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Motors on the Go

January 21, 2014 11:50 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Lin Engineering, New Scale Technologies, Inc., Pro-Dex, Performance Motion Devices, Inc., Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Comments

With an influx of wireless, portable medical devices continuing to hit the market, often used by patients in their home or on the go, suppliers need to accommodate designers’ needs for smaller, more energy efficient device components. Since...

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Enhancing Medical Devices with Force Sensing Technology

January 20, 2014 2:04 pm | by Mark Lowe, VP of Sensor Business, Tekscan Inc. | Tekscan, Inc. | Comments

Getting the most functionality and benefits out of medical devices is a common goal among designers. One technology that offers an array of advantages that enhance the quality of treatment a device can provide is force sensors. These components...

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Dispensing Drops: A Look at the Factors

January 17, 2014 12:41 pm | by Ralph Buck, Product Manager, EFS Division, The Lee Co. | The Lee Company | Comments

Regardless of the material or the application, achieving a consistent flow of drops from a dispensing system can be much more challenging than designers may realize. There are a number of factors to consider as well as changing variables...

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Wireless Electronic Home Healthcare for All

January 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Analog Devices, Inc., Ximedica | Comments

These days, it’s as though the medical device industry is more synonymous with the electronics industry than it is with healthcare. Obviously an exaggeration, but there seems to be very few device sectors where electronics are not an integral...

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Tech for Faster Diagnosis, Cures

January 15, 2014 2:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D Magazine | Comments

In January 2013, an assoc. prof of biomedical engineering at Columbia Univ., Samuel K. Sia, developed a lab-on-a-chip technology that not only checks a patient’s HIV status with just a finger prick, it also synchronizes the results automatically...

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Open Source Access to Your Brain

January 14, 2014 12:50 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

The team at OpenBCI is trying to undermine the “ivory tower of intellectual property” and prove another way to do business. The company has developed a low-cost, programmable, open-source electroencephalography (EEG) platform that gives...

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3 Major Trends in Barcode Labeling for Medical Devices

January 13, 2014 2:23 pm | by Nick Recht, Enterprise Product Manager, TEKLYNX Americas | Comments

Three major trends are flowing through the medical device industry, promoting patient safety and implementing positive changes. How will these trends affect your labeling processes? They will change the way you label product, help minimize...

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Looking Deep into Heart Valve Replacement

January 10, 2014 2:16 pm | by Christina Casinelli, Science and Technology Writer | Comments

The heart is often compared to a pump, facilitating the flow of blood between its upper and lower chambers. The heart’s valves, which open and close with each beat, regulate the pressure and course of blood throughout the body. Unfortunately...

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Preventing Patient Falls with Advanced Medical Technology

January 9, 2014 3:21 pm | by Tim O’Malley, President, EarlySense | Comments

Patient falls are preventable, yet they occur in up to 3% of acute care hospitalizations. Of this substantial percentage, an estimated 30% of inpatient falls result in serious injury. A bedside fall, or an unexpected event in which a patient...

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Achieving 3D Visualization for Chairside Dental Assistance Devices with Embedded APUs

January 8, 2014 4:29 pm | by Richard Freitag, White Lion Technologies, and Buddy Broeker, AMD Embedded Solutions | Comments

Like many technologies in the healthcare domain, the dental assistance device market is moving quickly to embrace 3D visualization at the point of care via a new generation of video- and graphics-optimized touchscreen panels that can be... 

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Polecam Brings a Clear View of OR Procedures for Surgical Training

January 6, 2014 3:25 pm | by Mel Noonan, Stylus Media Consultants | Comments

Polecam has gained recognition around the world as a lightweight carbon fiber camera jib used to raise production values in all types of program making. Additionally, some forward thinkers in various medical companies around the world have...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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