6 reasons you shouldn’t bet on blockchain disrupting healthcare

Blockchain is the big buzzword these days, bruited as a disruptive force for industries covering the spectrum. But there seems to be little understanding of what exactly “blockchain” means, let alone how it could affect so many different markets so profoundly. Simply put, a blockchain is a decentralized database with tight rules about how data […]

Stericycle reports mixed results for Q1

Medical and hazardous waste disposal and compliance company Stericycle (Nasdaq: SRCL)  this evening reported mixed results for its first quarter ended March 31: Adjusted earnings per share beat the Street, but organic revenue was slightly down. Lake Forest, Ill.–based Stericycle earned $21 million, or 25 cents per share, during the first quarter, down from about

AI could be a game-changer for older people and cognition

As the founder and CEO of MyndYou, Ruth Poliakine-Baruchi believes strongly in the power of artificial intelligence to change health. MyndYou is an AI healthcare company dedicated to identifying and tracking cognitive changes in older adults. The goal is to help these adults stay with their families longer and gain better care than they might get

How augmented reality and virtual reality devices are boosting medicine

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices have immense disruptive potential, with the capacity to change how the healthcare industry delivers patient care and provider training. These technologies are helping to take medicine outside clinical spaces and will present a wide range of opportunities for innovators as professionals continue to adapt. Tim Jennings,  Custom

Medtech’s top leaders commit to interoperability – but can the data back it up?

Integrating data into the care process holds a great deal of promise for the healthcare industry. But medical device industry leaders agree that there are system complexities that need to be solved — with lack of good data a critical issue. That was a major takeaway from a Healthcare Technology Leadership Panel at the 6th Annual

China’s private hospital revenue expected to triple by 2019

Grace Palma, China Med Device The public healthcare system in China is getting overcrowded. Medical resources are getting stretched thin and this is particularly evident in level III public hospitals. The government, aware of the challenges, has opened up the healthcare system to private investments as outlined in its 13th five-year plan. At the same time,

How a new MRI technique is improving patient comfort

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles have created a new technique for administering magnetic resonance imaging tests that helps patients be more comfortable and decreases testing time while increasing accuracy and reliability. The new test is called MR Multitasking and tackles a common problem cardiologists face which is getting a still image when the heart

This visor-like device could be a defibrillator for stroke

A portable, visor-like device has shown potential for detecting emergent large-vessel occlusion with 92% accuracy in patients who may have had a stroke. The researchers suggest that the diagnostic device could be readily accessible to emergency personnel and in public spaces in the same way a defibrillator is available for treating heart attacks. Researchers and

Masimo launches UniView data integration system

Masimo (Irvine, Calif.) recently announced that it has launched its UniView system to help promote data sharing and team coordination between multiple clinicians. The UniView system is an integrated display of real-time data and alarms that others its information from a number of Masimo and third-party devices. It helps clinicians in operating rooms, intensive care

This fluorescent dye could create clearer biological imaging

Massachusetts researchers have repurposed a commercially-available dye that has been around since the 1950s to make short-wave infrared easily available for clearer imaging. Fluorescence imaging is often used to visualize biological tissues or blood vessels during reconstructive surgery to see if vessels are connected properly. Currently, researchers use a dye that runs at the near-infrared

Why partnerships between medtech companies and doctors are so important

As new devices and technologies are being developed in the medtech industry, doctors and physicians have to learn about the devices on platforms that are different from what they know. One way to help make the healthcare provider’s transition into using new devices easier is to forge a partnership between the industry and the physician,

University of St. Thomas launches healthcare innovation master’s program

The University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business in Minneapolis recently announced that it has launched its newest one-year accelerated master’s program in healthcare innovation. The master’s of science program focuses beyond healthcare to bring a better understanding to advancing the landscape and direction that is needed to keep up in the healthcare industry.

This wearable system continuously monitors stomach activity

California researchers have created an electrocardiogram-like system for the gastrointestinal tract that monitors electrical activity in the stomach over a 24-hour period. The system is a wearable, non-invasive system that provides GI activity monitoring outside of clinical settings while increasing the chance of identifying abnormal activity. It is a 3D printed portable box that is

10 women medtech leaders you should know

There is a women’s leadership gap in the U.S., and women in medtech have been working to alleviate that problem. According to a report from the Centers for American Progress, women hold 52% of professional jobs in the U.S., but only 14.6% are CEOs, 8.1% are top earners and 4.6% are Fortune 500 CEOs. More specifically,

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How to redesign medical carts to reflect changing healthcare settings

The way to redesign medical carts for better practicality and maneuverability for changing healthcare settings is making lighter power sources, according to a white paper from Accutronics. “Designs [now focus on innovative solutions to create smaller and lighter carts that are easy to maneuver,” Marty Carlos from the medical device consulting firm Paragon Group said.