Cepheid (Sunnyvale, California) reported details of technology expected to revolutionize the speed of diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) and the resistance to common drug treatment for the disease. The new test technology will leverage the power of Cepheid's GeneXpert System to deliver an accurate diagnosis of the disease in less than two hours. Xpert MTB/RIF not only detects the presence of TB, but also identifies whether it is resistant to Rifampicin, a common first-line drug for treatment of the disease and a reliable surrogate marker of strains that are multidrug-resistant. The test is expected to enable physicians to dramatically improve patient outcomes — possible only with on-demand, actionable results to guide therapy decisions within the timeframe of an initial patient visit.

• Cleveland Medical Devices (Cleveland) reported the release of automated tremor scoring for Kinesia, a compact patient worn device for assessing Parkinson's disease (PD) motor symptom severity. The CleveMed UPDRS Scoring Challenge is an online educational tool intended for movement disorder clinicians and researchers, patients, caregivers or anyone interested in motor symptom evaluations. The interactive site allows a visitor to view and rate a series of videos displaying PD patients performing tasks for evaluating tremor. After each short video is complete, the user enters a score ranging from 0 to 4 and the next video starts. Once the 12 videos are scored, the user scores are compared to scores from two movement disorder specialists for the same videos to demonstrate variability.

eFileCabinet (Provo, Utah) reported the integration of its electronic document management (EDM) system with certified Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Practice Management (PM) systems which are used by thousands of medical offices nationwide. eFileCabinet has leveraged X-Link middleware to bridge the gap between the EMR system and the rest of the office. eFileCabinet says that it augments the collection of patient information by EMR systems with electronic documents for a complete medical record.

Imaging Diagnostic Systems (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) said that it has enhanced its CT Laser Mammography (CTLM) system with a reconstruction algorithm that improves visualization of angiogenesis (cancer) in its images. During a CTLM examination, the breast is illuminated by a laser and the transmitted light is collected by a series of photo detectors and transformed into digital data. The reconstruction algorithm uses this data to create the various images of the breasts. The improved algorithm enhances the images by reducing the number of artifacts occasionally produced during an examination thereby making diagnosis easier.

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