Evena Medical Eyes-On Glasses

 

Intravenous access (IV), used to draw blood and for IV therapy, is a common but difficult-to-perform invasive medical procedure. Evena Medical is working to make it easier with its Eyes-On Glasses, which incorporate multispectral 3-D imaging and wireless connectivity to help providers gain a clear, anatomically accurate image of a patient’s vasculature in real time. A telemedicine capability allows images to be shared remotely, and the device is also compatible wiht electronic health records. 
 
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February 25th, 2015
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Force Impact Technologies's Fitguard 

Force Impact Technologies is taking aim at the high-profile problem of concussions sustained while playing sports with its Fitguard, a mouthguard that measures linear and angular acceleration and processes the data through a proprietary algorhithm to assess the risk of head injury. When a hit occurs, LED in the mouthguard light up in different colors to indicate the force of impact. 
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February 25th, 2015
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Pixie Scientific's Smart Diapers

Pixie Scientific's Smart Diapers include an indicator that changes color based on a child's urine. The diapers can give parents information about their kid's kidney function and potential of developing a urinary tract infection, as well as help indicate type 1 diabetes. Parents scan a QR code on the diaper to get data on their smartphones, and they can also send results to a physician. 
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February 25th, 2015
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Jins Meme

 

Jins Meme smart glasses use accelerometer and gyroscope sensors to measure steps, pitch, roll, and posture angle, while electrooculography sensors detect the number, intensity, and speed of blinks and track the direction of the eyes. The device's creator, Japan-based eyewear company Jins, has designed it in three styles, the Wellington (shown here), the Half Rim, and the Sunglass. The device could eventually be used for early detection of conditions such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's.
 
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February 25th, 2015
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H2 Care's H2

 

South Korea-based H2 Care has developed the H2, a small, lightweight, wrist-worn blood pressure monitor that lets users get readings from anywhere in 20 seconds. The device is paired with an online dashboard for managing the data it captures, and a companion app can be set to remind users to take readings at set intervals. The company raised more than $50,000 via an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign in 2014. 
 
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February 25th, 2015
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Vancive Medical Technologies's Metria IH1

 

Vancive Medical Technologies's Metria IH1 disposable device monitors calorie expenditure, activity levels, steps, and sleep. Four sensors incorporated into the device collect more than 25 data types. It can be worn 24/7—even in the shower or while exercising—for up to seven days. Data can be extracted from the device by connecting it via USB to a computer, and a dashboard helps users make sense of the information captured.   
 
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February 25th, 2015
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Neurometrix's Quell

Quell, a wearable neurostimulator developed by Waltham, MA-based NeuroMetrix, is intended to provide relief for users who suffer chronic pain due to conditions including fibromyalgia, sciatica, post herpatic neuralgia, and neuropathy. The device uses an electrode strapped to the upper calf to deliver pulses that trigger a pain relief response in the brain. It can also measure the quality of users' sleep. Quell is FDA approved as a Class II medical device and will be available to consumers over the counter starting in the second quarter of 2015.
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February 25th, 2015
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Wearable health devices are flooding the market. Here are some we're keeping our eyes on. 

Wearable health devices represent an exciting opportunity for medtech. Pegged at $2 billion in 2013, the market for wearable healthcare products is expected to grow 65% each year, exceeding $40 billion in 2020, according to market research firm Soreon Research. And while one in 10 Americans owned an activity tracker last year, according to Endeavor Partners, a number of wearable health devices offer more sophisticated capabilities than simply counting steps. 

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February 25th, 2015
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Healthcare experts predict that Amazon will formally enter the healthcare marketplace in 2015 and the move will be disruptive.  

Arundhati Parmar

 

Here's a bold prediction from the folks at Frost & Sullivan: Amazon is going to formally enter the healthcare market this year.

In August, following in the footsteps of Apple and Google, the e-commerce giant met with FDA officials and generated some buzz. Taking that as a jumping off point, Frost and Sullivan healthcare experts Reenita Das, partner, senior vice president,  and Venkat Raja, principal analyst - medical devices, predict that Seattle-based Amazon, along with Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba will launch "dedicated services targeting the healthcare sector,...

February 25th, 2015
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The most common pathway to market for medical devices is coming under fire from a social media campaign led by activists determined to get FDA to ban power morcellators used in hysterectomy procedures. 

Jim Dickinson

The main portal for admission of new medical devices to the market, Section 510(k) of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, is under attack again, this time from an unlikely quarter: an unconventional and social media-driven campaign led by Philadelphia cardiothoracic surgeon Hooman Noorchashm and his wife, anesthesiologist Amy Reed.

In February, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an article by Noorchashm in its Sunday health section headlined “...

February 18th, 2015
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