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Recent Developments in Medtech

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Devices that use video technology to detect a person’s heart and breathing rate are nothing new but until recently such devices were only effective on brightly illuminated, light-skinned people. DistancePPG, developed by researchers at Rice University, is a video technology that compensates for different skin tones, patient movement, and whatever ambient lighting is available. The […]

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Pioneering Technologies in Ophthalmology

By Jill | Medical Devices

There are numerous developments in ophthalmology in 2015 but perhaps none is as promising as the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System which deals with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Retinitis pigmentosa is a degenerative eye disease that causes deterioration in the part of the retina that turns light into vision. Often striking middle-aged victims, RP eventually leads […]

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The Doctor Will See You Now

By Jill | Medical Devices

Your smartphone remembers all your phone numbers and email addys, keeps track of your photographs, and delivers your favorite music and videos on demand. And your smart phone can be even smarter with a new generation of medtech apps that stand in for some of the diagnostic equipment previously found only in your doctor’s office. […]

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Sunshine Act Update

By Jill | Medical Devices

When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, the law included a provision called the Physician Payment Sunshine Plan. However, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) did not release final regulations to implement the Sunshine Act until February 2013.

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Can the Healthcare Industry Beat Ebola?

By Jill | Medical Devices

In August 2014, American missionary workers Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol returned to the United States after contracting Ebola in Liberia. Since that time, the healthcare industry has been at the forefront of Ebola management efforts. Brantly and Writebol were both treated with a previously unknown experimental drug ZMapp, developed by a small San […]

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The Affordable Care Act’s Medical Device Tax: Where Are We Now?

By Jill | Medical Devices

When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, lawmakers included a 2.3% excise tax on gross sales of medical products. The tax, which went into effect in January 2013, was projected to raise about $30 billion over the coming decade to help pay for extending health care coverage to the uninsured under […]

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Google Glass is Coming to Healthcare

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Depending on whom you talk to, Google Glass is either the next essential digital tool, think iPhone, or the newest toy for the ultimate geek, i.e., the Segway. Whatever you think of Glass, the wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display is poised to revolutionize healthcare.

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Future is Bright for Medtech Careers!

By Jill | Medical Devices

With an aging population that is living longer, orthopedics is one of the fastest growing medtech sectors. With millions of active seniors jogging, biking, and playing tennis, hips, knees and spines are wearing out. Companies that make orthopedic implants, surgical robots, artificial limbs, and other devices will experience the fastest growth. Cardiovascular disease is also […]

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Medtech Emerging in Forensics

By Jill | Medical Devices

The term forensic means “to bring to court,” and forensic medicine is playing an ever-larger role in courtroom proceedings. Forensic experts who link medical knowledge and legal procedures deal with cases concerning genetic relationships and the causes and time of death. Modern medical forensics includes DNA analysis, biometrics and forensic toxicology.

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Is Wearable Computer Technology in Your Future?

By Jill | Medical Devices

When the first iPhone was introduced a mere 7 years ago, only a few visionaries saw the device as the latest development in medtech. Today, with 1.75 billion smartphones in use, the devices are revolutionizing the way people monitor their health. Sales of wearable sensors, activity trackers, and other gadgets that interface with smartphones reached […]

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