Medical Technology Innovations
The backdrop of health care reform along with medical device conversion taxes have failed to prevent the ongoing development of medical technology by many companies focused on healthcare products that are not only cheaper, but also provide proficient patient care. According to the latest healthcare technology news, the medical technology industry is burdened by a cumbersome and futile approval process for new medical devices.
However, the FDA announced the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), which is responsible for simplifying the entire design and testing process for new technologies.
We bring you the top 5 medical technology innovations that will significantly advance medical science:
1. MelaFind . Optical Scanner
Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer. Previously, it was not possible to differentiate between a mole that was dangerous from one that was not, without an invasive surgical biopsy.
Thanks to the MelaFind Optical Scanner, dermatologists now have a handheld device that can perform multispectral analysis of tissue morphology. The ultimate goal of this device is to reduce the number of patients left with unnecessary scars as a result of the biopsy.
2. ATI neurostimulator
The ‘take two aspirin’ method has never worked for migraines and cluster headaches. For a long time, doctors have associated a chronic form of headache with a collection of facial nerves called the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG). The ATI neurostimulator is currently under investigation and is a powerful tool designed to block SPG signals as soon as a headache is detected.
A permanent implant in the upper gum on the side of the head where headaches usually occur is used to block pain-causing neurotransmitters.
3. Biosensor Transdermal
Transdermal biosensors are currently being produced at Echo Therapeutics with the aim of providing a needle-free solution for diabetic patients. The sensor will be able to read the blood analyte through the skin without the need to draw any blood at all. Small devices like electric toothbrushes work by removing some of the top layer of skin to bring blood chemistry within sensor range.
These sensors are able to collect readings every minute and can send data to a remote monitor. It can also trigger an alarm whenever glucose levels are exceeded outside the optimal range.
4. RP-VITA Remote Attendance Robot
Healthcare technology news latest continue to make us aware of the latest developments in the healthcare sector. More and more advanced technologies are being applied to provide cost-effective means of patient care.
Medical robots are the next step forward. The RP-VITA Remote Presence Robot is manufactured by InTouch Health and iRobot Corp. The robot is equipped with a two-way video screen and medical monitoring equipment programmed to maneuver itself through the busy halls of a hospital.
5. Sapien Transcatheter Aortic Valve
The Sapien transcatheter aortic valve is an alternative to open heart surgery designed for people who need a replacement valve, but cannot endure the severity of an open heart surgery procedure.
The valves are readily available in Europe, and are slowly making their way into the United States. Such an efficient procedure will definitely reduce health care costs incurred as a result of prolonged hospitalization.
Moe Tarhini is a Senior Technical Writer at Technogigs . Technogigs is an online news portal that aims to provide the latest news from the entertainment and technology industries. They offer news, articles and blogs on the Internet, mobile devices, technology gadgets, social media and tips for computer users to help them improve their computing skills.