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The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has hit industries hard, grinding many operations to a complete halt. But that hasn’t stopped some companies from putting their engineering and manufacturing skills to good use in the race to design and develop ventilators. We find out what happens when experts from outside the medical industry turn their attention to healthcare, and take a look at how bottlenecks and shortages have limited the availability of key medical products.

Also in this issue, we examine enhanced lung monitoring with UK start-up Cambridge Respiratory Innovations as the company works to scale up production of its N-Tidal device, learn how AI is being used to improve remote care management for older patients, and get to grips with the high-tech world of ‘healthable’ hearing aids with Starkey.

Plus, we explore the potential of smart glasses and augmented reality in real-life operating theatres, track the rise of one of the UK’s fastest growing med tech start-ups, Perspectum Diagnostics, and find out how video games are being employed to help treat a variety of conditions across the medical field.

All this, plus the latest trends, insight and analysis in medical devices and technologies from GlobalData.

In this issue

The respirator race: how manufacturers are repurposing for Covid-19
With racing season postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Formula 1 teams in the UK have repurposed themselves to manufacture medical devices to aid in the crisis. Chloe Kent takes a look at this effort, and others, to find out how a diverse range of industries are tackling the challenges brought on by the crisis.
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Covid-19: the med tech bottlenecks
Three months into the Covid-19 outbreak, there are still pronounced global shortages of many essential medical devices and equipment, from personal protective gear to ventilators and test kits. Abi Millar identifies the bottlenecks that have been limiting their availability, from manufacturing challenges to regulatory issues.
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Catch your breath: a device that spots critical Covid-19 cases
Amid the Covid-19 crisis, Cambridge Respiratory Innovations has been working to scale up production of its flagship capnometer. Natalie Healey speaks to CEO James Whitticase to find out more about the tech, and the challenges for a small company looking to make a dent in a global challenge.
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Enter the voicebot: an unlikely solution to the elderly care crisis?
Covid-19 has exposed colossal failings in the way we look after our senior citizens. Natalie Healey asks Ruth Poliakine Baruchi of AI-based triage system MyndYou whether remote monitoring and machine-learning technology could protect older adults and help them stay independent for longer.
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‘Healthable’ hearing aids: empowering young people with hearing loss 
Starkey’s latest smart hearing aid Livio AI is known as ‘healthable’, bridging the gap between healthcare and consumer tech. The product acts like headphones, directly streaming phone calls and music into the wearer’s ears, as well as tracking both physical exercise and brain health. Allie Nawrat finds out how this next-generation hearing aid is changing lives for the better.
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Smart glasses in surgery: expert analysis outside the operating room
Medical device specialist Rods&Cones and technology company Iristick have worked together to develop a pair of smart glasses which allow surgeons to receive real-time expert advice while they work. Chloe Kent speaks to Rods&Cones founding partner and CEO Bruno Dheedene about the impact of the device on the operating theatre.
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Perspectum Diagnostics: the biggest start-up you’ve never heard of
Perspectum Diagnostics is the UK’s fastest growing medtech company and the University of Oxford’s biggest spinout in the past ten years, but until now it has kept a relatively low public profile. Using its medical imaging expertise, the company is now focusing its efforts on a clinical trial to assess the long-term impact of Covid-19 on the body’s internal organs. Chloe Kent finds out more.
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Ready player one: the marriage of video games and medical technology
From occupational therapy to clinician training, gaming is becoming an increasingly popular way to help make medical procedures and information more fun and engaging. Chloe Kent takes a closer look into these projects to find out how video games are being used in medical settings.
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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Medical Technology, out in August, we find out if a nanofluidic delivery system designed to help to reduce muscle atrophy in astronauts could have wider applications for patients suffering similar muscle deterioration symptoms on Earth, and investigate the need for coders and coding standards in the medical industry as devices become more personalised, adaptive and connected.

Also, we ask if mental health apps can truly take the strain for all the face-to-face appointments being missed during lockdown, find out if South Korea could be on track to become a new med tech giant after the country gained international attention for its response to Covid-19, and examine the future of telehealth in the US, where complex state-to-state regulation could become a major hurdle for practitioners.

Plus, we discuss the current state of cancer blood testing technology with US-based epigenetics company Volition, find out how European med tech companies are reacting to the delay of the EU’s Medical Device Regulation, and take a look at the concept of immunity passports to find out if the tech can live up to the hype.