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Voice-enabled technologies are changing the landscape of digital health by offering a new channel to engage patients who are managing their chronic conditions. To leverage this opportunity, Macadamian, a software design and development firm, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (CHEO - OCTC), have partnered to develop My Diabetes Coach, a voice activated service. The initiative is part of CHEO - OCTC's Health Innovation Program, where ideas from within the organization are matched with technical resources to turn innovative concepts into reality. My Diabetes Coach...
At the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting in Boston this week, Mindray, a Shenzhen, China firm, introduced its Neuromuscular Transmission (NMT) Module for the company's Passport 17m and 12m patient monitors. The device sends electric signals through the fingers and measures how the body responds to the stimulation. The technology provides a pretty clear indication whether a patient is properly relaxed when on a neuromuscular block. The data related to the NMT test is visible on the Passport monitor's display and can be uploaded to an electronic medical record or an...
We are excited to announce the return of the Medgadget Sci-Fi Writing Contest! We cover the latest medical technologies on a daily basis, many of which may seem like they come from the future. Yet, we feel that the medical device industry can benefit from the work of creative fiction writers, as literature of the past has foreshadowed the present. Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, and many other writers predicted a future of robotic automation, high-speed long-distance travel, artificial intelligence, and ever-present surveillance. Much of their writing was as a...

October 25th, 2017 by Ben Ouyang
Abionic, a Swiss company, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration for detecting allergies to cats, dogs, trees, and grasses. The firm's nanotechnology-focused assay can yield results in as little as five minutes, with some tests taking up to 20 minutes, and uses just a single drop of blood (no this isn't a Theranos spinoff). This in vitro testing significantly reduces the wait time of the current in vitro standard, ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), which can take days to deliver results. It's also faster than the other traditional method...
Scientists from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute have created a way to print flexible electronic devices. The development may herald future ubiquity of flexible body-worn products that can monitor various health parameters, provide therapy, and guide users in exercise and rehabilitation routines. The new technique is called Hybrid 3-D printing, and it uses thermoplastic polyurethane as the substrate on which a flexible silver-based ink is laid down. Components such as chips and LEDs are placed onto the substrate and touching the conductive ink to...
Researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design have developed a microfluidic device that can isolate cells from complex biological samples using sound waves. The technique could help doctors to accurately isolate specific types of cells from blood and other bodily fluids, which is useful for diagnostics and cell-based therapies. Separating individual cells from complex biological samples, such as blood, is a challenge. The current gold-standard is a technique called fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). However, the equipment for FACS is expensive, bulky, and difficult to use, requiring specially trained...
Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma have partnered to develop a compact, portable, and easy to use system for simultaneously detecting a variety of bacteria and viruses that cause disease. The system provides results in about a half an hour, which are nearly as accurate as laboratory equipment, and the technology can be used in the field and at the point-of-care. The technology revolves around a microfluidic chip that contains loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) reagents. Each of the chip's parallel channels is...

October 23rd, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Researchers at the University of Washington and University of California, Los Angeles have developed a flexible “skin” that can be applied to a prosthetic limb. The skin can sense vibrations and can also measure shear force, such as the feeling when your finger slides along a table or when an object slips out of your grasp. This technology could help prosthetic devices to act more like real limbs, or maybe even help surgical robots to better sense their environment and so surgical instruments more safely and accurately. So far, artificial...
Anyone who has been in an orthopedic cast knows their inconveniences. They are cumbersome, must be kept dry, which makes bathing difficult, and can cause the skin underneath to become itchy, smelly, and irritated. Cast21 has designed a cast that solves those problems. The Chicago-based company uses a lattice frame that provides more breathability, while the material itself is waterproof and performs better in a few key metrics when compared to traditional fiberglass casts. The company's cast takes about three minutes to set and can last for the duration of the...
Another exciting announcement from Health 2.0 is a partnership between Sensoria and Genesis Rehab Services (GRS) to develop smart aging solutions under the name, "Sensoria Health powered by Genesis Rehab Services." Sensoria is already known as a leading developer of smart footwear and clothing products based on the Sensoria Core microelectronics and cloud system. Sensoria's expertise in using "internet of me" wearables for health and fitness will now be redirected towards addressing specific challenges older individuals at Sensoria Health. GRS is a holding company representing one of the nation's largest...
MedTech Strategist working together with The Medical Alley Association for the very first time brought their premier innovation summit to Minnesota, a place now considered by many to be the global epicenter of health innovation and care. Over the two-day long event more than 35 start-up and emerging medical companies presented their technologies and devices to representatives of leading venture capitalist and investment banks, and also to large medical device companies. Considering that funding is of major importance to the field of medical innovation, this event gave both investors and...

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