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Medtech in a Minute: Facebook's Healthcare Debut, Medtronic's Fully-Implantable LVAD, and a Hands-Free Robot

Pressed for time? Here's the medtech news you need most, in one minute or less.

Facebook Makes Its Healthcare Debut

Facebook is working with U.S. health organizations to offer a tool that connects people to health resources and checkup reminders. People can use this new tool to find affordable places to receive care, set reminders to schedule tests, mark when tests are completed, and more.

 

Medtronic is Moving Toward a Fully-Implantable LVAD

Medtronic is developing a fully-implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Current LVAD systems are connected to a driveline cable that extends outside the body to a controller, which is then connected to power sources (AC or DC adapter, batteries). FDA has granted Medtronic a breakthrough device designation for the fully-implantable LVAD.

Look Ma, No Hands: FDA Clears Hands-Free Robot for Percutaneous Procedures

FDA cleared a hands-free robotic system from XACT Robotics designed to combine image-based planning and navigation with insertion and steering of various instruments across an array of clinical applications and indications. The robot was cleared for use during CT-guided percutaneous interventional procedures.

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