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3 Prescriptions for the 'Video Game Treatment'

March 6, 2015 | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

I’m not just playing around when I claim that video games and their accompanying technologies prove themselves quite useful as medical devices. These games won’t just involve collecting experience to level up or upgrade a character’s powers or...

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5 Tips to Maximize Intellectual Property Portfolio Value

March 4, 2015 12:04 pm | by Frank Becking, Co-Founder, IP Counsel, Chief Technology Officer, Panthera MedTech | Comments

​A strong Intellectual Property (IP) position can be one of a start-up company's most valuable assets. A weak (or poorly defined) IP position can also be one its greatest liabilities. All this is particularly true for developers in the medical...

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Wearable Technology: One Step Closer to Mobile Healthcare

March 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Steve Boccone, GreyBox Communications | Comments

"Telehealth is changing the way patients and families experience the continuum care. Healthcare providers will increasingly need to create effective and convenient home based, high touch and high tech solutions that work in a value based...

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Is Supply Chain Consolidation and Collaboration Best for Innovation?

March 3, 2015 4:14 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | TE Connectivity, Ltd. | Comments

One of the criticisms of medical device OEM M&A is that too much of it eliminates competition and could result in less innovation for a particular technology. The same criticism could be true of the supply chain as well. If a company...

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6 Common Failures in Mobile Health App Development

March 3, 2015 10:43 am | by Delmar Howard, mHealth Program Manager, Intertek | Comments

Widespread adoption of mobile devices and apps in healthcare is growing. Yet, as the industry rushes to market with new mobile health offerings, they often are met with confusion and uncertainty in such a new arena. Recent draft guidance...

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4 Medical Devices that Changed from 'Oops!' to 'Eureka!'

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

You know the old axiom: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One would think this philosophy can’t possibly apply to medical device development, because design engineers are working tirelessly to make sure that nothing on their device breaks...

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The Global Brainstorm: Solutions to Neurodegenerative Diseases

March 2, 2015 11:40 am | by Miri Polachek, Executive Director, Israel Brain Technologies | Comments

As medical treatment improves dramatically, allowing us to live longer lives, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s are becoming increasingly prevalent. Close to 40 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s...

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Rare Diseases at FDA: A Successful Year for Orphan Products

February 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Gayatri R. Rao, M.D., J.D. | Comments

2014 was a strong year for rare disease product development at FDA. It was also a year of significant firsts. In recognition of Rare Disease Day, February 28th, we want to reflect on the progress we have made thus far as we renew our commitment...

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True 3D Images...Glasses-Free

February 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

3D Icon’s imaging technology is poised to profoundly impact medical device development as well as healthcare practices. An upgrade on existing 3D imaging systems, “CSpace” provides an incredibly realistic display that you might as well be...

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Why This Student Became a Biomedical Engineer Instead of a Doctor

February 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN, @kcpanetta | Comments

My PhD project develops a novel methodology to test the performance of bone and cartilage substitutions in a natural knee joint using a knee simulator. It can be used for the pre-clinical testing of tissue substitutions or for investigating...

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Top 5 Medical Applications for Smart Fabric Technology

February 26, 2015 4:13 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Smart fabric technology has a great deal to offer patient monitoring. Sensors integrated right into the textile provide the least annoying way to monitor vitals, because you’ll notice it about the same as you would notice any other type...

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Focus Growing to Detect Deterioration in Patient Status

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Kelly Patrick, Associate Director, Clinical Care Devices, IHS Medical Technology | Comments

With increasing focus to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs, the importance of continuously monitoring patients throughout their treatment pathway in the hospital is growing. Continuous monitoring is not only demanded in high-acuity...

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Driving Toward Better Health…Literally

February 25, 2015 4:11 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | TE Connectivity, Ltd. | Comments

Does combining sensors in textiles (i.e., the seats of the car) with the connected car of the future create an ideal environment in which to conduct regularly scheduled heath "check-ups"? What other healthcare applications could be realized? Check out my thoughts.

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Bacterial Infections Associated with Duodenoscopes: FDA’s Actions to Better Understand the Problem and What Can be Done to Mitigate It

February 25, 2015 2:16 pm | by William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H. | Comments

Duodenoscopes are flexible, lighted tubes that are threaded through the mouth, throat, and stomach into the top of the small intestine (duodenum). Duodenoscopes are used in more than 500,000 procedures, called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography...

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Oral Sensors Are No Longer Science Fiction

February 25, 2015 8:30 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Comments

Oral implantation of “microchips” has long been a focus of conspiracy theorists, but advances in both miniaturization and medical software mean this oft-ridiculed concept is quickly becoming reality. Almost every dentist that’s been practicing...

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Moving Toward a National Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System

February 25, 2015 8:30 am | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. and Thomas P. Gross, M.D., MPH | Comments

Despite rigorous premarket evaluation, what really counts is how well a medical device works when it’s used day-to-day by patients, caregivers and clinicians. Beyond clinical trials, real-life patient experience may reveal unanticipated...

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