The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 3 (June 2014) - Page 12

Industry News Innovative Timepiece for the Blind and Visually-Impaired Created in collaboration with product designers, engineers, and people with vision loss, the Bradley Timepiece introduces a stylish innovative design to help the blind and visually-impaired. Marketed as a timepiece for all, and not just for those with a sight-impairment, The Bradley is named after Lt. Brad Snyder who lost his vision from a bomb attack in Afghanistan and then went on to win two Gold medals and one Silver at the London Paralympics in 2012. Powered by a Swiss quartz movement, the watch has a ball bearing riding the circumference of the watch that shows the hour and one on the face that points to the minute. The Bradley was designed by Hyungsoo Kim of Eone Timepieces and was originally funded using Kickstarter, where the project raised considerably more than its target goal. n FDA Approval of First Mobile Platform for Real-Time Estimation of Surgical Blood Loss Gauss Surgical has announced that the Triton Fluid Management System™, the world’s first and only mobile platform for real-time estimation of surgical blood loss on surgical sponges, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Triton provides physicians a first of its kind device to accurately estimate intraoperative blood loss through the use of sophisticated cloud-based computer vision algorithms to estimate blood loss and hemoglobin mass on surgical sponges. Current methods of estimating blood loss during surgery based on visual estimation are known to be inaccurate. Clinical studies indicate that the use of blood products beyond a level deemed medically necessary can increase complication rates, ICU days, and overall length of hospitalisation[1,2]. Overuse can also substantially increase the cost of care. The cost of a single unit of red blood cells averages as much as $1,100 when administration and supply costs are included[3]. A recent study by Premier, a health- 10 June 2014 care performance improvement alliance of approximately 2,900 U.S. community hospitals and 100,000 alternate sites, looked at 464 member hospitals and concluded that blood utilisation represents the eighth highest savings opportunity for hospitals – a savings of $1.06 million per hospital, per year.[4] “Blood loss in surgery has always been estimated and in situations of large blood loss, erroneous,” said Aryeh Shander, M.D., FCCM, FCCP, Chief, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Hyperbaric Medicine and Pain Management, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, NJ. “Over or under estimation of blood loss may lead to wrong clinical decisions. This new technology avails us the ability to more accurately account for blood loss with the potential to not only improve patient outcomes but also conserve healthcare resources.” “FDA approval marks a significant milestone for the company and brings a truly novel product into the surgical environment,” said Milton B. McColl, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Gauss Surgical. “The Triton Fluid Management System has the potential to improve the quality of patient care and drive significant savings to hospitals through better utilisation of blood products and reduced length of stay.” At its core Triton uses standard off the shelf mobile computing technology in combination with cloud storage. Using the iPad camera, the system scans surgical sponges that are covered in blood, and sends the images to the cloud where Continued on page 13