Technology

'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.

Cannabidiol Products Sold Online Often Have Inaccurate Labeling

November 08, 2017

The researchers found that the observed CBD concentration varied from 0.1 to 655.27 mg/mL (median, 9.45 mg/mL); the median labeled concentration was 15 mg/mL.

Experts Pick the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018

By November 03, 2017

The panel - made up of nearly 100 physicians and scientists - debated and whittled down over 150 nominations to decide upon the final 10.

Bedside to 'Webside' Manner: Leveraging Telemedicine in Health Care Delivery

October 30, 2017

The same standards of care, professionalism, and ethics should be in place for live interactive video visits with patients as for in-person consultations, said the panelists.

FDA Clears First Smartphone Compatible Insertable Cardiac Monitor

By October 23, 2017

Patients can also track and monitor their heart rhythms at any time and view the history of their clinician transmissions without having to contact their clinic.

Password Sharing Among Medical Staff Common, Says Study

October 19, 2017

Almost three-fourths of survey respondents report having used a colleague's password to access EMRs

Physician Online Ratings vs. Specialty-Specific Performance Scores

October 17, 2017

The researchers found that across ratings platforms, there was no significant association between mean consumer ratings and specialty-specific performance scores, primary care physician scores, or administrator scores.

Robotically-Assisted Device Cleared for Surgery Use

By October 16, 2017

The device is intended to enhance the accuracy of laparoscopic instruments in manipulation of tissue including grasping, cutting, blunt and sharp dissection, approximation, ligation, electrocautery, suturing, mobilization and retraction in laparoscopic colorectal surgery and laparoscopic gynecological surgery.

New Implant Approved for Moderate to Severe Central Sleep Apnea

By October 10, 2017

The implantable device works by stimulating a nerve in the chest that is involved in transmitting signals to the diaphragm to stimulate breathing.

Breath Sensor, App Combo Provide Novel Approach to Smoking Cessation

By October 06, 2017

The Carbon Monoxide Breath Sensor System (COBSS) informs the user how breath carbon monoxide levels are affected by their smoking behavior.

New Tech Could One Day Enable Clinicians to Print Custom-Dosed Drugs

By September 27, 2017

Most interestingly, the printing technique used 'vapor-jet printing', can print very fine crystalline structures, which aid medications in dissolving easier. This ability to dissolve could create an opportunity for new treatment.

Portable DVT Prevention Device Now Available

By September 21, 2017

As well as preventing DVT the company indicates that PlasmFlow can be used to enhance blood circulation, reduce post-operative pain and swelling, aid in the treatment of stasis dermatitis, venous stasis ulcers, arterial and diabetic leg ulcers, chronic venous insufficiently and reduce of edema in the lower limbs.

First Duodenoscope with Disposable Distal Cap Cleared by FDA

By September 20, 2017

The Pentax ED34-i10T duodenoscope is intended to provide visualization and access to the upper gastrointestinal tract to treat bile duct disorders and other upper GI problems.

Adverse Event Rates Examined for FDA-Approved Heart Failure Monitor

September 19, 2017

Overall adverse events accrued gradually; reports of pulmonary artery (PA) injury/hemoptysis and deaths were clustered early after device introduction. There were 28 reports of PA injury/hemoptysis (0.5%), including 14 intensive care unit stays, 7 intubations, and 6 deaths. Twenty-two deaths were included in the reports.

Intellis SC Stimulator Approved for Chronic Pain

By September 18, 2017

The Intellis platform records and monitors patient activity 24/7, which can be accessed by physicians to track and make treatment adjustments as needed.

Researchers Develop Portable Food Allergen-Detection System

By September 07, 2017

Most products were accurate to their stated label, however most products did contain at least 1 unspecified antigen, for instance, "brand of nut-free cookies contained gluten, whereas a gluten-free brand contained a peanut allergen," the authors write.

FDA Approves Inhaler Monitoring Device for Symbicort

By September 06, 2017

The SmartTouch for Symbicort is a monitoring device that is installed onto the patient's inhaler to track and improve medication adherence.

How Important Are Online Patient Reviews to Practices?

August 31, 2017

"Keeping a well-monitored, highly engaged review profile will not only help doctors respond to and appease negative reviewers, but it gives them valuable insight on areas of the business they can make improvements in," according to the article in Medical Economics.

New App May Help Screen for Pancreatic Cancer via Selfie

By August 29, 2017

The 'BiliScreen' app uses a smartphone camera; by taking a picture of the user's eyes it can calculate the color formation of the sclera and correlates it to the correct bilirubin level

Google Updating User Results to Help ID Depression

By August 24, 2017

The feature will take the form of a "Check if you're clinically depressed" button which will appear below the 'depression' panel that appears after the user's search.