Unitron is focused on improving the design of hearing aids to make them comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to use.

Marie Thibault

Unitron's Moxi Kiss hearing instrument is the recipient of product design awards.

Unitron, a hearing instrument company based in Kitchener, Ontario, is focused on turning the hearing aid—that ubiquitous harbinger of aging—into a comfortable companion worn without embarrassment. The company's developers are using design thinking and a patient-centric design philosophy to achieve this goal.

It's unique to hear about the latest design principles applied to what some may view as the old technology of hearing instruments...

August 26th, 2016
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Several of the surgical robotics company’s patents are set to expire at the end of the year, which could open the door to even more competition.

Josué Villalta

Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Xi surgical robotics system

In the 2012 movie “Prometheus,” a female character enters a computerized and automated surgical operation machine that performs an emergency caesarean section to remove an alien fetus.  While only science fiction, such movies have often provided us with a window into what might be possible in the future of medicine.  Though fully automated surgical operation...

August 25th, 2016
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South Africa

FHI Score: 56.7

Ranking: 8 out of 13

Reason behind the ranking: "While South Africa ranks highly in the adoption of connected care technology, low access to healthcare resources drags its overall score down. South Africans are conscious of some of the benefits of health system integration, but without basic access to healthcare, integration is difficult to achieve," according to study authors.

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August 25th, 2016
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Sweden

FHI Score: 57.3

Ranking: 7 out of 13

Reason behind the ranking: "This is driven by Sweden's positive attitude toward integration and understanding of its value; less from perceptions that the healthcare system is currently integrated," according to study authors.

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August 25th, 2016
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United Arab Emirates

FHI Score: 65.3

Ranking: 1 out of 13

Reason behind the ranking: "The UAE ranks above average on all sub-indexes that make up the Future Health Index, placing it first among the 13 countries surveyed," the study authors wrote. They found that "satisfaction with the healthcare system, particularly with regard to access, is high . . . Healthcare professionals and patients view the healthcare system as...

August 25th, 2016
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United Kingdom

FHI Score: 56.4

Ranking: 9 out of 10

Reason behind the ranking: "Although access to healthcare in the UK is generally high due to universal coverage, its low level of integration, along with a lack of knowledge regarding and negative perceptions of connected care technology, pulls its overall index ranking down," the study authors wrote.

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August 25th, 2016
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United States

FHI Score: 57.4

Ranking: 6 out of 13

Reason behind the ranking: "While the US scores just above average on healthcare access and connected care technology adoption, it falls below average on healthcare integration, indicating potential missed opportunities to leverage connected care technology to promote integration of the health system," according to study authors.

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August 25th, 2016
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Which country is ready to take advantage of connected technology and potentially provide better care for its people? 

Which countries are most prepared for integrated health systems and connected care? 

Philips commissioned a report on 13 countries to learn more about access to healthcare and progress toward connected care. As part of the study, a Future Health Index (FHI) score—a measure of readiness for connected care—was calculated for each country. The results were set out in the "Future Health Index 2016" report.

The report authors...

August 25th, 2016
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Australia

FHI Score: 57.9

Ranking: 4 out of 13

Reason behind the ranking: "Access is Australia's strong point and the main reason for its high index score, likely due to national and state hospital funding and a universal insurance program," according to the study authors.

Source: "Future Health Index 2016 report" from Philips 

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August 25th, 2016
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Brazil

FHI Score: 50.6

Ranking: 12 out of 13

Reason behind the ranking: The score "is a result of below-average access to healthcare across the continuum, while integration and connected care technology adoption are above average," according to study authors.

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August 25th, 2016
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