Medtronic 'smart' brain implant ramps up for human epilepsy trials; Device interoperability standards on their way

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> Medtronic ($MDT) plans next year to begin patient testing of a new "smart" brain implant designed to manage epilepsy. Story

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> Plans are underway to develop standards on medical device interoperability, an initiative fostered by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and Underwriters Laboratories. Release

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