Archive for June, 2012

Managed equipment services could benefit medical sales jobs

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Medical sales jobs in the European medical imaging services market could benefit from the increased financial viability of managed equipment services (MES), according to a new industry report.

The Service Opportunities for Medical Imaging Market of Europe report, from Frost & Sullivan, examined mobile imaging services, maintenance services and managed equipment services (MES), earning revenues of $6.13 billion in 2010, rising to $10.1 billion in 2017.

Frost & Sullivan’s Kaavya Karunanithi said that the expansion of service portfolios to include new, customised service structures, will be critical to keeping in sync with evolving consumer needs.

“The entire value chain offered by MES providers proves itself economically viable by reducing the capital outflow when distributed over a number of years,” Karunanithi said. “There has been tremendous improvement in the spectrum of services offered in the last few years.”

He added that there has been an increase in the range of services offered by providers, including fixed contract deals by third party providers, asset management and financial planning, managed services, training and upgrades, managed equipment servicing and exhaustive mobile service options across all modalities,. He explained, “This reduces the costs incurred on the maintenance of hospital equipment for larger hospitals and trusts as well as saves capital investment on equipment in smaller hospitals and clinics.”

Medical industry-aimed processes launched for tablet devices

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Micro-technology company, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), has announced a new low-power G-T16R embedded processor that has been specifically designed for using electronics focused on the medical industry.

The processor is expected to be particularly popular for tablet devices that are increasingly being adopted in hospitals across the world for efficient note making.

The low-power benefit of the G-T16R sets it apart from processors currently in use, which quickly drain battery life very quickly. Analysts have said that it could also prove helpful in processing graphics-intensive medical scans.

AMD’s general manager, Arun Iyengar, said that the processor is likely to be a key step forward in the embedded technology field.

“With the AMD G-T16R APU, we were striving for that critical balance of performance, power efficiency and cost for power, and cost-sensitive embedded applications, and we’ve achieved it,” he explained. “This new APU helps to enable small form factor and fan-less designs with power consumption of just 2.3 watts on average.”

The benefit of making medical notes on tablet devices has started to take significant hold in British hospitals with a number projects and medical equipment sales deals announced concerning them. For example, London’s Royal Free hospital only this month announced a deal that has seen tablet devices adopted on a number of its wards.

Developers have high hopes for ‘mosquito’ needle

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Japanese medical device engineers have created a tiny needle that could mean the end of painful injections.

The revolutionary hypodermic has been modelled on a mosquito’s bloodsucking mouthpart, and measured just a millimetre long with a diameter of 0.1 millimetres. The device uses the same mechanism as the tiny insect does to pierce human skin.

The microengineers at Kansai University in Osaka constructed the tiny needle out of slices of silicon dioxide that had been etched into a jagged shale and bonded together. The form of the needle means that it touches the nerves on the surface of the skin at fewer points than the smooth surface of conventional needles.

There are two serrated shanks that form the outer surface of the needle and a central shaft then slides between them to inject or withdraw the sample.

The team hopes that the technology will be able to remove the pain – and sometimes fear – that many people feel during injections or blood sampling. It is likely to be of particular interest to medical device companies that specialise in the manufacture of small biomedical devices, such as those used by diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels.

Xbox incorporated into pioneering stroke rehabilitation technology

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Medical equipment developers have used technology from and Xbox to create a pioneering new device that measures hand joint movement and will help stroke patients to work on their manual agility from home.

The technology is the product of joint research carried out between the University of Southampton and Roke Manor Research Ltd (Roke), a Chemring company.

The equipment uses an Xbox Kinect to monitor limb movements, but the team from the university has combined it with an algorithm that tracks and measures hand joint angles and the fine dexterity of individual finger movements.

It is hoped that the device will eventually allow therapists to capture the date from patients while they follow exercise on a TV screen.

Dr Cheryl Metcalf, from the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Health Sciences, said that the aim of the technology was to provide a more engaging way to help stroke patients to recover faster.

“Through our research we know that many people recovering from a stroke find their at-home exercises repetitive and often demotivating,” she explained. “If they are already finding it difficult and frustrating to move their hands, they need something to encourage them to try harder.”

“Using the Kinect we have been able to take a commercially available product and develop a highly novel tool that aims to be both cost effective and clinically applicable.”

