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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 Future Is Here…Finally

January 23, 2015 1:50 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

As far as actually looking ahead when it comes to 3D printing, I foresee the need for a fundamental shift in the way medical device makers offer some types of medical technologies. Rather than buying a finished product from a manufacturer or distributor...

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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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Microsoft Creates Wearable Star Trek Holodeck

January 22, 2015 3:32 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

In case you missed it, earlier this week Microsoft unveiled their latest peripheral gadget to accompany Windows 10, the HoloLens. Star Trek fans in particular will enjoy the “holodeck” style augmented reality the goggles produce – rather...

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Designing a Smarter Trial, Earlier

January 21, 2015 1:58 pm | by Vicki Anastasi, VP and Global Head of Medical Device and Diagnostics Research, ICON | Comments

Increased regulatory and reimbursement burden has made development timelines longer than ever. As regulators and payers demand more evidence to demonstrate safety, efficacy, and value, manufacturers must design smarter trials that collect...

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Making Wearables Effective Is Going to Be a Group Effort

January 20, 2015 4:14 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

Americans are constantly looking for new methods to drop undesirable weight. Last week, MDT’s Sean Fenske discussed a recently-approved implantable device that helps to control your appetite, by way of vagus nerve stimulation. As he points...

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3D Printing for Surgery Practice

January 16, 2015 3:39 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

3D printing is starting to sound a lot like alchemy - countless objects from cars to guitars to food are being printed, with new printouts occurring all the time. It seems like manufacturing companies are looking at everyday items, turning...

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Zapping Away the Pounds, but What Zaps Away the Habit?

January 16, 2015 3:06 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

There is no doubt that losing excess weight can help to eliminate an array of health concerns or reduce the risk of their occurrence. Unfortunately, the process of actually shaving off those pounds can pose a significant challenge. So it will come as great...

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Connectivity and Internet of Things Will Transform Availability of Healthcare

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Connectivity, which is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” and associated wireless capabilities, are providing a new framework for improving virtually every aspect of healthcare. This includes shifting from reactive to preventative healthcare...

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Making an Impact…and Being Awarded for It

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Joining a number of other new categories for the 2014/2015 competition, the “Medical Device Design Innovation” award will strive to recognize “the exceptional new technologies and cutting-edge designs changing the face of medtech.” While that’s...

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How this Biomedical Engineer Landed Her Dream Job

January 13, 2015 4:32 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN | Comments

Becoming a doctor was always an interest of mine. When I learned about biomedical engineering and the behind-the-scenes work of medicine, I knew I wanted to continue in that path. I wanted to be able to design and implement medical devices and...

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The Pet Peeve of Assisted Animal Mobility, Solved with Legos

January 13, 2015 4:08 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

There are plenty of options for someone with mobility issues – wheelchairs, canes, walkers, and prostheses exist to help people keep in step. The ability to move forward independently is often taken for granted – but ask anyone who has gone...

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