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Big Data Gets Personal: A Twitter Recap

May 1, 2015 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Earlier this week, I attended the Medical World Americas event in Houston, TX. While it was more targeted toward healthcare professionals than a typical conference I attend, it certainly had plenty of interesting insights and provided me with ideas that reflect back to implications on the development of medical technology.

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Interoperability a Key Theme at the HIMSS 2015 Conference

May 1, 2015 10:01 am | by Andrew Rebhan, Analyst for Medical Devices & Healthcare IT, IHS Inc. | Comments

It was another busy year at the annual HIMSS conference as attendees packed their way into the exhibit halls and meeting rooms of McCormick Place to see what new developments were underway in the healthcare IT industry. There were plenty...

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5 Health Apps Changing My Opinion of the Apple Watch

April 30, 2015 3:58 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Admittedly, I was a little pessimistic when I first heard about the Apple Watch - another wearable (albeit, a much more high-tech one) seemed like overkill. But there are some health technology companies starting to change my mind, and that's no easy feat.

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Case Closed: Diagnosing on Mobile Devices Requires FDA Class II Clearance

April 27, 2015 2:55 pm | by Kyle Peterson, Director, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, Calgary Scientific | Comments

This February the FDA released updated guidance on mobile medical applications for the first time since 2013. This new guidance offers insight into the agency's plans for regulating the rapidly growing number of applications that turn smartphones...

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4 Awesome Technologies Featured at WIRED Health 2015

April 24, 2015 3:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Back in December 2014, Intel announced that it was working with Stephen Hawking to create a new system for him to communicate and interact. The company also mentioned that they would make the platform available to the research community...

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What’s Needed to Achieve Scalable Production of Tissues

April 24, 2015 10:55 am | by Lauralyn McDaniel, Industry Manager, Medical, SME | Comments

Producing or growing tissues that could avoid the immune response of donor tissues sounds far-fetched, but in some limited applications has already been achieved. Tissues for drug development testing are already available. Replacement skin...

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Might Consumer and MedTech Collaborations Win the Day?

April 23, 2015 2:31 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

While the traditional medical device OEMs are still focused on improving technologies and making healthcare devices more effective and efficient, they seem to be mired in a world of incremental innovation. Meanwhile, grabbing headlines and...

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Predicting the Future: Continuous Vital Sign Monitoring

April 23, 2015 11:20 am | by Peter Ianace, Principal, Sensogram Technologies Inc. | Comments

Big data, analytics, algorithms, the “Internet of Things” and even the “Internet of Humans” are some of the hottest buzzwords that are popping up across industries. The connected world is creating a mountain of data that begs to be analyzed...

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MedTech Memoirs: Artificial Limbs

April 22, 2015 2:55 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Believe it or not, the earliest recorded use of an artificial limb dates back to the book of Vedas from Sanksrit, India, believed to have been written between 3,500 and 1,800 B.C. It describes Queen Vishpla, an Indian warrior queen, who...

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Anesthesia Workstations: Is Monitoring Affecting Product Choice?

April 22, 2015 11:16 am | by Jessica Edge, Analyst, Clinical Care Devices, IHS Medical Technology | Comments

The market for anesthesia devices is largely divided into stand-alone anesthesia machines and anesthesia workstations (those sold with a patient monitor of the same brand). Stand-alone anesthesia machines leave the manufacturer without a patient...

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Blue Man Group Lends a Hand to MedTech Design

April 21, 2015 11:10 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Not long ago, Robert Downey Jr. (or Tony Stark…or Ironman) helped deliver a bionic arm to a young boy, Alex Pring. It was a great “feel-good” story and the boy seemed pretty pleased with his new prosthetic. Then, earlier this month, Blue Man Group...

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Hospital Overcrowding to Spur New Opportunities for Chinese MedTech Market

April 21, 2015 10:53 am | by Benjamin Niu, Analyst for Medical Technology, IHS Inc. | Comments

The rapid expansion of healthcare spending in China has led to improved healthcare facilities and increased patient access. As a result, pressure on large metropolitan hospitals has intensified. Overcrowding is now increasingly common in large...

Device Control at Your Fingertips

April 20, 2015 3:01 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

There’s an interesting underlying paradox in device development – the more functions a gadget is able to perform, the more simplistic its interface must become. After all, what use is a tricorder going to be if it isn’t user friendly? It would...

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Open Innovation in the Healthcare Field

April 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Robert Grajewski, President, Edison Nation Medical | Comments

The automobile, software and telecommunications industries actively practice open innovation — and have for quite some time. It makes sense, then, that the healthcare design industry follow suit, particularly now that the Affordable Care Act continues...

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FDA and CMS Form Task Force on LDT Quality Requirements

April 17, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. and Patrick H. Conway, MD, MSc | Comments

Health care providers and their patients expect that laboratory tests used in clinical management of patients should be consistent and of high quality. Under FDA’s proposed framework for the oversight of laboratory developed tests (LDTs)...

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Why Has Remote Patient Monitoring Been So Slow to Adopt?

April 17, 2015 9:53 am | by Peter Ianace, Principal, Sensogram Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Patients, providers, and insurers all have a vested interest in improving the health care system. Remote patient monitoring is the most logical place to start. We all agree that prevention is the most efficient way to shift the cost curve, improve...

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