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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.