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Recent Developments in Medtech

By Jill | Medical Devices, , , , , ,

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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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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EU Pushes to Tighten Medtech Regulations

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In 2011, it was revealed that the French firm Poly Implant Prothèses (PIP) had been using cheap, industrial silicone, not intended for medical purposes, in breast implants for a decade. As the world’s third largest global supplier of breast implants, the scandal affected 100,000 women in Europe and 400,000 women globally. The scandal moved the […]

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2013 Medtech Scorecard

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The healthcare industry is big and getting bigger, worth nearly $2 trillion in 2012. The medtech industry generated $110 billion in the United States and $44 billion in exports. But even as U.S. companies lead the world in research, innovation, and manufacturing, medtech investing has been in the doldrums for the last few years.

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Medtech and the Chinese Market

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With nearly 1.4 billion people, China is the most populous nation on earth. And the number of middle class Chinese now stands at 474 million—more than the entire population of the United States. Naturally, this makes China one of the world’s fastest growing markets for medtech devices.

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Know your Medtech!

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In 1650, a German Jesuit named Athanasius Kircher invented the ear trumpet, a funnel-shaped device to collect sound waves and direct them into the ears of nearly deaf patients. Medical technology has come a long way since then, and today medtech devices include robots for physical checkups and electronic “aspirins” that prevent migraines by blocking […]

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What Is Driving Medical Device Sales In 2013

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When Medtronic manufactured the first pacemakers more than 50 years ago, physicians did not know what they were. The idea of implanting a man-made device in a patient’s chest sounded crazy. It was up to sales reps to teach doctors how pacemakers worked and how they could be used to safely treat patients. Reps had […]

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Medical Device Technologies Shaping Our World Today

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In 1958, Minneapolis engineer Earl Bakken produced the first wearable external pacemaker. Since that time, biomedical engineering has contributed to human welfare by alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life. Advanced medical devices have improved the quality of life for countless patients who have benefited from early diagnoses, less invasive treatments, reductions in recovery times, […]

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Therapeutic Technologies Are Changing The Way We Recover

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In 2011, an IBM supercomputer named Watson defeated two reigning champions on the TV quiz show Jeopardy, winning the first prize of $1 million. Watson has a 15-terabyte data bank of human knowledge—more than 15 times Wikipedia—and can process the equivalent of a million books per second.

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Whats Happening With Health Information Technology?

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Health information technology (health IT), or the exchange of health information in an electronic environment, allows the safe and secure sharing of health information as it passes between consumers, providers, insurers and government entities.

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