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By: Alexander Khomich

The digital transformation of healthcare is under the influence of trending technologies, from IoT devices to AI algorithms. Some healthcare providers are just getting acquainted with innovations. Others (93%, according to Accenture) are already actively implementing and creating software solutions. Thus, companies improve medical practice and enhance their capabilities. Let’s take a look at how to organize healthcare software development to get the most out of your application.

Healthcare software market overview

Statistics from the last five years show that institutions and patients are interested in digital healthcare.

According to Statista, in 11 developed countries of the world, 70 percent to 100 percent of therapists use electronic health records in their practice.

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(Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division announced the opening of a new OEM laboratory at its Precision Center in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. The calibration lab will serve as the main Canadian center to support and service Absolute Arms used for high-end portable measurement and inspection applications.

Hexagon technicians will perform testing and calibration procedures traceable to national and international standards, ensuring customers receive reliable results and consistent data. Hexagon’s investment in the Oakville Precision Center also adds a large training facility equipped with Absolute Arms for customer use, as well as a new shipping and receiving bay. The training area will also support Hexagon’s metrology software portfolio—PC-DMIS, REcreate, and Inspire—for data acquisition and management, analysis, reporting and reverse engineering applications.

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(Evident: Waltham, MA) -- The SZX-AR1 augmented reality system easily retrofits to existing Olympus SZX series stereo microscopes to simplify complex microscope-based manufacturing tasks and simplify assembler training. Manuals, assembly instructions, images, and instructional videos can be projected in the microscope’s field of view so assemblers can work more efficiently.

Simplified assembly with fewer errors

The microscope-based assembly process can require the assembler to stop multiple times to consult instructions or to memorize these instructions before beginning their work. Repeatedly removing one’s eyes from the microscope oculars is inefficient, and memorizing directions can lead to mistakes.

The SZX-AR1 unit solves these challenges by enabling projecting instructions directly in the microscope’s field of view. Now, an assembler can complete their work without removing their eyes from the oculars or tediously memorizing complex sets of directions.

If there’s a problem during the manufacturing process, an assembler can use third-party collaboration software, like Microsoft Teams, to share a live view through their oculars with an offsite manager or engineer for guidance. The AR1 unit’s image and video recording capabilities make documenting any issues fast and simple.

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By: Emily Newton

There’s no better time than now. As a species, we need to mitigate the effect we have on our planet. There are many ways to do this—namely, through green and eco-friendly initiatives—but one sector is having the biggest impact of all: the industrial and manufacturing sector. In the 2010s, the industrial sector accounted for nearly 50 percent of the world’s total energy consumption, and during the last 60 years, that has almost doubled.

Manufacturing isn’t just energy-intensive, however. It’s also responsible for harmful emissions and is a huge producer of waste. Establishing more energy-aware manufacturing processes and systems would be a massive step in the right direction. It could mean the difference between slowing climate change or stepping over our fast-approaching tipping point.

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By: Gleb Tsipursky

Google recently announced its new post-pandemic hybrid work policy, requiring employees to work in the office for at least three days a week. That policy goes against the desires of many rank-and-file Google employees. A survey of more than 1,000 Google employees showed that two-thirds feel unhappy with being forced to be in the office three days a week, with many threatening to leave in internal meetings and public letters, and some already quitting to go to other companies with more flexible options.

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(Teledyne FLIR: Wilsonville, OR) -- Embedded vision components are ever popular and being incorporated into a plethora of applications. What all these applications have in common is the need to pack more functionality into tight spaces. Often, it is advantageous for these systems to make decisions on the edge.

To enable such systems, including the ability to prototype quickly, Teledyne FLIR has introduced the Quartet Embedded Solution for TX2. This customized carrier board enables easy integration of up to 4 x USB3 machine vision cameras at full bandwidth.

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Prototype setup for all four applications

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(Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division today announced it has released a comprehensive report entitled “Recharging the Automotive Market.” The body of work was produced by Hexagon and draws from the original research conducted with Wards Intelligence and its parent, Informa Tech Automotive Group (ITAG).

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By: Steven I. Azizi

It has been more than five decades since Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted to outlaw harassment and discrimination against workers in American workplaces. Unfortunately, workplace harassment is still a serious problem for millions of workers in the country.

Different forms of harassment, whether they’re based on gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, ethnicity, physical disability, or religious beliefs, result in a hostile work environment where workers are subject to unrelenting insults, intimidation, rude treatment, or unfair criticism.

As an employer or someone responsible for managing employees in your workplace, you can take steps to prevent workplace harassment. When an employee complains that they are experiencing harassment at work, you—the employer—have a moral, ethical, and legal obligation to investigate all such charges thoroughly without any delay.

Not many business owners realize that addressing workplace harassment can improve their bottom line. When workers feel protected and supported in the workplace, they are likely to be more productive team players and committed to achieving shared goals.

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(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement, inspection, and test technologies, has announced the availability of its high-performance STIL MPLS-DM sensor, the newest member of its Chromaline sensors family. This noncontact sensor enables fast, high-resolution gauging of distance, roughness, thickness, and shape of all materials, including transparent and polished mirror surfaces such as glass, plastic or silicon wafers, as well as liquids such as paint film.

The new MPLS-DM provides high quality control and working frequencies up to 2 kHz in standard mode or up to 6 kHz with a reduced range of the sensor. It is offered in five different models with 180 measuring points aligned along a line ranging from 1 mm to 12 mm and minimum measurable thickness capability of 18 µm to 300 µm, depending upon the model. All units measure 448.9 mm x 184 mm x 497 mm (17.6 in. x 7.24 in. x 19.56 in.).

The MPLS-DM synchronizes measurement using an encoder for dynamic acquisitions via Ethernet, with the availability of SDK and protocol commands for easy integration into any system. Based on STIL Chromatic Confocal technology, the MPLS sensor is extremely fast and accurate, making it well-suited for in-line control requirements.

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By: Gary Shorter

Predictive and prescriptive insights driven by data analytics have risen to prominence as tools that can help research teams cut the time, complexity, and cost of clinical trials. At the same time, these insights can enhance the quality of a study and accelerate new drugs to market. But to uncover these insights, we need to rethink how data management and research get done.

While clinical trials used to center around the electronic capture of data, the introduction of decentralized clinical trials (DCTs) allowed researchers to gather data from more sources in real time. Approximately 1,300 DCTs will kick off in 2022, a 28 percent increase from last year, and a 93 percent increase over 2020. Data management used to be enough. But with more data coming from more sources, faster, in more formats, and with varying levels of quality, clinicians now face an imperative to use data science to parse and organize the information for better insights and outcomes.