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Mountain States Health Alliance Launches Perioperative Management SIS

May 1, 2013 11:22 am | News | Comments

Surgical Information Systems (‘SIS’), a leader in perioperative information systems, announced today that Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) has completed implementation of Perioperative Management by SIS for organizations using Soarian Clinicals from Siemens Healthcare in two facilities: Johnson City Medical Center and Johnston Memorial Hospital.

First-Ever 'Blindfolded' Simulated Procedure Performed Using Robotics

May 1, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital, using a new man-machine interface, were able to successfully perform simulated robotic surgical procedures using only their sense of touch. Cambridge Research & Development (CRD) has recently completed research on a new haptic robotic interface which provides an enhanced level of tactile feedback allowing robotic operators to perform operations previously problematic and dangerous.

Epidermal Harvesting System

May 1, 2013 10:27 am | by Kinetic Concepts | Product Releases | Comments

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. offers its CelluTome Epidermal Harvesting System. According to the company, it gives an automated, precise and reproducible process of harvesting autologous non-damaged epidermal tissue.

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Perspectives On Robots In The OR (Part 2)

May 1, 2013 9:38 am | by Michael Berthelot, CEO and President, Pro-Dex Inc. | Blogs | Comments

While there are some ways in which robots can replace human involvement during surgery, it’s unlikely that robots will completely replace human surgeons. This is because human intuition, reasoning, and experience will continue to be invaluable. Robots offer doctors and surgeons a more advanced form of decision support, make them faster, and even allow them to work remotely.

Perspectives On Robots In The OR

April 30, 2013 9:05 am | by A.J. Smith, Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Blogs | Comments

Robotic technologies combined with improved sensors and sophisticated intelligence will make inroads into many aspects of medical care, including surgical centers and operating rooms. With a proven ability to automate actions with outstanding repeatability and reliability, the opportunity exists for robots to move into non-critical and routine medical procedures.

How Would You Like Your Assistant - Human Or Robotic?

April 29, 2013 12:30 pm | News | Comments

Roboticists are currently developing machines that have the potential to help patients with caregiving tasks, such as housework, feeding and walking. But before they reach the care recipients, assistive robots will first have to be accepted by healthcare providers such as nurses and nursing assistants.

A Plea For A Universal, Unified EMR

April 29, 2013 9:51 am | by James C. Salwitz, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Will a universal EMR save dollars?  Not right away, but in the near future, absolutely.  Will it improve the safety, quality and efficiency of medical care and thereby save lives.  Definitely.  Is there any reason to maintain our system of primitive individual medical isolation?   None at all, continued delay would be ridiculous.

New Transplant Technology Keeps Organs 'Alive' Outside Body

April 29, 2013 9:29 am | by Jacque Wilson | Articles | Comments

Placing healthy organs in the same container we use to keep soda cold at a picnic seems archaic. But until recently, it was the only option hospitals had. That changed with heart-in-a-box. In 2006, surgeons in Europe transplanted the first heart using the TransMedics Organ Care System, a portable device that kept the heart "alive" -- beating, with blood and oxygen flowing through it -- during transport.

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Texas Institute For Robotic Surgery Among First To Perform Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy Surgery

April 26, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

This single-site robotic platform provides surgeons with the increased dexterity, control and high-definition 3-D vision found with traditional robotic surgery, as well as the added benefit of performing the operation through a single, nearly invisible scar hidden in the navel.

SynCardia Certified Centers Perform Record Number Of Total Artificial Heart Implants During Q1 2013

April 25, 2013 2:37 pm | by SynCardia Systems, Inc. | News | Comments

SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that a record 40 implants of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart were performed at 24 SynCardia Certified Centers during the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Defending Robotic Surgery

April 25, 2013 9:50 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

The FDA has launched an investigation into the Da Vinci surgical system amid growing concerns over the rising rates of robotic surgery complications. Dr. David Samadi leading robotic prostate surgeon joins the Fox News team to defend the robot.

War Zone Technology To Bring Normalcy To Boston Wounded

April 25, 2013 9:38 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Medical professionals have made significant progress in returning amputees to a normal life. Technology has allowed for the development of prosthetic limbs that give both war veterans and the victims of the recent Boston bombings a second chance.

