High-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation, developed by Swiss researchers
A team of surgeons and engineers of Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, and the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern (Switzerland), have developed a high-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation. In the same way that avionics allow a pilot to fly a plane by instrument solely based on read-outs from the cockpit, the surgical robot developed by the researchers for RCI has the capabilities to perform surgery that a surgeon cannot carry out manually without a robot.
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Nurses are getting help from robots with scheduling tasks on labor floor. A new system that can anticipate room assignments and suggest which nurses to assign to patients for C-sections and other procedures provided satisfactory recommendations to nurses 90 percent of the time. Today’s robots are awkward co-workers because they are often unable to predict what humans need. In hospitals, robots are employed to perform simple tasks such as delivering supplies and medications.But they have to be explicitly told what to do. Continue reading “Nurses are getting help from robots with scheduling tasks on labor floor (Video)”
How can we produce better health for more people at a lower cost, year after year? By lifting all the rules and barriers that prevent health care innovators from bringing new lifesaving products to consumers and force doctors to beg bureaucrats and insurance administrators for permission to save lives. Continue reading “Innovation vs. Intervention in Health Care”
Health and fitness apps, smart devices and connected products are making us more aware of our own health—and more active participants in our efforts to stay healthy. At the same time, health providers are looking to technology for smarter ways to deliver quality care, whether we are in the hospital or at home. Continue reading “Infographic: Health Tech Trends”
Healthcare is among the industries seen to benefit most from three-dimensional (3D) imaging technologies, which include anaglyphy, stereoscopy, auto-stereoscopy, holography and volumetric displays as well as 3D modeling, scanning, layout and animation, and rendering. Continue reading “3D Imaging Technologies To Benefit Health Sector Most”
Artificial intelligence and concerns over the long term consequences has come up again in the news week in the form of a Scientific American blog musing over how artificial intelligence will evolve. There is a certain amount of hand wringing over AI and, to a lesser extent, its branches such as machine learning and natural language processing. Continue reading “4 ways healthcare is putting artificial intelligence, machine learning to use”
Europe: The Netherlands has been judged to have the best healthcare system in Europe, according to the annual Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI). Continue reading “The Netherlands has best healthcare in Europe”
Every person who uses insulin to manage diabetes wants what they don’t have — a replacement for their malfunctioning pancreas. And though the technology isn’t yet to the point of creating an artificial pancreas, it’s getting a lot closer. Continue reading “Diabetes Technology Inches Closer To An Artificial Pancreas”
Lightpoint Medical, a company pioneering real-time cancer detecting technology, has raised $3m (£2m) in series A investment.
The Hertfordshire and Massachusetts-based startup develops technology that aims to tackle the high rate of followup operations undergone by people with some cancers, most notably breast and prostate cancer. It helps surgeons find the cancer in real-time during operations with the help of molecular imaging technology.
Founded in 2012, Lightpoint’s technology is currently on trial at Guy’s Hospital in London and will use the investment to bring two of its lead products to US and European markets in 2015.
Boost for MedCity
The investment comes from angel investors and crowdfunding, and comes as a boost to the MedCity initiative announced by Boris Johnson in early 2014. Established in April 2014, MedCity was launched to support the commercialisation of life sciences innovations in the London-Oxford-Cambridge golden triangle. “This is a deservedly successful investment round that highlights the value of being flexible about your funding mix and pulling all the levers to access the investment you need,” said MedCity Executive Chair Dr Elliot Foster. … (read more)
Living in Digital Times, a series of conferences and exhibits at the 2015 International CES®, brings together the newest innovations and leading lifestyle technology experts with over 200 exhibitors and over 300 conference speakers this year. Continue reading “Tech Pioneers Predict the Future of Lifestyle Technology in 2015”