robotics

Inside-the-box’ technology solves organ and vaccine transportation problem

By Crystal Mackay Following a fatal car crash, a registered organ donor could save the lives of many patients critically awaiting heart, kidney, liver, lung or pancreas transplantation. Once doctors successfully remove vital organs, they are carefully placed in what are essentially beverage coolers in an attempt to synchronize temperature with the ice cubes also packed within. These are simple organ storage and transportation systems that have seen little change since organ transplants started in the late 1960s. There has to be a better, more effective and safer approach to transport something so incredibly valuable to saving someone’s life. And now there is. A team of researchers from Western University has designed, developed and constructed a new portable temperature regulating device, ...

Canadians are ready to embrace “Virtual First” in health care

Shelagh Maloney is Executive Vice President, Engagement and Marketing at Canada Health Infoway. By Shelagh Maloney I recently participated in a podcast where we were discussing the rapid uptake of virtual care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. When one of my colleagues turned the phrase “necessity is the mother of invention” into “necessity is the mother of adoption,” I thought it was very applicable to today’s situation. From the evidence we’ve been collecting for years, we know virtual care is a viable care delivery option that can improve access to care, give patients agency so they can better manage their care, and can save them time and money. The pandemic has necessitated the adoption of virtual care, and Canadians are mostly embracing this change — they are ready to include virt...

Artificial intelligence and digitization to enhance the patient experience

By An Tang The disruption created by COVID-19 has created an opportunity to consider modernization of the patient journey through the healthcare system. Technology “appification” and the improvement of the patient experience through the integration of technology could turn our current structure into a streamlined, paperless, patient-oriented system designed for the 21st century. Appification refers to the use of programs running on mobile devices to provide a user-friendly interface to enter and consult data available on the web or from medical databases. Apps can facilitate patient access and integration with radiology departments but will require overcoming communication, technical, and security barriers encountered in medical imaging. Achieving seamless integration of databases within a...

Surgical Robotics Requirements and Engineering Solutions – 2 RoboBusiness Direct Sessions Dec. 17, 2020

In this RoboBusiness Direct session, Maria Shepherd, President of Medi-Vantage discuss what the next generation of surgical robotics systems could and should provide. In a follow-on session, maxon’s Carsten Horn reviews solutions that enable robotic surgery. By RBR Staff | December 15, 2020 Robotics as a Surgical Tool Maria Shepherd, President, Medi-Vantage Breakout Session: 3PM EDT There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. Surgical robotics is the ‘sexiest’ medical device technology of the past decade, with a scope and breadth that continues to penetrate almost all medical specialties. Ongoing research, technological advances and wider adoption will continue to propel the surgical robotics sector forward, which is forecasted to reach $13.7 billion by 2026 at a very health...

Predictions for Canadian Healthcare IT 2021

Dr. Chris Hobson By Dr. Chris Hobson 2020 was an unprecedented year. The healthcare IT landscape in Canada is evolving rapidly as it tries to balance the need to respond effectively and urgently to the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to manage challenges already placing immense pressure on the Canadian healthcare system. What will 2021 hold for healthcare IT in Canada? Focus on COVID-19 data and improved predictive modelling As jurisdictions continue to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of high-quality data and sound predictive scenario-based modelling will become more apparent. Decisions on opening and closing businesses, schools and so on depend on an effort to balance the need to manage the spread of the disease with trying to keep the economy functioning. Nine months ...

Innovation in COVID-19 testing solutions offer hope to communities that need it most

Dr. Mario Thomas, CEO, Precision Biomonitoring, speaks to the importance of continued advancements in Canada’s testing space in response to COVID-19 and beyond. Improving healthcare outcomes now and into the future. COVID-19 has challenged traditional approaches to healthcare. The global pandemic has provided Canada with the opportunity to see the capabilities within our own healthcare system. Canadians have adapted and innovated quickly to meet the immediate, yet evolving, needs of the public, and this ability to adapt is arguably most evident in the testing space. From the very beginning of the pandemic, testing has been front and center, and while it is universally agreed that testing is a critical piece of the COVID-19 puzzle, it has not been perfect. Testing strategies have varied gre...

The future of healthcare is less invasive

By Neil Fraser As Canada heads into winter and closes the door on 2020, hospitals are feeling increasingly snowed in by rising COVID-19 cases and growing wait lists for diagnostic and surgical procedures, estimated by Deloitte to be over 300,000 procedures in Canada. As we open the door to a new year, how can we avoid taking one step forward and two steps back as the pandemic forces hospitals to deal with the conflicting demands of clearing surgical backlogs and creating inpatient bed capacity? The problem is big, but the answer is less invasive. One of the greatest lessons the pandemic has taught us is that we need to prioritize solutions that free up bed capacity and reduce the burden on healthcare professionals, while also reducing the risk of virus and infection exposure to both clinic...

Start-up Profile – Flexiv – ‘Adaptive’ Robotics Solutions Empowered by Advanced Force Control

Flexiv provides turnkey automation solutions based on adaptive robots powered by advanced force control, computer vision and AI technologies. By Dan Kara | November 29, 2020 Editor’s Note: Robotics Business Review’s coverage emphasizes innovation, including start-up companies (or ‘young’ companies). RBR “Start-Up Profiles” highlight individual start-up companies using a consistent, templated format that makes for quick, yet informed reading, that also simplifies comparative analysis. Flexiv – Company Profile City: Santa Clara State: California Country: USA # of Employees: 100 URL: www.flexiv.com Founded: 2016 Founders – Shiquan Wang (CEO), Xiyang Yeh (CTO), Shuyun Chung (Chief Robotics Scientist) Funding Status – Series A+, with over US $22M funding amount in total Flexiv provides a one-st...

RoboBusiness Direct to Examine Industrial Automation Using ROS, UV Disinfection Robots Using 3D Vision

In his RoboBusiness Direct session, a Robot Operating System expert at the Southwest Research Institute how do develop safe advanced automation. In addition, a DreamVu robotics expert will break out how omnidirectional 3D vision can help disinfection robots. By RBR Staff | November 27, 2020 Listen to this article Manufacturers of aerospace parts, heavy machinery, and other industrial equipment require large automated systems for painting, surface finishing, inspection, and more. These systems often employ a gantry outfitted with an industrial manipulator to extend the work envelope over many meters. Due to their sheer size and associated costs, such automation must perform multiple operations to provide an adequate return on investment. Automating such large, multi-process-systems poses ch...

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...

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