Medtech & Devices

Can Virtual Reality Tackle Phobias?

Duke University has started offering a novel treatment for phobias: virtual reality (VR) exposure therapy. Patients are interviewed and offered therapist-guided virtual reality treatments in an immersive, computer-generated environment that correspond to their particular source of anxiety. This isnt for just any phobia, as the Duke Faculty Practice only offers environments for those with fear

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Google researchers: Speech recognition tech can lessen physicians’ transcription burden

Voice recognition technology employed by Google Assistant, Google Home, and Google Translate could soon become a transcription tool for documenting patient-doctor conversations. In a recent proof of concept study, Google researchers described their experiences developing two automatic speech recognition (ASR) methodologies for multi-speaker medical conversations, and concluded that both models could be used to streamline

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FDA Official Dispels Medical Device Security Myths

Despite progress in improving medical device safety, many myths and misunderstandings about medical device security continue to persist, says Dr. Suzanne Schwartz of the FDA.”We have seen a fair amount of progress that has been very encouraging,” Schwartz says in an interview with Information Security Media Group. “With regard to manufacturers … we’ve seen great

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Why Medical Companies Should Change Their Approach

The modern age belongs to mobile technologies, and most industries have realized this fact. Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies are no exceptions, and this is why pharma mobile apps development for medical care is on the rise. Doctors are endorsing mobile technologies, and the pharmaceutical companies will have to make adjustments quickly. Just in 2015, 76%

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Protecting medical devices from malware attacks

In today’s interconnected environment, protecting healthcare IT systems against malware attacks seems to be an uphill task for infosec professionals. The recent spate of ransomware attacks (e.g., WannaCry) has made many infosec teams to be more aware of cybersecurity issues associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). But some IT experts see some obstacles preventing

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How a Medical Device Vulnerability Can Compromise Privacy

Medical device cybersecurity scrutiny usually focuses on potential patient safety issues. But vulnerabilities identified in a cardiac pacemaker programming device illustrate the risks also posed to patient data privacy, says Billy Rios, a researcher who discovered the problem.Vulnerabilities identified by Rios and his colleague, Jonathan Butts, last year while examining Boston Scientific cardiac pacemaker programming

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A doctor used this iPhone ultrasound machine to diagnose his own cancer

Vascular surgeon John Martin was feeling some discomfort in his throat. So he decided to investigate the problem by testing out a pocket-sized ultrasound device, created by the Connecticut-based Butterfly Network, where he is chief medical officer. According to MIT Technology Review, when he used the Butterfly iQ, a hand-held imaging machine for ultrasounds that

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