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The ACA Has Directly Impacted Medical Innovations

December 19, 2014 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | ODU-USA, Inc. | Comments

In my opinion, the Affordable Care Act has held back new research and potential technology breakthroughs that could benefit patients worldwide. Within the past year, I have experienced device manufacturers moving their operations overseas due to the...

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Development of Automation and Integration of Robotics

December 19, 2014 7:30 am | by Jason Nelson, Tech Center Manager, ProMed Molded Products | ProMed Molded Products, Inc. | Comments

Implantable devices serve a variety of functions from regulating the beat of a heart to restoring the range of motion in knee and hip joints. Over the last few years we’ve seen the merging of implantable devices and drug therapies. Incorporating...

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Lower Cost, Faster Speed to Market, Better Component Consistency

December 18, 2014 7:30 am | by New Product Development Team, Ci Medical | Comments

Many new features and functionality are being introduced every month. The medical molding industry has incorporated laser bar coding and laser etching for component identification. We have molded RFID tags directly into the walls of a device...

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6 Key Lessons MedTech Manufacturers Can Learn from Innovation Leaders

December 17, 2014 9:00 pm | by Lukas Zdrazil, Landor Associates | Comments

For decades, the medtech industry has been driven by innovation. Now, companies that historically have relied merely on incremental product innovation need to find new ways to satisfy increasing customer demands. As profit margins in the sector are declining...

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What Do You Mean You Aren’t Outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

When I started covering this industry more than 15 years ago, using outsourcing service providers was something that was done sparingly and much less of a common practice when compared to today. Medical device manufacturers were not ready...

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Integrate Vendor Into Product Development Process

December 16, 2014 7:30 am | by Lars Gerding, Technology Director, Helix Medical | Comments

One great advantage with molding is the freedom to design various shapes and functional features into a part. This freedom includes the choice of raw material with a wide range of properties that are suitable for various applications. Newly...

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Innovative Technologies for DNA Diagnostics and Health Monitoring

December 15, 2014 11:13 am | by Mina Rais-Zadeh, IEDM 2014 Focus Session Chair, Associate Professor, University of Michigan | Comments

Several papers on advanced medical electronics technology will be presented at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco on Dec. 15-17, including bio-MEMS, bio-sensors, and technology for DNA diagnostics and...

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Battle Lines Being Drawn Over LDT Regulation

December 15, 2014 9:54 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Comments

“The heart of Bradley Thompson’s argument rests on, ‘if a company is manufacturing an IVD test, the agency has full authority.’ Developing and performing most LDTs is not ‘manufacturing’ in a recognized sense of the word and never has been (although...

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Miniaturization in the Device Market

December 15, 2014 7:30 am | by Tim Reis, VP of Healthcare Business Development, GW Plastics | GW Plastics, Inc. | Comments

Some new/additional features that can be incorporated are soft touch molding and gasketing functionality because of two-shot molding, aesthetic features and market branding. Medical devices themselves are being downsized into smaller...

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Mobile Vital Signs Monitoring Devices Will Revolutionize Healthcare

December 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

Over the next five years, we are likely to see vital signs monitoring as a universal facet of everyday life. The sensing will be discreet, convenient, and painless. Expert systems will sit quietly in the background and occasionally rear their head to warn...

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Using Smartphone Cameras as Test Strip Reading Devices

December 12, 2014 7:30 am | by Thomas M. Tsakeris, President, Devices and Diagnostics Consulting Group | Comments

In my experience as a regulatory consultant mainly in the IVD area, I have observed over the last year or so an increasing interest in linking traditional IVD home-use test strips such as urinalysis (protein, pH, glucose keytones, nitrite, etc...

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Might Portable Clean Air Hold the Key for Better Health?

December 11, 2014 2:39 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | @SeanFenske | Comments

There’s little argument when it comes to the value of clean air. Air pollution – bad! Clean, fresh air – good! However, is creating an environment where someone is exposed to clean air exclusively a good idea? I happened upon a device that is being...

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Collaborating With Clinicians to Set Standards

December 11, 2014 7:30 am | by Tom O’Dwyer, Director of Healthcare Technology, Analog Devices | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

Home healthcare can really be divided into two sub-sections, clinical-grade and non-clinical grade. Clinical grade is currently limited largely to glucose testing and blood pressure cuffs. Non-clinical grade refers to areas such as...

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Implementation of the UDI System Is Critical to Public Health

December 10, 2014 10:33 am | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., Director, CDRH | Comments

As the FDA works with manufacturers to launch a new system of identifying medical devices using standard bar codes and numbers, we look forward to the day when the system, called the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) system, will be fully set up — with...

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Easing the Burden on Healthcare Professionals

December 10, 2014 7:30 am | by Jan Wittenber, Member of IEEE and Fellow at the Center for Medical Interoperability | Comments

The following from the Background section of the ISO/IEEE 11073 Personal Health Data (PHD) Standards addresses this topic appropriately: “Demographics changes (the rapidly aging population in many industrialized countries) and an increase...

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Home (Healthcare) Is Where the Need Is

December 9, 2014 7:30 am | by Carlos Castillo, Biomedical Engineer & Research Biomedical Engineering Advisor, Loma Linda University Zhang Neuroscience Laboratory | Comments

Short answer, where the need is! Perhaps numbers will make this more clear. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) gives us the first part of this equation “Each day, 10,000 baby boomers retire and begin receiving Medicare and Social Security benefits”... 

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