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Apple’s ResearchKit Must Outlast Novelty Value to Aid Medical Insight

March 16, 2015 11:30 am | by Niharika Midha, MSc, GlobalData Medical Device Analyst | Comments

GlobalData believes that Apple’s ResearchKit, which allows researchers to create apps and collect data for disease management by recruiting subjects via iPhones, has the potential to redefine the medical research dynamics, especially for...

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Devices Safeguard Patient Safety Only When They Work

March 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Ellen Turner, Market Development Manager, Specialty Plastics, Medical Devices, Eastman Chemical Company | Comments

Medical devices are under a lot of pressure — doing more for caregivers and patients with each innovation, all while having to withstand the wear and tear that comes with constant use. A heightened focus on patient safety, resulting from evolving...

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Photos of the Day: Top 5 Devices from ExCel Wearable Technology 2015

March 13, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

I'm personally beginning to yawn and glaze over at every new announcement of the next "innovative fitness tracker/health monitor/attempt to keep up with the Apple Watch." But these wearables are far from ordinary - here are five that certainly...

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Don't Make the Same Device Design Mistakes

March 13, 2015 10:09 am | by Michael Appel, M.D., Anesthesiologist, INCOSE | Comments

We must not only anticipate any new hazards, but must also carefully consider the common underlying risks that have already been identified in previous devices. Using more than just a hypothetical risk process, we need to evaluate known problems...

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Chameleon Material Shows Your Body's True Colors

March 12, 2015 4:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Engineers from UC Berkeley have developed an artificial skin that changes color whenever the material flexes or receives any sort of pressure. A flexible material that changes color provides a whole spectrum of medical opportunities...  

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3 Patient Safety Considerations for Medical Device Development

March 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Maria Shepherd, President, Data Decision Group, Medtech Whitespace and Strategy Research | Comments

Usability is the piece of the medical puzzle that supports good engineering design. Simply designed devices with simple instructions reduce the possibility of use error, and the CDRH receives approximately 100,000 Medical Device Reports...

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Include Test Application Engineers to Get the Details Right

March 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Jacques Hoffmann, President, InterTech Development Company | Comments

Failsafe testing of medical devices is a non-negotiable pre-requisite for release of a device to the market.  Most realize that simplistic truth but there are far too many who do not appreciate the “devils in the details” of test applications...

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Molding Nine Different Plastics at Once

March 11, 2015 4:21 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Several weeks ago during the MD&M West show, I enjoyed hearing about a number of material advances that should make for a positive impact on the medical device development industry. But one innovation stood out among them. Born out of a collaboration between...

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Virtual Reality Helps Soldiers Cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN, @JasonECNMag | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled...

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Rebooting the Healthcare System

March 11, 2015 2:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Patients with chronic health issues in particular often do not receive the personalized care that they require – hospitals typically take a reactionary approach to these patients, treating them only as soon as a major health issue arises or...

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Continued Pressure to Make Products Smaller, Lighter, More Reliable

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Peter Ladwig, Ph.D., Director of Technology Development, Hutchinson Technology Inc. | Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Comments

The need for miniaturization is driving the development of new process technologies to manufacture complex components. In some cases, it is impossible to manufacture separate pieces for separate functions and attach them together to manufacture...

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How to Succeed in the Emerging Digital Healthcare Market

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Rajeev Kapoor, Partner, A.T. Kearney | Comments

Over the next five to 10 years, a new healthcare technology marketplace will emerge: digital health. As healthcare and wellness come closer together, and as medicine focuses on home-based prevention as much as hospital-based treatment, people...

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4 Devices to Catch a Few Extra Winks

March 10, 2015 3:17 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Unfortunately, it seems that Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. In honor of the 2nd annual Insomnia Awareness Day, (March 9, of course, the groggy day of the “spring ahead”) here are four medical devices that ensure you receive your well-deserved beauty rest...

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Scouting for the Next Breakthrough Start-Up in 'BrainTech'

March 10, 2015 8:30 am | by Mickey Chesla, Israel Brain Technologies | Comments

Shimon Eckhouse has founded close to twenty companies in twenty years and is considered the guru of Israel’s medical devices arena. Today, he heads Alon Medtech, a medical technology incubator which receives funding from Israel’s Office of...

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Manufacturing Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word for Today’s STEM Talent

March 9, 2015 4:22 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing,” a few images tend to come to mind: low skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce. For whatever reason, these stereotypes...

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