Health Care Equipment & Supplies


CES 2020: MedWand is a Star Trek-like Tricorder

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MedWand is the closest thing we seen so far to a Tricorder. The scanner combines a stethoscope, thermometer, electrocardiogram and more in a small hand-held device. There's no need to explain to fans of Star-Trek what a Tricorder is. They'll have head of it. Multiple versions appear in the Sci-Fi movie including one that is used to help diagnose diseases and collect bodily information about a patient.


4 Industries Shaken By The Artificial Intelligence Revolution

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Artificial intelligence has had a profound impact on our lives. A study by Tractica found that the global AI market is projected to grow to $118.6 billion within the next six years. The market for artificial intelligence technology is growing largely due to the number of industries that depend on it. Almost every industry can use AI technology in some capacity. An article on Towards Data Science for a paper for a course on Computing and Society at Bucknell University showed that there are a number of case studies on artificial intelligence.


A Race Against Time? One Man's Search For Artificial Intelligence Medical Device Standards That Can Keep Up

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Pat Baird – Philips Healthcare's regulatory standards guru – says by the time artificial intelligence/machine learning standards are developed and recognized by regulators, they may already be out-of-date. To speed up the process, he's taken it upon himself to aggregate the most critical standards to help industry and regulators alike develop guidelines on how such products should be developed and operate.


Neural Networks Enable Autonomous Navigation of Catheters

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When a patient has a stroke, every minute counts. Here, prompt action can prevent serious brain damage. If a clot is blocking a large blood vessel in the brain, surgeons can remove this occlusion by means of a catheter inserted in the patient's groin. However, this is a complicated procedure, requiring a lot of experience, and only a few specialists are capable of carrying it out. In new work, Fraunhofer researchers have been investigating whether artificial intelligence might be used to steer a catheter automatically and reliably to a blocked blood vessel.


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Software

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Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies have the potential to transform health care by deriving new and important insights from the vast amount of data generated during the delivery of health care every day. Medical device manufacturers are using these technologies to innovate their products to better assist health care providers and improve patient care. The FDA is considering a total product lifecycle-based regulatory framework for these technologies that would allow for modifications to be made from real-world learning and adaptation, while still ensuring that the safety and effectiveness of the software as a medical device is maintained. Artificial Intelligence has been broadly defined as the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs (McCarthy, 2007). Artificial intelligence can use different techniques, including models based on statistical analysis of data, expert systems that primarily rely on if-then statements, and machine learning.


Neural networks enable autonomous navigation of catheters

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When a patient has a stroke, every minute counts. Here, prompt action can prevent serious brain damage. If a clot is blocking a large blood vessel in the brain, surgeons can remove this occlusion by means of a catheter inserted in the patient's groin. However, this is a complicated procedure, requiring a lot of experience, and only a few specialists are capable of carrying it out. In new work, Fraunhofer researchers have been investigating whether artificial intelligence might be used to steer a catheter automatically and reliably to a blocked blood vessel.


Is the stethoscope obsolete? More doctors are using high-tech devices that use artificial intelligence and apps to diagnose patients

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Students at the Indianapolis-based medical school, one of the nation's largest, learn stethoscope skills but also get training in hand-held ultrasound in a program launched there last year by Dr. Paul Wallach, an executive associate dean. He created a similar program five years ago at the Medical College of Georgia and predicts that within the next decade, hand-held ultrasound devices will become part of the routine physical exam, just like the reflex hammer.


Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose a Threat

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Over the last decade, though, the tech industry has downsized ultrasound scanners into devices resembling TV remotes. It has also created digital stethoscopes that can be paired with smartphones to create moving pictures and readouts. Proponents say these devices are nearly as easy to use as stethoscopes and allow doctors to watch the body in motion and actually see things such as leaky valves. "There's no reason you would listen to sounds when you can see everything," Topol said. At many medical schools, it's the newer devices that really get students' hearts pumping.


The bonding link for better care

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What is the best way to treat a stroke? It's no secret: you send for an emergency doctor immediately. Step two: the patient is sent for a CT or MRI scan, and if he or she is eligible for catheter treatment, it starts immediately after the diagnosis has been made. Then, everything possible should be done to prevent a further stroke. If we know this, why is it so difficult to implement?


Trends of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Device Industries

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Artificial Intelligence in Medical Device is the capacity of the computer program or a machine to think and learn. It is likewise a field of study which attempts to make the computer brilliant. They take a shot at their very own without being encoded with directions. In general terms, artificial intelligence implies a machine which mimics human discernment. Artificial intelligence (AI) frameworks are intended to animate human intuition abilities so as to encourage mind-boggling or redundant undertakings, regularly giving detailed new bits of knowledge and enabling clients to concentrate on their parts of activities.