Consider the Promises and Challenges of Medical Image Analyses Using Machine Learning

consider the promises and challenges of medical image analyses using machine learning


Medical imaging saves millions of lives each year, helping doctors detect and diagnose a wide range of diseases, from cancer and appendicitis to stroke and heart disease. Because non-invasive early disease detection saves so many lives, scientific investment continues to increase. Artifical intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize the medical imaging industry by sifting through mountains of scans quickly and offering providers and patients with life-changing insights into a variety of diseases, injuries, and conditions that may be hard to detect without the supplemental technology.Images are the largest source of data in healthcare and, at the same time, one of the most challenging sources to analyze. Clinicians today must rely mainly on medical image analysis performed by overworked radiologists and sometimes analyze scans themselves. The interpretations of medical data are being made mostly by a medical expert. In terms of image interpretation by a human expert, it is entirely limited given its subjectivity, the complexity of the image, the extensive variations that exist across different interpreters, and fatigue.
Despite constant advances in the medical imaging space, almost one in four patients experiences false positives on image readings. This can lead to unnecessary invasive procedures and follow-up scans that …



HOTB Software Recognized for Healthcare Data Innovation With 2020 MedTech Breakthrough Award

hotb software recognized for healthcare data innovation with 2020 medtech breakthrough award


IRVINE, Calif., June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — HOTB Software, a leading SaaS provider within the compliance industry, announced that MedTech Breakthrough, an independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies in the global health and medical technology market, has selected HOTB’s Surgical Center Toolbox (SCT) solution as the winner in the fourth annual MedTech Breakthrough Awards program.    

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HOTB’s SaaS platform for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), Surgical Center Toolbox (SCT), eliminates manual processes and assists healthcare staff with digitizing their entire practice. The solution simplifies reporting for all major accreditation bodies within the industry as well as other regulatory compliance mandates.    

SCT includes the ability for healthcare staff to create dynamic policies and procedures and search their agency standards using keyword search to ensure compliance. Additionally, SCT comes with survey preparation; employee, contracts and vendor records storage; assignable reminders; electronic customizable logs; and continuing education and training through Medline University.   
“We are providing the most powerful platform to assist ASCs in managing and navigating the complex accreditation and compliance landscape,” said Andy Firoved, CEO, HOTB. “SCT’s full capability goes well beyond anything else on the market, making it the only full compliance and accreditation platform serving ASCs. This 2020  …


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Dr Evidence (DRE), an AI-Enabled SaaS Healthcare Insights Company, Taps Industry Experts Joseph A. Boystak as Chairman of the Board and Ameet Nathwani, MD, as Chairman of its Newly Formed Medical Strategy Advisory Board

dr evidence (dre), an ai-enabled saas healthcare insights company, taps industry experts joseph a. boystak as chairman of the board and ameet nathwani, md, as chairman of its newly formed medical strategy advisory board


DRE is pleased to welcome Joe Boystak as Chairman of the Board and Ameet Nathwani, MD, as Chairman of its newly formed Medical Strategy Advisory Board


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Pria by BLACK+DECKER Named 2020 MedTech Breakthrough Award Winner

pria by black+decker named 2020 medtech breakthrough award winner


BOSTON, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Pria™ by BLACK+DECKER, a new automated medication management device and the first direct-to-consumer product from STANLEY Healthcare, today announced that it has been awarded the 2020 MedTech Breakthrough Award for the Best New Technology Solution for Medication Management. The MedTech Breakthrough Awards celebrate the world’s most outstanding Digital Health and Medical Technology products, services and companies around the world.  
“We are honored to receive this award and to be recognized among such incredible leaders in the medical technology space,” said Sean O’Brien, director at STANLEY Healthcare. “During this unprecedented time, medical technology is being called upon to not only help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to make it easier for individuals to maintain their health remotely. The world is rapidly shifting around us, but our sole focus is, as it always has been, to help caregivers and their aging loved ones during their time of need. This win helps to solidify and drive our purpose.”
Pria by BLACK+DECKER is the ultimate home healthcare tracking and management tool for independent individuals and their caregivers. It was designed to empower seniors who desire to maintain independence by employing a HIPAA-compliant platform to provide caregivers real-time insight …


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BIOMODEX Appoints MedTech Industry Veteran Karl Schweitzer as New Board Chair

biomodex appoints medtech industry veteran karl schweitzer as new board chair


“We are very pleased to appoint Karl Schweitzer as Board Chair,” said Francois Thomas. “His international experience in the medtech space, as well as expertise in two key markets for Biomodex, cardiac and neurovascular, will be a major asset as we grow the company’s exciting portfolio of devices and continue to expand commercial operations.”

