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All-In-One Screen

December 11, 2013 9:57 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. The analysis tools such as measurements, DSA, region of interest (ROI) processing and marking, annotations, image processing, pan, zoom, and window leveling to name a few give you the ability to take full control of the image and video.

USB Microscope

December 6, 2013 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark offers a new USB Microscope that delivers improved image quality, and features which enhance the ability to closely inspect surgical instruments. This product helps ensure quality control for the CSSD by close visual inspection of reprocessed instruments. The USB microscope has a 2M pixels LENS and CMOS sensor along with a magnification ratio of 5x-270x.

U.S. Surgeon General Says Healthcare.gov Making Progress

December 4, 2013 11:12 am | by Daniel Lovering | News | Comments

The acting U.S. surgeon general said on Tuesday he was "enthusiastic" about the recent improvements to the troubled HealthCare.gov website, which was designed to allow users to shop for health insurance required under new reforms...    

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Intralign Earns 'Innovative Technology' Award From Novation

December 3, 2013 4:00 pm | News | Comments

Intralign recently received a highly sought-after “Innovative Technology” award from Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company. Intralign earned the distinction for its Intra-Operative Support service, which enables hospitals and surgeons to provide better quality of care and increase surgical throughput by supplying highly skilled Surgical First Assists (SFAs) to the operating room... 

Study: 3-D Mammography Increases Cancer Detection And Reduces Call-Back Rates

December 3, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

Compared to traditional mammography, 3D mammography—known as digital breast tomosynthesis—found 22 percent more breast cancers and led to fewer call backs in a large screening study at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), researchers reported...

CS-iQ Sterile Processing Workflow Management Software

December 2, 2013 10:31 am | by Steris | Product Releases | Comments

CS-iQ Sterile Processing Workflow Management Software from Steris promotes productivity, traceability, and compliance within the CS department to support ORs. As functionality is added by each module, the benefits increase; taking the entire perioperative workflow from reactive management to proactive planning and scheduling, and helping ORs achieve higher levels of performance.

Study Shows Automated Prediction Alert Helps Identify Patients At Risk For 30-Day Readmission

November 27, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

An automated prediction tool which identifies newly admitted patients who are at risk for readmission within 30 days of discharge has been successfully incorporated into the electronic health record of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The tool, developed by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, is the subject of a recent study...

C3 LED Portable Headlight System

November 26, 2013 10:19 am | by QED Medical | QED Medical | Product Releases | Comments

QED Medical offers the C3 LED Portable Headlight System. The C3 features an even, defined, brilliant field of intensity; an adjustable spot size; variable intensity control; and 7.5 hours of continuous use on high intensity from a lightweight, Li-ion battery pack. The U.S.- made C3 LED also makes it possible to convert most QED and BFW halogen headlights to LED with a simple, affordable conversion kit.

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Will Video Replays Lead To Safer Surgeons?

November 26, 2013 9:36 am | by Kevin R. Campbell, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Surgeons must use every tool possible to ensure that we can continue to improve our skills as we progress in our careers.  Evaluations such as video observation should be incorporated into training programs and may also play a role in continuing education for physicians throughout their careers...

MobileMat BESS

November 25, 2013 10:37 am | by Tekscan, Inc. | Tekscan, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Tekscan, Inc., a leading provider of technologies for analyzing foot function, gait, and balance, announced the release of MobileMat BESS, a computerized implementation of the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS).  BESS is a well-established protocol for postural stability testing that is commonly conducted as part of a sports concussion assessment.

Surgeons Get Practice Using Brains Made On 3D Printers

November 21, 2013 9:16 am | by Michael Dhar | Articles | Comments

How much practice would you want your brain surgeon to have? Probably a lot and the more specific that practice is to your particular brain, the better. Now, by combining models of brains made on 3D printers and images of simulated surgery, faculty at the University of Florida (UF) are making sure their surgeons get just this kind of training...

FMS1655 Controllers

November 21, 2013 8:53 am | by Triatek | Product Releases | Comments

Triatek's latest FMS1655 controllers, featuring Safety Halo edge lighting and new “Action Icons,” provide critical care facilities the unique ability to completely evacuate airborne contaminates and infections through an innovative feature called the “Clean Cycle." This automated and programmable cycle provides facilities the ability to engage the “Clean Cycle” for a predefined amount of time at which point the exhaust valve is fully opened to allow for maximum evacuation of air.

'Tele-Docs' Bring Stroke Specialists To Rural Areas

November 20, 2013 10:31 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The doctor isn't in, but he can still see you now. Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam" themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies. A growing number of hospitals in California and other states are using telepresence robots to expand access to medical specialists, especially in rural areas where there's a shortage of doctors...

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OR Inventory Manager

November 20, 2013 9:42 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.

