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A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Ears

January 7, 2015 3:15 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

Trying to have a conversation in a noisy, crowded room amid a cacophony of voices is difficult enough for someone with healthy hearing. This situation becomes torturous for someone who wears a hearing aid. Every sound is amplified, and instead...

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Design Challenges for Wearables

January 7, 2015 1:36 pm | by Karen Lightman, Executive Director, MEMS Industry Group | Comments

This holiday season, most of my friends/family received some form of wearable device as a gift. Even my 84-year-old dad is joining the wearable bandwagon and is finally giving himself what should probably be termed the original “wearable” -- 

Industrial Internet Will Radically Redefine the Medical Devices Industry

January 7, 2015 12:16 pm | by Rajeev Kapoor, Partner, Bharat Kapoor, Consultant, Joshua Swartz, Consultant; A.T. Kierney | Comments

You may feel that you’re having the rug yanked out from under you by the numerous forces threatening the industry, not to mention all these other [IT] companies moving into your space. For decades you’ve made your bed with physicians and...

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The ACA Has Clogged the Pipeline of MedTech Innovation

December 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Emily L. Cross, Ph.D., Director of Media and Communication, TecMed Inc. | Comments

The 2010 media was saturated in the triumphant, albeit hotly debated, arrival of change in many sectors of life, but spun tightly on the U.S. healthcare system. The year can be defined with tedious chatter, increased expectations, and a new sensation...

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Top 4 Up And Coming Medical Device Trends for 2015

December 31, 2014 8:34 am | by David Nelson, President, Nel Pretech | Comments

Top trends for the medical design industry in 2015 include some familiar — and emerging — issues and considerations. Expanding international markets, aging populations, technological innovations, an ever-expanding roster of disease biomarkers...

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Examining Why It’s Not All Blue Skies for Medical Device Recalls

December 30, 2014 9:55 am | by Mike Rozembajgier, Vice President, Stericycle | Comments

According to the most recent Stericycle Recall Index, FDA Enforcement Reports documented 297 medical device recalls in Q3. This is a slight increase from the prior quarter, but overall the industry has not witnessed the dramatic fluctuation in recalls...

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The Early Design Journey Should Travel Through a 3D Printer

December 30, 2014 8:37 am | by Clive Nicholls, Product Design & Development Manager, Owen Mumford | Comments

At Owen Mumford, we use 3D printing in the initial design stages to produce a prototype, allowing the designer to better visualize the product that, up until then, only exists on a computer screen. Doing so provides a number of benefits for the product...

Expanding Wellness Monitoring and Care with e-Health

December 29, 2014 9:11 am | by Bill Ash, Strategic Technology Program Director, and Kathryn Bennett, Senior Program Manager, IEEE Standards Association | Comments

In the next-generation e-health environment that is taking shape in markets worldwide, more varieties of more accurate patient data will be more efficiently exchanged and analyzed across a wider array of interoperable devices and systems for enhanced...

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Creating Customized Wearable Health Devices

December 29, 2014 8:31 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, Newark element14 | Comments

The wearable health and fitness market is rife with devices that can track and relay basic vitals. The majority of devices proposed by element14’s competitors, however, will be designed with specific sports in mind, thus both the form and function...

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Could Formula One Speed up Product Innovation in a World of Snail-Paced Monitoring?

December 26, 2014 9:18 am | by Kelly Patrick, Associate Director of Medical Technology, IHS Inc. | Comments

In a fast-changing environment, the collection of data from drivers and their cars in Formula One (F1) racing has been imperative to ensure driver safety and success during a race. Telemetry technology is so advanced that it enables quick decisions...

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Big Data and Analytics Still a Driver for Future Change

December 26, 2014 8:02 am | by Andrew Rebhan, Analyst for Medical Devices & Healthcare IT, IHS Inc. | Comments

Healthcare delivery models have already started the shift away from volume-based care in order to focus more on delivering higher value for patients. The need for integrated care and interoperability among disparate IT systems, along with the rise in newly...

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5 Trends in Medical Technology for 2015

December 24, 2014 11:39 am | by Michele Windsor, Direct Sales and Marketing Manager, Accutronics Ltd. | Comments

Medical technology is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and the latest and most exciting innovations were recently explored at COMPAMED, the international medical trade show. Accutronics launched its latest smart-battery range at the trade show...

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Healthcare in Real Time: The Speed of Disruption

December 24, 2014 8:54 am | by Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Comments

I recently had the pleasure of leading a panel discussion on the title topic at LifeScience Alley’s health technology leadership conference in Minneapolis. The panel consisted of technologists involved in developing medical products who engaged in a discussion...

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The MDT Top 10 from 2014

December 23, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Another exiting year of medtech innovations has passed. In 2014, we really started to see the impact of mHealth on the industry, with more “outsiders” seeking to bundle health monitoring into smart phones and connected devices. Data security (and...

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The Challenges of Designing a Technology for Addiction Treatment

December 23, 2014 9:27 am | by Casey Hanrahan, VP of Design, Soberlink | Comments

For people suffering with addiction, the choice to enter treatment is just the beginning. The real work starts in aftercare programs where continuing care helps provide resources necessary for a successful recovery. Soberlink identified a problem in the...

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