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Google Glass For Medicine: Four Reasons Why It Could Be Disastrous

September 16, 2013 9:22 am | by Matthew Katz, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

The buzz is that Google Glass will transform medicine.  But unless it’s carefully vetted it could be a disaster for patients, clinicians, and hospitals.  Until the FDA or research confirms its safety, Google Glass is banned from my clinic as a privacy and medical practice hazard. Here are four reasons why.

Great Expectations

September 13, 2013 5:18 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

A multi-year project by Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center to construct two hybrid operating rooms featuring state-of-the-art technology concluded in January of 2012. With one located in the facility’s tower and another in its atrium, staff from a number of different specialties immediately began to utilize cutting-edge technology and interact with one another on a number of hybrid surgical procedures.

New Tool Detects Breast Cancer, Limits Surgeries

September 13, 2013 11:39 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

More than 230,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Many choose a lumpectomy to remove the cancerous tissue. Now a new tool in the operating room may save women from follow-up surgery. CBS News' Teresa Garcia reports.


OR Inventory Manager

September 13, 2013 10:05 am | by TECSYS Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TECSYS Inc. announced the OR (Operating Room) Inventory Manager; TECSYS’ innovative and clinical staff-friendly solution specifically designed for the perioperative supply chain environment. It empowers the OR organization to leap forward in their transformational initiatives to meet the constraints and stringent needs of today’s operating rooms. TECSYS’ OR Inventory Manager is all about ultimate visibility, control, and efficient execution.

UAB Surgeon First To Use New Heart Catheter On A U.S. Patient

September 12, 2013 10:37 am | News | Comments

University of Alabama at Birmingham cardiovascular physician Tom McElderry, M.D., has become the first surgeon in the United States to use the new IntellaTip MiFi XP catheter in a patient. The device was given FDA approval in the United States in August for the treatment of atrial flutter, an arrhythmia that affects nearly one million people in the United States.

Use Of EHRs For Patients With Diabetes Linked With Reduction In ED Visits, Hospitalizations

September 11, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

Among patients with diabetes, use of an outpatient electronic health record (EHR) in an integrated healthcare delivery system was associated with modest reductions in emergency department visits and hospitalizations, but was not associated with a change in office visit rates, according to a study.

ProHD Camera

September 11, 2013 10:56 am | by LoupeCam by VizVOCUS | LoupeCam by VizVOCUS | Product Releases | Comments

LoupeCam (by VizVOCUS) introduces the new ProHD camera for surgical loupes and headlights. The ProHD camera takes visualization and video recording to a new level by delivering the best viewpoint that matters. This nickel-size camera, weighing only 0.4 oz, offers a 3.0 MP sensor, a built-in microphone and HD video recording 1280x720p directly to your laptop, with support for Windows and MAC (Parallel & VmWare).

A Doctor Creates His Own EMR Out of Pure Survival

September 11, 2013 10:23 am | by Rob Lamberts, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

The question has been raised: Why re-invent the EMR wheel?  What is so different about what I am doing that makes it necessary to go through such a painful venture?  I ask myself this same question, actually. Here’s my answer to that question.


Researchers Claim To Successfully 3D-Print Living Kidneys

September 9, 2013 9:28 am | by Yona Gidalevitz | News | Comments

Researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China claim to have successfully created living human kidneys through the use of 3D Printing. The artificially created organs have apparently been found to effectively perform the functions of a human kidney, including the breakdown of toxins, metabolic functions, and the secretion of fluids.

CNS To Debut Dynamic New Innovation And Technology Symposium At 2013 Annual Meeting

September 6, 2013 5:22 pm | News | Comments

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) will debut a new Innovation and Technology Symposium at its Annual Meeting, October 19-23, 2013, in San Francisco. Neurosurgery Innovations (October 19, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) offers neurosurgeons and industry-leading medical device companies the opportunity to collaborate in an open forum on new technologies and innovations fueling the advancement of neurosurgery.

Google Glass: The New Surgical Assistant?

September 6, 2013 10:55 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Google Glass is being touted as a game changer for surgeons and their patients. The camera embedded in the doctors glasses can livestream what they see and using voice commands the doctor can take photos and review medical records. This video breaks down the technology in detail.

Neurovascular Probes

September 6, 2013 10:10 am | by Koven Technology, Inc. | Koven Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Koven Technology, Inc. announces the introduction of new ULTRA-THIN Neurovascular probes. These new probes are available in fixed and flexible tip styles with widths of just 0.8 mm and 1.2 mm. These new thinner probes enable easier access to the artery and greater visibility. Ultra-thin probes were created for use with the new DVM-4500 Volume Flowmeter.

