Developing Hearing Devices

Scientists are using 3-D printing tools plus a cell culture to create what is termed a bionic ear. Scientists at Princeton University have created a functional ear that can hear radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability. This project is the research team’s first effort to create a fully functional organ that not only replicates a human ability but extends it by using embedded electronics. It is also the first time that researchers have been able to demonstrate that 3-D printing is an effective strategy for interweaving tissue with electronics. (more…)

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Battelle Wins DARPA Contract

Batttelle with NxStage Medical, and Aethion Medical was awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an innovative new medical device to treat sepsis. This contract which is funded in phases for up to $22.83 million and may last as long as four years.  (more…)

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Trade Mission Headed to Turkey 2014

The Department of Commerce through their International Trade Administration is organizing an U.S Turkey Healthcare Trade Mission to Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir on May 4-8, 2014. The Mission will focus on high potential healthcare sub-sectors and will include representatives from U.S medical equipment, device manufacturers, and healthcare services providers. (more…)

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America’s Rural Health Reality

Tom Morris, Associate Administrator for HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) at HHS, described the health challenges existing in rural America at the Alliance for Health Care Reform Briefing held July 26th in Washington D.C. He reported that over 50 million people live in rural areas and make up nearly 20 percent of the total population spread across 80 percent of the country. Rural residents tend to be older, sicker, and more dependent on public payers.  (more…)

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Telemedicine-Based Eye Exams

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) provide access to primary care for medically underserved populations including those that are uninsured or covered by Medicaid. One program was initiated to improve access to specialty care in FQHCs by using telemedicine for eye exams.  (more…)

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Michigan’s Health Technology Progress

The Southeast Michigan Beacon Community (SEMBC) Health Information Exchange referred to as BeaconLink2Health is an all new community resource for the entire healthcare delivery system in Southeast Michigan. BeaconLink2Health makes it possible for users to access, view, understand, and act on community-level patient information via a secure HIE. (more…)

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TruClinic Expanding Telehealth Services

TruClinic™ located in Salt Lake City is vastly expanding their reach of their cloud-based telehealth portal by establishing a partnership with Bennett Group International. This collaboration will enable practitioners and patients to have video-based online visits and consultations with just a computing device, internet connection, and a webcam.  (more…)

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