The medical industry briefing
The latest news, approvals and clinical trials you need to know about this month
News in Numbers
In a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, 71% of respondents reported that ransomware attacks had a significant impact on patient care and resulted in a longer length of stay.
An AI tool developed by researchers at New York University Langone Health, US improved the ability of radiologists to identify breast cancer by 37% in an analysis using 44,755 ultrasound exams.
GE Healthcare has signed an agreement to acquire surgical visualisation firm BK Medical from Altaris Capital Partners for $1.45bn in cash.
The stretchers and cots market in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to reach $490m in 2025, driven by increasing investments in hospital infrastructure and rising healthcare expenditure, according to GlobalData.
A low-cost portable ventilator developed by researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada can be created for approximately $200 as 95% of the components are 3D printable.
Antibiotic levels measurable in breath for first time
A team of engineers and biotechnologists at the University of Freiburg, Germany has for the first time shown in mammals that the concentration of antibiotics in the body can be determined using breath samples.
Source: University of Freiburg
EEG test could dramatically increase early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s
A new approach to the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's is being trialled by researchers at the University of Bath. The new treatment involves a two-minute passive-test – called Fastball EEG – which measures people's brainwaves in response to a series of images.
Using AI and old reports to understand new medical images
An MIT-led group is drawing on an underused resource — the vast body of radiology reports that accompany medical images, written by radiologists in routine clinical practice — to improve the interpretive abilities of machine learning algorithms.
FDA starts review after study finds Boston Scientific’s Watchman is riskier in women
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating a registry study that linked Boston Scientific’s Watchman left atrial appendage closure device to a significantly higher risk of in-hospital adverse events in women compared to men.
Source: Tech Register
Embracing Emerging Technologies
Based in the Netherlands, Skinive offers an AI-tool that is designed to help capture high-quality images of skin conditions to help patients identify and evaluate skin problems.
Telehealth start-up Medpho aims to make healthcare in India more accessible and affordable using the consumer devices already owned by patients to provide medical care through a single phone call.
UK-based start-up Neuronostics develops tools to support clinical decision making and at-home monitor devices for patients with suspected neurological conditions.
US-based company Nines is a tele-radiology and artificial intelligence startup. Its product NinesAI is FDA-cleared to triage time-critical, life-threatening indications of mass effect and intracranial hemorrhage.
Biotechnology company Lucira Health offers disposable at-home test kits to detect infectious diseases, such as Covid-19.
Source: Lucira Health
US-based company Bloomlife is using technology, data science and medical expertise to address issues in maternal health.