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Robotic Surgery: Safe But Costly

May 10, 2013 11:51 am | by Charlene Laino | News | Comments

Laparoscopy for treatment of pelvic lesions was equally safe whether performed conventionally or with robotic assistance, but cost favors conventional minimally-invasive surgery. Overall, there was a 7 percent major postoperative complication rate among patients who received conventional video-assisted laparoscopy and a 10 percent rate among patients who underwent minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Improved Material For 'Laser Welding' Of Tissue In Intestinal Surgery

May 10, 2013 11:40 am | News | Comments

A new "solder" for laser welding of tissue during surgical operations has great potential to produce stronger seals and expand use of this alternative to conventional sutures and stapling in intestinal surgery, scientists are reporting.

3D Viewing And Recording Products

May 10, 2013 10:50 am | by Sony | 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.

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The Advantages Of Having A Connected EHR

May 10, 2013 10:07 am | by Donald Tex Bryant | Blogs | Comments

Most clinical providers are aware of the more common capacities of EHRs.  However, there are many capacities that are being underused that can be of great assistance in providing safe care that avoids waste and identifies best practices.  Electronic communication with providers outside of one’s clinical setting, clinical decision support, and improving the body of knowledge of best practices are three capacities of modern EHRs.

App Gives Families Live Updates On Surgery

May 9, 2013 10:26 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

An app that can send text updates to a patient's loved ones while he or she is in surgery is being used by some doctors. It is being used as a useful way to inform family members on the status of a patient. Here's a look at this cutting-edge app.

LifeVest

May 7, 2013 9:41 am | by Zoll Medical Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Zoll Medical Corporation offers the LifeVest, which is designed to protect patients at risk for sudden cardiac death. It is used to protect a wide range of patients, including recent myocardial infarction, or following coronary revascularization.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Plans To Extend Healthcare To More Children In Ohio Area Through Pilot With HealthSpot

May 6, 2013 12:53 pm | News | Comments

HealthSpot, a pioneer in telehealth technology, has teamed up with Nationwide Children's Hospital, one of the largest and most respected children's hospitals in the nation, to expand access to affordable healthcare to more children via four HealthSpot Station units in and around Columbus, Ohio.

The Future Of Robotic Surgery

May 1, 2013 2:51 pm | Articles | Comments

There’s no doubt that robotic surgery is increasing in popularity and prominence as hospitals and medical facilities are trying to leverage technological advancement to achieve better outcomes, improve safety, and reduce costs. However, there are still some questions as to how robotic surgery will develop and evolve in the coming years.

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Let There Be Light

May 1, 2013 1:46 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

What constitutes good or sufficient surgical lighting in today’s operating room is not the same as it was just a few short years ago. Advancements in technology and product development have sparked an ongoing evolution of lighting products. As a result, the needs, wants, and expectations of hospitals and medical facilities have grown and evolved as well.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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?

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