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Medical Device Leak Testing Technology Innovations Continue

July 8, 2013 3:26 pm | by David Selin, Managing Director, Uson Ltd. (UK) | Uson, L.P. | Comments

I regularly run into manufacturing engineers and other support staff throughout Europe who do not clearly understand the basic principles of leak detection for the medical device industry. As a result, they continue to run compromised assembly lines.

Development Tools Are Critical for Portable Device Success

July 3, 2013 2:58 pm | by Marten L. Smith, Staff Engineer, Medical Products Group, Microchip Technology | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Designers should look for a company that not only provides the right silicon, but also development tools, software, and support that are tailored for two main phases of a typical smartphone/tablet-based medical design. The first phase consists of the smartphone interface, and the second phase is the design of the medical device itself.

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Home Healthcare Presents Design Challenges

July 2, 2013 11:54 am | by Ryan Striker, P.E., Electrical Engineer, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Comments

To unlock the potential of more frequent therapy, medical devices must move out of the doctor’s office and travel with patients to their homes and offices. But, this great opportunity is not without its challenges. The same patient who stands to reap great benefit from a home medical device may instead endanger themselves by applying the device incorrectly.

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The Obstacles to Design Success for Home Care Products

July 1, 2013 4:38 pm | by Garren Walters, Applications Team Leader, Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin | Parker Hannifin Corporation | Comments

As Parker sees it, the three biggest obstacles to [design] success for patient care products, such as oxygen concentrators and ventilators, are portability, battery life, and reliability. To make home care products more portable, Parker has reduced the size of some valves up to 75%.

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Developing Devices Anyone Can Use

June 28, 2013 11:32 am | by Jason D. Keiser, Project Manager, Precision Medical Products | Precision Medical Products, Inc. | Comments

The greatest challenge [in designing for the consumer] is recognizing the limited knowledge and abilities of a home user. There needs to be an understanding that the home patient is not a medical professional and is not exposed or practiced with the multitude of technologies the designer may have previous experience with.

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How Small Medical Manufacturers Can Maximize Cash Flow

June 27, 2013 3:24 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Avicenna Technology, Inc., Lee Spring Co | Comments

The single greatest objective of every business, no matter its size, industry, or history, is to achieve and maintain a positive cash flow, a condition where cash coming in equals or exceeds cash going out. According to Chad Carson, president of the Avicenna Division of Ametek Engineered Medical Components, the primary key to [business] success is cash flow, an opinion shared by most successful business professionals.

Robotic Surgical Systems on the Ropes

June 26, 2013 2:16 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Comments

There have been reports of issues and lawsuits from procedures gone wrong when a robotic surgical system was used. Yes, there have been issues and they do need to be addressed, however, abandoning robotic surgical systems is not the answer. In fact, it would be a complete mistake.

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Weight Is Key in Design of Consumer MedTech

June 25, 2013 4:00 pm | by Jessica Irons, Marketing/Business Development Specialist, Sonoco Protective Solutions | Comments

When designing a medical device that is meant to be used directly by patients in their home, the designer has to keep in mind that the environment of a patient’s home is likely going to be dramatically different compared to a medical facility.

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This "Watch" Could Change the World of At-Home Medicine

June 21, 2013 4:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

I have one family member in nursing school and one in medical school, which means I sometimes find myself on the cold end of a stethoscope while they check my radial pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and whatever else they need to practice. As a result, I’ve developed a somewhat obsessive, but healthy habit of tracking my blood pressure.

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Managing Expectations in Medical Device Development, Part 2

June 21, 2013 4:00 pm | by Vincent Crabtree, Ph.D., Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Comments

The business proposition was for a new application of an existing technology and had never been applied before to that particular patient group, so there were significant development unknowns. However, as technical director/CTO for the company, I realized the same issues kept popping up with our professional investors—expectations management and development timescales.

Managing Expectations in Medical Device Development, Part 1

June 20, 2013 1:58 pm | by Vincent Crabtree, Ph.D., Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Comments

Around 15 years ago, I was fortunate enough to study for a Ph.D. with an Entrepreneurial Professor. Five years later, after working on a few healthcare-related projects, we were then fortunate enough to snag an ambitious MBA graduate with an executive retail background, looking for a new challenge, and gained support of doctors.

Google Glass Meets “Smart” Health

June 20, 2013 1:33 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, ECN Contributor | Comments

“Smart” eyewear has just collided with smart vision correction — and no, I’m not talking about the prescription-based versions of Google Glass that are in development. Researchers have taken the concept of Google Glass and applied it to soft contact lenses.

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Electromagnetic Interference in Device Design

June 19, 2013 1:57 pm | by Donald L. Sweeney, President, D.L.S. Electronic Systems Inc . | D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. | Comments

The greatest obstacle to success in the design of a device is that, often times, the design engineer overlooks the need to keep electromagnetic interference in mind when he designs his device. When a product is not in compliance, it can be interfered with by radio waves emitting from other electronic devices in the home, causing the product to malfunction.

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Medical Innovation Will Not Be “Taxed Away”

June 18, 2013 4:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Comments

“Take two and call me in the morning.” That’s the phrase that came to mind while preparing a particular article recently. While “Coating for Consumption” doesn’t deal with taking two pills and calling the doctor in the morning, I couldn’t help but think about how far we’ve come since the days when that phrase reflected what most people thought was “modern healthcare.”

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Regulatory Inspections: The Good, Bad, and Ugly Experiences

June 17, 2013 3:41 pm | by Vesna Janic, Director of QA/RA, StarFish Medical | Comments

For all of us in Quality Assurance departments, on-site inspections are a regular occurrence. Our Quality Management System may be subject not only to the scrutiny of FDA Investigators, Health Canada Inspectors, and ISO Auditors, but also to the audits and inspections conducted by our clients.

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