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New Electrosurgical System Could Save Costs

Device giant Covidien and software firm Questra announced that they have launched the first remote-update system for the electrosurgical market. The Valleylab Exchange Software Update System allows hospitals to remotely update the software on the ForceTriad energy platform. That means they should be able to easily expand its capabilities and add support for new surgical instruments.

The software is updated through secure electronic communications via RS-232 ports. Updates can also be done over the Internet at the hospital. Previously, these sorts of systems had to be sent out in order to receive software updates. The new way has the potential for significant cost savings.

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