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According to the North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, the incidence of colon cancer is 6% higher in North Dakota compared to the rest of the nation. The organization suggested this might be due to lack of awareness about the modern testing that detects colon cancer in a pre-cancer stage or an early stage — well before blood appears in the stool and changes in bowel movements occur, the signs of advanced colon cancer that is much more difficult to treat. Because only about 65% of eligible North Dakotans between the ages of 50 to 75 have been screened, in 2018, the Roundtable set a goal of raising that number to 80%. Understanding the options for testing is one of the first steps in meeting the screening goal. Health care providers and their patients can choose between four available screening tests: three that involve direct examination of feces and the fourth that looks at the lining of the colon. Of the three tests that examine feces, two tests look for microscopic blood in feces and one looks for a cancer’s DNA in cells released into feces. The fecal occult blood test, or FOBT, has been available for many years. After three days of avoiding ibuprofen, aspirin …

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

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

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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 …

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Don’t delay necessary care

don’t delay necessary care

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Delmarva hospitals and doctors are coming together to let the public know that their locations are safe, and they are ready and waiting to provide healthcare when needed.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much concern, and as healthcare providers work together to control the spread of the virus within their communities, they want people to know that the public’s health and safety remain their top priority.“We have made great strides in keeping people well, directing them to the right level of care, and preventing unnecessary use of services,” said Steve Leonard, Ph.D., MBA, FACHE, president/CEO of Peninsula Regional Health System.
“Now, as we begin our transition from COVID-19 to more traditional hospital and physician office care, we face a situation where people who are sick and need our attention are concerned or afraid to come. These are very real concerns we have chosen to address together.”Atlantic General Hospital, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, the McCready Health Pavilion, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and the health departments of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland are collaborating on a “Safe, Ready, Waiting” message. It is an informational campaign adopted from one the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) …

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

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

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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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8 incredible NHS heroes to follow on Instagram to get spot-on advice

8 incredible nhs heroes to follow on instagram to get spot-on advice

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June 02, 2020 – 14:21 BST

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With Covid-19 advice everywhere, it’s important to know where to go to get real facts. From Love Island’s Dr Alex to TV’s Dr Ranj, these are the NHS heroes to follow on Instagram.



Especially during these unprecedented times where conflicting – and often incorrect – information is ubiquitous, it’s important to curate your social media feed and follow people who share facts. Enter these NHS heroes, who are all are using their platforms to share the most up-to-date medical advice, bust common myths and share their experiences being on the frontline of this pandemic – they’re well worth a follow… Originally of Love Island fame, Dr Alex is now making a name for himself as a TV doctor. He has been working in A&E during the pandemic, and has been giving his 1.4 million followers regular updates on his experience, as well as educational videos on his YouTube channel. Hazel is an NHS medical doctor and registered nutritionist and she attempts to bridge the gap between conventional medical advice and the latest thoughts and development in nutrition and other areas of lifestyle medicine. Follow her for nutritional advice, yummy and healthy meal ideas and lots …

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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

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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

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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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At flight medicine clinic, astronauts get fixed before they go to space

at flight medicine clinic, astronauts get fixed before they go to space

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An average shuttle space suit, including the life-support system, weighs about 310 pounds.

Mike Foreman, a two-time space-mission astronaut, has gotten into and out of a space suit hundreds of times during years of training at the Johnson Space Center and for five space walks on International Space Station missions.

The outer part of the suit comes in two pieces: pants and a rigid fiberglass top with a heavy life-support backpack.

“You get underneath it with your arms straight up over head, and you go up into it,” Foreman said of the suit’s top half. “Your arms have to make this 90-degree turn to go into the sleeves. Getting your arms to make that turn as the rest of your body is pushing its way into the suit is what always caused the torquing of my left shoulder.”

Being an astronaut on the ISS is more than floating around in microgravity — it’s a physical job that takes a toll on the body. NASA and Houston Methodist joined together to create the Johnson Space Center Flight Medicine Clinic to help mitigate orthopedic health issues before astronauts are sent to space, and to rehabilitate them upon return.

Foreman’s shoulder was …

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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

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“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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