Pills That Monitor If You Took Them

Compliance with taking medications is a huge problem in medicine. Studies show more than half of all prescriptions are either not filled or not taken. Everyone is familiar with how easy it is to forget to take medications. This problem becomes overwhelming in complex diseases such as cancer or HIV where patients are on rigorous […]

New FDA 510(k) Approvals for March 2008-(pt.1) New Video Monitor Screens

The FDA has published its 510(k) approval letters for March 2008. In terms of surgery, endoscopy, and imaging a few items caught my eye. The first is a pair of high resolution monitors from Eizo. Eizo is upgrading both monchrome and color workstations to 5-megapixel units. This will be useful for radiologic workstations. Here is […]

New Technique Sees Inside Blood Vessels in a Microsecond

Technology Review is reporting on a new technology to look inside the tiniest spaces such as blood vessels in a microsecond. Up until now endoscopic surgery has been limited as engineers tried to shrink telescopes to ever smaller diameters shifting from glass lenses to fiberoptic scopes to newer technologies. You can read my brief history […]

Interactive Objects and Gesture Control-Microsoft Vision of Medical Future

Microsoft produced this video as a demo of their vision of the future of healthcare.  I was delighted to see that they share so much with my vision of technologies that will be key transformers in the future of medicine. Key technologies I predict will change health care that I see in the video include: […]

Bizarre Russian Interactive Art is Surgery Control Concept!

I have written many times on the concept of what I call “gesture control”. This is the idea of waving your arm or hand in a movement that is picked up by sensors (optical or other tracking) and which is then translated into the movement of a robotic surgical device, OR room or equipment control, […]

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 […]