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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

​The American Medical Association selected Twiage as the winner of its Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge, a nationwide competition for physician-led medical technology innovations. Twiage, a smartphone app, allows emergency medical services personnel to send patient demographics, vital signs, ECGs, photos, and videos to hospital emergency departments in real-time. Twiage founder YiDing Yu, MD, said failures in communication lead to delays in emergency departments, which in turn result in $2.1 billion in excess costs to health systems each year. She said Twiage addresses a need to accelerate and streamline life-saving care by saving five to eight minutes per patient.

The Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge in its inaugural year drew more than 100 submissions from physicians, residents, medical students, and hospitals. Submissions could be viewed online where stakeholders had the opportunity to review them and provide feedback. This forum for discussion generated close to 16,000 interactions. The top three winners were awarded $50,000, with Twiage receiving $25,000. Second place and $15,000 went to Light Line Catheter, a device that uses blue light to reduce catheter-associated infections, while Ceeable, a visual field test smartphone app, was awarded third place and $10,000. Learn more about Twiage at http://www.twiagemed.com.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Credit: prodrone-tech.com


ProDrone Technology released the Byrd, the latest product in its portfolio of unmanned aerial vehicles.


The portable consumer drone collapses to the size of an iPad, and may be useful for emergency responders through its small payload attachment that can drop medicine or a GPS once a person is found. The Byrd, named after American aviator Richard E. Byrd, also has a 30 percent longer battery life than others within the same category, and supports several different combinations, including a 4k camera, 1080P camera, infrared camera, and GoPro.


Complete portability and a true customer focused personality separates the device from other consumer unmanned aerial vehicles on the market, according to a company FAQ.


“The ProDrone Byrd really is an essential product that can enrich one's life experience and open up a whole new range of interesting possibilities. The true differentiators are the collapsible capability, swappable gimbal/camera options and social sharing that comes with the dual controllers, and screen sharing,” according to the company’s FAQ.


Byrd’s maximum take-off weight is 3.8 kg and can fly for nearly a half-hour, and costs anywhere between $800 and $3,000 depending on the consumer’s package choice. For more info, visit http://www.prodrone-tech.com/.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Advanced Cooling Therapy (ACT), a medical device firm, has expanded personnel in its commercial launch of the Esophageal Cooling Device (ECD).



“The ECD is the first device on the market cleared for temperature modulation via the esophagus. This enables efficient core-cooling, or core-warming, without the complexity and risks associated with intravascular catheter placement, and without the obstruction of patient access seen with surface pads and wraps,” said Robin Drassler, the vice president of North American sales.


The device is placed like a standard gastric tube, making placement quick. Placement requires one clinician, whether it’s a nurse, paramedic, physician, or other health care provider.

Two lumens attach to existing temperature modulation equipment, while a third lumen simultaneously allows gastric decompression and drainage.


“A wide variety of clinical conditions seen in the ED require temperature modulation. Temperature reduction and/or prevention of fever has been shown to benefit patients after resuscitation from cardiac arrest, as well as patients suffering spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, among others. Numerous clinical trials are investigating the impact of temperature reduction on conditions such as sepsis, stroke, and myocardial infarction,” Mr. Drassler said on the advantages of using the device in the emergency department.


It received FDA de novo clearance in June 2015, its CE Mark in Europe in 2014, and is licensed for sale in Canada and Australia


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Cleveland Clinic Innovations selected Twiage, a novel prehospital communication solution that enables EDs to triage incoming ambulances, as the winner of its New Ventures Health Care Challenge at the 2015 Medical Innovation Summit in Cleveland.



YiDing Yu, MD, the founder and CMO of Twiage, said a first responder can use her award-winning system to record video of stroke symptoms, which can be quickly relayed to on-call neurologists or telestroke programs.


 “By advancing the prehospital timeline, Twiage allows hospitals to shave crucial minutes off hospital metrics, such as door-to-CT scanner and door-to-tPA times for stroke,” she said at the summit.


Paramedics and EMTs also can use Twiage's HIPAA-compliant smartphone app to capture ECGs for heart attacks and trauma scenes through photos and to record digital voice memos. Providing live patient data and GPS-tracked ETA for all incoming ambulances allows hospitals to accelerate treatment while improving performance measures, patient outcomes, and reducing costs, according to a Twiage press release.


For more info, visit http://www.twiagemed.com/.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hospi Corporation, introduced the Macy Catheter Tray at this year’s ACEP Scientific Assembly. The new device is designed specifically to support the needs of clinicians working in emergency departments and other acute care facilities.


The Macy Catheter provides a bridge or alternative to IV access, and intended to decrease hospital admissions and facilitate patient discharge. It received FDA clearance in 2014 and the CE Mark approval this year, and is designed solely for ongoing rectal delivery of medications and fluids. Invented by a nurse, Brad Macy, RN, BSN, CHPN, the catheter is used in hospice and palliative care facilities across the county, and is making its way into emergency and acute care settings.

“This convenience kit reflects our commitment to optimize patient care through expanded use of the Macy Catheter in areas where it can help to ease provider workflow, lower the risk of iatrogenic complications and reduce costs,”  said Igal Ladabaum, the CEO of Hospi Corporation.