FDA Approves Smallest Ever Mechanical Heart Valve

By March 07, 2018

Findings from a single-arm study (N=20) of pediatric patients with serious heart failure (aged 1.5 weeks to 27 months) at the time of mitral valve implant were reviewed by the Agency. Study data showed a 69.3% probability of survival post-implant and a 66.8% probability of not experiencing a valve-related adverse event.

Pharmacokinetic Dosing Software for Hemophilia A Treatment Now Available

By March 05, 2018

The myPKFiT software can be used to generate Advate dosage amount and frequency recommendations for routine prophylaxis for an individual patient 16yrs of age and older and body weight of 45kg or greater.

Study Assesses Potential Harm of Missed Messages With E-Prescribing

By February 28, 2018

The researchers determined that over one-third (31.5%) of the comments had potential for significant harm if not communicated, while 2.8% had potential for severe harm. The most frequent comment categories were related to dose, route, or duration (38.0%), transmission of the prescription (19.3%), or details on filling the prescription (16.6%).

Retinal Images Can Be Used to Predict CV Risk, Says Google Study

By February 22, 2018

The model used retinal images to predict cardiovascular risk.

Treatment Window for Using Clot Retrieval Device Now Expanded

By February 15, 2018

The Trevo device is inserted via a catheter into the blood vessel to the site of the clot. The end portion of the device expands (up to 3-6mm diameter) and grips the clot, allowing the physician to pull it back through the vessel along with the device.

FDA: New Clinical Decision Support Tool Helps ID Stroke Sooner

By February 14, 2018

The Viz.AI Contact application is a computer-aided triage software that uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze images for indicators associated with a stroke.

Four Best Practices Identified to Help Prevent Healthcare Cyberattacks

February 14, 2018

Health care execs should ID potential inefficiencies in cybersecurity, ensure systems backed up

What Should Practices Prioritize to Meet Value-Based Care Requirements

February 13, 2018

Patient portals do not represent patient engagement, while value-based care requirements need direct and interactive exchange with patients. Finally, EHRs cannot support the complexity needed for fee-for-value workflows.

FDA Clears Smart Watch for Epilepsy Management

By February 06, 2018

Embrace uses advanced machine learning to monitor for grand mal or generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and sends an alert to summon caregivers' help.

Patient Portal Messages, IVR Calls May Improve Flu Vaccination Rates

By February 05, 2018

Results found that among portal users, 14% (702/5,000) of portal and IVR call recipients received EHR-documented influenza vaccines.

Physicians' Top Concerns Regarding IT Adoption Identified

February 05, 2018

According to the report, few papers talked about provider adoption, with only 57 studies out of more than 3,000 papers mentioning provider adoption. Key facilitators of digital health adoption include resources and training, access to accurate data

First-of-its-Kind Test to Monitor Cardiovascular Drug Adherence Available

By February 01, 2018

KardiAssure is a non-invasive and cost-effective urinalysis that provides physicians with clear, reliable, actionable information on patients' adherence to more than 50 cardiovascular medications.

GammaCore Approved for the Acute Treatment of Migraine Pain

By January 29, 2018

The new approval for migraine patients was supported by the PRESTO trial, a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial.

Can E-Mail Use Improve Patient-Provider Communication?

January 18, 2018

In addition, the overall satisfaction scores for providers who made their e-mail addresses available to patients were significantly higher than those who did not. Individual satisfaction domains did not differ significantly.

Wearable Patches May Provide Viable Heart Failure Tracking for Outpatients

January 16, 2018

The researchers found that a graph similarity score could assess heart failure patient state and correlates to clinical improvement in the 45 patients.

CES: Med Tech Innovations to Look Out for in 2018

By January 12, 2018

2018 marks the show's 50th year and among the 3,900 companies exhibiting at the Las Vegas convention center, there is an impressive array of medical technology; aimed at both healthcare practitioners and consumers.

Tips for Optimizing Patient Encounters While Tackling EHR Tasks

By January 03, 2018

A recent study of 2237 hospital- and office-base physicians found that most respondents regarded EHRs as having a negative effect on both the quantity and the quality of time they spent with patients.

MRI Seems Safe for Patients With Legacy Pacemaker, ICD System

December 28, 2017

No long-term clinically significant adverse events reported among 1,509 patients

Stereotactic Radiotherapy System FDA-Cleared to Treat Breast Cancer

By December 26, 2017

The GammaPod system is intended for use in the noninvasive stereotactic delivery of a radiation dose to a portion of the breast in conjunction with breast conserving treatment.

'Smart' Insulin Pen System for Humalog, Novolog Available

By December 14, 2017

The InPen is for use with U-100 Lilly Humalog and Novo Nordisk Novolog rapid-acting insulin and indicated for persons aged 12 years and older.

Video Game Helps Physicians Recognize Severe Trauma Patients

By December 13, 2017

A 6-month follow-up found that these figures had remained similar with 57% of those who played the game under-triaging compared to 74% of those who read the educational material.

AMA: Cyberattacks Are a Big Problem for Medical Practices

By December 12, 2017

Phishing, the practice of sending fraudulent e-mails in an attempt to gain sensitive information, was chosen most often (55%) as the most common type of cyberattack.

FDA Expands Use of DESCRIBE PFD Patch for Laser Treatment of Tattoos

By December 04, 2017

The Patch, which is placed over tattoos prior to removal with a laser, allows physicians to treat tattoos more efficiently by enabling rapid multiple laser passes in a single treatment session.

FDA Approves KardiaBand for Apple Watch

By November 30, 2017

The first FDA-cleared medical device accessory for Apple Watch, KardiaBand can record an EKG in 30 seconds with just a touch of its integrated sensor.

FDA Approves Intraocular Lens That Can Be Adjusted Post-Cataract Surgery

By November 27, 2017

First medical device system that can make small adjustments to the artificial lens' power after cataract surgery so that the patient will have better vision when not using glasses.

Is AVATAR Therapy a Viable Treatment for Auditory Hallucinations?

November 27, 2017

The researchers found that 83% of participants met the primary outcome of reduction in auditory verbal hallucinations at 12 weeks, as measured by the total score on the Psychotic Symptoms Rating Scales Auditory Hallucinations (PSYRATS-AH).

FDA Clears Remote Programming for Nucleus Cochlear Implant

By November 20, 2017

Cochlear implants often require regular programming visits with an audiologist.

Enbrel Mini With AutoTouch Now Available

By November 17, 2017

The needle stays hidden during injection and a sensor can detect placement on skin. It also includes 3 difference injection speeds, a progress bar and a speaker.

New Drug-Free Therapy Available for Arthritis Pain

By November 16, 2017

The device has 14 pre-set therapy modes designed to block acute or chronic pain or to imitate exercise recovery, endurance and muscle strength.

FDA Approves Antipsychotic Agent With Sensor to Track Ingestion

By November 14, 2017

The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults.