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The MDT Top 10 from 2014

December 23, 2014 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Another exiting year of medtech innovations has passed. In 2014, we really started to see the impact of mHealth on the industry, with more “outsiders” seeking to bundle health monitoring into smart phones and connected devices. Data security (and...

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5 Trends in Medical Technology for 2015

December 24, 2014 11:39 am | by Michele Windsor, Direct Sales and Marketing Manager, Accutronics Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

Medical technology is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and the latest and most exciting innovations were recently explored at COMPAMED, the international medical trade show. Accutronics launched its latest smart-battery range at the trade show...

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Healthcare in Real Time: The Speed of Disruption

December 24, 2014 8:54 am | by Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

I recently had the pleasure of leading a panel discussion on the title topic at LifeScience Alley’s health technology leadership conference in Minneapolis. The panel consisted of technologists involved in developing medical products who engaged in a discussion...

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Hybrid Cloud – A Safe Play for Medical Device Manufacturers

December 23, 2014 8:02 am | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director of Product Management, M-Files Corporation | Blogs | Comments

When every new technology innovation or computing model has to be evaluated within the constraints of complex and strict regulatory requirements, it is no surprise that medical device manufacturers have been skittish about moving to the cloud. Even as cloud...

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Magnetically Operated Reed Proximity Sensors for SMD Mounting

December 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Standex Electronics | Standex Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics, a leading manufacturer of precise, reliable, and long-lasting sensors and magnetic components worldwide, announces its MK15 magnetically operated reed proximity sensors for surface-mount device (SMD) mounting, ideal for electronic PCBs where all components...

Innovative Design to Slash Keyhole Surgery Injuries

December 22, 2014 10:33 am | by Nottingham Trent University | News | Comments

Failed clinical insertions for keyhole surgery could be reduced after researchers developed a new needle which self-retracts to avoid potentially fatal injuries. Developed by Nottingham Trent University and Olberon Medical Innovations, an automatic...

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UDI Update from the FDA

December 22, 2014 9:17 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Having passed the first Unique Device Identification System compliance date of September 24, 2014 (for Class III devices and devices licensed under the Public Health Service Act), the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) would like...

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5 Critical Components to Harness the Power of Health Data Successfully

December 22, 2014 8:09 am | by Kevin Phillips, VP of Marketing and Product Management, Capsule Technology | Blogs | Comments

Big data…the latest buzz phrase in IT. And it is BIG. With all the technology available today – in our personal lives as well as in healthcare – you can get data on just about anything. From tracking how many steps you walk each day, to how many...

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Plastic and Metal Materials to Expand for Molding, Machining, and Additive Manufacturing

December 22, 2014 7:30 am | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The capabilities of injection molding are continually expanding. In 2014, Proto Labs advanced two processes: metal injection molding (MIM) for smaller, stainless steel parts and liquid silicone rubbers (LSR) molding, which is often used for...

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Proportional Flow Micro Valve

December 19, 2014 3:54 pm | by Viking AT, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Viking’s team was able to shrink its ViVa Mechanical Amplifier to accommodate this exceptional micro valve. This small device comes in at 5.5mm x 18.50mm x 22.61mm as a driving proportional flow valve with great success in controlling liquid hydrocarbons and has further been tested for use with Air, Nitrogen, Helium and other gasses. Utilizing our miniature ViVa valve actuator, this micro...

The ACA Has Directly Impacted Medical Innovations

December 19, 2014 8:23 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | ODU-USA, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In my opinion, the Affordable Care Act has held back new research and potential technology breakthroughs that could benefit patients worldwide. Within the past year, I have experienced device manufacturers moving their operations overseas due to the...

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Development of Automation and Integration of Robotics

December 19, 2014 7:30 am | by Jason Nelson, Tech Center Manager, ProMed Molded Products | ProMed Molded Products, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Implantable devices serve a variety of functions from regulating the beat of a heart to restoring the range of motion in knee and hip joints. Over the last few years we’ve seen the merging of implantable devices and drug therapies. Incorporating...

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Amputee Makes History with APL's Modular Prosthetic Limb

December 18, 2014 8:43 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs. Most importantly, Les Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was able to operate the system...

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3Q: Hacking Ebola Health Care

December 18, 2014 8:32 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Bryan Ranger, a third-year doctoral student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, was the student lead for MIT’s participation in the weekend event Stop Ebola Hackathon (Dec. 13-14). The event was sponsored by the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health, MIT Hacking Medicine, and other organizations. It drew more than 100 participants...

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Run Deep: Pulsing Magnetic Fields Focus Nano-Particles to Deep Targets

December 18, 2014 8:08 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

Recent efforts between the University of Maryland and Bethesda-based Weinberg Medical Physics LLC have led to a new technique to magnetically deliver drug-carrying particles to hard-to-reach targets. The method has the potential to transform the way deep-tissue tumors and other diseases are treated...

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Custom Tuned and Terminated Micro-coaxial Assemblies for Ultrasound Applications

December 18, 2014 6:18 pm | by High Speed Interconnects | High Speed Interconnects | Product Releases | Comments

High Speed Interconnects (“HSI”), a full service extruder and manufacturer of high performance coaxial cable and assemblies, has recently announced custom, fine-wire and fine-pitch diagnostic imaging assemblies for medical device OEMs producing next-generation ultrasound equipment. HSI’s proprietary extrusion capabilities produce fine-wire coaxial cables...

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