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

5 mistakes found in cloud-connected medical devices

Cloud-connected medical technology will have a significant impact on the healthcare system. Network-connected medical devices create a world of instant information, warns Dana Good, senior software engineer at Stratos Product Development. For example, she said, “an alert from a patient’s insulin pump, heart monitor or fall detector can be quickly relayed to a physician or

Biomedical engineering is aligning with hospital IT: what it means for medtech

Traditionally in hospitals biomedical engineering departments are the ones responsible for installing and maintaining regulated medical devices. But this role has been changing over the last decade. With the rise of connected health, these teams are realizing that they need a tighter connection with the information technology departments. “Biomedical or clinical engineering departments have been

Scientists can read minds to communicate with paralyzed patients

An international research team has developed a way to read brain chemistry to enable communication in patients who are paralyzed and unable to talk. The brain-computer interface (BCI) reads the blood oxygen levels in the brain and deciphers the thoughts of the paralyzed patient. The system was tested with four patients with complete locked-in syndrome

Bosch Rexroth’s new IoT Gateway: why you should care

Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor, and Heather Thompson, Senior Editor Bosch Rexroth could be enabling a whole new host of Industry 4.0 capabilities in advanced manufacturing fields such as medtech, thanks to its IoT Gateway debuted at CES in Las Vegas last month. The  IoT Gateway makes it easy for manufacturers to connect to the Internet of

Health insurance industry committee says yes to UDIs in claims forms

The X12 advisory committee—which helps formulate standards for the insurance industry— has recommended changes that will allow standard health insurance claims forms to record unique device identifiers (UDIs). Putting UDIs in claims forms has widespread support. Hospitals, providers, payers, and patient advocacy groups welcome the recommendation, says Ben Moscovitch, who manages health information technology at The

This AI can spot skin cancer as well as doctors

Stanford University researchers say that they’ve trained a deep learning algorithm to identify skin cancer as well as dermatologists. The researchers pitted the artificial intelligence against 21 board-certified dermatologists when it came to diagnosing skin lesions. The deep convolutional neural network’s performance was on par with the experts when it came to spotting the most

Meet the latest medical augmented reality company in the U.S.

A German company called Scopis is breaking into the U.S. market with its surgical navigation systems, which use augmented reality technology to guide surgeons along mapped-out pathways. Scopis (Berlin) said Monday that it has established a presence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the help of the German government’s German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS) program. The company