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Know Your Material Debris for Implantables

February 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by Elaine F. Schumacher, Senior Research Scientist, McCrone Associates Inc. | McCrone Associates, Inc. | Comments

McCrone Associates is a consulting laboratory with extensive experience in materials analysis, much of it in the area of medical device development. Growing use of joint prostheses, combined with introduction of novel materials and coatings...

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Merging Healthcare with Modern Communications Technology

February 6, 2014 2:07 pm | by Carrie Yang, Senior Healthcare Analyst, Results Healthcare | Comments

Modern communications technology is starting to have a real impact on the way patients are managing their diseases and the delivery of healthcare. By collecting and transmitting real-time data, it is now possible to get a much better picture...

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X-Ray in the Digital Age

February 4, 2014 2:10 pm | by Stephen Holloway, MDT Editorial Advisory Board Member | Comments

As the relentless dawn of the “digital age” builds momentum, new opportunities for medical component suppliers are emerging. One area that is already embracing the new age is the $10 billion medical X-ray market, where digital X-ray systems...

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New Developments in 2014 Bring Challenges for Designers

January 31, 2014 1:53 pm | by Mike Brousseasu, Manager — Safety Group, and Joe Langton, Business Service Line Leader — Chemical, Intertek | Comments

In the coming year, medical device manufacturers will need to focus on getting their products compliant, available, and possibly re-designed to keep up with the ever-changing standards associated with the medical device industry. The Affordable...

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Preventing HCAIs with Innovative Material Solutions

January 30, 2014 3:58 pm | by Cathleen Hess, Director of Healthcare Marketing, SABIC Innovative Plastics | Comments

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are a dangerous and costly challenge impacting the healthcare sector on a wide scale. Based on data from the World Health Organization, hospital infections represent the most frequent adverse event...

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Why Are Consumers Not Using Health Apps?

January 29, 2014 3:12 pm | by Asif Khan, CEO, Caremerge | Comments

NPR recently released a great article on health apps and their usage to date. The article refers to a report by IMS Institute for Health Informatics that states that (as per iTunes Store June 2013) there are about 43,689 Apps categorized...

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Healthcare and the ‘Internet of Things’

January 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE, Director of Special Assignments, Industrial & Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics | Comments

A revolution in healthcare is quietly brewing. The “Internet of Things”—a global system that could eventually comprise billions of devices and applications—including sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, mobile-communication devices, nano...

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Thermal Management Solutions for MedTech

January 27, 2014 12:21 pm | by Matt Connors, Engineering Group Leader, Thermacore, Inc. | Thermacore, Inc. | Comments

Regardless of whether the 2.3% medical device tax is here to stay or not in 2014, regulatory and competitive pressures are forcing medical OEMs to consider new technologies to reduce costs. Active thermal management technologies, such as...

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Helping to Shape the Future of Medical Device Design

January 23, 2014 2:39 pm | by Renjith Ponnappon, Product Manager, eInfochips | Comments

I think mobile device technology is changing the world of medical device design, the components used, and the skills needed to succeed. If you want to help me shape the future of medical device design, or you want to know what other designers...

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Securing Patient Information Is the Top Priority

January 22, 2014 12:46 pm | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions, Southco | Southco, Inc. | Comments

With HIPAA audits scheduled to begin in 2014, many healthcare providers are concentrating their efforts on their approach to how patient information is secured. With audits focusing on breach notification, it is essential that healthcare...

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Ventilator Improvements Through Motion Control Advancements

January 21, 2014 11:41 am | by Dave Beckstoffer, Product Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Comments

High end ventilation and BPAP equipment continually require high efficiency at high speeds for optimum flow generation. As the equipment strives to improve on performance without being noticed by the patient, advancements in motion technology...

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Looking Ahead at Imaging Technology

January 20, 2014 1:52 pm | by Adrian Wilson, Head of Technologies, Element Six | Comments

Today’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies, aiding the measurement of illness diagnose and treatment, even when stretched to their limits, have not allowed for resolution beyond a few micrometers and traditionally require expensive...

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MedTech Strategic Convergence Set for 2014

January 17, 2014 12:28 pm | by Deb Kacera, Regulatory & Industry Strategist, Pilgrim Software Inc. | Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Comments

In 2014, we will see the next evolution of the most effective utilization of resources across the medical device industry, based on “smart” information that will touch almost every healthcare stakeholder, where key data will have a tighter...

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Direct Part Marking for UDI Needs

January 16, 2014 3:01 pm | by Gerry Gunderson, CPP, VP of Engineering, Quality Tech Services | Comments

The Final Rule for FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) mandate is now released and will be in focus in 2014. Class III device manufacturers will need to comply by September 2014, unless granted an exception (and excluding grandfathered...

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Developing Medical Devices at a ‘Sprint’ Pace

January 15, 2014 2:04 pm | by Eric Sugalski, Founder and CEO, Boston Device Development | Boston Device Development | Comments

In 2014, the medical device industry will see increasing interest in “agile development,” a process of iteration that has become a mainstay in software development. Rather than following the standard waterfall process, teams will rely on...

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