Robotics and Social Media Move into the Mainstream at SAGES
The focus at this year's Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) annual meeting centered on robotic foregut and hernia repair procedures, telementoring, and the impact of social media on surgical techniques and education.
Medtech Startup Showdown 2017: Round 1—Applied Nanoscience vs VideoKall
Applied Nanoscience Inc. vs.VideoKall Inc. Describe your device and how it will benefit healthcare. A proprietary nanoparticle-coated protective face mask (disposable) with unparalleled, broad spectrum efficacy against harmful pathogens such as avian influenza (H9N2), Human inf...
The Ups and Downs of the Latest Absorb Data
As the latest findings on Abbott’s bioresorbable stent were presented at a major medical meeting, FDA issued an alert regarding the product. Yet there may be a bright side to the clinical results.
Making Pacemakers and ICDs MRI-Safe
A new study shows that patients with standard pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) that were not designed to be MRI-compatible can safely undergo MRI scans following a specific protocol.
Surgical Robot Nearing FDA Submission
TransEnterix expects to file for 510(k) clearance for its Senhance robotic surgery system by early May. What do the company’s commercial efforts in Europe mean for its future in the United States?
The City of Angels—and Life Sciences
The executive director of Biocom’s Los Angeles office discusses the Southern California association’s plan to build the city’s reputation as a nucleus for the life sciences industry.
Standards Committee Recommends UDIs on Claims Forms
The Accredited Standards Committee X12 this week recommended that unique device identifiers be required on health insurance claims forms when high-risk medical devices are implanted or removed, but the healthcare industry is divided on the move.
Hearing Aid Debate Reaches Congress
Senators introduce legislation that would allow patients to buy some types of hearing aids over the counter, amplifying the debate over access and best care.