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Changing the Status Quo for Implantable Devices

May 15, 2013 3:15 pm | by Derek Smith, Chief Commercial Officer, GHX | Comments

On average, implantable devices account for 30 percent of total hospital supply spend, and make up 50 to 80 percent of the total cost for some procedures. Despite these large numbers, processes around managing and tracking these devices are rife with inefficiencies and revenue leakage.

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Where Has All the Training Gone?

May 14, 2013 11:41 am | by Kathy Bellemare, Director of Human Resources, and Robert Allen, Director of Engineering, Tooling, and Metal Form, Connecticut Spring & Stamping | Connecticut Spring & Stamping | Comments

Training is extremely important to the future of manufacturing in the United States, yet in many states, it has fallen by the wayside. Training for skilled manufacturing positions has been hit by a perfect storm of budget cuts and the mistaken idea that all young workers should go to college. What training exists has a near-exclusive focus on non-manufacturing skills.

Why Medtech Startups Are Moving to Ireland

May 13, 2013 2:33 pm | by Eddie Goodwin, Manager, Boston Office, Enterprise Ireland | Comments

It’s no secret that getting a medical device to market can be a lengthy, frustrating process. Facing the new medical device excise tax and lack of clarity from the FDA around regulatory policies, medtech startups are now starting to rethink launching in the U.S.

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Managing Medical Product Development Effectively: A Systems Engineering Approach

May 10, 2013 3:24 pm | by Jennifer Vondran and Richard Moroney, PA Consulting Group | Comments

For companies involved in designing and developing medical devices and diagnostic instruments, adhering to design control principles at every stage is critical. This begins with the identification of user requirements (voice of the customer) and continues through verification and validation testing.

5 Ways to Turn a Medical Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

May 9, 2013 2:25 pm | by Greg Thompson, Vice President of Engineering, Sanmina | Comments

Design engineers are charged with creating reliable, high quality, safe medical devices that easily (and quickly) pass U.S. FDA and other geographies’ regulatory requirements. Because of the unique challenges that a medical device OEM must overcome to stay competitive, more and more OEMs are choosing to outsource manufacturing.

From Wireless Age to Consumer Age

May 8, 2013 11:54 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Comments

Wireless healthcare is upon us. Each day, it seems more devices and technology are becoming untethered or new capabilities are being added to wireless devices. No longer are the applications of wireless devices limited to patient monitoring, but rather an array of therapies are now available for treating patients at home or even on the go.

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Much Ado About Nothing: The Impact of the Medical Device Excise Tax

May 7, 2013 3:19 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Comments

Critics of the new 2.3% medical device excise tax are hitting new heights with their claims of dire consequences. Conservative blogger and attorney Johnathan Emord blogged that the tax will "wipe out an entire industry," and further asserts that the tax is "one of the most draconian tax burdens in history." What are the facts? Is the industry overreacting?

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The Future of Energy-Based Surgical Systems

May 6, 2013 2:43 pm | by Steven Walsh, Ph.D., VP of R&D, and Nikolay Suslov, Ph.D., EVP and CTO, Plasma Surgical | Comments

Unique energy-based surgical devices afford broad clinical use in the cutting, coagulation, and ablation of tissues using a high velocity jet of thermal plasma, and the PlasmaJet surgical system is one example of this medical device evolution. Plasma is formed when sufficient energy is added to remove outer electrons from a gas to form ions.

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Error-Free Labeling—Accuracy, Traceability, and Compliance

May 3, 2013 11:43 am | by Warren Ward-Stacey, SVP of Global Sales, PRISYM ID | Comments

In an era of intense media pressure, growing patient power, and escalating litigation, it is extraordinary that so many medical device recalls are due to labeling errors. After years of robust, highly compliant medical research and product design, ensuring the correct information is included with each device should be a given.

Laser-Structured, High-Performance Polymers are Ideal Combination for Miniaturization

May 2, 2013 3:12 pm | by Anthony Verrocchi, Technical Marketing Engineer, Ticona Engineering Polymers | Ticona Engineering Polymers | Comments

Miniaturization of medical devices is dependent upon the reliability of their assembled components, which is crucial for proper functioning devices. Miniaturization creates material challenges—especially in electronic medical device applications such as implantable cardiac devices.

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Beyond 'Glocalization': Securing the Future for Medical Technology Innovation

May 1, 2013 3:08 pm | by Milind Purandare, Industry Principal, Medical Devices, Infosys | Comments

It is a well-known fact that innovation is the true lifeblood of a medical device company. In an industry where approximately 80 percent of revenue for a medical device company comes from products introduced in the last five years, strategic growth requires continuous and efficient innovation.

The Value of 5S Workplace Organization Methodology Programs

April 30, 2013 3:42 pm | by Jim Norton, President, Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Comments

Many manufacturing facilities have opted to follow the path toward a “5S” workplace organizational and housekeeping methodology as part of continuous improvement or lean manufacturing processes. 5S is a system to reduce waste and optimize productivity through maintaining an orderly workplace and using visual cues to achieve more consistent operational results.

Perspectives on Robots in the OR - Michael Berthelot

April 29, 2013 11:57 am | by Michael Berthelot, CEO and President, Pro-Dex Inc. | Pro-Dex | Comments

Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? While there are some ways in which robots can replace human involvement during surgery, it’s unlikely that robots will completely replace human surgeons. This is because human intuition, reasoning, and experience will continue to be invaluable.

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Perspectives on Robots in the OR - A.J. Smith

April 26, 2013 2:41 pm | by A.J. Smith, Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Comments

Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? Robotic technologies combined with improved sensors and sophisticated intelligence will make inroads into many aspects of medical care, including surgical centers and operating rooms.  

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RoHS Deadline Approaches for Medical Electronics

April 25, 2013 4:41 pm | by George Karalias, Director of Marketing & Communications, Rochester Electronics | Rochester Electronics | Comments

Engineers and buyers in the medical device manufacturing industry should note the following date: July 22, 2014. That is the day medical electronics must comply with the EU’s Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulation. Medical devices have so far been exempt from RoHS, which requires the elimination of lead, cadmium, mercury, and other substances from electronics.

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