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Newly Insured Bring New Opportunities and Challenges

December 19, 2013 4:12 pm | by Michael Frank, Healthcare Industry Expert, PA Consulting Group | Comments

The medical device sector has emerged from the winter of the great recession into a much more price sensitive market. Pressure is mounting to reduce cost of devices where there are cheaper alternatives. While the 2.3% medical device excise...

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Wireless, Disposable Sensors for Patient Monitoring on the Way

December 18, 2013 4:11 pm | by Jonathan Sbert, Product Line Manager for Healthtech, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments Inc. | Comments

Technology that enables wireless and disposable human diagnostic sensors for ECG, pulse oximetry, heart monitoring, temperature, and other measurements will be prevalent in 2014. Imagine the day when a patient lies in a hospital bed completely...

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Reducing Costs by Extending Product Life

December 17, 2013 2:25 pm | by Tim Taylor, Director of Sales, Medical, XP Power | Xp Power | Comments

As a manufacturer of medical grade power supplies, we see many changes in the coming year. The U.S. healthcare industry is going through a transformation that will have a different landscape. The medical device manufacturers that are leading...

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A MedTech Accelerator Model

December 16, 2013 3:13 pm | by Laura Faulconer, Business Development Manager, STC | Comments

With the dramatic growth of the IT sector over the last decade, novel commercialization models like the start-up accelerator have emerged. A typical IT accelerator provides a small investment (usually $10,000 to $50,000) alongside rigorous...

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Through Emerald Lenses

December 13, 2013 2:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Recently, I had the pleasure of a media tour to Ireland. While weather-wise, the Fall is not the ideal time of year to visit the island (although as I was informed, you don’t go to Ireland for the weather), it was fantastic timing in terms...

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Changing Medicine Through Technology

December 11, 2013 2:56 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Comments

Medical devices serve a number of purposes from the most mundane to the esoteric. Some are constantly being redesigned and updated to be more effective while others have remained little-changed for decades. Even bed pans—stainless steel...

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Revisit Your Patent Licensing Practices Now

December 10, 2013 1:58 pm | by Orion Armon, Partner, Cooley LLP | Comments

If your company licenses patented technology (in or out), it is time to revisit your licensing practices in light of recent (and anticipated) changes in patent law. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court held in MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc...

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IEDM Conference Gives Opportunity to Learn About State-of-the-Art Chips for Biology and Medicine

December 9, 2013 2:45 pm | by Mina Rais-Zadeh, 2013 Chair of the Sensors, MEMS, and BioMEMS Committee, IEDM | Comments

Increasingly more powerful electronics technology is making possible innovative medical products for a range of uses from diagnostics to treatment. What underpins that progress are continuing advances in the transistors, sensors, and related...

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3D-Printed Heart Uses Urine to Power Robot (Seriously)

December 6, 2013 10:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

In the buzzword story of the year, researchers at the University of the West of England created a 3D-printed robot heart that runs on urine. That’s right, a printed organ that pumps pee through a robot. This hot topic cornucopia was actually...

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Smart Bras Track Your Mood

December 4, 2013 2:59 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

Do you or a loved one have an emotional eating problem standing in the way of your weight loss and healthy living attempts? Well, now there’s a bra for that. Microsoft recently reported it has been working on a “smart bra,” equipped with a generic remote access sensing platform (GRASP).

Using ISO 21500 as the PMO Backbone for Medical Device Development

December 4, 2013 1:44 pm | by Martine Janicki Ph.D., PEng, PMP, Medical Device Engineer and Project Management Officer, StarFish Medical | Comments

It’s been a year since the International Standard Organization released its ISO 21500 –Guidance on Project Management. That’s about the same time StarFish Medical started its Project Management Office (PMO). This blog will explain the differences...

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Consolidation, Collaboration, Cooperation, and Closer Technology—Key Trends For Healthcare 2014

December 3, 2013 12:01 pm | by GHX | Comments

The healthcare industry has been primed for healthcare reform and according to GHX, 2014 will bring even more change to the business of healthcare. The company is predicting that 2014 will be a year of great healthcare evolution, not necessarily...

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Printing New Skin to Improve Burn Treatment

December 2, 2013 2:26 pm | by William Rusnak, Student, Drexel University College of Medicine | Comments

One of the most devastating injuries a person can suffer is a burn injury. Aside from the excruciating pain, severe burns disrupt the body’s skin, its outermost layer of protection from temperature changes and, more importantly, infection...

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Freedom in Material Selection with Machining

November 27, 2013 11:26 am | by Greg Thompson, VP of Engineering, Sanmina Medical Division | Comments

Machining offers freedom in material selection that cannot be obtained with other fabrication methods. Machining also facilitates rapid implementation of design changes affecting the geometry and material. Machining is frequently used for...

Machining for Medical Device Components

November 26, 2013 12:28 pm | by Dan Grosberger, Tooling Supervisor, Crescent Industries | Crescent Industries, Inc. | Comments

Customers are requiring a one stop shop with a machining company which has the capabilities to do secondary operations like laser engraving, plating, anodizing, coating etc. Having one company to handle all of your machining requirements...

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