Coronary artery disease patients no longer must go through invasive procedures to get their fractional flow reserve (FFR) measured. The computation of FFR can now be done in a non-invasive way invented by HeartFlow, a new company once incubated at Fogarty Institute of Innovation. Founded within El Camino Hospital in 2007, Forgarty Institute provides intellectual, physical, and financial resources for medical technology start-ups in residence. So far three companies have "graduated" from the institute. Besides HeartFlow, PQ Bypass offers a non-surgical, long-lasting bypass in the femoral artery; Niveus has launched a device to preserve muscle mass and strength in intensive care unit patients.
El Camino Hospital cancer patients received a special visit Oct. 7 from San Jose Sharks players Tyler Kennedy, Jason Demers and Matt Irwin, joined by Dan Rusanowsky, the “Voice of the Sharks,” and mascot S.J. Sharkie.
The players visited with patients on the inpatient floor and in the infusion center, where they posed with patients for pictures and signed autographs. Several of the El Camino Hospital Cancer Center physicians, patients and their families were able to attend the Sharks’ Oct. 12 game. After the game, the group received a private tour of the facility and met other players.
Tom Leitzke, 64, of Campbell is as healthy as can be: he enjoys bicycling, hiking, playing the drums and creating birdhouses. Six years ago, he was told there was only a 7 percent chance he would survive the next five years. Today, Leitzke works a full time job and is happy to be alive...
Leitzke underwent Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery in March 2012. Now, a year and a half later, another CT scan showed that he is cancer free. Dr. Bob Sinha, medical director of radiation oncology at El Camino Hospital, described Cyberknife as "a revolutionary way of delivering radiation therapy." During the treatment, a robot delivers high energy photons into the body with sub millimeter precision, Sinha said. Leitzke's tumor was about two centimeters long: the technology can treat areas as small as 0.4 centimeters and as large as 7 centimeters, he said.
Hiring Thornton and third district nurse Jaime Saxena, was made possible by a grant from El Camino Hospital, Barrie said. Five years ago, before El Camino provided money for two additional school nurse salaries, Barrie was the only nurse in the district. The money the addition of the two Thornton and Saxena has benefited the health services program greatly, Barrie said. "What we were able to accomplish was very limited compared to where we are today."
This is the problem Simplee is trying to address with a consumer-friendly Web service connecting hospitals and their patients. In one early success story, an implementation with El Camino Hospital in Silicon Valley, Calif., that went live in January, Simplee was able to demonstrate that many patients were willing to send an online or mobile payment if the process was sufficiently simple and understandable. Between January and June, the hospital saw self-service payments go from 2% to 33%, while the amount of time hospital staff spent helping patients understand and pay their bills dropped by 40%, according to a Simplee case study.
Initial results from the ANCHOR registry show positive safety and technical success of the Heli-FX EndoAnchor System in endovascular aneurysm repair.
At VIVA 2013, James Joye, DO, interventional cardiologist at El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, Calif., presented data on the first 257 patients in the postmarket registry, which was initiated to evaluate real-world use of the Heli-FX EndoAnchor System (Aptus Endosystems).
The mechanical fastening device is designed to improve long-term durability and reduce repeat procedures in endovascular aneurysm repair, according to a company press release. It is indicated for use in patients whose grafts have had endoleak or migration, or who are at risk for either at implantation, Joye said.
Aptus Endosystems, Inc., a medical device company pioneering solutions to enhance aneurysm repair, today announced positive initial results from its ANCHOR post-market registry evaluating the use of the Heli-FX™ EndoAnchor System in endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). Heli-FX is a mechanical fastening device that connects the endograft to the aorta and is designed to enhance the long-term durability of the procedure and reduce the risk of repeat interventions in EVAR. These early results from the first 250 patients demonstrate the safety and acute technical success of utilizing Heli-FX in primary and revision EVAR procedures. These data were presented for the first time by James Joye, DO, interventional cardiologist at El Camino Hospital, at the 11th VIVA conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 8–11, 2013.
When Saratoga resident Chuck Hamilton went to El Camino Hospital Los Gatos for a knee replacement last December, the fit-looking 70-year-old expected he'd be in and out in a matter of days. Rehabilitating his knee had to wait, however, because a blood clot caused Hamilton to have a stroke, so the focus of his rehab shifted. Hamilton finally went home in March, but returned to El Camino recently for a "rehab reunion" that celebrated the milestones former patients have achieved.
By many measures, kids growing up in Mountain View and Los Altos have it good. The area is known for its strong schools and even stronger local economy. They are surrounded by some of the world's top technology firms, leading scientific research organizations and are awash in high culture.
But for some teens — especially those born to high-achieving parents — the pressure to live up to expectations, whether real or imagined, can be immense, according to Michael Fitzgerald, executive director of behavioral health services at El Camino Hospital.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (KGO) -- Of all the places you might choose to eat, a hospital might not be on the top of the list. But now one Bay Area hospital is working to change that by turning to the culinary world for assistance. For executive chef Jacques Wilson, searing the meat is just the first step in bringing out the flavor; tweaking the sauce comes next.