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4 April Fool's Day Devices that May Not Be a Joke After All

April 1, 2015 3:28 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Tech companies are some of the most committed pranksters of them all! Every April Fool’s Day they release a slew of joke products – and oftentimes it’s difficult to tell whether they’re pulling our legs or not. I assumed that medical technology...

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Does Home Healthcare Mean Better Healthcare?

March 31, 2015 3:34 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Healthcare as we know it is experiencing a transformation where more medical technology is moving out of the hospitals and into patients’ homes or being made to travel with them. As a result, the convenience and comfort levels for patients...

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Reflections on Frost & Sullivan 2015 Medical Technologies Executive MindXchange

March 31, 2015 10:45 am | by Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Comments

I recently attended the 20th Anniversary Medical Technologies 2015: A Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange from March 8 – 10 in San Diego. The Executive MindXchange brings together individuals from a variety of companies, all with a common...

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3 Tips for Managing Your Medical Device Design History File

March 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Speer, Co-Founder & VP of QA/RA, greenlight.guru | Comments

Developing a cutting edge medical device can be really fun and exciting. There’s always something to test and do and learn from. You have that great feeling you’re changing the world. Documenting the development of a medical device isn't fun...

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Continuity of Platforms: The Next Era of Engagement in Wearable Technology

March 30, 2015 4:33 pm | by Roeen Roashan, Analyst for Medical Technology, IHS Inc. | Comments

Within six months of purchase, one-third of consumers put their wearable activity monitors in the sock drawer to never pick them up again. While this has been the general consensus of several user surveys, IHS does not believe this tells...

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3 Ways 3D Printing Is Saving Our Four-Legged Friends

March 30, 2015 2:10 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

It’s rather sad when a beloved pet meets with an unfortunate accident that drastically hinders its quality of life. Even more heart-wrenching, there are scarce few options that would allow for a pet’s full recovery – and those options are typically too expensive...

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Prototyping Processes are Becoming More Acceptable for Use in the Final Product

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Farm Design, Inc. | Comments

Using simulation and design software complements the building of physical prototypes. Both are critical to the development process. The typical cycles of designing, building, and testing are facilitated by having more rigorous engineering...

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As 3D Printing Technology Grows, Its Applications Will Explode

March 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

Sophisticated design software is a powerful tool most often used in conjunction with physical prototypes, and not as a replacement. Simulation software can provide engineering insight, but a physical part allows for real-world testing and may...

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Laws That Kill Innovation Will Ultimately Kill People

March 27, 2015 2:02 pm | by Emily Cross, Ph.D., Director of Media and Communication, TecMed Inc. | Comments

February 2014 can be defined by updated DFA proposals supporting updated standards specific to blood glucose monitor accuracy standards for devices used in both home consumer and healthcare facilities. Twelve months later, February 2015 is...

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A Prototype Is Worth a Million Words

March 26, 2015 4:01 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Stratos Product Development | Comments

Advances in prototyping are accelerating the initial phases of product development in multiple ways. First, prototyping technologies are more prevalent and faster than before. Development teams have better access to these tools allowing...

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Enhancing Your Perception Through a Vest

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Employing motors similar to those used in cell phones, this vest offers sensations to a person’s back based on the inputs provided. As illustrated through the video, that input can be generated by sound, news feeds, stock market data, or...

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Don't Forget About Patient Isolation to Ensure Safety

March 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Daniel Ruth, Medical Team Leader, TUV Rheinland | Comments

The IEC 60601-1 standard for basic safety and essential performance of medical devices deals with many functional issues. They are typically addressed by manufacturers in their risk management files to ensure the device does not harm the...

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Increasing Device Connectivity Improves Value for Everyone

March 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Joel Rydbeck, Healthcare Strategy Director, Infor | Comments

Robert Metcalf is recognized as the father of ethernet, the technology that enables your computer to talk with mine and everyone else’s. Less well known is his postulate, known as Metcalf’s Law. It states that the value of a telecommunications...

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A Wristband that Destroys Cancer Cells

March 25, 2015 3:54 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

As it turns out, Google has now secured a patent for a potentially cancer cell-destroying wrist-worn device. For lack of better words, that’s pretty awesome. Winning the war against cancer may very well be all in the wrist. Take that, cancer!

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When to Switch from Subsystem Testing to Assembling a Prototype

March 25, 2015 8:30 am | by Nigel Syrotuck, Medical Mechanical Engineer, StarFish Medical | Comments

If you had to engineer a product that works on the first try, how would you do it? An even better question might be: why would you do it? It almost never happens. When it does it is often joined by high fives (and a ‘too good to be true’ feeling...

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