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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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J&J, Takeda and OrbiMed Incubator Aid Israel Fundraising

  Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Takeda Pharmaceutical and venture capital firm OrbiMed have helped Israel break life science fundraising records through key investments such as establishing a biotech incubator. The biotech incubator, FutuRx, is the fruit of many months of work by Johnson & Johnson Innovation (the research development arm of J&J) along with Takeda […]

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Reduce Healthcare Improvement Fatigue

Shifting from a volume-based healthcare model to a value-based model makes sense when you consider that the U.S. trails other wealthy nations on improving health outcomes. As the healthcare industry makes this shift, hospitals and other healthcare organizations are continuing to experience a growing consequence of the pressure to assess and improve the quality of […]

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