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MACHINE ­AIDED: Dr. Daniel Philbin, a cardiac electrophysiologist and director of the arrhythmia service at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, in the operating room with Volta Medical Inc.’s VX1 monitor that assists in ablation ­surgeries. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

AI put to the test during cardiac procedures in R.I.

A new artificial intelligence technology is helping physicians perform ablations – minimally invasive surgeries used to treat certain heart conditions – more efficiently, and...
BABY STEPS: Maey Petrie, left, director of programs and business developent at New England Medical Innovation Center, and Robert Cooper, SmölTap CEO, with the product designed to hold infants still while undergoing a spinal tap. It will launch this fall. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pediatrics pain point may be soothed by design solution

When Dr. Ravi D’Cruz asked his former mentor Dr. Brian Alverson if he could think of any problems in health care that could be...

R.I. escalates efforts to contain monkeypox

Treating a cough or sore throat used to be a lot simpler. But since the COVID-19 outbreak more than two years ago, common symptoms...
ENHANCED ­DELIVERY: Women & Infants Hospital is embarking on a $28 million project to build a new labor and delivery unit with larger delivery rooms, all of which will have furniture, a private bathroom and a window to the outside.
COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL

A $28M plan to make Women & Infants delivery rooms ‘homelike’

The delivery rooms at Women & Infants Hospital have been feeling a little cramped in recent years. Expectant mothers ready to give birth often find...

More clinicians hitting streets with Providence’s first responders

Most mornings, 28-year-old Rachel Armada accompanies a Providence police officer during a shift, riding along in a cruiser as they answer calls. She’s at...
LAB TALK: Jennie Liu, left, research scientist, and Jason LaPorte, senior research associate for TriSalus Life Sciences, discuss the TriNav infusion system that will be tested to deliver treatments for pancreatic and liver tumors as part of a partnership with Lifespan Corp. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lab partnership could boost Lifespan’s research stature

Rhode Island’s largest hospital system is hoping that teaming up with a biotech company could help achieve a breakthrough in developing treatment options for...
SOLUTION NEEDED: Susan E. Enck, a licensed clinical psychologist at Brown Medicine’s Warwick Primary Care, says the mental health system was near its breaking point before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s in crisis. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pleas to fix R.I.’s ‘broken’ behavioral health system

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, treatment providers, advocates and lawmakers are calling for Rhode Island to confront its problems with access to...
AID ­AVAILABLE: Pawtucket Emergency Medical Services Director Lance Dumont and Elizabeth Moreira, the city’s public health and equity leader, hold kits containing naloxone and fentanyl testers at the Newport Avenue fire station, which became a Safe Station for people seeking help with drug addiction.
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Communities create ‘Safe Stations’ in effort to reduce overdose deaths

Rhode Islanders who are struggling with substance abuse now have places they can go to get immediate attention and support, after fire departments and...
A RELIABLE ASSISTANT: Dr. Jeannine Giovanni uses the da Vinci Xi Surgical System to perform bariatric surgery. Giovanni says the robotic help allows more-precise procedures and quicker recovery times for patients. / 
COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM

Weight loss surgery with the help of a robot

More precision and smaller incisions. These are the main benefits that modern robot-assisted surgery brings to bariatric surgery, a procedure that helps with weight loss...
PRECHECKS: Dr. Ana Tuya Fulton, right, Care New England Health System executive chief of geriatrics and palliative care, and Ruth Scott, senior director of population health for Integra Community Care Network LLC, review their plans before the hospital-at-home program goes live at Kent Hospital in Warwick. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM/RYAN PICKERING

Kent offers state’s first ‘hospital-at-home’ acute care program

Call it home sweet hospital. Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick recently received a waiver from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and...
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