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Advances in technology have improved healthcare providers' ability to rapidly diagnose patients at the point of care, screen for common conditions, and provide a variety of effective treatment options. Providers need to be aware of what innovations are available - or will become available in the near future. It is the purpose of Medgizmos to educate and inform healthcare providers regarding the latest and greatest technologies.

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ScopeAround Wifi Otoscope, new inexpensive digital otoscope!

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Scoliometer application quantifies scoliosis via a smartphone!

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Medical Devices

Caregiver Interview

Caregiver Interview

Caregiver Interview https://vimeo.com/656159144 Early physicians recognized that illness often was associated with fever, but it took centuries for scientists to develop the means to measure body temperature. Although Galileo in 1592 was the first to fashion a crude...

Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer

Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer

Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer https://vimeo.com/229499657 Forehead temperatures have been taken by concerned mothers since the dawn of time, and Francesco Pompei, the founder and chief executive officer of Exergen, suspected that the superficial branch of the...

ScopeAround WiFi Otoscope

ScopeAround WiFi Otoscope

ScopeAround WiFi Otoscope https://vimeo.com/606723682 Physicians usually pay top dollar for medical equipment, so I was quite surprised when I acquired the Scope Around Wifi Otoscope from Amazon for $35 dollars. A patient sent an image of a child’s TM using this...

HD Steth Digital Stethoscope

HD Steth Digital Stethoscope

HD Steth Digital Stethoscope https://vimeo.com/592220034 I’ve been using digital stethoscopes for decades and have been very pleased that new devices are being introduced with regularity. There is a lot to like about the HD Steth from HD Medical group. It features a...

HomeSoap UV-C Sanitizer

HomeSoap UV-C Sanitizer

HomeSoap UV-C Sanitizer https://vimeo.com/588969928 While we continue to battle SARS-CoV-2, it is prudent to continue to sanitize your smartphone, tablets, keys, stethoscopes as well as any PPE that you plan to reuse.  An effective method of sanitizing equipment is...

Masimo Rad-G Pulse Oximeter

Masimo Rad-G Pulse Oximeter

https://vimeo.com/576260718 Masimo Rad-G Pulse Oximeter I’ve long been a fan of the pulse oximeters produced by Masimo (Irvine, California). Please see my article from Contemporary Pediatrics October 2014, Pulse oximetry: The fifth vital sign, for a...

Remmie Health Otoscope

Remmie Health Otoscope

https://vimeo.com/534569305 The Covid-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the engineers at Remmie Health to develop and begin distribution of an inexpensive ($150) otoscope that can be used to capture images of the tympanic membranes and throat of an ill child...

D-Eye

D-Eye

I continue to be amazed by how versatile smart phones have become and how innovative companies continue to add to our repertoire of “connected” healthcare devices.

Optivisor

Optivisor

I love tech that is simple, affordable and improves medical practice. Such is the case for the Optivisor which is a $40 to $50 purchase from Staples, or Amazon, or EBay!.

MightySat

MightySat

Pulse oximetry is recognized as the fifth vital sign – together with temperature, respirations, pulse, temperature and blood pressure, it is routinely obtained at most medical visits.

Tap Blood Collection System

Tap Blood Collection System

As a pediatrician who wants to improve the patient experience for my young patients, I have been waiting forever for needle free injections, but I don’t see this happening anytime soon (these do exist but have very limited indications).

Acoustic Otoscope

Acoustic Otoscope

Not all helpful medical gizmos survive the test of time. Such is the case of the “Acoustic Otoscope” (also called the “Spectral Gradient Angle Reflectometer”) which was introduced in the early 1980s as an alternative to tympanometry to detect the presence of fluid behind the tympanic membrane.

XW-100

XW-100

The CLIA’ 88 regulations, were published in 1992 and phased in through 1994. Over the years they’ve had a dramatic impact on primary care medical practice.

Sofia 2

Sofia 2

For many years primary care physicians have been using lateral flow assays to diagnose strep A, Influenza A and B and RSV infections at the time of an office visit.

FebriDx (Part 1)

FebriDx (Part 1)

Physicians don’t want to overlook a serious bacterial infection that may cause prolonged illness, disability or death, yet we realize that antibiotics are overprescribed.

EkoCore

EkoCore

I’ve long been a fan of digital stethoscopes, in part because they improve my ability to auscultate lung and heart sounds, but also because they advance the iconic device that has been associated with medical practice for centuries.

blinq – Retinal Vision Scanner

blinq – Retinal Vision Scanner

Approximately 2.5% of all children have amblyopia, which is poor vision, typically in one eye, that occurs when the brain does not recognize the sight from that eye. If treatment does not start by age 7 years, amblyopia may never improve.

Audx OAE Screeners

Audx OAE Screeners

Overall in the school-aged population, as many as 9 to 10 of every 1000 children have a permanent hearing loss and about 1 in 7 (14%) will have either permanent or temporary hearing problems that impact on school performance.

No Step Strep

No Step Strep

When I started my pediatric practice in 1986, we tested patients for strep throat by performing a throat culture, which was placed in a small office incubator for 48 hours.

Clozex Wound Closure System

Clozex Wound Closure System

Many years ago I used the Clozex wound closure system in my pediatric practice. It was inexpensive and allowed me to close superficial lacerations in children without infiltrating lidocaine.

Casetify UV-C Sanitizer

Ideally N95 masks are disposable and should be used only once and then discarded. However, these masks are in very short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic and most providers are reusing their N95 masks for weeks at a time.

Wispr Digital Otoscope

Wispr Digital Otoscope

Pediatricians are extremely facile with otoscopy, but sometimes children squirm making visualization of the ear canal difficult – and even small amounts of cerumen can obscure our view of the tympanic membrane.

Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope

Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope

There is no medical device more iconic of medical practice than the stethoscope we carry in our lab coat or drape around our neck. I’ve been an avid user of the Littmann (St. Paul, Minnesota) model 3200 digital stethoscope for many years.