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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.


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.


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.


Combating Infections with the Right Materials (A Roundtable Q&A)

June 5, 2013 3:55 pm | by Gopal Saraiya, Global Segment Leader—Medical Devices, Eastman Chemical Company | Eastman Chemical Company | Comments

Eastman’s Gopal Saraiya, global segment leader of medical devices at Eastman Chemical Company, took time to address a number of questions related to the use of materials in medical device development. He was included in the staff written article, “Materials Impact Medical Device Design Trends.” Following are all of the responses he provided.


The Rise of Mobile Health and the Importance of Human Factors

June 5, 2013 2:23 pm | by Laurie Reed, Senior Human Factors Engineer, Farm | Farm | Comments

Human factors engineering, as applied to the design of medical devices, has never been as important as it is today, especially since the release of the U.S. FDA’s draft guidance document Applying Human Factors and Usability Engineering to Optimize Medical Device Design. With the rise of mobile health apps, human factors engineering principles will become even more vital to the success of this industry and to the safety of the patients.


Will Connected Health Save the Healthcare Industry?

June 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by Ralph Hugeneck, Director of Medical Technology, and Gary Baker, Marketing Communications Manager, Jabil Healthcare & Life Sciences | Jabil | Comments

The medical device ecosystem is changing dramatically from stand-alone “device + patient + physician” in the clinical environment to include access and mobility outside the four walls of the hospital. Every medical device manufacturer should consider developing a strategy around how mobile connected health will affect their business models and how they will play in the evolution of the market.


Medical Technologies: The Ones to Watch

June 3, 2013 12:33 pm | by Kevin Bottomley, Managing Director, Results Healthcare | Comments

The growth in sales of medical technologies is set to outperform prescription medicines over the coming five years. Data from Evaluate Medtech indicates that over the period 2011 to 2018, the overall global compound annual growth rate for the sector will be 4.4%, in contrast to just 2.5% for drug products.


Distributing Healthcare

May 31, 2013 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Comments

One of the most interesting things about my position is seeing the changes in one of the most dynamic industries around—the medical device industry (and, in a broader sense, the healthcare industry). In my 13+ years of reporting on this industry, I’ve seen many changes and technological advances. It truly is remarkable to think about how far certain sectors of the industry have come in what is really a very short period of time.


Home Healthcare and Home-Use Medical Device Design

May 30, 2013 3:14 pm | by Kristina Bosland, Sr. Human Factors Engineer, Farm Design | Farm | Comments

Home healthcare and the use of medical devices outside of the professional healthcare environment are on the rise. Modern medicine allows us to live longer and provides those with chronic diseases the ability to receive medical care at home. Examples of home-use devices are oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, sleep apnea monitors, body-worn nerve and muscle stimulators, and dialysis machines, just to name a few.


Medical Device Technology: Our Best Hope for Delivering Global Healthcare

May 29, 2013 11:36 am | by Simon Karger, Associate Director, Surgical & Interventional, Cambridge Consultants | Cambridge Consultants Inc | Comments

The technology at the heart of the next generation of medical devices is critical to our ability to offer comprehensive care in the coming decades. While our current systems of care have served us well thus far, they are crumbling under the pressures of modern expectations of care, economics, scale, and the sheer breadth of medical science.


Next Generation of Visual Inspection Systems

May 28, 2013 2:58 pm | by Jim Norton, President, Custom Products & Services | Comments

In recent years, many electronics manufacturers have been adopting the use of video inspection systems utilizing digital cameras to perform many of the visual inspection functions formerly performed with optical microscopes. Digital camera technology has improved to the point where the image quality now rivals that of optical instruments for many applications.

Benefits of Supplier Collaboration in Business Development

May 24, 2013 1:11 pm | by Elizabeth Borelli and Anita Beahm, Beahm Designs | Beahm Designs, Inc. | Comments

Industry-wide, companies of all sizes are discovering one of the most effective tools in business growth—collaboration. Gartner Research Group findings cite that collaborative capabilities have allowed top patient care organizations to make great strides in enabling high-quality care at optimal economic cost.


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