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Wearable TENS Device Combats Pain While on the Go

May 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

The American Academy of Pain Medicine cites a report on their website that indicates more than 1.5 billion people suffer from chronic pain. That’s BILLION! It’s an unbelievable amount of people who live with pain every day. While I’m fortunately...

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The Key to a Complete IoT or Cloud Solution

May 13, 2015 8:30 am | by Marten L. Smith, Staff Engineer, Medical Products Group, Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

There are definitely design challenges in developing medical devices that are connected one to another via technologies such as Bluetooth, Low Energy, or Wi-Fi. However, the larger challenge for most companies is that of tying together...

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MedTech Memoirs: Brain Surgery

May 12, 2015 1:33 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Brain surgery is perhaps one of the oldest practiced medical procedures. There is a surprising amount of evidence tracing it back to the Neolithic (late stone age) period. Many unearthed remains of successful brain operations and surgical instruments...

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MedTech Innovation Everywhere, Even in Space

May 12, 2015 11:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

The coming demise of innovation in the medtech space has been extensively covered by an array of speakers, bloggers, and industry experts. Most often, the 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales is targeted as a primary reason. The FDA is also...

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Find the Connected Medical Device 'Cost-Performance Balance'

May 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Tom Medina, Senior Principal Engineer, TE Connectivity | Comments

Medical Device OEM customers are seeking a solution that helps them deliver a higher standard of care for better patient outcomes. They may need an improvement in performance or an expansion of function. To meet the needs of an emerging market...

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Putting Diabetics' Best Foot Forward with 'Smart Socks'

May 11, 2015 3:54 pm | by Dr. Bernhard Brunner, Project Manager, Center Smart Materials CeSMa, Fraunhofer ISC | Comments

There is a new class of mechanical sensors which can be used to measure deformations, forces and pressures. Because of their high elasticity and their soft and flexible characteristic the sensors are especially suitable for integration into woven...

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Connected Medical Devices Must Be Able to 'Fail' Smartly

May 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Costas Pipilas, VP of Software Development, Econais | Comments

There must be enough software "smarts" in the device so that it can be connected quickly and easily in any network configuration (direct personal connection, local home/office network, internet, and/or cloud) and so that it can interoperate...

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Need Medical Attention? Doctor Drones to the Rescue!

May 8, 2015 4:32 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

When you’re experiencing a medical emergency, you unfortunately can’t look to the skies to see Superman swooping in to save the day. What you may soon see, however, is an emergency medical drone that’s able to carry needed equipment to a victim and...

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4 Tips for Firmware Floating Point Computations

May 8, 2015 3:28 pm | by Kenneth MacCallum, PEng, Principal Engineering Physicist, Starfish Medical | Comments

Until very recently, using floating point computations in firmware required too heavy a penalty in code space and computation time. Now there are a number of relatively inexpensive microcontrollers which have single-precision floating point...

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Apple Is Interested in Your DNA

May 8, 2015 3:01 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Apple is teaming up with scientists to collect DNA for genetic research using the ResearchKit platform. The program intends to collect submitted health information through a secure portal, allowing them to participate in a variety of clinical studies...

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MedTech Memoirs: X-rays

May 6, 2015 3:57 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Similar to a surprising amount of the most significant medtech, the X-ray was discovered completely by accident, by German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895. Röntgen was performing an experiment using cathode ray tubes - glass tubes with...

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5 Ways to Build Proactive Preventive Maintenance Programs

May 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Joanna Rotter, Content Marketing Manager, MSI Data | Comments

As technology advancements improve visibility into medical equipment performance, equipment manufacturers have found that customer expectations are also rising. Customers expect more than just a piece of equipment. Now they want strong service...

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A Wi-Fi Enabled, Robotic Condom

May 5, 2015 4:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

CirQ’s smart-material based, printable electronic tag can be attached to the base of pretty much any standard condom. It helps the wearer combat erectile dysfunction (ED) by sensing blood flow, and either constricts (pleasurably, they claim...

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Big Data Is Here, but What Do We Do With It?

May 4, 2015 12:32 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Patient data is being collected by an assortment of people, companies, and organizations, and in many cases, the data is not being shared with anyone else. This is due to a number of reasons — competitive advantages, privacy issues, or lack of compatibility between systems to do so efficiently...

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Listen Up! This New Hearing Aid Design Is an Earful

May 1, 2015 3:23 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Many patients who are recommended hearing aids went untreated. This was a direct result of cost, as most hearing aids average around $1,600 - and that’s just for one ear. Dr. Cherukuri noticed many inefficiencies in hearing aid design and distribution...

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