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Embedded Technology: The Vital Organ of Wireless and Connected Health

February 24, 2015 8:30 am | by Chris Ault, Senior Product Manager, QNX Software Systems | Comments

The advent of smartphones and other mobile devices has given us a daily mechanism to share and access information on an unprecedented level. Consider how a smartphone can transform the simple ritual of getting a caffeine fix. An integrated...

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An Alarming Problem with Medical Technology

February 23, 2015 2:33 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

During my recent visit to ECRI to hear more about their watch list for safety innovations in healthcare, the topic of alarm fatigue was brought up. In fact, it’s an item that comes up quite often at ECRI in terms of their hazards lists [#1 concern on the list for the past four years (check out the...

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Making Things Smaller Is Wonderful for the Patient

February 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Kate Pereira, Senior Project Manager, Ximedica | Ximedica | Comments

Much of the focus of implants to date has been in vascular and circulatory. I think more time will start to be placed in the other systems – neural, musculature, and lymphatic. It all comes back to the driver of making the patient feel as...

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Monitoring Fitness...in the Bedroom

February 20, 2015 2:02 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone is introducing a functionality that will really get your heart racing into its soon-to-be released wearable fitness tracker, GeeksMe. It’s basically a traditional fitness monitor, including a step counter...

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Cortical Modem Implant Promises Cyborg Vision

February 20, 2015 1:52 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

DARPA is taking wearable technology to the next level with its recent cortical modem concept. This tiny implant plugs into users’ DNA and visual cortex to help cure vision loss by exhibiting a heads-up display in front of their eyes. What makes...

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Improved Implantable Technologies to Combat Chronic Degenerative Diseases

February 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Mark Russell, Senior Global Market Manager, Medical Electronics, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Comments

Implantable devices—especially those for cardiac and neuro applications—are among the most significant medical innovations in the last 20 years. As the population has continued to age, elderly patients find themselves faced with chronic...

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The Phrase 'Long-Term Implant' is a Moving Target

February 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Mark Geiger, VP, Sales and Marketing, Interface Catheter Solutions | Interface Catheter Solutions | Comments

Our kids will live until they’re 100 years old. That’s a fact. Forever is becoming a long time so the phrase “long-term implant” is a moving target. Some implants with moving parts require millions of cycles to simulate physiologic norms...

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MedTech’s Patient-Centric Trajectory Is Fueled by Technology

February 20, 2015 8:25 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

There is little doubt we are on a patient-centric trajectory that is fueled by technology. Can regulation keep up with the changing environment? Herein lies the challenge. To accelerate innovation and speed to market, I see an increased...

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Need to Maintain Balance Between Wall Thickness Specifications

February 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Rick Shorey, Sr. Sales Engineer and Project Manager, Avalon Laboratories | Comments

Microchips for delivering drugs with time released capabilities or neuroscience, neuromodulation and/or monitoring devices material selection is key for both the implantable and delivery device. Depending upon duration and type of application...

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The Fragrant Stench of Discovery

February 18, 2015 3:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

We’ve all been there – you lift your arm to wave hello to a friend or hail a cab, and an unpleasant odor causes you to cringe and hold your nose. Wondering where this foul scent could have possibly originated from, you look around for the source...

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Future of Molding Lies in Development of Automation

February 18, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Nelson, Tech Center Manager, ProMed Molded Products | ProMed Molded Products, Inc. | Comments

Implantable devices serve a variety of functions from regulating the beat of a heart to restoring the range of motion in knee and hip joints. Over the last few years we’ve seen the merging of implantable devices and drug therapies. Incorporating...

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Ergonomics is Better in Today’s Design and Manufacturing Capabilities

February 18, 2015 8:30 am | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

The capabilities of injection molding are continually expanding. In 2014, Proto Labs advanced two processes: metal injection molding (MIM) for smaller, stainless steel parts and liquid silicone rubbers (LSR) molding, which is often used for...

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Development in Infusion Pump Connectivity Needed to Support Home Care

February 17, 2015 4:19 pm | by Jessica Edge, Analyst, Clinical Care Devices, IHS Medical Technology | Comments

The continued pressure on healthcare spending in mature markets is driving demand for cost-effective treatment solutions. In response, home and alternate-site care markets are growing in number and expanding their reach. Patients requiring...

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Think About Reducing and Combining Components to Reduce Tooling and Molding Costs

February 15, 2015 8:30 am | by Kelly Peterson, New Product Development Manager, JunoPacific | Comments

The ability to micro-mold components is continually driving the miniaturization of implantable and minimally invasive surgical instruments. Also, biocompatible, implantable resins are expensive so smaller parts utilizing less resin can...

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Micro Molding Responds to the Need for Miniaturization

February 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Lars Gerding, Technology Director, Helix Medical | Comments

One great advantage with molding is the freedom to design various shapes and functional features into a part. This freedom includes the choice of raw material with a wide range of properties that are suitable for various applications. Newly...

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