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3D Printing Making Enormous Strides in Molding, but Still Has Limitations

February 13, 2015 8:30 am | by Dale Gildemeister, Program Manager, Sil-Pro | Sil-Pro, LLC | Comments

Soft touch molding with materials such as silicone and thermoplastic elastomers allow for some part features to be molded into the geometry without the use of mold actions to create undercuts. The ability of elastomers, especially silicone...

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3 Obstacles to IoT Success in Healthcare

February 12, 2015 12:07 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers a vision of the future where every device in a house, office, or car is connected to each other and “communicates” efficiently to enable a much greater user experience. It can be observed in next generation video...

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Personalizing Patient Treatments with Automated Genetic Testing

February 12, 2015 10:52 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Meet Bob Bean, CEO of Harmonyx Diagnostics. Also the president and CEO of Transnetyx, which provides automated genotyping services, he helped to found Harmonyx in order to provide accurate, affordable, and accessible genetic testing for...

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Clinical Care Devices Need to Get Smart

February 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Kelly Patrick, Associate Director, Clinical Care Devices, IHS Medical Technology | Comments

The damage brought by avoidable adverse events in the hospital setting is placing increasing strain on the financial resources of health providers—so much so, that new legislation is being implemented to ensure that such events are correctly...

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Smart Ways to Manage Health Need Smart Regulation

February 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Bakul Patel, M.S., M.B.A. and Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. | Comments

Engaged patients! Quantified self! Lifelogging! These buzzwords describe an exciting technology-based, patient-centered approach to living healthier. The myriad of systems that record, share, and use personal and health data have become a...

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3 Steps and 4 Strategies for Device Development from Concept to Patient

February 11, 2015 12:15 pm | by Graham Reynolds, Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Comments

The healthcare market is seeing the growth in creative collaborations between pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical companies and packaging and delivery systems manufacturers, such as West, that can provide solutions for integrated delivery systems...

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Make Sure the Optimum Solution is Integrated into the System

February 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Matt Kelly, Key Account Manager, Medical, Watlow | Comments

Home healthcare can provide significant benefits to patients in terms of quality of life and cost of care. However, the use of medical devices in the home also presents unique challenges and potential safety risks. Home medical care is outside...

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8 New EMC Requirements for Medical Devices

February 10, 2015 11:52 am | by Bruce Fagley, TÜV Rheinland, EMC Technical Manager | Comments

The fourth edition of the IEC 60601-1-2:2014 standard is out, introducing significant technical changes in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements and tests for medical equipment and systems. The revision mandates compliance of new...

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Overcoming Battery Limitations to Conserve Power

February 10, 2015 8:51 am | by Walt Maclay, President, Voler Systems | Comments

Gone are the days when laptops drive the definition of low-power. Suppliers rely more and more on consultants to provide specific skills needed to design today’s exploding array of battery operated devices including wearable devices, home health...

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May the Force Be with You in Developing 6 Medical Devices from Star Wars

February 9, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Continuing on with my beloved theme of innovative medtech making its debut in classic sci-fi, this past weekend I sat down with a few friends and embarked on the seven-hour journey of watching the original Star Wars trilogy. (This is a tri-yearly...

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Adaptability and a Highly Skilled Engineering and Production Team are Crucial

February 9, 2015 8:30 am | by Perry Sainati, President, Belden Universal | Comments

As adaptive technologies enabling patient mobility and portable care are reaching new heights in sophistication and automation, OEMs rightfully expect similarly high levels of performance and quality from their suppliers. For Belden as a...

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FDA Considering How to Tailor its Oversight for Next Generation Sequencing

February 8, 2015 11:00 am | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration | Comments

FDA is weighing the appropriate regulatory approach to advances in technology that allow physicians to obtain information on large segments of a patient’s genetic makeup very quickly. This technology is known as next generation sequencing...

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Smaller, More Portable Home Medical Equipment

February 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Robert Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Comments

There is a growing demand for smaller, lighter and more portable home healthcare equipment. For example, smaller respirators, infusion pumps, and vital sign monitors are being designed for home use to improve patient quality of life and reduce...

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Wearables Are Making Us Stupid

February 7, 2015 11:00 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

I appreciate the innovation and thought that goes into the development of wearable devices, but I believe they are slowly derailing our ability to perform everyday tasks. I realize this statement may sound like a contradiction. Wearables are...

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Save Money by Avoiding Multiple Failures During Evaluation

February 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Ajay Sankhla, Senior Engineering Consultant, Intertek | Comments

The adoption of new and expanded payment and delivery models is spurring demand for home healthcare growth. But navigating the required patient and user safety standards that these technologies require is different than traditional clinical...

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