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Research reveals healthcare organisations' increasing financing challenge in acquiring/upgrading medical equipment and technology
11 August, 2014
Siemens’ Financial Services unit (SFS) has released the results of a new survey, conducted amongst global top 40 medical equipment
World first gene therapy trial for heart muscle launches
11 August, 2014
A patient with a mechanical heart pump, called an LVAD, has received a new gene therapy treatment for heart failure at London’s Harefield Hospital. The first of its kind in the world, the clinical trial, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF),
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Graphene rubber bands stretch limitations of body motion sensors
University of Surrey : 16 August, 2014  (Technical Article)
Although body motion sensors already exist in different forms, they have not been widely used due to their complexity and cost of production. Now researchers from the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin have for the first time treated common elastic bands with graphene, to create a flexible sensor that is sensitive enough for medical use and can be made cheaply.
Successful implantation of microsensor for wireless intraocular pressure measurement in glaucoma patient
Implandata Ophthalmic Products : 16 August, 2014  (New Product)
Implandata Ophthalmic Products reports the successful implantation of the first patient within the ARGOS-02 clinical study at Augenklinik Bellevue in Kiel, Germany. In the ARGOS-02 clinical study, six eye centers in Germany are currently recruiting primary open angle glaucoma patients, undergoing cataract extraction. These patients are eligible to receive the implantable microsensor for wireless intraocular pressure measurement.
RFID transponder uses 8kB FRAM technology for memory-intensive applications
HID Global : 13 August, 2014  (New Product)
HID Global's Identification Technologies division is shipping the IN Tag 300 8kB RFID transponder, which is ideal for memory intensive applications. The device incorporates ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) technology from Fujitsu Semiconductor. This accelerates data access close to the maximum high frequency (HF) speed; endures billions of read and write cycles; and withstands gamma radiation up to 50kGray to survive medical sterilization processes.
Battery afterthoughts give medical device designers a headache
Accutronics : 13 August, 2014  (Technical Article)
At the end of March, Sataya Nadella the new CEO of Microsoft gave his first keynote speech only 52 days into his new role. Speaking at the company’s Cloud conference, also dubbed the "Office for iPad" event, he expressed Microsoft’s vision for mobile and cloud computing moving forward. Here, Neil Oliver of Accutronics considers the implications of advancing consumer technology for designers of medical devices that rely on battery size reduction.
Flowchart-based, hardware-independent machine vision software targets medical device manufacturing
Matrox Imaging : 11 August, 2014  (New Product)
Matrox Imaging has announced Design Assistant 4 (DA 4) vision software, a hardware-independent integrated development environment (IDE) that lets users easily create an application flowchart and HMI and take projects from concept to completion in record time, without the need for conventional programming. It not only works with Matrox Iris GT smart camera but also any PC with GigE Vision or USB3 Vision cameras, including the Matrox 4Sight GPm industrial computer.
Graphene artificial retina - an interface to the optic nerve
Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Walter Schottky Institute) : 11 August, 2014  (Technical Article)
Physicists at Technische Universität München (TUM) are using the special properties of graphene to produce key elements of an artificial retina. With their research program the researchers were admitted to the heavily funded "Graphene" Flagship Program of the EU.
Licensed Gigabit network links two NHS Trusts
Rapier Systems : 11 August, 2014  (Application Story)
Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust has become first in the UK to connect two of its sites with a 1Gigabit per second (Gbps) licensed wireless link. The new link will carry all voice and data traffic between the two sites, including WiFi for both patients and employees.
Healthcare organizations migrate from mechanical locks to wireless electronic access control
Allegion : 11 August, 2014  (New Product)
Allegion showed visitors to the American Society for Healthcare Engineering Technical Exhibition (ASHE) annual exhibition in Chicago how easily they can migrate from mechanical locks to electronic access control. Allegion featured ENGAGE technology-enabled Schlage NDE Series wireless electronic locks.
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