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MRI Machine Helps Crack Medical Mystery

April 16, 2015 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Medtech continues to help researchers in a number of ways in the development of advanced medical technologies, pharmaceutical solutions, and unlocking the secrets of the human body. Recent news reveals that it’s once again lending a hand...

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FDA and CMS Form Task Force on LDT Quality Requirements

April 17, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. and Patrick H. Conway, MD, MSc | Comments

Health care providers and their patients expect that laboratory tests used in clinical management of patients should be consistent and of high quality. Under FDA’s proposed framework for the oversight of laboratory developed tests (LDTs)...

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Why Has Remote Patient Monitoring Been So Slow to Adopt?

April 17, 2015 9:53 am | by Peter Ianace, Principal, Sensogram Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Patients, providers, and insurers all have a vested interest in improving the health care system. Remote patient monitoring is the most logical place to start. We all agree that prevention is the most efficient way to shift the cost curve, improve...

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Prototype Early and Often in the Design Process

April 13, 2015 8:30 am | by EG Gilero | Comments

Faster and cheaper prototyping speeds for the iterative design process helps the engineers learn and develop the product more quickly. This works for several different levels of prototypes, starting with better SLA materials and moving through...

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3D Images that You Can Feel

April 10, 2015 3:20 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Unfortunately, the laws of physics aren’t too keen on holographic projections being composed of actual touchable matter. The British company Ultrahaptics seems to have found a way around this. They’re developing a prototype for haptic technology...

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Developing a Do-It-Yourself-Pancreas

April 10, 2015 8:30 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Comments

Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., receives the 37th-most research funding, according to the NIH. Seeing little progress, some diabetics are taking matters into their own hands. Health IT is one of the fastest growing...

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Providing Timely Patient Access to High-Quality, Safe and Effective Medical Devices

April 9, 2015 11:19 am | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. | Comments

We know that patients with life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating conditions lack treatment and diagnostic options. For these patients, earlier access to promising new devices is critically important. At the same time, delayed access may...

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Diabetes Won't Keep This IndyCar Driver Out of the Race

April 8, 2015 4:50 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

I couldn’t imagine driving a racecar like IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball does. My nerves couldn’t handle it. I tense up enough already pushing eighty on the highway – but driving two hundred miles an hour? All the while navigating the curve...

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Developing Peripheral Devices for Your Brain

April 8, 2015 10:59 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

I hope a day will come when medical device designers seek to ask, "What ELSE can we do with this device that may go beyond the 'normal' limitations of a person." Who knows what that could bring in terms of new capabilities, new experiences...

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Prototypes Allow Subjective Testing for Non-Engineers and Engineers Alike

April 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Stratasys, Inc. | Comments

Digital design/simulation and physical expression are complementary to each other. Software cuts down the cost and time of testing concepts, interrogating strength, optimizing design, and searching for complex interactions that physical prototypes...

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Recharging Medical Devices in a Minute

April 7, 2015 3:05 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

When it comes to developing a portable medical device, one of the constant challenges for design engineers is determining a suitable power source. The list of concerns that can be associated with the battery in a medical device can include...

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You May Go Blind...but Your Brain Doesn't!

April 7, 2015 2:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Restoring sight is tricky business, and this approach turns a blind eye to traditional rehabilitation for vision loss. Once the optic nerve is rendered useless, sadly there’s not much that can be done to regain vision. Sure, a bionic eye might...

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Emailing Emotions on the 'Brain-Net'

April 7, 2015 12:10 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

In February, I had the opportunity to attend Solidworks World 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Not only was it a great opportunity to escape Wisconsin’s sub zero temperatures (I was sunburned after the first day) but I was also able to meet with...

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EMR and EHR: Orienting the Focus

April 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Researcher & Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Comments

The EHR and EMR mandates in the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA) provisions in conjunction with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) create noticeable fiscal incentives...

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3D Printing Is a Technological Step Up for Rapid Prototyping

April 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Prototyping has always been an essential part of the development process. But advancements in materials and part accuracy allow evaluation of feature, functions, ergonomics and risk assessment to take place at the earliest possible stages...

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Prototyping Is a Powerful Development Tool

April 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Insight Product Development | Comments

Prototyping and the rapid production technologies that support it have long been used in product design. Recently, however, these same technologies have been expanding into both commercialization activities (allowing for things like 3D...

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