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Over 13 Million Laparoscopic Procedures are Performed Globally Each Year
Articles, COVID-19, Laparoscopy

Over 13 Million Laparoscopic Procedures are Performed Globally Every Year

October 29, 2020
Based on the recent market study performed by iData Research, over 13 million laparoscopic procedures are performed globally every year. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows a surgeon to access the inside of the abdomen and pelvis through small incisions, (5mm-15mm) eliminating the need for large incisions in the skin. Laparoscopy, also......
LATEST!! Covid-19 Causes Major Impacts on Neurologic Disorders
COVID-19, Neurology & Neurovascular

LATEST!! Covid-19 Causes Major Impacts on Neurologic Disorders

October 20, 2020
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has affected millions worldwide. There are still many unknowns surrounding this virus yet one thing is for sure, in serious cases the virus causes devastating effect on the body – and not just on the lungs. “Neurology Online Journal“ has published a new study showing that the COVID-19 virus......
Cardiology, COVID-19, Vascular Access

Teleflex Announces Expanded Indications For Intraosseous Vascular Access System

October 2, 2020
Teleflex has announced its receival of 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand the indications for the use of the Arrow® EZ-IO® Intraosseous Vascular Access System. This device is used to provide procedural guidance within the establishment of intraosseous vascular access, especially when intravenous access is difficult to obtain in......
CapsoCam Plus® is a pill sized capsule endoscopy system
COVID-19, Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal, Patient Monitoring

FDA Allows At-Home Capsule Endoscopy Administration

September 28, 2020
Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, The FDA has granted enforcement discretion allowing CapsoVision the ability to launch at-home administration of CapsoCam Plus®. This device consists of a  video capsule system intended for further visualization of the small bowel mucosa in adults.  Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes are flexible visualization instruments that are inserted into the alimentary canal......
COVID-19 Causes a Significant Drop in Interventional Cardiology Procedure Numbers
Cardiology, COVID-19, Interventional Cardiology

COVID-19 Causes Significant Drop in Interventional Cardiology Procedure Numbers

September 25, 2020
Interventional cardiology is a minimally-invasive technique that uses catheters to treat coronary arterial disease, which is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. These procedures allow the heart to continue functioning at its best moving almost 3,000 gallons of blood every day. Based on the European Heart Journal, cardiovascular disease (CVD)......
Fitbit Used to Track COVID-19 Symptoms Remotely
Cardiac Rhythm Management, COVID-19, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring

Fitbit Used for Early Detection of COVID-19 Symptoms

August 28, 2020
Currently, the demand for healthcare workers and facilities is extraordinarily high in areas heavily affected by COVID-19. The demand for patient monitoring devices is also high. One of the biggest challenges in reducing the spread of the virus is contact tracing, which is made difficult through a high demand for health personnel, and because of......
COVID-19, Endoscopy, Video & High Tech OR

Top Product Releases to Follow in the Video Endoscopy Market

August 24, 2020
According to the latest study by iData Research, the US Video Endoscopy Equipment market was valued at $972 million by 2020. The US market has been growing consistently over the past few years due to the growing popularity of minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Additionally, the market was primarily driven by the replacement of older and......
COVID-19’s Effect on the Immune System During Pregnancy
COVID-19, Womens Health

COVID-19’s Effect on the Immune System During Pregnancy

August 19, 2020
Much like during the initial outbreaks of other coronaviruses, there is little certainty regarding the exact effects of COVID-19, especially long-term. However, data about its effects on pregnant women is starting to accumulate and provide preliminary information and precautions. Both the acute and immediate effects of COVID-19 on the mother and child must be considered,......
Vitls Inc. Granted FDA Clearance of Vital Sign Telemonitoring System
COVID-19, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring

Vitls Inc. Granted FDA Clearance of Clinical-Grade Vital Sign Telemonitoring System for Hospital and Home Use

July 30, 2020
Vitls Inc., a company based out of Houston, Texas, has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its Vitls Platform, a telemonitoring system. This platform provides a streamlined process of vital sign monitoring by allowing healthcare providers to view several health metrics from a single device. This clinical-grade platform provides reliable and accurate monitoring in......
COVID-19, Dental