Image-Guided, Robot-Assisted Surgery Markets In Western Europe Set For Strong Expansion

April 24, 2013 9:00 am | News | Comments

Image-guided and robot-assisted surgeries have made successful inroads into the western European market. The significant cost and clinical benefits offered by such advanced surgical systems has been key to boosting their adoption rates.

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Shoulder Injuries In Baseball Pitchers Could Be Prevented With 3-D Motion Detection System

April 23, 2013 12:11 pm | News | Comments

A new 3-D motion detection system could help identify baseball pitchers who are at risk for shoulder injuries, according to a new study. The system can be used on the field and requires only a laptop computer. Other systems that evaluate pitchers’ throwing motions require cameras and other equipment and generally are confined to indoor use.

EMR Designers: Your Actions Can Kill

April 23, 2013 9:56 am | by Jordan Grumet, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Attention technologists, CEO’s, and health care consultants: your decisions can be as dangerous as a nurse with a syringe of over-concentrated heparin. When EMRs are implemented that take physicians eyes and minds away from the patient without demonstrable improvement in quality of care (and cause excess spending), patients can die.

The Future Of Robotics In The OR

April 16, 2013 5:23 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

More and more hospitals are using robots and robotic accessories to perform surgery to improve on human performance in the operating room. However, complications and concern are very much on the rise. What's really at issue here? What is the takeaway?

XBox Kinect: A Tool To Improve Surgery?

April 16, 2013 4:14 pm | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

An algorithm has been developed for haptic rendering from time varying point clouds captured by an Xbox Kinect RGB-D camera. This technology enables the operator to feel remote objects and receive force feedback from the environment. Could this help improve surgery?

Researchers Devise X-ray Approach To Track Surgical Devices And Minimize Radiation Exposure

April 16, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have developed a new tool to help surgeons use X-rays to track devices used in “minimally invasive” surgical procedures while also limiting the patient’s exposure to radiation from the X-rays.

Scientists Bioengineer Kidneys That Work In Rats

April 16, 2013 9:05 am | by Michael Castillo | Articles | Comments

Rats have received working kidneys that were grown in a laboratory, possibly opening the door for scientists to be able to grow genetically-customized organs for human patients. This study reports important milestones toward engineering replacement kidney grafts [and] shows the potential for this strategy.

All-In-One Screen

April 15, 2013 10:46 am | by Ampronix | Ampronix | Product Releases | Comments

Ampronix created the new VERSAPAXX, an all-in-one screen that lets you capture images and video all in HD. It features advanced analytical and diagnostic tools to make your integration seamless.

Ind. Hospital First In Nation To Implant Breakthrough Aortic Heart Valve Device

April 12, 2013 10:39 am | News | Comments

Physicians at the Franciscan St. Francis Heart Valve Center found that infection had destroyed a patient's aortic valve and severely damaged the mitral valve. Although Gerdisch was able to repair his mitral valve, the aortic valve required replacement. Fortunately, the advanced On-X valve technology was available at St. Francis Heart Center.

Neurovascular Probes

April 12, 2013 10:26 am | by Koven Technology | 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.

Surgical Robots Gain Popularity And Scrutiny

April 11, 2013 1:28 pm | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Million-dollar, multi-armed robots assisted thousands of surgeons in ORs across the country this past year. But the FDA is now looking into reported problems and even deaths that may have resulted from surging use of these high-tech helpers.

One Hospital's Cutting-Edge Hybrid OR

April 11, 2013 9:32 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

Florida-based Lee Memorial Hospital opened up a cutting-edge hybrid suite about a year ago. This one is devoted to a less-invasive heart valve replacement surgery. The multi-million dollar hybrid operating room is a must for the TAVR procedure.

Breakthrough In Robotic Gallblader Surgery

April 11, 2013 9:08 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

Dr. David Lourié, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Huntington Hospital, discusses a new breakthrough in robotic gallbladder surgery, where the use of a single hidden incision through the belly button results in a virtually invisible scar. Learn more about how this procedure works.

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