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3D Printing Gives the Children a Helping Hand

January 27, 2015 | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

On a freezing, snow-blanketed day like this (the Northeast US was recently slammed by a nor’easter) I decided to ease the chill on both the local readers and myself with some heartwarming medtech innovation. You may have heard mention of...

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Defining Impact: Creating Designs That Are Up to Standard

January 28, 2015 10:04 am | by Christian Defeo, eSupplier Manager, Newark element14 | Comments

element14’s Sudden Impact challenge continues on, and the competitors are targeting different sports and designing a myriad of devices. Part of the challenge is to create solutions that align with the scientific and health communities...

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2015 Will Require Implementation of Thorough Security Programs

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Michael McNeil, Product Security & Services Officer, Philips Healthcare | Comments

In April of 2014, Wired Magazine made the rattling proclamation that “it’s insanely easy to hack hospital equipment,” citing cybersecurity researcher Scott Erven’s two years of medical device vulnerability investigations and the many ways in...

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Next-Gen Home-Use Products Require Small, High-Performing Sensors

January 27, 2015 8:47 am | by Rob Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Comments

Medical equipment, driven by patient convenience and cost reduction, is moving from the hospital to the home. In addition, typical home-use products, like CPAP machines are becoming smaller and more sophisticated. In a hospital or clinical...

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Finding Some "Sense" in 2015

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Walt Maclay, President, Voler Systems | Comments

During 2015, sensors will continue to be a driving force for innovative medical devices. We will see advances in chemical sensors, especially "lab on a chip," and paper-based sensors. Driven by faster analysis time and extremely small fluid...

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The Brave New World of Medical Device Technology

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Insight Product Development | Comments

As a devout sci-fi fan, I will also say that remote digital health may become truly transparent. Permanently implanted sensors, potentially even in utero, or nanotechnology that is transferred from generation to generation as part of our cells and DNA...

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Cyber Security Challenges for Personal Medical Devices

January 22, 2015 4:22 pm | by Greg Shannon, PhD, Chair, IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative, and Chief Scientist, CERT Division, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute | Comments

Personal medical devices (PMDs) governed by software, identified by an Internet Protocol (IP) address and connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) present a myriad of challenges. Certainly cyber security of the device and its personally...

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Designing a Smarter Trial, Earlier

January 21, 2015 1:58 pm | by Vicki Anastasi, VP and Global Head of Medical Device and Diagnostics Research, ICON | Comments

Increased regulatory and reimbursement burden has made development timelines longer than ever. As regulators and payers demand more evidence to demonstrate safety, efficacy, and value, manufacturers must design smarter trials that collect...

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Making Wearables Effective Is Going to Be a Group Effort

January 20, 2015 4:14 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

Americans are constantly looking for new methods to drop undesirable weight. Last week, MDT’s Sean Fenske discussed a recently-approved implantable device that helps to control your appetite, by way of vagus nerve stimulation. As he points...

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3D Printing for Surgery Practice

January 16, 2015 3:39 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

3D printing is starting to sound a lot like alchemy - countless objects from cars to guitars to food are being printed, with new printouts occurring all the time. It seems like manufacturing companies are looking at everyday items, turning...

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Zapping Away the Pounds, but What Zaps Away the Habit?

January 16, 2015 3:06 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

There is no doubt that losing excess weight can help to eliminate an array of health concerns or reduce the risk of their occurrence. Unfortunately, the process of actually shaving off those pounds can pose a significant challenge. So it will come as great...

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Connectivity and Internet of Things Will Transform Availability of Healthcare

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Connectivity, which is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” and associated wireless capabilities, are providing a new framework for improving virtually every aspect of healthcare. This includes shifting from reactive to preventative healthcare...

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Making an Impact…and Being Awarded for It

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Joining a number of other new categories for the 2014/2015 competition, the “Medical Device Design Innovation” award will strive to recognize “the exceptional new technologies and cutting-edge designs changing the face of medtech.” While that’s...

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How this Biomedical Engineer Landed Her Dream Job

January 13, 2015 4:32 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN | Comments

Becoming a doctor was always an interest of mine. When I learned about biomedical engineering and the behind-the-scenes work of medicine, I knew I wanted to continue in that path. I wanted to be able to design and implement medical devices and...

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The Pet Peeve of Assisted Animal Mobility, Solved with Legos

January 13, 2015 4:08 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

There are plenty of options for someone with mobility issues – wheelchairs, canes, walkers, and prostheses exist to help people keep in step. The ability to move forward independently is often taken for granted – but ask anyone who has gone...

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This Toothbrush Talks So Your Dentist Doesn't Have To

January 12, 2015 4:38 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

Sometimes a trip to the dentist really bites – most of us who make our semi-annual visits are met with the hygienist’s disappointed “you need to brush and floss more” after your gums are poked at until they bleed. Even if you do brush at least...

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