20 November 2017
Cutting-edge advances in the field of healthcare and patient safety were the highlight at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Innovation Awards ceremony in central London last night.
They include innovations to reduce the risk of fatal heart disease, improve the treatment of neurosurgery patients and enhance the speed and accuracy of the diagnosis of mobility issues.
Double award-winner Creavo Medical Technologies scooped the top prize in the Healthcare Technologies category and Emerging Technology Design category for its pioneering non-invasive scanner that can rule out life-threatening heart conditions in emergency departments faster than ever before.
Toshiba Medical came out on top in the Intelligent Systems category for its Clinical Cockpit invention, which gathers digital patient healthcare data from different sources into one user-friendly format to support doctors in making the right patient diagnosis.
Among the shortlisted entries in the Healthcare Technology category were INSIGHTEC, whose breakthrough ultrasound technology combined with MR imaging enables neurosurgeons to treat patients without surgical incisions, reducing both the need for hospitalisation and recuperation time; and GaitSmart, the first system that can identify and measure mobility issues such as osteoarthritis and the risk of falls in elderly patients in just 10 minutes, helping doctors make the right decisions fast.
A revolutionary radiotherapy invention was shortlisted in the Information Technology category. Mirada Medical’s DLC ExpertTM is the first product of its kind to be powered by “deep learning”, a type of machine learning that can achieve human-like performances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Other winning and shortlisted entries across 15 categories include new ways of increasing online privacy, improving healthcare and patient welfare, cutting energy consumption and enhancing road safety.
IET President Nick Winser, said: “Our Innovation Awards put the achievements of the most outstanding engineering and technology inventors around the world into the spotlight and play a critical role in helping them advance their vital work.
“Innovation is an essential foundation for the growth of the global economy and for raising the standard of living in all communities. It is a key differentiator that makes companies and projects successful and, in keeping with the IET’s mission to inspire excellence in engineering and technology, we are immensely proud to recognise, celebrate and show our support for these exceptional achievements.”
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