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Drone Surgery and HoloLens: Hello 2015

February 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Research Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Comments

In 2001 the medical world got its first real taste of remote robotic surgery when operating surgeons in New York performed a gallbladder removal procedure on a patient in France. A three armed robot was at their disposal, and the surgery was a...

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Listening to Patients’ Views on New Treatments for Obesity

February 4, 2015 4:32 pm | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., Director, Kathryn O’Callaghan, Associate Director for Science and Strategic Partnerships; FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health | Comments

The world was a very different place in 1976, when the Food and Drug Administration launched its medical device program. Since Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were just that year launching a computer company called Apple, doctors weren’t yet able to...

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Let's Not Make 'Precision Medicine' an IT Horror

February 4, 2015 3:49 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

About two weeks ago, during his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled the initiative (with a $215 million budget) to fund “Precision Medicine”. He didn’t go into a huge amount of detail explaining it, but put simply...   

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3 Likely Trends in MedTech in 2015

February 4, 2015 10:30 am | by John Smith, Partner, Hogan Lovells | Comments

FDA’s premarket data requirements continue to increase, with a broader range of devices subject to clinical data requirements and expectations for pre-clinical data continuing to increase. The result has been a significant increase in the regulatory...

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3 'Coopetition' Trends for Healthcare in 2015

February 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Neil Smiley, Founder and CEO, Loopback Analytics | Comments

The healthcare industry is shifting toward fee-for-value payment models based on outcomes. For fee-for-value to reach its full potential, healthcare providers need to develop systems that span the full continuum of care. In 2015, I foresee three...

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A Day in the Life of a Medical Device Testing Technician

February 3, 2015 3:57 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Last week, I was invited to attend the ECRI Institute's 2015 C-Suite Watch List Media Event. It was an interesting look at what's going on at one of the country's only independent organizations that tests and evaluates medical device technology...

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Further UDI and MedWatch Regulation in 2015

February 3, 2015 8:49 am | by Deb Kacera, Regulatory & Industry Strategist, Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Comments

In 2015, the medical device industry will be focused on meeting the regulations that support the speed and quality of capturing electronic information and the efficiency of sharing information. While 2014 saw the initiation of the Unique Device...

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Portable Batteries, Far East Presence, and Antimicrobial Polymers in 2015

February 3, 2015 8:43 am | by Rob Phillips, Managing Director, Accutronics Ltd. | Comments

Medical technology is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. We are excited at Accutronics to have launched our latest smart-battery range at COMPAMED, the international trade show. We are looking forward to some great innovations in...

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Achieving Super Bowl Dreams with Prosthetics

February 2, 2015 3:34 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

Now that I’ve thrown away the last of my garbage bags filled with chicken bones, empty bags of chips, and pizza boxes from last night, I can finally speak about something equally as exciting as the Super Bowl. (I won’t say too much about my personal...

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2015 Will Produce Innovative, Cost Effective Cardiovascular Technology

February 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Dr. Mark Carlson, Chief Medical Officer, St. Jude Medical | Comments

This year has been a dynamic year as the medical device sector continues to adapt to the changing healthcare environment. As an industry, we are called to develop innovative solutions that address prevalent, devastating, and costly conditions...

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Better Control with Flexible Heating Technology in 2015

January 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Sam Pelonis, President, Pelonis Technologies Inc. | Pelonis Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Heating technology will continue to become more precise in the New Year. The introduction of heating solutions such as the ultra-thin flexible heater — a product Pelonis Technologies introduced in late 2014. What makes the ultra-thin flexible...

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Next-Gen X-ray Imaging Will Proliferate in 2015

January 30, 2015 9:00 am | by Mila Heeman-Iliëva, Ph.D., Senior Marketing Manager, Teledyne DALSA | Teledyne Dalsa | Comments

The introduction of thin-film-transistor (TFT) flat X-ray detectors in the late 1990s rapidly changed the landscape of the dynamic X-ray imaging market. In less than 10 years, the incumbent technology, the image intensified CCD (IICCD), has been...

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Is Your New Mobile Health App Secure in 2015?

January 30, 2015 8:30 am | by David Surber, VP of Medical Products, TÜV Rheinland | Comments

It is estimated that 500 million smartphone users worldwide will use healthcare applications in 2015 – from using the phone to detect glaucoma in the eye to taking cardiac measurements. The users include healthcare professionals, consumers, and...

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3D Printing Stands to Change the Face of Healthcare

January 30, 2015 8:26 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The most exciting aspects of the medical device industry for me is focused in two parts. First, the future potential of 3D printing in the medtech sector continues to excite. The apparent ease of using 3D printing to produce unique-patient implants...

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Making Science Fiction a Reality: 3 Medical Devices Straight from Star Trek

January 29, 2015 3:56 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

While we haven’t quite been able to achieve light-speed travel or teleportation just yet, science fiction has forecasted a number of technologies that are anything but fiction. Star Trek in particular offered surprising insight into technological...

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