How to Meet the 2020 Targets for Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections

The importance of infection control can’t be understated — according to the CDC, infections acquired in the hospital cause 99,000 deaths per year, while further infecting or endangering 1.7 million in total. And considering we are nearly at the end of the 5-year HAI action plan put in place by the…


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Solving the Self-Diagnosis Problem

Doctors everywhere have the same story: a patient comes in with a full rundown of just exactly what their medical issue is before the doctor has even had a chance to speak, much less check the patient or run tests.  Self-diagnosis is often a burden on patients and practitioners, often causing more…


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3 Precision Farming Solutions to Common Agricultural Problems

Whether you call it precision farming, precision ag, smart farming, or cyber agriculture, the bottom line is that success in the increasingly difficult work of modern agriculture lives and dies by embracing the latest technology. But these methods aren’t just about the newest and shiniest gadgets.…


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Is Your Hospital Ready for Hurricanes and Other Disasters?

Hurricanes are in the news right now and are a real danger for millions of people on the east coast of the United States.  However, disaster can strike tragically at any time, from multiple different vectors: earthquake, flooding, storms, tornadoes, and snow. Unfortunately, recent data shows that…


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What Lessons Can Manufacturing Learn from Other Countries?

It’s easy to fall into the trap of received wisdom, to believe that the way we’ve been doing things is the way we oughta keep doing things. Even in a constantly-shifting field like industrial manufacturing technology, it’s often comfortable to look no further than the usual strategies for factory…


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The Benefits and Dangers of Digital Collaboration in Healthcare

One of the greatest barriers for healthcare success, from patient relationships to lab testing to second opinions, is simple geography. When you’re a patient, you’re limited to the doctors and facilities near you. For doctors, the distance of a lab, specialist, or pathologist limits both the speed…


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How Hackable Are Modern Medical Devices?

Headlines all around the medical community are decrying connected medical devices and the inherent danger from hackers.  But is there any truth to the concern? Should we be worried that nefarious keyboard cowboys are going to hack into our pacemakers and medical tablets and insulin pumps and cause…


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What is Additive Manufacturing and How Do You Get Started?

The concept of automation is hardly new to industrial manufacturing—in fact, they pioneered the practices.  Robots and factories go together like macaroni and cheese, and they have for half a century. However, there’s a new wave in manufacturing that could create just as much of a sea change as the…


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How Can New Technology Fulfill the Promise of Precision Medicine?

The future of medicine isn’t a matter of mass-market solutions, of one-size-fits-all medical treatment.  As it stands now, we must content ourselves with vaccines and surgeries and medicine that do the most good for the most amount of people: there are always going to be outliers, and cost and…


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