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Step into Virtual Reality with a Scalpel

April 23, 2014 2:33 pm | by Jason Orszt, Editorial Intern | Comments

A matte black, cube-shaped room with the holographic projection of a cadaver at a surgeon’s disposal? That’s better than playing a turn at the classic board game “Operation.” Housed at the University of Michigan’s 3D Lab, the Michigan Immersive...

New Exposure Recommendations on nPB Will Mandate Change for Most Users

April 22, 2014 2:11 pm | by David Ferguson, Senior Market and Technical Manager, MicroCare Medical | Comments

Normal propyl bromide (nPB) has become a popular solvent in the last 15 years. It is commonly found in inks, coatings, as a dry cleaning fluid and as a metal cleaning solvent. Its popularity arose due to its high solvency and lack of regulatory...

Powering the Next Generation of Medical Breakthroughs with In-Memory Computing

April 21, 2014 3:53 pm | by Nikita Ivanov, Co-founder and CTO, GridGain | Comments

The amount of data and number of sources that can be drawn to inform medical design is expanding exponentially. In addition to the explosion of web-based information, sensor-based wearable medical devices offer a treasure trove of health...

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Roche Ups Its Ante in Molecular POC Testing

April 21, 2014 9:59 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Comments

Last week, Roche Diagnostics (Indianapolis) announced its acquisition of IQuum Inc. (Marlborough, MA), a privately held company that develops point-of-care (POC) test systems for the molecular diagnostics market. Under the terms of the deal...

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FDA Works with China to Ensure Medical-Product Safety

April 18, 2014 8:02 am | by Christopher Hickey, Ph.D., Country Director for the People’s Republic of China, FDA | Comments

Americans benefit greatly from medical products produced by other countries. Approximately 40 percent of finished drugs in the United States come from overseas, as well as more than 50 percent of all medical devices. About 80 percent of the...

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Top Ten (+1) Disposables Outsourcing Vendor Tips that Save Money

April 17, 2014 3:40 pm | by Donald J. Dobert, President, ATL Medical-Pharmaceutical | ATL (Ad Tape & Label) | Comments

Follow these eleven tips. They will save you heartache, frustration, and money. 1. Clearly define your needs and the function of the product. Your vendor may be able to suggest cost efficient ways to improve product quality and lower unit...

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App-t Development for Next Generation Healthcare

April 16, 2014 2:38 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

I am a recent addition to the “smartphone revolution.” While I never doubted the usefulness of these devices, I was simply steadfast in holding out for a reduction in data rates. I figured that with more users adopting smartphones, eventually...

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FDA Seeks Comment on Proposed Health IT Strategy that Aims to Promote Innovation

April 15, 2014 2:28 pm | by Bakul Patel, Senior Policy Advisor, CDRH | Comments

Health information technology (IT) offers many benefits to the American people and health care providers. Health IT products, technologies and services can prevent medical errors, improve efficiency and health care quality, reduce costs...

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Imaging’s Role in Cancer Research

April 14, 2014 2:08 pm | by Gregory Sorensen, MD, President and CEO, Siemens Healthcare North America | Comments

Anyone who hears the words, “You have cancer,” wants to hear next that they will survive.  Thankfully today, more patients are indeed beating the disease.  Medical imaging is an integral part of many survivors’ personal victories over the disease...

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Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business in Companion Diagnostics

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Comments

For my occasional series of blogs examining various facets of the companion diagnostics market, I asked some of the major IVD manufacturers to share their thoughts and opinions on the current opportunities and challenges in companion...  

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HeartView Devices Addressing Cardiology Needs

April 11, 2014 2:45 pm | by Holly Ingram, Medical Devices and Healthcare IT Analyst, IHS Inc. | Comments

Aerotel has announced that their new ECG devices, the HeartView P12/8i and the HeartView 12L, have won CE Mark approval. In a mature market where the devices available to healthcare providers are already well equipped, manufacturers now...

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Patents Should Be Free in the U.S.A.

April 10, 2014 4:08 pm | by Peter Guckenheimer, Design Engineer | Comments

I have been a design engineer for over 50 years. During my time in Silicon Valley, I have had the good fortune to design a lot of solutions to difficult problems, offering simple, low-cost ideas. It was only when I worked at Hewlett Packard...

This ‘Electronic Skin’ Will Revolutionize Medicine

April 9, 2014 11:15 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Comments

It’s as thin as a temporary tattoo, but you definitely won’t get one in a cereal box. The creators of this “electronic skin” say that the technology could “one day aid patients with movement disorders or epilepsy.” It’s the first of its...

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Addressing Unmet Need for Real Innovation in Orthopedics

April 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Martha Shadan, President/CEO, Rotation Medical | Comments

Of all the musculoskeletal conditions that affect both professional and weekend athletes, complete tears of the rotator cuff tendon(s) remain one of the most significant therapeutic challenges to the orthopedic surgeon. Rotator cuff tears...

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Medicare Reimbursement for IVDs Gets an Upgrade

April 7, 2014 9:12 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Comments

Last Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302) that averted cuts to Medicare physician payments. (The Senate approved the bill the day before by a 64-35 vote, and the House of...   

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