The Coolest New Medical Devices 2020
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held January 7-10, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV, is the world’s largest annual show for electronic and next-generation devices. Much of the show is recorded by companies showcasing their latest computers, televisions, robots, and virtual reality headsets. But there is also a growing niche of medical and health devices.
Check out some of the most talked about articles this year:
Wearable blood pressure monitor
The wearables were everywhere at CES this year. Omron Healthcare has launched HeartGuide, the world’s first portable blood pressure monitor. The device was developed as a wristwatch and measures blood pressure using “oscillometric technology”, the standard recognized by the FDA for accurate, automated blood pressure measurement in medical quality.
“said the company. This summer, Omron will launch a new mobile app called Omron Connect 2.0. Combined with the HeartGuide monitor, the app will act like a” personal cardiac health trainer, “providing users with heart health information, real-time guidance and behavioral incentives Users can also share HIPAA-compliant monitoring data with their doctors.
Doctor’s instrument in the patient’s hands
Everyone’s talking about telemedicine these days, but how can you check a patient’s heart or lungs using a screen? Enter MedWand, a handheld device that contains various diagnostic tools that the patient can perform and that the doctor can consult.
The device includes accessories to assess heart, lungs, blood oxygen levels, nose / throat / mouth, etc. MedWand can also be used by home health workers or community rescue workers, or by doctors or other health professionals in remote or inaccessible areas.
Intelligent lighting for surgical applications
Gentex Corporation and Mayo Clinic have introduced innovative lighting technologies for medical applications. It is an intelligent lighting system for surgical and patient care environments that provides both ambient room lighting and adaptive camera-controlled work lighting. Gentex said it worked with surgeons and staff at the Mayo Clinic to resolve issues with the current surgical lighting.
The intelligent system uses voice commands, hand gestures or a manual tracking device to create a “target light zone”. An integrated camera “coordinates the activation, intensity and direction of the light network to reduce shadows and create optimal lighting conditions within the defined surgical field,” said Gentex. Bonus: The system uses off-peak germicidal ultraviolet radiation to sterilize the environment .
Aidar Health introduced MouthLab, a powered breathalyzer that provides a snapshot of the user’s vital signs. When users inhale the MouthLab mouthpiece, the multi-sensor device records approximately 10 health parameters (temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, etc.) in less than a minute.
Users can track their daily and longitudinal data, but providers can also track patient health trends for previous procedures. However, MouthLab has yet to be approved by the FDA.
Glucose monitoring without skin pricks
Non-invasive blood sugar control is the holy grail of diabetes management. For this purpose, Add Care Ltd. presented their prototype called Glutrac, a wearable device designed for just that. The device has optical sensors that collect data using four monitoring methods: absorption spectroscopy, electrocardiography, photoelectric plethysmography, and dynamic metabolic heat monitoring.
“From the collected signals, user-specific models are created in the cloud in order to calculate the blood sugar level,” explained the company. ( Users can measure body data anytime, anywhere needed, while automatically monitoring users’ health in real time.)
Headset for relieving chronic pain
Sana is a biotherapeutic headset that uses pulsed light and sound to reduce or eliminate chronic pain without medication. Put on the headphones and the device emits a complex pattern of light and sound pulses to “rebalance the brainwave patterns,” the company said. When used at home, the Sana device lasts 16 minutes per session.
The developers said the results of their study showed encouraging reductions in pain symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia. The device is also being studied for the treatment of neuropathic pain and opioid use disorders.