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Welch Allyn iExaminer™ Receives 510(k) Clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration

January 22, 2013 10:00 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that specializes in helping clinicians improve patient outcomes, today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the Welch Allyn iExaminer™—a product that consists of a hardware adapter and associated software that allows healthcare providers to capture, store, send and retrieve images...

Perspectives on Industry Insight, Part II

January 17, 2013 12:00 am | by MDT Staff | Minifab, Tci Precision Metals, Intertech Development Company, Munro & Associates, Inc., Medical Murray, Inc. | Articles | Comments

  Would you please comment on the medical device industry as we move into 2013? Contract manufacturing continues to shift from just “manufacturing” to include a full road map of your finished products, including design, test, manufacturability, and distribution.  

Perspectives on Industry Insight, Part I

January 16, 2013 12:00 am | by MDT Staff | Syspro, Honeywell Sensing And Control, Portescap, D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Would you please comment on the medical device industry as we move into 2013? The need for medical device manufacturers to have product recall plans in place was reaffirmed by the release of the latest figures on medical device unit recalls. According to the quarterly ExpertRECALL Index released August 22, 2012, over 123 million medical device units were recalled in the second quarter of 2012...

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New Tool to Help Brain Surgeons, One Step Closer to Operating Room

January 10, 2013 9:44 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A new tool that could allow for faster, more comprehensive testing of brain tissue during surgery successfully identified the cancer type, grade and tumor margins in five brain surgery patients, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study.

Vet Device Tax Loophole Could Help Some Diagnostic Companies: Kalorama

January 9, 2013 4:16 pm | News | Comments

While some IVD products will see a new tax on U.S. sales of their products this year, suppliers who make veterinary diagnostic testing products will benefit from the IRS interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, according to Kalorama Information.

Liquid Media-Compatible Pressure Sensors Improve Design, Cut Costs

January 3, 2013 5:04 pm | by AJ Smith | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Articles | Comments

With the wide range of sensors on the market, selecting the best pressure measurement device for medical equipment in applications that require liquid sensing or condensing humidity can be a big challenge for medical OEMs. Designers need to choose sensors that offer the right balance of technical features, reliability, and cost for their specific applications.

Precision Molded Medical Components and Assemblies

December 20, 2012 10:43 am | Minnesota Rubber & Plastics | Product Releases | Comments

Medical equipment manufacturers seeking a qualified manufacturing partner will find this brochure particularly useful. It details Minnesota Rubber and Plastics’ 65 years of experience in the medical components...

Got food allergies? Thanks to UCLA, you can test your meal on the spot using a cell phone

December 12, 2012 5:04 pm | by UCLA | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed a lightweight device called the iTube, which attaches to a common cell phone to detect allergens in food samples. The iTube attachment uses the cell phone's built-in camera, along with an accompanying smart-phone application that runs a test with the same high level of sensitivity a laboratory would.

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LiveData Launches iPad App for PeriOP Manager

December 12, 2012 1:57 pm | by LiveData | News | Comments

LiveData, a leading innovator in real-time data integration and display technology, today announced an iPad app for its perioperative workflow system, PeriOp Manager. Coordinating patient flow, patient care and related resources from preoperative assessment to discharge in real-time, PeriOp Manager automates manual processes and synchronizes workflow...

Siri, MD – iPhone Changes the Way Consumers Get Medical Information [Infographic]

December 10, 2012 11:36 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

In a study looking at mobile behavior over the last two years, The Patient’s Guide®, a leader in medical publishing online, reports that consumers using their iPhone to gather medical information has increased 94% from 2011 to 2012.

Merit Medical Acquires Assets of Medigroup

November 30, 2012 9:08 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Merit Medical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional and diagnostic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Medigroup, Inc., a manufacturer of peritoneal dialysis catheters based in Illinois.

Implantable Silk Optics Multi-Task in the Body

November 29, 2012 11:27 am | by Tufts University School of Engineering | News | Comments

Tufts University School of Engineering researchers have demonstrated silk-based implantable optics that  offer significant improvement in tissue imaging while simultaneously enabling photo thermal therapy, administering drugs and  monitoring drug delivery. The devices also lend themselves to a variety of other biomedical functions.

Given Imaging Submits PillCam COLON 2 Application to FDA for U.S. Regulatory Clearance

November 27, 2012 2:45 pm | by Given Imaging | News | Comments

Given Imaging Ltd., a world leader in GI medical devices and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, today announced that it has filed a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) application seeking regulatory clearance to market its PillCam® COLON 2 for visualization of the lower gastrointestinal tract.

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Merit Medical Signs Agreement to Acquire Thomas Medical Products, a Unit of GE Healthcare

November 27, 2012 9:55 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Merit Medical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used primarily in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire Thomas Medical Products, Inc. ("Thomas Medical") from GE Healthcare in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $167 million...

