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In the OR with colleague robot

Dear Sir or Madam,

Can you imagine being operated on by a robot? It's unlikely that a robot will ever perform a surgery completely on its own. But in some surgical procedures it is already common practice for a robotic system to assist the surgeon. This is because their precision can hardly be surpassed. At the same time, humans always retain control of the machine. Read more about this in our current Topic of the Month.

Stay healthy!

Elena Blume
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Robotic-assisted surgical systems
Interview: Medication management app "eMMa"
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eMMa: medication management app improves patient care


Image: Drawing of a man and woman talking about a medication plan; Copyright:
A conversation between the patient and the doctor is always at the start of the health journey. The idea is to set the stage and share important information. This process can be shortened if information is already available in digital form. In the future, patients can submit their medication plan via app thanks to "eMMa".
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eMMa: medication management app improves patient care
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Print your own laboratory-grade microscope

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Economy & Markets

For the first time, labs around the world can 3D print their own precision microscopes to analyse samples and detect diseases , thanks to an open-source design created at the University of Bath.
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Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs are welcome to submit their solutions to the 12th Healthcare Innovation World Cup® now - from wearable tech to digital biomarkers and intelligent patches to smart implants. The aim of the competition is to promote innovations, to make them visible to the world, and to connect innovators with decision-makers in the healthcare industry, potential partners, investors and customers. Contestants can win prizes worth over 500.000 USD and 12 presentation slots in the exciting finals at MEDICA on 16th of November 2020.

Submit your solution now and take the opportunity to present it at the 7th MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM, the hotspot for digital innovations in hall 13. The participation is free of charge.

Submit your solution for free now!
You can find all information about MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM here
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Canadian team first in world to treat COVID-19 with specialized dialysis

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

As part of a randomized controlled trial, a team from Lawson Health Research Institute is the first in the world to treat a patient with COVID-19 using a modified dialysis device. The device gently removes a patient's blood, modifies white blood cells and returns them to fight hyperinflammation. It is being tested with critically ill patients at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).
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Portable, reusable test for COVID-19

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

University of Utah engineer is developing a fast, reusable test for COVID-19 that works with cellphones.
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Physicists design FDA-approved, open-source ventilator

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

As the spread of COVID-19 sparked a global search for ventilators to help critically ill patients, an international collaboration of particle physicists and engineers pivoted to design a mechanical ventilator made from readily available components.
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New COVID-19 diagnostic platform more efficient than PCR test kits

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology

Cima Universidad de Navarra researchers have developed a large-scale, highly sensitive COVID-19 diagnostic platform more efficient than the commercial PCR test kits currently available. It consists of a ribonucleic acid (RNA) extraction method which allows large quantities of samples to be processed in parallel, independent of commercial extraction test kits.
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Innovative Robotic-Assisted Surgical Systems

Topic of the Month

Image: Robotic arm used for surgical operations; Copyright:
More compact, more flexibility, and more precision - these are the main characteristics developers strive for as they advance robotic-assisted surgical systems for the operating room. Several technology providers have already shown how it’s done, including the makers of the popular daVinci Surgical System. Yet for robotic-assisted systems, the sky is the limit.
Read more about our Topic of the Month
Innovative Robotic-Assisted Surgical Systems
Robotics in the OR: Relieving the surgeon
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Day against Stroke 2020

Public Health & Associations, Information and Communication Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

This year on 10.05.2020 the Day Against Stroke is being celebrated under the title "The digital helpers are coming!". A stroke is still one of the most frequent causes of death. Every year, around 270,000 people suffer a stroke in Germany alone.
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