Microsoft has a new digital health research initiative in the U.K.

Microsoft has tapped a top British health data researcher to head a new healthcare research initiative at its Cambridge research lab. Iain Buchan is presently a clinical professor of public health informatics at the University of Manchester – and director of the Health eResearch Centre, which is part of the U.K.’s Medical Research Council. Buchan will become

Raumedic to install IT control systems for Industry 4.0 advancement

Raumedic has announced its new IT-based quality-assurance and production control system that is designed to help raise the quality of standards and efficiency of its production process. The system is set to be installed in all of Raumedic’s production facilities in Germany and the U.S. by 2019. The company recently reached an agreement with the

How Boston Scientific is boosting medical device value

Boston Scientific over the summer unveiled a new value-add for its implantable cardio devices: an online Trugevity calculator that lets physicians predict battery life. The idea is to help health providers quickly grasp the benefits of Boston Sci’s longer lasting EnduraLife battery technology, which the company touts has nine clinical studies and eight years of real-world

Here’s how GE wants to make anesthesia machines smarter

GE officials think their Mini Field Agent – a plug-and-play connectivity device used in many industries – could enable smarter use of anesthesia machines and other medical devices. The Boston-based conglomerate (NYSE: GE) is in the process of rolling out an implementation of the Field Agent to health providers as part of GE Healthcare’s Carestation

Smiths Medical could have a cybersecurity problem

The US Dept. of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team has released a warning over issues with Smiths Medical’s Medfusion 4000 wireless syringe infusion pump after discovering 8 cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the device. The notice is for versions 1.1, 1.5 and 1.6 Medfusion 4000 wireless syringe infusion pumps, according to the DHS […]

IBM and MIT partner on AI research lab

IBM and the Mass. Institute of Technology plan to expand their ongoing partnership to create the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab to perform research on artificial intelligence. IBM is making a 10-year, $240 million investment to establish the Cambridge, Mass. center. The lab will harness the work of 100 scientists, professors and students to develop AI…

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies launches new website

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (St. Augustine, Fla.) announced that it has launched a new website that offers intuitive user-experience. The new site offers enhanced navigation and search functionality and an easier way of doing business highlighting product features and customer benefits. It also allows visitors to have an interactive experience and better understanding of what CarlisleIT

How Bigfoot Biomedical wants to disrupt diabetes care

Bigfoot Biomedical is a highly competitive player in medtech’s race to develop an artificial pancreas. The 50-person company has made rapid progress towards developing a smart, automated insulin delivery system since its beginnings in 2014. Just yesterday Bigfoot announced that it is partnering with Abbott, bringing together Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring tech and Bigfoot’s insulin

Fujifilm receives authority to operate on government networks

Fujifilm Medical Systems has announced that its Synapse PACS medical imaging and information management system has officially received Authority to Operate (ATO) on Department of Defense (DoD) networks in the U.S. The ATO makes Fujifilm the first company with a networked medical system to gain Risk Management Framework-based ATO. “This particular ATO is an unprecedented

Is cryptocurrency crowdfunding the new hot fundraising strategy?

Healthcare cybersecurity startup Patientory recently announced that it raised $7.2 million over 3 days through cryptocurrency crowdfunding – a relatively new fundraising strategy. The crowdfunding drew in 1,728 contributors, who bought 70 million PTOY currency tokens between May 31 and June 3, according to a company news release. Atlanta-based Patientory floated the tokens on cryptocurrency exchanges including Bittrex, TokenMarket, HitBTC,

Researchers find 8k cyber vulnerabilities in pacemakers

Researchers from the security research firm WhiteScope identified cyber vulnerabilities in file system encryption and in the storage of unencrypted patient data across major vendors of implantable cardiac devices, according to the team’s report. “The findings reveal consistency across all vendors, highlighting the inherent weaknesses in the ecosystem architecture,” the firm wrote. Get the full story

5 things you need to know to make connected medical devices

Bill Welch, Phillips-Medisize The estimated number of connected medical devices – devices connected to the Internet –is expected to increase from 10 billion to 50 billion over the next decade, according to the IBM Institute for Business Value. This is due to the ability for machine-to-machine communication through cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors,

Edge computing: It’s what healthcare IoT craves

Ever hear of edge computing? If you’re in healthcare, you will soon if you haven’t already, according to experts. The reason is IoT. IoT devices such as fitness wearables, glucose monitors, telehealth tools and other sensors are poised to revolutionize health. But there are some barriers that are keeping IoT from realizing its full potential

Healthcare robots: 5 ways they are getting even better

Think robots and healthcare, and surgical robotics often comes to mind. But there are so many other ways that robotics is transforming modern health settings. In addition to revolutionizing surgery, researchers and companies have explored robots for hospital logistics, disinfecting, nursing, exoskeletons for rehabilitation, and prosthetic limbs. A recent research report by Tractica predicts that the

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Medtech IoT: We need to talk about what is happening in middleware

Middleware could be the key when it comes to discussing how the Internet of Things is going to succeed in medtech. In the most simplistic definition, middleware is software that acts as a bridge between an operating system or database and applications, especially on a network. For example, if a bedside monitor is designed to