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Driving Next-Generation Medical Devices

April 17, 2012 12:07 pm | by Alix Paultre | Comments

Creating medical electronics that incorporate the latest technology is a challenging proposal today, as the application spaces served extend far beyond the simple diagnostic and electromechanical needs of the past. For example, older technologies gain new life with improved implementation, new technologies move from the fringe to the mainstream...

Medical Visualization Technologies

April 17, 2012 12:00 am | by Dr. Euan Morrison | Comments

Over the past few decades, we have seen significant advances in medical visualization technologies with the emergence and widespread use of sophisticated techniques such as magnetic resonant imaging (MRI) and X-ray computed tomography (CT scanning).

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Making Medical Devices Out of Toys

April 4, 2012 7:29 am | by Sean Fenske | Comments

I was just poking around at the CNN site and found a fantastic video/news story about Jose Gomez-Marquez who is working with toys and re-engineering them to be used as affordable medical devices in developing nations.

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Federal Government Exploring Increased Price Transparency in Medical Devices Industry

March 16, 2012 12:33 pm | by Phil Holladay | Comments

We often hear from customers that one of their concerns is increased price transparency. It certainly is troubling when a company’s pricing isn’t completely defensible: The lower the defensibility, the greater the fear of price transparency. Most transparency risks are local, though in some cases, it can be regional. As a result, the transparency damage can be minimized. For widespread price transparency to occur, there has to be a catalyst. For medical device manufacturers, the impact of exposing indefensible pricing at a national level can lead to a devastating impact on ASPs and margins.

Why is Well Considered HMI System Design Important for Medical Device, Diagnostic, and Treatment Equipment?

March 16, 2012 11:51 am | by John J. Pannone | Comments

Human machine interface (HMI) systems provide the controlsby which a user operates a machine, system, or process. Rising healthcarecosts, the prevalence of chronic disease, public expectations for increasedcare, and the aging “boomer” population are all driving the market foraffordable and accessible medical devices. As more responsibility for care isshifted from physician to patient, and the home medical diagnostic marketgrows, the key trends are miniaturization and portability.

Key Partnerships Save Time and Money

February 2, 2012 9:47 am | by Jay Tourigny | Comments

These days, savvy medical device engineers, designers, and manufacturers are partnering with suppliers to accelerate new products to market. Whether it’s by providing advanced materials, upgraded solutions, cleaning and regulatory training, or assisting with process validation, a well-chosen supplier assists their customer every step of the way.

Microsemi’s Acquisition of Zarlink: A Prescription for Growth and Innovation

January 11, 2012 9:53 am | by Stephen J. Swift | Comments

There is growing need in a wide variety of medical markets to solve difficult system challenges where power, performance, efficiency, security, and reliability are critically important. Microsemi’s recent acquisition of Zarlink brings key capabilities to a portfolio that already include some of the industry’s broadest ranges of products and technologies for implantable devices, diagnostic equipment, portable health monitoring systems, and other medical systems.

How Taking a Lean Approach to Quality Improves Profitability for Medical Device Manufacturing

January 4, 2012 10:51 am | by Rick Gallisa | Comments

As a medical device manufacturer, it is no secret that complex regulations continue to be increasingly challenging to meet. But beyond regulations, product quality is paramount for patient safety and brand protection. The other side of the equation is minimizing costs in R&D, manufacturing, the supply chain, and compliance.

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Could Harmless Virus Be the Cancer Cure?

November 29, 2011 7:17 am | by Sean Fenske | Comments

Was just reading an article about a lab at Hershey Medical Center that has identified a virus that has killed cancer cells in laboratory tests and human breast cancer tumors in infected mice.

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Healthcare in the Walmart Express Lane

November 9, 2011 10:06 am | by Sean Fenske | Comments

Healthcare reform is needed due to rising costs for stakeholders across the board. After that statement, the water gets murky.

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Will Computer Gamers Aid in the Development of Medical Devices Now?

September 21, 2011 9:56 am | by Sean Fenske | Comments

I saw in this article that online gamers collaborated to solve a challenge posed to them in the form of a game. The challenge was to create an accurate model of a retrovirus protein that will allow researchers to design

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Medical Monitoring With a Temporary Tattoo

August 12, 2011 5:43 am | by Sean Fenske | Comments

A new electronic patch that applies to the skin like a temporary tattoo offers medical monitoring applications such as heart rate, brain waves, or muscle tissue activity.

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Medical Product Development Using Finite Element Analysis

August 10, 2011 6:15 am | by Bob Ketelhohn | Comments

Finite Element Analysis (FEA), or computer simulation, is a powerful tool in the medical product development industry, but it is often misunderstood or misused. If you decide not to read much further, understand this one thing: FEA is a prototype reducing tool, not eliminating. Any one of the myriad of simulation programs can output very colorful and technical looking plots, but detailed experience and physical testing are critical to back them up. The only way to know for certain if you are right is to test it.

Ideation Throughout Medical Product Development

August 10, 2011 5:51 am | by James Rudolph | Comments

The concept of generating ideas within a group environment is nothing new to product development. Alex Osborn popularized the process and contributed a set of highly influential rules in 1953. Since then, a wide range of techniques have been developed to help product development teams develop novel ideas effectively and efficiently. Unfortunately, few design professionals are aware of these methods, and even fewer understand the elements of creativity to help make ideation sessions more productive.

Sustainable Product Design: One Powerful Principle

August 10, 2011 5:32 am | by Chris Loughnane | Comments

A few months back, MIT Sloan, in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), recently published the verbosely titled Sustainability & Innovation Global Executive Study and Research Project. It's a well-researched study—which is to say that it's a long read—and definitely worth reading.

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