Join us as we uncover emerging technologies, chat with industry's big players and look ahead to 2011 and beyond.
Foreshadowed by Dr. McCoy in “StarTrek,” CyberKnife eradictes deadly tumors painlessly -- without incisions, pain, anesthesia, hospital stays, chance of infection or lengthy recovery time. It’s about as simple as a visit to sickbay on the Starship Enterprise.
With venture capital and other forms of investing funds lacking in the recession, the life science industry is welcoming a new form of government funding for research.
With the current shift of video games towards motion-sensitive technology, the industry is hoping to get gamers off the couch as it looks to help them shed those unwanted pounds as well as the negative stereotype all too often associated with the industry.
Isolating genetic markers for crippling hereditary diseases is, without a doubt, a health innovation. So is manufacturing prosthetic limbs that respond to the neural stimuli of patient brains. But as one local neighborhood is determined to show, important health innovations don’t always occur in the laboratory or in the hospital. Sometimes they occur when a community health project decides to sit down and listen to more than 1,500 residents talk about health issues in more than a dozen languages.
The U.S Army, along with Qualcomm and the University of California, San Diego, has sponsored a regional initiative that will provide funding and business mentoring to researchers from selected Southern California institutes that are developing novel technologies in wireless health care.
Medicine is always flush with new innovations, from imaging technologies and new drugs, to robotics and minimally invasive surgeries that will doubtless continue to advance our ability to diagnose and treat maladies that afflict us. Our ability to understand the ever-increasing body of knowledge that is medical care, and to know when and how to apply that knowledge, has outstripped the capabilities of any physician or scientist. Absent advanced information technologies to integrate and sort through the data, clinical findings, possible diagnostics and treatments, clinicians may be overwhelmed -- data, data everywhere, but not a drop of usable information.
Building health care facilities requires an understanding of complex regulations and the always-changing medical environment. With an in-depth understanding of construction, Rudolph and Sletten is able to balance budgets, schedules, and the functional and aesthetic requirements of health care facilities. The company has been consistently ranked as one of the top health care builders in the West.
The West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) announced the development of its first engineering prototype, Sense4Baby, a non-invasive wireless device designed to make fetal and maternal monitoring more readily available to expectant mothers wherever cellular or Internet services exist.
Denmark-based Santaris Pharma, which has U.S.-based operations in San Diego, just announced it has received the green signal from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to conduct phase two trials for miravirsen, a micro ribonucleic acid-targeted drug intended for the treatment of Hepatitis C virus, a liver disease.
Anthem Blue Cross, the National Health Foundation and California's three regional Hospital Associations --San Diego & Imperial Counties, Southern California and Northern and Central California -- enter into an historic partnership for patient safety.
Cancer patients and doctors aren't always on the same page when it comes to cancer survivorship. But now - thanks to Journey Forward, a collaboration between WellPoint (the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross), the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), the UCLA Cancer Survivorship Center and Genentech - there's an innovative new tool that can benefit anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer.
The wireless health industry is close to realizing its potential for improving health care and cutting costs, according to industry leaders. There just needs to be one major breakthrough.
San Diego health care company Skylight began its life in the entertainment business. Its product allowed hospital patients to order movies to their rooms. But President and Chief Executive Officer David Schofield thought it could do so much more.
Cost. It’s the biggest catalyst for innovation in health care today, according to one local expert.