Karl Schweitzer has held leadership roles in the medical technology industry for the past 28 years. He is founder of Transform Medical GmbH, which provides advice to VCs and invests in medtech start-ups. He is also co-founder and CEO of Neuromodtronic, a medical device company providing non-invasive optic nerve stimulation for treatment of neurological disorders such as glaucoma and stroke. Prior to his involvement in start-up companies, Karl spent ten years at Medtronic where he was vice president for several business units in the cardiac and neuro fields. Later, as vice president and international general manager, he oversaw the global international business of the corporation’s $2 billion neuromodulation division. He started his career in medical devices with Eli Lilly’s MDD division where he was involved in the spin-off of one business unit followed by an IPO on Nasdaq. He then became vice president at Boston Scientific before joining …


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How one medical packaging player has responded to COVID-19

how one medical packaging player has responded to covid-19


Thermoformer TEQ has continued to deliver medical packaging solutions for customers working to address critical health needs related to COVID-19.

Many of TEQ’s medical technology customers have ‘Essential Business’ status and are playing a key role in preparing and responding to the crisis.

With production in full flow, TEQ can provide a shorter supply chain, with all packaging products coming from its cleanrooms based in both the UK – at Hucknall Industrial Park, near Nottingham – and Poznan in Poland.

Anne-Sophie Belamine, TEQ’s European sales director, said: “We’re proud to be playing a key role in making sure essential medical products reach the market in these uncertain times.

“Our production facilities in the UK and Europe are working around the clock to ensure we support our customers close to home, many of which are manufacturing life-saving medical supplies and technologies as we respond to this global pandemic.”

Built and commissioned by pharmaceutical cleanroom experts, TEQ’s facilities in Nottinghamshire and Poznan are certified to ISO 13485: 2016. Both sites meet medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers’ packaging requirements.

TEQ’s packaging range includes procedure sets, trays, tubs, lids and sterile barrier blisters and seal blisters. The company also manufactures custom …


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BD to Present at Investor Conferences

bd to present at investor conferences


FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., June 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX), a leading global medical technology company, announced today that it will present at the following upcoming investor conferences:
Goldman Sachs 41st Annual Global Healthcare Conference Webcast June 9, 2020 1:20 p.m. EDT
William Blair 40th Annual Virtual Growth Stock Conference June 10, 2020 10:20 a.m. EDT
Live webcasts of BD’s presentations can be accessed on the BD corporate website at  They will be available for replay for a period of seven days after each conference.  
About BD BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 65,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians’ care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers’ capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in …


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Voice enabled chatbot Orbita scores $9M; Caregiver tool Cariloop

voice enabled chatbot orbita scores $9m; caregiver tool cariloop


Healthcare voice chatbot maker Orbita has locked in $9 million as part of a Series A fund co-led by Philips Health Technology Ventures and HealthX Ventures. Cultivation Capital and Newark Venture Partners also took part. Orbita’s technology platform is employed by healthcare, life sciences and medical technology companies seeking conversational AI capabilities that can be deployed through online, phone, text or digital-assistant means. 
The company did not specify how these new funds would be deployed. Instead, its funding announcement highlighted the “unprecedented number of requests related to COVID-19” the company has received from worldwide customers over the past few months, and the new tools it has released to address that demand.

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“Thanks to our customers and partners, we’ve witnessed how virtual healthcare assistants based on our technology have improved both healthcare efficiency and quality,” CEO Bill Rogers said in a statement. “We’ve experienced this perhaps most significantly in recent weeks supporting the COVID-19 pandemic response. We’re very proud of the work we’ve done and are equally proud to receive the support of our new investors to expand our reach and impact.”
Cariloop, a tech platform that focuses on coaching …


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