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FIRST PLACE (VISUALIZATION & COMMUNICATION) -- NDS Surgical Imaging's ScaleOR

November 7, 2013 1:20 pm | by NDS Surgical Imaging | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

NDS Surgical Imaging's ScaleOR is a universal video format scaler and converter, the first of its kind, designed specifically for the healthcare industry. Until now, OR staff had to deal with numerous devices to surmount the challenges presented by the signal complexities of video conversion. With ScaleOR, one single device can now make the bridge between analog and digital, standard definition and high definition.

HD Remote-Head Camera

November 7, 2013 10:05 am | by Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., announces the release of the second in a series of HD remote-head cameras. The new IK-HR3H is a feature-rich, 1-chip CMOS, 2.1 megapixel video camera that provides optimal color accuracy and advanced noise reduction technology via a1/3-inch, 1080p high definition sensor.  The ultra-small remote head (only 1.08 in. x 1.08 in. x 1.3 in.), delivers up to 900 TV lines resolution and features high sensitivity and wide dynamic range.

BDV Clarity

November 6, 2013 10:31 am | by Black Diamond Video | Black Diamond Video | Product Releases | Comments

BDV Clarity from Black Diamond Video provides secure web-based OR management tools for your tablet, PC, or smart phone.  With BDV Clarity, you can view your OR’s live video feed securely in real time, review your case’s surgical videos and images by accessing BDV Clarity’s centralized media repository, and use BDV Clarity’s checklists to evaluate and enhance OR efficiency and procedural turnaround.

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FIRST PLACE (CAPITAL EQUIPMENT) -- Berchtold's TELETOM Equipment Management System

November 5, 2013 1:40 pm | by Berchtold | BERCHTOLD Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The TELETOM Equipment Management System from Berchtold is a modular, custom-configurable boom that allows facilities to tailor its design to specific clinical environments. Clinicians make the determination for the placement of services and accessories, complementary equipment, length of arms, and positioning capabilities to optimize available space, and maximize both clinical efficiency and effectiveness.

All-In-One Equipment Manager

November 4, 2013 9:42 am | by CompView Medical | Compview Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The U-Series NuBOOM from CompView Medical is the latest all-in-one equipment manager, ergonomic boom, and visualization system for image-guided surgery. Improves OR workspace by removing cords from floors and consolidating equipment. Wide range of ergonomic travel makes extended surgeon viewing more comfortable.

How Video Can Reduce Medical Errors And Improve Patient Care

October 29, 2013 9:11 am | by Bob Wachter, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

With tools like smart phones and Google Glass, the technical obstacles to the widespread use of video are beginning to melt away. Of course, other barriers — patient privacy, clinician pride, archiving, cost, the “eewww” factor – will remain. Let’s work through these quickly...

MD Vision

October 27, 2013 6:56 pm | by Perkins Healthcare Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

MD Vision from Perkins Healthcare Technologies is one of the few Class II Medical Grade Video Devices in the world that can simultaneously integrate and process up to 12 different video sources and display these in a collage format on a single 8MP display.

Introducing The Beast -- A New Anesthesiology Ether Screen

October 24, 2013 10:43 am | by Emory University | Videos | Comments

During surgery, anesthesiologists typically sit behind the “ether screen” (aka “blood-brain barrier,” where the blood is the surgeon and the brain is an anesthesiologist). Now a new device helps attach the screen so it moves along with the bed, provides support for equipment, and has clear access to the patient...

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21” EndoVue SE Surgical Display

October 23, 2013 9:15 am | by NDS Surgical Imaging | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

NDS Surgical Imaging (NDSsi) has developed a new surgical display designed to bring the latest imaging technology to cost-sensitive emerging markets. Offering an advanced feature set including LED-backlight technology, the 21” EndoVue SE delivers the image quality of a high-definition (HD) surgical display in an affordable solution. The 21” EndoVue SE display provides medical-grade reliability, and is specially engineered for multiple applications within any OR setting.

Cheney Feared Heart Device Hack In Assassination Effort

October 22, 2013 9:46 am | News | Comments

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted near his heart to kill him and had his doctor disable its wireless function. Cheney has a history of heart trouble, suffering the first of five heart attacks at age 37. He underwent a heart transplant last year at age 71...

Why Electronic Medical Records Are Dangerous To Older Adults

October 21, 2013 8:53 am | by Michael Wasserman, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

A recent experience with my father-in-law reminded me of something that has concerned me for some time. While EMRs have some benefits for older adults, on balance I believe that they portend more dangers. There are multiple reasons, but the biggest is that healthcare providers tend to believe everything they read in an EMR. Even if what they read is wrong...

