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All Heart: HP 8020A Cardiotocograph
The HP 8020A cardiotocograph was the world’s first non-invasive electronic fetal heart monitor, developed in a partnership between Division in Böblingen, Germany, and Dr. Konrad Hammacher, a German OB ...
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Ciao: Sanborn Products Arrive in Italy
Acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 1961, the Sanborn Division and its products became increasingly popular throughout the 1960s. By 1965, Sanborn had introduced intensive care equipment while its famed Vi ...
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Doctor’s Orders: HP Acquires Sanborn
Hewlett-Packard entered the field for medical electronics with the acquisition of the Sanborn Company of Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1961. Sanborn continued as a distinct division within Hewlett-Packar ...
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HP-65 Gets With the Medical Program
HP calculators could be programmed to perform medical functions. These cards for the HP-65 programmable scientific calculator contained programs for cardiopulmonary applications. Other HP-65 programs ...
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Keeping Count: Sanborn/Frommer Model 75
HP’s Sanborn/Frommer Model 75 electronically counted the red and white blood cells in samples, offering researchers and medical staff a faster, easier and more accurate method than manual counts. Desi ...
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Learning About the LINC-8
Not every innovation in health technology was connected directly to a patient. The LINC-8 from Digital Equipment Corporation proved important for biomedical laboratories processing data from their exp ...
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Playing by Ear: the 47021A
Introduced by the Medical Products Group in late 1974, the new 47201A pulse oximeter could measure oxygen saturation in a patient’s blood continuously and non-intrusively. Instead of requiring that th ...
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Sanborn Technology in Outer Space
During the Space Race of the late 1950s and 1960s, many NASA missions relied on HP medical instrumentation to monitor the health of their astronauts, including the Faith 7 spacecraft piloted by astron ...
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Setting Up Shop in Campinas
In 1975, Hewlett-Packard rented a manufacturing facility in Brazil to handle production of medical instruments and handheld calculators. The company also purchased a 50-acre site to develop a permanen ...
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Steady as a Heartbeat: the 8030A
Building on the success of the revolutionary 8020A, by 1975 Hewlett-Packard had introduced an updated, noninvasive fetal heart monitor, the 8030A. The new device offered medical professionals four dif ...