Dentist Online Provides new Teledentistry Service for Canadians

July 20, 2020
Dentist Online, a new teledentistry platform, was recently established in Canada, joining the growing telehealth movement. This platform is comprised of independent dentists and professionals from 96 Canadian dental clinics. These professionals range from orthodontists, to oral and maxiofacial surgeons, periodontists, endodontists, peadodontists, and prosthodontists. This expansive collection of expertise allows for the platform to......
Dental industry Experiencing unstable growth
COVID-19, COVID-19 Industry Insights, Dental

US Dental Industry in Unstable Recovery as Patient Volumes Increase

July 17, 2020
The US dental industry has experienced multiple difficulties and resurgences over the course of this year. It is currently experiencing overall growth, despite struggling in some areas. Across the US, patient volumes in dental practices are vastly lower than their norms. Patient volumes were at 28% less in the week of June 25th than they......
Beckman Coulter Granted FDA EUA for COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test
COVID-19, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring

Beckman Coulter Granted FDA EUA for COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test

July 7, 2020
Beckman Coulter has been granted Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA for its new COVID-19 antibody test. This approval comes after being tested by the top four in vitro diagnostic manufacturers in the U.S. to validate its efficacy. This test is likely more effective than other tests, as most others test for the immunoglobulin (IgM)......
FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization for Abiomed Impella RP
Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, COVID-19, Interventional Cardiology

FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization to Abiomed for Impella RP

June 5, 2020
Abiomed has been granted FDA emergency use authorization for its Impella RP – a temporary heart pump to support circulatory system functioning in patients with right side ventricular failure. The FDA has granted EUA for this device to treat COVID-19 patients, as some of them have suffered from right heart failure due to the virus,......
BardyDx Patch Monitors Coronavirus Patients Prescribed HCQ Experimentally
COVID-19, Medical Imaging, Patient Monitoring

Bardy Diagnostics Given CE Mark for Cardiac Monitoring Patch

June 2, 2020
Bardy Diagnostics‘ 14-day Carnation Ambulatory Monitor (CAM) patches have previously been used in U.S. hospital settings, but they have now been granted a CE mark for these products. The patches allow for a longer period of monitoring than previous products, that were used for 2 or 7-day periods. Longer monitoring periods provide healthcare providers with......
Apenstate Portable X-Ray Granted FDA Approval
COVID-19, Medical Imaging, Patient Monitoring

Aspenstate Portable X-Ray Device Granted FDA Approval

May 27, 2020
The FDA has recently granted clearance for the portable AiRTouch X-ray device developed by Aspenstate to be used for humans. This small, handheld device joins the array of telehealth products being developed recently. This device is paired with a touchscreen for an intuitive interface, and it can upload images directly to clinical storage systems, without......
COVID-19, Medical Imaging, Patient Monitoring, Ultrasound Imaging

Philips Granted FDA Clearance for Ultrasound Devices to Manage COVID-19 Complications

May 26, 2020
The FDA has recently granted 510(k) clearance to Philips for a range of its devices to be used to manage COVID-19 patients in the U.S. The approved products include the Affiniti series, EPIQ series, Lumify, CX50, and Sparq system. These ultrasound devices are used to monitor and manage patients suffering from COVID-19 complications. This range......
Dental Practices re-opening
COVID-19, Dental

Dental Market in Recovery as Practices Begin to Re-Open

May 15, 2020
The gradual re-introduction of elective surgeries throughout North America has major implications on the future of the dental industry. Currently, practices are beginning to re-open, in accordance with the general easing of restrictions in public institutions and places. During the temporary closure of dental practices to all but emergency treatments, a significant portion of potential......
Resmed Begins Tracking Ventilators Remotely
COVID-19, Patient Monitoring

Cloud-Based Remote Ventilator Monitoring Implemented by ResMed

May 13, 2020
In Europe, respiratory device manufacturer ResMed has accelerated their process of launching remote tracking of ventilators, to combat the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This cloud-based technology provides healthcare professionals with clinical data while patients are at home. This tackles several issues related to the ongoing pandemic. Firstly, it may provide increased room in hospitals, as patients......
BioButton allows for mobile tracking of COVID-19 symptoms
COVID-19, Patient Monitoring

