Bloomberg – The hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone, and they’ll both be made by 3D printers.
Becker’s Spine Review – The healthcare delivery system in the United States is considered the most expensive in the world, and the future need for joint replacements is sure to worsen the economic pressures.
Tincture – Technology has drastically changed the practice of medicine, arguably for the better. However, many would claim that innovation has put a strain on the patient-physician relationship.
Purdue University – Researchers are developing a biodegradable metal orthopedic implant that could be safely absorbed by the body.
Mobi Health News – Out of the 422 million people around the world living with diabetes, one in three of them will develop diabetic retinopathy (DR), a common condition that can lead to permanent blindness if left untreated.
U.S. News – Small scale inpatient facilities, known in the industry as micro-hospitals, are popping up across the country to offer medical care in underserved communities and provide a local alternative to the potentially long waits for emergency care at major hospitals.
Smithsonian – Doctors and engineers at the University of Maryland team up to build a tool that projects images and vital information right above a patient.
FierceBiotech – BD has struck a $24 billion deal to buy C.R. Bard. The takeover will strengthen BD’s position in the markets for catheters, pumps and other items while also giving it a bigger presence in fast-growing fields including oncology and biosurgery.
E&T – Robots built from living tissue are set to crawl through your body to detect disease, deliver drugs and perform surgery.
MassDevice – Hydrogels are water-based biomaterials developed specifically for human use, according to a Biomaterials journal article. They are a water-swollen polymeric material that doesn’t change its distinct 3D structure.
Futurity – Virtual reality could be useful not only for detecting balance impairments early, but perhaps also for reversing those impairments and preventing falls. Every year, falls lead to hospitalization or death for hundreds of thousands of elderly people.
3ders.org – A team of researchers from Duke University in North Carolina is developing a novel 3D bioprinting material that could one day be used to create patient-specific cartilage implants.
Fortune – The business of medicine is inefficient, expensive, and ripe for disruption. Here are 21 companies that are using technology to reinvent it and to change our lives in the process.
The Verge – Alphabet’s Google division is, fundamentally, in the business of selling data. That is a useful thing to keep in mind when Alphabet’s Verily comes calling for your medical data.
Fortune – DePuy Synthes, an arm of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, is setting out to use 3D printed bones to fix injuries and deformities.
PeerWell, whose PreHab mobile platform helps patients prepare both physically and mentally for surgery so they can recover faster, announced a new partnership with Arkansas Surgical Hospital, one of the top centers of excellence for joint replacement surgery in the United States.
NPR – The public could soon get a look at confidential reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation’s hospitals that put patients’ health and safety at risk, under a groundbreaking proposal from federal health officials.
MD&DI – A digital health innovator discusses how voice platforms are being used in the hospital and home today and what healthcare services may soon be possible using the technology.
The Next Web – There’s currently a shortage of over seven million physicians, nurses and other health workers worldwide, and the gap is widening. Doctors are stretched thin — especially in underserved areas — to respond to the growing needs of the population.
Wareable – One of the biggest reasons your immersion breaks in VR is a lack of feeling. If you’re playing a game and get hit, or if you bump into a wall, you feel nothing (unless it’s your real living room wall, of course). That throws off your brain, which believes, visually and audibly, that it’s in a whole different world.