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2020/11/11 DARPA Selects Teams to Further Advance Dogfighting Algorithms

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Virtual care helps post-operative patients heal at home

Ernst Seeger kept in touch with his health care team post-surgery through virtual care. It was 10:30 at night when Ernst Seeger realized he needed immediate medical attention. The Niagara Falls man was at home recovering from bladder cancer surgery and started experiencing intense, escalating abdominal pain. But instead of going to the hospital emergency department, Seeger, 64, reached out to his virtual healthcare team at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) using a tablet computer provided by the hospital as part of a study on virtual care for patients recovering at home after surgery. “I apologized for contacting them so late but the nurse I spoke to said, `I’m glad you called. That’s what we’re here for.’” While at the HHS Juravinski Cancer Centre having surgery for bladder cancer in May, Se...

The Future of Robotics: Research to Commercialization – RoboBusiness Direct Session November 5, 2020

In this informative and wide ranging RoboBusiness Direct session, MassRobotics’ Executive Director Tom Ryden leads an all-star panel of robotics researchers and industry thought leaders to discuss that latest robotics and automation research and R&D initiatives, and the ways the resulting breakthroughs make their way into the commercial sphere. By RBR Staff | October 30, 2020 Listen to this article There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. It is an exciting time to be in robotics. The $100+ billion global robotics sector has been growing by leaps and bounds. Industrial robots are no longer the exclusive domain of heavy industry or huge factories. A new generation of robotics systems, collaborative robots in particular, have expanded the customer base for robots to incl...

Canada lags in adopting innovation

Canadians are right to be proud of their healthcare system, but one area where challenges exist – and where some practical changes could bring about big improvement – is in the adoption of innovative medical technologies. Too often, Canadians have limited access to health technologies that are widely adopted in other countries. These technologies are varied. They might be orthopedic devices, technologies that support cardiovascular health, disease-specific remedies, or unique innovations that address chronic pain. And the organizational profiles are equally diverse. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small, innovative Canadian company, or a large multinational, the truth is that the Canadian healthcare system – despite its many strengths – is not built to embrace innovation. Intellijoint Surgic...

Virtual care popularity surges during COVID-19 pandemic

Virtual doctor appointments mean Harrison Brown can continue working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and not have to travel to The Ottawa Hospital. By Season Osborne Harrison Brown relies on ParaTranspo to get to The Ottawa Hospital. He used to have to carve a three-hour window for a 15-minute appointment. But now, he has his doctor’s appointments at home—using his cell phone. “It’s a game-changer for me,” said Harrison. The 27-year-old from Cornwall has spina bifida and has had to come to the hospital his whole life. When he moved to Ottawa, either his parents would come from Cornwall to drive him to the hospital or he’d take ParaTranspo. Not having to go to the hospital is “huge.” The Ottawa Hospital normally has about 37,000 outpatient appointments every month. On March 17, The O...

Medtech Canada COVID-19 Action Hub

Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited Canadian Hospital Specialties in Oakville to see how they’re increasing the province’s supply of COVID-19 testing swabs. Since the start of this pandemic, the medical technology (medtech) industry has made significant contributions to the battle against COVID-19 in Canada, stepping up for Canadians in the fight against this global pandemic. Medtech companies have drastically ramped up production, retooled their product lines and creatively utilized their devices to help both patients and those on the front lines. Additionally, there has been swift collaboration between governments, providers and medical technology companies in Canada to address the pressing needs of our health care system in light of COVID-19. The sector has also made valuable contribution...

Soft Wearable Robots Are Leaving the Lab – RoboBusiness Direct Session October 29th

In this informative RoboBusiness Direct session, Conor Walsh, founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab and faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, will describe the current state of soft robotics research, the many ways soft wearable robots are actively being deployed now, as well as emerging opportunities for the technology. By RBR Editor | October 23, 2020 There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. After almost a decade of effort from a multidisciplinary team of researchers and collaborators with backgrounds in robotics, functional apparel design and movement science, soft wearable robots have now left the lab and being deployed across a range of exciting application areas. This talk will give an overview of how this technology has matured ...