Infusion catheter delivers medication with precision

VascularDesigns: Vascular Designs’ IsoFlowâ„¢ infusion catheter … is a dual balloon catheter designed for controlled and selective infusion of physician-specified fluids into selected vasculature by means of temporary occlusion of a target region of the vessel with simultaneous perfusion of blood past the isolated region. With this type of directed approach to fluid delivery, you … Read more

Anthropomimetic robot is just a tad bit creepy

Eccerobot (Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot) is an anthropomimetic robot developed by a consortium of labs in Europe. An antrhopomimetic robot imitates not just the human form, but human biological structures and functions as well. This gives the robot the potential for human-like movements and interactions. From the website: “The ECCEROBOT project is … Read more

An infusion pump that can be used around MRI scanners…Cool!

The MRidium 3860+ from IRadimed is the first non-magnetic iv pump with integrated SpO2 monitoring designed specifically for use around MRI scanners. According to the manufacturer: “The new 3860+ offers significantly upgraded performance and features to the already proven MRidium MR IV pump product line. With the addition of a 10 key numeric input keypad … Read more

Needle-free injection system

The Engineer: The Pyrofast system uses a fine, high-pressure jet stream to penetrate the skin and deliver liquid or solid drugs to the tissue beneath. According to the German company, the entire process takes 40m/s and creates a puncture that is four times smaller than that caused by conventional needle injections. Dr Thorsten Rudolph, managing … Read more

Cool Technology for Pharmacy

This really has nothing to do with pharmacy, but the technology is just too cool to pass up.

I recently attended my youngest daughter’s back-to-school night. One of the instructors at the school used a 600 series SMART Board to give her presentation. Much of what she had to say never registered because I was too busy looking at the SMART Board.

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A great argument for being allowed to browse however you want “The restrictions infantilize workers—they foster resentment, reduce morale, lock people into inefficient routines, and, worst of all, they kill our incentives to work productively. In the information age, most companies’ success depends entirely on the creativity and drive of their workers. IT restrictions are corrosive to that creativity—they keep everyone under the thumb of … Read more

Hi-Tech patch for migraine relief

Zelrix is a transdermal patch containing sumatriptan for the treatment of acute migraine headache developed by NuPathe, a pharmaceutical company specializing in the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The patch is based on NuPathe’s proprietary SmartReliefâ„¢ platform, which according to the manufacturer’s website is “a non-invasive technology that utilizes low-level electrical energy to transport … Read more

Cool Technology for Pharmacy

glowcapThe Vitality GlowCaps is a wireless internet enabled cap for prescription bottles that uses light and sound to notify patients when it is time to take their medication. When the GlowCap is removed from the prescription bottle, the information is documented on Vitality’s server. Vitality uses this information to send the patient and physician a monthly compliance report to help monitor therapy. Of course, that’s assuming that the patient doesn’t just open and close the lid when the reminder goes off. When you stop to think of all the time, energy and money spent on patient compliance with medication, you begin to realize that the GlowCap is pretty cool pharmacy technology.

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Self destructing data for the cloud

One of the most frequently cited reasons for not utilizing cloud based storage is security. While the self-destructing data solution described below wouldn’t work for healthcare secondary to the need to archive information for long periods of time, it would certainly work for any personal data sent or received over the internet. The ability to put a time-bomb in a document is appealing. Read on to find out more.

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Cool Technology for Pharmacy

ROBOT-Rx® from McKesson is a robotic pharmacy system that automates many of the day to day operations that a technician may perform in a hospital pharmacy, such as medication storage, selection, return, restock, and crediting. From the manufacturer’s site: Every year, more than a half billion medications are dispensed error-free by ROBOT-Rx systems installed in … Read more