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Robotic Surgical Systems on the Ropes

June 26, 2013 2:16 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Comments

There have been reports of issues and lawsuits from procedures gone wrong when a robotic surgical system was used. Yes, there have been issues and they do need to be addressed, however, abandoning robotic surgical systems is not the answer. In fact, it would be a complete mistake.

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Weight Is Key in Design of Consumer MedTech

June 25, 2013 4:00 pm | by Jessica Irons, Marketing/Business Development Specialist, Sonoco Protective Solutions | Comments

When designing a medical device that is meant to be used directly by patients in their home, the designer has to keep in mind that the environment of a patient’s home is likely going to be dramatically different compared to a medical facility.

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This "Watch" Could Change the World of At-Home Medicine

June 21, 2013 4:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

I have one family member in nursing school and one in medical school, which means I sometimes find myself on the cold end of a stethoscope while they check my radial pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and whatever else they need to practice. As a result, I’ve developed a somewhat obsessive, but healthy habit of tracking my blood pressure.

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Managing Expectations in Medical Device Development, Part 2

June 21, 2013 4:00 pm | by Vincent Crabtree, Ph.D., Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Comments

The business proposition was for a new application of an existing technology and had never been applied before to that particular patient group, so there were significant development unknowns. However, as technical director/CTO for the company, I realized the same issues kept popping up with our professional investors—expectations management and development timescales.

Managing Expectations in Medical Device Development, Part 1

June 20, 2013 1:58 pm | by Vincent Crabtree, Ph.D., Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Comments

Around 15 years ago, I was fortunate enough to study for a Ph.D. with an Entrepreneurial Professor. Five years later, after working on a few healthcare-related projects, we were then fortunate enough to snag an ambitious MBA graduate with an executive retail background, looking for a new challenge, and gained support of doctors.

Google Glass Meets “Smart” Health

June 20, 2013 1:33 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, ECN Contributor | Comments

“Smart” eyewear has just collided with smart vision correction — and no, I’m not talking about the prescription-based versions of Google Glass that are in development. Researchers have taken the concept of Google Glass and applied it to soft contact lenses.

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Electromagnetic Interference in Device Design

June 19, 2013 1:57 pm | by Donald L. Sweeney, President, D.L.S. Electronic Systems Inc . | D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. | Comments

The greatest obstacle to success in the design of a device is that, often times, the design engineer overlooks the need to keep electromagnetic interference in mind when he designs his device. When a product is not in compliance, it can be interfered with by radio waves emitting from other electronic devices in the home, causing the product to malfunction.

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Medical Innovation Will Not Be “Taxed Away”

June 18, 2013 4:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Comments

“Take two and call me in the morning.” That’s the phrase that came to mind while preparing a particular article recently. While “Coating for Consumption” doesn’t deal with taking two pills and calling the doctor in the morning, I couldn’t help but think about how far we’ve come since the days when that phrase reflected what most people thought was “modern healthcare.”

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Regulatory Inspections: The Good, Bad, and Ugly Experiences

June 17, 2013 3:41 pm | by Vesna Janic, Director of QA/RA, StarFish Medical | Comments

For all of us in Quality Assurance departments, on-site inspections are a regular occurrence. Our Quality Management System may be subject not only to the scrutiny of FDA Investigators, Health Canada Inspectors, and ISO Auditors, but also to the audits and inspections conducted by our clients.

Leak Testing Misinformation Is Widespread in the Medical Device Industry

June 14, 2013 3:18 pm | by Joe Pustka, Director Applications Engineering, Uson L.P. | Uson, L.P. | Comments

Here at Uson, we are obsessed with leak testing methods. One problem that we see often, particularly in the medical device industry, is the widespread belief that one type of leak test method is inherently better for nearly all applications. This is simply not true and the misinformation seems to have taken on a life of its own.

Accessible CO2 Technology Increases Caregiver Efficiency

June 13, 2013 3:09 pm | by Linda Broido, Global Product Manager, Covidien | Comments

In today’s medical facilities, healthcare providers face heavy workloads and care for more patients with decreased clinical staff. They need products and technologies that help them provide effective care as efficiently as possible. At Covidien, our goal is to provide monitoring solutions that enhance patient care in a range of clinical environments.

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Teamwork: The Key to a Successful Medical Device Development Project

June 12, 2013 1:59 pm | by Martine Janicki PhD, PEng, PMP, Project Management Officer, StarFish Medical | Comments

As a project manager leading teams of highly educated, experienced, and intelligent engineers and industrial designers, I spend a lot of time creating a positive upbeat project culture where everyone feels included, free to speak up, and reassured that their contributions matter. I welcome all news and road blocks, and I listen when team members worry about any aspect of the project.

Improving the Reliability of Usability Evaluations

June 11, 2013 4:27 pm | by Linda Pellegrino, Senior Usability Specialist, and James Rudolph, Senior Designer, Farm | Comments

In this blog, we’ll explore challenges associated with conducting reliable usability evaluations and offer insights as to how to overcome these challenges. We’ll also discuss how to improve usability testing practices to ensure we are identifying the most important issues.

Addressing HAIs and Antimicrobial Materials (A Roundtable Q&A)

June 10, 2013 3:38 pm | by Scott Fallon, former GM, Global Specialty Products, SABIC Innovative Plastics | Sabic Innovative Plastics | Comments

Scott Fallon, formerly the general manager of Global Specialty Products for SABIC’S Innovative Plastics business, was a part of the staff written article, “Materials Impact Medical Device Design Trends.” He took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.

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Silicone Offers Options for Medical Device Design (A Roundtable Q&A)

June 7, 2013 4:48 pm | by Aaron Updegrove, Marketing Manager, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Healthcare Markets | Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics | Comments

Aaron Updegrove, Marketing Manager for Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Healthcare Markets, responded to questions regarding the use of materials in medical device design and manufacturing. He was included in the staff written article, “Materials Impact Medical Device Design Trends.” Following are all of the responses he provided.

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