New Laser-Based Tool Could Dramatically Improve The Accuracy Of Brain Tumor Surgery

September 5, 2013 11:00 am | News | Comments

A new laser-based technology may make brain tumor surgery much more accurate, allowing surgeons to tell cancer tissue from normal brain at the microscopic level while they are operating, and avoid leaving behind cells that could spawn a new tumor.


Your EMR Is Watching You

September 4, 2013 9:44 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

If all medical, nursing, and ancillary staff members are not aware of the tracking features of EMRs, they should be. This is the same type of tracking that catches unauthorized personnel who peek at the chart of a celebrity or other prominent patient in the hospital.

Surgeon Livestreams Operation To Medical Students Via Google Glass

September 3, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

A surgeon at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center recently performed a routine surgery while wearing Google Glass. The technology allowed Dr. Christopher Kaeding to live stream the procedure to a group of students on the other side of town and collaborate with a colleague during the process.

Tailored Afib Care Called For

August 29, 2013 1:34 pm | by Chris Kaiser | Articles | Comments

Emerging technology might provide a more personalized approach to help reduce the death and morbidity in atrial fibrillation patients, according to a European consensus statement. Management and treatment of Afib patients should encompass the integration of atrial morphology and damage, brain and heart imaging, information on genetic predisposition, systemic or local inflammation, and blood-based biomarkers.

The Challenge Of Using Health IT More Effectively

August 29, 2013 9:50 am | by Ashish Jha, M.D, M.P.H | Blogs | Comments

Just a little over four years ago, President Obama, in his inaugural address, challenged us a nation to “wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its costs.”  This was an awe-inspiring, “we will go to the moon” moment for the healthcare delivery system.  But the next thought that ran through the minds of so many of us who work on health IT issues was this: how were we going to get there?

Zealous Imaging Fuelling Unnecessary And Harmful Treatment Of Low Risk Thyroid Cancers

August 28, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

New technologies such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI scanning can detect thyroid nodules as small as 2mm – many of these small nodules are papillary thyroid cancers. In the U.S., cases have tripled in the past 30 years - from 3.6 per 100,000 in 1973 to 11.6 per 100,000 in 2009 – making it one of the fastest growing diagnoses. Yet the death rate from papillary thyroid cancer has remained stable.

LED Clip On Headlight

August 28, 2013 9:37 am | by Vision USA | Vision USA | Product Releases | Comments

Vision USA introduces the Universal mini Lana LED clip on headlight with Sport Wrap Waterproof Loupe 2.5x or 3.5x. The LED clip on is extremely bright 50,000 LUX and is adjustable. The lightweight polycarbonate lenses are anti scratch coated and the loupe is waterproof to ensure ease of cleaning and disinfecting.

3D Viewing And Recording Products

August 26, 2013 6:34 am | by Sony Electronics | Sony Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Sony Electronics’ Medical Systems Division is unveiling new 3D viewing and recording products that can give urology surgeons and their teams the benefits of added depth and enhanced visualization. Sony’s new 3D products include: the LMD-2451MT 24-inch medical grade 3D display, LMD-4251TD 42-inch 3D display for reference, training and education, and the HVO-3000MT 3D medical grade recorder. 

Patient Warming System M1000 Control Unit

August 26, 2013 6:12 am | by Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Health Care offers the Patient Warming System M1000 Control Unit. It allows precise (+/-0.5 degrees Celsius) automated or customizable temperature management. Automatic computer-controlled algorithm avoids warming patients above normal range and prevents temperature spikes. The negative-pressure design prevents accidental leaks-even if the pads are punctured or cut.

Blood Clots Could Be Sucked Out Of The Brain By Robotic Device

August 22, 2013 9:27 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

A unique collaboration between Vanderbilt mechanical engineer Robert Webster and neurosurgeon Kyle Weaver has designed a special robotic system that uses tiny, steerable needles to suction out brain clots formed by intracranial hemorrhaging.

HD Camera Head And HD Camera Control Unit

August 21, 2013 10:11 am | by Olive Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The TCK1 HD Camera Head and OVB1 HD Camera Control Unit from Olive Medical introduce affordable “True HD” MIS visualization with intuitive controls and lightweight ergonomics that will meet your cost-containment needs.

Five Ways Google Glass Can Be Used In A Hospital

August 21, 2013 9:53 am | by John Halamka | Blogs | Comments

There have been parodies of the user experience, but I believe that clinicians can successfully use Google Glass to improve quality, safety, and efficiency in a manner that is less bothersome to the patients than a clinician staring at a keyboard.

Seven Golden Rules To Optimize EHR Implementation

August 20, 2013 10:23 am | by Rosemarie Nelson | Blogs | Comments

Workflows and operational processes must be modified to optimize a new tool like electronic health records. Technology changes what is feasible, and to adapt, we need to change what we do every day. To get the most out of your EHR, adopt these seven golden rules.

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