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Medical Device Designers Hunting for Success

February 28, 2014 2:01 pm | by Renjith Ponnappan, Product Manager, eInfochips | Comments

The Jungle, the savanna, the plains…medical devices. Every ecosystem has a delicate equilibrium that is thrown into disarray when a new predator is introduced – or in the case of the medical device ecosystem – when a new technology is...   

Medical Device Platforms: Times They Are a Changin’

February 27, 2014 11:54 am | by Renjith Ponnappan, Product Manager, eInfochips | Comments

What do a BMW, a fridge and a portable ultrasound have in common? Ten years ago the answer would have been “nothing”, but the answer now is “low-power GPµs” spawned from the world of mobile phones. Ten years ago the answer would have been...

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Three Questions to Ask Before Choosing an AK-225 Replacement

February 26, 2014 12:56 pm | by Jay Tourigny Senior Vice President, MicroCare Medical | Microcare Medical | Comments

“I have to find a new cleaning solvent before the end of the year?” We heard that question repeatedly at our booth at the MD&M West show, earlier this month in Anaheim. While the phase-out of HCFC-225 is old news for some, others have...

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Premarket Approval Update for AEDs and Accessories

February 25, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jeff Lind, President, Compliance West, and Jamie Young, Operations Manager, CALM Technologies | Compliance West USA | Comments

Manufacturers of AEDs and accessories take notice: By docket number FDA-2013-N-0234, the FDA is considering requiring a premarket approval application or notice of completion of a product development protocol for AED systems and accessories...

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Controlling Costs in Medical Device Development

February 24, 2014 2:37 pm | by Joe St. Cyr, Director and Program Manager, Farm | Farm | Comments

There are dozens of factors that contribute to the cost of developing a medical device and every project is different. There’s no question that the rigor required to meet standards in the medical industry plays a huge part, but based on my...

Star Trek Healing Devices Are Coming to Your Local Hospital

February 21, 2014 2:24 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Comments

Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are...

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How Can Healthcare Providers Cut Expenditure in Cardiology?

February 20, 2014 3:07 pm | by Holly Ingram, Analyst, IHS Technology | Comments

Healthcare expenditure has been increasing throughout the last decade, and is beginning to become unmanageable. The American Heart Association has estimated that, in 2010, spending on cardiovascular disease reached $273 billion dollars...

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The Connected Person and Healthcare

February 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by Alpesh Shah, Director of Global Business Strategy and Intelligence, IEEE Standards Association | Comments

The advent of technology has pushed the concepts of healthcare to a different level. Areas of healthcare (diagnostic, well-being, assisted living) are benefitting from these technological advances today and for the unforeseeable future...

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Editorial Guidance

February 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

I’m pleased to introduce the members of MDT’s first editorial advisory board. Representing the industry from supplier to medical device OEM to consultant, I’ve reached out to these individuals to help me tailor the scope of MDT’s editorial...

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FDA Accreditation Terminology – Magic or Misdirection?

February 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Dr. Byron Osing, CEO & Chair, Calgary Scientific | Comments

Have you ever watched a really good magician? It is incredible the tricks they can create before your very eyes and you are left amazed with the performance. When it comes to reviewing technology in the medical industry, you also have to be...

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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 | 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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