A study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery has shown that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) holds great promise for treating patients with knee osteoarthritis.
The Microsoft Kinect game controller could cut U.S. healthcare costs by up to $30 billion by allowing providers to interact with patients remotely, reducing the number of hospital visits and the associated risk of infection.
A strong desire to dramatically improve OR efficiency led one South Carolina hospital to purchase and implement a real-time process management solution.
EMRs are essentially electronic charts, but what we need going forward is a tool to promote accountability and measurement of quality and safety.
MSim 2.0 is the new simulation technology for the dV-Trainer, the surgical simulator designed to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci Surgery System. The technology is designed to allow today's surgeons to more quickly and accurately advance their skill in robotic surgery with the help of important upgrades.
A new study from researchers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania reports that endoluminal (endoscopic) therapies, combining resection and ablation techniques, for patients with Barrett's esophagus and high-grade dysplasia or early mucosal cancer have a high success rate, with durable results and a low risk of complications.
Strokes that occur during or shortly after surgery can be devastating, resulting in longer hospital stays and increased risks of death or long-term disability. However, prompt identification and treatment of such strokes can improve neurologic outcomes.
"The innovation — and the skill sets to use the innovation — is outpacing the skill sets that the surgeons have, and no one is trying to close that gap." Dr. Vincent Lucente believes there should be a credentialing process to ensure expertise, as there is for other surgical procedures.
The Watson supercomputer is graduating from its medical residency and is being offered commercially to doctors and health insurance companies, IBM said.
The use of bone stem cells combined with a degradable rigid material that inserts into broken bones and encourages real bone to re-grow has been developed at the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton.
Patients who randomly received the minimally invasive surgery to deliver a drug designed to dissolve their golf ball-sized clots went home from the hospital an average of 38 days sooner and saved an estimated $44,000.
Two new studies from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest ways to improve surgical treatment for a debilitating condition caused by compressed nerves in the neck and shoulder.
Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance is designed to transform spine surgery from freehand procedures to highly-accurate, state-of-the-art robotic procedures, with less radiation—even for minimally invasive surgery (MIS), scoliosis, and other complex spinal deformity cases. It is powered by clinically validated technology and meant for a wide range of clinical applications.
SynTrack OR-Max from IBSS is designed to dramatically increase efficiency in the OR. Use the new-found efficiency to increase case throughput, adding another case per O.R. daily using current resource levels; or substantially reduce costs of current caseloads.
With more and more patients in need of specialized care, doctors are turning to technology to help them be in more than one place at a time. Some are calling it one of the best advances in tele-medicine.
Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are using cutting-edge technology to treat a the common heart condition known as atrial fibrillation. Surgery to treat the condition often leads to several x-rays during the procedure. That may no longer be necessary.
A surgical simulator recently created by a group of young men allows "players" to perform a heart transplant. It's not quite a video game, and it's not quite a training tool. See for yourself...
Partial knee resurfacing only replaces the parts of the knee that are worn out and painful rather than cutting away the entire joint. This preservation technique retains the natural ligaments around the knee, reduces surgical damage to tissue, and is less invasive compared to total knee replacement. Sculptor RGA utilizes a robotic guidance arm to assist the surgeon's operation of a cutting tool, limiting the removal of bone to a pre-defined safe area using 'Active Constraint' technology.
A new device is designed to recover blood spilled during open-heart and major trauma surgery and concentrate the blood cells for transfusion back to the patient.
The RealView Visual Workflow Management Software from Steris is designed to help create Lean, highly efficient perioperative environments. According to the company, improvements include an increase of up to 85 percent in OR utilization and a 146 percent improvement in surgical volume without adding ORs or overtime.
We should acknowledge that there might be cause, ethically, to deploy a technology that truly benefits patients at some cost. After all, you have to break a few eggs to make a good omelet. If interoperability of EMR systems between facilities were commonplace and clinical data were shared with ease while patient privacy was vigorously upheld flawlessly, the cost of these systems might be ethically justified.
A study of more than 12,000 children from emergency departments throughout the country in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) has identified seven factors that can help physicians determine the need for a computed tomography (CT) scan following blunt trauma to the abdomen.
“In patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) plus surgical ventricular reconstruction (SVR), a survival benefit was realized compared with bypass alone in patients where the left ventricular volume was reduced below 70mL/m2."
The prospective, outcome-based study of 427 breast cancer patients used a genomic test that analyzes 70 key genes, accurately determines which patients are at low risk of breast cancer recurrence and can therefore safely choose not to undergo chemotherapy.
A national shortage of critical care physicians and beds means difficult decisions for healthcare professionals in determining which of the sickest patients are most in need of access to the intensive care unit. Emerging health technologies – including reliable methods to rate the severity of a patient’s condition – may provide powerful tools to efficiently use health resources.