Glimpse the Future of Medicine at a Cell-Phone Convention: What is 4G?

The annual cell-phone (I should say wireless) convention of the year just wound up over at CTIA in Vegas. Usually these meeting spark some idea in me due to a new device or new wireless technology such as a universal wireless device charger, or an image recognition and analysis system that can lead to a […]

New Monitoring System Approved by FDA- Potential for Future Robotic Diagnostics

The FDA has just approved the FreeStyle Navigator Glucose Monitoring System – a glucose sensor that reports glucose values continuously for up to 120 hours.  Here is a copy of the FDA PMA letter.  This device is interesting to me since it works with a sensor inserted in either the abdomen or the back of the upper […]

New Visual Search Engine Debut-Works with a cell phone photo! Medical Uses Next?

I have been following the consumer device CeBIT show in Germany.  Pocket-lint UK reports: At the CeBIT show in Germany, Vodafone is demonstrating a trial service called “Otello”, which is a search engine that uses images, rather than words.  Rather than use a word as a search term, Otello users can send images via MMS […]

How Smartdust, Souveillance, Web 3.0, and Personalized Genetics Will Transform the Future of Medical Diagnostics

There has been a flurry of debate in the military, industrial, and privacy sectors on “smartdust” and the concept of “souveillance” – but no one has yet realized this technology is poised to springboard into medicine and transform medical diagnostics.  Here I wanted to give you an overview of what this idea is and why […]

Retraction From Pointe Conception Medical

As a practicing physician, consultant to industry and the investment community, and medical technology blogger, my independence is of utmost importance to me. Pointe Conception Medical issued the following statement today: “Pointe Conception Medical (PCM) regrets the use of the quote from Dr. Steven Palter in our presentation materials.  Dr. Steven Palter did not provide […]

New Laparoscopic Device Stops Harpooning of Patients

  While at the Global Congress of Gyn Endoscopy I saw a really neat new device called LapCap designed to reduce the risk of entering the abdomen in laparoscopic surgery. What is the problem- why is this needed? In laparoscopy the first step where the surgeon gains access the abdominal cavity is often a blind […]

Wireless HDTV- TV Today OR Tomorrow

Here’s the next installment in my series on HDTV in the OR and the emerging use of HD for endoscopic surgery.  Belkin introduced a new device for consumer HD video at CES that uses wireless technology to transmit the signal.  In the past the enormous bandwidth of HD precluded the use of wireless transfers.  From what […]

New 3D Display Technology

this sure beats the old system! Better for Creature Features than the OR Phillips just demo’d an intriguing display at the Berlin consumer-electronics show. It is an amalgam of 9 x 42-inch displays on a grid creating a 132 inch display that reportedly can display 3D images without the need for glasses.  Why this is […]

Docinthemachine Research Featured on 20/20! MedTechno Insights From the Day

I previously wrote about the upcoming National Geographic Special Inside the Living Body and my work featured in the special. I was delighted when the producers of 20/20 called to request an interview with me on my research featured on the show and my vision of the future technological transformation of medicine.   Bob Brown was […]

OCR to the Rescue: Device Reads Any Text for Blind

Chalk up another innovation to Ray Kurzweil America’s leading inventor (and Lifeboat Foundation Advisor along with me).  This one is a simple and elegant solution to help the visually impaired. Developed in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind, the device (The Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader) is a digital camera that can […]