AI breakthroughs in medtech: 7 ways to enhance healthcare

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Whether it’s OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Microsoft’s new Bing or Google’s Bard, 2023 is the year when generative artificial intelligence entered the popular consciousness.

In the medtech space, it seems as though every company is seeking ways to incorporate some form of AI into the digital features of their products and services.

So what is artificial intelligence good at so far when it comes to advancing medtech and healthcare in general? Here are seven recent examples:

1. Helping physicians identify medical problems quickly

GI Genius’ AI-based enhancements place green boxes around areas that may need extra scrutiny during a colonoscopy, helping to prevent physicians from losing their focus. [Image courtesy of Medtronic]

Interest is growing in artificial intelligence that can help radiologists, gastroenterologists and othe…
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Johns Hopkins-led team’s robot performs laparoscopic surgery without human help

The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) at work. [Image courtesy of Azel Krieger and Jin Kang/Johns Hopkins University]

A Johns Hopkins University research team has created a robot that can perform laparoscopic surgery on a pig’s soft tissue without a human being’s aid.

The researchers described their latest advance with their Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) in the January 26 issue of Science Robotics.

“Our findings show that we can automate one of the most intricate and delicate tasks in surgery: the reconnection of two ends of an intestine. The STAR performed the procedure in four animals, and it produced significantly better results than humans performing the same procedure,” said senior author Axel Krieger, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins.

Krieger worked with collaborators at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D…

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Keys to protecting your medtech AI from competitors

AI is a hot area in medtech.  A panel of intellectual property experts had advice on protecting the IP.


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Between 2002 and 2019, annual AI patent applications more than doubled, and AI patent applications increased from 9% of all patent applications to 16%. AI is a white-hot area for investment and creation of valuable intellectual property, including artificial intelligence related to medical devices.

Protecting medical device-related AI was the topic of a recent episode of MassDevice and Medical Design & Outsourcing’s DeviceTalks Tuesdays, sponsored by Finnegan, a law firm that handles all aspects of IP.

The discussion involved Anthony Del Monaco and Cecilia Sanabria, both partners at Finnegan, and two CEOs of healthcare companies that have developed exciting AI-related IP: Jan De Backer, CEO of Fluidda, a respiratory imaging company, and Todd Usen, CEO o…

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