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Mobile Medical Apps: Recreational or Medical Devices?

February 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Seppo Vahasalo, Product Line Manager of Medical Devices, SGS Fimko Ltd, Finland | Comments

Today the trend in healthcare is ‘patient centric care model’. This is an addition to the previous five ‘P’s of modern healthcare: Prevention, Prediction, Personalization, Preemption and Personal Responsibility. The rise of smartphones as a...

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Heart Simulation to Spur Innovation

February 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Steve Levine, Chief Strategy Officer, Dassault Systèmes | Comments

Simulation is something with which many people are familiar, whether from video games, occupational training, or movies. However, it’s not often thought of as being involved with the development of medical device technology. A collaborative...

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Using Next-Generation Design Tools and Telling the FDA About It

February 3, 2015 11:17 am | by Arvind Ananthan, Medical Devices Industry Manager, MathWorks | Comments

Regulators and companies are in a constant tug of war, causing innovation in the medical device industry to be stifled. On one end, companies are feeling the effects of strong market pressure and customer demands to innovate only to run up...

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Single Blood Drop Diagnostics Enhance Healthcare

January 30, 2015 3:10 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Diagnostics technology is experiencing a bit of an innovation revolution with advances and discoveries impacting the space seemingly more often today than ever before. As research continues, more diseases and medical concerns are being detected...

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Overcoming Patient Leakage Current Issues

January 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Dante De Guzman, XP Power | XP Power | Comments

IEC 60601 is the generally accepted standard for medical electrical and electronic equipment, required for the commercialization of this type of equipment in many countries. To guard against electric shock, the specification defines maximum

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Case Study: CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ

January 29, 2015 10:28 am | by Electron Beam Engineering, Inc. | Comments

When the medical device manufacturer ZELTIQ had trouble producing its new fat-freezing product for the CoolSculpting process, they brought it to Electron Beam Engineering, Inc. (EBE)to help solve the issue. The device - a liquid-cooled heat...

Smart Fabric Sensors Make Wearables Look Good

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Over the course of the past decade, wearable technology has become increasingly pervasive in the electronics industry. Fitness trackers, smart watches, and action camcorders are among some of the most prevalent wearable technologies on the market...

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Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Ximedica, Interface Catheter Solutions, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Comments

There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...

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How Needs Characterization Helps OEMs Win the Wearables Race

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Steve McPhilliamy, Partner and Director of Design, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Comments

The medtech wearables space is an incredibly exciting example of healthcare innovation that’s moving directly into the hands of patients. However, due to a lack of a comprehensive design period for many devices, high abandon rates among... 

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How to Leverage Materials as a Competitive Advantage

January 22, 2015 10:14 am | by Crystal Humphreys, Global Market Segment Manager, Vancive Medical Technologies | Vancive Medical Technologies™ | Comments

Materials are the building blocks for every type of medical device. Maintaining a supply base that has a firm handle on new innovations in this space will provide any medical device manufacturer with a solid competitive advantage. This article...

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Nitrogen Dioxide Sterilization Expands the Designer's Toolbox

January 21, 2015 11:26 am | by Evan Goulet, Director, Sterilization Operations, Noxilizer, Inc. | Comments

Sterilization is a necessary process for virtually every type of medical device. Therefore, it is critical for designers to be mindful of how materials will interact with a given process, at what stage the sterilization will be best implemented...

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The Benefits of the ASM Medical Materials Database

January 20, 2015 10:39 am | by Linda Vermillion, Product Manager, ASM International | Comments

ASM International, the world's largest professional society for materials engineering, and Granta Design, leaders in materials information technology, today announced a new Surgical module in the ASM Medical Materials Database. This new resource...

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Wireless Foot Switch Design Considerations

January 16, 2015 12:04 pm | by Peter Engstrom, Managing Director, and Maurizio Lauria, Product Manager; STEUTE MEDITECH, INC. | Steute Meditech, Inc. | Comments

Medical equipment users and OEMs have long expressed an interest in wireless foot switches. Their interest has been kindled by: their desire to eliminate the “tripping” hazard cables may represent in the application, their desire to have greater...

The Proposal: Making a Commitment to Labeling

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Darren Altkinson, PRISYM ID | Comments

The recent introduction of UDI requirements has persuaded many medical device companies to review their labeling capabilities. This, alongside other regulatory, technological and market drivers, has led to a growing number of companies issuing...

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Light Sensors for Fitness Tracking

January 14, 2015 12:40 pm | by Dr. Jörg Heerlein and Dr. Tilman Rügheimer, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

More and more people are tracking their physical fitness with the aid of wearable gadgets and appropriate apps. Optical sensors are suitable for measuring pulse rates and oxygen saturation in blood. The technology has long been established...

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