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Medical Innovations

Disruptive Innovation or "Woo"?

December 15, 2014 by David Harlow

The term "disruptive innovation" gets bandied about quite a bit, and in recent weeks and months, it has been applied to the designs of Patrick Soon-Shiong and Elizabeth Holmes on changing medicine and health care. The former is focused on cancer diagnostics and treatments, the latter, on blood tests.[read more]

Personalized Medicine and a Cure for Cancer

December 10, 2014 by David Avitabile

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Leading cancer doctors, researchers and members of the life sciences community are excited about the possibilities of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer. Immunotherapy, where the body's own immune system is enlisted to fight cancer, is an example of the kinds of advances being made in personalized medicine.[read more]

What's Next for "Chronic" Cancer Patients?

December 8, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

This is a pivotal time for many, many people living with blood-related cancers like chronic leukemias, multiple myeloma, lymphomas and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). We have been calling most of these “chronic cancers” lately, because new medicines have been coming out this year with many more in late stages of research.[read more]

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Prefilled Syringes: A Ready Answer to Saving Billions of Dollars and Mitigating Medical Errors

December 2, 2014 by Varsha Jain

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Within the $70 billion plus global market for injectable drugs, one specialty segment – the prefilled syringe – has garnered noteworthy popularity since the 1980s. Given that prefilled syringes have seamlessly adapted to contemporary medical demands, their popularity doesn’t come as a surprise.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Is Commercial Support of CME A Bad Idea?

November 24, 2014 by David Davidovic

Companies are interested in funding continuing medical education because they feel that doctors need to stay on top of new medical discoveries. Yes, one can connect the dots and conclude that the more educated a physician is on current medical advances, the higher the likelihood they will use them - but what’s wrong with that?[read more]

Technology Migration in Global Wound Closure Markets

November 15, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

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Drawn from our recent report on the global market for wound closure products, Report #S192, the distribution of the technologies on the market now, and in the future, for wound closure reveals the continued migration of advanced technologies from western economies to the developing markets.[read more]

Exponential Learning at Exponential Medicine

November 14, 2014 by Bill Crounse

This week I had the honor to attend and serve as faculty at what is perhaps a dream conference for those of us who care about technology, science, health and medicine. The conference was Exponential Medicine, sponsored by Singularity University.[read more]

Sensors Offer New Power to Improve Health

November 12, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

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Sensor technology is going through a sort of Moore’s law type period: the technology is becoming cheaper, smaller, easier to power. The most mainstream example of how this can affect health care are the systems that combine continuous glucose monitoring with insulin pumps in type I diabetes (so-called artificial pancreas).[read more]

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MediSafe’s Custom Feed Creates Better Health Engagement, On the Go

November 10, 2014 by Shay Moser

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Your Facebook News Feed is customized based on your interests and the sharing activity of your friends. Shouldn’t there be customized information for your health? The answer is absolutely, and there is. The cloud-synced medication reminder platform, MediSafe, now offers the first-ever, personalized contextual feed for mobile phones.[read more]

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Technology Innovations That Are Changing the Face of Health Care

November 6, 2014 by Jessica Socheski

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Over the last few years, we've seen tech and health meet in ways previously thought unimaginable. In 2015 and beyond, how will the melding become even greater? These innovations are improving the medical field and are improving the future of medicine.[read more]

Siri, Marry Me! and Other Tales from the Technology Frontier

November 6, 2014 by Fard Johnmar

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I’m interested in how technology shapes the very human aspects of health. How we feel. How we perceive the world. How we care for others — and how they care for us. Here are three tales from the frontier of health and technology that I think you’ll enjoy.[read more]

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Big Names Changing the Future of Personalized Patient Care

October 31, 2014 by Declan Peltier

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In recent years, health technology has advanced dramatically. I believe Marc Cuban summed it up nicely when he stated: “Personalized medicine will dramatically change health care, how we get health care, what we need, diagnostics, everything that we do. That to me will be the next earth-shattering impact on the world.”[read more]