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GOP hopeful Rick Perry's stem cell decision causes a clamor | MassDevice.com On Call

August 22, 2011 by MassDevice staff

GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry's decision to undergo a controversial stem cell therapy to treat his back pain gets mixed results.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Headlines are abuzz over GOP candidate Rick Perry's unusual decision to undergo a controversial and perhaps legally problematic stem cell therapy to treat his bad back.

Perry opted to have stem cells taken from fat in his back via liposuction, cultured in a lab and injected into his bloodstream in a procedure that is not yet determined safe or effective.

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Health information technology in an era of health care transformation

August 21, 2011 by MassDevice

Health info-tech experts gather at the "Role and Future of HIT in an Era of Health Care Transformation" symposium at George Washington University.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Dr. John Halamka

Today I'm at George Washington University's "The Role and Future of HIT in an Era of Health Care Transformation Symposium" serving as moderator of a panel discussing the barriers and enablers to health information exchange, including the impact of PCAST Work.

The August HIT Standards Committee meeting

August 18, 2011 by MassDevice

Everything you wanted to know about latest health information technology meeting at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Dr. John Halamka

The August meeting of the HIT Standards Committee (the 28th meeting of this FACA) was a milestone in parsimony. As you'll see, we approved a set of vocabulary recommendations and public health standards that represent harmony as well the fewest number of standards possible for the intended purpose.

Insulin pump hacker gets federal attention as Reps ask for GAO investigation

August 18, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Reps Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) ask the Government Accountability Office to look into medical device security in response to the DefCon report from an insulin pump hacker.

Hackers virtual world

The recent report of an computer security expert who hacked his own insulin pump got the attention of members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

This week senior committee members Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) urged the Government Accountability Office to investigate the safety and security of wireless medical devices, citing an article written about the pump hack.

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IBM unveils first "brain chips" | MassDevice.com On Call

August 18, 2011 by MassDevice staff

IBM unveils a new microprocessor that can "rewire" its connections in response to new information, much the way biological synapses do.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — IBM unveiled a new SyNAPSE microprocessor that it says is the closest a machine has come to replicating the way human brain works.

In attempts at "reverse engineering the brain," the team is working on recreating things like emotion, perception, sensation and cognition, according to IBM's project leader Dharmendra Modha.

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FDA opens discussion on how to regulate mobile medical apps

August 17, 2011 by MassDevice staff

The FDA announces a public workshop to discuss its first approach to regulation mobile medical applications.

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The FDA planned a public workshop for mid-September to discuss the recently released draft guidance regarding regulation for mobile medical apps.

The guidance includes a fairly narrow subset of medical apps, covering those that are used as accessories to medical devices and those that transform a mobile platform into a regulated medical device.

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Kidney dialysis in a purse | MassDevice.com On Call

August 17, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Awak Technologies shrinks hemodialysis down to the size of a purse, hopes to submit for E.U. and U.S. regulatory review in 2013.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Singapore's Awak Technologies Pte. has cut a dialysis machine down to the size of a purse with its portable, wearable artificial kidney.

The product is undergoing animal and lab tests in Singapore and the company hopes to submit data for European and U.S. regulatory review in 2013.

Several U.S. companies are simultaneously developing their own wearable hemodialysis machines, but none have yet hit the market, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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