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The robotic have-not: How J&J plans to woo hospitals, knee surgeons

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GettyImages-165533204-600x426Johnson & Johnson and Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences) have a joint venture to create the next generation of robotic surgery souped up with digital technologies in the future. (Watch out Intuitive Surgical.)

But when it comes to hip and knee replacement today, J&J Depuy Synthes is a robotic have-not.

Competitors have robots or are close to having something robotic in joint replacement.

On Tuesday, Stryker launched its total knee application on the expensive Mako robotduring the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Diego. That same day at AAOS, Smith & Nephew previewed its hand-held robot-assisted device for total knee replacements in advance of a market release in the second quarter. And Zimmer-Biomet was also proudly displaying its robot on the exhibit floor — the Rosa robot acquired with the purchase of French firm Medtech SA – although the robot won’t be doing total knee replacements until 2018.

By Arundhati Parmar | MedCity News

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European scientists developing new Augmented Reality visor to improve accuracy of surgical interventions

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imageEmploying new photonics technology, European scientists are developing a new Augmented Reality surgical visor in a bid to improve accuracy of interventions, showing anaesthetic and medical data while superimposing a patient’s x-ray in perfect unison with their body, meaning surgeons never having to look away during an operation and surgery times reduced by over 20 minutes for every 3 hours.

The VOSTARS (‘Video Optical See-Through Augmented Reality surgical System’) medical visor is a head-mounted display (HMD) system that is capable of superimposing the patient’s x-ray images in perfect 3D unison with their anatomy.

The visor also presents a patient’s anaesthetic data, heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and breathing rates, conveniently into the surgeon’s field of vision, in a drive to increase accuracy by focusing on the operation and reduce time by never having to look away.

By News Medical

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Top 10 Virtual Reality Companies Disrupting Healthcare

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VR-Doctor-1068x712Virtual reality is creating a safe space for patients and care providers in the healthcare sector. Not only can it help surgeons in training prepare for new operations, but it can also ease the minds of patients who may have had prior negative experiences. By offering more education to patients and providers alike, virtual reality is making for a kinder, more experienced health care service that has everyone’s best interest at heart.

These ten virtual reality companies are making strides in the healthcare sector by offering  training opportunities, haptic feedback, and more considerate patient relationships.

By Cas Proffitt | Disruptor Daily

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Robots Are Elevating What’s Possible in Healthcare

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RP-VitaRobots are entering the hospital room, surgery ward and doctor’s office at an increasing rate. Shipments of medical robotics used for surgery, rehabilitation and hospital tasks will triple over the next five years, with revenues jumping to $2.8 billion from $1.7 billion, a recent report from Tractica predicts.

While robotics already enhance procedures such as spine surgery, universities and healthcare technology companies alike are pushing the limits of what’s possible and developing ever more innovative ways to introduce robotics into the health field in coming years.

By  | HealthTech Magazine

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DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

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fl3aypgzjjkisaiwc7phIn 1848, a rail foreman named Phineas Gage was clearing a railroad bend in Vermont when a blast hole exploded, sending the tamping iron he had been using to pack explosives through his left cheek, his brain’s left frontal lobe and finally out the top of his skull before landing 25 yards away, stuck upright in the dirt. Despite his pulverized brain mass, Gage went on to make a full recovery, with the exception of a blinded left eye. It was, by all accounts, miraculous.

But while Gage could walk and talk, those who knew him found that after the accident he seemed, well, different. A local physician who treated him the day of the accident observed that “the equilibrium … between his intellectual faculties and his animal propensities seems to have been destroyed.” His friends put it more simply: Gage, they said, “was no longer Gage.”

By Kristen V. Brown | gizmodo

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Why tech giants are claiming space in healthcare

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45574daebc24e77aa2fde85ded695f8fFrom cloud platforms for medical data and hospital smart rooms to artificial intelligence and patient-engagement technologies, the giants of the digital world are threatening to disrupt healthcare.

Leading the pack is IBM and its centerpiece offering Watson Health. In just the last six months, the company has announced major initiatives into healthcare including a partnership with clinical consultation provider Best Doctors to add Watson’s cancer suite to employee benefits packages, a population health management alliance with Siemens Healthineers and an effort linking IBM’s PowerAI deep learning software toolkit with NVIDIA’s NVLink interconnect technology. The PowerAI is already being used improve diagnoses and care plans by sifting through patient data.

By Meg Bryant | Healthcare DIVE

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What Does the Current State of Digital Health Adoption Tell Us About Its Future in Healthcare?

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healthcare-2020-636x363Digital consumption is at an all-time high. The trends that have more people looking down at their screens may indicate things are looking up for those in healthcare—why? Well, for one thing, increased digital use could help cut costs and create greater efficiencies and access to health services for organizations and patients alike. That’s been the speculative hope for years, but could we finally be tapping into that potential in a tangible way?

“Last year was the tipping point,” said Ashlee Adams, vice president of strategy and partnerships at Rock Health. “Not only because of the record rate at which consumers adopted digital health technologies, but also because they are actively utilizing numerous tools.”

By Erica Garvin | HIT Consultant

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