In June of this year, Millennium Dental Technologies plans to roll out a revamped PerioLase MVP-7, making it the first laser in the dental industry to incorporate an Android-based digital display and control system.
The current laser, which was developed for the LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure) protocol to treat gum disease, has a display with a 256-pixel resolution. Meanwhile, the new display will offer about 16 million pixels, enhancing graphics and increasing clinician comfort during the procedure.
By making use of Google’s open-platform Android operating system, the PerioLase MVP-7 will be able to upgrade and integrate with new devices. Quarterly software updates will likely be available for an as yet undetermined subscription fee; and Millennium anticipates that future upgrades will enable the laser to interface with dental EMR systems and practice management software.
Aside from Millennium, other medical device developers have started to make use of Android technology as well.
Honeywell HomeMed recently announced it will make its telehealth application available on Android-based Samsung tablets, allowing doctors to connect with patients when face-to-face visits are not possible. By using Honeywell’s Genesis Touch software, patients will be able to connect different medical devices to the tablet in order to measure blood glucose levels, clotting time, temperature, weight, and blood oxygen levels.
Many healthcare providers are also using applications on Android smartphones to access patient medical records and lab results on-the-go.
Due to Android’s easily customizable platform and an ever-growing community of developers, we are likely to see the operating system continuing to work its way into medical technology, a benefit to both doctors and patients alike.