Easing Patients' Anxiety
Back in 2014, physicians at the Hospital Perpetuo Socorro, working in conjunciton with the University of Las Palmas Gran Canaria and software development company Droiders, used the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to calm a patient during a medical procedure. The patient, who was undergoing arthroscopy on her knee, opted for local anesthesia augmented by a calming virtual environment enabled by the Oculus Rift, as...
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Concussion Diagnosis
In April, FDA cleared Eye-Sync, a virtual reality device from Boston-based SyncThink that can help diagnose concussions. The headset prompts the user to follow a moving dot with their eyes and measures jitters in their eye...
July 13th, 2016
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Vision Correction
James Blaha, a Michigan-based programmer, created Diplopia, a virtual reality game for the Oculus Rift that is intended to strengthen the user's eyes and improve vision impairments such as crossed eyes, double vision, and lazy eye.
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Surgical Planning
Microsoft used its KinectFusion, a tool for real-time dense surface mapping and tracking, in a prototype of a system that could allow neurosurgeons to use virtual reality to get a view of a patient's brain based on scan data prior to performing a procedure.
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Pokémon Go is introducing augmented reality gaming to the masses, but the technology behind the game also has more serious applications in the realm of medtech.

 

If you see people walking around acting bizarrely while staring at their smartphones, don't be alarmed—they're probably just hunting Pokémon, fictional creatures from a Japanese video game. 

Earlier this month, the Nintendo-owned media franchise launched P...

July 13th, 2016
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Most patients and providers today are equipped with their own digital devices—from smartphones to tablets—and healthcare organizations are increasingly welcoming these disparate devices into the fold.

 

Whether healthcare organizations like it or not, the personal connected devices of their employees are playing a role in patient. Just ask any nurse who has used his or her cell phone to text a physician who's proving hard to find. 

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July 11th, 2016
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Here are five instances of small companies that brought patent challenges against medtech giants—but did it pay off?

 

Patents and technical know-how are the lifeblood of the medical device industry and the battle to file patents first and retain control of an invention is a fierce one. It's not uncommon to see large companies assertively defend their intellectual property portfolio via lawsuits. But legal fights can take up plenty of resources—personnel, time, and resources—so small companies and upstarts often avoid bringing patent cases.

While the largest medical device companies have the resources to challenge smaller competitors'...

July 11th, 2016
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Groupthink and the echo chamber phenomenon meant Brexit came as a shock to many. Innovators focused on the problem of medication adherence would be wise to avoid that same groupthink tendency.

Miranda Newbery

Unlikely as it may seem, medical device design has a lesson to learn from the United Kingdom's European Union referendum.

The Brexit result caught many offguard as even the pollsters failed to predict a country so divided. There were divisions between age groups, geographic regions, and socioeconomic groups. The government, public, and even those at the forefront of the "Leave" seemed shocked by the outcome. Tellingly, one friend...

July 11th, 2016
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RTI vs Becton Dickinson

Retractable Technologies, Inc. (RTI) brought a case against medical device giant Becton Dickinson (now BD) in June 2007. The smaller company alleged that BD's Integra syringes infringed on RTI patents and also claimed that BD had violated antitrust laws, had used false advertising, and used unfair competition. 

The two sets of claims—patent and competition/antitrust—were separated. In April 2008, RTI brought another claim against BD alleging the Integra syringes infringe another patent for which RTI held the exclusive license. The patent cases were...

July 11th, 2016
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Heraeus vs Biomet

Heraeus Kulzer GmbH alleged in December 2008 that Biomet, Inc. and Biomet Europe BV, and other subsidiaries misappropriated Heraeus trade secrets for the Biomet Europe Refobacin and Biomet Bone Cement line, according to a Zimmer Biomet SEC filing. In December 2012, all entities but Biomet Orthopaedics Switzerland GmbH were dismissed from the suit. 

Heraeus appealed, and in June 2014 the German appeals court issued a judgment—not final—that prohibits Biomet,...

July 11th, 2016
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