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Frameworks optimize analysis and visualization of medical imaging

Each advancement in medical imaging enables significant improvements in the quality and efficiency of diagnostics and therapy. The challenge: Each advancement requires significant computing performance gains to allow medical image data to be measured and analyzed. And once this massive amount of digital data has been created, it needs to be visualized too – including...

Importance of Computing Health Management in Transportation Systems

Importance of Computing Health Management in Transportation Systems The Intelligence Needed to Maximize Long-term Reliability, Manage Costs and Enhance Customer Satisfaction The market for transportation systems is forecasted to continue its rapid expansion according to a report by Transparency Market Research that predicts double-digit growth from 2013 to reach $30.2 billion by 2019. As the...

HPEC Expansion Appliances Save Time, Cost and Space in Embedded Medical Applications

High-end medical equipment, such as MRI and ultrasound imaging devices, has enormous compute demands to produce images that help physicians in diagnosis and treatment. Today’s high-power GPUs can be used in add-on appliances to boost the power of such equipment. BY MARK GUNN, ONE STOP SYSTEMS, INC. Medical applications like computed tomography (CT) scanning and...

Future Healthcare Predictions

On September 10, 2013 at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel President Renée James highlighted the growth of connected, personalized healthcare and the merge of healthcare and computation. Human genome, which holds the key to personalized medicine, usually takes a long time to calculate and is very expensive. But the new high-speed computing power from Intel will...

IBASE Bedside Information Terminal

When IBASE Technology Inc. was tasked with creating a new kind of bedside terminal for use in hospital patient care, the result was a pure-purpose machine used for patient information and video-on-demand that could replace a variety of other hospital systems. And while this application was great for budget-limited hospital situations, we knew we were...

Siemens Recalls MicroScan Synergies plus® and rapID/S plus Gram Negative Panels

•  Siemens  recalls specific panels shipped June 2011 through August 2013 Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics has issued a voluntary recall of its MicroScan Synergies plus® Negative and rapID/S plus Negative panels. These panels are used for determining antimicrobial susceptibility and/or identification for gram-negative bacteria. An internal investigation has confirmed an increase in false susceptible and false...

The Ultrasound Revolution – A Spotlight on Imaging Technology

  Among all the medical devices used by doctors, ultrasound has had a unique quality attached to it. It possesses a power that distinguishes it from other devices—the power to “see by sound.” It’s an interesting concept that has ultimately changed medical imaging today and will most likely power the future of imaging. In 1952...

Medical Device Manufacturers Address Compliance Mandates with Product Lifecycle Management

A paper trail is no longer acceptable. Meeting the stringent requirements for FDA compliance as well as meeting challenging time to market deadlines requires automation. Product life cycle management systems can make a big difference for both goals. Based on industry statistics, it is obvious that intensified regulatory scrutiny has become a harsh reality for...

AAMI 2013 Conference Report

AAMI, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. It recently held a conference in Long Beach, CA. It brought together healthcare professionals and engineers from around the world to learn, share and network under one roof. I had a chance to attend the conference and I spoke...

Amendment 1 to IEC 60601-1:2005

13 May 2013 For more than 35 years, IEC 60601-1 has been one of the most widely recognized standards for demonstrating the safety of medical electrical equipment. The IEC 60601 family of standards has long been recognized by regulatory agencies in Europe, North and South America, and Asia as establishing conformance with their regulatory requirements....

Bluetooth Health Device Profile: Compatible Communication for Specialized Devices

Part 1 The Health Device Profile along with the IEEE 11073 protocol is enabling a number of specific medical devices to communicate data via multiple logical channels carried by a single master radio channel for compatible device communication. Profiles play a central role in the Bluetooth Specification. They define the entire protocol stack, usually including...

The Med Tech Food Chain

The medical technology ecosystem is an ever expanding and complex food chain. Most noticeable are the manufacturers building medical devices of FDA class I, II and III such as EKG machines, blood pressure monitors, blood glucose monitors, insulin pumps, ultrasound systems, implantable defibrillators, wearable devices and all sorts of wireless monitors. The list goes on...