Health Care Equipment & Supplies

How This Startup Is Applying Machine Learning To Disease Diagnosis


With populations growing, health systems are quickly becoming overburdened, under-resourced and not equipped for the challenges they face in today's fast-paced world. In the U.K., 24% of emergency admissions can be avoided through effective community care and case management solutions. And 58% of these are respiratory conditions alone, costing up to £165 billion. Delayed diagnosis can be both life-threatening and life-changing, but how can this be solved? U.K.-based technology startup Feebris thinks it's found the answer.

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FDA Eyes Tailored Approach to Regulating AI-Based Medical Devices


FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is making the most of his final week at the agency. In the month that has passed since Gottlieb rattled the medical device industry with news of his impending resignation, the commissioner has issued 18 public statements pertaining to nearly all corners of the agency's realm, from food, tobacco, and cosmetics to drugs and devices. Friday is Gottlieb's last day on the job. On Tuesday, Gottlieb said the agency will consider a new regulatory framework for reviewing medical devices that use advanced artificial intelligence algorithms. AI has been making headlines in medtech for a while now, and this is certainly not the first time FDA has turned its attention to how AI-based medical devices should be regulated.

UPS will use drones to deliver medical supplies in North Carolina


UPS is teaming up with autonomous delivery drone startup Matternet to experiment with using drones to deliver medical supplies, the companies announced on Tuesday. Starting today, the supplies will be delivered via Matternet's M2 quadcopters to WakeMed hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. The drone delivery program will be overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It will be small at first: Matternet's drones can only carry payloads of up to five pounds over distances of up to 12.5 miles. Here's how the companies describe the delivery program: Throughout the WakeMed program, a medical professional will load a secure drone container with a medical sample or specimen – such as a blood sample – at one of WakeMed's nearby facilities.

Stethoscopes, Electronics, and Artificial Intelligence


For all the advances in medical diagnostics made over the last two centuries of modern medicine, from the ability to peer deep inside the body with the help of superconducting magnets to harnessing the power of molecular biology, it seems strange that the enduring symbol of the medical profession is something as simple as the stethoscope. Hardly a medical examination goes by without the frigid kiss of a stethoscope against one's chest, while we search the practitioner's face for a telltale frown revealing something wrong from deep inside us. The stethoscope has changed little since its invention and yet remains a valuable if problematic diagnostic tool. Efforts have been made to solve these problems over the years, but only with relatively recent advances in digital signal processing (DSP), microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and artificial intelligence has any real progress been made. This leaves so-called smart stethoscopes poised to make a real difference in diagnostics, especially in the developing world and under austere or emergency situations.

Technology is influencing how people hear


Digital technology started to have revolutionary effects on hearing aids in 2006. Greg Kuykendall, a managing partner at Kuykendall Hearing Aid Center in Enid, said the rapid development of computer chip technology has had a profound impact on the hearing aid industry. "There have been new improvements every year since 2006," Kuykendall said. "If you remember the old analog hearing aids, they would squeal due to feedback occasionally. In '06, computer chips in hearing aids allowed audiologists to isolate the problem frequency and squelch feedback."

How robots are helping doctors save lives in the remote Canadian North


The robot autonomously navigates the nursing station corridors and arrives at the assessment room two minutes later. With the help of the robot's powerful cameras, the doctor "sees" the child and talks to the nurse and the parents to obtain the medical history. She uses the robot's stethoscope to listen to the child's chest, measures the child's oxygen blood saturation with a pulse oximeter and performs an electrocardiogram.

Can AI Reinvent The Hearing Aid & Turn It Into A Smart Wearable?


AI-based hearing aids are now replacing the earlier model of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)- enabled hearing aids. In this article, we discuss how these hearing aids, backed by AI some use cases of artificial intelligence in hearing devices. In general, a hearing device includes a sound classification module to classify environmental sound sensed by a microphone. SoundSense Learn is a feature that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence technique to apply user input for efficient optimisation of hearing aid parameters. This novel approach of machine learning is designed to individualise hearing aid parameters in a qualified manner, sampling a number of possible settings for the adjustment of hearing aid according to the user's preference with a greater degree of certainty.

New Hearing Aids: Battery-Free Devices, AI Tech


Audiologist Jennifer Wright, senior director of product management at Widex USA, says doing away with the hearing aid batteries will help adults with dexterity issues who struggled with them because of their tiny size. Historically, users of hearing aids have confronted irritants including whistling and squealing, or what the industry calls feedback, and volume control. Technical refinements are ongoing, Wright said, as are cosmetic changes that can make hearing aids harder to spot or, conversely, cooler to wear. "We do have fun colors," she said. "We have pinks and blues and greens that [wearers] can choose from."

Livio AI hearing aids are now as smart as most wearables


Among the mountains of sexy technology on the market, it's fair to say that hearing aids don't feature too highly when it comes to innovation and aspirational living. But as Starkey Hearing Technologies demonstrated with its Livio AI device last year, there's a lot to be done in this field -- and now its smart hearing aid has gotten even smarter. Granted, not many people view hearing aids as smart devices -- they are traditionally the preserve of the elderly, and therefore not particularly synonymous with The Internet of Things. But new updates to the device which already boasted a host of useful features -- such as Alexa voice control and built-in language translation -- are set to completely reimagine the concept of the hearing aid. Announced at CES, the Livio AI device now comes with fall detection, heart rate measurement and a built-in virtual assistant.