BioButton Mobile Device Tracks COVID-19 Symptoms for 30 Days

May 7, 2020
BioIntelliSense has created a multi-symptom tracking device called the BioButton to conveniently measure health metrics, as part of the ongoing efforts to track and control the spread of COVID-19. This non-invasive device allows data to be passively collected from individuals over a period of up to 30 days at a time. As restrictions begin to......
FDA emergency use authorization for respiratory device
COVID-19, Respiratory Devices

FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization for Respiratory Device

May 7, 2020
The spread of COVID-19 infections has vastly increased mechanical ventilator usage, and with this usage comes complications for patients. According to Liberate Medical, patients who spend more than four days in ventilation are susceptible to higher hospital mortality rates, and increased complications. Liberate Medical is now among the latest companies to develop a device to......
Lungpacer Medical gains FDA approval for diaphragm pacer therapy system
Cardiology, COVID-19, Respiratory Devices

Lungpacer Medical Gains FDA Approval for Diaphragm Pacer

May 5, 2020
Vancouver-based company Lungpacer Medical has developed a single-use multi-electrode stimulating catheter that is inserted into the left subclavicle vein. It is used to stimulate the left and right phrenic nerves, providing support to the functioning of the diaphragm in patients who have respiratory issues. The device is paired with an external, reusable control unit to......
Throat Sensor Developed by Northwestern University
COVID-19, Patient Monitoring

Non-Invasive Throat Sensor Developed to Track COVID-19 Symptoms

May 4, 2020
A new device has been developed to measure physical symptoms in COVID-19 patients. This non-invasive device allows medical personnel to monitor a variety of symptoms with a singular device. This throat sensor, developed by the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and Northwestern University in Illinois, is applied on top of the skin and worn for all......
Stryker Wins Emergency Approval for Respirator Decontamination
COVID-19, Respiratory Devices

Stryker Emergency Authorization for Respirator Decontamination

April 22, 2020
Stryker has been granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA to use its Sterizone VP4 to decontaminate used N95 respirators during the coronavirus outbreak. Under normal circumstances, N95 respirators are designed to be single-use. A recent study performed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirmed that N95 respirators can be decontaminated effectively up......
CMS Recommends Reopening Healthcare in Areas of Low COVID-19 Cases
Cardiology, COVID-19, Dental, Endoscopy, Orthopedics

CMS Recommends Reopening Healthcare in Areas of Low COVID-19 Cases

April 21, 2020
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reissuing new guidelines for states and regions seeing declining and stabilizing COVID-19 infection rates and recommending healthcare facilities in these areas to resume providing elective procedures to patients without COVID-19 symptoms. On March 18, 2020, the CMS announced they would postponing non-essential medical and surgical procedures......
OnocSec Medical and Inovio Pharmaceuticals have announced they are testing potential COVID-19 vaccines and pursuing first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trials.
COVID-19, Pharmaceuticals

OncoSec and Inovio Pursuing Phase 1 Clinical Trials for COVID-19 Vaccine

April 9, 2020
OncoSec and Inovio Pharmaceuticals have announced they are testing potential COVID-19 vaccines and pursuing first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trials. As of April 9, the FDA has not approved any preventative or therapeutic coronavirus vaccines for use against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (COVID-19). While OncoSec has submitted an investigational new drug (IND) application for its vaccine, CORVax12,......
Tesla Ventilator Prototype for COVID-19 Patients Made from Car Parts

Tesla Ventilator Prototype for COVID-19 Patients Made from Car Parts

April 8, 2020
As ventilator shortages due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to worsen throughout the Unites States, Telsa has redirected its focus to address the shortages, purchasing BiPAP breathing machines which can be re-purposed as non-invasive ventilators and shipping 1,000 ventilators from China to hospitals in California. Partnering with Medtronic, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been reportedly......
BardyDx Patch Monitors Coronavirus Patients Prescribed HCQ Experimentally
Cardiac Rhythm Management, Cardiology, COVID-19, Patient Monitoring