SDC3 All-In-One Data Management Solution

October 18, 2013 9:43 am | 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.

C3 LED Portable Headlight System

October 17, 2013 11:51 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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3D Images Generated From PET/CT Scans Help Surgeons Envision Tumors

October 17, 2013 11:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a hologram-like display of a patient’s organs that surgeons can use to plan surgery. This approach uses molecular PET/CT images of a patient to rapidly create a 3D image of that patient, so that surgeons can see the detailed anatomical structure, peel away layers of tissue, and move around in space to see all sides of a tumor, before entering the operating room to excise it...

Endoscopic Imaging: At the Intersection of Quality Care, Efficiency, And Innovation

October 17, 2013 11:12 am | by Len Farris, Vice President of Marketing, Americas for PENTAX Medical | Articles | Comments

The field of endoscopic imaging is well positioned in this new era of healthcare to rise to the challenge of improving care while reducing cost. Highly trained physicians and staff and high quality endoscopic imaging equipment are the building blocks of a successful endoscopic imaging unit. However, tools and treatment and workflow protocols are critical to achieving both clinical and economic success...

Health IT Will Dictate How Health Is Provided In The Future

October 17, 2013 10:58 am | by Margalit Gur-Arie | Blogs | Comments

Health IT is hot and health IT will be leading the revolution and health IT will transform itself and healthcare. The big (and rather comfortable) enterprise health IT will just get stronger and bigger to better support industry consolidation. The little data feeder and analytics health IT will service the big health IT...

New Imaging Technique Can Identify Breast Cancer Subtypes And Early Treatment Response

October 15, 2013 10:47 am | News | Comments

An optical imaging technique that measures metabolic activity in cancer cells can accurately differentiate breast cancer subtypes, and it can detect responses to treatment as early as two days after therapy administration, according to a recent study...

LED Backlight Surgical Displays

October 15, 2013 9:33 am | by NDS Surgical Imaging | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

NDS Surgical Imaging has expanded its family of advanced LED backlight surgical displays with the release of the new 24” Radiance G2, 55” Radiance G2 and 24” EndoVue monitors. The benefits of LED backlight technology are many. LED displays consume less power, thereby reducing energy costs. NDSsi stabilized the LED backlight at 500 cd/m² for the life of the product with the introduction of its 26” Radiance G2 High-Bright display.

TRUMATCH CMF Solutions

October 15, 2013 9:24 am | by DePuy Synthes CMF | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF (Craniomaxillofacial), a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction and part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of TRUMATCH CMF Solutions for facial reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, distraction, and cranial reconstruction.

St. Jude Gets EU Approval For Wireless Pacemaker

October 14, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical Inc. has received European approval to market the first pacemaker that does not require implanted wires to attach to the heart. The first-of-a-kind device was developed by California-based startup Nanostim with funding from St. Jude. The St. Paul, Minn.-based device maker also said it would acquire of the smaller company for more than $123 million under a previously negotiated option agreement between the companies...

How Google Glass May Benefit Surgeons In The OR

October 11, 2013 11:36 am | by Medgadget | Videos | Comments

Philips and Accenture are teaming up to investigate how Google Glass can help improve clinical workflow and assist doctors and nurses in performing every day tasks. As a proof of concept, they released a video demonstrating a few tools that surgeons may benefit from in the OR...

CPM Procedure May Not Increase Life Expectancy

October 9, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

Women with early-stage breast cancer in one breast are increasingly opting to undergo a more aggressive operation to remove both breasts, called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Rates of double mastectomies have more than doubled over the last decade for women with early-stage cancer.

Surgeons Report New Approaches To Reducing Post-Op Pain

October 8, 2013 12:23 pm | News | Comments

One pain treatment utilized the simple but non-standard application of ice packs after major abdominal operations in patients, and the other treatment was a prolonged drug delivery method using nanotechnology in animals. Past research has shown that post-operative pain is often undertreated. 

Insurers Feel "Obamacare" Is Fixable

October 8, 2013 12:09 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

The federal government's biggest foray into online commerce has left millions of tech-savvy Americans thoroughly bewildered, but the insurance industry and others experienced with rolling out new programs say there's still enough time to fix the glitches with President Barack Obama's healthcare law before uninsured people start getting coverage on January 1.

Study: Technology, Not Uninsured Patients, Driving Hospital Costs

October 3, 2013 11:01 am | News | Comments

Technology, not uninsured patients, likely explains the steep rise in the cost of hospital care in Texas in recent years, according to Vivian Ho, the chair in health economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, a professor of economics at Rice and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine...

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