Medica and Compamed 2012 Reflect Status of Medical Market

November 27, 2012 9:50 am | News | Comments

The recent staging of MEDICA 2012, International Trade Fair with Congress – World Forum for Medicine, and the concurrently held COMPAMED 2012, International Trade Fair – High tech solutions for medical technology, in Düsseldorf, Germany reflected the demand for medical technology and products with stable attendance figures: 130,600 visitors from 120 countries...

Doctor’s Office 2050: How a spoonful of ‘big data’ helps the medicine go down

October 26, 2012 4:31 pm | by Gillian Davies | Blogs | Comments

Mary Poppins was wrong; it’s not a spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down, it’s a spoonful of “big data,” and it will make healthcare expenditure more palatable in the Doctor’s Office of 2050. As big data, telehealth, and the cloud come together, we will see healthcare reap the efficiency rewards of a decentralized approach.

Applying Tech: Wireless Medicine

October 24, 2012 3:48 pm | by William Chan, Donald L. Sweeney, David Niewolny, Joe Tillison, and Anthony J. Kalaijakis | LINEMASTER Switch Corporation, D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc., Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Avnet Electronics Marketing, Molex | Articles | Comments

Wireless devices have the ability to become self-contained diagnostic laboratories, communication devices for medical records, and medical therapy devices. One of the biggest challenges facing both the consumer and the clinical wireless healthcare market is large scale adoption. Adoption is limited by the regulatory environment, current product prices, and ease of device use.

Morgan Technical Ceramics participating in revolutionary DARPA research on high density feed-throughs for medical devices

October 23, 2012 3:46 pm | by Morgan Technical Ceramics | News | Comments

Morgan Technical Ceramics announces that it has been awarded a contract to participate in a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project with the Biomimetic Microelectronics Systems Centers at the University of Southern California. The project will develop biocompatible hermetic coatings, high density ceramic feed-throughs, and hermeticity test chips for biomedical microsystems applications.

Perspectives on Evolution of Miniaturization

October 17, 2012 3:39 pm | by Steve Kuckworth, Jessica Willing-Pichs, Ian Hardy, Chad Marak, John Beigel, Trygve Olsen, and Chris Ault | Clariant Corporation, Ximedica, Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Littelfuse, Inc., Meder Electronic Inc. | Articles | Comments

As medical devices migrate from the hospital to the patient’s home or workplace, two concepts will become increasingly important: manageability and security. Remote medical devices must often provide continuous care, regardless of their location. Consequently, IT teams will need to manage and control the devices remotely...

Antibiotic Misuse Reported By 90% of Lab Personnel

October 16, 2012 10:22 am | by MarketWire | News | Comments

The inappropriate use or misuse of antibiotics was reported by 9 of 10 infection control officers and laboratory personnel in a nationwide survey of 218 hospitals. Problems cited include unnecessary antibiotic use and the use of weaker broad-spectrum agents when 'targeted,' bacteria-specific antibiotics would be more effective.

New Rapid & Point-of-Care Hepatitis C Tests Could Be Global Game Changers

October 16, 2012 9:51 am | by McGill University Health Centre | News | Comments

A new study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) is the first to show that hepatitis C rapid and point of care tests with a quick turnaround time are highly accurate and reliable as conventional first-line laboratory tests.

Acoustic cell-sorting chip may lead to cell phone-sized medical labs

October 12, 2012 2:20 pm | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

The device uses two beams of acoustic -- or sound -- waves to act as acoustic tweezers and sort a continuous flow of cells on a dime-sized chip, said Tony Jun Huang, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State. By changing the frequency of the acoustic waves, researchers can easily alter the paths of the cells.

New Molecular Assay Detects Rapidly Emerging Multidrug-Resistant Superbug

September 27, 2012 9:49 am | by BD Diagnostics | News | Comments

BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), today announced the release of a research use only (RUO) molecular test designed to rapidly detect antibiotic resistance genes found in the superbug known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). These deadly organisms are associated with high mortality rates, are easily spread...

A personal approach to cancer treatment

September 25, 2012 11:01 am | by Cambridge Consultants | News | Comments

Innovative technology design and development firm Cambridge Consultants is working with Singapore-based Clearbridge BioMedics on a groundbreaking device to improve cancer testing and research. The innovative second-generation ClearCellTM System enables tumor cells to be retrieved and detected even faster...

UL and AAMI to Develop Interoperability Standards

September 18, 2012 3:14 pm | by Underwriters Laboratories | News | Comments

With the goal of improving patient safety and healthcare efficiency, AAMI and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) are joining forces to develop a suite of standards on medical device interoperability-one of the biggest challenges facing the modern healthcare community. The collaboration is a first for AAMI and UL, and comes at a time when many healthcare facilities and manufacturers are grappling...

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