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  • Sweat Sensor Warns of Impending COVID-19 Cytokine Storm

    Researchers at the University of Texas and EnLiSense, a Texas startup, have developed a skin sweat sensor that can measure cytokine levels continuously for up to 168 hours. The technology has been adapted so that it can detect cytokines involved in the deadly cytokine storms that occur in patients with COVID-19 and other illnesses, such

  • FDA Clears First AI Polyp Detection System for Colonoscopies

    Medtronic won FDA de novo clearance for its GI Genius endoscopy technology that can spot suspicious lesions during routine colonoscopy exams. The system works with any video colonoscope and can even process pre-recorded colonoscopies. Even highly experienced gastroenterologists can miss a polyp while navigating through the colon. Computer vision technology can carefully process the entirety

  • How to optimize health IT systems for immunization drives

    The right technology applications can turn the COVID-19 vaccination program into a game-changer for the healthcare industry.

  • Heart Patch Helps Grow New Vessels Post Myocardial Infarct

    Researchers at the Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea have developed a hydrogel patch system that allows for sophisticated sequential release of growth factors that stimulate angiogenesis. The sequential cascade of growth factors mimics the natural process in the body and the researchers hope that the technology could provide regenerative efficacy

  • Rapid Compression Device to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis

    Researchers at Penn Medicine have developed a wearable sleeve that provides rapid pulsatile compression, and aims to mimic the compression our calf muscles experience during walking. The technology, being commercialized by Osciflex, a spin out from Penn Medicine, is intended to prevent deep vein thrombosis in patients who are bed-bound for long periods of time.

  • Tunable Vibrations Could be Key to Reducing Lower Back Pain

    Researchers at the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan have developed a device that can diagnose and help to correct postural instability leading to back pain. The technique involves using vibration to stimulate sensory receptors that help the brain to perceive the position of the body in space, which is known as proprioception. The approach

  • mRNA Delivery System Protects Neurons After Stroke

    Researchers at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University have developed a way to deliver therapeutic mRNA to the brain, in this case to produce brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which can protect neurons from ischemia. The researchers hope that the treatment could help patients who have suffered a stroke to achieve better outcomes by reducing cell

  • Tendon-Inspired Sutures Protect Fragile Tissues

    Researchers at McGill University in Canada have developed bioinspired sutures that mimic the structure of human tendons. The gel-covered sutures are slippery and tough, reducing the damage caused by conventional sutures when used on soft tissues. Interestingly, the gel surface of the sutures may allow for advanced applications such as drug delivery, infection prevention, or

  • 3D Printed Microfluidic Bioreactor for Brain Organoid Culture

    Researchers at MIT and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras have developed a 3D-printed microfluidic bioreactor that can be used to culture and study brain organoids. The tiny self-organizing nodules of brain tissue are very useful in studying neurological disease and the effects of drugs. However, the bioreactors used to grow brain organoids can be

  • How constraints and a sense of urgency can advance innovation

    The development of PennOpen Pass, a symptom tracker and exposure alert system, offers a lesson on how challenging factors can focus the mind, enabling development of new tools that meet communities' needs.

  • Gold Sensor Lives Under Skin for Months Measuring Drugs and Biomarkers

    Researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany have developed an implantable biosensor that can measure concentrations of various biomarkers and drugs in the body. Unlike many implantable devices, the sensor can reside in place under the skin for many months without being rejected by the body or losing its functionality. The system uses

  • Sticker on Skin Diagnoses Cystic Fibrosis in Real-time

    Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a sticker that can measure chloride levels in sweat in real-time through a simple color change. The sticker is applied to the skin and wicks sweat inside itself through a set of microfluidic channels, where an onboard bioassay measures chloride levels, a marker of cystic fibrosis. The technology may

  • NIRVANA Test Rapidly Identifies and Sequences COVID-19 Viral Variants

    Researchers at the Salk Institute in California, working with outside collaborators, have developed a COVID-19 test that can rapidly identify and sequence the causative virus, helping to track new variants. The test, called “nanopore sequencing of isothermal rapid viral amplification for near real-time analysis,” (NIRVANA), can also simultaneously test for other viruses, such as influenza,

  • Amazon Care is a big deal - here's why

    With its promise of virtual care in all 50 states, this is the first time a big tech firm will be directly in the healthcare services business. Will it be another failed experiment, or the breakthrough we've been waiting for?

  • Not seeing results from AI? Engineering may be the missing piece

    Health systems that refuse to see themselves as engineering houses risk falling behind in their ability to properly leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning.

  • Opinion: DTAC - Not left to our own devices

    What still seems to be missing from the criteria is any assessment of the evidence of how well a product works and to what extent, says Prof Sam Shah, chief medical strategy officer, Numan.

  • Movimiento Salud 2030 – The Health Movement 2030

    A bold vision for data-driven Latin American health, illustrated by a Peruvian pilot.

  • Opinion: Digital maturity assessments - Lifting Germany onto the world stage

    Germany will soon be embarking on a national project to assess the digital maturity of its 2,000 hospitals. If it focuses on understanding the impact on clinicians and patients, it can catch up with the world’s digital health leaders, says Armin Scheuer, VP international business development, HIMSS. 

  • Pandemic spotlights utility of HIEs for population health, cost savings

    As COVID-19 continues to surge in Los Angeles, LANES is enabling free-flowing data insights – medical, behavioral and socioeconomic ─ to close information gaps and improve clinical decision support for better outcomes.

  • HIPAA and remote work: Top compliance risks to address

    Compliance is a serious, enforceable matter – and must be properly addressed in the context of the workplace challenges and changes that have emerged amid the pandemic. 

  • How to win physician confidence in remote patient monitoring programs

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