KIT’s high-performance computer optimizes materials for medical technology -- COMPAMED Trade Fair

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Switzerland Innovation Park Ost AG/Karin Tanner

Innovation Health Hub combines inspiration with medical innovation


The grand opening of the Health Innovation Hub at Switzerland Innovation Park Ost (SIPO) laid an important foundation stone for future innovations in the field of healthcare. The hub serves as a platform for networking experts from research and industry to jointly drive forward innovative projects in the areas of wearables, health monitoring and disease prevention.
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Artificial intelligence: unlimited possibilities or unstoppable resource drain?


Within medical technology, AI programs are swiftly being implemented - from relieving doctors of work to detecting cancerous tumors at an early stage. AI is also playing an increasingly important role for medical technology suppliers. It can control, monitor and optimize manufacturing processes for components and materials.
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Northwestern University

Real-time bladder fullness: new technology for bladder dysfunction


Researchers at Northwestern University (USA) have developed an implant that monitors bladder fullness in real time. The battery-free, flexible device is attached to the bladder wall and transmits the data to a smartphone app.
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Siemens Healthineers

Artificial intelligence in medical technology: precision and reliability through AI


Artificial intelligence (AI) is conquering medical technology and promises more precise diagnoses, more efficient processes and greater patient safety. But what are the diverse areas of application for AI in medicine and what advantages and challenges does the technology entail?
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Excor Active

Software for medical technology


Many medical devices utilize software designed to meet the special requirements of current regulation. The software developer CODIALIST GmbH in Berlin (Germany) supports various customers in the MedTech sector. We spoke to Dr. Dominik Karch about the exciting projects they have conducted and the challenges within this business area.
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COMPAMED 2024 – High-Tech Solutions for Medical Technology


Who are the people behind medical technology? You can meet them 11 to 14 November 2024 at COMPAMED in Düsseldorf. Visit the leading international marketplace for the medical suppliers’ industry and product development and get excited!
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Digital remote monitoring reduces emergency hospital admissions from care homes


Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) has released findings from a study, demonstrating significant reductions in emergency hospital admissions and A&E attendances through the use of digital remote monitoring technology in care homes. The study showcases the potential of data-driven solutions to enhance healthcare outcomes for older adults.
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Fraunhofer IESE

Automated production of mRNA therapeutics


The price of a drug is not only dependent on the raw materials used, but is also determined by the manufacturing process. High prices are charged for some cancer drugs in particular, as they can only be produced in small quantities at great expense. Keyword: mRNA therapeutics.
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Tomáš Belloň / IOCB Prague

Computer model of the ear may help to improve cochlear implants


Professor Pavel Jungwirth and his colleagues from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the cochlear implant company MED-EL, based in Austria, have come up with a complete computer model of the ear. It can be used to simulate hearing of mammals including humans from the outer ear all the way to the auditory nerve.
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RUB, Marquard

Autonomous measuring instruments systematically detect new materials


Despite highly specialized methods that can simultaneously produce a range of materials on a single sample and then measure them automatically, every minute counts when analyzing them: because days or even weeks can pass before the characterization of a sample is complete. The new algorithm can be integrated into existing measuring instruments to boost their efficiency significantly.
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Fraunhofer IDMT/Anika Bödecker

Vital data: the whole body on the radar


Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg have developed a new method for collecting and analyzing vital signs from the human body by using radar.
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Fraunhofer AISEC

Future-proof security architecture for healthcare communications


Germany’s telematics infrastructure (TI) aims to allow healthcare professionals to exchange patient data securely, rapidly and from anywhere. The platform for healthcare applications will soon see a new security architecture. The aim is to make it easier to exchange data between all parties involved as well as to facilitate access to specialist services.
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Willfried Kunz and Patrick Altschuh

KIT’s high-performance computer optimizes materials for medical technology


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has unveiled a cutting-edge €1.2 million computer dedicated to materials research. This powerful tool can predict material properties even before they are produced, significantly enhancing the potential for optimization, including in the realm of COVID rapid tests.
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IT security in hospitals


Hospitals collect a great deal of patient data, whether in admissions or when using medical technology equipment such as MRI or ultrasound. Unfortunately, it has been shown time and again that this data is not as well protected as it should be - hacker attacks sometimes paralyze entire hospitals.
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Fraunhofer IWU

Speech recognition for machine control


Controlling a machine by giving specific spoken commands? Fraunhofer speech recognition software makes it possible.
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MPI of Biochemistry

Optics: Ångström-resolution fluorescence microscopy


A breakthrough in fluorescence microscopy has been achieved by the research group of Ralf Jungmann at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich.
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Swen Reichhold

AI: new method for targeted design of molecules


Engineering novel molecules and materials with specific properties can yield significant advances for industrial processes, drug discovery and optoelectronics. However, the search for novel molecules and materials is comparable to looking for a needle in a haystack, since the number of molecules in chemical space is of the unimaginable order of 10 to the power of 60.
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Fraunhofer IDMT / Anika Bödecker

Intuitive machine control using speech recognition


Fraunhofer researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg have developed a speech recognition solution for use in industrial manufacturing. The system works reliably even in noisy environments and can be flexibly adapted to the user’s needs.
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