Bardy Dx Patch Monitors Coronavirus Patients Prescribed HCQ

April 1, 2020
Bardy Diagnostics‘ Carnation Ambulatory Monitor (CAM™) Patch is being used by Seattle health care workers to monitor heart beat and measure QT segments in coronavirus patients prescribed HCQ experimentally. HCQ was recently authorized to treat coronavirus patients by the FDA under the Emergency Use Authorization. HCQ is commonly used to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid......
Dental Companies Offering Webinars and CE in Response to COVID-19
COVID-19, Dental

Dental Companies Offering Webinars in Response to COVID-19

March 31, 2020
The rising number of COVID-19 infections worldwide has resulted in many dental offices temporarily closing to reduce possible spread of the virus and redirect dwindling personal protective supplies to front-line health care workers. Top dental companies are taking this time to offer webinars and additional continuous education (CE) opportunities to those at home due to......
FDA Stance on 3D Printing During COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19, Industry News

FDA Stance on 3D Printing During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 2020
In an update Thursday, the FDA clarified its stance on 3D-printing medical devices, and accessories amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As American COVID-19 infection rates skyrocket and surpass the number of infections in China, the United States has begun to face medical supply shortages. Shortages include key products like ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE). The......
Jesse Darley, the mechanical engineer on Rodgers team, models a prototype of the Badger Shield.
COVID-19, Industry News

DIY Face Shields to Help Doctors Fighting COVID-19

March 27, 2020
DIY Face Shields to Help Doctors Fighting COVID-19 As hospitals world wide face shortages of protective face masks, ventilators and other essential medical equipment, engineers, large companies and hobbyists have been working on alternative solutions to help protect doctors and patients. Lennon Rodgers, director of the Engineering Design Innovation Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison......
ACE-I and ARBs Do Not Increase COVID-19 Mortality
Cardiology, COVID-19

ACE-I and ARBs Do Not Increase COVID-19 Mortality

March 25, 2020
CMS Postponing Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures The European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the American Heart Association (AHA), the Heart Failure Society of American (HFSA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have issued official statements clarifying that ACE-i and ARBs have not been found to increase COVID-19 mortality rates. Physicians are recommending coronavirus patients......
CMS Recommends Postponing Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures
Cardiology, COVID-19, Dental, Endoscopy, Industry News, Orthopedics

CMS Postponing Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures

March 24, 2020
CMS Postponing Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental ProceduresAt the White House Task Force Press Briefing last week, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that all non-essential medical, surgical and dental procedures would be postponed until further notice in order to shift priorities to treating those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The decision......
Coronavirus and Ibuprofen: Is it safe to take?
COVID-19, Industry News, Pharmaceuticals

Coronavirus and Ibuprofen: Is it safe to take?

March 19, 2020
Coronavirus and Ibuprofen: Is it safe to take? Medical professionals no longer recommend using ibuprofen to manage coronavirus symptoms. The health minister of France, Olivier Véran has warned citizens to avoid taking ibuprofen to treat symptoms of the coronavirus after a report was published linking “grave adverse effects” to the use of anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).......
Dental cancellations, layoffs possible due to mask shortage from COVID-19 hoarding
COVID-19, Dental, Respiratory Devices

Dental Cancellations Due to Mask Shortage from COVID-19 Hoarding

March 17, 2020
Dental cancellations due to mask shortage from COVID-19 hoarding As of this morning, the most recent reports show the coronavirus, COVID-19, has spread to 162 countries and infected almost 190,000 people. The total number of fatalities linked to the virus is reported to be over 7,800*. As fears surrounding the coronavirus continue to grow, the......
The coronavirus outbreak could cost companies like Medtronic and Boston Scientific millions
Articles, COVID-19, COVID-19 Industry Insights, Industry News

How MedTech Companies are Responding to the Coronavirus

March 5, 2020
The most recent reports show the coronavirus, COVID-19, has spread to 83 countries and infected 96,000 people. The total number of fatalities linked to the virus is reported to be over 3,300*. Since the outbreak, demand for medical devices, respiratory protection products in particular such as face masks and ventilators, continues to rise. Here is......

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