High-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation, developed by Swiss researchers

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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 (Video)

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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)”

4 ways healthcare is putting artificial intelligence, machine learning to use

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”

Lightpoint Medical raises $3m for cancer detecting tech

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)

Source: TechCityNews.com