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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.

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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...

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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.

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.

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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.

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...

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.

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...

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