This Week in Devices [10/19/2012]: Computer Viruses Run Rampant; An Implantable Artificial Kidney; Wired Health Conference

Coverage of the Wired Health Conference. Computer Viruses are running rampant in medtech. BioInspire helps medical device startups. USCF developing the first implantable artificial kidney
 
Wired Health Conference: A series of articles from Wired magazine's health conference: Leading scientists and thinkers examine a variety of topics from the growing influence of Big Data, using artificial intelligence to diagnose and treat illness, sensor technology, and Craig Venter's vision of a world where 3-D printers can print DNA just as easily as any other material.[Wired]
 
MedTech is Rampant with Computer Viruses: A new report released by MIT has confirmed an alarming number of U.S. hospitals are running computers with outdated operating systems and software that are far more vulnerable to computer viruses and malware. A Boston medical center, for example, has confirmed over 600 machines running outdated versions of Windows while another hospital has reported having to delete viruses from up to two machines a week. The news has sparked concern over medical device performance and fear of device failure at critical moments due to a computer virus infection. Experts however say that that regulatory restrictions can make upgrading software on medical devices a difficult process. [BBC]

BioInspire Wants to Give Device Startups an Edge: BioInspire is an Arizona-based company that acts as an incubator for startups creating medical devices. The goal is to provide resources and facilities to help new medical device companies bring their device to market faster. The effort is already being praised for creating jobs and positiioning the city of Peoria, AZ as a hub of medical innovation. [Peoria Times]

The First Implant for Kidney Failure Patients: The University of California, San Francisco has added an additional $775K in funds to a $2.5 million grant to create the first artificial kidney for patients suffering from kidney failure. The device, which researchers hope to bring into clinical trials by 2017, with an additional $13 million in funding, aims to mimic all of the the functions of a kidney, including filtration, maintaing water/salt balance, producing blood pressure, and regulating blood pressure and pH. [ News Medical ]