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Drone Delivery of Organ Transplants

If you thought that drones could be used as a new way to deliver organ transplants, then you are thinking along the same lines as Lung Biotechnology. This month Lung Biotechnology has agreed to partner with aerial technology company EHang Holdings Limited to develop and purchase up to 1,000 units of the world’s first autonomous […]

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Increase Patient Engagement with Shared Decision Making

In the last few decades, shared decision making in healthcare has been a popular topic. According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), a consensus has emerged that decisions involving the choice among more than one reasonable treatment option should involve the patient (i.e., clinicians provide patients with information about all the options and help […]

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Toyota and Microsoft Devices for the Visually Impaired

It might not be that surprising to hear that a tech company is trying to develop a wearable device that helps visually impaired people get around by foot, but an automotive company doing so might make you do a double take. Double take aside, Toyota is working to develop a wearable device for the visually […]

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IBM Powers Healthcare Diagnostics

While Google and Apple may have taken earlier steps into the healthcare arena, IBM has recently made its presence known. If you are curious, take a look at how IBM is helping Novo Nordisk, Medtronic and radiologists. Novo Nordisk and IBM Watson Health announced in December that the two companies will work together to create […]

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Population Health Links Hospitals with Community Needs

While there still may not be a consensus on the interpretation of the term “population health,” healthcare leaders in a George Washington University survey agreed that it is “an opportunity for health care systems, agencies and organizations to work together in order to improve the health outcomes of the communities they serve.” Defining it is […]

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Virtual Reality in Treatment, Training and Diagnostics

Virtual reality (VR) research and development in the medical field started to catch hold in the late 1990s when VR headsets were being marketed to the public. Since then, VR has been used in a range of healthcare-related applications. The applications are not just related to treatment and training. More recent applications of VR are […]

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Novartis, Dexcom and Google Life Sciences Devices

Life science collaborations continue to evolve and so does Google. According to Reuters, Novartis plans the first human tests of a smart contact lens next year. Novartis is developing this lens with Google to help restore the eye’s natural autofocus. More specifically, the lens is intended for people with age-related farsightedness, who can no longer […]

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Too Much Patient Satisfaction?

Patient satisfaction is an important consideration, but hospitals and health systems may be focusing too much on it as a key metric. According to a national study conducted at UC Davis by Dr. Joshua Fenton, patients who reported being most satisfied with their doctors actually had higher healthcare and prescription costs and were more likely […]

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NFL and GE Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnostics

With the launch of their Head Health Initiative in 2013, the NFL and GE have helped to make positive strides to improve the health and safety of athletes at all levels. The initiative is a four-year, $60 million collaboration to aid in the prevention, detection and management of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) as well as […]

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Momentum for Medical Device Tax Repeal

Although the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision supporting the Affordable Care Act has made many people happy, there are still some who are working to repeal at least part of it. The Wall Street Journal reported that efforts to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax are continuing to gain momentum. In April, the U.S. […]

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