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Last month, Bracket, a clinical trial technology and specialty service provider, shared the announcement that it had acquired mProve Health, a mobile technology company whose offerings include an Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes (ePRO) platform. The news represented a compelling success story amidst recent pessimism regarding the digital health sector. Following up with Bracket after the announcement, Medgadget was able to learn a bit more about both companies and the acquisition from Adam Butler, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development and Corporate Marketing for Bracket.   Medgadget: Was there a relationship between Bracket and mProve before the recent...
Cambridge Medical Robotics (CMR), based in the UK, is working on revolutionizing the world of surgery by delivering what the firm believes is the next generation surgical robot. More versatile, affordable, and easier to use than other robots on the market, CMR’s Versius system is already generating significant interest. The company announced in September that it had closed the series-A funding round with $26 million of investment, following an initial round of more than $20 million at the end of last year. The company’s mission is to make minimal access...
Glaucoma is an eye disease that can damage the optic nerve and lead to irreversible vision loss. It affects an estimated 60 million people around the world, but is one of the most easily treatable diseases, typically only requiring medicated drops. Unfortunately, prescription eye drops are one of the most difficult drug delivery methods to adhere to; patients are often required to take their eye drops up to three times a day, and much of the drug misses the the target location on the eye and ends up in the...
Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed an ultrathin, flexible microfiber sensor that can be worn on or placed next to the skin. The device can provide information on heart rate, blood pressure, and stiffness in blood vessels, and may one day replace bulky blood pressure and heart rate monitors. The technology might also be useful as a component in wearable devices that provide continuous health monitoring, or could help doctors with diagnostics. “Currently, doctors will monitor vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure when patients visit...

November 28th, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Researchers have developed microrobots using algae and magnetic particles that can be guided magnetically to sites in the body and tracked, by spotting the algae’s natural luminescence or using an MRI scanner. The investigators hope that swarms of these tiny robots could help with diagnostics and treatment in areas of the body that are currently difficult to reach. The research team developed the robots by coating spirulina algae with biocompatible magnetic particles. The robots are approximately the size of a red blood cell and can swim in biological fluids, such...
Opioids, such as oxycodone, are routinely prescribed for short-term pain management following pain-inducing injuries.  However, their use is associated with the development of tolerance and addiction, due in part to dosage mismanagement by patients.  Recently, the FDA approved the use of the first digital pill administered in combination with a prescription drug.  Digital pills, which contain a biosensor plus a prescribed drug encapsulated in gelatin, can be ingested together to help track drug use patterns. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have reported, for the first time, the...
Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a novel robotic cardiac assist device designed to assist patients with one-sided heart failure. The device combines soft actuators with a rigid brace that penetrates into the heart’s intraventricular septum, to provide gentle but robust pumping assistance to just one side of the heart, without disturbing the activity of the other side. Soft robotic components have significant potential in minimally invasive cardiac assist devices that help the failing heart to pump by squeezing it from the outside. Unlike conventional ventricular assist devices, this...
While checking out the dozens of medtech companies showing off their stuff at the recent Med in Ireland event in Dublin, we were intrigued to discover Kastus, the inventors of a pretty amazing surface coating technology. The company's Log4+ coating is made of titanium dioxide co-doped with fluorine and copper, the combination of which results in potent anti-microbial properties that are significantly magnified when light strikes surfaces covered with the material. In a study published last year in Nature Scientific Reports, the Log4+ coating achieved reductions in Staphylococcus aureus bacterial counts by...
At the recent American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, researchers have announced positive results in a clinical study of the InterAtrial Shunt Device (IASD) from Corvia Medical, which allows blood to travel between the atria of the heart, to safely alleviate the symptoms of diastolic heart failure. Much of the work has been carried out at the Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital. Diastolic heart failure (DHF) occurs when, due to heart muscle stiffness, blood backs up in the heart chambers on the left side of the heart and in the lungs. This...

November 27th, 2017 by Scott Jung
Medical transcription is often seen as one of the more mundane tasks that need to be done in the doctor's office. Yet, it's vitally important for making sure that medical records are accurate, and that all of the physician's observations, orders, and conversations with patients is properly documented. Google wanted to see if the voice recognition technologies already available in Google Assistant, Google Home, and Google Translate could be used to automate the transcription process and help doctors, as well as medical scribes, take notes more quickly. In a recent proof...

November 27th, 2017 by Scott Jung
Earlier this month, a Chinese medical robot named Xiaoyi achieved a passing score of 456 on China's medical licensing exam. It might not exactly be a score that would make you comfortable entrusting your health to it - a passing score is 360 out of 600. But it's an impressive result considering the robot scored 100 in its first practice run. Xiaoyi (which means "little doctor") is a collaboration between Chinese IT company iFlyTek and Tsinghua University in Beijing. It was developed to test if AI can be effective in identifying...

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