Pentax Medical And Hitachi-Aloka Medical Continue Joint Innovation And Global Leadership In Endoscopic Ultrasound SystemsMay 17, 2013 1:40 pm | News | Comments
PENTAX Medical, a healthcare industry leader in endoscopic imaging, and Hitachi-Aloka Medical, a global leader in ultrasound imaging, recently announced renewed collaborative efforts between the two global companies to enable further innovation in the development of Endoscopic Ultrasound Systems (EUS).
Steris offers the new S.A.F.E. Situational Awareness for Everyone Display. It is designed to provide automatic access to key patient information from diverse IT systems – laboratory, radiology, medical records, allergies, and more – within the operating room. It provides a dynamic view of clinical information on a dedicated, easy to read display to optimize clinical decision making and patient safety.
While it may seem that the financial problem created by expensive, proprietary health IT is simple and straightforward—health IT expenses push the budget into the red, doctors see fewer patients, revenue falls, and creditors come calling—healthcare economics are unique and apparently beamed from some other dimension where up is down and black is white, so linear explanations don’t really hold.
I hope that the FDA’s efforts investigate robotic surgery will not slow or dissuade brilliant individuals and forward-thinking companies from developing more useful solutions for the operating room. I have no desire to see hospitals, surgeons, and OR staff members balk at these solutions in favor of re-embracing traditional or old-fashioned practices and attitudes.
New healthcare laws are not only urging doctors to keep digital records. They are urging doctors to keep ONLY digital records moving forward. However, it must be noted that only 40 percent of physicians in the United States have converted their paper files.
Saratoga Hospital, located in Saratoga Springs, New York, set its sights on becoming a leading destination for minimally-invasive surgery and cutting-edge technology. To achieve that goal, the hospital launched an ambitious plan to build 10 new operating rooms. As the project’s planning began, a need arose for the hospital to upgrade one of its existing operating rooms- known as OR2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 HealthSpotMay 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.