Product Q&A: SpotOn Surgical

November 18, 2013 11:31 am | Articles | Comments

The founders of SpotOn Surgical began to see a collision of trends in the operating room several years ago. Hospitals were successfully implementing programs to reduce supplier foot traffic in the operating room, while products and equipment used in surgery continued to increase in complexity. It seemed inevitable that remote support and improved aggregation of training tools would improve the situation...

Robots Let Doctors 'Beam' Into Remote Hospitals

November 18, 2013 10:29 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

The doctor isn't in, but he can still see you now. Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam" themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies. A growing number of hospitals in California and other states are using telepresence robots to expand access to medical specialists, especially in rural areas where there's a shortage of doctors...

Scintillant Surgical Light

November 18, 2013 9:57 am | by Engineered Medical Solutions | Engineered Medical Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Scintillant Surgical Light from Engineered Medical Solutions is a sterile, single-use, focused illumination device to help improve visualization. This battery powered light can be used with the supplied accessories and does not require a bulky external light source, thus eliminating the need for clumsy cords and awkward headgear. The device can also be used independently as a hand-held light source.

Keep Your Government Hands Off My EHR

November 18, 2013 9:29 am | by Robert Hitchcock, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

It’s human end-users — doctors and nurses — who need to define the usability of electronic health record (EHR) products by their acceptance and use of the products. The government-proposed approaches to enforcing usability for healthcare IT aren’t focused on the opinions of clinicians but on vendor compliance with self-defined testing processes performed in focused areas of their products...

FIRST PLACE -- Stryker Endoscopy's SDC3 All-In-One Data Management Solution

November 17, 2013 2:01 pm | by Stryker Endoscopy | Stryker Endoscopy | Product Releases | Comments

Stryker Endoscopy’s SDC3 is an all-in-one data management solution to increase OR workflows and efficiencies.  The SDC3 features device and voice control capabilities, allowing both surgeon and staff to control devices such as the light source, arthroscopy pump, insufflator, camera, capture device, lights, and more from anywhere in the OR.

Boom Systems

November 15, 2013 10:41 am | by Stryker | Stryker | Product Releases | Comments

Stryker FLEXiS Boom Systems offer modular solutions developed to provide efficiencies in demanding modern hospital environments. FLEXiS is equipped with multi-functional rails that allow for freedom and flexibility in supporting the needs of any equipment and setting. Designed for ergonomic management of ceiling supply units, FLEXiS Boom Systems offer versatility in room design and workflow.

ZeroWire Ultra

November 11, 2013 10:05 am | by NDS Surgical Imaging | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

The latest advancement of NDSsi's ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless video technology, ZeroWire Ultra allows up to nine transmitter/receiver pairs to operate simultaneously within neighboring vicinities (75-feet radius). Utilizing an innovative system of “Time Frequency Coding,” ZeroWire Ultra units are programmed to change frequency bands in a specific sequence and timing, creating nine non-interfering channels, compared to the previous generation’s three-channel limit.

The Benefits Of A Free, Web-Based EHR

November 11, 2013 9:05 am | by David Wyatt, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

As a physician who uses a free EHR, I chuckle at stories trying to drum up fear and uncertainty about these systems. Though free EHRs have become mainstream, there still seems to be a clever news angle in highlighting their supposed pitfalls. We live in a time when Google offers all of its services online for free, but many doctors question that you can have a free EHR with no strings attached...

THIRD PLACE (VISUALIZATION & COMMUNICATION) -- Olympus's HD 3D Video Laparoscope

November 7, 2013 2:44 pm | by Olympus | Olympus America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ENDOEYE FLEX 3D from Olympus is the world’s only articulating HD 3D video laparoscope that delivers value to surgeons and patients by reducing surgical errors and improving the speed, accuracy, and precision of surgical tasks such as dissection, grasping, and suturing (compared with traditional 2D surgical systems).

THIRD PLACE (VISUALIZATION & COMMUNICATION) -- Richard Wolf Medical Instruments' Endocam Logic HD

November 7, 2013 2:34 pm | by Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Packing unprecedented versatility into a single endoscopic video system, Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. introduces the Endocam Logic HD, equipped with three interchangeable, high-definition camera heads that plug in to a single control unit to perform a multitude of procedures.

SECOND PLACE (VISUALIZATION & COMMUNICATION) -- EndoChoice’s Fuse Endoscope System

November 7, 2013 1:38 pm | by EndoChoice | Product Releases | Comments

EndoChoice’s Fuse endoscope system is a proprietary arrangement of three small cameras on a flexible GI endoscope. By using three cameras, the Fuse system allows doctors to see nearly twice as much surface area as they can with traditional endoscopes that only use one camera. Because of folds that occur naturally in the colon and stomach anatomy, problem areas can easily go undetected when using traditional endoscopes.

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