The healthcare industry is undergoing a convulsive change. Such a time is always ripe for disruptive new technology that addresses big problems in new, innovative and affordable ways.
Here are five medical devices and their makers that are transforming healthcare:
|The Vscan portable ultrasound device|
GE Healthcare and its V-Scan Ultrasound
You can buy it here for $7,900, a fraction of larger, ultrasound machines.
|NeuroVigils's Ibrain monitor|
NeuroVigil’s iBrain Headband
What would aid in the drug development is a tool by which they can track changes to a person’s brain or neurological condition after they have taken medication. That’s where iBrain comes in.
NeuroVigil's device is a portable, single channel EEG-recording device that pharmaceutical companies can use to analyze drug efficacy. It can also be used to screen for biomarker data indicating brain and nervous disorders.
The product is worn during sleep and is intended for patients suffering depression, sleep apneal and autism.
|The AliveCor ECG Monitor|
AliveCor's Mobile Heart Monitor
AliveCor’s Heart Monitor is in a class on its own in terms of coolness.
The company has developed a device that snaps on to the back of an iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S and together with a related app can perform clinical quality ECGs. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved it.
Even prior to its approval, digital health proselytizer and prominent cardiologist Eric Topol used the device on a patient in distress in a flight and asked the pilot to land the plane. The traveler was suffering a heart attack that the device correctly diagnosed.
Check-Cap’s Colorectal Screening Capsule
It involves a flexible-tipped tube passed through the anus that can take images of the colon.
To reduce the discomfort felt by patients, Israeli company Check-Cap has devised a capsule that is the size of the standard pill, but it is actually a X-ray radar device that transmits images of the colon to a receiver. The capsule, unlike in traditional colonoscopy, does not require colon prep. The capsule is excreted within 48 hours. The product is not available yet.
|The T:Slim Insulin Pump|
Tandem Diabetes’s T:Slim Insulin Pump
That’s the mentality that drove the creation of Tandem Diabetes’ t:slim insulin delivery system, the first touch-screen insulin pump that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The device can transfer data using a micro USB data port to the related t:connect software.
These are examples that I chose to demonstrate the innovations in the medical technology world. Name your picks in the comments section, tweet them to aparmarbb or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arundhati Parmar, Senior Editor, MD+DI