Medical Gadgets at This Year’s CES 2021

    CES 2021 took place this past week, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the annual electronics megashow show was completely virtual. While we certainly missed the free swag, a chance with lady luck at the Vegas casino tables, and the opportunity to reunite with many of you Medgadget readers, there were still a good

  • Endoscopic Surgery Using Steerable Lasers

    Applying an energy source, such as a laser, to cut through or cauterize tissue is already widely used in external surgeries, such as laser eye surgery, but using this technology safely and accurately during minimally invasive internal procedures is difficult. Current endoscopic technology does not permit lasers to be steered and manipulated with sufficient precision.

  • HARPOON System for Mitral Valve Repair: Interview with Daveen Chopra, Edwards Lifesciences

    Degenerative mitral regurgitation occurs when the mitral valve prolapses, causing blood to leak back into the atrium every time the heart beats. The condition can be asymptomatic for many people, but for some it can cause a variety of issues, including fainting, pain, and shortness of breath. Currently, open-heart surgery is considered to be the

  • Spinal Cord Stimulators Manage Pain without Tingling

    Boston Scientific is releasing in the United States its Wavewriter Alpha line of spinal cord stimulators. The four Wavewriter Alpha pain management devices provide Bluetooth connectivity, allow patients to still be scanned under MRI, given certain precautions, and offer so-called Fast Acting Sub-perception Therapy (FAST). FAST is exciting because it provides near immediate pain relief

  • Cios Flow Mobile C-Arm from Siemens FDA Cleared

    Siemens Healthineers just announced FDA clearance to introduce its Cios Flow mobile C-arm in the United States. Developed for use in orthopedics, vascular surgery, trauma, spinal surgery, and other fields, it’s intended to be a general purpose C-arm that can be easily used in a variety of cases. The Cios Flow is a relatively compact

  • The challenges of cybersecurity during global mass vaccination programmes

    For many of us, 2021 feels a lot like 2020 with lockdowns imposed and hospital pressures increasing. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel with several vaccines now being rolled out globally, says Dr Saif Abed, founding partner, AbedGraham.

  • How CMS has made progress on healthcare interoperability

    CMS progress on healthcare interoperability

  • A look back on 2020: reshaping the healthcare IT landscape

    The COVID-19 crisis has demanded innovative agility, relentlessly applied – proving again that information technology teams are crucial strategic partners for future goals.                  

  • Frost & Sullivan's Top 10 predictions for healthcare in 2021

    From vaccines to virtual care, enterprise imaging to precision medicine, these are the growth areas that will shape the direction of healthcare, this year and beyond.

  • What healthcare orgs should be doing in response to the SolarWinds breach

    The widespread use of SolarWinds software means many organizations are now scrambling to determine whether they too may have suffered a breach. Here are some remediations and mitigations that can help get a handle on the issue.

  • Technology brings care to home for chronically ill patients

    At Geisinger in Pennsylvania, a pilot program to bring care to the homes of older patients with complex healthcare needs has shown a 35% reduction in visits to the emergency department visits, a 40% drop in hospital admissions and an average annual savings of nearly $8,000 per patient.

  • With telehealth, one size won't fit all

    Mature health systems recognize the importance of context and design virtual care programs accordingly. Telehealth looks different for millennials and retirees, rural and urban patients and population groups with fundamentally different healthcare needs.