Sony, Olympus to collab on next-gen endoscopes

Olympus announced today that it agreed to a new business alliance with Sony over medical devices — specifically endoscopes.

The two companies first entered into a collaboration in September 2012, establishing Sony Olympus Medical Solutions. The joint venture aimed to combine Olympus’ lens and optical technologies, plus brand and R&D, with Sony’s broad range of technologies. That includes Sony’s digital imaging solutions.

Together, the companies aimed to create new products and business that “contribute to the development of the healthcare system.” They managed to develop three products so far and now seek to strengthen their agreement to further expand the collaboration.

Olympus said the scope of the 2012 agreement covers surgical endoscopes with 4k (or higher) resolution or 3D function. The companies now aim to expand to next-generation gastrointestinal and respiratory endoscopes. In particular, they hope to strengthen …

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Survey: 90% of people managing chronic conditions believe remote monitoring could help

Sony announced that a study found that nearly 90% of those surveyed believe specialized remote monitoring can help to better manage chronic conditions.

The company’s mSafety wearable platform division today revealed the findings from the study of 2,005 people managing chronic conditions in the U.S. The data was collected between May 29, 2020, and June 2, 2020.

Ahead of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) virtual conference, the published study offers insights into the interest for remote health monitoring technology aimed at helping consumers that are either managing their own chronic condition or managing the condition of someone they care for.

Additionally, the study found that more than half of those surveyed would consider switching doctors if they didn’t provide a specialized remote health monitoring device, opting to switch to a doctor who does offer such a device. In total, 75% of those surveyed said they would wear a specializ…

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