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Making Science Fiction a Reality: 3 Medical Devices Straight from Star Trek

January 29, 2015 | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

While we haven’t quite been able to achieve light-speed travel or teleportation just yet, science fiction has forecasted a number of technologies that are anything but fiction. Star Trek in particular offered surprising insight into technological...

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Better Control with Flexible Heating Technology in 2015

January 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Sam Pelonis, President, Pelonis Technologies Inc. | Pelonis Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Heating technology will continue to become more precise in the New Year. The introduction of heating solutions such as the ultra-thin flexible heater — a product Pelonis Technologies introduced in late 2014. What makes the ultra-thin flexible...

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Next-Gen X-ray Imaging Will Proliferate in 2015

January 30, 2015 9:00 am | by Mila Heeman-Iliëva, Ph.D., Senior Marketing Manager, Teledyne DALSA | Teledyne Dalsa | Comments

The introduction of thin-film-transistor (TFT) flat X-ray detectors in the late 1990s rapidly changed the landscape of the dynamic X-ray imaging market. In less than 10 years, the incumbent technology, the image intensified CCD (IICCD), has been...

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Is Your New Mobile Health App Secure in 2015?

January 30, 2015 8:30 am | by David Surber, VP of Medical Products, TÜV Rheinland | Comments

It is estimated that 500 million smartphone users worldwide will use healthcare applications in 2015 – from using the phone to detect glaucoma in the eye to taking cardiac measurements. The users include healthcare professionals, consumers, and...

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3D Printing Stands to Change the Face of Healthcare

January 30, 2015 8:26 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The most exciting aspects of the medical device industry for me is focused in two parts. First, the future potential of 3D printing in the medtech sector continues to excite. The apparent ease of using 3D printing to produce unique-patient implants...

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Automating the Manufacturing Process in 2015

January 29, 2015 9:00 am | by Brian Beahm, CTO, Beahm Designs Inc. | Beahm Designs, Inc. | Comments

As the medical device industry continues to face complex challenges in new product development and launch, the trend in 2015 will increasingly migrate toward automation at every level of the medical device manufacturing supply chain. When we...

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Speeding Up Diagnosis and Embracing Telehealth in 2015

January 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Dan Piekarz, Vice President of Business Development, Life Sciences, DataArt. | Comments

Technology implemented well is greatly increasing our ability to understand the human body and how to care for it. In 2015, next generation genetic sequencing techniques will be revolutionizing diagnosis of infectious disease, but the FDA's...

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A CDRH Priority: Clinical Trials in the U.S.

January 28, 2015 3:47 pm | by Owen Faris, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. | Comments

At the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), clinical trials are the foundation for our decisions to approve the most important medical devices—products that have the potential to save or sustain life, but that also present the greatest...

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Defining Impact: Creating Designs That Are Up to Standard

January 28, 2015 10:04 am | by Christian Defeo, eSupplier Manager, Newark element14 | Comments

element14’s Sudden Impact challenge continues on, and the competitors are targeting different sports and designing a myriad of devices. Part of the challenge is to create solutions that align with the scientific and health communities...

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2015 Will Require Implementation of Thorough Security Programs

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Michael McNeil, Product Security & Services Officer, Philips Healthcare | Comments

In April of 2014, Wired Magazine made the rattling proclamation that “it’s insanely easy to hack hospital equipment,” citing cybersecurity researcher Scott Erven’s two years of medical device vulnerability investigations and the many ways in...

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3D Printing Gives the Children a Helping Hand

January 27, 2015 2:18 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

On a freezing, snow-blanketed day like this (the Northeast US was recently slammed by a nor’easter) I decided to ease the chill on both the local readers and myself with some heartwarming medtech innovation. You may have heard mention of...

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Next-Gen Home-Use Products Require Small, High-Performing Sensors

January 27, 2015 8:47 am | by Rob Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Comments

Medical equipment, driven by patient convenience and cost reduction, is moving from the hospital to the home. In addition, typical home-use products, like CPAP machines are becoming smaller and more sophisticated. In a hospital or clinical...

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Finding Some "Sense" in 2015

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Walt Maclay, President, Voler Systems | Comments

During 2015, sensors will continue to be a driving force for innovative medical devices. We will see advances in chemical sensors, especially "lab on a chip," and paper-based sensors. Driven by faster analysis time and extremely small fluid...

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The Brave New World of Medical Device Technology

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Insight Product Development | Comments

As a devout sci-fi fan, I will also say that remote digital health may become truly transparent. Permanently implanted sensors, potentially even in utero, or nanotechnology that is transferred from generation to generation as part of our cells and DNA...

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Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the US: Safeguarding Medical Devices

January 23, 2015 10:20 am | by Kim Trautman, M.S., Associate Director of International Affairs, Center for Devices and Radiological Health | Comments

The FDA and its regulatory counterparts abroad have the weighty responsibility of ensuring the safety of the thousands of regulated medical devices imported in their countries each year. To make this task more manageable, FDA and regulatory...

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Cyber Security Challenges for Personal Medical Devices

January 22, 2015 4:22 pm | by Greg Shannon, PhD, Chair, IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative, and Chief Scientist, CERT Division, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute | Comments

Personal medical devices (PMDs) governed by software, identified by an Internet Protocol (IP) address and connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) present a myriad of challenges. Certainly cyber security of the device and its personally...

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