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Get to Know IEC60601-1 3rd Edition Before Selecting Your Medical Power Supply

January 3, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jay vanWormer, Murata Power Solutions | Murata Power Solutions | Comments

Standards and their implementation can often cause a lot of confusion, and the 3rd edition of the medical safety standard IEC60601-1 is no exception. Initially ratified as early as 2005, it has only been since the recent withdrawal of the...


Implantables: Market Challenged by Safety Concerns and Restricted Innovation

December 19, 2013 4:28 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Comments

Implantable medical devices (IMDs) make up one of the most competitive and challenging markets in the industry, with issues of security and biocompatibility challenging the marketability of emerging products. The most established area for...


Leverage IEC 62304 to Improve Product Software Development

December 18, 2013 4:31 pm | by Dan Goldman, Systems Architect, Foliage Inc. | Comments

This article focuses on one of the cornerstones of the application of IEC 62304—the software architecture and how developing an architecture strategy early can support more effective deployment of development resources, ultimately leading...


ISO/IEEE Personal Health Device Profiles Help Make Seamless Communication a Reality

December 17, 2013 2:59 pm | by Dr. Malcolm Clarke, IEEE 11073 PHD Working Group | Comments

Successful end-to-end data systems are typically comprised of a collection of dovetailing technologies managed by a comprehensive set of global standards that make interoperability possible at the product level. The strict regulations, rigorous...


Managing Electronic Component Obsolescence in Medical Devices

December 16, 2013 3:07 pm | by Larry Bell, VP Sales & Marketing, Enercon Technologies | Comments

Many electronic components have lifecycles that are shorter than the lifecycle of the end product itself. This is especially true for healthcare medical devices. For example, most consumer electronics have lifecycles of 18 months whereas...

Designing Medical Devices to Meet FDA Security Guidelines

December 13, 2013 3:18 pm | by Alan Grau, President and Co-Founder, Icon Labs | Comments

The FDA and Department of Homeland Security recently issued an alert urging medical device makers and medical facilities to upgrade security protections to protect against potential cyber threats. This was issued in response to an ICS-CERT...


Lighting the Way to Surgical Precision

December 11, 2013 4:11 pm | by By Vijay Shanbhag, Medical Sales Manager, Lighting and Imaging, SCHOTT North America | Comments

Medical technology has evolved to the point that surgeons can complete medical procedures through incisions less than an inch long. For practitioners, these less intrusive methods mean faster procedures and lower pre- and post-operation...


A New Optical Technique to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy of Dehydration in Young Children

December 11, 2013 3:09 pm | by Brian Imhausen, Electro-Optics Design Engineer and Project Manager, Bodkin Design and Engineering LLC | Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC | Comments

One clinical measure of dehydration in young children relies on Capillary Refill Time (CRT). The doctor visually evaluates the time it takes for the patient’s finger to refill with blood after a squeeze is released. This subjective assessment...


Power Management Systems for Mobile Medical Carts

December 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Michael J. Mardis, Technical Sales, Hoffman Engineered Systems | Comments

Most mobile carts feature onboard power systems equipped with single or multiple batteries intended to provide enough energy to run computers, displays, scanners and other devices for extended periods of time without recharging. Power systems...


Developing a New Process for Hypotube Stripping

December 9, 2013 3:12 pm | by Paul Ogden, Director of Sales, Syneo | Syneo, Comco, Inc. | Comments

Syneo was already familiar with Comco Inc’s microblasting technology, but had never used it. A customer who had experimented with manual microblasting asked if a system could be developed that incorporated all the benefits of the Syneo’s...

What Can Home Healthcare Teach Greater Manufacturing?

December 3, 2013 1:11 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Comments

The home healthcare market is a burgeoning one, and is already shaping up to be a major arena for companies who have long been in the medical device manufacturing arena. With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be...


Addressing ‘Priority Confusion’ to Speed New Product Development

December 2, 2013 2:48 pm | by Jeff Elliott, Technical Writer | Comments

Even the most successful corporations in the world frequently miss new product development launch windows. The primary reason is confused, shifting and unclear priorities, resulting in inefficient multitasking between these priorities. The losses...

NFC-Enabled Sensors Provide Promise for Diabetics and Others

November 22, 2013 2:15 pm | by Oluf Alminde, Senior Marketing Manager (Power & Wireless), ams AG | Comments

With more than 350 million children and adults afflicted with diabetes globally, both healthcare professionals and patients welcome ways to make the treatment process easier and less painful. Today, patients typically self-administer blood glucose...

First 510(k) Clearance for Customized 3D-Printed Polymeric Cranial Implants

November 21, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kip Hanson, Technology Writer | Comments

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), South Windsor, Conn., made medical history in February when they received the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for their polymer laser-sintered OsteoFab Patient-Specific Cranial Device...


A Hard Decision: Selecting the Best Hardware Platform for Your Imaging Practice

November 20, 2013 2:19 pm | by Daniel Hägg and Emil Styrke, ContextVision | Comments

Medical imaging modalities come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Regardless of size, from multi-ton, multi-kilowatt MRI machines to battery powered handheld ultrasound units, all modalities require processing of the original images (or...



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