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Thursday, January 08, 2015

By Alissa Katz


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Samsung Medison 510(k) clearance for the UGEO PT60A in August 2013, and the company released its tablet-based ultrasound system two months later.


Designed for the portable market, the UGEO PT60A ultrasound system features a 10.1-inch LED full touch screen and Needle Mate technology, which delineates the needle’s location during procedures like nerve blocking, corticosteroid injections, and PIC line insertions. Its SDMR and Spatial Compounding Image technology eliminates unwanted speckle noise and incorporates beam steering and compounding of scan lines to provide spatial and contrast resolution.



The QuickScan feature offers patients an improved service with faster and more accurate diagnoses, and the Auto IMT offers output such as the Framingham Score, risk factors, and a user graph. Additionally, settings including mean, max, standard deviation, and quality index measurements are instantly available.


In addition to a handle for easy transport, the system also features a tilting monitor, lift table, micro probe connector and three additional probe ports, and a basket space with an encased printer and gel storage space. The company produces convex, linear, and phased array probes that are compatible with the PT60A.


Samsung, in collaboration with emergency services vehicles in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, is undergoing trials using the tablet-based ultrasound system to help inform advance treatment for critical trauma patients.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Walgreens is teaming up with MDLive to launch a virtual physician visit feature on its mobile app, the company announced in early December. MDLive is a provider of virtual health services that will connect customers with certified physicians through video chat on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.


Virtual visits are for nonemergency health conditions, such as upper respiratory tract infections, ear aches, sore throats, and rashes, and are not intended for more serious symptoms such as chest pain. Physicians can write prescriptions after the virtual visits, too. The Walgreens app, which works with iOS and Android devices, will allow customers to make appointments, as well.


Appointments are $49, and usually last 10 to 15 minutes, Dr. Harry Leider, MDLive’s chief medical officer, told Chicago Tribune. The service is available to California and Michigan residents, and will be rolled out in other states in the next few years.


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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg has raised $100 million to create a medical imaging device the size of an iPhone that can portray a moving 3-D image of what’s inside a person, according to MIT Technology Review. (


The technology, which relies on a new kind of ultrasound chip, could eventually lead to new ways to destroy cancer cells with heat or deliver information to brain cells. The imaging system is being developed by Butterfly Network, but Mr. Rothberg won’t allude to how the device will work or what it will look like. Details will come out in the next 18 months when he is ready to sell it, he said.


Concept drawing filed with the patent office. MIT Technology Review;


Mr. Rothberg also told MIT Technology Review that the device will cost “a few hundred dollars, connect to a phone, and be able to do things like diagnose breast cancer or visualize a fetus.” The device will be a “compact, versatile new ultrasound scanners that can create 3-D images in real time,” according to Butterfly’s patent applications.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Save a Life is a finalist in the Chicago Open Innovation Challenge, in which several people with innovative ideas are competing for $25,000 in grant funding.  


Save a Life helps instructors verify CPR competency through Google Glass that guides and tracks proper technique based on visual and auditory prompts. The education tool also has a built-in tool that assists with calling for help, and provides objective metrics on compression rate, rhythm, and depth. The program works by accessing the wearable sensors (gyroscope/accelerometer) in Google Glass to help students achieve metrics through audio and visual feedback in real time.


For a step-by-step explanation on how Save a Life works or to back the project, visit


Friday, April 04, 2014

Every minute matters in the ED, and getting the right people talking quickly is key. Avenir International has released version 3.0 of its ConnectPath automated communication solution. ConnectPath can reach specialists and assemble teams with the touch of a button.

It is integrated with existing directories and an up-to-date schedule, meaning ConnectPath can direct-connect the ED with any specialist’s phone or pager or send text messages automatically. Physicians choose their preferred device, and ConnectPath does the rest. Its analytics engine captures compliance data, enables event analysis, and provides valuable insights into opportunities for improvement, increasing accountability.

Details about ConnectPath’s web-based solution, pay-for-value pricing, and money-back guarantee are available at