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Training surgery with the DynamicHIPS system

06/11/2023

When surgically inserting an artificial hip, the preparation of medical staff jumps from theory to practice directly on the patient. The training system OrthoMiniGames now offers a simulation as an intermediate step. The use of virtual reality optics combined with tactile devices provides the opportunity to conduct the procedure within a haptic experience before approaching the patient.
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Linköping University

A step towards AI-based precision medicine

19/10/2023

Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have developed an AI-based method applicable to various medical and biological issues. Their models can for instance accurately estimate people’s chronological age and determine whether they have been smokers or not.
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IDMT/Anika Bödecker

Vital data: the whole body on the radar

05/10/2023

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg have developed a new method for collecting and analyzing vital signs from the human body by using radar.
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DC_Studio

Digitization in hospitals: not just an end in itself, but a transformer

21/09/2023

The course urgently needs to be charted to make healthcare secure for the future. The Asklepios Trend Report, which was published for the first time this summer, highlights the key developments that will shape our healthcare system for the foreseeable future. Digitalization plays a key role in this as confirmed by a patient study also commissioned by the group.
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Karin Kaiser/MHH

MHH and simpleclub strengthen digital MFA training

13/09/2023

To make medical assistants (MFA) fit for the future, Hannover Medical School (MHH) is launching a digital training offensive: together with the learning platform simpleclub, it is digitizing this professional training.
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AndersonPiza

Danger from chatbots: Do they need regulation as a medical device?

12/09/2023

Chatbots like ChatGPT have great potential for medicine. But their unregulated use in healthcare poses a great danger because of their inherent risks. A Nature Medicine article by Prof. Stephen Gilbert et al. calls for medical device approval for chatbots and applications based on them.
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Kathrin Seibert

AI: How can you bring health professionals and algorithms together?

18/07/2023

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) can relieve healthcare workers and improve patient care. A survey among healthcare professionals in the medical and nursing sector by the 'Platform Learning Systems' has found that employees are open-minded, but demand changes in their daily work in return.
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svitlanah

6G in healthcare: better wireless technology for better care

20/06/2023

While the 5G cellular technology standard is becoming more widespread in the public sector, development on its successor has already started. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched an initiative to lay the foundations for 6G. This communications technology can also be significant for the healthcare sector.
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Knopka LLC/Movesense Ltd

Knopka LLC and Movesense Ltd: International cooperation forged at MEDICA

23/05/2023

Sometimes, it just about being in the right place at the right time: At MEDICA 2022, Knopka LLC from Ukraine and Movesense Ltd from Finland crossed paths. They immediately started a project together in a hospital in Lviv, Ukraine, that is now, roughly six months later, completed already.
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Increasing training and use of new digital technologies in EU health services

18/05/2023

The Dynamic Digital Resilience for Medical and Allied Professions (DDS-MAP) in Health Services project aims to strengthen health systems and support the digital transformation of healthcare by understanding the digital learning needs of healthcare professionals and developing innovative learning programmes.
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microgen

Soft orthotics: creating the perfect fit with a 3D scanner

08/05/2023

Soft textile orthoses are used in the treatment of certain medical conditions. Making these custom devices by hand is difficult, time-consuming, and susceptible to human error. A research project has developed a digital platform designed to simplify the production of soft orthoses.
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envato/Maria_Sbytova

ADHD: Software supports diagnostic process

02/05/2023

To be diagnosed with ADHD, children must exhibit various factors and persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It can sometimes be difficult to diagnose the condition because younger children change and develop rapidly. New software makes it possible to combine and analyze different evaluations and test results to facilitate a more informed and accurate diagnosis.
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Shutterstock.com/PeopleImages.com - Yuri A

6G Health kick-off: better healthcare with 6G networking

18/04/2023

Starting now, the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI) is developing fundamental technology components for 6G-based medical applications in the research project "6G-Health" (Holistic Development of High-Performance 6G Networking for Distributed Medical Technology Systems).
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micens

Treating patients 'in hospital' – even from far away

17/04/2023

Research is revealing that some patients living far away from specialist health service provision choose not to use these services because of the long distances they have to travel.
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Petra Ritter/BIH

European test infrastructure for AI and robotics in healthcare

09/03/2023

The Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI) is part of the EU project TEF-Health (Testing and Experimentation Facility for Health AI and Robotics), which aims to establish a test infrastructure for artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics in healthcare.
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