Operating room demand sustaining hospital sales jobs

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Continuing demand in the European operation room solutions market is likely to maintain opportunities for people in hospital sales jobs, according to a new industry report.

The European Operating Room Solutions Markets report, compiled by analysts, Frost & Sullivan, found that, while the market for equipment such as surgical lights, surgical tables and pendants is primarily a replacement one, the need for state-of-the-art operating rooms is not dwindling.

Leading Frost & Sullivan analyst, Akanksha Joshi, said that sales of equipment is not abating, despite the difficult economic climate.

“The rising number of surgical procedures is creating an urgent demand for technologically advanced operating room equipment,” Joshi said. “The need to ensure enhanced hygiene, infection control and safety is also fuelling market growth.”

Safety concerns and infection control measures are raising awareness – among both staff and patients – of the importance of minimising human errors, and are pushing the uptake of innovative and advanced operating room solutions.

Joshi said that they are seeing significant demand right now from brand new hospitals looking to kit out their facilities.

“Typically, due to budget constraints, purchase managers delay the acquisition of hospital equipment with long replacement cycles,” Joshi explained. “Consequently, manufacturers face a tough challenge in making administrative departments understand the value for money that their products offer.

Royal Free launches tablet devices on wards to streamline processes

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Tablet computers have been deployed on four wards at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, in a move that aims to cut down duplication and streamline administration times.

The tablets have replaced some of the laptops that have been used on medical carts at the Royal Free for a number of years, but have proven to be bulky and rather time consuming. With the laptops, the medical staff had to record the information on paper, before returning to the cart to enter the information on to the computer.

With the tables, the staff will be able to enter the information directly on to the tablet – particularly as they have been specifically designed for use in a clinical environment, with hygiene specifically in mind. The tablets, which will be known as Mobile Clinical Assistants (MCAs) have integrated smartcard readers to recognise authorised users and integrate with the existing electronic medical record application and network infrastructure across the hospital.

“We focus on nurses rather than other medical staff as we found that nursing staff were becoming the champions and the other medical staff were following the nurses′ lead,” he said. “Certainly in the ward areas they do most of the documentation. If we can get it right for them then it works for everyone else. Nurses are important in terms of how we roll it out and how we do technology generally.”

Scientific camera manufacturer posts encouraging sales hike

Friday, June 8th, 2012

The Belfast-based manufacturer of scientific cameras, Andor Technology, has posted a rise in pre-tax profits of 22 per cent in the six months to March this year.

The company said it made £5.5 million during the period, from a turnover of £31.2 million. In a statement released with the figures a company spokesman said that while sales in the Americas had encountered some difficulties, the level of sales in the Asia Pacific more than compensated for it, surging by 35 per cent.

The company focuses in the development of highly specialised cameras for use in scientific research.

Andor’s chairman, Colin Walsh, said that while they are now expecting figures for the second half of the year to be lower than initially estimated, the healthy first figures to March have set a very solid foundation.

“While it is now apparent that the second six months will be more challenging than originally thought, our investments have put in place all of the building blocks to support our strategic plans,” he said. “I believe we remain in a strong position to continue to deliver long term value to shareholders.”

The company now has 20 full-time staff working in four offices in Japan and China, including people in scientific sales jobs.

Development funding could encourage scientific sales jobs

Friday, June 1st, 2012

National development funding has been awarded to photonics companies based across the country, which could well lead to the need for scientific sales jobs.

The companies, based in Scotland, London and Cambridge, won the funding through the Technology Inspired Innovation competition, run by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), which promotes collaborative research and development in optics and photonics.

TSB chief executive, Iain Gray, said the award recognised the need to assist companies and universities in turning promising pieces of research into products that can be of economic benefit to the country.

He explained, “The aim of these funding competitions is to stimulate projects inspired by new discoveries and breakthroughs, including ideas that are yet to find specific applications in a recognised market or business sector.”

Among the companies due to be funded under the electronics, photonics and electrical systems division of the TSB’s funding are Scotland’s M Squared Lasers, Coherent Scotland and Thales Optronics, as well as Cambridge-based Plastic Logic.

Coherent Scotland’s project will specifically focus on high peak power ultrafast oscillators (“HiPPOs”) which will be made for use in biological applications in multiphoton microscopy. It will also look at new laser sources that can be tailored for imaging performance and ultimately bring multiphoton technology to a wider market.