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There are many lessons that the havoc of 2020 taught us. For the medical industry, one of the most prominent may have been the potential that technology has to help practitioners treat patients in a myriad of locations and environments. So, as we look ahead to 2021 it’s important that this foundation of connectivity continues to inspire innovation over the coming 12 months.

With that in mind, in this new issue of Medical Technology we turn our attention to those that man the frontline of emergency healthcare: paramedics. Even the most skilled first responder is only as good as the tools they have at their disposal, so it should come as no shock that researchers have been working to improve and optimise the lifesaving equipment paramedics use. We explore what the future paramedic toolkit could look like.

On the subject of upgrading medical technology, we investigate why the otherwise outdated pager remains the communications tool of choice for hospitals despite a whole host of alternative, more advanced devices, which have found popularity across industry.

Also in this issue, we explore Scotland’s future as a device manufacturing powerhouse, examine an erectile dysfunction device that works with the natural physiology of an erection, and find out how virtual reality is helping to measure the emotional responses of patients undergoing mental health treatments.

All this and more in this latest issue of Medical Technology Magazine.

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In this issue

Inside the future paramedic toolkit
The difficult and demanding job of a paramedic relies heavily on the tools and devices at their disposal to best treat each patient. From overcoming terrain to utilising blockchain, Chloe Kent finds out how tech is transforming the paramedic toolkit.
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How med-tech is changing care for prison populations
A new project in England is connecting prisoners to local hospitals by secure encrypted video, reducing the need for them to travel to receive specialist care. Chloe Kent takes a look at how medical advances such as this are changing how prisoners are cared for.
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How will UK hospitals let go of the pager?
In many UK hospitals, pagers are still de rigueur when it comes to clinical communications. But why has the tech had such a dominance over the British healthcare system for so long? Chloe Kent takes a closer look.
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Treating tinnitus: could neuromodulation provide a long-term solution?
Despite being incredibly unpleasant for sufferers, current approaches to managing tinnitus are insufficient. However, Ireland-based Neuromod has a long-term solution: a bimodal neuromodulation device called Lenire. Allie Nawrat talks to the company’s CEO Ross O’Neill and chief scientific officer Hubert Lim to learn more about the device.
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Meet Eddie: the wearable device aiming to optimise erections
Eddie is a first-of-its-kind, wearable, FDA Class II erectile dysfunction device. Manufacturer Giddy maintains that its unique, ergonomic design improves upon current devices by working with the natural physiology of an erection, where rings and constriction devices can actually work against it. Chloe Kent finds out more.
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All the feels: advances in measuring human emotion
Emteq labs says its VR headset can objectively measure emotion. The technology could have applications in treating mental health conditions such as anxiety, phobias and PTSD. Natalie Healey speaks to co-founder Charles Nduka to find out more.
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Scotland: towards a med tech manufacturing powerhouse
Scotland is to become a hub of med tech manufacturing expertise thanks to a consortium of four Scottish universities teaming up to create the Medical Device Manufacturing Centre. Allie Nawrat discusses the initiative and its main aims with MDMC business development executive Robin Shields.
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Could CRISPR reinvent the Covid-19 test?
Obtaining a result from a PCR test can take days, but CRISPR gene-editing technology could be the key to speeding up Covid-19 diagnosis. Researchers led by Jennifer Doudna, who won a share of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her co-discovery of CRISPR, are now working on a test that could take just five minutes. Abi Millar unpacks how CRISPR is helping diagnose Covid-19.
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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Medical Technology, out in February, we dive under the covers to find out how an app for the Apple watch is helping to monitor and treat patients suffering from chronic nightmares, and explore an innovative project at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust that is allowing patients to access their health records on iPhone.

Also, we investigate the challenges of establishing and maintaining consistency in machine learning models used across the UK, ask if an AI-powered lung could be the future of Pneumonia diagnosis, and examine what the coming year could have in store for notified bodies in the Europe.

Plus, we take a look at ways that VR is helping patients with social anxiety, discuss innovative business models for med tech with strategy and marketing consultant firm Simon-Kucher, and examine the link between diagnostic imaging and testicular cancer.